Tuesday, January 6, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Tuesday, January 6, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rices Jesus Christ Superstar will open DOMA Theatre Company’s 2015 season. Helmed by director Marco Gomez and musical director Chris Raymond, the show will run Feb. 13 - March 22 and will feature a 23-member ensemble, including Nate Parker as Jesus Christ; Jeremy Saje as Judas; Renee Cohen as Mary Magdelene; Kelly Brighton as Pontius Pilate; Andrew Diego as Caiaphas; Michelle Holmes as Annas; Blair Grotbeck as Peter; Graham Kurtz as Simon the Zealot; and Venny Carranza as King Herod. Also in the cast are Alex Allen, Jackee Bianchi, Charlie Bostick, Tym Brown, Sandra Diana Cantu, Kevin Corsini, Kaitlyn Fajilan, Kendra M. Hill, Allison Jakubowski, Wesley Moran, Ashlie Paige, Dekontee Tucrkile, Lauren Tyni, and Anthony D. Willis.

The design team includes John Iacovelli (set design), Jean-Yves Tessier (lighting design),  Julie Ferrin (sound design), Lauren Oppelt (costume design), Angela Todaro (choreography), Karen Sanchez (make-up), and Hallie Baran (props). The production manager/production stage manager is Gabrieal Griego, and Marco Gomez and Dolf Ramos produce for DOMA Theatre Company. The MET Theatre is located at 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Los Angeles CA 90029. Tickets: (323) 802-4990 or www.domatheatre.com.

Laguna Playhouse presents the Orange County premiere of Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin, written and performed by Hershey Felder and directed by Trevor Hay. Previews begin Tuesday, Jan. 6; the show will open on Saturday, Jan. 10, and run through Feb. 8. Called “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived” by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin is known for innumerable American classics such as “White Christmas,” “God Bless America,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.” Jerome Kern said it all: “Irving Berlin… is American music.” Tickets: (949) 497-ARTS (2787) or www.lagunaplayhouse.com.

CABARET/CONCERTS: Lyricist Marcy Heisler and composer Zina Goldrich bring their wonderfully wacky and heartbreakingly sincere musical creations to Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Tuesday, Feb. 3rd at 8:00 pm. The Marcy and Zina Show puts two shining stars of today's musical theater scene front and center, with bookwriter/lyricist Marcy Heisler and composer Zina Goldrich singing the songs they write with wit and intelligence and impressive musical comedy.


Heisler and Goldrich are the first women ever honored as recipients of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting. They were also nominated for 2009 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Lyrics and Music for Dear Edwina and earned Lucille Lortel Award nominations for their Junie B. Jones. The pair will make their Broadway debut as authors of the book, lyrics and music for the Broadway musical stage adaptation of Ever After, directed by Doug Hughes and choreographed by Rob Ashford, set to premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey in May and June of this year. You might also recognize one of their other popular songs made famous by Kristin Chenoweth, “Taylor, the Latte Boy.” Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA. Tickets: (310) 506-4522 or http://arts.pepperdine.edu/. www.marcyandzina.com.


The Los Angeles Master Chorale joins forces with the renowned period instrument ensemble Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and the acclaimed Los Angeles Children’s Chorus to present two historically informed performances of Bach’s towering masterwork St. Matthew Passion, conducted by LAMC artistic director Grant Gershon, on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2:00 pm, and Sunday, Feb. 1 at 7:00 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Soloists include Pablo Corá, tenor; Janelle DeStefano, mezzo soprano; Arnold Livingston Geis, tenor; Callista Hoffman-Campbell, mezzo soprano; Elissa Johnston, soprano; Jon Lee Keenan, tenor (Evangelist); Chung Uk Lee, bass (Jesus); Steve Pence, bass/baritone; Vincent Robles, baritone; Zanaida Robles, soprano; Anna Schubert, soprano; Laura Smith, mezzo soprano; and Niké St. Clair, mezzo soprano. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets: (213) 972-7282, or www.lamc.org.

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