Monday, January 12, 2015

Musical News for Monday, January 12, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS: The Colony Theatre presents a very special event on January 24 & 25 - Simply Complicated, The Elegant Escapades of a Danish-Israeli Opera Singing Tank Commander starring Charlotte Cohn from Handle With Care. Written by Charlotte Cohn & Jason Odell Williams, this unforgettable night of music and storytelling features musical direction by John Fischer and original direction by Kira Simring. What do you get when you cross a Danish Orthodox Jew and a simple Israeli girl from a kibbutz? You get Charlotte Cohn, who at nineteen was already a Commander in the Israeli Army, but had her sights set on a different path. Join her in this eclectic evening of music ranging from the Beatles to Broadway to Opera and hear the real stories that brought her from Ben Yehuda Street to the Great White Way. Ticket: (818) 558-7000 x 15 or www.ColonyTheatre.org.

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts continues its 2014-15 Programs for Young Audiences series with Dallas Children’s Theater on Tour’s The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. This 60-minute, fun-filled musical adventure is recommended for audiences ages 4 and up. Performances are Sunday, Feb. 15at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Now celebrating its 50th  anniversary, Jeff Brown’s beloved children’s book, “Flat Stanley,” was written in 1964 and has become a literary and pop cultural phenomenon. “What I love about the show are all the teachable moments that don’t feel like lessons,” says guest director Michael Serrecchia. “It’s a fun, Broadway-style musical comedy about the value of being different and the importance of family.” All seats are $10 for children and $15 for adults. Tickets: (562) 944-9801, (714) 994-6310 or www.LaMiradaTheatre.com.


For the first time in many years, Biola University’s Music and Theatre Departments have joined together to produce an award-winning musical theatre classic, Camelot. The show will run Feb 6 – 15 at Crowell Hall in La Mirada. Camelot is the story of King Arthur and his marriage to Guenevere, played out amidst the pageantry of Camelot. It deals with love, honor, idealism, justice, jealousy, and the reality of human struggle. Camelot originally ran on Broadway for 873 performances, won four Tony Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and was nominated for many more awards. It was the immediate successor to My Fair Lady, containing many of the same collaborators. Crowell Hall is located at 13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639, Lansing Hall (Crowell Hall, The Music Building). Click Here for tickets and more information.

San Diego Musical Theatre presents West Side Story Feb. 13 - March 1, 2015 (press opening on Saturday, Feb. 14) at the Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. Featuring music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents.

The cast includes Jacob Caltrider (Tony), Jessica Soza (Maria), Kikau Alvaro (Bernardo), Natalie Nucci, and Jeffrey Scott Parsons, with Danielle Airey,  Kevin Aquino, Max Cadillac,  Hanz Enyeart, Manny Fernandes, Meagan Flint, Jay Gamboa, Devon Hadsell, Siri Hafso, Danny Hansen, Jenny Henkel, Krysty Hernandez, Andrew J. Koslow, Danielle Levas, Jacob Narcy, Joy Newbegin,  Leah Roth, RC Sands, Ernest Sauceda, Taylor Simmons, Joshua LaMonte Switzer, Diana Vaden, Eric von Metzke, Andrea Williams and Dan Windham. Tickets: (858) 560-5740 or www.sdmt.org.

CABARET/CONCERTS: (mostly) musicals returns to Cafe Fais Do-Do on Jan. 21 with Let the Good Times ROLL! (a post-Twelfth Night, pre-Mardi Gras celebration). The show will feature songs by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Andrew Lippa, Hank Williams, Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, Duke Ellington, Stephen Schwartz, and more performed by music director Gregory Nabours, Alli Miller, Eric B. Anthony, Joshua Finkel, Amanda Kruger, Cassandra Nuss, Christina Morrell, Neil Taffe, Chanel Edwards-Frederick, Kalen Edean, Michael D’Elia, Molly Gilman, Curt Bonnem, Derrian Tolden, Sherry Mandujano, Jillian Easton and more. There will also be an open mic afterparty following the show. Tickets: $10 advance/$15 at the door: www.mostlygoodtimes.bpt.me.

The Passion of Anne Frank, a haunting, major, new oratorio based on the Diary of Anne Frank, with music and lyrics composed by 125 high school students from downtown Los Angeles’ Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, is being premiered by the students in conjunction with the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers, professional instrumentalists, and student soloists on Thursday, Jan. 22 at noon and Friday, Jan 23 at 7:00 pm.


The unforgettable hour-long work with compelling arias and emotional choruses tells the poignant story of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl whose now famous diary was written during the two years she spent in hiding with her family in German-occupied Holland during World War II. The performances are the culmination of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s award-winning “Voices Within” artists-in-residence program, designed to foster collaboration among students as they create and perform their own original choral works. The concert is free, and seating is first come, first served but reservations are required. Cortines High School of Visual and Performing Arts is located at 450 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Campus parking is free (enter on Cesar Chavez Avenue). Free on-site parking is available. Visit www.lamc.org for details.


Inside Out, Sing Out, an afternoon of great songs and fabulous singers will help raise money for Adryan Russ and Doug Haverty’s 20th anniversary production of Inside Out on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 3:30 pm. The performance will take place at Hollywood Piano, 323 S. Front St, Burbank, CA 91502. Performers include Sandy Bainum, Eileen Barnett, Karen Benjamin, Michele Brourman, Christopher Carothers, Alan Chapman, Will Collyer, Zachary Ford, Dianne Fraser, Amy Gillette, Guy Haines, Shelly Markham, Amanda McBroom, Sharon McNight, Madison Claire Parks, Adryan Russ, Kevin Symons, B. J. Ward, Peter Welkin, Patricia Whiteman and Robert Yacko with musical director, Shelly Markham. Reservations suggested: 818-848-6868 or dorathyh@aol.com.


Miscast: Right Singer, Wrong Song returns on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 7:00 pm featuring songs from Dreamgirls, Gypsy, Book of Mormon, Into The Woods and more. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance online at http://sterlingsupstairs012515.brownpapertickets.com/.

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