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Coming to a theatre near you (April 20)

April 13, 2011

EXTENDED: THE SUNSET LIMITED extending for two more performances on Saturday 23, and 30 at 5pm.  ROGUE MACHINE presents at The Lounge Theatre located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90038.  Tickets $25.  For reservations call  (323) 960-4424 or on-line. 

EXTENDED:  The Fountain Theatre‘s A HOUSE NOT MEANT TO STAND through May 22.

EXTENDED: Santa Monica Playhouse is proud to announce the extension of the West Coast premiere of Todd Susman’s LOCKED AND LOADED. The show opened on February 18 and will run through June 26 in The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse.

 

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

 

APRIL 22: Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre celebrates Earth Day with the debut of AFRICAN CATS, a new film from Disneynature, the studio that presented the record-breaking films “Oceans” and “Earth.” A true story “set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, AFRICAN CATS captures the real-life love, humor, and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna.” The El Capitan engagement will run from April 22nd through May 18th. At every showing of AFRICAN CATS, the El Capitan has invited the Wildlife Learning Center to showcase a handful of exotic animals in their care with “Exotic Animals From Around the World,” a presentation live on the El Capitan Stage. 

 

APRIL 22: Circle X Theatre Co – The Chinese Massacre (Annotated) – April 22-May 28

APRIL 23: Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA – House of the Rising Son – April 23-May 29

Both plays are by Tom Jacobson. 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles (Atwater Village) 90039.  

 

APRIL 22, 23: Parson’s Nose presents a free readers’ theatre THE PERILOUS STREETS OF PASADENA by Dion Boucicault, adapted by Lance Davis. “Tomorrow, Colorado Boulevard will be filled with a howling multitude, for the House of Bogaard the Banker will fall, and crush thousands, who have saved their fortunes here!” Lineage Dance Center 89 S Fair Oaks, Pasadena 91101. Fri at noon, Sat at 7pm. Seating for close to 100. FREE but contributions greatly appreciated. Live theatre for Old Town Pasadena. 

 

APRIL 23: The Chance Theatre in Anahiem presents the award winning musical THE BOY IN THE BATHROOM, with books and music by Michael Llubere, music and additional lyrics by Joe Maloney, and directed by Oanh Nguyen.  Previews begin April 15. Runs through May 22.  

 

APRIL 23: Rubicon Theatre Company premieres the musical LONESOME TRAVELER written and directed by James O’Neil. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Musical direction by Dan Wheetman.

 

APRIL 23: 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. 

 

APRIL 23: A Monologue Competition!  FINALS with 100.3 FM The Sound’s Mimi Chen as Master of Ceremonies.
Finalists: Gillian Bellinger, Dan Berkowitz, Kelly Hawthorne, Edgar Mastin, Bill Ratner, Kieran Roberts, Brad Schreiber, Art Shulman, Alia Spring, Isabella Spring, David St. James, Elizabeth Wu, Jade Yancosky.
$10 – CASH ONLY – SECRET ROSE THEATRE 11246 Magnolia Blvd., NoHo Arts District, North Hollywood, CA 91601

 

APRIL  24:  Three Rose Players presents several one acts at Crown City Theatre. Writers compete. Includes TAPS FOR PAPS by Tom Baum. St. Matthews Lutheran Church 11031 Camarillo Street, NoHo 91602. 

 

APRIL 26: 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). 

 

 APRIL 30: The Latino Theater Company, in association with Ken Werther, has announced a limited engagement of THE GOOD BOY at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. This new solo show, written and performed by Michael Bonnabel and directed by Darin Anthony, will play two preview performances on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29. The opening is set for Saturday, April  30 at 8pm, and the engagement will run through Sunday, May 22 only. Story of growing up with deaf parents.

 

MAY 1: Tony Award® nominee Ellen Greene (Threepenny Opera, Little Shop of Horrors), three-time Tony Award® nominee Kevin Chamberlin (Addams Family, Seussical), Tony Award® nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Shrek) and Merle Dandridge (Tarzan, Spamalot) are among those slated to perform at the first annual May Day Cabaret to benefit Celebration Theatre on Sunday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at Space 916 in West Hollywood. Only 100 tickets will be sold for this intimate event. Ticket prices range from $35 – $125 and are on sale now.

  

EXTENDED: Green Beetle Productions extends PLAY DATES at Theatre Asylum through May 1.

 

MAY 2: ROGUE MACHINE‘s monthly Rant and Rave 8PM at The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd, L.A., CA 90038.

 

 

MAY 4: Cornerstone Theater Company continues its 25th anniversary season by heading to the southeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts to present the World Premiere production of The Unrequited (Between Two Worlds), in association with Watts Village Theater Company. Previews begin April 28, opening May 4 and running through May 22 at Youth Opportunities High School (YO Watts) in the Mafundi Auditorium, 1827 E. 103rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90002.

 

MAY 5: Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical RENT is coming to the Big Art Labs in Downtown, L.A. May 5th through May 28th, 2011. Performances run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00PM. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via the RENT: DOWNTOWN L.A. website.

 

MAY 5: An all youth cast tackles teen eating disorders in THROUGH THESE EYES by Bruce Gevritzman at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, directed by Steve Cisneros. There will also be a post show discussion.

 

MAY 5-8: The Music Center continues the eighth season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center on May 5-8, 2011 with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the landmark work “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato,” (“L’Allegro”) choreographed by Mark Morris to the music of George Frideric Handel. This engagement is presented at the Music Center in collaboration with LA Opera.

 MAY 5: Antaeus Company opens its second season of classics with John Marston’s THE MALCONTENT, directed by Liz Swain. Two full casts – JD Cullum and Bo Foxworth as Malevole; Bill Brochtrup and Mark Doerr as Pietro; John Achorn and Paul Willson as Bilioso; Ramon De Ocampo and Adrian LaTourelle as Mendoza; Laura Wernette and Jules Wilcox as Aurelia; Saundra McClain and Lynn Milgrim as Maquerelle; and Ann Noble and Devon Sorvari as Maria. Through June 19.

 

 

MAY 6: The Brimmer Street Theatre Company has announced the world premiere of Flower to Flower, a new comedy by Christina Cigala, directed by John Ennis, at El Centro Theatre Chaplin Stage in Hollywood. There will be one preview performance on Thursday, May 5. 8:00.  Flower to Flower will play a limited engagement through June 4. 

 

MAY 7: GUYS AND DOLLS opens at the Historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, May 7, 2011 presented by the San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre. 626-282-1440.
 

 

EXTENDED: GIRLS TALK through Saturday, May 7 at the Lee Strasberg – Marilyn Monroe Theatre, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood. For Tickets, call 1-800-595-4849 or visit www.tix.com.

 

MAY 7: Anne of Green Gables, appropriate for ages seven and up, runs at Main Street Productions (at Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga) May 7th – 22nd on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. (no performance May 8th). The matinee on May 15th will be interpreted in American Sign Language. The Playhouse also runs special weekday matinees for school children, and study guides for teachers and parents are accessible on the Theatre’s website. Tickets are $17 for General Admission, $15.00 for Seniors, and $14 for Youth.

 

 EXTENDED: THE NEXT FAIRY TALE at Celebration Theatre through May 8.

 

MAY 9: Celebrated playwrights Jordan Harrison, Jeffrey Hatcher, Moisés Kaufman, Joe Keenan, Neil LaBute, Wendy McLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright take on the red-hot subject of marriage equality, creating nine short plays for a theatrical event as magically entertaining and personally transforming as it is politically potent. Conceived and directed by Brian Shnipper and presented by Joan Stein and Stuart Ross in association with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays opens for a five-week run of Monday night performances at The Renberg Theatre, in the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles 90038 on May 9. One preview performance takes place on April 25.

 

 

MAY 10: 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.

 

 

 

MAY 13: I play Ernie Cusack in Neil Simon’s RUMORS at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts through June 12, directed by Frank Minano. Fri and Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm.

 

 

MAY 13: 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.

 

 

MAY 13: 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.  

 

 

 

MAY 14: 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.  

 

 MAY 19: In JUAN AND JOHN Roger Guenveur Smith recalls an event he witnessed on TV as a youth – the day in August 1965 that Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants repeatedly struck Los Angeles Dodgers catcher John Roseboro in the head with his bat and the bench-clearing brawl that ensued.  Marichal and Roseboro eventually reconciled their differences and Smith, in the telling of their story, poignantly draws upon the violent history of the 1960s and also of more personal memories of his parents and his childhood. Kirk Douglas Theatre. (Previews May 17, 18) $25.

 

EXTENDED: THE BIRTHDAY PRESENT 2050 at The Skylight Theatre through May 22.

 

EXTENDED: The Fountain Theatre extends Tennessee Williams’ HOUSE NOT MEANT TO STAND to May 22.

 

MAY 27: Jim Leonard Jr.’s haunting drama, THE DIVINERS, will open at The Secret Rose Theater on May 27th as the inaugural production of the HumanArts Theater Company.   The play is directed by RoZsa Horvath.  Friday, May 27 through Sunday, June 19; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm, as a visiting production at the Secret Rose Theatre in the heart of the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood.  Cast features William Barker, Michael Beck, Christine Cater, Lana Ford, Kristen Hansen, Mark Howard, Crystal Lott, Liza Miranda, Ben Rogers, Steven Rogers, Sharon Samples, and Gregg Strouse.

 

MAY 28: San Diego Musical Theatre  stages the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical, A CHORUS LINE with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, musical direction by Don LeMaster and directed and choreographed by Robert Marra (recreating Michael Bennett’s original choreography). A CHORUS LINE will preview on Friday, May 27, 2011 and will open on Saturday, May 28 and run through Sunday, June 12 at the Lyceum Theatre at Horton Plaza, 79 Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego.

 

MAY 29: 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. 

JUNE 1, 8, 15: I play Carl, the bus driver, in William Inge’s BUS STOP at the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont, directed by IVRT‘s Terre Gunkel.

 

IN JUNE: L.A. Theatre Works brings Roundabout Theatre’s hit Broadway production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, directed by and starring Brian Bedford, to audiences in HD this June, a chance to see the original company in a first-class Broadway production while it’s still running – without having to travel to NY or wait years for the national tour. Here in the Los Angeles/Orange County area, audiences will be able to see Earnest in HD at the following theaters:

  • Downtown Independent (June 9)
  • James Bridges Theater @ UCLA (June 2 & 5)
  • La Mirada Theater (June 26)
  • Mann Theatre Hollywood (June 2 & 7)

 

JUNE 14: REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) is proud to announce preliminary program highlights for RADAR L.A., an international festival of contemporary theater running June 14–20. The festival is produced by REDCAT in collaboration with Center Theatre Group and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (New York), and a consortium including Theatre Communications Group, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, LA Stage Alliance and the Los Angeles Theatre Center. $50 multi-event passes go on sale in April and will allow audiences to attend performances for as little as $10.

 

 

The 2011 Festival of New American Musicals extends over 16 new musicals and musical events presented in area theatres as part of their on-going programming including “Summer of Love” (April 1-17) at Musical Theatre West; “Krunk Fu Battle” (May 12-June 26); at East West Players; “Thank You, Mister Falker” (May 14-29) at the Morgan Wixson Theatre; “Moscow, Cherry Town” (May 15, 18 and 22) and “The Difficulty of Crossing A Field” (June 15-18) at Long Beach Opera; “Bash’d: A Gay Rap Musical” (opening May 26) at Celebration Theatre; “The Trouble With Words” (June) at Coureage Theatre; “Twist” (opening June 14) at Pasadena Playhouse; “Jerry Springer: The Opera” (July 1-August 7) at Chance Theatre; “Sherwood Forest” (July 25-27) at Theatre West; and Amanda McBroom at the Ford Amphitheatre (July 30).

 

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