BW Productions and Santa Monica Playhouse Announce UNBUTTONED, 12/2

November 23
10:53 AM 2012
BW Productions and Santa Monica Playhouse Announce UNBUTTONED, 12/2

From the Bavarian beer houses of his native Germany to "Manhattan, America," to Hollywood – one day, and one lady, at a time – Andreas Beckett unfurls his heartfelt, candid life story with song and dance under the masterful hands of legendary Mitzie and Ken Welch in a special one night return engagement Friday, December 2, 2012.

Written by Andreas Beckett and Mitzie Welch. Andreas Beckett is an accomplished international performer whose work includes stage, film, television and opera.  He made his TV debut playing Hitler on Saturday Night Live, followed by his acclaimed portrayal of Macbeth at the American Theater in NYC. Other theatre credits include Richard III in Richard III, Modigliani in Modigliani, Dracula in Dracula, Radcliff in Radcliff, the American premiere in NYC, Gustav Klimt in Alma at the L.A. Theater, the leading role in Charlotte, directed by Louis Fantasia, at the Met Theater. He won the Audience Award at the D.G.A. Awards in LA for his leading role in his first film, Empty, by Micah Herman and he just completed working with Robert Zemeckis on his new project Petit. Recent operatic appearances include The Duke in Rigoletto, Florestan in Fidelio, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Spoletta in Tosca, Tony in Masterclass at the Santa Barbara Theater Company.

Directed by Mitzie Welch with Musical Direction by Ken Welch. Mitzie & Ken Welch have written/composed/produced TV Specials for Beverly Sills, Bob Hope, Placido Domingo, Hal Linden, Linda Lavin, Ben Vereen, Whoopi Goldberg, Bea Arthur, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Robin Williams, Dudley Moore, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Cher, & Barbra Streisand, plus seven seasons on The Carol Burnett Show.  Between them, they have 14 Emmys: for "The Carol Burnett Show," "Julie & Carol at Carnegie Hall," "Linda in Wonderland," "Ben Vereen: His Roots," "Barbra Streisand & Other Musical Instruments."   They put together Barry Manilow's "Music & Passion," now in its 4th year in Las Vegas and won the 2003 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for "Songs My Mother Taught Me", a celebration of the music of Judy Garland, starring her daughter Lorna Luft.
Musical Accompaniment by Pianist Mikael Oganezian. Armenian born Oganezian began playing piano at the age of six winning multiple competitions and scholarships. In 2008 he won the first prize in the prestigious Michelstadt Competition in Germany, following which he moved to Los Angeles where he received a full scholarship in the postdoctoral program at the USC Thornton School of Music.
Choreography by Jordi Caballero. Two-time American Choreography Award nominee his hit films and TV shows include Chris Columbus' Rent, Rob Reiner's Alex & Emma, The Academy Awards, Dancing with the Stars, America's Next Top Model, CSI Miami, Nip-Tuck, Brothers & Sisters, Sex & The City, The Shield, The Unit and Entourage.
Produced by BW Productions and Santa Monica Playhouse
One performance only. Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm. All tickets $20.00 online at or call 1-310-394-9779 ext 1.


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