Thursday, May 30, 2013

What's Happening Around Town for May 30, 2013

Just Imagine Returns to the Hayworth Theatre
Tim Piper returns to Los Angeles with Just Imagine, an extraordinary rock ‘n’ roll celebration of the life and music of John Lennon. Backed by rock band Working Class Hero (Greg Piper on bass; Don Butler on guitar, Morley Bartnof on keyboards and Don Poncher on drums), Piper will channel Lennon at the Hayworth Theatre beginning June 8. Written and directed by Steve Altman, Just Imagine intertwines John Lennon’s songs with the stories behind them to create a unique and electrifying multimedia concert experience.

A musician, actor and songwriter Tim Piper has traveled the world performing music made famous by The Beatles and has distinguished himself as the preeminent John Lennon with roles in the CBS production The Linda McCartney Story, E! Channel’s John Lennon Story, Beatle Wives and as the singing voice of Lennon for the NBC TV movie of the week, In His Life -The John Lennon Story. Just Imagine runs June 8 - August 25. The Hayworth Theatre is located at 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057. For reservations and information, call (323) 960-4442 or go to Photo by Jacki Korito.

Mandy Patinkin in Concert with Pasadena Pops
Mandy Patinkin kicks off the inaugural Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood on Sunday, June 9 at 8:00 pm. Conducted by Eric Stern, the evening will dazzle with musical adaptations of popular standards and Broadway classics, sung in Patinkin’s inimitable style. From Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim, Harry Chapin, and back to Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, Patinkin performs for the first time with the Pasadena POPS. Tickets start at $55. Click Here for tickets and more information.

The Purpose of Theater Criticism in the Twenty First Century.
Sponsored by LA’s most popular theater site, Bitter Lemons (, and moderated by its Editor-in-Chief, Colin Mitchell, this panel will be an irreverent yet substantive discussion, tapping the best minds in LA Theater. Panelists include Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly, Tony Frankel, Stage and Cinema, Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times, Anthony Byrnes, KCRW, Terry Morgan, LAist and Ramona Pielar Gonzales, pLAywriting in the City. It’s all going down on Sunday, June 23rd, 11:00 – 1:00 pm at Fringe Mainstage, Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd.

This will be a real conversation about the survival of the theater critic, the relevancy of the professional theater critique as opposed to the user review, the role of the theater critic, what makes a theater critic a professional or a serious theater critic and what distinguishes them from everyone else, why or why not people should listen to the serious theater critic and the evolution of theater criticism and potential new ways for theater critics to connect with new audiences using the new media, and much, much more. Admission is FREE. This is a great opportunity for theater makers as well as theater journalists and rising theater critics throughout the blogosphere and beyond to really get down and dirty into this subject and find some answers. Click Here to reserve your spot.

Globe Honors Announced
The winners of the 2013 Globe Honors and The Road to the Jimmy™ Awards, the annual competition recognizing excellence in high school theater throughout San Diego County, were announced on Monday. Hunter Schwartz of Canyon Crest Academy and Annika Gullahorn of Pacific Ridge School won in the categories of Leading Actor and Actress in a High School Musical, respectively, and will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards/The Jimmy™ Awards competition to be held on July 1 at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. Additional winners of this year’s Globe Honors were Samuel Brogadir of San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and Alexis Young of Escondido Charter High School (Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre), Mitchell Connelly and Samantha Littleford, both of Coronado School of the Arts (Outstanding Achievement in Spoken Theatre) and Alexandra Adams of San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (Outstanding Achievement in Technical Theatre).

Globe Honors and The Road to the Jimmy™ Awards invited high school theater students to compete with songs, monologues and portfolios in front of a live audience and a panel of judges.  Winners of all Globe Honors categories received $1,000 scholarships, and the winners of the Musical, Spoken and Technical Theater categories will participate in a two-day trip to Los Angeles where they will go behind the scenes at Center Theatre Group, attend a casting workshop and take in a show. Pictured L-R: Alexandra Adams, Samantha Littleford, Alexis Young, Annika Gullahorn, Samuel Brogadir, Hunter Schwarz and Mitchell Connelly. Photo by Doug Gates. 

SDMT Holds Ain’t Misbehavin’ Auditions
San Diego Musical Theatre is holding auditions for Ain’t Misbehavin’ The Fats Waller Musical Show directed by Ron Kellum with musical direction by Don LeMaster. AEA Guest Artist Contract AEA ($400.00 weekly). There is pay for non-equity as well. Auditions are Tuesday, June 11 from 12:00 - 4:00pm. Callbacks are June 11 from 5:00 - 8:00pm. Prepare 16-32 bars in style of the show and a song from the show. Bring 2 headshots, 2 resumes and sheet music in the correct key. To schedule an appointment email Jill at Jill@SDMT.orgIf you have additional questions please call (619) 977-7100. Actors must be 18 years or older. 

Audition location: San Diego Musical Theatre, 4652 Mercury Street, SD 92111
First Rehearsal:  Equity & Non-Equity on Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Soft Opening:  Friday, September 27, 2013             
Press Opening:  Saturday, September 28, 2013
Closes:  Sunday, October 13, 2013
Performance location: Birch North Park Theatre, San Diego, California

Seeking: All African-American cast. All characters must move well.


ANDRE – An unrepentant party hound. A flirt and a bit of a womanizer. Must dance. Male, 25-45 years old. Vocal range: G2 – E6

ARMELIA – A voluptuous and sassy woman. Very strong-willed and not afraid to share her thoughts. Female, 18-25 years old. Vocal range: G3 – C6

CHARLAINE – A sweet young lady. Very innocent. Strong dancer. Female, 18-25 years old. Vocal range: G3 – G5

KEN – Jovial, cheerful, and loud. Larger than life. Male, 30-45 years old. Vocal range: F3 - F5

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