Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Musical News for Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Musical Theatre West has announced its 2014-2015 “Big Broadway” season of shows. Season tickets are available now by calling (562) 856-1999 x 4 or online at www.musical.org. The season will include:

BIG FISH (first production since its Broadway debut)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 16, 2014
Book by John August, Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the film by Tim Burton
Featuring the original Broadway sets and costumes

Feb. 12 – March 1, 2015
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein
Book by Oscar Hammerstein and Joshua Logan

April 10 – 26, 2015
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg

July 10 –26, 2015
Based on the MGM Film with
Choreography by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly

The new revue Wild Songs and Naked Souls (an evening of music and poetic license) will have its world premiere at T.U. Studios in North Hollywood March 1 – April 6 (opening night Sat. March 8th at 8:00 pm). Gloria Gifford directs the production which features the writings of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Napoleon Bonaparte, George Sand, Isadora Duncan, Lord Byron, Omar Khayyam, Sei Shonagon and Wanda Gag, with music by John Scott and Gloria Gifford. It is produced by Jamaica Moon Productions and The GGC Players. Wild Things features dramatic interpretations of classic musings on love and life from great writers and poets of the past few centuries, along with some songs. It’s an evening of romance and fun, and despite the title, there’s no nudity involved…only the emotions are naked here. The cast includes Lauren Plaxco, Chad Doreck, Jade Warner and Bill Stevenson, as well as a revolving cast of other members of the GGC Players. Tickets: (310) 366-5505 or www.tix.com.

The Torrance Theatre Company will present A Man of No Importance written by Terrence McNally, with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Mar 14 – Apr 12, directed by Glenn Kelman. Musical direction is by Jared Scott. A Man of No Importance tells the story of Alfie Byrne, a bus driver in 1964 Dublin, whose heart holds secrets he can’t share with anyone but his imagined confidante, Oscar Wilde. When Alfie attempts to put on an amateur production of Wilde’s Salome in the local church hall, he must confront the forces of bigotry, shame, and the fears of others. It is a tender and beautifully woven tale of love, friendship, and coming to terms with who we are. There will be a Q&A session following the April 10th performance with the cast following the show. Tickets: (424) 243-6882 or www.torrancetheatrecompany.com

The upcoming west coast premiere of the new musical Battledrum at Sierra Madre Playhouse will feature a double cast. The “Gettysburg” cast includes Joseph Ahern, David Crane, Will Cespedes, DJ Harner, Donzell Lewis, James Simenc and Alexandra Wright. The “Vicksburg” cast includes Tara Bopp, Will Cespedes, Chris Clower, Kaitlin Cournelle, Patrick Curry, Mark Ostrander and Damone Williams. Drum master and choreographer is Ovation Award winner Ameenah Kaplan. Performances place March 7 – April 19 at Sierra Madre Playhouse with gala opening nights on Fri., March 7 and Sat., March 8 at 7:00 pm. Book & lyrics are by Doug Cooney and music is by Lee Ahlin. Battledrum is directed by Christian Lebano. Each performance will include a post-show talk led by a historian on California’s role in the Civil War and featured actors from the show. www.sierramadreplayhouse.org

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