Thursday, February 11, 2016
The Old Globe in San Diego is gearing up for a highly-anticipated world premiere musical. This one is by the singularly wonderful team of composer & lyricist Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Giant) and book writer Sybille Pearson (Giant). Rain is based on the short story of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham and will run March 24 – May 31 (opening night 4/1). Another first, artistic director Barry Edelstein makes his musical directing debut with this production.
Somerset Maugham’s classic story of the explosive nature of repressed desire was adapted as a movie three times, his iconic character Sadie Thompson played successively by Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, and Rita Hayworth. Now Eden Espinosa steps into the role. The year is 1924, the setting a boarding hotel on the island of Western Samoa, where a missionary, a doctor, and their wives are scandalized by Sadie’s arrival, particularly when they learn what she does for a living. But the missionary has secrets of his own, and when he tries to shut down Sadie’s business and save her soul, more heats up than the South Pacific sun. Tickets are currently available by subscription and will go on sale to the general public on Feb 19 at noon. www.theoldglobe.org
The world premiere of another new musical begins its run at NoHo Arts Center on March 11. Spies Are Forever is by the Tin Can Brothers (Corey Lubowich, Joey Richter and Brian Rosenthal – book) and TalkFine (Clark Baxstresser and Pierce Siebers – music & lyrics). Curt Mega, America’s greatest superspy, takes on a dangerous mission in 1959 which causes the death of his British counterpart and best friend, plunging him into an alcoholic decline. Four years later, Mega has a chance to redeem himself by joining forces with a beautiful femme fatale Russian spy for another dangerous assignment. Corey Lubowich directs a cast that stars Curt Mega as superspy Curt Mega, Al Fallick, Lauren Lopez, Tessa Netting, Joey Richter, Brian Rosenthal, Joseph Walker, and Mary Kate Wiles. Choreography is by Lauren Lopez. SpiesareForever.diamonds
The Falcon Theatre and Roger Bean Productions present The Real Housewives of Toluca Lake: The Musical, March 23 – April 24. Book, music & lyrics are by Molly Bell and the production is directed by Roger Bean with choreography by Roger Castellano and musical direction by Kyle de Tarnowsky. These wives have it all…or so it seems. Scandalous surprises and bitter betrayals mix with a healthy dose of Pinot Grigio and pharmaceuticals to create a hilarious romp inspired by America’s not-so-secret guilty pleasure. Starring Anita Barone, Jenna Coker-Jones, Cynthia Ferrer, Marc Ginsburg, Meredith Patterson, and Adrienne Visnic. www.falcontheatre.com
The Colony Theatre will host a one-night-only fundraising event on Saturday, March 5 at 8pm, An Evening with Fritz Coleman. Beloved Los Angeles weatherman Fritz Coleman proves that “getting old isn’t pretty but it sure is funny”, in this solo show that has played to rave reviews. Offering a hilarious glimpse into one man’s journey from childhood into “old age”, Coleman shares his opinions on everything from aging, health issues, and hospitals to family, religion, and dating. Tickets start at $40 and may be purchased www.colonytheatre.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at. The Colony Theatre is located at 555 N. Third Street in Burbank. Parking is free.
Sierra Madre Playhouse will present Adyran Russ and Doug Haverty’s Inside Out as part of its Off The Page series of staged readings on Wednesday, Feb 17. The musical recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a run at GTC Burbank in 2015. This reading will feature Sandy Bainum, Jill Marie Burke, Cynthia Ferrer, Stephanie Fredericks, Dana Meller, Leslie Stevens, and Adrienne Visnic directed by Bruce Kimmel. In this funny and feel-good musical, five women in a 1980’s therapy group find their lives transformed when a hesitant new member joins their weekly sessions and becomes a catalyst for change. Admission is free, but tax-deductible donations to the Playhouse are accepted. www.sierramadreplayhouse.org
Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks announces its 2016-2017 season which will include three shows in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Kavli Theatre (Evita, Sister Act and Peter Pan) and one in the more intimate Scherr Forum (Tarzan). “This might be the most exciting season we’ve ever put together!” says Cabrillo’s artistic director Lewis Wilkenfeld.” A post-show discussion with cast and staff follows the first Saturday matinee of each production, and a signed performance for the deaf and hard-of-hearing will take place on the second Friday night of each production. New season memberships will be available at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza box office or by calling Member Services at (805) 449-2775, beginning March 31st. www.cabrillomusictheatre.com
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