Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Falcon Theatre presents Troubadour Theater Company’s The Snow QUEEN, directed by Matt Walker, previewing Dec 3 – 11 and opening on Friday, Dec. 12 at 8:00 pm. The Troubies say We Will Rock You with our musical reimagining of this classic fable with the music of the mercurial British rock band. So grab your Somebody To Love and feel the holiday fun of being Under Pressure with the masters of mayhem. Performances take place at the Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505. Tickets (on sale Nov. 12) will be available by calling (818) 955-8101 or online at www.FalconTheatre.com.

The Pasadena Playhouse has announced the cast for this year’s Panto at the Playhouse Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight. Disney recording artist Olivia Holt will star as Aurora, Lucy Lawless as Carabosse, David Engel as Nanny Tickle, Tamyra Gray as The Good Fairy and returning from last year’s Panto production of Aladdin and His Winter Wish, Ben Giroux as Silly Billy. Sleeping Beauty opens Dec. 10 and plays through Jan. 4, 2015. Also returning for the production are director Bonnie Lythgoe, choreographer Spencer Liff, and musical director Michael Orland. The book is by Kris Lythgoe, scenic and costume design by Lythgoe Family Productions, and the LFP producers include Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Lythgoe and Jason Haigh Ellery. Tickets and information: (626) 356-7529 or www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org

The Old Globe has completed casting for its 17th annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas which will run Nov. 15 – Dec. 27 with opening night set for Nov. 20. Burke Moses makes his Old Globe debut as The Grinch with Taylor Coleman and Gabriella Dimmick alternating in the role of Cindy-Lou and Steve Gunderson returning as Old Max. The cast also includes Robert J. Townsend (Papa Who), Bets Malone (Mama Who), Geno Carr (Grandpa Who), Nancy Snow Carr (Grandma Who), Katelyn Katz and Alexis Rae Tenney (Annie Who), Brooke Henderson and Mikaela Celeste Villalpando (Betty-Lou Who), Noah Baird and Elliot Weaver (Boo Who), and Jordi Bertran and Imahni King-Murillo (Danny Who) and a full ensemble. The Grinch is directed by James Vásquez and features book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin. Tickets: (619) 23-GLOBE or www.TheOldGlobe.org.

MORE MUSICAL NEWS: Chromolume Theatre has announced the cast of Putting It Together, directed and choreographed by Cate Caplin, with musical direction by Richard Berent, opening Nov. 14, at the Attic Theatre. Kurt Hansen, Kristin Towers-Rowles, Chris Kerrigan, Rachel Hirshee, Mike Irizarry, David Callander, Kayre Morrison, Michael DElia, Jillian Easton, Jake Novak, Teresa Tracy will star in the musical revue which showcases the Tony Award-winning songs of Stephen Sondheim. Click Here for tickets.

Kentwood Players presents Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods Nov. 14 – Dec. 20 at the Westchester Playhouse. The production is directed by Shawn K. Summerer with musical direction by Catherine Rahm and stars Matthew Artson, Heather Barnett, Samantha Barrios, Jenna Bergman, Elizabeth Bouton, Erika Brauer, Patricia Butler, Amy Coles, Terry Delegeane, Harold Dershimer, Brad Halvorsen, Brandie June, Carly Linehan, Ben Lupejkis, Roy Okida, Kim Peterson, Catherine Rahm, Alicia Reynolds and Jon Sparks. The show is appropriate for all ages. Tickets: (310) 645-5156 or www.kentwoodplayers.org.

New musical fans can see a 30-minute preview of the new musical Cowboy Girl, written and directed by Kyle Jackson and Joanna Bateman this Saturday, October 25. Set in 1967, Cowboy Girl tells the story of a guy and a gal heading West with guitars on their backs and dreams in their hearts. Jackson and Bateman star as the young couple. Bateman is a member of The Illyrian Players and Jackson co-composed and performed with Edan Freiberger the music for Drunk Tank: The Musical in the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Jackson earned a history degree in 2012 from UCLA, where he also studied playwriting. The preview is part of An Evening of American Theatre and will be presented along with Tennessee Williams’ one-act play Green Eyes starring Arianna Lyons and Austin Thompson. The event will take place at a private residence, 13826 Haynes Street, Van Nuys, CA from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. For more information contact (513) 535-4517 or JoannaRoseBateman@gmail.com.

EXTENSIONS: DOMA Theatre Company has extended Young Frankenstein at the MET Theatre through Nov. 30. Tickets: (323) 802-9181 or www.domatheatre.com.

Scary Musical The Musical, by Richard Hochberg and Michael Paternostro, has extended its run through Nov. 23 at the NoHo Arts Center. Tickets: www.nohoace.com.

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