Monday, October 5, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Monday, October 5, 2015

Tickets go on sale November 11 for the Troubies’ holiday show, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Motown, coming to the Falcon Theatre. Show runs Dec 2 – Jan 17 with opening night on Friday, Dec 11. The fan-favorite is directed by Matt Walker and is the story of Kris Kringle’s (aka Santa Claus) origin as The Troubies take the jolly old man himself and send him to the land of Smokey Miracles and Supreme Temptations. The Falcon Theatre will host Talkbacks with members of Troubadour Theater Company after the show on Jan 6, 7, 13 & 14.

Lythgoe Family Productions is expanding their family-friendly pantos this holiday season with two productions playing concurrently in Southern California - A Snow White Christmas, directed by Chris Baldock, Dec 2-27 at Laguna Playhouse, and Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A Pirates Christmas, directed by Bonnie Lythgoe, Dec 9-Jan 3 at Pasadena Playhouse. American Idol’s Michael Orland will serve as musical director and Spencer Liff of So You Think You Can Dance and the current Broadway revival of Spring Awakening will choreograph both productions. Auditions for children to play the dwarves in A Snow White Christmas will be held at Westfield Main Place shopping Mall in Santa Ana on Sunday, Oct 4. For more info go to Tickets:

World premiere musical Breaking Through begins previews Oct 27 at Pasadena Playhouse. Directed by Sheldon Epps and choreographed by Tyce Diorio, it stars Alison Luff, Constantine Maroulis, and Kacee Clanton. The cast will also include Robert W. Arbogast, David Atkinson, Will Collyer, Teya Patt, Katherine Tokarz, and Nita Whitaker, Fatima El-Bashir, Jessica Jaunich, Reed Kelly, Christopher Marcos, Dominic Pierson, Andrew Pirozzi, Terrance Spencer, Laura L. Thomas and Samantha Zack. Breaking Through features book by Kirsten Guenther, and music & lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz. Show runs Oct 27 – Nov 1 (opening night 11/1).

Performances of Afros & Ass Whoopins continue Friday nights through Dec 18 at Second City in Hollywood. The original musical comedy is the story of a son who is at odds with his father’s old-world views. Timely as ever, tickets are available for all performances now at or call (323) 464-8542.
There’s still time to catch California Repertory Company’s premiere of S/He & Me: A Theatrical Cabaret, written by Alexandra Billings, and conceived and directed by Joanne Gordon. The show explores the evolving relationship between Alexandra Billings and Scott – the boy she once was. Performances run through October 11. S/He & Me: A Theatrical Cabaret is a non-linear story of love and reconciliation blending spoken word and Broadway musical numbers that celebrates the journey of transgender actress Alexandra Billings as she examines her relationships with her parents, her wife Chrisanne, and herself.

A Feast of Snacks makes its west coast premiere as part of the Theatre Unleashed Late Night Series, Oct 23 – Nov 21. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 10pm from at The Belfry in NoHo. The show is an anthology of four bite-sized comedic musicals, of  different styles that create an hour-long show. 

In The Alleged Adventures of Blenderman, an ambitious young psychiatrist tries to convince a hospital review board that his patient is fit for release. His work is complicated by his patient's insistence that hes a superhero named Blenderman who fights to save the world from poor nutritional habits. In The Charmed Life (Co-written with Mark Harvey Levine), Margie has experienced unnaturally good luck her entire life. One afternoon she discovers the source of her good luck: a secret admirer, who for years has been covertly making her life better. In Climb the Smallest Mountain, miniature golf legend Darius “Duke” McGovern seems poised to win his seventh world championship until a competitor finds a loophole in the rules that allows him to disrupt Duke’s game. In HMS Headwind, the merry crewmembers of an 18th century British frigate have one problem: their failure to capture a single enemy vessel.

Theatre West’s Storybook Theatre presents The Emperor’s New Clothes, an audience participation musical for children and their families, Oct 10 – Feb 27, 2016 at Theatre West. Featuring book and lyrics by Lloyd J. Schwartz and David Wechter, and music by Phil Orem, the show is directed by David P. Johnson and stars Julie McKay, Ashley Kane, Lukas Bailey, Matthew Hoffman, Kathy Garrick and James Patrick Cronin.
The Wallis will celebrate the holidays with a series of cabaret performances. Schedule includes:
Amanda McBroom: Let’s Fall in Love (Dec 9)
Christine Andreas: Love is Good (Dec 10)
Alice Ripley: All Sondheim (Dec 11) 
Freda Payne: A Tribute to the Ladies of the Great American Jazz Songbook (Dec 12) 
Melissa Manchester: Joy (Dec 16) 
Ute Lemper: Last Tango in Berlin (Dec 17)
Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra: Holidays. No Ice (Dec 19)
Christine Ebersole: Big Noice From Winnetka (Jan 25-28) 
Tickets are available at

Kristin Towers-Rowles will present A Lovely Lineage in the El Portal Theatre’s Monroe Forum one-night-only on Sunday, Oct 18. The show is directed by Cate Caplin with musical direction by Katie Clark. A Lovely Lineage captures the singer’s historic Broadway and Hollywood lineage, beginning with her grandmother, the legendary Kathryn Grayson, who appeared in beloved movie musicals of the 1950s like Kiss Me, Kate and Show Boat. Opera and musical theatre singer Jahmal Bakare joins Kristin as well.

LA-based singing group The Filharmonic will perform at Valley Performing Arts Center Nov 21. Featured in NBC’s The Sing-Off and Universal Pictures hit movie, Pitch Perfect 2, the group consists of VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, Barry Fortgang, vocal bass Jules Cruz, and beat boxer Niko Del Rey who blend an urban hip hop sound with 90’s nostalgia.

From the creator of the award-winning musical spoof Not Les Mis comes Not Phantom, The Musical, an interactive musical specifically created for the legendary Cicada Restaurant. With an original script and music by David Ruben & Nicholas Rubando, directed by David Ruben, you can be sure is not Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of The Opera. Instead, the show incorporates parody lyrics and in-your-face comedy. Even the audience gets to play along. Opening Oct 28.

Step into The Experiment, A Rockin’ Frank + Wighead Insane Cabaret now through Oct 31 at Creating Arts Studio in Santa Monica. Here Dr. Bradley and Nurse Janice welcome you into their private asylum that turns into a sexy, eerie 360 degree immersive parody cabaret. Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm.

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