Thursday, May 21, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Thursday May 21, 2015


MUSICAL NEWS: Get a sneak peek at new musicals in development at New Musicals Inc. on June 4. The concert presentation of got musicals will include material from the winners of the 2015 New Voices Project: Jacob Combs & Madeline Myers, Bill Nelson & Joseph Trefler, and Michael Finke (all under the age of 26) as well as projects in development for ASCAP/Dreamworks, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, and the 2014 Search for New Musicals. You’ll also get to see previews of shows coming to the Stages Musical Theatre Festival in August and highlights from NMI’s latest crop of Core writers. 7:30pm at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. Tickets: http://nmi.org/.

Mike McGowan and Anastasia Barzee.
Photo by T Charles Erickson

The cast has been announced for The Old Globe and Hartford Stage’s co-production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. This spectacular revival will be choreographed by Peggy Hickey and directed by Darko Tresnjak, who won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which made its world premiere at The Old Globe and Hartford Stage in 2013. Kiss Me, Kate will run July 1 - August 2, with opening night on Thursday, July 9 at 8:00 pm. Broadway stars Mike McGowan (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and Anastasia Barzee (Urinetown) will play former lovers and reluctant co-stars Fred/Petruchio and Lilli/Kate. The cast also features Brendan Averett (Second Man), Joel Blum (First Man), Giovanni Bonaventura (Hortensio), Robert Hannon Davis (Ralph), Charity Angel Dawson (Hattie), Tyler Hanes (Bill/Lucentio), James T. Lane (Paul), Barrett Martin (Gremio), Wayne W. Pretlow (Pops/Priest), Megan Sikora (Lois/Bianca), Michael Starr (Phillip), Jeff Steitzer (Harry Trevor/Baptista Minola), Johnny Stellard (Nathaniel), and Nick Wyman (General Harrison Howell). Dancers include Robin Masella, Shina Ann Morris, Jane Papageorge. Cast subject to change. www.theoldglobe.org

The Grove Theatre in Upland announces its production of Cinderella which will run June 12 - 28. This modern take on the classic show features romantically-challenged Prince Freddy, who just received his Doctor of Philosophy. Having just returned to his home kingdom, he is being pressured by his all-business father, King Frederick, to quickly choose a bride at the upcoming royal ball. Domineering Brunhilda and greedy daughters, Clarissa and Priscilla, are excited to go to the ball but smart and modern stepdaughter Cinderella would rather stay home and read with her animal friends Aristotle the Crow, Plato the Toad, and Socrates the Spider. Magical Gwendolyn the Well-Wisher appears and urges Cinderella to go to the ball. Stubborn Cinderella finally agrees to go... provided she doesnt have to wear any stupid glass slippers. At the ball, Cinderella and Prince Freddy dance and fall in love, but the ball erupts into chaos at midnight. Every girl loses a glass slipper; except Cinderella, who loses her red sneaker. Come see the show and find out how it ends. www.grovetheatre.com

CONCERTS/CABARET: The Festival of New American Musicals presents its next Musi-Cal on June 8, where you can meet SoCal songwriters and hear songs from their new musicals. Hosted by Jonah Platt, the show will feature new material by Erik Przytulski & Steve Troop, Richard Berent & Rob Meurer, Gary Stockdale & Spencer Green, Brett Ryback, David Cornue & Sam Holtzapple. “Musi-Cal is part of the Festival’s ongoing priority to create community among Southern California’s composers, lyricists and book writers,” said co-executive producer of the Festival Linda Shusett. “These Musi-Cal evenings offer an opportunity for the writers to get to know one another and for the audience to get a first peak at new musical works in progress.” Tickets: http://rockwell-la.com/.

Kritzerland presents the Songs of Leonard Bernstein and Elmer Bernstein Monday, June 8 at 8:00 pm starring Kimberly Hessler, Travis Leland, Sami Staitman, Tory Stolper, Robert Yacko, and special guest, Kerry O’Malley. Music director is Alby Potts. Click Here for reservations or call (800) 838-3006 x 1.


DANCE/FILM: Villainess Productions’ The Girl in the Green Dress has its world premiere on May 30th at 7:15 pm at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood. A surreal drama set in the conservative world of America’s 1950’s housewives, it explores themes of modern feminism and sexual liberation. Contemporary dance is intertwined with narrative, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy in the vein of The Stepford Wives and Mullholland Drive. Check out their trailer above and then go enjoy it at the Dances With Films Festival. Click Here for tickets. 

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