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Openings & Extensions (May 4)

May 4, 2011

 MAY 3: After receiving a GLAAD Media Award nomination this January for his first play, revolver, playwright Chris Phillips returns to Celebration Theatre with his ambitious follow-up, Garden District, inspired by the works of legendary writer Tennessee Williams. Tue & Wed, May 3, 4, 10, 11. 

 

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 5: The Open Fist Theatre world premieres FERNANDO RICHARDSON’S TREACHEROUS BRAIN. After having brain surgery – Fernando’s world is turned upside down. Without a filter, Fernando uncovers a world of passion,power and purpose as his heart expands to fulfill his future. Directed by Andre Barron. Through June 9. 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.

 

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 6, 7, 8: Double Grande Entertainment and Phoenix Rising present a Mothers Day Weekend Special Engagement of DOUBLE GRANDE: Vocal/Piano Duo at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.

 

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.

 

MAY 7:  The MainStreet Theatre Company ends its 5th season of professional theatre for young audiences with a musical adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless classic ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. The musical, with book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer and music by Nancy Ford, runs through May 22nd at Rancho Cucamonga’s Lewis Family Playhouse in the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Drive. Jessica Kubzansky directs.
 

 

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.

 

 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 9 & 10: OBCTheater announces open call auditions for its production of the Tony Award winning musical Fiddler on the Roof, May 9 & 10 from 6—9pm.  Callbacks will be by invitation May 13.  Auditions are by appointment.  To schedule an audition appointment, please contact Amanda Gettinger at 951.264.5794 or email amandamarie1@gmail.com.

 

 

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 13: Theatre Unleashed brings another Shakespeare piece to the stage with JULIS CAESAR. Set in the 1940s, in a United States battered by the effects of World War II, a group of women whose male loved ones are off fighting gather in a community center and present the play as a way to help them understand and cope with the war, and the pain, suffering and loss it’s caused. Through June 18 at Studio/Stage 520 N. Western, Los Angeles.

 

MAY 13: 3-D Theatricals opens the musical ALL SHOOK UP at Plummer Auditorium, 201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton 92832. Through May 29.

 

MAY 13: FOUR CLOWNS represent the four clown archetypes; the sad clown, the mischievous clown, the angry clown and the nervous clown as they lament and reminisce about their past. The show contains graphic violence, strong sexual situations and other wanton behavior. Sacred Fools  660 N. Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90004 through June 10.

 

 MAY 14: SkyPilot Theatre Co presents the world premiere of THE EMANCIPATION OF ALABSTER MCGILL – a comedic play about gay unions in a confederate closet. Through June 19. Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 7pm at T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo St. (2 doors East of Vineland/Lankershim) North Hollywood, CA 91602.

 

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 14: Mitzi Gaynor will bring her showmanship back to the stage in a glittering multimedia one-woman tour-de-force of music and memories from her life and career.  RAZZLE DAZZLE! MY LIFE BEHIND THE SEQUINS – two performances only – Saturday, May 14 at 2pm & 8pm at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

 

MAY 15: Pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix will share spectacular vintage images of Knott’s Berry Farm while celebrating the story and glory of the boysenberry birthplace that blossomed into America’s first theme park… by way of a fried chicken dinner! Two shows: 2pm and 5pm inside the Bird Cage Theater (inside Knotts). Information here. (By the way, Charles and I did several plays together as teenagers at Ontario’s Gallery Theater.)

 

MAY 15: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, an interactive, musical telling of the famous tale. Part of La Mirada Theatre’s Programs for Young Audiences Series. 2 shows only: 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 15, 2011 at La Mirada Theatre, 14900 La Mirada Boulevard, La Mirada, CA. Tickets: $8 – $12 online or call the box office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310.

 

MAY 18: THEATRE 40, in a collaboration with WEST COAST JEWISH THEATRE, will close its 2010-2011 Season with LUV, MURRAY SCHISGAL’S brainy and wildly funny spoof of avant-garde drama. The New York World-Telegram & Sun called LUV  “…an evening of unalloyed pleasure, of sustained and perfect comedy, of total, tempestuous and glorious glee.”  LUV  opens in Theatre 40’s Reuben Cordova Theatre on May 18, 2011.

 

MAY 18: LA Theatre Works presents DRACULA, adapted by Charles Morey. In this blood-thirsty tale of unholy terror, Count Dracula (Ben Cross) slips into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil – so he can rest between victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, Dr. Van Helsing (David Selby), can stop the carnage. Through May 22; recorded for broadcast on public radio stations, including 89.3 KPCC.

 

MAY 18: Continuing the celebration of his first solo CD release, former Jersey Boys star Erich Bergen will appear live in concert in Los Angeles at BARRE vt as part of the Show At Barre concert series, on Wednesday, May 18 at 8pm. Bergen recently completed a three-year run starring as Bob Gaudio in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Jersey Boys, as part of the Los Angeles, San Francisco, First National Tour and Las Vegas companies.

 

MAY 18: Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, in conjunction with West Coast Jewish Theatre, opens LUV by Murray Schisgal, directed by Howard Teichman. Through June 26. (Theatre 40 also is re-opening NAZI HUNTER – SIMON WIESENTHAL on May 22nd.)

 

 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.

 

MAY 20: In 100 SAINTS YOU SHOULD KNOW, a priest who must reconcile his desires with his role in the church, a teenage boy confused about his own sexual identity, and a young woman desperate for spiritual validation, are all brought together on one fateful night in which they will discover the tenuous common ground they share. The Elephant Space 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.

 

MAY 20: The Lyric Theatre  at 520 N. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles concludes its 2011 season of musicals with the world premiere of iGhost, book by Doug Haverty, music by Adryan Russ, and lyrics by Russ and Haverty.  Directed by Jules Aaronperformances begin on May 13, and opening night is set for Friday, May 20 at 8:00. The limited run will continue through June 18.

 

MAY 20: Two small town twenty-somethings – one a party girl, the other a homebody – find their roles reversing after they move to L.A. and meet a smooth-talking local. Atwater Village Theatre (AVT) artistic directors Gates McFadden of Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA and Tim Wright of Circle X Theatre Co. are thrilled to announce the world premiere production of Between Us Chickens by Sofia Alvarez. Casey Stangl directs Amelia Alvarez, Annabelle Borke and Ben Huber in the five-week run through June 19 in AVT’s intimate cabaret space.

 

EXTENDED through MAY 21: THE NEXT FAIRY TALE at Celebration Theatre.

 

MAY 22: Theatre 40 re-opens NAZI HUNTER – SIMON WIESENTHAL.

 

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

 

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

 

EXTENDED through May 22: THE NEXT FAIRY TALE at Celebration Theatre.

 

EXTENDED through May 27: FIREHOUSE at the Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Venture Blvd., Studio City.

 

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 27, 28, 29: Sideways SmileyFace Productions and Phoenix Rising present a special engagement of eLove, a Musical.com/edy, with book, music, and lyrics by award-winning Wayland Pickard with additional lyrics by Sherry Netherland & Deborah Johnson at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.

 

EXTENDED through May 28: MUTANT OLIVE at The Beverly Hills Playhouse Research Space, 254 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets call 702-KTC-TKTS (702-582-8587). Mitch Hara (actor/writer) is a Syrian, Turkish, Lithuanian, Gypsy, Jew, born in Skokie, Illinois and raised by wolverines. 

 

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. 

 

MAY 29: Forever Flamenco! The Fountain Theatre’s acclaimed series returns to the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre on May 29. Each show in the series features a roster of world-class Flamenco dancers, singers and musicians drawn from the rich pool of Flamenco artists in Southern California, with additional guest artists brought from San Francisco, Albuquerque and Spain.

 

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.

 

JUNE 7: Reprise Theatre Company presents Ray Romano Live for one performance only on Tuesday, June 7 at 8:00 pm, at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA. Tickets go on sale to the public on Tuesday, May 10. For tickets, please call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310/825-2101 or visit www.reprise.org.

 

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 12: The final “hard hat” day in the up-and-coming theater space in Pasadena for A Noise Within. The state-of-the-art 33,000-square-foot facility, located next to a Gold Line station, is being built in the former Stuart Pharmaceutical headquarters, a historic, mid-century modern masterpiece designed by celebrated architect Edward Durell Stone, known for landmark buildings around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and Radio City Music Hall in New York.  Reservations (required) at A Noise Within.

 

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.

 

JUNE 17: The Bootleg Theater, Alicia Adams, Artistic Director, has announced the world premiere of THE INTERLOPERS by Gary Lennon, directed by Jim Fall, opening on Friday, June 17 for a limited engagement of five weeks only.  There will be two preview performances on June 15 and 16. It’s is a Romeo and Juliet story set in the transgender world of Los Angeles. 

 

EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 19: BOOMERMANIA – The Musical about the Baby Boomers!, written and directed by Debbie Kasper & Pat Sierchio, with choreography by Edward Carignan, musical direction by Mary Ekler and produced by Michael Anthony Gremo is EXTENDING again and will now play through Sunday, June 19 at the El Portal Forum Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.

 

 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.

 

JUNE 26: TWIST – An American Musical is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic with a contemporary score, set in New Orleans on the eve of the Great Depression.  TWIST tells the story of a young orphan boy born of a courageous white mother and an incredibly talented black father who navigates the colorful and sometimes rough waters of street life and racial intolerance in his quest to find his family and to find love. Tamyra Gray stars.  The Pasadena Playhouse from June 14 – July 17, 2011 with the official press opening on June 26, 2011.  The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena.

 

EXTENDED through JUNE 26: at the Zephyr – David L. Ray’s world premiere play, CAUGHT, presented by Buttermilk Productions in association with Drumfish Productions, and directed by three-time Ovation Award-winner Nick DeGruccio, has extended its run one final time through Sunday, June 26. For the remainder of the run, patrons may use special codes (either NOH8  or AID4AIDS) when ordering tickets at www.CaughtThePlay.com and the production will donate 25% of the ticket price to either the NOH8 Campaign or Aid for AIDS. 

 

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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