Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS for Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS: Sixth Avenue’s Town Hall Back Room Reading Series continues with Joss Whedon’s Once More, With Feeling: The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Musical, directed by Tony Soto with musical direction by Dan Wessels. The musical episode will be read one night only, Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 8:00 at Akbar in Silver Lake. Along with a live rock band, the cast will feature Nicci Claspell (pictured) as Buffy along with Tom DeTrinis, Jay Donnell, Geoffrey Going, Ashley Joyce, Natalie Lander, James Lynch, Kimberly Moore, Reagan Osborne, and Cailan Rose. In Once More, With Feeling, the classic episode from season six of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a mysterious force compels the Sunnydale residents to burst into musical numbers revealing their innermost secrets and desires. Akbar is located at 4356 W. Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. Admission is free, but reservations are suggested at www.6avenue.org.

California Lutheran University will present a free musical theater production of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World in the Samuelson Chapel on the Thousand Oaks campus at Nov. 18 and 19 at 7:00 pm. The highly theatrical song cycle transports the audience from the deck of a Spanish sailing ship in 1492 to a basketball court in urban America to a ledge featuring an array of fascinating characters 57 stories above Fifth Avenue. It explores the universality of life in transition, including the choices people make and the challenges they face. Heidi Valencia Vas, an adjunct music faculty member, is directing the production. The forum is located south of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Blvd. For more information, call (805) 493-3415.

HOLIDAY NEWS: Garrett Clayton (Disney’s Teen Beach Movie) will star as  Sleeping Beauty’s Prince of Alhambra in this year’s Panto at the Playhouse Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight at Pasadena Playhouse beginning Dec. 10. The cast also features previously announced Olivia Holt as Aurora, Lucy Lawless as Carabosse, David Engel as Nanny Tickle, Tamyra Gray as The Good Fairy and returning from last year’s production of Aladdin and His Winter Wish, Ben Giroux as Silly Billy. Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight runs through January 4, 2015. www.pasadenaplayhouse.org

The 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade has announced the line-up of artists for this year’s musical performances. Featured artists this year will include Grand Marshal Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Estelle, Guy Sebastian, HEART (pictured), R5, Richie Sambora with Australian guitarist Orianthi, Rita Wilson, and Taylor Dayne. The parade will be hosted by popular TV personalities Dean Cain, Laura McKenzie, Erik Estrada, and Montel Williams. A true Hollywood tradition for over 80 years, the parade attracts over 1 million in attendance each year with larger than life inflatable character balloons and celebrity filled cars making the much heralded trek down the over 3-mile parade route. The two-hour special will be broadcast on Dec. 10th at 4:00 pm on the Hallmark Channel with an additional run on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on Dec. 19 at 5:00 pm. For more information, visit http://thehollywoodchristmasparade.org/.

The 55th Annual FREE L.A. County Holiday Celebration will take place on Dec. 24 from 3:00 – 6 pm. Doors open at 2:30 (The line forms much earlier) and will feature performing artists from across Los Angeles County. Some of the groups featured include Buyepongo, The Company Men (pictured), Daniel Ho & Halau Keali’i o Nalani, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Greater Los Angeles Cathedral Choir, Greater Los Angeles Cathedral Choir, JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble, Los Angeles Ballet, Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jóse Hernàndez, Mountainside Master Chorale, Palmdale High School Choral Union, Salvation Army Tabernacle Children’s Chorus, Southern California Brass Consortium and more.

Entertainment on The Music Center plaza begins at noon and patrons may come and go throughout the three hour performance. A live broadcast of the show airs from 3:00 – 6:00 pm on PBS SoCaL. The show will also stream live at www.pbssocal.org and will be repeated from 9:00 pm and again on Dece. 25 at noon. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles 90012. For more info, call (213) 972-3099 or go to www.HolidayCelebration.org.

City Ballet of Los Angeles presents The Nutcracker Swings, a jazzy twist on the holiday favorite set in 1942 Los Angeles during WWII Dec. 19 & 20, The Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The Nutcracker Swings is CBLA’s tribute to the classic tale of the Nutcracker. Set in 1942 during WWII in Hancock Park and the iconic Cocoanut Grove nightclub, the audience will be swept away to another world while dancers swing to the sounds of Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington. In this version of the classic family ballet, Maria, the heroine falls for the leading man, Jim, a WWII hero who gives Maria the Nutcracker doll which kicks off a whirlwind journey of Christmas Wonder. The Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 743 South Lucerne Blvd., Los Angeles 90005. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/908770.

CABARET: Rockwell Table and Stage has announced a new monthly collaborative series with Sirius XM Radio as they will be presenting “Sirius XM: The Stage Door Supper Club Radio Hour: Live From the Rockwell! Up next in the series is Magic To Do! An Evening of Music and Prestidigitation on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 8:00 pm. Join Sirius XM host Benjamin Schrader and performers including Carly Jibson, Jared Gertner, Eric Petersen, and Jill Marie Burke as they perform songs celebrating the art of prestidigitation with live stage magic from magicians from the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Tickets are $15- $25 Rockwell Table and Stage is located at 1714 N. Vermont Blvd. in Los Feliz. For reservations, call (323) 669-1550 x  20 or visit www.rockwell-la.com.

OPERA: Pasadena Opera, a new company in Pasadena, will offer a free, 30-minute lunchtime concert in Pasadena on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 12:10 – 12:40 pm as part of its Music at Noon series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Come meet Pasadena Opera’s wonderful guest artists and hear some great music. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 E. Colorado Blvd and is a terrific place to hear a concert (the acoustics are terrific!). For more information about Pasadena Opera, visit http://pasadenaopera.org/.

Pasadena Opera is also currently casting for its first production, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, based on the novella of the same name by Voltaire. Performances are scheduled on January 9 & 10, 2015, at A Noise Within in Pasadena. Founded by Pasadena local Dana Sadava, a former engineer and a working conductor, and Indre Viskontas, a neuroscientist and working soprano, the initiative is based on a shared vision of creating high-quality productions that capitalize on the unique character of Pasadena, and melding cutting-edge science and technology with a traditional art form. For more information, visit http://pasadenaopera.org/.

Long Beach Opera presents Thérèse Raquin Saturday Jan. 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm and Sunday Feb. 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th Street, San Pedro. Love surrenders to lust in this scandalous tale of primal appetites, embraced by a lavish, sensual score by Tobias Picker and libretto by Gene Scheer, based on the novel by Émile Zola that mirrors the lovers’ turbulent affair. Thérèse, bound by an unhappy marriage, falls deeply in love with an old friend, but romance turns to madness when they commit a crime that will haunt them forever. Join Long Beach Opera for a deadly ménage a trois in what Opera Now calls “a meaningful opera infused with moments of searing reflection and luxurious sensuality.” Click Here for more information or call (562) 432-5934.

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