Thursday, July 10, 2014

Musical News for Thursday, July 10, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS: If you missed Bronies: The Musical at the Hollywood Fringe Festival you can catch it during one of its two additional performances July 11 & 12 at the Lounge Theater. The Encore! Producers' Award winner for Best Musical is the story of three outsiders who find purpose, meaning, love – and each other – all thanks to cartoon ponies, featuring music by Joe Greene, book & lyrics by Heidi Powers & Tom Moore, direction & music direction by Ryan Bergmann, and choreography by Joseph Corella-Sandler. Lounge Theater, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.

Sierra Madre Playhouse has announced a new slate of shows to carry its programming into early 2015. Musicals will include A Little House Christmas adapted by James DeVita from the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, directed by Emily Chase. (Nov. 28 - Dec. 28, 2014), Always…Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley, directed by Robert Marra (May 8- June 28, 2015) and Einstein is a Dummy, book & lyrics by Karen Zacarias, music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, directed by Mary Jo Duprey (Jan.16 – Feb. 28, 2015). As an adult, Albert Einstein changed our view of the universe. But as a boy, he struggled with the same issues any 12-year-old might—keeping up with violin lessons, impressing the girl next door and, oh yeah, comprehending the fundamental relationship of space and time to the speed of light, of course. As with last season’s Battledrum, the Playhouse is offering a musical entertainment that will appeal to an underserved youth audience as well as to its adult patrons. For a list of all the shows on their season, go to

The Troubies bring A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream to Shakespeare/Summerfest Orange County’s July 24 - August 1. This play-off of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, directed by Matt Walker, tells this story of magic potions and foolish lovers through some of disco’s greatest hits. The production includes a cast made up of acrobats, musicians, improvisers, and clowns, as well as a four piece band and an almost entirely improvised second act. Featured are Rick Batalla, Joe Keane, Beth Kennedy Will, Tyler King, Katherine Malak, Rob Nagle, Suzanne Narbonne, Morgan Rusler, Monica Schneider, Mike Sulprizio, Lisa Valenzuela, and Matt Walker. Tickets: (714) 590-1575 or

DANCE: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts will show a high definition screening of Matthew Bourne’s legendary reimagining of Swan Lake, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne on Sunday, August 10 at 2:00 pm. An iconic production, perhaps best–known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, it was filmed at Sadler’s Wells, London in 2011. The stellar cast includes the magnificent Richard Winsor as the lead Swan/Stranger, Dominic North as The Prince and Nina Goldman as The Queen. Tickets are $20.

CONCERTS/CABARET: MISCAST: Right Singer, Wrong Song returns to Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal, Monday, July 21st. Reservations: (818) 754-8700.

Acclaimed blues singer Mary Bridget Davies, nominated for a Tony® this year for her Broadway lead in A Night With Janis Joplin, will return to The Pasadena Playhouse for four nights July 17-20. She first wowed Pasadena crowds in 2013 with her Janis Joplin role. The new show, dubbed Playhouse Rocks! will incorporate Janis Joplin and Big Brother & The Holding Company hits, blues, rock and soul songs as well as music from some of Ms. Davies’ other favorite artists like Etta James, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, The Band and Amy Winehouse. Tickets:

Next to Normal will kick off Cabaret at The Merc’s 2014 Summer Series for one weekend only, July 11, 12 & 13 at The Merc in Temecula. This emotional tour de force features music by Tom Kitt, and book & lyrics by Brian Yorkey. The cast includes longtime San Diego actress Susan Jordan Deleon in the role of Diana with Victor Hernandez as Dan, Susan’s real-life daughter, Jordan Deleon as Natalie, Zack Zumbek as Gabe. David Baca as Henry, and Matthew Malecki as Dr. Madden. Cabaret at the Merc is produced by Jordan Beck and J. Scott Lapp. Tickets: (866) 653-8696 or The Merc in Temecula, 42051 Main St. Temecula, 92590.

Following Next To Normal at Cabaret at the Merc is Spring Awakening on August 8 – 11, book & lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik,musical direction by Cris O’Bryon, choreography by Evan D’Angeles and directed by J. Scott Lapp. The company includes Nick Eiter, Emily Chelsea, Austyn Myers, Lindsay Joan, Hayley Marian, Jonathan Sangster, Tyler Lenhart, A.J.Foggiano, Claire Keefer, Bailey Sonner, Zackary Scot Wolfe, Joseph Arreola and Katie Larsen. Tickets: (866) 653-8696 or The Merc in Temecula, 42051 Main St. Temecula, 92590.

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