Thursday, January 29, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Thursday, January 29, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS: Pasadena Playhouse presents A Conversation with Patricia Morison, a 100th Birthday Celebration, on Sunday, March 15, 2015. This special event, honoring Broadway legend Patricia Morison (the original star of Kiss Me, Kate) four days before her 100th birthday, takes place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on The Playhouse’s Engemann Family Courtyard. Ms. Morison will be joined by director/producer John Bowab for a unique conversation about her distinguished career in theatre and film, and her experiences working on Broadway with such luminaries as Cole Porter, Yul Brynner and Helen Hayes. Guests will also have the opportunity to ask Ms. Morison questions. Following the conversation, Ms. Morison will perform two musical numbers, accompanied by Tom Griep. The event will conclude with a special meet-and-greet with Ms. Morison. Tickets are $100 in honor of Ms. Morison’s 100th Birthday. (626) 737-2852 or www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org. Each ticket purchased will support theatrical artistry at The Pasadena Playhouse. Photo credit: Lana Huckabee.

The National Touring Company of Wicked will host The Wicked Rocky Horror Show, a staged concert performance of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, at The Fonda Theatre on Monday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 pm. Net proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10am PST. Call (888) 929-7849 or visit www.fondatheatre.com.

The Colony Theatre has announced its 2015-2016 season which will include five productions; two especially for musical lovers and a world premiere one-woman show starring Patty Duke as Mary Todd Lincoln. www.colonytheatre.org Here’s a complete look at the productions:

July 25 – August 23, 2015
THE FABULOUS LIPITONES (west coast premiere)
By John Markus and Mark St. Germain - Directed by John Markus
A barbershop quartet who’s been belting out close harmonies for twenty years suddenly loses its lead singer, who dropped dead at the Regionals on a heart-stopping high C.  The three surviving members must cease their bickering and race to find a replacement in time for the Nationals. They hear a tenor with a gorgeous voice, but when he shows up he’s a dark-skinned Indian immigrant in a turban. And one of the quartet is Archie Bunker. It’s a wonderful comedy about the difficult journey they take to find their voice together.

September 19 – October 18, 2015
MARY LINCOLN (world premiere)
Written by John Philip Dayton
Starring Patty Duke - Directed by Cameron Watson
Toward the end of her life, Mary Todd Lincoln shares her stories and memories with (unseen) reporters in an evening that is funny, heartbreaking, captivating, and sets the record straight about who this fascinating woman really was. 

November 7 – December 13, 2015
HUMBLE BOY (California premiere)
Written by Charlotte Jones - Directed by David Rose
Felix Humble is a brilliant but bumbling astro-physicist whose mission in life is to unlock the secrets of the universe, but cannot stumble across a garden hose without using it to illustrate the finer points of string theory before twisting it into a noose. He returns home to his bee keeping father’s funeral, only to discover his difficult and domineering mother in the arms of another man. As he struggles to unlock the secrets of the human heart, what emerges is a touching, funny, and entertaining family portrait.

THE BEST OF ENEMIES (west coast premiere)
Written by Mark St. Germain - Directed by David Rose
Meet Ann, an African-American civil rights activist, and C.P., the Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan. They are forced by the federal government to work together to achieve integration in their small North Carolina town fifteen years after Brown v. Board of Education. Clearly, they will never be friends, but over the course of the play they discover all the things they have in common, and ultimately forge an alliance based on respect and trust. Impossible to believe – except it’s a true story, based on the book of the same name by Osha Gray Davidson. 

April 16 – May 15, 2016
ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE (world premiere)
Book by Mark Saltzman  - Based on Stories by Damon Runyon
Lyrics by Frank Loesser - Music by Frank Loesser and others
Directed by Michael Matthews
Few writers made the streets of New York sing like Damon Runyon. His beat was
Broadway, the Great White Way – a dazzling and decadent mile of bright lights and nightlife. As a reporter in the Thirties, he moved among bootleggers, gamblers, hustlers, actors, showgirls, and gangsters. In this new musical Damon Runyon’s mugs and dames, scams and swindles, are once again matched with songs by the great Frank Loesser, the original Guys and Dolls composer.

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