Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MUSICAL News for Wednesday December 17, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS: REDCAT, Calarts’ Downtown Center for Contemporary Arts, presents the newest Wooster Group work, Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation Jan. 21 – Feb. 1, 2015. Early Shaker Spirituals is a performance based on a 1976 LP of Shaker hymns, marches, anthems, and testimony recorded by Sister R. Mildred Barker and the sisters of the Shaker community in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. It features live performances of all twenty tracks from side A of the album sung by Cynthia Hedstrom, Elizabeth LeCompte, Frances McDormand, and Suzzy Roche. The performers channel the voices of the Shaker singers to give a new live rendering of the songs. Complementing the songs are dances created by the Group, composed of simple patterns inspired by the surviving fragments of the ecstatic dance that characterized the Shakers’ worship services. For the dances, the singers are joined by Matthew Brown, Modesto Jimenez, Bobby McElver, Bebe Miller and Andrew Schneider. Jamie Poskin reads from the album liner notes. Tickets:  (213) 237-2800 or www.redcat.org.

The Broad Stage brings to life the magic of Old Hollywood with Jack Lemmon Returns, written and directed by Hershey Felder. Chris Lemmon channels his world-famous father in the heartfelt one-man show Jan. 7 - 25, 2015. The show is a loving tribute to a world-famous dad told with dignity, respect, and a musical storytelling style that features George and Ira Gershwin’s “Love is Here to Stay” and “’S Wonderful.” It is an immensely personal, and ultimately heartwarming story about Chris Lemmon’s Academy Award-winning father and their enduring relationship. Jack Lemmon Returns is performed in The Broad Stage’s black box theater, The Edye. 1310 11th St. Santa Monica CA 90401. Tickets: (310) 434-3200 or www.thebroadstage.com.

Performances of A Celtic Holiday with Craic in the Stone continue through Dec. 23 at Chance Theater’s Bette Aitken theater arts Center. Struggling to find some much-needed cheer as she travels to California for Christmas, a young woman stumbles upon an ancient Celtic tale that brings spirit and a new outlook to her journey home. Rediscover rich Celtic musical traditions with this lively and unique hybrid of concert and musical theater in which the members of the band are your storytellers. With a wonderful blend of ethereal melodies, rousing pub songs, familiar spiritual tunes, and contemporary medleys, this new holiday tradition weaves story and song into an event like no other. Craic in the Stone band members include Jocelyn A. Brown, Aimee Gomez, David McCormick, Bill Strongin, Scott B. Well, Erika C. Miller and James McHale. Tickets: (714) 777-3033 www.ChanceTheater.com. For more about Craic in the Stone, visit www.craicinthestone.com.

Laguna Playhouse will start the New Year right when Rita Rudner returns in Rita Rudner: Out with the Old, In with the Rita. Rudner’s sharp timing and soft-spoken voice have become her trademarks while delivering hilarious and witty observations on everyday life. Opening for Rita will be her singer-songwriter daughter Molly Bergman to make the evening this New Year’s celebration a family affair to remember. The show will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 7:00 pm at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. www.lagunaplayhouse.com
CABARET: An Evening of Classic Broadway, December 29, Upstairs at Vitello’s. Doors open at 7:00. Performance at 8:00 pm. $15 cover + 2-item minimum. 4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. Click Here for tickets. 
Chris Isaacson Presents and Upright Cabaret have announced that native Angeleno and Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez will welcome the new year by coming home to make her Los Angeles solo concert debut in Love, All Ways. Directed by Eric Michael Gillett with musical direction by Brian J. Nash, there will be two shows: Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at 8:30 pm at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood. Doors open at 7:00 pm for cocktail and dinner service (single entrée or drink minimums apply). Admission is $25, and VIP seating ($40) is available. Purchases made before January 10 receive a $5 discount, and online purchases will receive priority seating. Tickets: (866) 468-3399 or www.TicketWeb.com.

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