Sunday, March 22, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dreamscape, a hip hop theatre production, returns to Los Angeles Theatre Center April 16 – May 17 (opening 4/18). Written and directed by Rickerby Hinds and choreographed by Carrie Mikuls, it stars Rhaechyl Walker and John “Faahz” Merchant. Dreamscape depicts the death and inner life of a young woman, Myeisha Mills. The performance is a meditation and reimagining of the night of December 28, 1998, when nineteen-year-old Tyisha Miller was shot by four Riverside Police Department officers and left  unconscious, bleeding in the car. The play takes a clear-eyed look at the relationships between race, the body, and violence and is structured around an autopsy report recited by a dispassionate coroner. As each of the twelve bullet wounds is described in clinical detail, Myeisha reminisces about her life using each body part as a jumping off point, walking us through the impact of the twelve bullets that killed her, through spoken word, dance and beatboxing. Los Angeles Theatre Center, in The Gallery, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. Tickets: (866) 811-4111 or

Sixth Avenue has announced an encore of its ILove99 The Musical! cabaret event to save Los Angeles intimate theatre on Tuesday, March 24 at 8:00 pm at The Dragonfly in Hollywood. Produced by Adam Silver and directed by Daniel Henning, the cast will include Tisha Terrasini Banker, Burglars of Hamm, Parvesh Cheena, Deborah S. Craig, Frances Fisher, Sandra Mae Frank, Tom Lenk, Kelly Lester, Constance Jewell Lopez, Austin McKenzie, Rebecca Metz, Nicole Parker, Jeff Perry, Amy Pietz, French Stewart, Kirsten Vangsness, and more. All performers are subject to availability. Admission is free but reservations are strongly suggested at The Dragonfly is located at 6510 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood, 90038.

The Tales of Hoffman extends its run at The Cinefamily after selling out originally scheduled dates.  Afternoon matinees have been added daily through March 26, and select matinee and evening shows will take place March 27 – April 4. Based on the 1881 opera by Jacques Offenbach, Tales of Hoffman is an anthology of fantastic and romantic adventures, starring The Red Shoes Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann, and Ludmilla Tchérina. Tickets:

The Festival of American Musicals’ next MUSI-CAL will take place Monday April 13 at 8:00 pm at Rockwell Table & Stage. The show will feature selections from new musicals including: The Gingerbread Pimp, by Molly Reynolds & Will Collyer, Bastard Jones, by Marc Acito & Amy Engelhardt, Mary Marie, by Chana Wise & Carl Johnson, and The Devil You Know, by Larry Poindexter & David Carey Foster. Tickets:

Kritzerland Presents The April Fools with Brittney Bertier, Dana Meller, Hadley Miller, Jenna Lea Rosen, Sami Staitman, Robert Yacko, and special guest JoAnne Worley. Music direction by Alby Potts. Tickets: (800) 838-3006 or

Thuy Nga Productions presents global phenomenon Paris By Night 114: 1975-2015 - Toi La Nguoi Viet Nam (I Am Vietnamese) live on stage at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, with three performances on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5. The variety show commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon with Vietnamese language music and dance by popular performers from the culture. The 100+ member cast will feature popular singers including Bang Kieu, Mai Thien Van, Minh Tuyet, Nhu Quynh,Ngoc Anh, and Quang Le. Longtime hosts Nguyen Ngoc Ngan and Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen will return to emcee the four-hour live concerts. Show times are 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 4, and 1:00pm & 7:00pm on Sunday, April 5. Tickets: (714) 894-5811. For more information, visit

Northwest Dance Project takes the Smothers stage at Pepperdine University on Saturday, April 18 at 8:00 pm. The company will perform four pieces, including State of Matter choreographed by Ihsan Rustem, Memory House choreographed by artistic director Sarah Slipper, and Drifting Thoughts choreographed by Patrick Delcroix. Program is subject to change. Tickets are available by calling (310) 506-4522 or online at

Inland Pacific Ballet presents Beauty and the Beast, a breathtaking full-length ballet based on the time honored fairy tale with 10 performances taking place April 25 - May 16 in theaters within the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. A creative interpretation of this universal story of inner beauty, IPB’s encore presentation promises a visual feast full of romance and drama. Stunning sets, brilliant dancing, gorgeous costumes and a stirring musical score that will transport audiences to an enchanted fairy tale world filled with fanciful characters, a charming village, an enchanted forest and the Beasts magnificent castle, all vividly illustrating the drama and romance of this beloved story and the transformative power of love. For more information

Theatres include: Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College, 450 N. College Way, Claremont, 91711. Saturday, April 25 at 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm; Sunday, April 26 at 1:00 pm. Tickets: (909) 607-1139.

Lewis Family Playhouse, Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, 91730. Saturday, May 2 at 1:00 & 7:00 pm; Sunday, May 3 at 1:00 pm.
Tickets: (909) 477-2752.

Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, 91007, Saturday, May 9 at 2:00 pm & Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 pm. Tickets: (626) 821-1781.

Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm. Tickets: (951) 779-9800.

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