HAVING IT ALL Extends At NoHo Arts Center Thru 5/29
David Elzer &Peter Schneider, producers of the smash-hit, award-winning productions of The Marvelous Wonderettes and Life Could Be A Dream, are thrilled to announce that their critically-acclaimed, smash-hit, Ovation Recommended, world premiere original musical, 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.
In 1982, when Helen Gurley Brown wrote the landmark book, "Having It All," it proposed that women could in fact, "have it all" -- successful careers, children, husbands, family life, and still have time to cook dinner and do the laundry! Now almost 30 years later, five women -- each with her own hopes, secrets and desires -- find themselves trapped together in a boarding area at JFK airport. When delay after airport delay (sound familiar) forces them to get to know each other, they come to find that each of them can't take flight in more ways than one. As they share their stories and dreams, they ultimately change one another's destinations for the better, while discovering that they may in fact, be already having it all. HAVING IT ALL was an official selection of the 2006 New York Music Theatre Festival and the 2008 National Alliance for Music Theatre Songwriters Showcase.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
RICHARD ISRAEL (Director) recently directed One Touch of Venus for the Musical Theatre Guild, where he directed High Spirits and Violet. Other directing credits include Meet Me In St. Louis for Musical Theatre West, Bell, Book and Candle for The Colony Theatre, A Christmas Carol and A Grand Night For Singing for the Norris Theatre and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for Interact Theatre Company. For The Actor's Co-Op he directed last year's Merrily We Roll Along as well as Big River and 1776 (L.A. Weekly Award Nomination for Direction and Outstanding Musical). For West Coast Ensemble Theatre, he has directed the critically acclaimed west coast premiere of Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins, the Los Angeles premiere of Big - The Musical, Assassins (L.A. Weekly Award Nomination for Direction and Outstanding Musical, LADCC Award for Musical Ensemble) and Floyd Collins (Backstage Garland Award for Direction). He is the recipient of the 2010 LADCC Milton Katselas Award for Career Achievement in Directing and is pleased to serve as the Co-Artistic Director for West Coast Ensemble Theatre. He is also a proud member of SDC.
Wendy Perelman (Book, Conceiver) is a graduate of the music theatre program at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. As an actress, she has appeared in New York at the New World Stages, the Second Stage and Equity Library Theatres, The Triad, The Ballroom and Don't Tell Mama. Regional work includes the world premiere of Dear at the Syracuse Stage, Some Enchanted Evening at the Pennsylvania Stage, The Not Mikado at the Virginia Opera, Starting Here, Starting Now at the New American Theatre, Diana in A Chorus Line at the Lobero Theatre, Trina in Falsettos at the People's Light & Theatre Company, Pam in Baby at the Corbett Theatre, Little Me at the Birmingham Theatre and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Wendy toured the U.S. with My One and Only and has performed in Korea and Japan. She co-produced and co-starred in the indie film Good Money, which won the 1997 New York Comedy Film Festival award for Best Feature and is currently an elementary and secondary school bully prevention educator, having created The Bystander Action Workshop program. Wendy is also a musical theater teacher and audition coach in New York, where she currently lives with her husband Jeremiah Bosgang and their two sons.
John Kavanaugh (Music) His music can be heard in several recent animated features - Disney's Winnie The Pooh - Springtime With Roo, and the Nickelodeon musical, Globe Hunters: An Around The World In Eighty Days Adventure, which includes the song "Be Where You Are" featuring Chaka Kahn. With lyricist Marcy Heisler, he wrote "Joseph's Lullaby" for Michael Crawford, featured on his album On Eagle's Wings for Atlantic Records. He penned the theme for the 2003 Special Olympics, "You're The Dream," which was recorded by the Walt Disney Records star Myra, and has written songs for the award winning television show Sesame Street. John has a long history with the Walt Disney Company, composing many songs for their properties worldwide, including "Sea of Dreams", a theme song for Tokyo Disney Sea which reached #7 on the Japanese pop charts, "The Dream Goes On" for Tokyo Disney Resorts' 25th Anniversary, as well as the upcoming "It'll Be Magical" for T. D. S. Since 1983, he frequently serves as musical director/writer and arranger for many of their successful live shows, and for television - served as M.D. on the first season of The New Mickey Mouse Club for the Disney Channel. Last autumn John put the finishing touches on the score for Curious George Live with lyrics by Jeremy Desmon for NBC Universal and The Vee Corporation. The show opened its first world-wide tour last year. Other long time clients include Universal Studios, for which he penned the score for live stage show The Flintstones and a brand new all original musical
which opens in March in Oasaka with lyrics by Goldsmith.
David GoldSMITH (Book, Lyrics) wrote the lyrics for Imagine This at Theatre Royal Plymouth and later the New London Theatre in the West End (What's On Stage Award nominee, Best Musical). A filmed version of the West End production continues to be broadcast on PBS stations across America and is part of the PBS catalogue. David also wrote the lyrics for the American version of Hot Shoe Shuffle at the 5th Avenue Theatre (Seattle), Theatre Under The Stars (Houston), Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (St. Paul), and the Living Arts Center (Toronto); Li'l Devil (ASCAP/Disney Music Theatre Workshop); contributed lyrics to Hats! The Musical For The Rest Of Your Life, (Denver Theatre Center); and many others. David is proud to have written the supplemental material and all faux-historical documents as the "official Gable & Stein Historian" for the souvenir program and Original Broadway Cast CD booklet of The Drowsy Chaperone. He is also proud to have conducted and edited "The Ragtime Interviews" for the souvenir program of Marcia Milgrom Dodge's acclaimed Kennedy Center/Broadway revival of Ragtime. David's essay, "The Meaning Of Ashy" was published in Meri Nana-Amah Danquah's literary anthology The Black Body (Seven Stories Press).
ABOUT THE CAST AND DESIGN TEAM
Lindsey Alley (Sissy) has been performing in theatre, television and film since the age of six. In 1989, Lindsey was cast as a Mouseketeer on the Disney Channel's "All New Mickey Mouse Club," performing alongside Keri Russell, Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. She was one of only three cast members to appear in the pilot and all seven seasons of the show. Lindsey understudied the role of Older Helen in the Broadway production of Hollywood Arms (written by Carol Burnett and directed by Harold Prince). In 2006, her one-woman show, Look Ma...No Ears ran for six weeks at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City. Lindsey has also performed regionally, appearing in productions such as Paper Moon (with Gregory Harrison and Christine Ebersole), Shear Madness, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Proof, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and she originated the role of Jan Frankel in the Kitchen Theatre's new musical, The Angle of the Sun.
In addition to her theatrical credits, Lindsey can also be seen in "Bedtime Stories" (with Adam Sandler and Keri Russell), "Company Retreat" (directed by Campbell Scott), "B.L. Stryker"(with Burt Reynolds and Ossie Davis), "Roller Jam," "Ernest Saves Christmas" and "The E! True Hollywood Story: Mickey Mouse Club." Lindsey splits her time between New York and Los Angeles and also tours the world, performing her acclaimed cabaret act, Lindsey Who? She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and the William Esper Studio in New York City.
Kim Huber (Lizzie) starred on Broadway as "Belle" in Disney's Beauty And The Beast (and National Tour). Also on Broadway: Sunset Blvd. and Marie Christine (both Original Casts). National Tour: Floyd Collins (Nellie, Barrymore and Jeff Award Nominations). LA Premieres: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy, EL Portal Premiere Cast, LADCC Award/Ovation Nomination), The Last Five Years (Cathy) and The Spitfire Grill (Shelby) both at the Laguna Playhouse. Recent Regional: My Fair Lady (Eliza, MT Wichita), She Loves Me (Amalia, Rubicon Theatre), The Sound of Music (Maria, TUTS), Hello Again (The Young Wife, MTG), Into The Woods (Cinderella, Sacramento Music Circus), and Show Boat (Magnolia, Casa Manana and the Ft Worth Symphony). Kim can be heard as the singing voice of "Sleeping Beauty" on Walt Disney Records.
ALET TAYLOR (Carly) can be frequently heard at the Kritzerland: Nights at the Gardenia - singing anything Bruce Kimmel asks her to sing. She was also last seen in Nightmare Alley at the Geffen and in Guys and Dolls (Adelaide) at Cabrillo Theater. Recent credits: First Ever Nudie Musical (NOHO Arts Center), Respect: The Girl Empowered Musical (El Portal). She has spend the last 7 years either pregnant or performing in various productions of Mel Brooks' The Producers (1st National Tour: Lick-Me/Bite-Me and Vegas production: Hold-Me/Touch-Me). New York: NYMF's The Brain From Planet X (Yoni), The Boys From Syracuse, Sweet Adeline, L'il Abner, One Touch of Venus (City Center Encores), Tip Toes, Louisiana Purchase (Carnegie Hall). Regional: Passion (Fosca), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Drood). Recordings: "Sondheim at the Movies", "Lost in Boston IV", "Unsung Melodies", "Cinderella", "Peter Pan" (Varese Sarabande).
Shannon Warne (Amy) National Tour: Nimue,*Guenevere u/s in Camelot starring Michael York (*6 Performances/Opening in Philladelphia). Recent Credits: Young Gertrude in Loving Repeating with ICT, Grace in Annie at Musical Theatre West, Guenevere in David Lee's re-imagined Camelot at the Pasadena Playhouse, Rachel (alongside Jason Alexander, Faith Prince, Vicki Lewis, and more) in the star-studded Two By Two for Reprise! Critical acclaim for Violet in the Los Angeles premiere of Violet with MTG. Other Credits: Ovation Award recipient for Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme (Ahmanson). Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof and Kate in Pirates of Penzance (Sacramento Music Circus), Polly in The Threepenny Opera for ICT, Estella in Great Expectations at the Hudson, Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Cabrillo Holiday Spectacular (alongside Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy) with Cabrillo Music Theatre. Chanel in the original production of Bark! (Coast Playhouse), Emily in Empire (Hudson/Rich Forum). Hope in Anything Goes! (Ordway), Meg in Merrily We Roll Along (Guthrie Theatre), Violet in the Midwest premiere of Side Show (Park Square). Proud member of the Los Angeles Musical Theatre Guild.
Jennifer Leigh Warren (Julia) is a critically-acclaimed singer/actress lauded for her show-stopping performance as "Alice's Daughter" in Big River on Broadway (singing "How Blest We Are" written especially for her by Roger Miller). She originated the role of "Crystal" in Little Shop of Horrors, and was in the cast of Marie Christine at Lincoln Center. Jennifer was featured on the Grammy Award nominated cast albums for those shows. She also originated the title characters in both Abyssininia at Cleveland Playhouse and Chan Poling's Venus in Minneapolis. For REPRISE, she starred in Kismet, The Most Happy Fella and stopped the show as Sheila in Hair. She proudly performed in Linda Brown at the Museum of Tolerance and in Sir Peter Hall's Shakespeare Rep at the Ahmanson Theater.
She sang on the "Stephen Schwartz Album," "The Magic of Motown" (with Stevie Wonder & Smokey Robinson) and The Education of Randy Newman at South Coast Rep. Jennifer performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall honoring Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Marcia Gaye Harden directed by Stafford Arima, opened for Steve Tyrell at the Americana at Brand and was the "Fairy Godmother" in the Lythgoe ("So You Think You Can Dance," "American Idol") family production of Cinderella (the first British Panto in Los Angeles). An OVATION AWARD winner, a GARLAND AWARD winner, an NAACP AWARD nominee, and Dartmouth College ARTS AWARD recipient, she served for two terms on Dartmouth's Board of Overseers for the Hopkins Center / Hood Museum and she was honored to sing at the inauguration concert for President Kim. Her show LITTLE WOMAN/BIG VOICE: the songs of Dame Shirley Bassey premieres in 2011 directed by Richard Jay-Alexander (Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler "Kiss My Brass" tour, Bernadette Peters).
HAVING IT ALL has assembled an award-winning design team. The Set Design is by Stephen Gifford (Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins). The Lighting Design is by Luke Moyer (Life Could Be A Dream). The Sound Design is by Cricket S. Myers (The Marvelous Wonderettes). The Costume Design is by Ann Closs-Farley (The Pee-Wee Herman Show). The casting director is Michael Donovan, CSA. The stage manager is Chris Murry.
ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING
HAVING IT ALL is EXTENDING through Sunday, MAY 29 at the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd. (at Lankershim) in North Hollywood.
Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm. (There will not be a performance on Sunday, March 20.
Ticket prices are $45.00. For tickets, please call 323-960-7776 or visit www.plays411.com/havingitall OR www.havingitallthemusical.com.