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Openings & Extensions – May 25

May 24, 2011

NEWS: To help
develop and produce new work for the theatre, Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne,
have recently awarded a $1 million challenge grant to Center Theatre Group to
be combined with their earlier $1 million seed grant for new work, which
results in a $2 million investment in the future of Los Angeles theatre.
According to Peter Douglas, President of The Douglas Foundation, “This
challenge grant will be active for the next 10 years. For every $2 that CTG raises, the Foundation will
add another $1. This has a potential of yielding up to $4 million to support
new theatre.”

SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER: A Noise Within, winding down its final season in
Glendale, is offering 2 for 1 tickets for Eccentricities of a Nightingale by
Tennessee Williams on 5/26 at 8pm. Offer is subject to availability, advance
reservation only, and subject to change. Receive 2 for 1 tickets using code: JULIAN
at anoisewithin.org. You must do this online, through ANW’s
website, not through me directly. Enjoy!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER: Theatre
Unleashed
offers an all-female JULIUS 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. Anyone who uses the code ‘stevejulian‘ when buying
tickets directly through our website will pay only $7 (including processing
fee). Through June 18 at Studio/Stage 520
N. Western Ave., Los Angeles.

MAY 25: Due to popular demand, the Show at Barre
Concert Series has announced a second date for Erich Bergen, on Wednesday, May 25 at
8pm. Continuing the celebration of his first solo CD release, The Vegas
Sessions, the former Jersey Boys star will also appear in concert at BARRE
vt
on the previously announced date of Wednesday, May 18 at 8pm.

MAY 25, 26: The Gardenia presents CAMILLE SAVIOLA. Musical
director is Jerry Sternbach. Dinner service begins at 7pm, 7066 Santa Monica Blvd., Los
Angeles. 323-467-7444. (I saw her show at Barre last
fall – don’t miss this – sj)

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: Special opening night 2 for 1 offer at The Grove Theatre when it presents
Quilters. Scrap by scrap, piece by piece, a quilt comes together assembled by
pioneer women who sew and socialize in a unique expression of folk art.
Quilters, a musical with book, music and lyrics by Barbara Damashek, was
nominated for the Tony Award for best musical of 1985 and has been produced in
regional theaters across the country. Grove favorite, Ann Thomas, is featured
as Sarah. Runs through June 12th.

MAY 27, 28: Parson’s
Nose Productions
(PNP), the professional, San Gabriel Valley theater
company “introducing classic theater to all ages,” will present Moliere’s 17th
Century, classic comedy ,“The Middle Class Nobleman” as its final reading of
the 2010-2011 season. “The Middle Class Nobleman” will be performed in an
original one hour translation and adaptation by Parson’s Nose Artistic Director
Lance Davis. At Lineage Dance Co, 89 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena.

MAY 27 (CHANGED TO): MAY 27: 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.

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.

EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 29: The Good Boy is set in Pasadena in the 1960s,
telling the humorous and heartwarming tale of Michael Bonnabel’s struggle to
gain independence from his large, loving, and complicated family, which also
happened to be led by deaf parents. Told in sign, speech, and song, Bonnabel
explores the weight of the adult responsibilities the young boy must face, as
well as his yearning to bond with his emotionally distant father. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring
Street, in downtown LA.

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.

MAY 29-30: Rubicon
Theatre Company
’s YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL features three
different performances of one-act plays written by area high school students
and presented by professional directors and actors. Some fifty artists are
participating in this year’s effort, including award-winning actors GREGORY
HARRISON
, AMANDA McBROOM, and STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST. Readings of the Festival
one-acts are free to the public, and take place on May 29 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30
p.m., and May 30 at 2:00 p.m. Special dinner discounts are available at local
restaurants on Sunday and Monday between shows.

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. (I also hope you can see
me as Ernie in RUMORS at the Covina Center
for the Performing Arts
through June 12.)

JUNE 1: The world premiere of David Wiener’s
Extraordinary Chambers, about the consequences of one couple’s seemingly
innocuous business trip to Cambodia, opens at The Geffen Playhouse and includes Marin
Hinkle
(Two and a Half Men) and Mather Zickel (Rachel Getting
Married) as Mara and Carter, the couple at the center of the story. Directed by
Pam MacKinnon through July 3.

JUNE 2 AND VARIOUS DATES: Can’t get to New York? L.A.
Theatre Works
presents a high-definition screening of Roundabout
Theatre’s critically acclaimed, Tony-nominated Broadway production of Oscar
Wilde’s
comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and
starring Tony-nominee Brian Bedford at UCLA this June.

JUNE 2-4: Los
Angeles Children’s Chorus
(LACC), considered one of the nation’s leading
children’s choirs, is holding auditions for boys and girls ages eight (by
September 1, 2011) to twelve on, June 2, 3 and 4, 2011, in Pasadena. Previous
singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.

JUNE 3: Two women test the bonds of sisterhood in John
Henry Redwood
’s bittersweet comedy,The Old Settler. ICT
artistic director caryn desai directs Ryan Vincent Anderson, Veralyn
Jones
, Tarina Pouncy and Karen Malina White in a four-week
run, June 3 through June 26 at International City Theatre in the Long
Beach Performing Arts Center.

JUNE 3: LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS &
MC COY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT
present the fifth and final production of their
2010-2011 season of shows, the critically-acclaimed, smash-hit musical comedy THE
MARVELOUS WONDERETTES
, written, created and directed by Roger Bean, musical
direction by Brian Baker, choreography by Janet Miller and starring former and
original Wonderettes, Misty Cotton, Beth Malone, Leslie Spencer and Lowe
Taylor. THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES runs through Sunday, June 19 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing
Arts
, 14900 La Mirada Blvd
in La Mirada.

JUNE 3: The Group
Repertory Theatre
, under the direction of Larry Eisenberg, will bring to
its stage on June 3 probably the greatest and most revered of the classic
melodramas, “The Poor of New York”
by Dion Boucicault. The play runs June 3 through July 10; Fridays and Saturdays
at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm, at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in the NoHo Arts
District of North Hollywood.

JUNE 3-5: As a prelude to A
Noise Within
’s highly anticipated move to a permanent new home in Pasadena
next fall for the its 20th anniversary season, the acclaimed classical
repertory theatre company takes a final curtain call in its Glendale location
by turning the spotlight on itself for a special “Retrospective” benefit on
three dates, Friday, June 3, 7:30 pm, Saturday, June 4, 7:30 pm, and Sunday,
June 5, 2 pm. Performances highlight A Noise Within’s (ANW) 19-year history and
its growth from a storefront operation to one of the region’s most acclaimed
theatre companies, followed by a champagne and dessert reception featuring a
silent auction and sale of signed photographs by leading photographer James
Moore documenting A Noise Within’s early history. $100. Proceeds benefit A
Noise Within.

JUNE 3-10: Theatre
Palisades
presents the Tony Award-winning musical comedy A FUNNY THING
HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM with book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart,
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Scott Martin, produced by
Shirley Churgin and Andrew Frew, through July 10, at Theatre Palisades in
Pacific Palisades, California.

JUNE 3-10: SEX AND EDUCATION by Lissa Levin will have its
west coast premiere at The
Victory Theatre Center
produced by Tom Ormeny and directed by Dan
Guntzelman. Lissa Levin is an award winning playwright who has also had a great
deal of success in television, serving as writer/producer on such hit shows as:
the Emmy nominated MAD ABOUT YOU, CHEERS, WKRP IN CINCINNATI, FAMILY TIES, and the Showtime
series BROTHERS

JUNE 3-4 ONLY: “I Eat People Like You for
Breakfast!”
is a serio-comic tale of friendship and betrayal, fame and
perception of fame, and what it’s truly like to be a comedian. But
“Breakfast” is also about growing up and how Jerry Lewis reflected
both Steven’s self-absorbed ambitions as a comedian himself, as well as
Steven’s unresolved issues with his own father. Santa Monica Playhouse, the Main
Stage is located at1211 4th
Street.

JUNE 4: Join pop culture humorist and author Charles
Phoenix
for a deep-fried and delicious mix and mash-up of the very best of
his massive collection of flea market-found vintage Kodachrome slides. The
Charles Phoenix Big Retro Slide Show
, a comedy performance about
mid-century Americana, comes to Wally Parks’ National Hot Rod Museum for one night only, on Saturday,
June 4
at 8pm.

JUNE 4: The Colony
Theatre
is thrilled to present the first production of its 37th season
of shows – its first ever with six productions instead of five. The production
is the West Coast Premiere of YEAR ZERO, written by Michael Golamco and
directed by David Rose. YEAR ZERO will preview on Wednesday, June 1; Thursday,
June 2; and Friday, June 3 at 8:00pm and will open on Saturday, June 4 at
8:00pm and continue through Sunday, July 3 at The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street
(at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town
Center. How do you move
forward in life when you’re stuck where you are?

JUNE 4: Kicking off Theatricum’s six-play repertory season
during the first weekend of June, artistic director Ellen Geer directs The
Merry Wives of Windsor
, opening on Saturday, June 4 at 8
pm
. The next afternoon, Theatricum’s one-of-a-kind, signature production of
A Midsummer Nights Dream, helmed by Melora Marshall,
opens on Sunday, June 5 at 3:30 pm. Both plays will continue
throughout the summer in the Theatricum‘s
299-seat outdoor amphitheater, carved into the Topanga Canyon
hillside.

JUNE 4: Britain’s
fab comedian, Billy Connolly, appears for one night only, Saturday June 4 at 8pm
at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615
N. Vine St., Hollywood 90028. $50 and $40 and premium
seating. www.tix.com or 800-595-4849.

EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 5: THE TEMPERAMENTALS at the Blank Theatre Company’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard
(at Wilcox) in Hollywood.
Secured valet parking available.

JUNE 5: LA MIRADA
THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
& UPRIGHT CABARET announce the
performers for its fourth show of their season, COWBOYS & ANGELS, starring
Tony Award-nominee and T.V. star VALARIE PETTIFORD, KARISSA NOEL and DANIEL
TATAR, performing the music of Patsy Cline, Garth Brooks and Loretta Lynn,
under the musical direction of Gerald Sternbach, in a one night only concert –
COWBOYS AND ANGELS which will perform on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 7:30PM at the
NEW Cabaret Lounge at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La
Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada.

JUNE 5: Multi-award winning Rogue Machine brings David
Harrower’s critically acclaimed play Blackbird to Los Angeles for the first time. The company’s
recently extended run of Small Engine Repair (CRITIC’S CHOICE-LA
Times; GO– LA Weekly, CRITIC’S PICK-Backstage, Ovation RECOMMENDED)
through June 12 will run simultaneously with this production, in Rogue
Machine’s larger space at Theatre Theater, during the first few weeks in June.
With Sam Anderson and Corryn Cummins.

JUNE 5, 12, 19: “Botanicum Seedlings,” The
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum‘s
development series for playwrights, announces the recipient of the 2nd
annual “Izzy” award. The winning play, The Territory of
Dreams
by Velina Hasu Houston, was presented as part of last year’s
spring playreadings. The selections for the 2011 spring readings showcase three
diverse female voices: Fengar Gael‘s The Gallerist on Sunday,
June 5; The Versailles
by Erica Jones on Sunday, June 12; and Lucile Lichtblau‘s
The English Bride on Sunday, June 19. All readings begin
at 11 am, and admission is free.

JUNE 6, 20, 27: STANDING ON CEREMONY: The Gay Marriage
Plays continues at the LA
Gay & Lesbian Center
, The Renberg Theatre, 1125 N. McCadden Pl., Los
Angeles. This evening’s cast includes Wendie Malick, Kurtwood Smith, James
Patrick Stewart among others. Hear
my conversation
with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Doug Wright, whose
play ON FACEBOOK is one of the shorts of the evening.

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.

JUNE 8: The
Geffen Playhouse
opens Tracy Letts’ SUPERIOR
DONUTS with Gary Cole and Edi Gathegi. Superior Donuts had its world premiere
in 2008 at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre before moving to New York, and the
Geffen Playhouse production marks the play’s Los Angeles premiere. This is the first time
a work by Letts, most well-known for his lauded drama August: Osage County,
has been performed at the Geffen Playhouse. Through July 10.

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 9: After a sold-out run at the Santa
Monica Playhouse, Todd Waring’s acclaimed play FIVE UNEASY PIECES
is coming to the Hollywood Fringe Festival,
June 16-26. The show will be staged at the Elephant Stage Works / Lillian
Theater 1076 North Lillian Way, Hollywood 90038, on June 9,16, and 23 at 8 pm
and for a Saturday matinee, June 11, 18, 25 at 2 pm.

 

JUNE 9-26: FCLO Music Theatre opens its 2011
summer season in its new outdoor 150 seat
“Skyroom” dinner theatre with “The Rat Pack Revisited”, the music of
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. This show sold out last summer
and is back by popular demand, starring Don Lucas, Randy Gianetti, Lisa Donahey
and Leslie Scott plus a nine piece band.
Suitable for teens and up.

JUNE 9 AND VARIOUS DATES and locations: The team behind
last year’s Fringe hit, Deicide: a Sorta Musical, presents a new ensemble
created dark comedy about rivalry, regret, and cheesy children’s television.
Theatre and film elements are used in Top That! to tell the story of
nine former child actors attending a cast reunion party of the TV show
Pancakes, Ah YES! The reunion takes on a life of its own as it transforms into
a weekend of nostalgia, romance, and enlightenment.

JUNE 10: BASH’D! is loosely based on the real life spike in
hate crimes in Alberta, Canada during
the national debate on equal marriage for gays and lesbians. Since this debate,
same sex marriage has been legalized in Canada, despite the fervent
protests of the religious right. In America the struggle continues.
BASH’d! explores the effect of homophobic violence and the emotions associated
with being any marginalized population. Though the topic is serious, the play
itself is fast paced, high energy and full of laughs. Celebration Theatre.

JUNE 10: Combined
Artform
(Matthew Quinn, producer) has announced four special performances
of Blink & You Might Miss Me, written and performed by Larry Blum
and directed by Stan Zimmerman, as part of the Hollywood Fringe
Festival, on June 10, 18, 19 and 25 at the Asylum Lab in Hollywood. The
critically acclaimed solo show will continue performances on Friday evenings at
8:00 through May 27.

JUNE 10: Arthur Miller’s autobiographical play A MEMORY
OF TWO MONDAYS
will be staged at the Ruskin Group Theatre for a limited
time. The play elegantly, and hilariously at times, depicts the way a common
experience can bond people together.

JUNE 10: Celebration Theatre announces the West Coast Premiere
of the gay rap opera BASH’D! – A GAY RAP OPERA, written by Chris Craddock and
Nathan Cuckow, music by Aaron Macri. Previews begin Wednesday, June 7 and runs
through Saturday, July 22 at Celebration
Theatre
, 7051B Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.

JUNE 11: MARGO VEIL– Len Jenkin’s noir fantasy
entertainment is a cross between a surreal radio melodrama and wacky comedy
filled with music and fantasy. Margo Veil is a young actress whose strange
adventures lead her into an ever-changing landscape of dream and reality. An Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Evidence
Room co-production directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Through July 31.

JUNE 11: Coeurage
Theatre Company
is proud to present the World Premiere of Gregory Nabours’
The Trouble with Words, an exciting new song cycle for 3 men and 3 women that
explores the relationships people have with words as well as with each other.
Nabours’ sharp wit and distinct style are displayed with songs that range from
devastating to laugh-out-loud funny. The Trouble with Words is premiering this
summer as part of the Festival of New American Musicals and the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

JUNE 11: The Will Geer Theatricum
Botanicum
opens TARTUFFE with new songs by Ellen Geer and Peter Alsop.
Considered by many to be his best work, Molière’s rich comic genius is
epitomized in the character of the 17th century con artist whose excessively
cultured manners and religious devotion mask his true aim—to defraud a naïve
gentleman, seduce his wife, marry his daughter, and steal the deed to an
elegant estate. Every Friday in September, audiences are invited to feast on a
French Provençal buffet dinner in the theater’s adjacent gardens at 6:30 pm,
followed by an 8 pm performance. (Separate admission, or combination packages
are available.)

JUNE 11: The world premiere of a funny, touching and
thought-provoking new comedy about art by Stephen Sachs is next up at
the multiple award-winning Fountain
Theatre
. Starring veteran actors Jenny O’Hara and Nick Ullett
and directed by Sachs, BAKERSFIELD MIST, opens on June 11, the
first in a series of productions set to take place at regional theaters across
the U.S.
as part of a National New Play Network rolling world premiere.

JUNE 11: Katselas Theatre Company announces the World
Premiere of A Death in Colombia by Shem Bitterman, Directed by Steve Zuckerman
at The Skylight Theatre 1816 N. Vermont Ave. LA 90027. Previews begin June 3rd
with the official press opening Saturday, June 11th. Performances
are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. through July 10th.
Tickets are $30 or $20 for students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased by
calling 702-KTC-TKTS (702-582-8587), or online at www.ktctickets.com

JUNE 11-26: Gregory Craft’s SUPER SIDEKICK returns for the Hollywood Fringe Festival at Actors Circle Theatre, 7313 Santa Monica Blvd.,
WeHo. Saturdays and Sundays 1pm. Pay What You Can. Info & RSVP.

EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 12: Tom Jacobson’s HOUSE OF THE
RISING SON at Ensemble Studio
Theatre/LA
in Atwater
Village.

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 12: One night only THE CASE AGAINST HAPPINESS: A ONE
MAN COURTROOM DRAMA written and Performed by Howard Smith. Howard had a normal
childhood and a good relationship with his parents. He grew up in Queens, New York and
moved to California to attend Law School.
He’s a licensed attorney that enjoys it so much that he does stand-up. 7pm at the
Santa Monica Playhouse.

JUNE 12, 13: GOOD, BAD BUT BEAUTIFUL is at the Comedy
Store* on Sunday, June 12th and Monday, June 13th. Show times: 8:00
pm. Doors open at 7:30 for cocktails and appetizers. Tickets are $30, and can
be purchased by calling 1-877-920-4343. The Comedy Store is located at 8433
West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
90069. Stay after the show and enjoy the laughter brought to you by the
talented comedians who entertain at the Comedy Store. *Limited to age 21 and
over.

June 13: The award-winning Musical Theatre Guild, a company
of professional performers who present concert-staged readings of seldom seen
musicals, will close their 15th season with Larry O’Keefe, Keythe Farley and
Brian Flemming’s BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL. The performance will take place
on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 7:30 PM at the historic Alex
Theatre in Glendale. The Musical Theatre Guild’s 16th
Anniversary 2011-2012 season will open in September, 2011 and includes HIGH
FIDELITY
(September 19, 2011), FANNY (November 14, 2011), LITTLE
WOMEN
(February 13 and 19, 2012), A NEW BRAIN (April 16, 2012) and
concludes with SHENANDOAH (June 11 and 17, 2012).

JUNE 14: The Austin-based theatre collective Rude Mechs
bring their characteristically inventive, lively and playful production, “The
Method Gun,” to the Kirk Douglas Theatre
through 26, 2011, as part of Center Theatre Group’s DouglasPlus. “The Method
Gun” follows the disciples of the obscure acting teacher Stella Burden long
after she has mysteriously moved to South America,
leaving behind her acting technique. Her followers begin to question what they
have learned and how to finish a project they have been rehearsing for nine
years.

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 15: The 2010-2011 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents
Dance at the Music Center
continues with the Music
Center debut of Ballet Nacional de
Cuba
at the Music
Center’s Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion for five performances only, June 23-26, 2011. The company will present
the classic, “Don Quixote,” choreographed by Alicia Alonso, after Alexander
Gorsky and Marius Petipa with music by Ludwig Minkus, performed live by the LA
Opera Orchestra. Ballet Nacional de Cuba will also present a
program of classical repertory at Segerstrom
Center for the Arts in Orange County,
June 15-19, 2011
.

JUNE 15-19: LA Theatre
Works
presents LOBBY HERO by Kenneth Lonergan, featuring Tate
Donovan.
Lobby Hero is a slice of contemporary life with the same humanity
and humor that its author brought to You Can Count on Me and This Is Our Youth.

JUNE 16: Chris Isaacson and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian
Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center proudly present the
premiere of Jennifer Leigh Warren in “DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER: the songs of Dame
Shirley Bassey,” which will make its Los Angeles debut on June 16 at The
Renberg Theatre
, 1125 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood, with acclaimed
Director Richard Jay-Alexander (Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler “Kiss My
Brass” Tour, Bernadette Peters) at the helm.

JUNE 17 AND VARIOUS DATES: Dirtie Blonde Productions
presents Girl
Band in the Men’s Room
, a play by Robert A. Ford, as part of the 2nd
Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival
this June. Set in a men’s bathroom in
1994, the grunge-nostalgic dramedy follows four female musicians as they
negotiate artistic and personal compromises on the eve of their big break in
the male-dominated music industry.

JUNE 17: Ten West
returns to the Hollywood Fringe Festival and
Theatre of NOTE to present: INEFFABLE: a clown treatise on the mysteries of
life, death, hay fever. TEN WEST is the comedy duo of Stephen Simon and Jon
Monastero under the direction of Bryan Coffee. Their show, The Understudies,
played to sold out houses and was a festival favorite in last year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.

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.

JUNE 17: The all new production of “Les Misérables,”
featuring glorious new staging and spectacular re-imagined scenery inspired by
the paintings of Victor Hugo, will play at the Center
Theatre Group
/Ahmanson Theatre, opening June 17, with previews June 14 –16,
and performances continuing through July 31, 2011.

JUNE 18: Katselas Theatre Company announces the World
Premiere of A Death in Colombia by Shem Bitterman, Directed by Steve Zuckerman
at The Skylight Theatre 1816 N. Vermont Ave. LA 90027. Previews begin June 3rd
with the official press opening Saturday, June 18th. Performances
are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. through July 31st.
Tickets are $30 or $20 for students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased by
calling 702-KTC-TKTS (702-582-8587), or online at www.ktctickets.com

JUNE 18-25: (Hollywood Fringe – family friendly show)
New Perspectives Theatre Company (NPTC) makes its Hollywood debut with the
acclaimed production for family audiences Steal Away: The Living History of
Harriet Tubman at the 2nd Annual Hollywood
Fringe Festival. Performances are Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and Sundays
at 2:00 p.m., June 18–25, 2011
at Theatre
of NOTE
, 1517 N. Cahuenga
Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Harriet Tubman’s great-great grand niece making an appearance for the June 24th
& 25th performances.

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.

JUNE 23: The 2010-2011 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents
Dance at the Music Center
continues with the Music
Center debut of Ballet Nacional de
Cuba
at the Music
Center’s Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion for five performances only, June 23-26, 2011. The company will present
the classic, “Don Quixote,” choreographed by Alicia Alonso, after Alexander
Gorsky and Marius Petipa with music by Ludwig Minkus, performed live by the LA
Opera Orchestra. Ballet Nacional de Cuba will also present a program of
classical repertory at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County,
June 15-19, 2011.

EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 26: 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.

EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 25TH: In his
internationally acclaimed stage work, La Razón Blindada, Argentine-born
playwright/director Aristides Vargas infuses Miguel de Cervantes’ classic
novel, El Quijote with Franz Kafka’s, The Truth About Sancho Panza, and
testimonies by Chicho Vargas and other political prisoners held in the 1970′s
at the Rawson Prison during Argentina’s dictatorship. Two political prisoners,
oppressed by physical and emotional abuse, find solace in meeting every Sunday
at dusk to tell the story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. 24TH Street Theatre, Los Angeles.

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: THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY announces that
the critically-acclaimed, world premiere production of PURSUED BY HAPPINESS,
written by Keith Huff (Broadway’s A Steady Rain; The Bird and Mr. Banks) and
directed by Robin Larsen (An Infinite Ache; Tryst) is EXTENDING through SUNDAY,
MAY 29, at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North
Hollywood, CA.

 

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.

 

JUNE 30: It was the Summer of 1947. Hot off the success of
his smash debut ‘The Glass Menagerie,’ Tennessee
Williams had written a play that would cement his legacy as America’s
greatest playwright. He needed to find the perfect star to play Stanley Kowalski in
“A Streetcar Named Desire.” When a young unknown actor named Marlon
Brando showed up to read for the role the rest, as they say, was history. This
is the untold story of the most infamous audition of them all at Two Roads Theatre 4348 Tujunga Blvd., Studio City.

 

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).

 

JULY 7-24: FCLO Music
Theatre
presents “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now change”, which
tackles the truths and myths behind the contemporary conundrum known as the
relationship. Hailed by critics as “Seinfeld set to music” and “a funny, witty
escapade”, the show is intended for mature audiences.

JULY 13-17: LA Theatre
Works
presents NEW JERUSALEM by David Ives featuring Billy Crudup
and Andrea Gabriel.
Baruch de Spinoza is a successful merchant and would-be
philosopher. But Amsterdam’s
Jews have made a fateful arrangement with the city: to police their own for
“unorthodox” beliefs.

 

JULY 15: One night only The Grove Theatre brings in ABBEY ROAD – A
Tribute to the Beatles. With their tight harmonies, flawless note for note
renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments,
Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to every detail, Abbey Road – A Tribute to the Beatles has
honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying
Beatle tribute acts in the world.

 

JULY 22: Absolute
Theatre
presents THE INSIDIOUS IMPACT OF ANTON, by David Hilder. Francesca
is a 30-something urban dweller who knows who’s who and what’s what, and will
be more than happy to tell you exactly which is which. She has it all, from the
job that’s not too demanding, to the superintendent ex-boyfriend who still
fixes her plumbing (so to speak), to the gay friend next door. Then she meets
Anton, a mysterious stranger who keeps turning up, and the oddest things start
happening. Directed by Absolute Theatre’s Artistic Director, Richard Tatum, and
again co-producing with Full Circle
Theatrics at El Centro Theatre.

 

JUNE 24-26: 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, June 24 and 25 at 7:29pm,
and June 26 at 2:00pm, at The Grove
Theatre
in Upland.

 

JULY 9: Musical Theatre West
is proud to announce the professional regional premiere of THE WEDDING
SINGER
at the beautiful 1,070-seat Carpenter
Performing Arts
Center in Long Beach. THE WEDDING SINGER
previews July 8 and runs July 9 through July 24, 2011. This production will be
directed by Larry Raben (Original Cast: FOREVER PLAID, Regional: MTW’s THE
ANDREWS BROTHERS [West Coast Premiere], THE PRODUCERS, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY,
Broadway: THE PRODUCERS, MTW Directing Credits: NEVER GONNA DANCE, THE THING
ABOUT MEN and I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE). THE WEDDING SINGER’s
musical director is David Lamoureux, choreography by Spencer Liff.

JULY 22: The hills will be alive in Thousand
Oaks as Cabrillo Music
Theatre
proudly announces its brand-new production of Rodgers &
Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC, through Sunday, July 31st, at the
1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks
Civic Arts
Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

 

JULY 30: The San
Gabriel Valley Music Theatre
presents SWINGIN’ AND CROONIN’: A Night of
Prima, Dino, and Bing at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. 2pm and 8pm. 626-282-1440.

 

AUG 4-21: FCLO Music Theatre’s
third and final show of the season “Las Vegas Live, A salute to Sin
City Songs and Showgirls” features the music of famous Las Vegas entertainers,
from Louis and Keely to Elvis and Streisand, a marriage of classic and
contemporary Vegas hits.  Also featured
will be the “Skyroom” leggy chorines, “The Skygirls”. Intended for mature
audiences.

AUG 5-7: HAIRSPRAY comes to the Hollywood Bowl, reuniting the original
Tony-winning stars Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Directed and
choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. (This is Fierstein’s Hollywood
Bowl debut.)

 

SEPT 18: POOR BEHAVIOR, a new play about lust and
deception, marriage and fidelity by renowned playwright Theresa Rebeck, will
have its world premiere at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on
September 18, as part of the Taper’s 2011 season. Directed by Doug Hughes,
previews begin September 7 and performances will continue through October 16.
This dark adult comedy asks the question: Is it adultery if they already think
you’ve done it? It replaces the previously announced Rebeck play THE NOVELIST.

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