Tuesday, March 17, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Tuesday, March 17, 2015


MUSICAL NEWS: Cabrillo Music Theatre presents Mary Poppins, directed by Lewis Wilkenfeld, with choreography by Cheryl Baxter and musical direction by Ilana Eden Apr. 17 – 26 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The cast will include Juliana Hansen in the title role, Wesley Alfvin as Bert, with Michael Scott Harris (George Banks), Michelle Lane (Winifred Banks), Tania Pasano Storrs (Bird Woman), Karen Sonnenchein (Miss Andrews) and Terry Fishman (Admiral Boom). The roles of Jane and Michael will be played by Maguire “Maggie” Balleweg (of Simi Valley), Abigail May Thompson (Westlake Village), Sheffield Hocker (Agoura Hills) and Brekkan Spens. Ticket: (805) 497-8613 x 6 or www.cabrillomusictheatre.com. Photo by Ed Krieger


Disney Theatrical Productions and the Nederlander Organization have announced that a day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of $20 orchestra seats for Newsies will take place daily, except for opening night, Thursday, March 26. The show runs March 24 – April 19. For more information, call (323) 817-6178 for recorded information or go to www.HollywoodPantages.com/Lottery. Photo by Deen van Meer.


The Pizzicato Effect, a live, unholy mash-up of equal parts TED Talk, stand-up and rock n’ roll, from humorist Brendan Hughes and singer-songwriter Jeffrey Dinsmore, makes its west coast premiere as a guest production at Son of Semele Theater May 21 – June 14. The show features their screwball attempt to answer three questions of profound ontological significance, famously posed by French Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin: Where do we come from? Why are we here? and What happens when we die? Using diagrams, theories and preposterous arcana, Hughes delivers comic, ontological mini-lectures drawn from the darkest corners of Wikipedia, all in a valiant attempt to double-click on the Universe. Woven throughout the lectures are original comedy songs performed and sung live by Dinsmore and his backing band, The Representatives of the Organization. Tickets: ($15) at www.sonofsemele.org. For more info, visit www.thepizzicatoeffect.com. Photo by Laura Smolowe.


Celebrating the vibrant art of dance, Dance Camera West presents the 14th Annual Dance Media Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance. Taking place at various venues in Beverly Hills (UTA Screening Room), Downtown Los Angeles (MOCA, historic Palace Theatre, REDCAT), Hollywood (historic Egyptian Theatre), Santa Monica (Aero Theatre), and Westwood (Crest Theater, UCLA) from April 30 – May 5, 2015, this multi-disciplinary festival promises to offer something for everyone and will showcase many forms of dance including modern, post modern, world, tap, dance theater, ballet, hip-hop and practically all dance that has been captured on film in a way that is of quality and essential value. Over 30 films will be screened over the course of the Festival connecting diverse cultures and environments through the exploration of dance. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.DanceCameraWest.orgPhoto credit: Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

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