Monday, August 29, 2016

MUSICAL NEWS for Monday, August 29, 2016

An all-star ensemble joins For The Record when it returns to Los Angeles with a new production,
For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem, kicking off the 2016-17 season at The Wallis, Sept 21-Oct 16. Show will feature Tony Award-winner John Lloyd Young, Tony Award-nominee Carmen Cusack, American Idol’s Pia Toscano, Lindsey Gort (The Carrie Diaries), Grammy Award-nominee B. Slade, and For The Record alums James Byous, Dionne Gipson, Olivia Harris, Doug Kreeger, Justin Mortelliti, Jason Paige, and Zak Resnick. The performance will highlight 40 years of Scorsese’s storytelling through films like GoodFellas, Casino, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street and more on a massive four tier stage.

“Over the past year, we have been expanding the For The Record brand outside of Los Angeles by presenting our 1980’s inspired Brat Pack show on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Escape, opening Baz (Luhrmann) - Star Crossed Love at The Palazzo Theater in Las Vegas, and most recently announcing a partnership with dick clark productions and ABC to develop the series as live musical events for the network,” said co-creator/Executive Producer Shane Scheel. “We are thrilled to finally be back home in Los Angeles with this new partnership at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.”

Cabrillo Music Theatre has never produced Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice’s Evita but that all changes this fall when they stage the classic for the first time, October 14-23. Roger Castellano directs a cast led by Cassandra Murphy as Eva Peron, Marc Ginsburg as Che, David Kirk Grant as Juan Peron, and Bill Ledesma as Agustin Magaldi in the rags-to-riches story of Eva Duarte Peron, actress-turned-First Lady of Argentina. Choreography is by Cheryl Baxter, Dr. Cassie Nickols will music direct, and Dan Redfeld returns to conduct the Cabrillo Music Theatre Orchestra

The Garage Theatre brings on the gore with Evil Dead: The Musical based on the iconic films The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness. When asked whether or not audience members should watch the films before attending, director Matt Kollar says, “Watch them right now, they’re classics! And some are apparently on YouTube, so there’s no excuse. The collective enthusiasm of our design teams, actors, and musicians traces all the way back to The Evil Dead, that low-budget 1981 video nasty that was outright banned in certain countries. Of course, those who haven’t seen the films will still have a great time, but be warned: this ain’t Gilbert & Sullivan!” Cast includes Steven Frankenfield, Jazzy Jones, Hollie Sokol, Austin Book, Nori Tecosky, Timmy Red, and Paul Scott.

Chromolume Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown’s song-cycle Songs For A New World, directed by James Esposito, with musical direction by Daniel Yokomizo, Sept 9-25. Cast includes Bailey Humiston, Matt Mancuso, Teresa Tracy, Kenny Gary, Samantha Lawrence, James Esposito, and Bonnie Sludikoff. The show is about “one moment, hitting a wall and having to make a choice, or to take a stand, or to turn around and go back.”

Pilobolus' Shadowland. Photo by Ian Douglas


Pilobolus’ amazing spectacle of inventiveness, Shadowland, returns to Southern California on Sunday, Oct 2 at 3:00pm to kick-off VPAC’s popular Family Matinee Series. Created by famed dance company Pilobolus after years of experimentation with short-form shadow play, Shadowland is part shadow act, part dance, part circus and part concert. It was conceived in collaboration with Steven Banks, lead writer for the playfully surreal animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, and is propelled by a rhythmic original score by David Poe. Shadowland is the storybook journey of a young girl coming of age, funny and sensational, told with Pilobolus’ signature fusion of shadow, theatre and dance.

The Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation presents the Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China on Friday, Sept 23 at 8pm. For over fifty years, the Shanghai Acrobats have proven to be one of the most influential and competitive acrobatic companies in China. The company’s acrobats, jugglers and contortionists create a performance highlighted by specially designed backdrops, lighting and music that promises to entertain and enlighten people of all ages.

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