Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cabrillo Music Theatre announces its 2015-16 season, “A Season for All Seasons” which will include three shows in the larger Kavli Theatre Damn Yankees (Oct 16 - 25, 2015), Children of Eden (April 8 - 17, 2016), and The Little Mermaid (July 15 -24, 2016) and one in the more intimate Scherr Forum, the perfectly-named A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Jan 29 - Feb 14, 2016). Priority Order Subscriptions for new subscribers are being taken now by calling (805) 497-8613 X6, or by writing to subscriber@cabrillomusictheatre.com. Beginning April 7, new subscriptions will be sold through the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, or by calling Subscriber Services at (805) 449.2775. www.cabrillomusictheatre.com

In honor of Black History Month, All the Way West Productions presents A Woman Called Truth, a celebration of the life of Sojourner Truth, Jan. 24 – March 1 at the Complex Ruby Theater in Hollywood. “The Spirit calls me, and I must go,” said Sojourner Truth as she took leave of her family and set out to speak on behalf of women and advocated for abolishing slavery and promoted civil rights. Incorporating spirituals, slave songs and hymns, the play features three women and three men as well as a chorus for a cast of nine. Written with minimalist staging, the focus is on the words and lyricism of the time, with considerable attention to Sojourner Truth’s own words by the playwright who approximated much of the title character’s dialogue from published works and biographies by Olive Gilbert, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Francis Gage. It is directed by D’Shaun A. Booker. Tickets: (310) 604-8158 or go to www.plays411.com/calledtruth.

Brad Ellis joins producer Dianne Fraser and Fraser Entertainment Group as musical director for An Evening of Classic Broadway at Rockwell Table & Stage, on Monday, March 16. Tickets: www.rockwell-la.com.

Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Jane Monheit brings her popular show Hello Bluebird: Celebrating the Music of Judy Garland to Valley Performing Arts Center on Feb. 21 at 8:00 pm. In her performance Monheit pays tribute to the legendary Judy Garland with a classic repertoire of the Hollywood icon’s most celebrated ballads and closing with Garland’s signature song “Over The Rainbow/Hello Bluebird.” Accompanying her is Michael Kanan on piano, Neal Miner on bass and Monheit’s husband Rick Montalbano on drums. Click Here for tickets $45 - $80.

Rogelio Douglas, Jr. joins Mandy Gonzalez in her solo concert debut Love, All Ways at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood on Jan. 27 & 28. The concert will feature a special appearance by some of the Santa Clarita Valley’s top high school singers. Doors open at 7pm for cocktail and dinner service (single entrée or drink minimums apply). Admission is $25, with VIP seating ($40) available. Tickets: (866) 468-3399 or www.TicketWeb.com.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center presents Eli Lieb in Concert, a special one-night-only benefit event at the center’s Renberg Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8:00 pm. The show will be a rare “unplugged appearance” featuring just Lieb and his acoustic guitar. Tickets: $25 (323) 860-7300 or www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre. VIP tickets are available for $100 and include priority reserved seating and a post-performance reception with the artist. The Renberg Theatre is located at the Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard), in Hollywood. Free onsite parking is available.

Run Rabbit Run Media and VFRPR have announced that indie film Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine will open on Feb. 13 for a one week run at the Laemmle Noho 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood (www.laemmle.com/films/37468). On October 7, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left to die because he was gay. Years later, Michele Josue, a close friend of Matts, revisits the shocking case with never-before-seen photos, rare video footage, as Matt’s all-too-brief life is remembered through the vivid testimonies of those whose lives he touched, from the friends and family who knew him best to the bartender who saw him on the night of the attack.

Kritzerland presents All The Things You Are – The Songs of Jerome Kern on Mon. Feb. 2 at 8:00 pm at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal. The show stars Kimberly Hessler, Jean Louisa Kelly, Damon Kirsche, Madison Claire Parks and Jeffrey Christopher Todd, and special guest Andrea Marcovicci (with Shelly Markham). Musical direction is by John Boswell. Reservations: (818) 754-8700.

Frank Gehry and the world premiere of Frank’s House by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s composer-in-residence Andrew Norman will be spotlighted at LACO’s Westside Connections concert on Thursday, Feb. 5. Gehry is joined by LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, The Juilliard School’s Ara Guzelimian, LACO music director Jeffrey Kahane and LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer for an unprecedented evening exploring compelling connections between music and architecture. 7:30 pm at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Tickets: (213) 622-7001 x 1 or www.laco.org.

The Grove Theatre in Upland will host Elvis -The Main Event – “Lets Get Ready to Rumble” - a two day contest event on Feb. 13-14. Ten Tribute Artists will take the stage in an effort to become the one and only “Southern California Greatest Elvis.” Artists on the bill include Brad Carrow, Ceaser Garcia, Rayan Collingwood, Seve Botello, Gary Anderson, Raul Conde, John Fisher, Steve Murphy, Brad Carrow, Todd Torres, and Fernie Ramirez. All performers will be backed by the Award winning TCB Flash Band, one of California’s top Tribute Bands. Tickets: (909) 920-4343 or www.grovetheatre.com.

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