Sunday, July 5, 2015
The Colony Theatre is thrilled to presents the California Premiere of The Fabulous Lipitones by John Markus and Mark St. Germain, July 22 – August 23 (opening night 7/25). The show is directed by John Markus, with musical direction by Sam Kriger and choreography by Murphy Cross. A barbershop quartet that has sung together for nearly thirty years suddenly loses their lead singer when he drops dead at a regional competition, belting out a heart-stopping high B-flat in front of the judges. But he holds his note until the end of the song, and the quartet wins! Now, the three surviving members must put an end to their bickering and find a replacement in time for the Nationals. During a phone call, they hear a beautiful lead voice who could be their salvation – but when he shows up, he’s a young Indian Sikh wearing a turban. And the quartet’s bass singer is Archie Bunker. It’s a wonderful comedy with music about the journey all four have to take to find their voice together. Starring Steve Gunderson, Asante Gunewardena, Dennis Holland, John Racca, www.colonytheatre.org
The Pasadena Playhouse has announced casting for the return engagement of A Night With Janis Joplin July 21 – August 16. Conceived, written and directed by Randy Johnson, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox and musical direction by Tyler Evans, the show will star Mary Bridget Davies, following her Tony Award® nominated Broadway run. Pasadena native Kacee Clanton, also from the Broadway production, will alternate the role of Janis Joplin with Davies. The cast also includes Sharon Catherine Brown, Yvette Cason, Sylvia MacCalla, and Jenelle Lynn Randall. Pictured: Mary Bridget Davies in A Night with Janis Joplin. Photo by Joan Marcus. www.pasadenaplayhouse.org
EXTENSIONS: Murder for Two extends through August 2 at the Geffen Playhouse. Everyone is a suspect in this hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: one actor investigates the crime (Brett Ryback), the other plays all of the suspects(Jeff Blumenkrantz) and they both play the piano! Featuring book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair and direction by Scott Schwartz. Kinosian will play the suspects July 10 – 23. www.geffenplayhouse.com
FRINGE EXTENSIONS: The Encore! Producers’ Awards has announced extensions for a number of Hollywood Fringe Festival productions, including Assistants which is extending its run for four additional performances July 9 – 12 at the Actors Company Let Live Theater. Written by Bryan Blaskie and Manny Hagopian, and directed by C. Ryanne Domingues, Assistants follows a group of hopeful assistants and explores the superiority complex of Hollywood and the glamorous lifestyle that seems to elevate its participants above “ordinary” people. www.theencoreawards.com/projects/2191
Merely Players by James Penca and Alex Syiek will play an encore performance on July 12 at the Lounge Theatre as part of the ENCORE! Producers’ Award. The show, a meta-exploration of the theatre scene, watches as a struggling (and mostly terrible) theatre troupe attempts to put on a musical that maybe really should never have been written in the first place. http://hff15.org/2167
For a complete list of ENCORE! Producers’ Award winners and Fringe extensions, go to www.theencoreawards.com.
CABARET/CONCERTS: Paul Wong will present a solo musical show, Simply Singing Sondheim...almost as a benefit for New Musicals Inc’s 4 x 10 Ensemble on July 25 at 8pm. Starring Paul Wong, directed by Joshua Finkel, with musical direction by Jake Anthony. Autobiographical stories as told through the prism of the works of Stephen Sondheim will be featured. Click Here for tickets ($10).
(mostly)musicals returns with an eclectic assortment of songs by Cole Porter, Jason Robert Brown, Marvin Gaye, George & Ira Gershwin, Adele, Irving Berlin, Christine Lavin, Duke Ellington, and others performed by a unique array of singers. Performers include Sharon McNight, Elijah Rock, Mary Jo Mundy, and Kimberly Ann Steele, Joshua Finkel, Cassandra Nuss, Alli Miller, Derrian Tolden, Rachel Tyler, Ryan Dietz, Amanda Kruger, David Meinke, Kalen Edean, and Jillian Easton. Plus, a special guest from Recorded in Hollywood. Music direction is by Gregory Nabours. Stay for the open mic afterparty hosted by Mark Jacobson. www.mostlymusicalsLA.com
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