THE BEAT GOES ON To Play At The Theatre Of Arts Arena Stage, 10/4-11/11
Hollywood…ROCKIN' WITH THE AGES & THE PINK LADY present the World Premiere production of THE BEAT GOES ON! A Musical Celebration of the Young at Heart, featuring musical direction by David O, and written, choreographed and directed by Ovation Award-winner Cate Caplin. THE BEAT GOES ON! Will begin previews on Thursday, October 4 and will have two Opening nights on Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th and will continue through Sunday, November 11th at the Theatre of Arts Arena Stage, 1625 N. Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood.
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players"…well, at least until they hit 60! What happens when a troupe of "down-on-their-luck" show biz veterans meet head-on with the opportunity of a lifetime? Do they still have what it takes? Find out in the joyously infectious, THE BEAT GOES ON!, an all-singing, all-dancing musical extravaganza featuring the songs you know and love, from the decades that produced our richest cavalcade of everlasting hits, and starring a generation that is not afraid to get up, get out and get a life!
Cate Caplin (Writer, Director, Choreographer) has produced, directed and choreographed over 150 productions and her work has been seen on television, in films, music videos, commercials and in theatrical venues world wide from the Paris Opera House to the Broadway Stage. She is also a published writer and a dance coach - Her Production Company, Night & Day Entertainment, co-founded with Creative partner Vernon Willet, custom designs entertainment for private parties, corporate events and industrial trade shows. Cate was honored to receive an Ovation Award for her performance in the west coast premiere of "SWING!" at Musical Theatre West, a Garland Award for her choreography in "Grand Hotel" at the Colony Theatre and a "Red Carpet Award" from "Women in Theatre" for her work as a Director/Producer . She has also won 34 first place titles including four "US Open", three World Titles and Multiple Gold Medals in Theatrical ShowDance with dance partner, Gary Franco. Cate choreographed the feature film "The Perfect Host" starring David Hyde Pierce which was selected for the 2010 Sundance film festival and she wrote and directed her first feature film, "MATING DANCE" which won an Accolade Award and can currently be found on Amazon.com. Last season Cate directed and choreographed "Fascinating Rhythms" starring Melissa Manchester and a company of Champion Ballroom dancers at the Rubicon Theatre. The show received 5 Ovation nominations and won the 2011 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Choreography.
David O (Musical Director/Arranger) is a multi-award-winning LA-based music-theatre artist. He has musically directed countless theatrical productions in Los Angeles and beyond, including the world premiere of Jason Robert Brown?s "13" and the West Coast Premieres of Michael John LaChiusa?s "The Wild Party," "Little Fish," and "See What I Wanna See." Other notable productions include "Ubu Roi" at A Noise Within (Ovation Award for Sound Design), "Hippolytos" and "Helen" at the Getty Villa, "Little Shop of Horrors" and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at La Mirada Theater, and "The Cradle Will Rock" at The Blank Theater. He has performed in major venues worldwide, including The Kennedy Center and the Taipei National Concert Hall. David?s compositions have been featured on film and television, and his major choral composition "A Map of Los Angeles" was commissioned by the LA Master Chorale and performed twice at Walt Disney Concert Hall. David is known as "The Professor" to thousands of LA children and parents for his six years of musically directing and performing with "Summersounds at the Hollywood Bowl."
JACKIE GOLDBERG aka THE PINK LADY (Producer) Ten years ago, at age 70, the Pink Lady, dynamic Jackie Goldberg, became a widow. Her children were no longer at home and her 9 to 5 job was over. Now, it was her time. She created a series of seminars, "Get Up, Get Out, & Get a Life," to encourage fellow baby boomers and seniors to follow new paths and open new doors to enhance their lives. At the same time, Jackie began appearing in stage plays and commercials. She is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Prior to reinventing herself, Jackie worked in the fashion industry for forty years. Dressing in pink became her trademark. She loves being surrounded by the positive energy of the color.
The success of her senior advocacy seminars and her love of the theatre crystallized into her founding Senior Star Power Productions as part of her dream to revitalize the careers of senior performers who are being ignored by the mainstream entertainment industry. She is also the creator and producer of a live stage show, "Rockin' With the Ages," featuring performers over the age of 60. Jackie has a zest for life! Her energy, vitality and positive attitude helps others to see life through rose-colored glasses. Her motto is: "To think pink is to see everything in life as beautiful and filled with love". As she says, "Age is only a number."
THE BEAT GOES ON! has assembled an award-winning design team. The Set Design is by Keith Mitchell. The Lighting Design is by Jared Sayeg (The Savannah Disputation). The Sound Design is by Tony Award-nominated Cricket S. Myers . The Costume Design is by Ann Closs-Farley (The Pee-Wee Herman Show). The Production Stage Manager is Diane Le Moine.
ABOUT THE CAST
THE BEAT GOES ON! will be double-cast which will feature over 3000 years of life experience live on stage! The casts will include: Anna Pagan, Barbara Haber, Bill Bartlett, Bobbi Stamm, Carmelita Pittman, Carol Woodbury, Debbie Bartlett, Derrel Maury, Dominick Morra, Donald Wayne, Henry Selvitelle, Joe Giamalva, Kit Smythe, Lani Ridley Pedrini, Larry Lederman, Marcia Rodd, Michele Bernath, Michelle Gillette, Phyllis Lovit, Richard Fox, Rick Solomon, Robert Towers, Ruben Rabasa, Susie Ewing, Tammy (Tamara) Reed and Vernon McGhee.
ABOUT SCHEDULE AND PRICING
THE BEAT GOES ON! will preview on Thursday, October 4 at 2pm; Friday, October 5 at 8pm; Saturday, October 6 at 2pm &8pm; Sunday, October 7 at 1 & 5pm and Thursday October 11 at 2pm.
THE BEAT GOES ON! will open Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, November 11 at The Theatre of Arts Arena Stage, 1625 N. Las Palmas in Hollywood. Ticket prices are $34 general, $29 student/senior/union. Previews are $25.
Performances are Thursdays at 2pm; Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays at 2:00pm & 8:00 pm, Sundays at 1:00pm & 5:00 pm.