Wednesday, August 24, 2016

MUSICAL NEWS for Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tickets go on sale 8/27 for La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere musical starring Daphne Rubin-Vega, Miss You Like Hell. The new work was commissioned four years ago by the Playhouse and was part of the 2016 DNA New Work Series. Book and lyrics are by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights, Water by the Spoonful), and music & lyrics are by singer/songwriter Erin McKeown. It is directed by Lear deBessonet and choreographed by Danny Mefford. The production will run Oct 25-Dec 4.

“When a free-spirited mother convinces her whip-smart teenage daughter to join her on a drive across the country, neither can imagine where it will take them. Chance encounters with a motley crew of characters along the way brings them closer to understanding what sets them apart — and what connects them forever. A vibrant and affecting new American musical, Miss You Like Hell exudes the joy, love and frustration of being a family in a changing country.” Joining Rubin-Vega as Beatriz are Krystina Alabado, Cliff Bemis, Vanessa A. Jones, David Patrick Kelly, Julio Monge, Olivia Oguma, Victor Chan, Cashae Monya, and Kürt Norby. www.LaJollaPlayhouse.org

Rubicon Theatre has announced its 2016-17 season, as well as this year’s Plays-in-Progress, which will include a new musical version of Sea Marks by Gardner McKay, adapted by James O’Neil with music and lyrics by Amanda McBroom and Michele Brourman, and a concert with a working title of The Folk-Rock Project by O’Neil. Rubicon’s regular season includes A Christmas Carol, directed by Brian McDonald; Miche Braden reprising her Off-Broadway performance in The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith by Angelo Parra; Arlene Hutton’s Gulf View Drive; A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, directed by Stephanie A. Coltrin; The Other Mozart written by and starring Silvia Milo, about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s equally remarkable sister Nannerl; Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness; and King Lear by William Shakespeare, directed by James O’Neil. www.rubicontheatre.org

Wednesdays in September you can see Cyanide Theater and Cherry Poppins Productions’ Fringe hit Angel’s Flight at Three Clubs in Hollywood. The film noir burlesque comedy takes the audience to1944 where quick-talking, hard-nosed detective Duff McKagan is looking to track down a missing girl through “seedy bars, back alleys and awkward dream sequences.” The show is written by Benjamin Schwartz and Matt Ritchey (who also directs). “It’s a fully crafted story and fast-paced spoof with tantalizing burlesque and a real 1940s atmosphere with that Three Clubs’ throwback vibe,” Ritchey said. “Plus, great martinis!” Sept 7-28 at 8:30 pm (doors open at 8). Ticket Link Ticket Link

Also reprising her award-winning Fringe hit is Theresa Stoll, whose one woman show, My Big Fat Blonde Musical, follows the dreams of one aspiring actress in Hollywood who learns the entertainment industry is far from glamorous . . . or kind. Aug. 28-29 (9pm) at The Belfry Stage Upstairs at the Crown in North Hollywood. www.theatreunleashed.org


Palos Verdes Performing Arts presents Young Frankenstein Sept 23-Oct 9 at the Norris Theatre. This zany adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film is the story of Victor Frankenstein’s grandson who inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania, and, with the help of his hunchbacked side-kick and leggy lab assistant, brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. With show-stopping production numbers including “Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven great entertainment which will leave you in stitches. Not recommended for children under 13. www.palosverdesperformingarts.com

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