Tuesday, May 24, 2016

MUSICAL NEWS for Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lena Hall in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Photo credit: Jamie Loeb

More big news from the Hollywood Pantages this week: Lena Hall will reprise her Tony Award-winning performance as Yitzhak in the highly anticipated national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch coming this fall. She joins Darren Criss on the tour, November 1 – 27, 2016. In addition, Hall will also play the role of Hedwig for one performance a week in San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is rare a Tony Award winner to go on national tour, and historic for the same person to play both Hedwig and Yitzhak.

Book writer John Cameron Mitchell says, “Oh my Goddess, Lena Hall is the only talent I know who could play a brilliant Yitzhak and Hedwig in the same production. Talk about finding your other half. It’s Hedwig history in the making.”

Hall will appear as Hedwig in the following performances: Sunday, Nov 6 at 6:30 pm, Sunday, Nov 13 at 6:30 pm, Sunday, Nov20 at 6:30 pm, and Friday, Nov 25 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are currently only available for purchase with a season package to the Hollywood Pantages 2016-2017 Season. Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public at a later date TBA. www.HollywoodPantages.com

Deaf West Theatre’s Tony-nominated production of Spring Awakening has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the cast to perform on the Tony Awards June 12. You can read more about their journey at www.GetSpringOnTheTonys.com and help support them. Contributions to Deaf West Theatre's Kickstarter are tax deductible.

“The past few weeks have been a thrill for Deaf West and everyone at Spring Awakening,” said D.J. Kurs, artistic director of Deaf West Theatre. “We are not in the business of theater-making for awards recognition, but being recognized and remembered by the Broadway community, particularly in this season of diversity, is something to treasure,”.

“Our journey to Broadway originally began with a Kickstarter, which funded rehearsals in a tiny church in North Hollywood and performances at the 99-seat Inner City Arts’ Rosenthal Theater in Los Angeles. Now, as a non-profit, Deaf West is looking to our fervent supporters, many of whom supported Spring Awakening’s acclaimed limited run on Broadway, to reunite our far-flung cast for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform for the world on the Tony Awards broadcast. There’s just one night a year that theater gets this platform. Our performance will be an undeniable statement to the world that theater is for everyone.”

Angel’s Flight, a film noir caburlesque comedy written by Matt Ritchey and Benjamin Schwartz, will premiere at Three Clubs cocktail bar, June 4 – 25. The hour-long detective story partners Ritchey and Schwartz with the Cherry Poppins Caburlesque Company, residents at Three Clubs and winners of Hollywood Fringe’s 2015 “Most Orgasmic Performance.”

It’s Los Angeles, 1944. A girl’s gone missing, but L.A. detective Duff McKagan is hot on this swell doll’s trail, barking up the wrong trees and other such noir-ish clichés. But things aren’t always as they seem in the City of Angels, and the chase becomes a downward spiral of betrayal, murder, and the deadliest drug of all: marijuana. Featured in the cast are Schoen Hodges, Sarah Haworth, Allison Miller, David Lee Garver, Michael Onofri, Ben Blonigan, Kelly Stevenson, Rebecca Reaney, Brin Hamlin, Heath Butler, Benjamin Schwartz, Bradley Benz, and Madeleine Heil. For audiences 21 and up. Tickets: http://hff16.org/3353.

Tap Overload is premiering a new original tap dance story show at the Fringe, June 4 – 24 at Sacred Fools Theater Main Stage. Office Beat is a light-hearted, toe tapping, family-friendly dance comedy with original music by Andrew Van Vlear and directed & choreography by Gabe and Mindy Copeland (additional choreography by Dianne Walker and Hiroshi Hamanishi) Tappy workers once happily shuffling through their days are in for a dramatic flap ball change when the arrival of a new Boss brings a strict no tap dance policy.  An office revolt breaks out as everyone unites to bring tap dance back to the office.

Cast includes Maddy Beadle, Clarissa Yoshiko Chun, Gabe Copeland, Mindy Copeland, Hilary Cunningham, Racquel Dirckze, Heidi Drinkward, Erin Esparza, Jimmy Fisher, Mark Marchillo, Aaron Pardini, Brooke Paulsen-Zelus, Gary Roberts, Valerie Rockey and Angela Todaro. Running time: 60 minutes. Tickets: http://hff16.org/3390. For more about the show, visit www.tapoverload.com.

The popular concert series A Little New Music moves to Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood for its next concert performance on June 27. “We are excited to join the ranks of many Broadway and jazz greats who have created some exceptional musical moments at this Los Angeles institution.,” says ALNM co-founder, Christopher Maikish. “And in that spirit, we invite our audience to experience our innovative series anew at the Catalina, whose motto is, ‘only the best music has to offer.’” Tickets: 323-466-2210 or www.TicketWeb.com. For more info, visit www.alittlenewmusic.org.

An Evening of Classic Broadway returns June 13 to Rockwell Table and Stage with the music of Harold Arlen, Jule Styne, Rodgers & Hart, Lopez, Parker & Stone, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Menken & Ashman. Join Brad Ellis and Dianne Fraser along with Eydie Alyson, Jennifer Bennett, Will Collyer, Jean Louisa Kelly, Kelly Lester, Scotch Ellis Loring, Kevin McMahon, Jeffrey Scott Parsons, and Jennifer Shelton. Ticket link

The Foundation for New American Musicals presents its next Musi-Cal showcasing outstanding composers, writers, and performers on Monday, June 6, hosted by Richard Israel. The performance will take place at Rockwell Table & Stage and will feature material from:

Music & additional Lyrics by Gregory Nabours
Book & Lyrics by Tegan Summer
Performed by: Kelley Dorney and Constance Jewell Lopez 

Snow White and the Magnificent Seven
Book, Music & Lyrics by Ronnie Sperling & Chris Halsted
Performed by: Nick St. Maria, Romy Sperling, John Dantona, Stephen Stewart, Judi Stewart, Annie Reznik, and Milli Miereanu.

The Escape Artist (From the short musical anthology A Feast of Snacks
Book, Music & Lyrics by Michael Gordon Shapiro
Performed by: Graydon Schlichter, Lindsay Anne Braverman, Lauren Holiday, Margaret Glaccum, and Carey Matthews.

Book, Music & Lyrics by Zach Spound
Performed by: Zach Spound, Aly French, Julia Black, and Alexander Pimentel
Welcoming back with new songs from

Alien vs. Musical
Book, Music & Lyrics by Erik Przytulski
Book by Steve Troop
For more info, go to www.lafestival.org.

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