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BWW Reviews: Bruce Kimmel's Dynomite L'IL ABNER Lights Up LACC Stage Through Tomorrow OnlyBWW Reviews: Bruce Kimmel's Dynomite L'IL ABNER Lights Up LACC Stage Through Tomorrow Only
by Don Grigware - May 23, 2014

Back in the 50s, the era that was innocence personified, Broadway musicals were written to entertain first. Of course, Stephen Sondheim and other more serious composers were beginning to change the face of the American musical with the goal to enlighten, but shows like Li'l Abner, with book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, lyrics by Johnny Mercer & music by Gene De Paul and based on Al Capp's 1934 comic strip, showed us the wild hillbilly lifestyle to make us laugh rather than think. Underneath the surface, to be sure, there is political satire and an uplifting message about appreciating the worth of that lesser known patch of American culture, kind of like what 60sTV audiences found in The Beverly Hillbillies. (more...)

ASSASSINS Opens at Mysterium Theatre Tomorrow, 5/31ASSASSINS Opens at Mysterium Theatre Tomorrow, 5/31
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2013

The Mysterium Theatre's production of the musical ASSASSINS is set to open tomorrow night, May 31, and run through June 30. The show performs on Friday and Saturdays at 8:01pm and Sundays at 7:01pm, and on June 8 and 15, there will also be a matinee performance at 2:01pm. (more...)

COUSINS - THE SONGS OF BECK & MAY Gets Digital Release Tomorrow, 12/21COUSINS - THE SONGS OF BECK & MAY Gets Digital Release Tomorrow, 12/21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2012

Cousins - The Songs of Beck & May featuring James Snyder, Todrick Hall, Allie Trimm, David Burnham and more, is set for digital release tomorrow, Dec. 21st. (more...)

BWW Reviews: May Kritzerland Pays Tribute to Unsung Broadway Songwriters at Sterling'sBWW Reviews: May Kritzerland Pays Tribute to Unsung Broadway Songwriters at Sterling's
by Don Grigware - May 8, 2012

On Sunday May 6 Kritzerland presented its monthly show, May's entitled Broadway Bound: Unsung Songwriters at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. Bruce Kimmel and Adryan Russ produce a terrific evening of entertainment with an emphasis on tunes rarely if ever heard and featuring a bevy of top-notch musical theatre talent. This show proved no exception with Damon Kirsche, Melody Hollis, Jane Noseworthy, Beth Malone, John Massey and special guest star Daisy Eagan, the youngest person to ever win a Tony Award for The Secret Garden. First-time with Kritzerland, musical director Tom Griep accompanied beautifully on piano throughout the 75 minute set. Featured songwriters included among others: the amazing Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, Alan Chapman (in attendance), Larry Grossman, Hal Hackady and Ira Levin, who as a familiar writer brought us on film and stage: Rosemary's Baby and Deathtrap. (more...)

Kritzerland Upstairs at Sterlings Presents BROADWAY BOUND - UNSUNG SONGWRITERS Tonight, 5/6 Kritzerland Upstairs at Sterlings Presents BROADWAY BOUND - UNSUNG SONGWRITERS Tonight, 5/6
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2012

Kritzerland Upstairs at Sterling's presents BROADWAY BOUND - UNSUNG SONGWRITERS with Zina Goldrich, Marcy Heisler, Alan Chapman, Milt Schaefer, Ira Levin, Michael Leonard, Larry Grossman, Hal Hackady, Brad Ross, Douglas Bernstein, Denis Markell and more. The show is tonight, May 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Tom Griep is musical director. (more...)

Daisy Eagen et al. Featured in BROADWAY BOUND  Unsung Songwriters Tonight, 5/6Daisy Eagen et al. Featured in BROADWAY BOUND Unsung Songwriters Tonight, 5/6
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2012

Kritzerland Upstairs at Sterling's presents BROADWAY BOUND - Unsung Songwriters, tonight, May 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm, starring (in alphabetical order) Melody Hollis (Broadway: Susan in Irving Berlin's White Christmas) Damon Kirsche (Musical Theatre West: Man of La Mancha; Cabrillo's Little Shop of Horrors) Jane Noseworthy (Carrie, Reprise's Carousel; Disney: The Princess and the Frog) Beth Malone (Broadway: Ring of Fire; off-Broadway: The Marvelous Wonderettes) John Massey (Dad, Happy Days; Dave, The Full Monty; Nicely-Nicely, Guys & Dolls); Music Director: Tom Griep; and Special Guest: Tony Award Winner, Daisy Eagen. (more...)

Kritzerland Upstairs at Sterlings Presents BROADWAY BOUND - UNSUNG SONGWRITERS, 5/6 Kritzerland Upstairs at Sterlings Presents BROADWAY BOUND - UNSUNG SONGWRITERS, 5/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2012

Kritzerland Upstairs at Sterling's presents BROADWAY BOUND - UNSUNG SONGWRITERS with Zina Goldrich, Marcy Heisler, Alan Chapman, Milt Schaefer, Ira Levin, Michael Leonard, Larry Grossman, Hal Hackady, Brad Ross, Douglas Bernstein, Denis Markell and more. The show will be held Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Tom Griep is musical director. (more...)

Daisy Eagen et al. Featured in BROADWAY BOUND  Unsung Songwriters, May 6Daisy Eagen et al. Featured in BROADWAY BOUND Unsung Songwriters, May 6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2012

Kritzerland Upstairs at Sterling's presents BROADWAY BOUND - Unsung Songwriters, Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm, starring (in alphabetical order) Melody Hollis (Broadway: Susan in Irving Berlin's White Christmas) Damon Kirsche (Musical Theatre West: Man of La Mancha; Cabrillo's Little Shop of Horrors) Jane Noseworthy (Carrie, Reprise's Carousel; Disney: The Princess and the Frog) Beth Malone (Broadway: Ring of Fire; off-Broadway: The Marvelous Wonderettes) John Massey (Dad, Happy Days; Dave, The Full Monty; Nicely-Nicely, Guys & Dolls); Music Director: Tom Griep; and Special Guest: Tony Award Winner, Daisy Eagen. (more...)

Musical Theatre West Announces FIORELLO Reading For 3/11Musical Theatre West Announces FIORELLO Reading For 3/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2012

FIORELLO!, the next staged reading of MUSICAL THEATRE WEST'S REINER READING SERIES will take place on March 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the University Theater on the CSU Long Beach campus at the 7th Street entrance. (more...)

Musical Theatre West Announces FIORELLO Reading For 3/11Musical Theatre West Announces FIORELLO Reading For 3/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2012

FIORELLO!, the next staged reading of MUSICAL THEATRE WEST'S REINER READING SERIES will take place on March 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the University Theater on the CSU Long Beach campus at the 7th Street entrance. (more...)

Todrick Hall, James Snyder Join Beck & May In Pre-Album Release Todrick Hall, James Snyder Join Beck & May In Pre-Album Release
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2011

The Coterie executive producers Amber Cassell and Julie Garnye are proud to present musical theatre songwriting team Jordan Beck and Johnathan May (Beck & May) in a pre-album release concert for their upcoming album Cousins. (more...)

Todrick Hall, James Snyder Join Beck & May In Pre-Album Release Todrick Hall, James Snyder Join Beck & May In Pre-Album Release
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2011

The Coterie executive producers Amber Cassell and Julie Garnye are proud to present musical theatre songwriting team Jordan Beck and Johnathan May (Beck & May) in a pre-album release concert for their upcoming album Cousins. (more...)

Photo Flash: Musical Theatre West Opens HAIRSPRAY!Photo Flash: Musical Theatre West Opens HAIRSPRAY!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2011

HAIRSPRAY opened in 2002 on Broadway and had 2,642 performances at the Neil Simon Theatre. With music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Williams and book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, HAIRSPRAY and its feel-good, upbeat score includes the songs 'Good Morning Baltimore,' 'Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now' and 'You Can't Stop the Beat.' (more...)

Cast of Pasadena Playhouse's SOUTH STREET Goes 'Against Type' to Benefit the National Parkinson's FoundationCast of Pasadena Playhouse's SOUTH STREET Goes 'Against Type' to Benefit the National Parkinson's Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2011

The Coterie will present the cast of The Pasadena Playhouse's new musical comedy South Street in an intimate concert event. (more...)

Cast of Pasadena Playhouse's SOUTH STREET Goes 'Against Type' to Benefit the National Parkinson's FoundationCast of Pasadena Playhouse's SOUTH STREET Goes 'Against Type' to Benefit the National Parkinson's Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2011

The Coterie will present the cast of The Pasadena Playhouse's new musical comedy South Street in an intimate concert event. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE WEDDING SINGER Plays the Carpenter Performing Arts CenterPhoto Flash: THE WEDDING SINGER Plays the Carpenter Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2011

Musical Theatre West presents the professional regional premiere of THE WEDDING SINGER at the beautiful 1,070-seat Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. THE WEDDING SINGER runs through July 24, 2011. (more...)

MTG Announces IRMA LA DOUCE And Silent Auction 4/19MTG Announces IRMA LA DOUCE And Silent Auction 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2010

The award-winning Musical Theatre Guild, a company of professional performers who present concert-staged readings of seldom seen musicals, will continue its 14th season celebrating musicals from the 1960's with IRMA LA DOUCE. (more...)

MTG Announces IRMA LA DOUCE And Silent Auction 4/19MTG Announces IRMA LA DOUCE And Silent Auction 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2010

The award-winning Musical Theatre Guild, a company of professional performers who present concert-staged readings of seldom seen musicals, will continue its 14th season celebrating musicals from the 1960's with IRMA LA DOUCE. (more...)

'Happy Days' to Run at La Mirada Theatre Starting 10/31
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2008

Bob Boyett, Nice Productions, Inc., McCoy Rigby Entertainment, CBS Corporation, Tom Miller and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts are thrilled to present the second production of La Mirada Theatre's 2008-2009 season of shows, the launch of the national tour of HAPPY DAYS -A New Musical, book by Garry Marshall, music and lyrics by Paul Williams, directed by Gordon Greenberg, Music Arrangement and Music Supervision by John McDaniel and Choreographed by Michele Lynch. HAPPY DAYS - A New Musical will begin performances on Friday, October 31 (with a press opening on Saturday, November 1) and will run through Sunday, November 16 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue. (more...)

HAPPY DAYS, A New Musical Makes First Stop on Tour at La Mirada Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2008

Goodbye gray skies, hello blue - HAPPY DAYS - A New Musical launches its national tour at La Mirada Theatre in October 2008. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures' television series, HAPPY DAYS - A New Musical reintroduces one of America's best-loved families, the Cunninghams, and the days of 1959 Milwaukee. This time capsule is complete with familiar friends: Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph, Joanie and Chachi, Pinky Tuscadero and of course, the king of cool: Arthur 'The Fonz' Fonzarelli. Arnold's, the famed drive-in malt shop, is in danger of demolition, so the gang teams up to save it with a dance contest and TV-worthy wrestling match. Complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops and jukebox sock-hoppin', HAPPY DAYS - A New Musical brings back the nostalgia of the '50s in a perfect family entertainment. (more...)

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