Tuesday, May 9, 2017

MUSICAL NEWS for Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ebony Repertory Theatre will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Broadway musical Five Guys Named Moe with a new production at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center May 18 – June 11. The exuberant, international hit by Clarke Peters pays tribute to the music of rhythm and blues pioneer Louis Jordan and will be directed and choreographed by Keith Young with musical direction by the original Broadway production’s musical director Abdul Hamid Royal. It is the story of the heroic Nomax who is down on his luck. His girlfriend Lorraine has left him, he’s been drinking, and he’s listening to the radio at 4:45 am. Emerging from his radio, the Moes – No Moe, Little Moe, Four Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, and Big Moe – encourage Nomax through song and stories to turn his life around and tell Lorraine that he loves her. Starring Obba Babatundé, Eric B. Anthony, Trevon Davis, Rogelio Douglas, Jr., Jacques C. Smith, and Octavius Womack. www.ebonyrep.org

Actors Co-ops 25th Silver Anniversary season closes with Lucky Stiff, the killer musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Stephen Van Dorn directs the show which is now in previews and opens May 12. Choreography is by Julie Hall and musical direction by Taylor Stephenson. This hilarious musical murder mystery farce mixes diamonds, mistaken identities and a body in a wheelchair (and puppies!) in an all singing, all dancing, killer musical comedy. Starring Claire Adams, David Atkinson, Gina D’Acciaro, Brian Habicht, Alastair James Murden, Brandon Parrish, Rory Patterson, Selah Victor, José Villarreal and Vito Viscuso. www.ActorsCo-op.org

Jaime Camil, of CW’s Jane the Virgin, will star in the Hollywood Bowl’s summer musical Mamma Mia! in the role of Sam Carmichael. The show will be directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall and conducted by David Holcenberg. Complete casting TBA. Performances at the Bowl are July 28, 29 & July 30. Single tickets are on sale now. www.hollywoodbowl.com
After Hours Theatre Company presents Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s Dogfight at the Hudson Theatre beginning June 2. Musical direction is by Elmo Zapp, choreography by Jennifer Oundjian and co-direction by Oundjian and Jennifer Strattan. In 1963, on the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of partying and debauchery. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. Starring Payson Lewis, Nicci Claspell, Trent Mills, Spencer Strong Smith, Emily Morris, Peter Allen Vogt, Stephanie Anderson, Austin Powell, Aliya Stuart, Nevada Brandt, Harrison Meloeny, Everjohn Feliciano, Emily Barnett, Erik Hall, and Jilli Marine. www.plays411.com/dogfight

The musical comedy improv group Robot Teammate premieres its original musical space race comedy Turbulence! at Sacred Fools Theater beginning June 10. It’s the year 4242 and the Intergalympics competition between humans on Earth and Mars is at a fever pitch. An epic race around the sun concludes the events, but the untimely demise of Earth’s designated competitors means the haphazard crew of the S.S. Albacore and their android assistant Mambo 4 must go to bat. What happens next is anyone’s guess. Starring Kat Primeau, Miles Crosman, Molly Dworsky, Dave Reynolds and Chris Bramante. Miles Crosman is head writer. The show is directed by Molly Dworsky and Sam Johnides is musical director. Family-friendly (ages 10+). June 10 – 22. Tickets: http://hff17.com/4557

Musical Theatre Guild has announced its upcoming 2017 – 2018 season consisting of rarely seen musicals based on popular films. They are: Sugar (Sept 24, 2017), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Nov 12, 2017), High Society (Feb 25, 2018) and Honeymoon in Vegas (May 6, 2018). All performances will take place at the Alex Theatre in Glendale at 7pm. Season tickets go on sale in late June and single tickets in July. www.musicaltheatreguild.com

Fraser Entertainment Group presents A Classic Broadway Mother’s Day featuring a cast of mom singers and their offspring on Sunday, May 14. Doors open at 4:30 for the 6pm songfest at Rockwell Table and Stage. Hosted by Jason Graae and special guest music director Todd Schroeder and starring Tami Tappan Damiano & Dante Damiano, Chelsea Field, Chelsy Gray & Owen Bakula, Dianne Fraser & Hayley Silver, Kelly Lester & Julia Lester, and Nita Whitaker & Skye LaFontaine. Click Here for tickets.

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