Thursday, December 18, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS for Thursday, December 18, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS: Cabrillo Music Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim & George Firth’s Company Jan. 23 – Feb. 8 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, directed by Nick DeGruccio, with musical direction by Cassie Nickols. Through unique and innovative storytelling, George Firth’s script brings both comic and painfully honest insights into relationships – as contemporary now as when Company first took the Broadway stage in 1970. Stephen Sondheim’s score is filled with his finest work. Songs include “Side By Side,” “Another Hundred People,” “Not Getting Married Today,” “Being Alive,” and “The Ladies Who Lunch.” Company also marks a new chapter in Cabrillo’s history by taking a book musical into the Scherr Forum, next door to the larger Kavli Theatre. Alexander Jon stars as Robert, with Tracy Lore (Joanne), Michael Andrew Baker (Harry), Nick Tubbs (Paul), Shelley Regner (Amy), Elissa Wagner (Sarah), Paul Babb (Larry), Heather Dudenbostel, Chelsea Emma Franko, Aly French, James Padilla, Jane Papageorge, Elizabeth Smith, and Kevin Story. Tickets: (800) 745-3000 or http://cabrillomusictheatre.com/

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment will present the Southern California regional premiere of Billy Elliot the Musical Jan. 16 – Feb. 8 (press opening on Saturday, Jan. 17), featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, musical direction by John Glaudini, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Brian Kite. Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984 miners' strike, the show is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy's journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community, and changes his life forever.

The cast will feature  Noah Parets as Billy (National Tour, Billy Elliot), Vicki Lewis as Mrs. Wilkinson, Jake Kitchin as Michael (Broadway & National Tour, Billy Elliot), Jamie Torcellini as George, Marsha Waterbury as Grandma, Kim Huber as Billy’s Mum, Brandon Forrest as Adult Billy, Neil Dale as Mr. Braithwaite, Sammy Gayer as Debbie, and in the ensemble: Andrew Blake Ames, Brooke Besikoff, Emma Bradley, Michael Dotson, Jeremy Duvall, Zachary Hess, Olivia Knox, Emilie Lafontaine, Tyler Ledon, Julia Nicole Massey, Jenna McConnell, Bruce Merkle, McKenna Perez, Gary Lee Reed, Benni Ruby, Brian Steven Shaw, Hannah Jean Simmons, Ashley Kiele Thomas, Brooklyn Vizcarra, and Justin Wilcox. Tickets:  (562) 944-9801, (714) 994-6310 or www.lamiradatheatre.com



REDCAT presents the world premiere of Half Life, the newest work by Los Angeles multimedia ensemble Cloud Eye Control, Jan. 15 - 18, 2015. Cloud Eye Control was formed in 2006 by the Los Angeles based trio of animator and media artist Miwa Matreyek; composer, writer, and performer Anna Oxygen (Anna Huff); and theater director Chi-wang Yang, all known internationally for their stunning work individually and as a multimedia collective. A deeply expressive lamentation of fierce urgency, their latest multimedia production is an imagistic, visceral work inspired by the nervous fear felt in the wake the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. It features Cloud Eye Control’s signature hybrid performance style that mixes projected animation, live performance, and a live soundtrack of original electronic music.

The story centers around two women who literally and figuratively live on opposite sides of the world. When an unknown cataclysmic force disrupts both of their lives, each is compelled to embark on a journey to locate its source. Cloud Eye Control transforms the stage into an imaginative landscape with several customized, moveable screens full of lush animations where live actors interact in the layered space to create imaginative and odd encounters between the virtual and the physical. The original score, sung by the performers with a live band, brings a rock concert dynamism to the moody and atmospheric world. Click Here for more information or call (213) 237-2800.


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Devolver Digital Films is proud to announce the digital VOD release of The Beatles tribute documentary, Come Together Feb. 3, 2015. Directed by Steve Ison and John Scofield, Come Together features performances by ten of an estimated 8,000 international Beatles tribute bands keeping the legacy of The Fab Four alive around the world. Come Together was filmed primarily in and around Liverpool, the birthplace of The Beatles – including the world famous Cavern Club where they were discovered – during International Beatleweek, five decades after the band was formed in 1960. Julia Baird, the sister of John Lennon, narrated the film. In addition to entertaining viewers, Come Together demonstrates the impact of The Beatles on global culture. For more information, visit www.cometogethermovie.com

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