Monday, September 14, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Monday, September 14, 2015

International City Theatre closes its 30th anniversary season with an intimate portrait of musical icon Stephen Sondheim in his own words and music. DJ Gray directs and stages the Los Angeles premiere of James Lapine’s Sondheim on Sondheim which runs Oct 14 – Nov 8 (opening night 10/16). Originally conceived as a tribute for Sondheim’s 80th birthday party, Sondheim on Sondheim is a love letter from Lapine to his friend and frequent collaborator. Exclusive video footage, in which Sondheim offers an inside look at his personal life and artistic process, is combined with sparkling new arrangements of over two dozen Sondheim tunes. Cast includes Stephanie Fredricks, Barbara Carlton Heart, Shaina Knox, Kevin McMahon, Jake Novak and Josh Wise with musical direction by Gerald Sternbach.

“The show lets us in on Stephen’s creative process,” says Gray, who assisted Lapine on the Broadway production. “In addition to the well-known songs, there are some that are more obscure, and some that ended up being cut all together from his musicals. It’s fascinating to hear Stephen speak frankly about why those didn’t work. He’s candid, funny and charming. It’s a unique window into how he works and what shaped him as an artist.” Tickets: 562-436-4610 or www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.

3-D Theatricals will mount a revival of Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s delightfully macabre The Addams Family (music & lyrics by Andrew Lippa) starring Bronson Pinchot and Rachel York as Gomez and Morticia Addams. 3DT will offer the musical in two locations: Oct 10 – 25 at Fullerton’s Plummer Theatre, followed by a second run Oct 31 – Nov 8 at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. The creative team includes director T.J. Dawson, assistant directors Jeanette Dawson and Ryan Ruge, choreographer Dana Solimando, and musical director/conductor Corey Hirsch. In addition to Pinchot and York, the cast will include Anthony Gruppuso (Uncle Fester), Micaela Martinez (Wednesday), Candi Milo (Grandma), Dante Marenco (Pugsley), Dustin Ceithamer (Lurch), Robert Yacko (Mal Beineke), Tracy Rowe Mutz (Alice Beineke) and Dino Nicandros (Lucas Beineke), Christine Tucker, Jean Schroeder, Kellianne Safarik, Kirklyn Robinson, Leslie Miller, Leslie Stevens, Natalie Iscovich, Dylan Pass, Gary Brintz, Harrison Meloeny, Jordan Goodsell, Nick Gardner, Nick Morganella, and Ryan Chlanda. Tickets are available for both locations at www.3dtshows.com.

Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group Proudly presents the premiere of actress-singer-songwriter-engineer Terra Pasternak’s explosive one-woman production traversing her kaleidoscopic journey through megalomania, narcissism, growing pains, desperate measures and bipolar tendencies. Terra is a Warm Gun stars Terra Pasternak and is directed by Zombie Joe. There are two more performances on Sept 19 & 26 at 11pm. ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Tickets: $15. Call 818-202-4120 or go to ZombieJoes.Tix.com.

The Jumex Foundation of Contemporary Art in association with Bootleg Theater present DED! an original multimedia play inspired by the Mexican tradition of Día De Los Muertos/Day of The Dead, Oct 1 – 25 (opening night 10/3) at the Matrix Theatre. This unique theatrical experience combines performing arts disciplines such as mime, clowning, live orchestral music, stunts, puppetry and video art. The show is created and co-directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada and Cristina Bercovitz, who will perform alongside Elizabeth Rian and a 5-piece orchestra led by composer John W. Snyder. Choreography is by Jillian Meyers and Teresa Toogie Barcelo. Design team includes John Iacovelli (scenic designer), Jared A. Sayeg (lighting designer), Jonathan Snipes (sound designer), Hana Kim (video designer), Maggie Morgan (costume designer). The Matrix is located at 7657 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046. www.dayoftheDed.com

Heart and Flame Productions has announced the cast of Rebekah M. Allen’s world premiere pop/rock musical We Are the Tigers which plays the Hudson Backstage Oct. 2 – Nov 8 (opening night 10/10). The show will star Callandra Olivia, Cailan Rose, Rachel King, Gabi Hankins, Jade Johnson, Talisa Friedman, Cait Fairbanks, Charlotte Mary Wen, Katie DeShan, Patrick Reilly, Adam Cropper and Ari Afsar. Musical direction by Patrick Sulken, choreography by Jacob Brent and the show is directed by Michael Bello. A new school year means a new beginning for the Tigers, the worst-ranked high school cheerleading team in the state. But when an innocent team-building sleepover becomes a mysterious murder scene, the Tigers will need more than just team spirit to survive the night – and each other. www.plays411.com/tigers

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