Saturday, July 20, 2013

Musical News for July 20 - A Little Bit of Everything

OPENINGS: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group presents Dancing on the Edge, a theatrical dance production that explores beauty, laughter, tears and love within a sexy, turbo-charged mosaic of dance-movement. Directed by Denise Devin, and featuring original choreography by Donna Noelle Ibale, Randall Morris, Carrie Nedrow, Jade Waters-Burch and Cody Whitley. Saturdays at 11pm, Aug. 3 –Sept. 21, and select Sundays at 7pm (8/4, 9/8, 9/15 & 9/22). ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Reservations: (818) 202- 4120.

Theatre Planners presents Greeks 6 - Trojans 5, a world premiere comedy with music written by Chuck Faerber, directed by Rick Kuhlman, similar in style and spirit to A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum but whackier, involving Greek soldiers embedded in the fabled Trojan Horse. Starring George Alvarez, Cheryl Bricker, David Ghilardi, Geoffrey Kennedy, Dave Kirkpatrick, John Marzilli, Corey Rieger, Matt Shea, Christopher T. Wood, and David Zurak. August 10 – Sept 8. Whitefire Theatre 13500 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks 91423.

The Hollywood Bowl’s summer musical Chicago, directed by Brooke Shields, will play July 26, 27 & 28 featuring a cast that includes Samantha Barks (Velma), Drew Carey (Amos), Lucy Lawless (Mama Morton), Stephen Moyer (Billy), and Ashlee Simpson (Roxie).

Bernhardt on Broadway: The Musical, a one woman musical written and performed by Carol Dunitz will be presented at Chromolume Theatre, July 27 and 28. The story is set in the late 1890s when Bernhardt was at the height of her career and features twelve show-stopping songs. Call (323) 205-1617 for tickets. Chromolume Theatre at the Attic, 5429 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, 90016.

MOVIES: Segerstrom Center For the Arts' upcoming Free For All Movie Mondays: July 22 – Mulan, July 29 - The Phantom of the Opera, August 5 – Evita. Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs or other easily portable seating items. Set-up begins at 5:30 pm, with the movie starting at dusk (approximately 8 pm). In a continuing partnership with the Newport Beach Film Festival, a selection of the best short animated films from this year’s festival will be shown prior to the main feature. Guests may bring their own snacks and picnic suppers.

TCM during the month of August will present Summer Under the Stars, 24-hour movie marathons featuring a different star daily. Movie musicals and stars featured include Doris Day (8/ 2 including Calamity Jane, Tea for Two, & Lullaby of Broadway), Mickey Rooney (8/13 including Strike Up the Band & Girl Crazy), Ann Blyth (8/16 – including Rose-Marie & Kismet), Natalie Wood (Sun 8/16 – including West Side Story & Gypsy), Shirley Jones (8/28 – including The Music Man & Carousel), and many more.

TRIBUTE: Save the Date for Remembering Rick Starr: A Sentimental Journey at the El Portal Theatre on Sunday, October 6th. 

AUDITIONS: AEA auditions: Pasadena Playhouse on July 22 for its upcoming season, which includes Smokey Joe’s Café. A dedicated date for Smokey Joe’s will also take place on July 29. Colony Theatre holds auditions for Breath and Imagination directed by Saundra McClain on July 23. The Norris Theatre’s auditions for The Producers directed by Matthew J. Vargo will be held on July 31 & Aug 1. Info for these and more at

Grove Theatre in Upland will hold auditions for Bye Bye Birdie on Aug 19 & 20 at 7pm. Prepare 16-32 bars of a song. All roles open, except Albert, Rosie, Conrad & Mayor. Director Frank Minano, music director Donna Marie Minano, choreographer DawnEllen Ferry. Callbacks are Aug. 21. Rehearsals begin Sept. 11. Performances run weekends Oct. 25 - Nov. 10.

CABARET/CONCERTS:  88’s at Don’t Tell Mama LA. Wednesday July 24th at 8pm win tickets to see Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl. Open Mic following the show.

Kritzerland presents The Music Men – The Songs of Meredith Wilson and Gene de Paul, Sunday, August 4 at 7pm. The show stars Allen Everman, Ashley Fox Linton, Jane Noseworthy, Charlotte Mary Wen, Robert Yacko, Justin Jones, Bruce C. Merkle, and David Zack, with special guest Sue Raney. Kritzerland at Sterlings Upstairs at The Federal. Call (818) 754-8700 for reservations.

L.A. Miserable, a comedy cabaret directed by Glenn Kelman that does to Los Angeles what Forbidden Broadway did to Broadway runs July 20 – August 10 at Stage Door Repertory in Anaheim.

CD RELEASE: Flamenco Master Roberto Amaral debuts original music CD at Incendio Flamenco August 11th at 2 & 6:30 pm. The third annual showcase presentation by Amaral will be a dynamic and colorful program spotlighting fiery Flamenco, elegant Spanish contemporary dance and cutting-edge modern Flamenco fusion. Scherr Forum Theatre in Thousand Oaks. 

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