Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Musical & Holiday Updates, Auditions, and What's Coming in 2015

MUSICAL NEWS: Coeurage Theatre Company has announced the addition of three benefit performances of Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical on Dec. 18, 19 & 20 at the Lyric-Hyperion Theatre in Silver Lake. These special performances will benefit Coeurage, its various programs and its community outreach. The show opened on Halloween night and has received rave reviews for its inspired zaniness and abundance of laughter. Tickets are on sale at or (323) 944-2165. The show is crazy fun and I highly recommend it. Tickets will sell out so get them now. All tickets are $25.

HOLIDAY CONCERTS: Upright Cabaret’s 9th annual A Broadway Christmas will take place Dec. 17 & 18 at 8:30 pm at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood, hosted by Bruce Vilanch, with musical direction by Gregory Nabors. Performers include Jill Marie Burke, Candice Clasby, Will Collyer, Laura Dickinson, Sheila Karls, Jacob Lusk, Matthew Ryan Pest, Jonah Platt, Amber Snead and Brandon Wardell. Tickets: or call (866) 468-3399.

Adding a final flourish to the holiday season, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents two concerts of Handel’s Messiah on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7 pm, at Disney Hall. Featuring 40 members of the acclaimed chorus, orchestra and four gifted soloists from the Chorale’s ranks, the concert provides the opportunity to hear this riveting oratorio – rich with soaring high notes, powerful bass, majestic brass and lush orchestrations – performed by what many critics consider to be the best chorus in the country. Soloists include Christina Bristow, soprano; Niké St. Clair, mezzo soprano; Arnold Livingston Geis, tenor; and Chung Uk Lee, baritone. Tickets: (213) 972-7282, or visit

COMING IN 2015: Cyrano meets The Sopranos in the world premiere of Serrano The Musical, which comes to the Matrix Theatre in West Hollywood next month. Serrano features book & lyrics by Madeline Sunshine, music by Robert Tepper, musical direction by Jeff Rizzo, and choreography by Peggy Hickey. The show is directed by Joel Zwick. Previews begin Jan. 8, the show opens on Jan. 16, and will run through Sunday, March 29. Serrano D’Angelo (Timothy Martin Gleason) is a renaissance man - poet, connoisseur of arts…and the enforcer for the Reyo crime family. Don Reyo seeks Serrano’s help in educating his nephew Vinnie, a handsome but foul-mouthed young mobster. The goal: to take the “crude” out of Vinnie so he can seduce the beautiful and refined daughter of a judge who sits on a case involving “The Family.” If Vinnie succeeds, the judge would be compromised and have to recuse himself from the case; and the next judge in line is owned by the mob. Serrano accepts Don Reyo’s challenge only to discover that the judge’s daughter is the beautiful Rosanna, the woman with whom Serrano is secretly in love. The cast also includes Suzanne Petrela (Rosanna), Chad Doreck (Vinnie), Allen Hidalgo, Jay Winnick, Chad Borden, Tom McMahon, Craig McEldowney, Valerie Perri, Peter Van Norden, Matthew Henerson, and Kristina Miller. Tickets: or (323) 960-7774.

A staged reading of Sing Me Home by Amber Romina Cassell (book) and Kristy Hanson (music & lyrics) will take place on Jan. 26 at 8:00 pm (cocktails at 7 pm) at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Sometimes healing a broken heart means finding your voice in this contemporary new musical which features fourteen original songs in the pop-rock genre, with influences ranging from rhythm and blues to country. The cast includes Mandy Gonzalez Bud WeberKathryn Gallagher and Curt Mega. Music director and singer-songwriter Angela Parrish leads a five-piece band from the piano. The reading is complimentary, but please contact to request an invitation. 

Good People Theater Company will produce Maltby and Shire’s musical revue Closer Than Ever Feb. 21 – March 15, 2015 at Hollywood Piano’s gorgeous recital hall. Musical Director, Corey Hirsch, on a concert grand. Tickets will go on sale in January.

Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation presents its second season at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center – Three Dog Night on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8 pm; The Four Tops on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8 pm; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Friday, March 27 at 8 pm; The Muppet Movie Sing-a-Long on Saturday, May 16 at 2 pm and Dick Fox Doo Wop Extravaganza on Saturday, June 6 at 7 pm. This four concert season, and the additional attraction The Muppet Movie Sing-A-Long, will raise funds to support arts in the schools and maintain this new, state-of-the-art facility. Tickets: The theatre is located at 188 Campus Drive at North Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia CA 91007. For more information please call (626) 821-1781.

S.T.A.G.E.’s 31st Anniversary Spectacular To Broadway, From Hollywood…With Love to benefit Aids Project Los Angeles has been set for Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. S.T.A.G.E. is the longest-running annual benefit for AIDS worldwide. In its decades-long history, more than 300 stars of Broadway, film, and television have performed music from the Great White Way while raising millions of dollars for HIV/AIDS organizations in the Los Angeles area.  This year’s 31st Anniversary Spectacular will present music from Broadway shows that originated as Hollywood feature films, performed by an All Star Cast, directed by David Galligan with music director Brad Ellis.

AUDITIONS: Native Voices at the Autry is holding open call and equity auditions for its upcoming production of Off the Rails, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure by Randy Reinholz. Similar in structure but with re-imagined plot twists and a new setting in the American West, the play is Shakespeare meets Blazing Saddles. All characters will sing. Mariana and Caitlin must be legit singers. Prepare 16 bars a cappella and bring 2 copies of your headshot and resume. Mariana (Caucasian): 30-40 year-old, she is the jilted fiancée of Angelo, who she met in the Dakota territories where family died in the Indian wars. Five years later, now a dance hall girl, she still hopes the love of a good woman can save a bad man. She is part of the “bed trick so she will need to be somewhat similar to Isabel. You can find a complete breakdown of roles and information at Shakespeare in LA

Panic! Productions will hold auditions via video for the musical 13 by Jason Robert Brown. Male and female actors who can sing and dance and who can play age 13 are invited to audition. All roles are open. Performers are asked to submit their audition video no later than January 5and should contact to receive a copy of the audition requirements. Rehearsals begin February 10 and performances will take place April 10 - 19 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks.

Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for Mame directed by Ben Lupejkis on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 from 11am-3pm and on Sunday, Jan. 11 from 6-10pm. Callbacks are Monday, Jan. 12 from 7-10pm. First cast read through will be on Wednesday, January 14 at 7pm. Auditions and performances take place at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue, Westchester, CA 90045. Performance dates are March 13 - April 18, 2015. Please visit for more information and a breakdown of roles.

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