Tuesday, February 17, 2015

MUSICAL NEWS for Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Original Company, North American Tour of NEWSIES.
Photo by Deen van Meer 

MUSICAL NEWS: Disney Theatrical Productions and the Nederlander Organization have announced full casting for the L.A. Premiere of Broadway’s Tony® Award-winning musical, Disney’s Newsies. The production will play the Hollywood Pantages Theatre March 24 - April 19. Dan DeLuca will star as Jack Kelly, Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer, Stephanie Styles as Katherine, Angela Grovey as Medda Larkin, Jacob Kemp as Davey, Zachary Sayle as Crutchie, and Vincent Crocilla and Anthony Rosenthal alternating the role of Les, along with Mark Aldrich, Josh Assor, Evan Autio, Bill Bateman, Joshua Michael Burrage, Kevin Carolan, DeMarius Copes, Benjamin Cook, Julian DeGuzman, Nico De Jesus, Sky Flaherty, Michael Gorman, Jon Hacker, Jeff Heimbrock, Stephen Hernandez, Meredith Inglesby, Molly Jobe, James Judy, Eric John Mahlum, Michael Ryan, Jordan Samuels, Jack Sippel, Melissa Steadman Hart, Andrew Wilsonand Chaz Wolcott. Newsies is directed by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award® for his work. Tickets: 800-982-2787 or www.HollywoodPantages.com.

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group presents their all-new, high-octane “theatre-explosivo” production, Nightmares Trio, diving deep into our darkest dreams, desires, memories, fears, and other-worldly ambitions. Featuring Gloria Galvan, Brett Gustafson and Jessica Weiner and directed by Zombie Joe, with a riveting live musical score from Christopher Reiner. Saturdays at 11:00 pm, Feb. 28 - March 21. Tickets $15. Call (818) 202-4120 or go to ZombieJoes.Tix.com. ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. ZombieJoes.com.

A Conversation with Patricia Morison, a 100th Birthday Celebration, on Sunday March 15th has been relocated from Pasadena Playhouse to The University Club of Pasadena at 175 North Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA  91101. The special event honors Broadway legend Patricia Morison (the original star of Kiss Me, Kate). Tickets: (626) 737-2852 or www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

Mary Goodchild as Maria Marten. Photo by Mike Ditz

Independent Shakespeare Co. has announced a workshop production of Red Barn, a new musical play, March 13 – 29 at the Independent Studio in the Atwater Crossing Arts + Innovation Complex. The book is written by David Melville and Melissa Chalsma, original music and lyrics by David Melville and directed by Melissa Chalsma. The cast will feature Julia Aks, Joseph Culliton, Claudia de Vasco, Cristina Gerla, Mary Goodchild, Lexie Helgerson, Daniel Jimenez, David Melville, Alastair James Murden, and Ashley Nguyen. Musical Director is Dave Beukers. 3191 Casitas Ave., #168 in Atwater Village. Tickets: (818) 710-6306 or www.iscla.org. This production is not appropriate for young children.

Bette and Wylie Aitken, Chance Theater dedication ceremony

On Saturday, February 7, Chance Theater’s Board of Directors, staff and resident artists held a special event to honor their major capital campaign donors and give them a literal standing ovation. The guest of honor at the event was community leader, Bette Aitken, whose husband Wylie surprised her last year with a $250,000 gift to the Chance to name the theater’s new home after her, The Bette Aitken theatre arts Center. www.chancetheater.com

L-R: Elizabeth Bouton, Anderson Piller, Patricia Butler and Catherine Rahm.
Photo by Shawn K. Summerer

Kentwood Players presents Mame directed by Ben Lupejkis with musical direction by Catherine Rahm and choreography by Lawrence Hatcher, March 13 - April 18. The cast includes Elizabeth Bouton, Erika Brauer, Mark Bruce-Casares, Patricia Butler (as Mame), David Callander, Sheridan Cole-Crawford, Harold Dershimer, Samuel Goldman, Thomas Guastavino, Lynn Gutstadt, Jessie Harrison, Lawrence Hatcher, George Kondreck, Ben Lupejkis, Roy T. Okida, Anderson Piller, Catherine Rahm, Janet Lee Rodriquez, and Brittany Sindicich. Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Tickets: www.kentwoodplayers.org.

CONCERTS: An encore performance of A Re-PETE Celebration: The Songs and Spirit of Pete Seeger will take place on march 28 at 1:00 pm at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. Audiences are invited to sing along during this tribute to late singer/songwriter and activist Pete Seeger. Starring Geer family singers Peter Alsop, Ellen Geer, Melora Marshall, Willow Geer, Mat Polin, Earnestine Phillips and Gerald C. Rivers, with special guests Ross Altman, Brother Sun (Joe Jencks, Pat Wictor and Greg Greenway), Emma’s Revolution (Pat Humphries and Sandy O), Susie Glaze, James McVay and Stephen Michael Schwartz. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga CA 90290 (midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway). Tickets; (310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com.

Los Angeles Master Chorale showcases two compelling world premieres based on the theme of Ascension on Sunday, March 8, 7:00 pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall: Succession by Nackkum Paik and Songs of Ascent by composer in residence Shawn Kirchner. The program will also include Her Sacred Spirit Soars by Eric Whitacre and Fest und Gedenksprüche by Brahms. Artistic Director Grant Gershon will conduct. Tickets: (213) 972-7282, or www.lamc.org.   

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