Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Wednesday, March 25, 2015

glory|struck productions will present the L.A. regional premiere of American Idiot in an immersive, environmental staging in an undisclosed warehouse venue in the downtown LA Arts District. The limited engagement begins May 15 and is directed by Topher Rhys and Jen Oundjian, with musical direction Elmo Zapp, produced for glory|struck by Topher Rhys, Jamie Lee Barnard, and Juliana Scott who most recently brought the revival of bare to life at the Hayworth Theatre. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/americanidiotLA.

The Colony Theatre presents the Los Angeles premiere of Words By Ira Gershwin, A Musical Play by Joseph Vass April 15 – May 17 (opening 4/18). Creative team also includes David Ellenstein (director), Kevin Toney (music director and pianist), and Joseph Vass (as music arranger). Meet the man behind the lyrics you love. With “Fascinating Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Long Ago And Far Away,” “A Foggy Day,” “I Got Rhythm,” and many more, the other half of the famous Gershwin duo guides us on a trip through some of the greatest American songs ever written. Insights and tales about his legendary collaborations all frame this fascinating and inspiring evening of music and theatre. The cast stars Jake Broder as Ira Gershwin, Elijah Rock (Crooner), and Angela Teek (Chanteuse). Tickets: (818) 558-7000 x 15 or www.ColonyTheatre.org.

Musical Theatre West has announced the cast for its upcoming production of Les Misérables, which will run April 10 - 26 at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts in Long Beach. Directed and choreographed by DJ Salisbury, with musical direction by Andrew Bryan, it stars Michael Hunsaker (Jean Valjean), Davis Gaines (Javert), Cassandra Murphy (Fantine), Madison Claire Parks (Cosette), Emily Martin (Eponine), Devin Archer (Marius), Norman Large (Thénardier), Ruth Williamson (Madame Thénardier), Tessa Barkley & Emily Lafontaine (Young Cosette/Young Eponine), Garret McQuaid (Gavroche) and Steve Czarnecki (Enjolras), with Anthony Carillo, Samantha Cashmore, Elizabeth Eden, Natalie Stewart Elder, Chaz Feuerstine, Joshua Taylor Hamilton, Olivia Hernandez, Matt Kriger, Ashley Ruth Jones, Brandi Lacy, Travis Leland, Katie McConaughy, Sergio Pasquariello, William Peltzer, Lance Smith, Shannon Stoeke, Jeffrey Christopher Todd, Chandler Truelove-Pearis, and Nick Tubbs. Tickets: www.musical.org.

Richard M. Sherman will host A Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Evening with Richard M. Sherman & Friends as a fundraising event to support Cabrillo Music Theatre’s outreach programs on April 19 at 7:00 pm featuring stories behind his most famous music and movies while his friends perform the songs. Singers include Juliana Hansen and Wesley Alfvin, who will star as Mary and Bert in Cabrillo’s upcoming production of Mary Poppins, along with Shannon Warne, Zachary Ford and others to be announced. The evening is preceded by a cocktail hour, featuring hors d’ouevres, and will be followed by a reception with Mr. Sherman and the performers, featuring desserts from Valley Bakery. The Founders Room is located in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd in Thousand Oaks. Tickets: (805) 497-8613 or www.cabrillomusictheatre.com.

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus will honor Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and LACC President/Vice Chair Edward J. Nowak, Deputy General Counsel of The Walt Disney Company, at its upcoming Gala Bel Canto. The event will take place Tuesday, April 14 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s Grand Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The distinguished honorees are being recognized for their vast contributions to the arts and entertainment worlds. The gala includes heartfelt tributes and compelling performances by esteemed special guests and LACC choristers, led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, as well as a sumptuous three-course sit-down dinner by Patina, exquisite wines and a dazzling live auction. Proceeds benefit Los Angeles Children's Chorus’s artistic, educational and scholarship programs. Tickets: (626) 793-4231 or www.lachildrenschorus.org.


MenAlive, the Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus, present a diva-licious tribute to the fabulous females that have rocked our world for the last half-century in She Got The Beat. The show features the music of Aretha, Beyonce, Cher, Katy, Lady Gaga, Pink and many more iconic ladies. Get ready to rock, groove, laugh, cry, and (of course) cheer the gorgeous sounds of MenAlive’s 100+ member chorus under the direction of artistic director Bob Gunn. Performances are Friday March 27 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, March 28 at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm at Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive in Irvine. Tickets: http://menalivechorus.org/

An Evening of Classic Broadway returns to Rockwell Table and Stage April 22 at 8:00 pm. Click Here for tickets.


Join Karen Benjamin and Thomas O’Leary for their new Musical Theatre Intensive, Putting It Together, an ongoing class which takes place on Wednesday nights in the Miracle Mile area starting Wednesday night, April 8. For more information contact tjonycla@gmail.com.


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