Michael Orland News

Ben Vereen, Mandy Gonzalez, Donna McKechnie & More to Teach at Broadway Theatre Project's 2014 Session
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

Broadway Theatre Project (BTP) will feature a slate of prolific performers, directors, choreographers, composers, casting agents and other professionals from Broadway and Hollywood as part of the Project's roster of Teaching Faculty for its 2014 session, as announced today by the BTP's Artistic Directors Debra McWaters and Darren Gibson. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Marriage Really Cracks Me Up
by Kristen Morale - Jan 27, 2014

What do you get when an engaged couple on the brink of getting married runs out of money to accommodate its extravagant wedding plans, and to fix this problem decides to sell cocaine to an addict in a sleazy hotel room? Wait, that's not all. The addict then inexplicably kills himself and leaves behind a mess that has far more dire consequences than the choice to sell cocaine to fund a wedding that wouldn't be complete without the blessed ice sculptures. Obviously, this is an easy one, as not many plots are this exhilarating. You get Panic at the Riverside Motel, a comedic drama that is currently gracing the stage at the Stage IV Theatre and making audiences laugh and squirm uncomfortably at the same time. (more...)

Daniel Dreifuss, John Ainsworth & More to Teach at YOUNG ACTORS' THEATRE CAMP, 12/28-/3
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Students at the Young Actors' Theatre Camp (YATC) will be acting, singing and dancing their way through their winter holiday break as stars from stage and screen come to teach students attending the Young Actors' Theatre Camp, taking place December 28, 2013 - January 3, 2014. Teachers scheduled for the Winter Camp include: John Ainsworth ('American Horror Story'), Daniel Dreifuss (Oscar-nominated producer, 'No'), Emmy Frevele (Los Angeles-based choreographer), Sarah Gaboury ('Parks and Recreation'), Kevin Kent (Emcee from Teatro Zinzanni), Matt Pittenger ('Community'), Meghan Rienks (YouTube sensation; former YATC camper), Shawn Ryan ('The Mentalist,' 'America's Got Talent') and cast members from The Book of Mormon, currently playing at San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre. For additional information on Young Actors' Theatre Camp, visit campyatc.com or call (925) 858-3548. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH Brings Holiday Cheer to Pasadena Playhouse
by Don Grigware - Dec 13, 2013

Aladdin and His Winter Wish/written by Kris Lythgoe/directed by Bonnie Lythgoe/Pasadena Playhouse/through December 29 For a few years the prolific Lythgoe family have been entertaining us at Christmastime, first at the El Portal in NoHo and now at the Pasadena Playhouse with a British style panto. A panto is an interactive entertainment that starts with a very contemporary retelling of a fairy tale such as Snow White, Cinderella, or in this case Aladdin and turns it into a fun imaginative show with music that will appeal to both children and their parents. There's usually an actor in drag (outrageous Bruce Vilanch as the Widow Twankey, Aladdin's mother), a villain (Josh Adamson as Abanazar) and audience are encouraged to root for the heroes and HISS loudly at the villains. Actors such as Adamson tease the audience with a Mel Brooks-like phrase 'It's fun to be evil!' after which kids and adults boo and boo some more and even raise up props such as swords and other toy weapons in defense of their favorite hero. It's all in amusement, of course, and this year's Aladdin and His Winter Wish is by far the best show to date with a superlative cast, great special effects, some spectacular dancing and singing and an overall jolly good script by Kris Lythgoe that flows along without the slightest snag. (more...)

David Osmond, Nigel Lythgoe, Amy Whitcomb and More Travel to Salt Lake City with A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS, Now thru 12/29
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

Lythgoe Family Productions announced today that Los Angeles hit show A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS will be performing in Salt Lake City at the Jeanne Wagner theatre, this December. The production features recording artist David Osmond as Prince Harry, an on-screen appearance by Nigel Lythgoe ('So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol') as The Magic Mirror and Amy Whitcomb ('The Voice') as Snow White. Performers were selected to play the 'Seven Dwarfs' from local dance schools, Center Staging and Vibe. (more...)

Ben Vereen, Jordan Fisher & More Lead Pasadena Playhouse's ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2013

The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) present ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH, starring Ben Vereen (Broadway's Pippin and Jesus Christ Superstar) as 'The Genie,' JorDan Fisher as 'Aladdin' (Disney's Teen Beach Movie), Ashley Argota as 'The Princess' (Nickelodeon's True Jackson VP), Richard Karn ('Home Improvement') as 'The Sultan', and Bruce Vilanch as 'Widow Twankey'. (more...)

Bruce Vilanch to Play 'Widow Twankey' in Pasadena Playhouse's ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2013

Bruce Vilanch has been announced to play Widow Twankey in The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP), ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH, starring previously announced Ben Vereen (Broadway's Pippin and Jesus Christ Superstar) as 'The Genie,' Jordan Fisher as 'Aladdin' (Disney's Teen Beach Movie), Ashley Argota as 'The Princess' (Nickelodeon's True Jackson VP) and Richard Karn ('Home Improvement') as 'The Sultan.' (more...)

HIT LIST Concert, Caissie Levy, Rebecca Naomi Jones & More Set for 54 Below Tonight; This Week's Listings
by BWW News Desk - Dec 09, 2013

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond: (more...)

PANIC AT THE RIVERSIDE MOTEL to Play Stage IV Theatre, 1/15-2/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2013

Panic Productions presents Panic at the Riverside Motel, a riotous, fast-paced dark comedy written by John Pastore about a dead body and all the inconveniences it causes an engaged couple in a seedy motel. Maria Riboli directs a cast of five, including Olivia Rose Barresi, Tom Burka, Tom Cappadona, Thom Christensen, and Michael Orlandi. Performances will be staged at the newly remodeled Stage IV Theatre, 300 West 43rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036 from January 15-February 8, 2014. (more...)

Bruce Vilanch to Play 'Widow Twankey' in Pasadena Playhouse's ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH
by BWW News Desk - Nov 01, 2013

Bruce Vilanch has been announced to play Widow Twankey in The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP), ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH, starring previously announced Ben Vereen (Broadway's Pippin and Jesus Christ Superstar) as 'The Genie,' Jordan Fisher as 'Aladdin' (Disney's Teen Beach Movie), Ashley Argota as 'The Princess' (Nickelodeon's True Jackson VP) and Richard Karn ('Home Improvement') as 'The Sultan.' (more...)

David Osmond, Nigel Lythgoe, Amy Whitcomb and More to Travel to Salt Lake City with A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS, 12/13-29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 07, 2013

Lythgoe Family Productions announced today that Los Angeles hit show A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS will be performing in Salt Lake City at the Jeanne Wagner theatre, this December. The production features recording artist David Osmond as Prince Harry, an on-screen appearance by Nigel Lythgoe ("So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol") as The Magic Mirror and Amy Whitcomb ("The Voice") as Snow White. Performers were selected to play the "Seven Dwarfs" from local dance schools, Center Staging and Vibe. (more...)

David Krumholtz to Join THE SUNSHINE BOYS, 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2013

The Broadway Theatre Project (BTP) referred to by 'Playbill' as “the world's most prestigious musical theatre arts education program for high school and college students” is currently holding their 23th annual Summer Intensive on the campus of the University of South Florida, now through July 28th. (more...)

Ben Vereen, Jordan Fisher & More to Lead Pasadena Playhouse's ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH; Performances to Begin 12/11
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2013

The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP), announced today the principal casting for ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH, starring Ben Vereen (Broadway's Pippin and Jesus Christ Superstar) as “The Genie,” Jordan Fisher as “Aladdin” (Disney's Teen Beach Movie), Ashley Argota as “The Princess” (Nickelodeon's True Jackson VP) and Richard Karn (“Home Improvement”) as “The Sultan.” (more...)

David Krumholtz to Join THE SUNSHINE BOYS, 7/28
by Kristin Salaky - Jul 18, 2013

The Broadway Theatre Project (BTP) referred to by 'Playbill' as “the world's most prestigious musical theatre arts education program for high school and college students” is currently holding their 23th annual Summer Intensive on the campus of the University of South Florida, now through July 28th. (more...)

Sam Harris Joins Lillias White in A WOMAN ON LOVE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2013

Tonight, June 10 at 8:30pm, Chris Isaacson & Upright Cabaret will welcome Tony Award-nominee Sam Harris, joining Emmy & Tony Award-winner Lillias White as special guest in her new show A Woman On Love at Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Calif. (more...)

Tony Nominee Sam Harris to Join Lillias White in A WOMAN ON LOVE, 6/10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 07, 2013

On Mon, June 10 at 8:30pm, Chris Isaacson & Upright Cabaret will welcome Tony Award-nominee Sam Harris, joining Emmy & Tony Award-winner Lillias White as special guest in her new show A Woman On Love at Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Calif. (more...)

Ace Young, Diana DeGarmo Tie the Knot
by TV News Desk - Jun 03, 2013

According to Billboard.com, American Idol alums and 'Hair' stars Diana Degarmo and Ace Young exchanged vows on Saturday, June 1st at an afternoon ceremony held at Los Angeles' Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel. (more...)

Lillias White's A WOMAN ON LOVE with Michael Orland Set for Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2013

Chris Isaacson Presents and Upright Cabaret have announced that American Idol's Michael Orland will be the musical director for the West Coast club return of Broadway diva and Tony Award-winner Lillias White's new show, A Woman On Love, at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. There will be two performances only, on Mondays, tonight, June 3 and the 10th at 8:30pm, with cocktail and dinner service beginning at 6:30pm. The June 10 show also marks the second anniversary of The Night After The Tonys, a tradition begun in 2012 by Ms. White and Upright Cabaret. (more...)

AMERICAN IDOL's Michael Orland to Join Lillias White for A WOMAN ON LOVE, 6/3 & 10
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2013

Chris Isaacson Presents and Upright Cabaret have announced that American Idol's Michael Orland will be the musical director for the West Coast club return of Broadway diva and Tony Award-winner Lillias White's new show, A Woman On Love, at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. There will be two performances only, on Mondays, June 3 and 10 at 8:30pm, with cocktail and dinner service beginning at 6:30pm. The June 10 show also marks the second anniversary of The Night After The Tonys, a tradition begun in 2012 by Ms. White and Upright Cabaret. (more...)

Jan Abrams to Bring ABRAMS SINGS ABRAMS to Palm Desert's Arthur Newman Theater, Today
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2013

Cabaret singer Jan Abrams will be presented Today, May 26, 2013 as part of the Todays In Summer Series presented by Les Michaels at the Arthur Newman Theatre at The Joslyn Center in Palm Desert. (more...)

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