Thursday, March 31, 2016

MUSICAL NEWS for Thursday, March 31, 2016

3-D Theatricals presents David Yazbek and Terrence McNally’s The Full Monty April 15 – 17 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and April 22 – May 8 at Fullerton’s Plummer Auditorium. The production is directed by T.J. Dawson, with choreography by Leslie Stevens; and musical direction by conductor Corey Hirsch. In need of quick cash and low on prospects, six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers come up with the outrageous idea of putting on a strip act after seeing the local women’s wild enthusiasm for a company of touring Chippendales dancers. Short on time and with little talent or physical appeal, the gang promises their show will be better because they’ll go “the full monty” and bare it all.

Allen Everman stars as Jerry and Matthew Downs as Dave, along with David Engel (Harold), Rovin Jay (Horse), Tyler Miclean (Malcolm), Nick Waaland (Ethan), Candi Milo (Jeanette), Dante Marenco (Nathan), Jeanette Dawson as (Georgie), Janna Cardia (Vickie), and Lauren Decierdo(Pam).

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts has mounted a terrific revival of Dreamgirls directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom (Broadway: Side Show, Flower Drum Song) and starring Moya Angela as Effie. After completing its initial run at La Mirada, which plays through April 17, it will move to Valley Performing Arts Center for four performances May 6 – 8 and then go on to a 3-week stint in Tokyo, Japan in June. The musical follows the rise of a 1960’s girl-group in Chicago and, while it is not officially based on Diana Ross and The Supremes, it contains numerous similarities to their story. This powerhouse of a musical reveals all the highs, lows, and backstage drama of following a dream and is packed with showstopping numbers.

This weekend, comedy lovers will want to head on over to Three Clubs in Hollywood and catch Madlib, the Musical. For this fun show, the audience chooses which tunes they want to hear and in what order from a menu of famous Broadway and movie songs. Then the cast has 5 minutes to prepare an improvised musical using the selected songs as the score.  It’s free so why not check them out. More info at

The world premiere musical RAIN opens this Friday, April 1 at The Old Globe in San Diego. Somerset Maugham’s classic story Rain was adapted as a movie three times, his iconic character Sadie Thompson played successively by Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, and Rita Hayworth. Now a brand-new musical comes to the Globe from Tony Award nominees Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson. 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. Artistic director Barry Edelstein makes his musical theatre debut with this gorgeous and powerful new work that reveals the explosive nature of repressed desire.

Cast includes  Eden Espinosa as Sadie Thompson, Marie-France Arcilla (Noi Noi), Elizabeth A. Davis (Anna Davidson), Jeremy Davis (Jo), Betsy Morgan (Louisa MacPhail), Rusty Ross (Kiwi), Mike Sears (Quartermaster, Hopper), Tally Sessions (Alec MacPhail), and Jared Zirilli (Alfred Davidson).

Rubicon Theatre Company’s Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series will present Who Could Ask For Anything More? featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, April 2 & 3. Richard Israel directs a cast that includes Lindsey Alley, Matthew Bohrer, Kim Huber, Rebecca Ann Johnson, Damon Kirsche [right], and Mark Edgar Stephens. The cast will sing timeless Gershwin classics such as “It Had to Be You,” “S’Wonderful,” and “Our Love is Here to Stay” Musical direction is by Jake Anthony, Resident Music Director at New Musicals, Inc. Created by Richard Israel, this concert gives audiences the opportunity to experience the sophisticated genius of this dynamic brotherly duo, whose music remains just as popular and relevant today as it was when it was first written.

Also at the Rubicon in May, singer/songwriter Noel Paul Stookey (Paul of Peter, Paul and Mary), returns with an intimate evening of story and melody spanning his 50 year career on Sunday, May 15. He will perform Stookey standards such as “The Wedding Song,” “In These Times,” and “Jean Claude,” and previously unreleased solo songs from the Peter, Paul and Mary albums. The program will also feature original folk songs written by Stookey about current issues such as “Familia del Corazon,” which addresses immigration concerns, and “Nukes R Nuts,” which was written in response to a letter from a nuclear age peace foundation in Santa Barbara. Tickets:

Conundrum Theatre Company and Friends of the Rialto present Jerry Herman’s Showtune, Saturday, April 2 at 8pm at the Rialto Theatre in Pasadena. The 90-minute musical revue conceived by Paul Gilger features songs from Mame, Hello Dolly!, La Cage Aux Folles and other great Jerry Herman musicals. It is directed by Bryan Snodgrass, with music direction by Ryan Luévano and choreography by Toni Fuller. General Admission and VIP tickets are available at VIP tickets include a pre-show wine tasting from Old Oak Cellars and a backstage tour of the historic Rialto Theatre. For more about Conundrum Theatre Company visit

The Pepperdine University Fine Arts Division Theatre Department will present Bertolt Brecht’s groundbreaking musical The Threepenny Opera April 6 – 9 at at the Malibu campus’ Smothers Theatre. The Threepenny Opera tells the story of Macheath, a notorious London gangster, whose marriage to Polly Peachum threatens to undermine London's Union of Beggars, run by Polly's father. Without this trailblazing musical, which produced the hit song “Mack the Knife,” the political musicals of Stephen Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, and others might not have been possible. Pepperdine Professor of Theatre Bradley Griffin directs the student cast which includes Sarah Barney, Olive Bieni, Chris Bozzini, Will Craig, Dylan Forehand, Parker Johnson, Tasia Jungbauer, Brittany King, Isabel Klein, Kate Klimist, Caroline Pitts, Michael Mossucco, Jalon Matthews, Audrey McKee, Julian Ortega, Sarah Roach, Brooks Robinson, Kailee Rogers, Mathew San Jose, and Aidan Turner.

Parson’s Nose concludes its16th Season with As You Were: Stories and Songs for GIs in WWII, an original production by Lance Davis, April 16 –May 8 at Lineage Performing Arts Center. The 90-minute show features “American works the critic Alexander Woollcott put into a book for our troops in World War II,” says Davis. “It’s a sampling of great American writing, including stories that are funny, touching, and inspiring. Picture a 20 year old, far from home, sitting in a trench or hospital and being reminded of why he or she was fighting, through the works of Twain, Whitman, and O. Henry.” The cast includes Lance Davis, James Calvert, Marisa Chandler, Jill Rogosheske, Barry Gordon, Paul Perri, and Eric Babb. All performances are Pay What You Will ($5-$25) and reservations may be made online at The company will hold a book drive in conjunction with their performances to donate books to men and women currently serving in the U.S. Military.

The world premiere of A Night at the Black Cat Cabaret extends through April 30 at Edgemar Center for the Arts. The show is set in Paris in 1943 where soldiers, smugglers, and society’s elite all try to escape the WWII by dancing and drinking at the Black Cat Cabaret.

The world premiere of Los Angeles choreographers Carmela Hermann Dietrich and Ally Voye’s new collaborative work, In Plain Sight is coming to the Bootleg Theater, May 12 – 14. “In Plain Sight is a new deeply personal work that choreographs the details of people’s real lives in poignant and humorous ways,” says co-creator Hermann Dietrich. “The work offers a window into wrestling with humanness, while exposing what is invisible, even when people are in plain sight.” It is a series of serio-comedic choreographic portraits, featuring four people, who each grapple with a compulsive behavior. The show was developed through in-depth videotaped interviews with each performer, with transcripts and videos of these interviews providing the material for the choreography and text.

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