Thursday, August 18, 2016

MUSICAL NEWS for Thursday, August 18, 2016

MUSICAL CELEBRATION
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will host a free two-day celebration for the community on Sept 10 (2pm – 10 pm) and 11 (10am – 2pm) featuring performances by many of the artists who will be appearing in their 2016-17 season. WelcomeFest highlights will include Matthew Bourne, Michael Arden’s Pop-Up Sondheim, Deaf West Theatre, Films of Harold Lloyd, For The Record: Scorsese, Impro Theatre’s Twilight Zone Unscripted: Abridged, the Colburn School, Invertigo Dance Theatre and many more. Everything is free and it’s a great way to experience a taste of The Wallis’ wide variety of arts offerings. Discounted parking is available both days. For a complete schedule of performances and interactive activities, visit www.TheWallis.org/WelcomeFest.

MUSICAL NEWS
International City Theatre has announced its upcoming 2017 season, which begins with Forever Plaid, Feb 15 – March 5 (opening night 2/16). Always an audience favorite, it is the story of four young singers killed in a car crash on the way to their first-ever big concert who miraculously return to earth to fulfill their dream and perform the show after all, sixty years later. Written by Stuart Ross and featuring musical arrangements by James Raitt, Forever Plaid was first produced in 1990, yet remains one of the most popular and successful off-Broadway musicals in history. For a complete look at ICT’s 2017 season, visit www.internationalcitytheatre.org.

Menopause The Musical® returns to the Laguna Playhouse for a two-week run, August 31 – Sept 11. Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, the show was created as a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “The Change.” The fun, 90-minute production is designed to get audience members out of their seats and singing along to parodies from classic pop songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Set in a department store, four women meet by chance while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, they end up commiserating about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. Produced by GFour Productions, it is hilarious from beginning to end. www.lagunaplayhouse.com

The Barn Stage Company and Temecula Presents will stage Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus’ Chess in Concert at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, Sept 1 – 4. The show will be accompanied by the 25-piece Temecula Valley Symphony Orchestra and is directed by J. Scott Lapp, with musical direction by John Mario Di Costanzo and choreography by April Henry. Cast includes Michael McCorry Rose as Anatoly Sergievsky, Louis Pardo as Freddy Trumper, Rena Strober as Florence Vassy, Elizabeth Brackenbury (Svetlana Sergievsky), Daniel Guzman (Alexander Molokov), Allen Everman (Walter de Courcey), Bryan Barbarin (The Arbiter), Jerry Alexander III, Ethan Park, Kelsie Piini, Ariana Ramirez, Amanda Restivo, Shealyn Sailors, Edred Utomi and Tanner Vidos. www.TheBarnStageCompany.com

COLLEGE THEATRE
The CSULB University Players will present Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley’s Stop the World I Want to Get Off as part of their 2016-2017 season. Show runs Oct 7 – 16 in the Studio Theatre and is directed by Joanne Gordon. The quirky, British musical is a tale of rags to riches that will take the audience on a journey of one man’s search for hope during his rise to fame. Cast includes Christian Sullivan as Littlechap and Alexandra Billings (ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, Amazon’s Transparent) in multiple roles as the many women in Littlechap’s life, with Maddie Larson, Asialani Holman, Kaleigh Clark, Bonnie Dolan, Asialani Holman, Likun Jing, Lara Lafferty, Maddie Larson, Tamanii Meeks, and Carolina Xique. Ticket Link

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