Friday, January 16, 2015

Musical News for Friday, January 16, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS: Broadway Tony Award nominee and former Olympic Gold medal gymnast Cathy Rigby stars as “Cat in the Hat” in Seussical the Musical which officially opens 3D Theatricals’ 2015 season. This delightful, whimsical show will play Fullerton’s historic Plummer Auditorium Feb. 7 – 22 and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Feb. 28 – March 8. Based on selections from the enormously popular works of Dr. Seuss, Seussical is directed and choreographed by David Engel with musical direction by Allen Everman. The cast will also include Kat Borrelli, Gary Brintz, Brandon Burks, James Campbell, Michael Cavinder, Daniel Dawson, Richie Ferris, Justin Goei, Brittany Rose Hammond, April Jo Henry, Natalie Iscovich, Bren Thor Johnson, Kirk Schuyler Lawson, Donna Louden, Adrianna Rose Lyons, Bear Manescalchi, Victoria Matlock, Melanie Mockobey, Julie Morgentaler, Tracy Rowe Mutz, Gregory North, Jonathan Sangster, Amber J. Snead, Momoko Sugai, and Grant Westcott. Tickets: www.3dtshows.com.

International City Theatre kicks off its 30th Anniversary Season with End of the Rainbow, a tour de force musical drama about the final days of Judy Garland Feb. 18 – March 15 (opening night 2/20). The show is directed by John Henry Davis and stars Gigi Bermingham as the legendary singer. In Peter Quilter’s savagely funny play, it’s Christmas 1968, and Judy is shacked up in London’s Ritz Hotel with fiancé number five, Mickey Deans (Michael Rubenstone), and her loyal friend and pianist, Anthony (Brent Schindele, who also musical directs). Also in the cast, playing multiple roles, is Wallace Angus Bruce. Featuring some of Garland’s most memorable songs including “The Man That Got Away,” “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” “The Trolley Song” and, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” End of the Rainbow paints a warts-and-all picture of the beloved but tortured musical icon, her strained relationships with men, her struggle to stay in the spotlight and the pill habit that would claim her life. Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802. Tickets: (562) 436-4610 or www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group presents Ghosts of the Underground, an exciting, new hauntingly-romantic theatrical cliff-hanger, revolving around a mysterious murder. Featuring live music and riveting dance in an all-encompassing “in the round” spectacular directed by Sebastian Muñoz and produced by Zombie Joe. Friday and Saturdays at 8:30 pm Jan 30 – Feb. 21 at  ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 9160. Reservations: (818) 202 - 4120. Tickets: $15 at ZombieJoes.com.

Byway Entertainment presents Richard Byford’s world premiere solo show The Heart of a Gypsy Troubadour, Feb. 13 - April 9 at 8:00 pm. Some shows take months to write, others years -- The Heart of a Gypsy Troubadour is the product of an entire lifetime. Singer/songwriter Richard Byford has distilled his many adventures across Europe and America, his battle with cancer, and the motley crew of characters he has experienced over the years into a solo performance like no other. Performances of his many original songs are a highlight of this heartfelt and very personal look at a life well-lived. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, 91423. Tickets: $20 (818) 687-8559 or www.brownpapertickets.com.

The Festival of New American Musicals presents its next Musi-Cal which offers audience a first look at new musical works in progress. The Mon. Feb. 2nd performance will be hosted by Jonah Platt, with a special guest appearance by Alexa Russo and will feature Platt and Andrew Resnick’s The Giver, John Davisi & Molly Durand’s Datebook: The Musical, Daniel Zaitchik’s Grenadine, and Gerald Sternbach & Jordan Beck’s Biting Broadway! The First Successful Vampire Musical. Click Here for discount tickets or visit http://rockwell-la.com/.


The Pasadena Playhouse embarks on a new initiative titled Mi Historia, Mi Manera, which aims to build a model of artistic co-creation between its institution and Latina/o adults, artists, and communities in the San Gabriel Valley. The cornerstone of the initiative involves partnerships with organizations and individuals that will increase adult Latina/o participation in theatre, expand The Playhouse’s reach into non-traditional venues in the region, and increase the impact of the arts by building community-focused performing arts programming that creates long-term relationships with the Latina/o community.

The first four partners include Pasadena City College, La Puente Artwalk, ImaginAction and the Grammy winning band Ozomatli. Ozomatli will explore a creative collaboration that involves new work development and community engagement. The outcome will be an original, full-length English-language dramatico-musical stage play about the formation of a seven-man band in 1995 after the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. The play will feature Latin, hip hop and rock music written by Ozomatli, which will be performed by them during the production as the orchestra. For more information about Mi Historia, Mi Manera, contact Victor Vazquez, Community Organizer, Artistic Department, The Pasadena Playhouse, Vvazquez@pasadenaplayhouse.org, (323) 577-2188. www.pasadenaplayhouse.org

Barbara Morrison will reprise her role as Dinah Washington in I Wanna Be Loved with singer-actor Jay Jackson co-starring as Brook Benton and the John Stephens-led 18-piece Barbara Morrison All-Star Jazz Band on Sunday Jan. 18 at 4:00 pm at her performing arts center in Leimert Park. The musical play chronicles the life and loves of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer who died at age 39 in 1963. Tickets: (310) 462-1439 or www.barbaramorrison.com.

CABARET/CONCERTS: Kristin Towers-Rowles: A Lovely Lineage will play the Sierra Madre Playhouse for one night only on Feb. 15. Towers-Rowles will present songs and stories about growing up in Hollywood, surrounded by her showbiz family including her father Robert Towers, mother Patricia Towers, grandfather Johnny Johnston, and her grandmother, legendary MGM musical star Kathryn Grayson. She will be joined by vocalist Craig McEldowney and accompanist Jake Anthony. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Tickets: (626) 355-4318 or www.sierramadreplayhouse.org.

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts has announced a new upcoming series of performances - SENSE-SATIONS 2015. Tickets for all performances are available at www.lamiradatheatre.com. The schedule includes:

Feb. 13, 8:00 pm - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

Feb. 14, 2:00 & 8:00 pm - Wynona & Friends: Stories and Songs

Feb. 21, 8:00 pm - British Rock Royalty Laser Spectacular featuring the music of Pink Floyd, Led Zepelin, Queen and The Who

May 16, 8:00 pm - Blue Öyster Cult


The Rotterdam Philharmonic comes to Valley Performing Arts Center Feb. 10 at 7:30 pm to present a sizzling evening of Prokofiev’s and Tchaikovsky’s fifth symphonies. The electrifying young conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the renowned Dutch Orchestra are known for the intense energy of their performances. The Rotterdam Philharmonic is a modern orchestra with roots deep in the classical music tradition. Experts say that it distinguishes itself by the intensity of its concerts, the rich variety of its sound and the bold way in which it communicates with its audiences. Critics agree that it is among the best in the world. Click Here for tickets or visit www.valleyperformingartscenter.org.

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