Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Holidays from MUSICALS in LA

MUSICALS IN LA will be on Holiday Hiatus through December 4th.
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

THIS WEEKEND: Musical Theatre West’s Reiner Staged Reading Series will offer a special one-night only performance of Steel Pier, Sunday, Nov. 23, 7:00 pm, at the University Theatre at California State University, Long Beach (off 7th Street between East and West Campus Drive, Parking Lot 7). An original musical written by Kander and Ebb from an original book by David Thompson, Steel Pier opened on Broadway in 1997 and went on to receive 11 Tony nominations and an additional nine Drama Desk Award nominations. It takes place in the honky-tonk world of marathon dancing in Atlantic City in 1933 as an eclectic collection of depression-era souls compete for fame and prizes on the Steel Pier.

The reading is directed and choreographed by Daniel A. Smith, with musical direction by Bill Brown and is produced by Michael Betts and David Lamoureux. The cast includes Leslie Stevens (Rita Racine), Jeff Edgerton (Bill Kelly), Gabriel Kalomas (Mick Hamilton), Tracy Lore (Shelby Stevens), Jeffrey Landman, Madison Claire Parks, Jeffery Christopher Todd, Marc Montminy, Jennifer Strattan, Allison Sheppard, Peter Becket Kuhl, Kirklyn Robinson, Sarah Meals, Caitlyn Calfas, Zack Crocker, Mike Starr, Bren Thor Johnson, Marisa Field, Katy Tabb, Rachel Davis, Hannah Simmons, and Richard Bulda.For tickets or more information, call (562) 856-1999 x 4 or visit www.musical.org.

Serial Killers returns to Sacred Fools on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 8:00 pm. Five Plays Enter...Three Plays Leave in this episodic night of theatre which includes Chick Tract – The Musical, Episode 7 curated by Vanessa Stewart; directed by Paul Plunkett; music & lyrics by Richard Levinson. “Chick Tracts” is an actual thing that exists. They are comic books that are passed out by Christian Evangelicals in order to teach about the wages of sin. This episode, “You Can Go to Hell” features Vanessa Stewart, Dana DeRuyck, Heather Schmidt, Erika Rose, Lauren Van Kurin, Erin Matthews, Esteban Cruz, Adriana Roze, Rebecca Larsen, Marz Richards, Julia Griswold, Perry Daniel, Cynthia Beckert, and French Stewart. Also on the schedule are The Unlucky Stiff (episode 1) by Bill Robens; Crimes By Women (episode 1) written & directed by Erik Engman; The Boring Astronaut (episode 2) written & directed by French Stewart; and Love, Money, Sex, Prom (episode 2) by Jackson Truax with Dana DeRuyck. Reservations: (310) 281-8337.

HOLIDAY SHOWS: [Update - Please note this show has been cancelled] Charles Dicken’s classic novel A Christmas Carol is celebrating its 170th Year Anniversary, and will be presented in a fully staged production by Broadway Theatricals at Fremont Centre Theatre Dec. 4 - 21. The classic story, set in a poor section of London, England, during the Industrial Revolution (1800s), tells of Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy miser who is given a second chance at becoming a loving, generous person. Original music beautifully accompanies this uplifting retelling, which truly captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season. Fremont Centre Theatre 1000 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena CA 91030. Tickets: (323) 960-7612 or www.plays411.com/christmascarol.

A Los Angeles holiday tradition La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin, presented by GOYA Foods, will make its 11th annual appearance at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 4 & 5, at 7:30 pm. This is LA’s largest theatrical holiday production and stars renowned opera singer Suzanna Guzman as the Virgin on December 4, and Esperanza America in the role on Dec. 5. Sal Lopez plays Juan Diego. There is a cast of over 100 actors, singers and dancers that also includes children and seniors from the community including Cástulo Guerra, Lucy Rodriguez, Geoffrey Rivas, Olivia Delgado, Gabriel Gonzalez, Martin Gallardo and Pepe Serna.

For over a decade, the Latino Theater Company has annually presented this holiday gift to the City of Los Angeles, in association with the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. This dazzling spectacle was adapted for the stage by founding company member and resident playwright Evelina Fernandez from the mid-16th Century text The Nican Mopohua. The production is directed by Latino Theater Company’s artistic director Jose Luis Valenzuela. Original music is composed and performed by Alfredo Lopez Mondragon, with original indigenous music composed and performed by Martin Espino. General admission is FREE to the public (all are welcome to attend) and reserved seating is available for $35. Tickets are available online at www.thelatc.org or by calling (866) 811-4111. The performances will take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Goodwill donations are encouraged. The show is presented in Spanish with English supertitles.

HOLIDAY CONCERTS: Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Rejoice: A Cappella Christmas will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium on Sunday, Dec. 14, 7:00 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Written for and premiered by the Chorale in December 1994, it has since become one of the most frequently performed choral works in modern history. This is the third of four holiday programs presented by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall in December. The choir’s other seasonal offerings include the 34th Annual Messiah Sing-Along, Dec. 7, 7:00 pm; Festival of Carols, Dec. 13, 2:00 pm; and two concert performances of Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 17, 7:30 pm, and Dec. 21, 7 pm. Tickets: (213) 972-7282 www.lamc.org. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles. Photo credit: David Johnston

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