Sunday, August 2, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Sunday, August 2, 2015

Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Claire Stewart in Louis & Keely.
Photo by Charles Osgood Photography

MUSICAL NEWS: Louis & Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara returns to the Geffen Playhouse Dec 30 – Jan 17 (opening 1/6). Written by Vanessa Claire Stewart, Taylor Hackford and Jake Broder and directed by Taylor Hackford, it stars Anthony Crivello (Tony Award Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Vanessa Claire Stewart who originally created the role of Keely Smith. This is part of a new national tour, based on the recent hit Chicago production featuring Crivello and Stewart. It originated here in LA. It was terrific the first time around – don’t miss it this time! Louis Prima and Keely Smith shared a larger-than-life marriage and a groundbreaking Las Vegas act featuring unforgettable songs like “That Ol’ Black Magic,” “Pennies from Heaven,” and “Embraceable You.” Tickets: (310) 208-5454 or

The Laguna Playhouse will present a special engagement of The Official Blues Brothers Revue with Wayne Catania as Jake and Kieron Lafferty as Elwood, August 13 – 30. The live concert show combines the comedy and hits from the original movie and pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel and soul music. Hear all The Blues Brothers classics as Jake, Elwood and the band hit the right balance of humor, music and mayhem. Backed by a powerhouse band, they’ll give you a show to remember including their biggest hits “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit” and many more.

Sierra Madre Playhouse announces its 2015-2016 season of shows to include Ted Swindley’s Always…Patsy Cline directed by Robert Marra (July 31- Sept 12, 2015; Ira Levin’s Deathtrap (Oct 2- Nov 8, 2015); A Christmas Memory by Duane Poole, Larry Grossman & Carol Hall directed by Alison Eliel Kalmus (Nov 27- Dec 27, 2015); Jerry Sterner’s Other People’s Money (Jan 8- Feb 13, 2016): John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men (March 11- April 16, 2016); and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie (May 16- June 18, 2016). For tickets and more information about the season go to

EXTENSIONS: The return engagement of Pasadena Playhouse’s A Night with Janis Joplin starring Mary Bridget Davies is once again exceeding all expectations and has extended through August 23. Tickets are available at

Alien vs. Musical, the runaway Hollywood Fringe hit, is being extended by Combined Artform’s Matthew Quinn at Theatre Asylum for a 6 week run, starting Friday August 7 at 8pm. Tickets for the 60-minute show by Erik Przytulski and Steve Troop are available at

DOMA Theatre Company remounts its smash hit production of American Idiot, Oct 2 – 18 at the Met Theatre. Directed by Marco Gomez, it features the music of Green Day, including “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track, “American Idiot.” Tickets: (323) 802-9181 or

Chance Theater’s production of Hairspray has added four performances and will now run through August 16.

Sandra Mae Frank and Austin McKenzie in Spring Awakening.
Photo by Kevin Parry

And perhaps the most exciting extension of them all, congratulations to Deaf West Theatre and their production of Spring Awakening which played The Wallis earlier this year and originated at Inner City Arts last fall. They’re going to Broadway! Performances begin at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on September 8 and the show will run for 18 weeks, through Saturday, January 9. It will be performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English by a cast of 27. Spring Awakening (book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik), is directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Spencer Liff. The show is produced By Ken Davenport, Cody Lassen, Hunter Arnold And Deaf West Theatre (Artistic Director David J. Kurs). Tickets are available by calling (877) 250-2929 or at

FUNDRAISERS: On the heels of last year’s highly successful event, Cabrillo Music Theatre will host its 2nd Annual, 24-hour Dance Marathon. This exciting community fundraising event unites marathon contestants of all ages and abilities, your favorite Cabrillo Characters, and local businesses for 24 hours of dance, Zumba, Stretch, music, food, prizes and special guests. There will even be special theme hours with the casts of Bye Bye Birdie, Oklahoma, Mary Poppins, Company, and the Young Artists’ Ensemble production of Legally Blonde. The marathon will take place from August 7th to August 8th, at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest, Thousand Oaks, 91360. All proceeds go to Cabrillo Music Theatre’s outreach programs. Click Here to participate, make a donation, or for more information.

The Chance Theater will recreate a Film Noir evening, complete with 1950’s style fun, live music, and entertainment by Chance artists on August 29. Casino games, a silent auction, 3-course themed dinner with cocktails, and a murder mystery to solve are among the killer events. All proceeds will support the Chance Theatre. Click Here for tickets and more info.

CONCERT/CABARET: Chris Isaacson Presents has announced that Australian folk/pop star Shelley Segal will make her Los Angeles debut on Sunday, August 9 at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. Tickets for her one-night-only appearance are $15 and are available at The Hotel Cafe is located at 1623½ Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood.

An Evening of Classic Broadway will host its next cabaret night on Monday, August 10 at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Feliz. Joining Brad Ellis and Dianne Fraser are Jahmaul Bakare, Nicci Claspell, Elizabeth Hayden, Damon Kirsche, Barbara Minkus, Kevin Odekirk and Valerie Perri. Doors open at 6:30 for the 8pm show.

Noted actor, composer and musician John Slade brings his traveling “Chautauqua-tent spirit revival in story and song” Walt Whitman Sings to Shakespeare Orange County’s outdoor cabaret stage. Settle in for an evening of Walt Whitman’s great poetry set to music among the trees. Recommended for music and poetry lovers of all ages. August 23 & 30 at 7pm. The 80-minutes performance runs without intermission. Tickets: (714) 636-3729.

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