Wednesday, March 11, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Wednesday, March 11, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment have announced their first-ever world premiere musical, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, A Musical, April 17 - May 10 (opening 4/18) at La Mirada Theatre. The new musical features music, lyrics and book by Lindsay Warren Baker & Amanda Jacobs, based on the novel by Jane Austen, with music direction by Timothy Splain, choreography by Jeffry Denman, and directed by Igor Goldin. Bets Malone will star as Jane Austen, Jill Van Velzer as Cassandra Austen with Andrew Arrow (Mr. Gardiner), Brandon Andrus (Fitzwilliam Darcy), Mathew D’Amico (Dream Soldier), Eddie Egan (Mr. Bingley), Samantha Eggers (Jane Bennet), Arielle Fishman (Lydia Bennet), Kimberly Hessler (Mary Bennet), Matthew Kacergis (Mr. Wickham), Jamison Lingle (Caroline Bingley), Katharine Kelly McDonough (Kitty Bennet), Patricia Noonan (Elizabeth Bennet), Gregory North (Mr. Bennet), Amanda Naughton (Mrs. Bennet), Jeff Skowron (Mr. Collins), Brian Steven Shaw (Dream Soldier) and Leigh Brian Wakeford (Dream Soldier). Tickets:

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group presents Richie Werner’s all-new psychedelic punk-rock puppet horror opera Karaokeapocalypse: The Monster Plays 1-4 for four performances only. The show is an alluringly-abnormal spectacle immersed knee-deep in an onslaught of ghoulish monsters, musical mayhem, and glow-in-the-dark tomfoolery. Fridays at 11:00pm, March 20 – April 10 at ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. For tickets ($15) call (818) 202-4120 or go to

The Broad Stage, in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute presents Musical Explorers, Saturday, March 14. In this interactive and musical journey direct from New York’s legendary music venue, audiences will celebrate the diversity of our international city. This high-energy west coast debut will invite audiences to discover a great big world of music right in their own backyards. Playful and informative, it will get children listening, singing, and thinking about musical traditions both familiar and yet to be explored. For ages 5+.

Chris Lemmon in Jack Lemmon Returns opens at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District on March 11 and run through March 29. The enchanting play-with-music is both a revealing portrait of legendary actor Jack Lemmon and an in-depth, personal look at his relationship with his only son, actor and musician Chris Lemmon. Tickets: (805) 667-2900 or

Panic! Productions continues its third season with the musical 13, April 10 - 19 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. The high-energy show, with a cast of 19 teens, features music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, with a book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn. Barry Pearl directs, with choreography by Keenon Hooks and musical direction by Diann Alexander. Appearing in the show are Sam Herbert, Carly Shukiar, Samuel Thacker, Antonia Vivino, Delaney Joy, Elaine Panico, Gabriel Nunag, Mackinnley Balleweg, Mateo Gonzalez, Liam Krainman. Mason Purece, Madeline Gambon, Batya Conn, Zoë Reed, Tate Downing, Ally Kaplan, Jade McGlynn, Allison Martinez, and Joey Maya. Tickets:

On March 15, Theatre Unleashed will present Live By Request, a special show by the Dead Beat Poets Society. If you’ve never seen a Dead Beats show, the cast performs lyrics to some of the most popular songs of all time, beat poetry style, and the result is hysterical and ridiculous. The theme for this show is “thank you.” For more information visit

I Wanna Be Loved, starring Barbara Morrison as Dinah Washington, enters its third season on March 15 at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park. Jay Jackson co-stars as Brook Benton. The story follows Washington’s life and loves during a legendary career that ended in her accidental death at age 39 in 1963. Tickets: 310-462-1469.

EXTENSIONS: DOMA Theatre Company’s Jesus Christ Superstar extends through April 19 at the MET Theatre. The ground-breaking rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice is the story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth told through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas Iscariot.  For tickets, call (323) 802-9181 or go to

Spoon River: The Cemetery on the Hill, a play with songs adapted, arranged and directed by Maureen Lucy O’Connell, extends through April 12 at the Eclectic Company Theatre. Tickets: (818) 508-3003 or

Ophelia’s Jump’s production of Ruthless! The Musical will play one encore production on Saturday, March 14 to support the Diamond Bar High School Theatre Department. For tickets call (909) 624-1464.

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