SONDHEIM UNSCRIPTED, A RING IN BROOKLYN & More Set for Summer 2012 Concerts at NoHo Arts Center, Beg. 7/21
NoHo Arts Center is jumpin' with concerts, musical theatre performers, singers, improvisational troupes, and cabaret artists this July and August, produced by the Academy for New Musical Theatre.
Impro Theatre's Sondheim UnScripted. Making up Sondheim, bit by bit, right before your very ears. Impro Theatre’s Sondheim UnScripted is a completely improvised musical in the style of Stephen Sondheim. The cast and musicians work together as an ensemble to improvise songs with the intricate rhymes, soaring counter melodies and complex themes that are all hallmarks of Sondheim’s work, creating a wholly original musical with every performance. Saturday, July 21, 2012; 8:00 PM. $20.
Manson's Girls. Manson's Girls traces the storylines of a half-dozen of the young women who were involved with the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders in August, 1969. During the course of the musical, Linda Kasabian joins the Manson Family and transforms from a wide-eyed young runaway from New Hampshire to one of Manson's Girls, capable of committing murder 35 days later. This musical was developed at UCIrvine Department of Drama, featured in the 2012 Festival of New Musicals, and will be presented in concert featuring UCIrvine drama students. Four nights only. Monday July 30, Tuesday 31, August 6 and August 7, 2012; 8:00 PM. $10.
Ain't We Got Fun! (Hensley & Montiel). In the great tradition of comic duos like Laurel & Hardy, Burns & Allen or Lucy & Ricky, Hensley & Montiel bring their own modern sensibility to classic comic songs and sketches of the Vaudeville stage. Ain't We Got Fun! is a musical variety show that appeals to theatre-goers ages 1 to 101. It features great turn-of-the-century comic songs like Ma, He's Makin' Eyes At Me, Oh You Beautiful Doll, and of course the Title Song as well as famous comic bits like "Slowly I Turn." Wednesday, August 1, 2012; 8:30 PM. $10.
Cabarabia. Producer/Director/Cabaret Impressario clifford bell (www.Cabarabia.com ) brings an eclectic collection of the best of the best working in the Cabaret Scene - Brad Ellis, of "Glee" and "The Glee Project", ELI BRUEGGEMANN, the newest Musical Director, Composer and Arranger on "Saturday Night Live", JOANNE TATHAM, direct from "Feinstein's At Loews Regency" in New York, with a preview of her new show "CINEMA NYC: Music From Movies Made In Manhattan", and a special appearance by KID HOLLYWOOD, a hot new up and coming band generating a lot of buzz. Sunday, August 5, 2012; 8:00 PM. $25.
Mary Marie. 1920. Two Girls; Mary and Marie. Marie is surprisingly philosophical about her parents' divorce. And so is Mary. Marie is thrilled to move with her mother to Boston, where she is sure to witness all the romance and excitement that must naturally come with divorce. Mary will stay with her father. Marie will be free to dance around the house, sing as loud as she likes and behave however she feels. Mary will read, sew, and mind her manners. There’s just one thing - Mary and Marie are the same girl, and she is in for a few surprises. Mary Marie – the one-part funny, one-part touching story of a mother, a father, and a girl...or two. August 8 & 9, 2012; 8:30PM. $10.
Paul+Chris: Together Again (for the first time). Paul+Chris: Together Again (for the first time) is an evening of musical theatre songs exploring the surprises of friendship, longing, and love. This vocal duo, Paul Marchegiani and Christopher Maikish, have been partners in life and music for over a decade, and for one special night, they share the stage in song. Tuesday, August 14, 2012; 8:00PM. $15.
Der FrankLloydWrightenlieder. A musical feud for rich dilletante and freak architect. Based on actual letters between the grande patronesse of Hollyhock House, Aline Barnsdall, and her nemesis Frank Lloyd Wright, who absolutely refuses to build her famous home the way SHE envisions it. Starring Elise Dewsberry as the rich dilettante and Scott Guy as the freak architect, in this touching two-hander tour de farce. A fundraiser for the Academy for New Musical Theatre. Wednesday August 15, 2012; 8:30 PM. $10.
Madwomen. Songwriter Hannah Johnson is astonished to find herself in a psychiatric hospital with the residents who claim to be the very "madwomen" she learned about in her women's studies class: Vivien Leigh, Zelda Fitzgerald, Mary Todd Lincoln, Camille Claudel, and Queen Juana "La Loca" of Castile. The ladies are determined to break out of the hospital where the enigmatic Doctor Ward has confined them, but are they ready to face the men and the messes they left behind? Tuesday, August 28, 2012; 8:00PM.
Milburn & Vigoda. Milburn & Vigoda are a theatrical songwriting team who perform their own stuff--they spent 15 years on the road with their band GrooveLily, and now divide their time between writing musicals (Disney's Toy Story: The Musical, Striking 12, Sleeping Beauty Wakes) and songs for movies (Tinker Bell & the many sequels, Planes 2) and teen pop stars (Zendaya). Most of the concert will be the duo with special guests, performing their favorite songs (including some good ones that got cut from shows and films); and a little bit will be Valerie's mind-blowing solo looping vocals and violin. Monday, August 27, 2012. 8:00PM. $20.
These concerts on "dark nights" in between performances of the Mainstage Production, A Ring in Brooklyn:
A Ring in Brooklyn. A frickin' musical. High-school alums and their memories reunite and collide, and Gina and her best friend, Jenn, become Lucy and Ethel as they make several wacky attempts to re-steal a promise ring from the hateful and slutty Tracy. Through the night we are taken back to the senior 'Marvelous Night for a Moon' dance in 1979 where dat frickin' ring first surfaced, and we meet the sweetheart himself, Tommy, whose coolness, poetic notions, and ring not only touch Gina, but it seems every one of his hapless, hopelessly Brooklyn classmates, who are in desperate need of some bright, romantic moonlight. Full production; Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. $30.
The NoHo Arts Center is located at 11136 Magnolia, North Hollywood, Calif. Tickets for all these events are available through ANMT's website: www.anmt.org.