Friday, October 24, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS for Friday, October 24, 2014

The Eclectic Company Theatre presents the Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley’s The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd Nov. 1 – 23. The show is directed by Bonnie Hellman and choreographed by Kay Cole (who was a member of the original cast), with musical director Emily Cohn, presented by Children’s Theatre Group of Southern California and produced by Sherry Lynn and Robert Briscoe Evans. This is a departure for CTGSC since adults will play nearly all of the major roles. Also, this will not be a junior version; it will be the complete musical, as originally performed on Broadway in 1965. Several of the show’s songs have become enduring standards: “Who Can I Turn To?,” “On a Wonderful Day Like Today,” “The Joker.” Considering that the show will frequently have young people in the audience, the fate of one of the secondary characters in the first act will be handled delicately and racial politics introduced in the second act will be handled with a light touch, but never dismissively.

The cast includes Sean Smith (Sir), Alec Medlock (Cocky), Liam Daniels, Caitlin Gallogly, Marc Antonio Pritchett, Phil Biedron, Lola Michelle Brown, Tess Colley, Alexa Druyanoff, Langdon Janos, Vera Wheatley and Jenna Zuckerman. The Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd. (between Chandler and Magnolia), Valley Village, CA 91607. Tickets: (818) 508-3003 or www.eclecticcompanytheatre.org

Parson’s Nose Theater continues their 2014-15 Season with their first full production, The Pied Piper of Hamlin (A Musical), an original piece from artistic director, Lance Davis, based on an Eastern European Folk Tale. The Pied Piper is a 13th Century legend with many possible sources. In Davis’s version it’s about a town that refuses to change its priorities, and pays the price. The Pied Piper plays Nov. 1 – 23. Running time is approximately 90 minutes plus intermission and it is appropriate for ages 12+. Parson’s Nose Theater performs at Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 South Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA 91105. Performances are “Pay What You Will” ($20 Suggested). Reservations may be made online at www.parsonsnose.com or by calling 626-403-7667. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Pockets, created and performed by Darien Martus, will play the Hudson Mainstage Theatre Nov. 2 – Dec. 7 at 7:00 pm. The show is a one man, one piano musical of songs that reach into our pockets: what we carry in them, what we have with us all day, what’s important to us and maybe something of who we are, Hudson Mainstage Theatre 6539 Santa Monica Blvd Hollywood, CA 90038. Tickets: (323) 960-7712 or www.plays411.com/pockets.

The Festival of New American Musicals presents Musi-Cal on Monday, Nov. 3rd at 8:00 pm at Rockwell Table & Stage hosted by Jonah Platt [pictured]. LA musical theater lovers will get their first look & listen to four new musical works in progress. The evening is one of a series of five upcoming Musi-Cal events being produced at Rockwell by The Festival of New American Musicals that showcases local songwriters and their newest works.

This performance will include: Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda with songs from Ernest Shackelton Loves Me, a New York-bound musical fresh from its critically acclaimed premiere at Seattle Rep and co-written with Tony winner Joe DiPietro; Rona Siddiqui and Liz Suggs with songs from One Good Day, which will receive a reading in NYC in November and was recently awarded ASCAP’s Mary Rodgers & Lorenz Hart Award; Ryann Ferguson and Steven Jamail with songs from Nicholas and Alexandra, which will open in Denver, Spring 2015; and Gregory Nabours with songs from Masque of the Red Death (co-written with Wendi Pini). A past Ovation award winner; in November, an evening of his work will be performed and broadcasted live from the Kennedy Center. Click Here for tickets. www.lafestival.org

Festival Co-Executive Producer, Bob Klein, will be honored as one of Encore.org’s 2014 Purpose Prize Fellows on Oct. 28 in Tempe, AZ. The award recognizes the achievements of 38 social innovators over 60 years of age who are dedicated to finding solutions to challenging social problems. “At the age of 78 I began a new career in musical theater after more than half a century of running my own business in communications and entertainment marketing here in Southern California,” says Klein. “Besides presenting over 130 musicals and events in over 80 venues stretching from Santa Barbara to San Diego, we are concentrating currently on our educational mission. While young people who want to express themselves on stage on song and dance have tremendous opportunities, those who may want to compose music, write lyrics or book have very few places to go. Next year we expect to begin the process of introducing ‘show writing’ into high school, college and university curricula in Southern California.” Way to go, Bob!

Dancing in My Cockroach Killers, a play with music, is an explosive mix of text, visuals, and music based on the writings of award-winning poet & playwright Magdalena Gómez that will be part of the Encuentro 2014 Festival Oct. 31- Nov. 8. Based on selected works by Gómez, it is adapted for the stage and directed by Rosalba Rolón, presented by Pregones Theater and Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. The cast includes Sol Crespo, Shadia Fairuz, Jesús Martinez, Omar Pérez, Elise Santora and Rocky Vega, and musicians Desmar Guevara, Nicky Laboy and Bryan Vargas. Musical direction is by Desmar Guevara and choreography by Antonio Vargas. It will be performed in English with some Spanish phrases accompanied by English supertitles. Los Angeles Theatre Center, in the 499-seat Theatre 1, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. Click Here for tickets or call (866) 811-4111.

TPC Play, LLC will present The Penis Chronicles, a world premiere play with music, written by Tom Yewell and music composed by Greg O’Connor, directed by Randal Kleiser (The Blue Lagoon, Grease). The show runs Nov. 6 – Dec 14 (opening on Saturday, Nov. 8) at the Coast Playhouse. The show is a revealing perspective on the male psyche exploring the complex masculine experience. Eight distinctively different New York men of various ages and backgrounds deliver monologues and share their insights, challenges and uncertainties with regard to their masculinity and sexuality, uncovering the emotional barriers that every man confronts on his journey. The cast will feature Trevor Scott Campbell, Kelly Franett, Kyle Eastman, Ozzie Rodriguez, Jade Willis and Ali Zahiri. Design team includes Cricket S. Myers (sound design) and Austin Burkett (lighting design). 8325 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. Tickets: (323) 960-7787 or www.plays411.com/penischronicles.

EXTENDED: Re-Animator the Musical has been extended through Nov. 23 (www.trepanyhouse.org for tickets) and has also announced that it will play Las Vegas Jan. 6 - 18, 2015 at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave., Las Vegas NV 89106. Tues.- Fri. at 8:00, Sat. and Sun. at 2:30 and 8:00. Click Here for tickets.

CONCERTS/CABARET: A one-night-only concert reunion of the revival cast of bare: A Rock Musical, comes to Rockwell: Table & Stage on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 8:00 pm. Returning cast members include Payson Lewis, Jonah Platt, Lindsay Pearce, Katie Stevens, Shelley Regner, John Griffin, Kelsey Hainlen, Casey Hayden, Christopher Higgins, Reesa Ishiyama, Alissa-Nicole Koblentz, Harrison Meloeny, Katherine Washington, and Stephanie Andersen. This reunion concert of the Damon Intrabartolo-Jon Hartmere pop opera is produced for glory|struck Productions by Topher Rhys and Jamie Lee Barnard, with musical direction by Elmo Zapp and associate music production by Alex Seller. Click Here for tickets. For more information: www.facebook.com/barelosangeles

Vox Femina will present Music: A Mirror of Our Humanity on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8:00 pm at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020. This concert is not only a reflection of the struggles we face in the world, it is also a realization of the beauty and strength we find as we strive to create a better world. A new commission by David O. will be featured on the program, sponsored by Vox alumna Donna Burroughs. Throughout the concert, Kaleeka Bond from Ryman Arts will be creating an original visual art piece, inspired by the voices of Vox and the messages of our music making. Tickets: http://voxfemina.org/music-a-mirror-of-our-humanity/

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