HOLLYWOOD AND BROADWAY Premieres Tonight at Hudson Guild Theatre
Fashion Designer to the Stars, Octavio Carlin in conjunction with a Multiple Award Winning Team brings you this world premiere comedy.
Hollywood meets Broadway in this hilarious world premiere comedy. Set in 1951 at the famous but now defunct Hotel Astor in New York City, legendary stars Tallulah Bankhead and Gloria Swanson are set to receive the prestigious Page One Award for Entertainment. Both actresses are introduced by Ms. Aileen Pringle but with the help of a snooping butler and a very eager Hotel Reception Clerk, mayhem and lunacy prevail as both actresses compete to be the Diva of the evening.
Hollywood and Broadway runs from tonight, February 14th through Sunday March 22nd. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm with previews February 6th, 7th, 13th at 8pm and February 8th at 3pm. General seating will be $25 or $12.50 on preview dates. For reservations or more information please visit https://www.plays411.com/hollywoodbroadwayKathleen (Kat) Brower* (Gloria Swanson). Kat has worked at some of the country's leading regional theatres, including North Coast Rep, San Jose Stage, Marin Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Associates, The Hapgood Theatre, The Willows Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Primary Stages ESPA, Westport Theatre, The Theatre Artists Workshop, The Red Room Theatre, and The Seeing Place Theatre in NYC. Favorite roles include Hypatia in Misalliance, Luciana in The Comedy of Errors, Anna Roosevelt in Sunrise at Campobello, and Shelly in Buried Child. Recent film releases include Julius Caesar by Patrick J. Donnelly and Out of Darkness by Chris Bollini. She can be seen in Giovanna Chesler's short film Beauteous, filmed in 2002 but still screened frequently at film festivals all over the world. You might have heard her voice over work on USA's Royal Pains and FX's Damages, or seen her on MTV's 12 Angry Jurors or Biog-raphy's Celebrity Ghost Stories. She holds a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. Kat is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. www.katbrower.com. Olivia Choate (Tallulah Bankhead): Olivia hails from Boston, Massachusetts, where she grew up playing any sport she could sign up for. She found her love for the stage early on when she was unable to contain her emotions and needed a safe outlet to express herself. Olivia is thrilled to be playing the magnificent Tallulah Bankhead and can only hope she does her aura justice. You can see her in the upcoming feature film Different Eye as well as episodes of Killer Kids and I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant. Recent theatre productions include Behind the Gates, Macbeth, Monkey Madness, and Spring's Awakening. She has worked frequently with the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble and is a member of Celebration Theatre. She enjoys taking improv at the Groundlings, running up hills, and playing with Sir Patrick Chesterfield II...her cat. She is a proud member of Actor's Equity. Christina Lemon (Aileen Pringle): Christina was last seen at the Hudson Theatre as Tania Fedorova, Aileen Pringle and Enid Bennett in Hollywood Party. An award winning comedic actress - Christina is a graduate of the Second City, Chicago and The Sanford Meisner Center for the Arts. She is the creator of the transformational comedy series Shine and is grateful to be part of bringing Octavio's hysterical 1951 Hollywood and Broadway vision to life. Thank you darling. Danny Menendez (Bradford, a Hotel Clerk): Danny was last seen at the Hudson Theatre W.C. Fields in Hollywood Party. Recent credits include working with Tommy Tune in a on 54 Forever, where he played Truman Capote. Other credits include Reefer Madness the Musical, Bachelorette, Antigone, Stage Door, and A Work of Pure Fiction as well as Scarface the Musical during the 2014 Los Angeles Fringe Festival at the Lilian Theatre. Danny is a recent grad from the University of Miami with a double major in Motion Pictures and Theatre. Alison Stolpa (Tallulah Bankhead Understudy): Alison is an actress, writer, and singer with a musical background in garage rock and post-punk. Recent credits include Morrison Christmas and Haunted Walls and Apparitions at Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre and the forthcoming short film Writing Wrongs. She also recently wrote, produced and acted in the short film Never Letting Go. Alison has a BA degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, a MA in Music Business from the University of Westminster in London, and has studied language and culture in Germany, France, and Transylvania. She currently studies acting and improv at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and the Upright Citizens Brigade. She loves collecting records, reading histories of old Hollywood, and hanging out with her two cats. Terrence Gene Taylor (Lucas Wensel): Terrence is so honored to be a part of the Hollywood & Broadway cast. Born in Ohio but raised in Kentucky and Germany, this guy has the perfect Southern California accent. You may have seen Terrence on posters/billboards for National University Graduate Program. He has written and stars in the web comedy FammGlamm; other roles include What's on the Menu (The Food Network), Bold & The Beautiful, The Slammin' Salmon, and several indie films. Most recently, Terrence received critical raves as the snooping butler Lucas Wensell in Hollywood Party which played at the Hudson Theatre. He has studied improv at The Groundlings, taken several scene study workshops & voice over classes at The Actors Creative Network, Brian Reise Acting Studios and VoiceTrax West. Octavio Carlin (Writer/Director/Costume Designer): Octavio is the Artistic Director for Teatro De La O and previously directed Hollywood Party in the Hudson Mainstage Theatre. Recognizing his glamorous Red Carpet designs, Octavio Carlin was selected as finalist in the 2011 Oscars Designer Challenge. He has designed dresses for award winning actresses, performers and starlets such as, Anne Hathaway, Sharon Stone, Toni Braxton, Angie Everhart, Rosalyn Sanchez, Laura Bell Bundy, Aimee Garcia (Dexter), Annet Mahendru (The Americans), Dawn Olivieri (House Of Lies) to name a few. His works have appeared in such publications as WWD, Lucky, FLAUNT, Angeleno, British Glamour, Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles Times, 944, Razor, California Apparel News, Ciudad Magazine and The Daily amongst others. IMG chose Octavio Carlin out of thousands to show his collections annually at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Los Angeles, where top press and buyers praised his work. In 2005 Little Black Dress Events, which stages charity events worldwide selected Octavio's Little Black Dress the best of that year. Octavio's sexy, fabulous, exclusive Ready-To-Wear is available at his namesake store in West Hollywood. Mike Abramson (Producer): Mike is thrilled to return to Teatro De La O having previously produced Hollywood Party in the Hudson Mainstage. An award winning Producer, Mike has successfully produced about a dozen shows in the Los Angeles area. Such notable productions include Jekyll and Hyde (LA Weekly Critics Pick of the Week), Xanadu (LA Weekly GO), Avenue Q (LA Times Critics Choice, nominated for six 2013 Ovation Awards including Best Musical Intimate Theatre) and Dreamgirls (LA Times Critics Choice, winner of five NAACP Theatre Awards, three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards including Best Revival and four LA Weekly Theater Awards including Best Musical Production of the Year), Is There Sex After Marriage (6 month run, Recommended, Top 10 - Stage Raw), The Pokemusical (8 month run, Winner DOMA sponsored award for Best Musical) and Rent (Nominated for four NAACP Theatre awards). Currently, Mike is the Production Manager for Serrano, the Musical now running at The Matrix Theatre, is the in-house Marketing Director for Chromolume Theatre and works as a Theatre Manager for the famed Hudson Theatres. Ricardo Mora Hidalgo (Scenic Designer, Rehearsal/Backstage Manager ). Ricardo received rave reviews for his scenic design on Hollywood Party which played at The Hudson Mainstage Theatre. Originally from Michoacan, Mexico, Ricardo is thrilled to be part of the Teatro de la O team. With an extensive background in styling, including recent pieces for Teatro Clothing campaigns and editorials for Agenda Magazine, among others, he applied his expertise in styling and interior design to the sets and wardrobe of this unique and original production of Hollywood & Broadway. Steven Pope (Lighting Designer) is currently the technical director of the Hudson Theatres and Treapany House at the Steve Allen Theater. He has designed lights and stage managed shows at the US Comedy Arts Festival and the Comedy Central Stage. Notable productions includes the long running hit, Is There Sex After Marriage (6 month run, Top 10 Recommended - Stage Raw), Re-animator the Musical, Fellowship (a musical parody of the Lord of the Rings trilogy), Are You There God? It's Me Karen Carpenter, Hollywood Party and The Beastly Bombing. Christopher Moscatiello (Sound Designer): Chris is an Ovation nominated sound designer, composer, music editor and music director for theater, television and film. Recent TV credits include The Walking Dead (AMC), Psych (USA), Eureka (Syfy), Human Target (Fox), The Cape (NBC), Caprica (Syfy), Trauma (NBC), and he has scored full series, specials and promos for National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, HBO, BBC, Animal Planet, MSNBC, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, and others. Theater credits include The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Rogue Machine Theatre, Skylight Theatre Company, Pacific Resident Theatre, The Odyssey Theatre, The Road Theatre, and he served as assistant conductor on the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera. Before residing in LA, Chris was the Associate Artistic Director and Conductor of the Boston Chamber Ensemble, and during that time, wrote a ballet commissioned by the Kirov Ballet Academy that had its world premiere in Washington, DC. Valerie Salas (Technical Stage Manager ). Val is a Hollywood native and has been involved in theatre for over 15 years. Stage Manager credits include Fellowship of the Rings, Frankie and Johnnie at the Clair De Lune, The Bad Seed, Hollywood Party and Nocturne, to name a few. She is currently the Technical Director for The Hudson Theatres and is a resident technical guru for the Comedy Central Stage.