Sunday, November 9, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS for Sunday, November 8, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS: Chance Theater presents the Bock & Harnick musical She Loves Me directed by Sarah Figoten Wilson Nov. 28 – Dec. 28, with opening night set for Dec. 5. The production will star Chance Theater founding artist Erika C. Miller, as well as Stanton Kane Morales, Camryn Zelinger, Corky Loupe, William Gorin, Beach Vickers, Daniel Jared Hersh, Tina Nguyen, Elizabeth Adabale, Eric T. Anderson, Erica Shaeffer, Katelyn Spurgin, Matt Takahashi, Shafik Wahhab and resident artist Laura M. Hathaway. Musical direction is by Taylor Stephenson and choreography by Christopher M. Albrecht. Set against the sumptuous background of a 1930’s Hungarian parfumerie, this tale of unknowing lovers boasts a rich, sprightly score and 10 Tony Awards. This romantic comedy is also the musical adaptation of the play that inspired such popular films as The Shop Around The Corner and You’ve Got Mail. Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807. Tickets: (714) 777-3033 or visit www.ChanceTheater.com.

Wallis Center for the Performing Arts brings Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s critically acclaimed production of Into the Woods to LA December 2 – 21, (gala opening Wed., Dec. 3). Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is directed by Amanda Dehnert who also serves as the production’s musical director. Into the Woods is a modern twist on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales in which beloved storybook characters take on startling complexity as they discover wishes come with a price. The cast features Jeff Skowron (Baker), Rachael Warren ( Baker’s Wif), Miriam A. Laube as the Witch), Miles Fletcher (Jack), Robin Goodrin Nordli (Jack’s Mother), Jeremy Peter Johnson (Cinderella’s Prince/Voice of the Wolf), Howie Seago (the Wolf), Kjerstine Rose Anderson (Little Red Riding Hood), Jennie Greenberry (Cinderella), Robert Vincent Frank (Cinderella’s Father), Catherine E. Coulson (Cinderella’s Stepmother/Milky White), Royer Bockus (Rapunzel), John Tufts (Rapunzel’s Prince), Mauro Hantman (the Steward), Katie Bradley (Florina/Sleeping Beauty) and Christiana Clark (Lucinda/Snow White). Tickets: 310-746-4000 or www.thewallis.org.

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts kicks off its 2014-15 Programs for Young Audiences series with Boxtales Theatre Company’s The Odyssey: Heroic Tales From Greek Mythology. This 60-minute exciting, story-filled adventure is recommended for audiences ages 4 and up. Two shows only - Sunday, Dec.7th at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Storyteller Michael Katz, actor Jeff Mills and musician Michael Andrews combine their diverse talents to create a professional, high energy, highly interactive theatrical experience for young audiences. The Odyssey features virtuosic storytelling, circus arts, enchanting masks, and exhilarating live music in an exciting theatrical telling of the classic tale. Greek hero Odysseus tells of his ten-year journey home from the Trojan War and his encounters with Poseidon, Athena, Zeus, the Cyclops, the Sirens and many others in this classic and fun show. Tickets: $10 - $15 online at www.LaMiradaTheatre.com or call (562) 944-9801.

La Jolla Playhouse has announced five shows for its 2015-16 season, including the world-premiere musical Come from Away, featuring book, music & lyrics by Canadian husband-and-wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein, directed by Christopher Ashley; the world premiere of Indecent, co-created by director Rebecca Taichman and Paula Vogel, co-produced with Yale Repertory Theatre; and Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, by Michael Benjamin Washington, directed by Phylicia Rashad, which had its first workshop during the Playhouse’s 2014 DNA New Work Series.

The Playhouse also announces the centerpiece of its 2015 Without Walls (WoW) Festival: Healing Wars, conceived, directed and choreographed by internationally-renowned choreographer Liz Lerman. The show’s run will culminate at the 2015 WoW Festival taking place Oct. 9 – 11. Also part of the season is the previously-announced world-premiere musical Up Here, featuring book, music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, directed by Alex Timbers. Tickets are available by subscription at (858) 550-1010 or online at www.lajollaplayhouse.org.

Raditatical:A Journey in Rhythm, an original live stage spectacular filled with music, laughter, dance and raw energy opens in Hollywood at The Montalbán Theatre on December 12 for six performances only. Appropriate for all ages, this unique hybrid performance sensation explores the human potential and finds the music within all of us. It is the story of one man’s journey across the country, learning about musical expression and realizing possibilities beyond his wildest dreams. Audiences become a part of the quest, discovering their own rhythm in heartbeats, breath, movements of their hands and feet - how it’s all connected to the pulse of life. Heading the cast is Bronkar Lee directed by Ameenah Kaplan and choreographed by Simon Chalban with a six-member ensemble who beatbox, juggle, tap dance, and play on all sorts of percussion instruments. The cast also features Aaron Williams, Melinda Sullivan, Paul Newman, Scotty Lund, and Andrew Pulkrabek. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (323) 461-6999 or go to www.themontalban.com or www.raditatical.com. Photo by Star Foreman.

HOLIDAY: Belting out the Hallelujah Chorus has become an exhilarating and joyous holiday tradition, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s (LAMC) famed Messiah Sing-Along, conducted by artistic director Grant Gershon, continues to reign supreme as the ultimate must-do for sing-along fans on Sunday, Dec. 7th, 7:00 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses of all abilities – even those with no singing experience – are welcome to the Chorale’s 34th Annual Sing-Along, in which the 2,100-member audience becomes the choir. The performance features a professional orchestra and quartet of professional soloists from the Chorale, including Holly Sedillos, soprano; Janelle DeStefano, mezzo soprano; Ben Cortez, tenor; and David Castillo, baritone. Messiah scores are available for $10 at the door. Tickets: (213) 972-7282 or www.lamc.org.

Inland Pacific Ballet and artistic director Victoria Koenig present The Nutcracker at several Southern California locations, Nov. 29 – Dec. 27. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s stirring and celebrated score, the critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet’s 20th annual production of The Nutcracker has become a treasured holiday tradition for thousands of families with dazzling sets, beautiful costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage. The annual holiday favorite tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. For more information: www.IPBallet.org or (909) 482-1590. Photo by E.Y. Yanagi.
Performance dates and locations include:
Nov 29-30: Arcadia Performing Arts Center, Nov 29-30
Dec 6-7: Lewis Family Playhouse, Rancho Cucamonga
Dec 13-21: Bridges Auditorium, Claremont
Dec 27: Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside

CABARET: Monday, Nov. 10 at 8:00 pm - Simply Scott Alan, An intimate concert with composer Scott Alan and today’s brightest stars. Alan returns to Rockwell: Table & Stage in an evening of songs featured from his five successful albums including Dreaming Wide Awake, Keys, What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up, LIVE and Anything Worth Holding on To as well as songs from his musicals, Home & ifi. Tickets: (323) 669-1550 x 20 or www.rockwell-la.com.

Monday, Nov. 17 at 8:00 pm – Bret Shuford: Charming, A Tale of an American Prince
Why should the Princesses get all the glory? In Charming, Bret Shuford tells the tale of one Prince’s trek from the faraway Kingdom of Texas to a castle in The East Village. Shuford’s quest is highlighted by the music of Sondheim, Lutvak, Prince and more, with a little Disney magic thrown in for good measure. Friendship bracelets, giants and maybe even a furry woodland creature help guide this Prince along the way. Musical Direction is by Tracy Stark, Direction by Lennie Watts. Tickets: (323) 669-1550 x 20 or www.rockwell-la.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 8:00pm – The Hollywood Jane Revue: We’re Just Drawn to That, A Burlesque Tribute to Animation. The show brings your favorite animated characters to life on the stage to tantalize and tease you. From Frozen to Venture Bros., From Archer, to Scooby Doo, we’re covering the world of animation with our discarded clothing. Burlesque by Blanche Bourgeois, Georgia O’Queef, Captain Androgyny, Brandy Snifter, Tiffy Twister, Lana Entendre, Gwen Ruby, Robin Switch, Veronica Voss, Amber Dextrous, and Captain Jack Heartless. Magic by: Scott Marshall. Hosted by Charles Eights. Tickets: (323) 669-1550 x 20 or www.rockwell-la.com.

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