Friday, April 8, 2016

MUSICAL NEWS for Friday, April 8, 2016

Celebration Theatre at the Lex presents the west coast premiere of The Boy From Oz, music and lyrics by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman, original book by Nick Enright, choreography by Janet Roston, musical direction by Bryan Blaskie, produced by Andrew Carlberg and directed by Celebration Theatre co-artistic director Michael A. Shepperd. Show runs April 22 – June 19 (opening night April 29). Cast includes Andrew Bongiorno as Peter Allen, Jessica Pennington as Liza Minnelli, Bess Motta as Judy Garland, Michayla Brown as Young Peter and Kelly Lester as Marion Woolnough, with: Marcus S. Daniel, Michael Taylor Gray, Erica Hanrahan-Ball, Chelsea Martin, Michael Mittman, Nathan Mohebbi and Shanta’ Marie Robinson.

Laguna Playhouse announces its 2016-2017 season which features some great musical productions. Tickets are available HERE The schedule includes:

All Shook Up, The Music of Elvis Presley, book by Joe DiPietro

July 6 – August 7, 2016 (Opening July 10)

Hershey Felder is Tchaikovsky, written by Hershey Felder, directed by Trevor Hay
March 1 – 26, 2017 (Press Opening March 5) 

King of the Road: The Roger Miller Story, a world premiere musical
April 19 – May 14, 2017 (Opening April 22)
book by Cort Casady & Mary Miller, music by Roger Miller, directed by Andrew Barnicle

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, written and performed by James Lecesne
original music by Duncan Sheik, directed by Tony Speciale
May 31 – June 25, 2017 (Opening June 4)

Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight by Lythgoe Family Productions
December 7 - 30, 2016 (Opening Dec 9)

Billy & Ray, written by Mike Bencivenga, directed by Michael Matthews
Oct 5 –30, 2016 (Opening Oct 9)

Chapatti, written by written by Christian O’Reilly, directed by David Ellenstein
Jan 11 – Feb 5, 2017 (Opening Jan 15)

The Board of Directors of Cabrillo Music Theatre has announced that the company has received enough donations from the community to continue production of its 2016-2017 season. These contributions will provide Cabrillo with the ability to retool the organization, to engage in a new focus and strategy, and to move into the future in a fiscally responsible way. That means productions of Evita (Oct 14 – 23), Sister Act (April 21 – 30, 2017), and Peter Pan (July 14 – 23, 2017) will go forward in the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre. This is great news! Tickets:

Recorded in Hollywood returns for a commercial run at Kirk Douglas Theatre with Broadway producer Lou Spisto joining Jamelle Dolphin to bring the story of black businessman, music producer and civil rights activist John Dolphin to a larger audience. Jamelle co-wrote the show’s book with Matt Donnelly. The musical features an original score by Andy Cooper as well as covers of some of the songs made famous by Dolphin’s recording artists and those he helped to bring to fame. Denise Dowse returns to direct.

A Dutches Theater Production presents the world premiere of The Story of Alice, a story that reinvents the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. Show runs April 21 – May 29 at The Matrix Theatre. Alice finds herself in a mysterious otherworld filled with articulate woodland creatures struggling against a tyrant Queen and self-indulgent Havalots but, in an attempt to save herself, she must first save those she encounters during her wild adventure that is as real as it is confabulation. Directed by Gary Reed, with book and lyrics by Michael Cormier and music by Scott Hiltzik.

Fiddler on the Roof opens at the Norris Theatre in Palos Verdes on April 22. Produced by Palos Verdes Performing Arts, the show will run through May 8. One of the most beloved stage and film musicals of all time, it is based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem and features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein. Randy Brenner directs a cast that includes John Massey as Tevye and Barbara Niles as Golde,, with Rachel Hirshee (Tzeitel), Carlin Castellano (Hodel), Kanani Rose (Hodel), Jonathan Brett (Motel), Carol Kline (Yenta), Luke Monday (Perchik), Josh Wise (Fyedka), Martin Feldman (Lazar Wolf), Maggie Randolph (Fruma Sarah),  Greg Nicholas, Ashley Jewel, Alana Besikof, Bielke, Andrew Metzger,  Max Herzfeld, Adam Trent, Ron Rudolph, Mitchell Turner, Tiffany LaBarbera Palmer, Melanie Mockobey, Oliver Almonte, Eric Betts, Jean Sipos and Joan Perkins. Choreography is by Roger Castellano and musical direction by Sean Alexander Bart.

The Real Housewives of Toluca Lake: The Musical extends at the Falcon Theatre through May 1. The new musical features book, music & lyrics by Molly Bell, arrangements and additional music by Dolores Duran-Cefalu, and is directed by Roger Bean.

Chance Theater announces an encore presentation of Fancy Nancy, The Musical as part of its second Theater for Young Audiences Series. Performances will begin May 6 and continue through May 22 on the Cripe Stage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center.

Robert Allan Ackerman's world premiere political thriller with music about the Japanese tainted blood scandal, Blood, extends through April 17 at The Complex in Hollywood. Original music and songs are by “The Virgins” bassist Nick Ackerman and “Jet” drummer/vocalist Chris Cester.

Linda Kerns joins undergraduate acting students from the UCLA TFT Department of Theater for a production of Carousel, directed by associate professor Jeremy Mann. Kerns, who plays Nettie Fowler in Carousel, has taught private voice and vocal performance classes for the Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program at UCLA TFT since 1999. Musical direction is by adjunct associate professor Dan Belzer and the dance sequences are choreographed by Christine Kellogg.  Performances will take place May 6-7 and May 10-14 at 8 pm. There will also be a 2 p. performance on Saturday, May 14. Tickets:

The California Lutheran University Music and Theatre Arts departments presents The Drowsy Chaperone in the Black Box Theatre on the Thousand Oaks campus April 21 – May 1. The 20-member cast includes junior theater arts majors Leah Dalrymple, Malissa Marlow, Kevin Repich, Chris Reynolds-Baldwin, and Andrew Cervantes. Ken Gardner, chair of Cal Lutheran’s Theatre Arts Department, directs. Music lecturer Heidi Valencia Vas provides musical direction and music professor Dan Geeting conducts the orchestra. Barbara Wegher-Thompson, a senior adjunct faculty member in the Theatre Arts Department, is the choreographer. Tickets: For more information, call 805-493-3415.

YouTube sensation Miss Coco Peru brings her latest solo show, A Gentle Reminder: Miss Coco Peru’s Guide to a Somewhat Happy Life, to the Renberg Theatre for four nights only - May 13, 14, 20 & 21. In her new show, Coco shares a step-by-step guide that leaves you prepared to enter the world again, ready to create your very own ‘somewhat’ happy life. “Why just a ‘somewhat’ happy life? Well, let’s face it, you wouldn’t want to be happy all the time because ‘happy’ people make such a racket!” Written and Performed by Clinton Leupp and directed by Michael Schiralli.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica present the Box Brothers for two performances only Saturday, April 16 at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Oldest, Middlemost, Youngest, and Simpleton are the Box Brothers, four brothers who live in a box. Together with their best friend Big Drum, they set out on a boisterous musical journey to find happiness – and it’s the family musical party of the year! The Box Brothers use found objects and wooden boxes to turn Japanese percussion, African rhythms, jazz, and funk music into a hand-clapping, toe-tapping comic adventure for all ages. [Photo by Boy Haze]

glory|struck Productions will present a one-night-only performance of Untitled and Unauthorized: ALMOST FAMOUS in Concert on Sunday, June 12 at the Troubadour. The show pays homage to the Cameron Crowe film and the classic music of the era, featuring a set list of classic rock songs. The theatrical concert experience is inspired by, celebrates, and parodies the story of Stillwater, hard-working band making good, their devoted female fans, and the teenage journalist covering them on their Almost Famous tour from summer ‘73. Casting and ticketing information is TBA. AlmostFamousinConcert

The 32nd Annual S.T.A.G.E Gala celebrates the music of Steven Sondheim in Sondeim No. 5 in two performances on June 18, 2pm and 5pm at The Wallis. Funds raised will benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles. Headlining the cast are Susan Anton, Barrett Foa, Loretta Devine, Allison Janney and Andrea Marcovicci, with Cortes Alexander, Alexandra Billings, Mary Jo Catlett, James Clark, Carole Cook, Davis Gaines, Jason Graae, Alvin Ing, Branden James, Jean Louisa Kelly, Vicki Lewis, MaryJo Mundy, Madison Claire Parks, Bruce Vilanch and Lisa Vroman. David Galligan directs and Michael Orland is music director.

This Mother’s Day, the 18th annual MOMentum Place creates a fantastical world of aerial and circus performers, dancers and musicians in Theatricum Botanicum’s rustic outdoor amphitheater. Bring your mother to honor the MOMentum in her life – always on the go for others. Now, she can sit back, relax and enjoy an uncommon afternoon of performance delights that are kid friendly and full of surprises. Performers include Eros Biox, Georgia Bryant, Kyla Carter, Madeline Lampard, Alison Lockfeld, Eric Newton, Lexi Pearl, Jacqueline Shaw, Dreya Weber. Curated by Lexi Pearl.

Award-winning tap dancing sensation Savion Glover and renowned jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette will blur the line between music and dance as they merge their brilliant talents into a surging rhythmic machine at Valley Performing Arts Center, one night only on Thursday May 26.  The performance promises to be a tour-de-force night of percussion and rhythm bursting with the full vibrational power exchanged between these two legends.

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