Wednesday, May 10, 2017

MUSICAL NEWS for Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wayne Moore’s Freeway Dreams, a musical comedy about commuters stuck in freeway traffic whose dreams emerge as they daydream opens May 19. Originally staged as a cabaret show which ran for five months at the Gardenia, the show has been expanded into a full musical production directed by Jim Blanchette. Moore says, “The show is about people stuck on the freeway, and the fantasies they have in their lives. Actually, they’re stuck so long they end up in each other’s fantasies, so there’s lots of funny stuff.” Starring Aubrie Alexander, Stephanie Andersen, Jonathan Brett, Ashley Douglas, Darren Mangler and Leslie Rubino. May 19 – June 11, Write Act Rep at the Brickhouse Theatre, 10950 Peach Grove Street in Hollywood. Click Here for tickets.

Can you hear it? That’s London Calling, a gritty new musical inspired by the music of the influential British punk rock band The Clash, with book by Peggy Lewis. This is the 40th anniversary of The Clash’s first album and the show centers around a youth spent playing in bands, living in squats, and pursuing dreams in Holland and Canada. The lyrics of the songs propel the 90-minute story forward – story of aspirations, disappointment, and redemption. June 4 – 25 at the Hudson Theatre. http://hff17.com/4293 or www.london-calling.com.

In Trump in Space by Gillian Bellinger and Landon Kirksey, Star Trek meets Avenue Q meets Battlestar Galactica meets Trump, in a campy political musical comedy in space. It’s a battle between good vs bad, ideals vs opportunism, Trump vs Trump set 400 years in the future. The sci-fi absurdist comedy imagines a humanity divided among starships seeking a new home with the left leaning Starship California leading the rebellion against the still-in-power Trump regime led by Captain Natasha Trump and the mysterious Executive. Starring Gillian Bellinger, Rachel Boller, Kevin Richards, Landon Kirksey, Muriel Montgomery, Scott Palmason, Nikki Bittogrino, Don Schlossman, Carrie Long and Jim Shipley. Directed by Matt Zettell, with music by Sam Johnides and Tony Gonzalez. June 3 – 24 at The Actor’s Company. http://hff17.com/4674

The world premiere of The Brick – A One Man Musical written and composed by Bill Berry takes its inspiration from neuroscientist David Eagleman’s theory of three deaths (the first: when the body ceases to function; the second: when the body is put in its grave; the third: that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time). Comedy songwriter Bill Berry goes mano a mano with the spirit of his deceased mother, offering her the choice to live on, or die her third and final death in this intriguing work directed by Kelly De Sarla. June 10 - 22 at Asylum @ Studio C in Hollywood. http://hff17.com/4418

The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center continues performances of John August’s poignant musical Big Fish through May 21. The show centers on charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son, Will. As Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the man behind the myth, the truth from the tall tales. Starring Will Shupe as Edward Bloom along with Andrew Allen, Natasha Bloom, Marcello Silva, Kevin Ellis, Conchita Belisle Newman, Jen Ridgway, Christopher Spangler, Philip McBride, Jared Price, Savannah Leigh, Bryce Brady, Tori Cusack, Ashley Maimes, Ralph Santos, Claudia Stone-Sheppard, and Megan Tisler directed by Fred Helsel. www.simi-arts.org

Narsociety – The Social Media Shaming Musical by Chris Valenti and John T. Mickevich about our narcissism and addiction to the Internet will play the Hudson Theatre beginning June 2. The full length two act musical features 19 new songs that explore elements of the Internet experience: procrastination, dating apps, cat-fishing, incessant selfies, cat videos, fears of improbable disasters, response-time insecurity, the thrill of trending, and more. Starring Bonnie Kolber, Sarah Spiegel, C. Brian Smith, William Gabriel Grier, Larisa Peters, Chris Valenti, Christine Anatone, Vincent Soto, Alyssa B. Jackson, Tom Schneiders, Nadia Marina, Morgan Ann Smith, Edward Alvarado, and Reed Buck. Directed by Chris Valenti with choreography by Michelle Loucadoux. June 2 – 11 at the Hudson Backstage Theater. hff17.com/4312 or plays411.com/Narsociety

They Played Productions debuts its first live project; a serious adult musical about werewolves that explores obsession, our need for choices, and the rage within in Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Rock Musical. Written and directed by Erik Blair, with music by Daniel Sugimoto, the show is the story of Perfection, CA where everything is perfect. But when good girl Lilly White realizes she wants something more than everything, the rebel motorcycle gang looks like a great solution. The only problem is they’re werewolves. Once bitten, she’ll learn about Perfection’s dark underbelly as she turns into The Beast. Sugimoto’s music switches from the innocence of the1950s to a pounding ‘80s style rock with the transformation. June 2 – 24 at Studio/Stage. Use discount code “HOWL” for $10 tix for the June 2nd performance. http://hff17.com/4168

(mostly)musicals returns to the E Spot Lounge on May 22 with (mostly)musicals In Dreams a show that will “make your dreams come true.” Gregory Nabours heads up the dream team cast which includes Sharon McNight, Michelle Ortiz, Alli Miller, Ashley Jones, Christine Tucker, Christopher Maikish, Cooper Howell, Domonique Paton, David LaMarr, Espiridion Magana, Kelley Dorney, Matt Magnusson, and Matt Valle. Emily Clark hosts the open mic after party. www.mostlymusicalsLA.com

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