Monday, December 12, 2016

MUSICAL NEWS for Monday, December 12, 2016


The legendary Harmony Boys return to LA for a one-night-only holiday concert at Woodshed Studios on Dec 18. Travel back to 1962 and join the boys as they present their annual yuletide fundraising concert to benefit their charity “Force Feed the World” (in which they shove food and their personal cultural and religious beliefs down the throats of the less fortunate during the holiday season). It's a singing, dancing, musical sketch comedy extravaganza brimming with heartfelt but provocative satire, at once evoking nostalgia for our nation’s past while dissecting its many shortcomings. The evening will also feature a Christmas Carol sing-a-long, a visit from Santa, plus a prize raffle and other surprises. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show begins at 8:00.
www.harmonyboys2016


Chromolume Theatre opens its 2017 season at the Attic with Tim Acito’s Zanna, Don’t! directed by Lauren J. Peters with choreography by Michael Marchak. Set in the Midwest, it is the story of a parallel universe where homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuality is taboo. The show takes place at heterophobic Heartsville High where‘Magical Matchmaker’ Zanna brings together happy couples until the football team’s star quarterback and the captain of the Girls’ Intramural Mechanical Bull-Riding Team begin to discover their feelings for each other. Cast includes Everjohn Feliciano, Jacob Zelonky, Jillian Easton, Jason Bornstein, Vanessa Magula, Michael Angel, Ken Maurice Purcell, and Lilly Elliott. Jan 13 – Feb 5. www.crtheatre.com


Motown the Musical returns to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited two-week run Jan 31 - Feb 12. With a book by Motown Founder Berry Gordy and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, it is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. The show was recently nominated for eleven 2016 NAACP Theatre Awards, garnering four of the top awards at the 26th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards ceremony in November. www.HollywoodPantages.com

Catch Matthew Morrison and his band on Saturday, Jan 14 (7:30pm) for an evening of standards and favorites at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Morrison made his Broadway debut in Footloose but his big break came when he was cast as heartthrob Link Larkin, originating the role in the hit Hairspray. He was later nominated for a Tony Award for his role in The Light in the Piazza. Morrison also starred as Mr. Schuester in the popular Fox musical comedy series Glee. www.thebroadstage.com

Future Sex, Inc. (a new version of the earlier production Siamese Sex Show) will open in 2017 at The Lounge Theatre. The show blends Lady Gaga-esque popstar theatricality with Blade Runner’s dark comic vision to create a naughty pop musical that takes place in the dystopian future. The mysterious conglomerate Monocorp fabricates an epidemic condemning intimacy to profit from its “safe” new pseudo-sex product called the Love Light. At an underground “intimacy” speakeasy, four fallen popstars gather in collusion to plan their revenge against Monocorp’s devious CEO. The musical includes rap lyrics from hip-hop legend Kool Keith, Mistah Fab, and J Diggs and humorously explores the importance of connecting, and potential loss of, intimacy in an increasingly technological world. Jan. 27-Feb. 19. www.plays411.com/future

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