Thursday, April 2, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Thursday, April 2, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS: Pasadena Playhouse has announced its 2015-2016 season, which includes the world premiere of the new musical Breaking Through (Oct 27 – Nov 22, 2015) with book by Kirsten Guenther and music & lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz; and the return of Panto at The Playhouse with Lythgoe Family Productions’ Peter Pan and Tinkerbell A Pirate Christmas (Dec 9, 2015 – Jan 3, 2016). Breaking Through is told through the eyes of a young, talented singer/songwriter, as she tries to navigate the treacherous shark-filled waters of the music business. She embarks on a compelling journey to find her way back to her authentic self and in the process rediscovers the music that truly makes her alive. For a complete list of shows on The Playhouse’s upcoming season, go to www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.

Palos Verdes Performing Arts presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary Tony-winning musical, Cats, April 24 - May 11 at the Norris Theatre (27570 Norris Center Drive, Palos Verdes Peninsula). Based on T.S. Eliot’s poetry, Cats tell the story of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats where one special cat will be selected to be reborn into a new life. The 23-member cast includes Gina D’Acciaro (Grizabella), Jake DuPree (Mr. Mistoffelees), Robert Hoyt (Deuteronomy), Bill Ledesma (Munkustrap) and Joel Abelson (Rum Tum Tugger), with Jason Hammond, Jon Wailin, Rachel Davis, Amber Sky Skipps, Melissa Glasgow, Kirklyn Robinson, Steven Rada, Alison Boresi, Bailey Sonner, Gabriel Navarro, Juliana Saenz, Kimberly Sklow, Andrew Soto, Eric Taylor, Erin Umpehnour, Brandon Halvorsen, Arielle Meads, and  Paige Sealey. Tickets: (310) 544-0403 or www.PalosVerdesPerformingArts.com.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center has announced its 2015-2016 season featuring leading productions and artists from around the globe and free concerts and performances in neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Now in its 8th season, the season includes the return of the wildly popular musical theatre group Isango Ensemble who will transform Bizet’s Carmen into a supernatural story of township lovers with an African-inspired theatrical extravaganza of music, dance, performance, and song; recital performances by opera virtuosos Angela Gheorghiu and Piotr Beczała; the launch of a three-year Beethoven concert cycle by Calder Quartet; and expanded offerings in classical music, and National Geographic Live; and pop-up artists that will be streamed live through social media so audience members near and far can be part of the experience.

Family programming will include Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers, an interactive program that celebrates the music of Los Angeles and the diversity of cultures that exist right in our own backyard; The Box Brothers from Netherlands-based ensemble Percossa in which four brothers who live in a box set out on a boisterous musical journey to find happiness using found objects to turn Japanese percussion, African rhythms, jazz, and funk music into a hand-clapping, toe-tapping comic adventure; and Carnival of the Animals, a whimsical tale of creatures that tumble, fly, leap, and spin their way through the animal kingdom. This production is an acrobatic wonder of bodies, light, and sound by Australia’s award-winning Circa. For a complete schedule of upcoming season events go to www.thebroadstage.com.

Plus, don’t miss Broadway @ The Broad on Sunday, June 14, 2015 with Two time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster and XM Radio’s Seth Rudetsky. Two shows: 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. These two irrepressible friends will shoot the breeze, dish the dirt, and raise the roof with performances of a host of classic and contemporary Broadway songs. It’s Broadway the Broad way. Tickets: www.thebroadstage.com.

Fraser Entertainment Group’s An Evening of Classic Broadway returns to Rockwell Table & Stage on Wednesday, April 22. Celebrate Earth Day with songs from classic musicals performed by Will Collyer, Louise Marie CornillezSavannagh Leigh, Kelly Lester, Joanne O'Brien, Jeffrey Polk, and Alex Newell from GLEE, with Brad Ellis as musical director. Rockwell Table & Stage is located at 1714 N. Vermont Ave. in Los Angeles 90027. Doors open at 6:30 pm; show begins at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $10, $15 or $20 plus a 2-item food minimum. Valet and street parking available. Click Here for tickets.

DANCE: Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge, presents the Martha Graham Dance Company in its only Los Angeles appearance in the 2014-15 season on Saturday, April 18 at 8:00 pm. The program includes a rare staging of Appalachian Spring (considered Graham’s great enduring masterwork) set to Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning score. The program also features Lamentation Variations, newly choreographed by three celebrated dance makers: Sonya Tayeh, Kyle Abraham and Larry Keigwin. The works by Tayeh and Abraham are west coast premiers following their debut at the Joyce Theater in New York. Tayeh is best known to television audiences for her choreography for So You Think You Can Dance. VPAC is also offering additional related events including educational programs and a photography exhibit in the VPAC Gallery, featuring iconic imagery of the Martha Graham Dance Company taken by photographer Barbara Morgan. Click Here for tickets.

OPEN HOUSE: Save the date for Greenway Arts Alliance’s Open House Sunday, May 3 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Featuring live music on two stages, free outdoor Shakespeare-inspired performances by students enrolled in Greenway’s Institute for the Arts, and more. For more information visit www.greenwayartsalliance.org.

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