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Coming to a theatre near you, April 6

April 6, 2011
Use my name for discounts to the extension of THE BIRTHDAY BOYS at Theatre Unleashed, April 22, 23, 29 & 30 – $7 tickets through their website with the code STEVE JULIAN. Not available at the door. I saw the play and recommend it. Also, TU is offering half price Early Bird tickets to JULIUS CAESAR opening next month.
 
The Fountain Theatre extends Tennessee Williams’ HOUSE NOT MEANT TO STAND to May 22.
 
I meant to include this previously from Theatre 40: RETURN FROM THE ASHES continues through April 24 at the Reuben Cordova Theatre on the Beverly Hills High School campus, by Brad Geagley. A Jewess has returned from a concentration camp to collect her enormous inheritance. Her husband and daughter believe her to be dead, and are determined to acquire her huge fortune. Not recognizing her as their wife and mother, they ask her to embark on a bizarre conspiracy — by accepting, she becomes a woman impersonating herself. Based on novel of the same name by Hubert Montelhet, the play underscores the Chinese maxim “On the tear-stained cheek, the wasp plants her sting.” 
The City of Rancho Cucamonga is pleased to announce the opening of Broadway at the Gardens’ production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice Tony Award winning musical EVITA, opening April 8th at the Lewis Family Playhouse at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. EVITA opens April 8th and continues through April 17th playing Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $34.00 General and $32 for Senior.  EVITA contains mature themes and may not be suitable for all audiences.
If you missed Lance Davis in THE EVERYMAN a few months ago through Parson’s Nose, you can see him reprise his terrific one-man show Sunday, April 10 at St. James Episcopal Church in South Pasadena.
 
A STITCH IN TIME: A Night at the Cabaret, Carmen Apelgren with Nick Martin, April 9th, 5pm & April 10th, 6pm, Lonny Chapman Theatre in NoHo. Carmen Apelgren, a singer, actor, & songwriter has performed in cabarets and night clubs in NY, LA, Boston, and internationally in Tokyo and Haiti.Visually impaired since she was a girl, Apelgren did not let it her stop her from having a successful career in show business.
The Blank Theatre presents THE TEMPERAMENTALS by Jon Marans, directed by Michael Matthews. Performances begin Saturday April 9 – May 22 at 2nd Stage Theatre.
In response to the devastating events in Japan, producers Daisy Eagan and James Mooney, in association with the Catalina Jazz Club, have announced Cabaret Cares: Songs for Japan, a one-night-only event on Monday, April 11 at 8pm.  Proceeds will support the Japanese Business Association Foundation. The JBA is working directly with the Japanese Consulate to ensure that the money raised on this evening will make it directly to the people working “on the ground” right now.  www.facebook.com/cabaretcares for up-to-the-minute updates on the list of performers. Tickets are $30 (plus a two-drink minimum) and can be purchased online by visiting www.catalinajazzclub.com or by calling (323) 466-2210. The Catalina Jazz Club is located at 6725 W. Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, 90028.       
 
RAIN, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, returns by popular demand to Hollywood’s historic Pantages Theatre, where they enjoyed astounding success during their special one week engagement in 2009.  RAIN will play the Pantages for eight performances only, April 12-17, 2011.  Ticket prices start at $25. 
GOD OF CARNAGE opens at CTG on April 13 at the Ahmanson Theatre. Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden. Grown-ups behaving badly. That’s what happens when a schoolyard scuffle leads four civilized adults to congregate in an affluent Brooklyn home. But civilization quickly crumbles as verbal sticks and stones begin to fly.
 
LONESOME TRAVELER opens at Rubicon Theatre on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. Performances continue through May 15. Ticket prices are $49 to $69, depending on the day of the week. Tickets for students are $30; $15 for groups of 12 or more students.   
LA Theatre Works presents THE THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov, featuring Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt. THE THREE SISTERS artfully blends humor and heartbreak into a perennial favorite of actors and audiences alike. April 13-17
Los Angeles Master Chorale showcases next generation of singers at its famed High School Choir Festival conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, Friday, April 15 1pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
 
McCoy Rigby present LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, April 15-May 1. One of the longest running off-Broadway musicals of all time. Musical direction by David O, directed by Brian Kite. Stars Brett Ryback and Lesli Margherita.
 
A new musical based on the New Testament, GODSPEED, opens at The Grove in Upland, Friday, April 15th, and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:29 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm through May 1st.  Tickets are $25 and $20 with senior, student and group discounts available. 
 
Orange County’s Monkey Wrench Collective opens Phyllis Nagy’s comedy/drama DISAPPEARED Friday, April 15. Sarah Casey is a 25-year old travel agent who’s never been outside of New York. When she goes missing after leaving a seedy bar in Hell’s Kitchen, the last person to see her was a man who works in a thrift store and dresses in his client’s clothes, assuming different identities. Was Sarah killed or did she merely ‘disappear’ to escape her anonymous existence?  The play runs for sixteen performances at 204 N. Harbor, in downtown Fullerton.
 
DramaWest mounts 5 ten-minute plays and screens two films: DON GIOVANNI, written and directed by Felix Racelis, and THE SOUND WE SEE – A Los Angeles City Symphony, written, filmed and directed by the Echo Park Film Center. Saturday, April 16 2pm at the Edendale Public Library, 2011 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. FREE. (Next door to Taix Restaurant, which provides $2.50 valet parking.) On Facebook.
  
April 19, 17, 24 (Sundays) Crown City Theatre presents several one acts. Writers compete. Includes TAPS FOR PAPS by Tom Baum. St. Matthews Lutheran Church 11031 Camarillo Street, NoHo 91602.

Cirque du Soleil opens QUIDAM in Long Beach, April 20-24.

 
Circle X Theatre CoThe Chinese Massacre (Annotated) – April 22-May 28
Ensemble Studio Theatre/LAHouse of the Rising Son – April 23-May 29
Both plays are by Tom Jacobson. 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles (Atwater Village) 90039. 
 
Actors Annie Korzen, Ron Orbach, DeeDee Rescher, and Carol Ita White will join stars Jason Alexander and Gina Hecht in the special three-week engagement of the comedy THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE by Neil Simon. Directed by Glenn Casale, the production will begin performances at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Opening is set for Saturday, April 23 at 8pm.  Performances will continue through May 15.
 
Tuesday, April 26th, the international ballroom stage show, BURN THE FLOOR, will arrive at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre.  Tickets for BURN THE FLOOR are priced from $25 and are available at www.BroadwayLA.org, by phone at 800-982-2787, and at the Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Blvd., open daily at 10am). 
Reprise Theatre Company is presenting KISS ME KATE May 10 –22 at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Directed by Michael Michetti. One hit song after another: Wunderbar, So In Love, Why Can’t You Behave, Too Darn Hot, From This Moment On – will all have you wanting to Brush Up Your Shakespeare.
 
Actor/Musician Tom Peters will perform his newly composed score to the 1931 silent experimental classic film BORDERLINE with Paul Robeson. The screening will be on Friday, May 13th at 8:00 PM at Boston Court.
 
GYPSY will open Friday, May 13 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, July 3 at The Theatre of Arts Arena Stage, 1625 N. Las Palmas in Hollywood.  Preview performances are Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12.  Ticket prices are $34 general, $30 student/senior/union.  Opening Night Gala tickets are $50.  Previews are $20.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 3:00 pm.  
 
NO WORD IN GUYANESE FOR ME by Wendy Graf, starring Ovation-winning actress Anna Khaja at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre May 14 – June 12. The play runs Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Sundays at 5 PM. Free Previews are May 12 and 13 and the play opens May 14.  
HAVING IT ALL, music by John Kavanaugh, book by David Goldsmith & Wendy Perelman, lyrics by David Goldsmith, conceived by Wendy Perelman, with musical direction by Greg Nabours and directed by Richard Israel is EXTENDING through Sunday, May 29 at the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd. (at Lankershim) in North Hollywood. 
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