Wednesday, December 3, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS for Wednesday, December 3, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS: The producers have announced that a limited number of $25 orchestra seats will be available for a day-of-performance lottery for the Los Angeles return of Wicked which begins performances on Wednesday, Dec.10 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each; cash only. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability. For more information about the Wicked Day of Show Lottery, please visit or call (323) 468-3030 for recorded information.

The Grove Theatre in Upland presents Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids Dec. 6 - 14. Performances are on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm and Saturday, December 6 at 7:29 pm. Based on the classic animated film, the show is a fur-raising adventure about Cruella De Vil, Disney's most outrageous villain, and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. Tickets: (909) 920-4343. The Grove Theatre is located at 276 E. Ninth Street, Upland, CA 91786.

HOLIDAY SHOWS: Cabrillo Music Theatre brings its yearly Holiday Show for the troops to the Civic Arts Plaza for the first time, with Cabrillo’s 2014 Holiday Family Celebration. For years, Cabrillo has been putting on a specially-prepared variety show exclusively for the troops and their families, at the Naval Base Ventura County. This year, Cabrillo will transfer this memorable performance to the Scherr Forum on December 13, the evening following the show for the troops. Now Cabrillo audiences will get to enjoy the show, featuring Cabrillo Music Theatre show stars, the Kabrillo Kids, The Cabrillo Teen Project, plus familiar holiday characters, audience sing-a-longs, a pre-show reception with audience and cast, and an appearance by Santa Claus himself. Perfect and affordable for the entire family.

Cabrillo stars past and present have lined up for this year’s show, including Lakeisha Houston (the star of Cabrillo’s recent hit, Memphis), Frank Authello Andrus II (In the Heights), Harley Jay (Grease), Zachary Ford (Bye Bye Birdie), Jennifer Foster (Glee), Harrison Meloeny (Birdie), J.D. Driskill (Legally Blonde), Francesca Barletta (Grease and Birdie), Kurt Kemper and Barbara Cooper. Tickets are $29 and are on sale only through for what promises to be a warm, wonderful and special evening of entertainment.

Parson’s Nose Theater presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3:00 pm. Adapted by artistic director, Lance Davis, this 75-minute performance is presented as a part of the theater’s Pay What You Will Readers’ Theater Series. Readers’ Theater Series productions are rehearsed staged readings, omitting props and set pieces, to carry the audience through story by means of language and acting. Reservations may be made online at or by calling (626) 403-7667. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, but advanced phone reservations are necessary. Limit 4 persons per reservation, ages 12+. Parson’s Nose Theater performs at Lineage Performing Arts Center located at 89 South Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA 91105.

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HOLIDAY CABARET/CONCERTS: Broadway veterans Dale Kristien and Bill Hutton present their 19th annual Home for the Holidays concert at The Grove Theatre on Dec. 21 at 3:00 pm. Dale played Christine for the entire first Los Angeles run of The Phantom of the Opera at the Ahmanson Theatre, while Bill played the original Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Broadway. They’ll sing seasonal favorites with some of The Grove’s favorite performers including Sherry Kinison. Santa will even pay a visit and invite the kids in the audience to join him on stage! This show has been a favorite holiday tradition since it began in 1995. Tickets are $25 and $30 at (909) 920-4343 or The Grove Theatre is located at 276 E. Ninth Street, Upland, CA 91786.

[Updated] (mostly) Musicals presents (mostly) HOLIDAY!, an evening of surprisingly seasonal songs, Monday, Dec. 8 at its new venue, Café Fais Do-Do. The show features (mostly) contemporary holiday songs from established writers including Jason Robert Brown, Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens, and Jerry Herman; as well as up and coming writers like LA’s own Joe Greene & Heidi Powers, Bryan Blaskie, and Gregory Nabours, and NYC writers Rachel Peters, Joel Waggoner and Dan Marshall, and more performed by Julie Tolivar, Walter Winston O’Neil, Shelley Regner, Michael A. Shepperd, Amanda Kruger, Derrian Tolden, David Crane, Molly Gilman and more, with music direction by Gregory Nabours. Plus, hear the west coast premiere of Sam Carner and Derek Gregor’s mini musical Flash-Priest directed by NMI’s Scott Guy. Then stick around for our open mic after party hosted by Nathan Ondracek with Gregory Nabours on piano. Tickets are available at

Barbara Morrison will be the star performer in a full evening of entertainment running the gamut from jazz, blues, rhythm-and-blues and Motown in the Big Band Bang for Your Buck New Year’s Eve Musical Festival at the Encore Dinner Theatre. The legendary jazz and blues vocalist will sing with her John Stephens-led 18-piece Big Band and Charles Small and the Bu Crew Quartet. The music, which will be played continuously from the opening of the doors at 7:30 pm until 2015 begins at midnight, will also feature the Ricky Taylor Trio and Disc Jockey Quick. Videos of renowned singers and band leaders from yesterday and today will also be played. Tickets are on sale at For more information, call (310) 462-1439.

Rockwell Holiday Events (Tickets for all of Rockwell's events can be purchased at
Sunday, December 7 at 8:00 pm
IAMA & Friends: An Ugly Sweater Holiday Spectacular will help kickoff the holiday season with a night of song and camaraderie featuring old standards and new arrangements of your favorite classics. Musical direction by Rachel Lawrence. Hosted by TV Host and personality, Matthew Hoffman. All Proceeds are to benefit IAMA Theatre Company. Tickets: $35.00.

Thursday, December 11 at 7:30pm
Sparkle: An All-Star Holiday Concert (A Benefit for the Actor’s Fund)
Scott Nevins (one of the breakout stars of Bravo’s new hit show The People’s Couch) brings his star-studded Holiday benefit concert back to Los Angeles to benefit the programs and services of The Actors Fund, featuring another all-star cast of performers from the worlds of Broadway, Television, Film and the music industry. $20.00 - $100.00.

Friday, December 12 at 8:00 pm
FELLOWSHIP! The Musical Parody of The Fellowship of the Ring  – 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert! This December marks 10 years since the award-winning musical parody first hit the stage. To celebrate, members of the original cast (along with audience favorites) will perform the songs of Fellowship! Whether you are a longtime fan or are just hearing about it for the first time, don’t miss this one-night-only concert performance. $10.00.

Saturday, December 13 at 8:00pm
The Gospel of Dolly: A Hard Candy Christmas
Celebrated by Ms. Parton herself and accompanied by The Train-To-Kill Gospel Choir, Our Lady J and special guests shed new meaning and light on Dolly’s Christmas music, as well as her greatest hits in this holiday celebration of the Queen of Country. $20

Sunday, December 14 at 8:00 pm
Nicole Parker is Jillane Jenkins* in Suitcase Full of Lies
*a fictitious character portrayed by Nicole Parker in a leotard.
Best known for her work as lovable secretary Callie Carter from the hit 1970's sitcom, She's Got a Job!, Ms. Jenkins brings you her life story in song and style! Called a tour de force by her fourth husband, and ....a... [really]...@#$!, by the fourth hour of the Today Show, Suitcase takes you from the heights of Jillane's fame, to the lows of her painful struggle with her father's eczema. $15 - $35

Monday, December 15 at 8:00 pm
10 Days Before Christmas and the Night Before Hannukah 
West Coast sensations Lee Lessack and Susannah Mars meet East Coast sensation Richard Weidlich for a wild and poignant holiday cabaret for everyone. An up-front celebration of the excessiveness of the season – from garish sweaters to the obsessive-compulsive way some people embrace holiday shopping – its the conflicted emotions that Christmas stirs up that gives “10 Days Before Christmas and the Night Before Hanukkah” real depth. $22.50

Tuesday, December 16 at 8:00 pm
Sharon McNight – Twisted Christmas
Tony-nominee Sharon McNight’s show is an irreverent look at the traditions of the season. If you’re looking for a warm and cozy show filled with the traditional carols, look elsewhere. This is definitely not a Donny & Marie Christmas Program. Over the past decades, during the holidays, while Rosemary Clooney touted a White Christmas and Bruce Vilanch roasted his chestnuts over an open fire, McNight offered an alternative choice from the expected songs. She has stockpiled myriad and outrageous, wacky musical commentaries on the 12 days of everything from Santa, elves, gift wrapping, toys, cold, weather, snow and let’s not forget “the family.” $15 - $35

Thursday, December 18 at 8:00 pm
Into the Weiss starring Sasha Weiss
Come along as Weiss recounts her travels from Broadway to Hollywood and all the metaphorical giants, witches, and so many magic beans she encountered along the way. With music from traditional Broadway to fantastically reimagined pop tunes, this musical night with be one to remember. Music direction by Korrie Paliotto. $15 - $35

December 19, 20, 23, 24, 26 & 27 at 8 pm
A Rockin’ Rockwell Family Christmas
Join stars from Broadway, Film & Television as they rock out your favorite holiday tunes for our annual Rockwell Holiday show – Perfect for the whole family. $15.00 - $35

Tuesday, December 30 at 8:00pm
Donny Most: Sings and Swings
Donny Most, best known as Ralph Malph from the long running hit television show Happy Days, and his 7 piece band, bring the songs of Sinatra, Darin, Martin, and more to life through his interpretations and creative arrangements. The wing era and 50's cool are fused together inane very unique show as Donny shares stories from Happy Days and beyond. $20

Wednesday, December 31 at 7:00 pm & 10:00 pm
A Rocky Horror New Year’s Eve
Celebrate with us as we follow Brad, Janet, Rocky and your favorites through a night of madness and delight with your favorite Rocky tunes to ring in the New Year. $80 - $175

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