Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS: Sixth Avenue has announced I♥99 The Musical!, a one-night-only cabaret event to save Los Angeles intimate theatre on Tuesday, March 10 at 8:00 pm at Akbar in Silver Lake. Produced by Adam Silver and directed by Daniel Henning, the cast will feature Tisha Terrasini Banker, Burglars of Hamm, Parvesh Cheena, Deborah S. Craig, Drew Droege, Daisy Eagan, Tom Lenk, Constance Jewell Lopez, Amy Pietz, French Stewart, Jeffrey Todd, Kirsten Vangsness, and more to be announced. Pro99 is a collection of thousands of individual theatrical artists that have become a community choosing to work in intimate theatres (under 99 seats) in Los Angeles. The community includes professional actors, directors, writers, designers, stage managers, and producers who believe they have the right to perform their crafts in an intimate and non-commercial setting and volunteer their talents in search of creative fulfillment. To learn more go to www.ILove99.org. Admission is free, but reservations are strongly advised at www.6avenue.org. Akbar is located at 4356 W. Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Zombie Joes Underground Theatre Group proudly presents Bedlam Explosivo Variety Hour, their all-new high-octane caburleque spectacular, busting-at-the-seams with magic, music and mayhem. Directed by Sebastian Munoz and produced by Zombie Joe, the show runs Saturdays at 8:30 pm March 7 – 28 at ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Tickets: $15. For reservations call (818) 202-4120 or go to ZombieJoes.Tix.com. For more information visit their website at ZombieJoes.com.

The world premiere of Recorded in Hollywood will play the Lillian Theatre April 11 – May 17. In 1948, a decade before Motown, black businessman and entrepreneur John Dolphin opened his soon-to-be world famous Dolphin’s of Hollywood record store in South Los Angeles, just off legendary Central Avenue. Recorded in Hollywood brings this little-known slice of L.A. history to life in a new musical featuring a live on-stage band and a 19-member ensemble, Recorded in Hollywood, based on the biography “Recorded in Hollywood: The John Dolphin Story” by Jamelle Dolphin, features a book by Matt Donnelly and Jamelle Dolphin. The score includes 16 original songs by Andy Cooper plus covers of hit songs launched by Dolphin in his store, including Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me,” The Penguins’ “Earth Angel” and “Wheel Of Fortune” by The Hollywood Flames. Four-time NAACP Best Director recipient Denise Dowse directs; musical direction is by Stephan Terry and choreography is by Cassie Crump.

The cast includes Stu James (“Lovin’” John Dolphin), Jade Johnson (Ruth), Eric B. Anthony (Percy Ivy), Godfrey Moye (Sam Cooke), Nic Olsen (Dick “Huggy Boy” Hugg), Rahsaan Patterson (Leon Washington), and Nic Hodges (Jesse Belvin), with Brooke Brewer, Justin Cowden, John Devereaux, Richie Ferris, Jenna Gillespie, Franklin Grace, Philip Dean Lightstone, Jake Novak, James Simenc, Matthew Sims, Jr., Sha’Leah Nikole Stubblefield and Katherine Washington. Tickets: (323) 960-4443 or www.RecordedInHollywood.com.

Tax Review Productions presents the world premiere musical parody Loopholes, A Pain In The I.R.S, by Stan Rich, directed by Kiff Scholl, April 15 – May 17 at The Hudson MainStage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, 90038. (Previews on 4/10, 11 & 12). Based on a true story, Loopholes is the ultimate David and Goliath tale of a man who, despite having his entire net worth threatened, actually uncovered loopholes -- allowing him to have the last laugh at the United States’ most hated government agency, the Internal Revenue Service. Featuring Caryn Richman [pictured right] and Perry Lambert with additional cast members TBA. Running time is 90 minutes. Tickets: (323) 960-7735 or www.plays411.com/loopholes. For more about the show, go to www.loopholesthemusical.com.

New theatre company Little Tree Theatre teams up with ClownMa dell'Arte for the world premiere of The Moon, The Sun & The Empty Space March 6, 7 & 8. Join them on a powerful theatrical journey featuring music, movement, mask, shadow play and puppetry where the audience members are the storytellers. Performance will takes place at The Long Beach Playhouse upstairs in the Studio Theater, 5021 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach CA, 90804. Click Here for tickets.
BENEFITS: McCoy Rigby Entertainment has announced today a special benefit evening for their McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts, Step In Time, a memorable night of great performances, gourmet food and drink, silent auction and many wonderful surprises on Friday, March 20, 2015 (with cocktails and silent auction beginning at 6pm; dinner and performances beginning at 7pm) at the Richard Nixon Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd. in Yorba Linda. The evening will feature performances from Jonathan Platero from “So You think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With The Stars” and his wife and dance partner Oksana Dymetrenko. There will also be performances from Cathy Rigby and the cast of Seussical The Musical [pictured right] and Vicki Lewis and the Ballet Girls performing Shine from Billy Elliot The Musical, with additional surprises to be announced. Click Here for tickets or call (714) 779-3545 x 18.

The ALS Association Golden West Chapter presents One Starry Night, from Broadway to Hollywood, a special performance dedicated to conquering ALS produced by Juliana Hansen, Melissa Verdugo, Jonathan White and Patrick McMinn at the Pasadena Playhouse on Monday, April 20. The show is written and directed by Bruce Kimmel with music direction and orchestrations by Richard Allen and the evening will also include a silent auction and VIP post-show meet-and-greet. Proceeds will provide critical funding for The ALS Association Golden West Chapter’s mission priorities in care services, public policy, and cutting-edge global research toward treatments and cure for ALS. Click Here for more information.

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