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BWW Review: KRITZERLAND Celebrates 6th Anniversary with a Big Dose of PanacheBWW Review: KRITZERLAND Celebrates 6th Anniversary with a Big Dose of Panache
by Don Grigware - Sep 6, 2016

Hard to believe, but Kritzerland turned 6 on Sunday September 4 at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. Bruce Kimmel and his record company Kritzerland began their series of concerts at the Gardenia for the first year, then moved to Vitello's with Michael Sterling and onto the Federal four years ago. Kimmel and Kritzerland are joined at the hip; it's his brainchild ... and he brings all of his ingenious theatricality and cleverness to each show. This anniversary show was over.the.moon great with terribly eclectic, funny numbers and some absolutely wonderful talent. On board were steadies Sharon McNight, Nick Santa Maria, Ilene Graff and hubbie Ben Lanzarone, Jenna Lea Rosen, Sami Staitman and special appearance by composer Richard M. Sherman. Newcomers Marc Ginsburg, Reagan Pasternak and little Hayley Shukiar joined 'Guy Haines' for a heartfelt and laugh-filled concert. Wonderful Richard Allen served as musical director and accompanist for most of the songs throughout the 90-minute set. (more...)

Kritzerland's THE 70s: SINGER/SONGWRITERS Set for Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal on 6/5Kritzerland's THE 70s: SINGER/SONGWRITERS Set for Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal on 6/5
by Louisa Brady - Jun 4, 2016

For our 68th show, we take a look back at one of the greatest decades in music and the amazing singer/songwriters of that era. It's a different kind of show for us, but we do love to be different. So, you'll be getting classic and amazing songs by the likes of Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Elton John - well, you get the idea. We've assembled a wonderful cast, including a rare appearance from Guy Haines, who absolutely assures us that he will be there this time. So, get in the Kritzerland Time Machine and travel back to the eclectic and astonishing songs of the great singer/songwriters of the 1970s. (more...)

Kritzerland's MAY MAYHEM Concert Set for Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, 5/1Kritzerland's MAY MAYHEM Concert Set for Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, 5/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal will present MAY MAYHEM with musical director John Boswell on May 1, 2016. (more...)

KIDS SING THE DARNDEST THINGS in Kritzerland's 1/17 Concert at Sterling's Upstairs at The FederalKIDS SING THE DARNDEST THINGS in Kritzerland's 1/17 Concert at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal will present KIDS SING THE DARNDEST THINGS on January 17, 2016. (more...)

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal to Present  THE SHOWS OF MY LIFE - A PERSONAL DISCOVERY, 10/18Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal to Present THE SHOWS OF MY LIFE - A PERSONAL DISCOVERY, 10/18
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2015

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents THE SHOWS OF MY LIFE – A PERSONAL DISCOVERY on Sunday, October 18, 2015 (5:30 PM dinner, 7:00 PM show). (more...)

BWW Review: WELCOME TO MY WORLD at Grove Theater CenterBWW Review: WELCOME TO MY WORLD at Grove Theater Center
by Cary Ginell - Sep 30, 2015

Sami Staitman is pretty much your typical 15-year-old teenaged girl. On Sunday afternoon, we journeyed into the Valley to see the Ventura County resident play the part of Molly, pretty much your typical 14-year-old teenaged girl, in a one-girl musical called Welcome to My World, which played at the Grove Theater Center in Burbank. (more...)

BWW TV: Meet the Company of Grove Theatre's WELCOME TO MY WORLDBWW TV: Meet the Company of Grove Theatre's WELCOME TO MY WORLD
by Michael Sterling - Sep 22, 2015

Following a critically acclaimed world premiere opening September 12th at Burbank, California's Grove Theatre Center, Welcome to My World starring Sami Staitman has been extended through October 4th at the Grove Theatre in Burbank, CA. BroadwayWorld TV's own Michael Sterling was on hand for the opening to talk to the young Ms. Staitman; close friend and Disney Channel series star Corey Fogelmanis (Girl Meets World); and the show's Grammy Nominated Producer/Director/Writer/Composer Bruce Kimmel. The first ever one-girl musical written for and about a fourteen-year-old, has also just completed recording sessions for the Kritzerland Records release of the show which will feature all 14 songs from the score, plus a bonus track of 'Everything is Going to be Alright' recorded by Fogelmanis who, during opening weekend, was on hand for a private Meet & Greet with fans who supported the production. (more...)

WELCOME TO MY WORLD, Starring Sami Staitman, Premieres Tonight in BurbankWELCOME TO MY WORLD, Starring Sami Staitman, Premieres Tonight in Burbank
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

Welcome to My World, starring Sami Staitman, is the first ever one-girl musical written for and about a fourteen-year-old. The musical will have its world premiere tonight, September 10, and continue through September 27, 2015 at the Grove Theatre in Burbank, CA. The official Press and Gala opening will be September 12th at 8pm. (more...)

BWW Review: KRITZERLAND Celebrates 5th Anniversary with StyleBWW Review: KRITZERLAND Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Style
by Don Grigware - Sep 8, 2015

On Sunday September 6 at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal, Kritzerland Records celebrated its 61st show and 5 year anniversary. On hand were affable host Kritzerland producer Bruce Kimmel, musical director extraordinaire John Boswell at the piano and a bevy of super talented singers who included: Brennley Brown, Hadley Miller, Jenna Lea Rosen, Sami Staitman, Robert Yacko, Damon Kirsche, Darcie Roberts, Sharon McNight, Jason Graae, and special guest star Tony Award winner Sammy Williams. What a cast and what a fabulous evening of entertainment entitled The Songs That Got Away IV! (more...)

BWW Interview: Creator and Stars of WELCOME TO MY WORLD Discuss Its UniquenessBWW Interview: Creator and Stars of WELCOME TO MY WORLD Discuss Its Uniqueness
by Don Grigware - Sep 8, 2015

Welcome to My World, starring Sami Staitman, is the first ever one-girl musical written for and about a fourteen-year-old. The musical will have its world premiere September 10 and continue through September 27, 2015 at the Grove Theatre in Burbank, CA. The Disney Channel's Corey Fogelmanis ("Farkle" on Girl Meets World), who appears as a Special Guest on the show's upcoming Kritzerland Records' CD Cast recording, will be on hand opening weekend for a private Meet & Greet with fans who have donated to the production. The show is created and directed by prolific Bruce Kimmel, surely no stranger to LA theatre. (more...)

'Pro99' Actors' Equity Members Send Open Letter to AEA President'Pro99' Actors' Equity Members Send Open Letter to AEA President
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Members of the "Pro99" movement of Actors' Equity Association have issued an open letter to AEA's newly elected president, Kate Shindle, in response to her victory and to her inaugural address as president of the national union for actors and stage managers. The open letter is signed by over 400 Equity members (listed below), including such notable names as Ed Asner, Francis Fisher, Sally Kirkland and Alfred Molina. The "Pro99" movement formed in late 2014 in opposition to AEA's rollout of a new plan that will effectively force "intimate theaters" in Los Angeles to pay Equity actors minimum wage, go "non-union" or even close - despite an overwhelming vote against the plan by 66% of the Los Angeles membership on an advisory referendum. "Pro99" members around the nation, who take their name from the current AEA "99 Seat Plan" that allows members to volunteer in smaller venues, oppose AEA's new promulgated plan. They are requesting that Equity leadership put a moratorium on the plan until local members' voices can be heard, and that the union work with its members to develop an alternative plan that will more realistically address the needs of the Los Angeles theater community. (more...)

WELCOME TO MY WORLD, Starring Sami Staitman, to Premiere Next Month in BurbankWELCOME TO MY WORLD, Starring Sami Staitman, to Premiere Next Month in Burbank
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2015

Welcome to My World, starring Sami Staitman, is the first ever one-girl musical written for and about a fourteen-year-old. The musical will have its world premiere September 10 and continue through September 27, 2015 at the Grove Theatre in Burbank, CA. The official Press and Gala opening will be September 12th at 8pm. (more...)

Kritzerland to Celebrate Five Years with All-Star Cast in THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY IVKritzerland to Celebrate Five Years with All-Star Cast in THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY IV
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY IV, their 5th anniversary show, on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

Sterling's Upstairs Announces 9th Year Anniversary Celebration With Broadway, Pop and Great American Songbook Concerts!Sterling's Upstairs Announces 9th Year Anniversary Celebration With Broadway, Pop and Great American Songbook Concerts!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

Founded by BroadwayWorld TV's own Michael Sterling (On-air Producer and Host for live entertainment news events in Los Angeles), Sterling's Upstairs first opened its doors at the renowned Vitello's Restaurant in Studio City, CA. where it single handedly brought back to Los Angeles the art of intimate upscale cabaret concerts which had all but vanished from the cultural scene in movie town, USA.  However, in due time, the venue was whole heartedly embraced by enthusiasts of LA's performing arts community and continued to thrive for 6 successful years in a former storage room that was transformed by Sterling into a true supper club environment.   (more...)

Kritzerland to Present WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN: THE SONGS OF PAUL WILLIAMS, 7/5
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN: THE SONGS OF PAUL WILLIAMS on Sunday, July 5, 7PM. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Kritzerland Seriously Entertaining - No Pranking - with The April FoolsBWW Reviews: Kritzerland Seriously Entertaining - No Pranking - with The April Fools
by Gil Kaan - Apr 6, 2015

The always reliable and very informative host Bruce Kimmel unfailingly surprised his captured audience with the most interesting tidbits of Broadway trivia. Songs of this evening were chosen as to their fit in this, to quote Kimmel, 'potpourri of pleasant and perverse.' (more...)

Kritzerland to Present 'THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT' in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2014

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT - OUR ANNUAL YOUNG PEOPLE SHOW! on MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2015 - 7:00 PM. (more...)

BWW Reviews: KRITZERLAND CHRISTMAS Puts the Jolly in Your HollyBWW Reviews: KRITZERLAND CHRISTMAS Puts the Jolly in Your Holly
by Don Grigware - Dec 9, 2014

The cast of fantastic singers included Kim Huber, Robert Yacko, Madison Claire Parks, Roger Befeler, special guest Jason Graae, and young singers Sami and Sarah Staitman, Brennley Brown, Paige Befeler and 10 year-old Hadley Belle Miller. Virtuoso pianist James Lent served as musical director for the event headed up by host Bruce Kimmel, who was in especially good form about to celebrate a birthday on December 8. (more...)

Kritzerland Brings Sherman Brothers Tunes, with Richard Sherman, to the Triad TonightKritzerland Brings Sherman Brothers Tunes, with Richard Sherman, to the Triad Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2014

Kritzerland at The Triad presents 'SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIUS! The Songs of The Sherman Brothers' tonight, November 15, 2014 to 7:00 PM and 9:00PM. (more...)

Jason Graae to Join Kritzerland's Holiday Show at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, 12/7Jason Graae to Join Kritzerland's Holiday Show at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2014

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents 'HAPPY HOLIDAYS! THE ANNUAL KRITZERLAND HOLIDAY SHOW' on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

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