Photo Flash: First Look at Academy of New Musical Theatre's AIN'T WE GOT FUN, 8/1
Vaudevillian performers Ben Hensley with Michael Montiel will bring their vintage Vaudeville revivalist musical comedy 'Ain't We Got Fun!' to the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA for one night only, on Wednesday August 1st at 8:30pm. Get a first look at the vaudeville act in the photos below, plus watch a video preview of the performance!
'Ain't We Got Fun!' is a musical variety show that features great turn-of-the-century comic songs like MA, HE'S MAKIN' EYES AT ME, OH YOU BEAUTIFUL DOLL, as well as famous comic bits like "SLOWLY I TURN." It is being presented as part of The Academy for New Musical Theatre's summer concert series at NoHo Arts Center.
The Academy's Artistic Director, Elise Dewsberry, says of the duo, "Hensley & Montiel's 'Ain't We Got Fun!' transports audiences to a simpler time when a rubber chicken was really REALLY funny. It's a delight to hear these classic chestnuts, especially performed with such vigor and joy by the young enthusiasts Hensley and Montiel. Vaudeville lives!"
Ben Hensley is a singer and actor who has been seen on regional stages including Downey CLO, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, Actors Co-Op, Celebration Theatre, Sacred Fools and The Norris Theatre. His film and television appearances include Passions (NBC), Un-Broke (ABC), On Bloody Sunday (Warner Brothers) and has been the face of several successful commercial campaigns for various companies including Reynolds Wrap.
Michael Montiel began playing on the professional stage at an early age and has been seen at theaters throughout southern California including Downey CLO, Glendale Center Theatre, and Over The Moon Productions in downtown Los Angeles. His film and television credits include Community (ABC), Glee (FOX) and Zeke and Luther (DisneyXD).
Hensley and Montiel have been performing 'Ain't We Got Fun!' for a number of years, and have found that the act plays to audiences young and old. "You don't need to know these old songs to appreciate 'em," says Hensley, "we see the kids in the audience having just as great a time as their grandparents. It's really wonderful seeing how well vaudeville still plays today, some 100 years later."
The evening's hosting producer, the Academy of New Musical Theatre (ANMT) is a 501(c)3 "not-for-profit" global community of writers, composers, producers and actors who work together to create new musicals. In addition to staging entertaining and engaging musicals for public performance, ANMT also offers various workshops and classes to assist in all aspects with the creation and cultivation of new musical theatre works for the stage.
The performance is on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM. Ticket prices are $10. at The NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia, North Hollywood, CA 91601. For tickets, visit www.ANMT.org. 'Ain't We Got Fun!' is appropriate for ALL AGES, runs one hour in length and is performed without an intermission.