Thursday, August 28, 2014

Musical News for Thursday, August 28, 2014


MUSICAL NEWS: Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will celebrate its return to Los Angeles and its Hollywood Pantages Premiere with a limited three-week engagement; Sept.30 – Oct. 19 (opening night Sunday, Oct. 5th at 6:30 pm). The cast will be led by Nicolas Dromard (Tommy DeVito), Jason Kappus (Bob Gaudio), Hayden Milanes (Frankie Valli) and Adam Zelasko (Nick Massi) as The Four Seasons, with Barry Anderson and Thomas Fiscella. The ensemble includes Tommaso Antico, Jaycie Dotin, Marlana Dunn, De’Lon Grant, Wes Hart, Bryan Hindle, Austin Owen, John Rochette, Leslie Rochette, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Kara Tremel, Jonny Wexler and Keith White. Tickets: (800) 982-2787 or www.HollywoodPantages.com. Pictured L-R: Quinn VanAntwerp, Nicolas Dromard, Hayden Milanes and Adam Zelasko. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Lewis Family Playhouse presents the west coast premiere of The Three Little Pigs, featuring music by George Stiles, book & lyrics by Anthony Drewe, directed by Jessica Kubzansky Oct. 4 – 19. This “very curly musical tail” from the musical team behind Honk! and Mary Poppins is full of witty word play, great music, and a Big Bad Wolf! When Mother Pig decides it’s time to send her piglets out to make their own way in the world, Cha (the gym-rat) Siu (the environmentalist) and Bao (the bookworm) think they’re too different to live together. Cha builds his house out of sticks, Siu builds hers out of straw, and Bao builds his out of bricks. When the Big Bad Wolf comes to eat them, they realize that if they work together, they can defeat him. Play is suitable for ages 4 and up. Lewis Family Playhouse in the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, in Rancho Cucamonga 91739. Parking is free. Tickets: (909) 477-2752 or www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com.

DANCE: Winding up the Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series and bringing the Ford Theatres 2014 summer season to a close, Ezralow Dance takes the stage at the Ford Amphitheatre on Sept. 13 at 8:00 pm. The commissioned, site-specific world premiere from world-renowned director/choreographer Daniel Ezralow will be accompanied by live music from contemporary classical ensemble wild Up, marking the debut of Ezralow’s new, Los Angeles-based company.

“I try to break traditions, to look at something we may have all viewed many times before and see it completely differently,” says Ezralow. “With this new company of 9 dancers, I want to build a creative home for the huge amount of repertory I’ve developed around the world. Being an eclectic artist means that I’ve been lucky enough to jump from film to TV to stage, but there’s been no way until now to collect everything into a single body of work.” Tickets: (323) 461-3673 or www.FordTheatres.org. A $5 discount is available with advance purchase by Sept. 6.


CONCERTS/CABARET: Rockwell Table and Stage announces the world premiere of ROAR, choreographed by Ambrose Respicio III, musical direction by Brian Kennedy and conceived/directed by VP Boyle. Previews September 5 & 6, show opens Friday, September 12 at 8:00 pm. The cast includes Sebastian La Cause, Matt Magnusson, Briana Cuoco, Nicci Claspell, Emily Morris, Joe Donohoe, Kyra Selman, Bianca Giselle and Lexie Galante. ROAR is an immersive theatrical event with a sexy, edgy and kinetic cast that delivers gut-wrenching vocals from songs by Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Pink, Shakira, Rihanna, Lorde, Sia, Lady Gaga, Sara Bareilles and many more. Three young women discover what it means to be truly human when they must battle for survival in their messy, private world as it crumbles. Lover. Husband. Partner. Friend. No one is left untouched as they face the strangers they thought they knew. Rockwell Table and Stage is located at 1714 N. Vermont in Los Feliz. Tickets: (323) 669-1550 x 20 or www.rockwell-la.com.

BOOKS: On September 2nd St Martin’s Press will release Barbara Isenberg’s new book Tradition! The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, the World’s Most Beloved Musical. Published in celebration of Fiddler’s 50th anniversary, Tradition! is a book for anyone who loves musical theatre. Barbara Isenberg interviewed the men and women behind the original production, the film and significant revivals - Harold Prince, Sheldon Harnick, Joseph Stein, Austin Pendleton, Joanna Merlin, Norman Jewison, Topol, Harvey Fierstein and more - to produce what Kirkus Reviews calls ‘a loving tribute to a cultural phenomenon.’ Click Here for more information about the book.

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