Saturday, October 10, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Saturday, October 10, 2015

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment will open RENT by Jonathan Larson on October 23. Directed by Richard Israel with musical direction by John Glaudini and choreography by Dana Solimando, it will run through Nov 15. This all-new production of the inspiring musical about friends and artists struggling with addiction, poverty, AIDS and love is set in New York’s East Village and follows how these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts. Cast includes Mark Whitten (Mark), Devin Archer (Roger), Cassie Simone as Mimi, Lawrence Cummings (Angel), John Devereaux (Collins), Emily Goglia (Maureen), Amber Mercomes (Joanne) and Cooper Howell (Benny), with Chassey Bennett , Daniel Dawson, Chanel Edwards-Frederick, Aaron Gordon, Craig Michael Lucas, Luke Monday, John Pinto, Jr. and Alyssa Simmons. www.lamiradatheatre.com

Coming to The Wallis April 8-9, 2016 is Lightning Thief, a lively musical adaptation of the best-selling young adult novel of the same name. It is the story of Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old boy who journeys into a world of mythological monsters and Greek Gods as he struggles with dyslexia and ADHD, all while solving the mystery of Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt. www.thewallis.org.

DOMA Theatre Company’s remount of Green Day’s American Idiot – RELOADED! will run Oct 2 -Nov 8 at the Met Theatre.  Three lifelong friends are forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia in this musical featuring music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Bille Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. The show is directed by Marco Gomez and features musical direction by Christopher Raymond and choreography by Angela Todaro. www.domatheatre.com

The world premiere of pop musical Reunion, A Musical Comedy by Marc Ellis (book, music & lyrics) and Michael Lange (book & lyrics) opens at NoHo Arts Center on November 7. For Elliot, a neurotic but very successful novelist, the searing recollection of his night at the school dance when he lacked the courage to tell that special girl exactly how he felt about her, still haunts him. Years later, a twist of fate has sent Elliot to his high school reunion, for a second chance. Cast includes Sharon Catherine Brown, Christopher Youngsman, Janna Cardia, Ali Axelrod, David Babich, Julia Marie Buis, Michael Gabiano, Bradley Kuykendall, Suzanne Myers, Kim Reed, Jeffrey Rockwell, and Marc Cedric Smith. Kay Cole directs and choreographs. Plays411.com/REUNION

Out of the Box Theatre Company opens its sixth season with an intimate black box production of Heathers: The Musical. Directed by Jenny Mercein, the limited engagement will run Nov 5-15 at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara. Heathers is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer (Samantha Eve), a brainy misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers (Madelyn Adams as Heather Chandler, Katherine Bottoms as Heather McNamara & Courtney Daniels as Heather Duke). The cast also includes Alex Allen, Hailee Clover, Daniel Jared Hersh, Terry Li, Austin Robert Miller, Janelle Phaneuf, Timothy Reese, Julie Anne Ruggieri, Trevor Shor, Zachary Thompson, Todd Tickner, Sydney Wesson, and Jon Zuber. www.outoftheboxtheatre.org 

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