Photo Flash: LA's Next Great Stage Star Launches at the Historic El Portal Theatre

The thespian spirits of the many theatrical greats that have graced the boards of at the historic El Portal Theater, including the main stage's namesake Debbie Reynolds, could be felt as the annual 6 week long production of LA's Next Great Stage Star launched last night (Monday, July 23rd) to standing ovations for the lucky few talented individuals selected from a long a grueling audition process.

Now in its 12th consecutive year, Princess Cruises presents the only competition of its kind in the Western United States. LA's Next Great Stage Star(R) originally presented triple threat talent (18 - 32 in age) who excel in Voice, Acting and Dance in 2006. Since that time, 22 former contestants have made their Broadway and/or Off Broadway debuts, while another 50% (of overall 228 contestants to date) are working professionally in musical theatre across the country, in Vegas productions and/or in lavish productions on board luxury liners cruising around the world., as well as landing parts in both TV commercials and roles on television series.

All contestants compete at each competition with no eliminations until the Finale on Augusts 27th, 2018. The culmination of votes by judges and the audience members leading up to the Finale will determine the selection of the five top finalists,though the judges may be given an option to save an eliminated contestant.

This year's first place winner will receive a #2,500 cash prize, with the 2nd place winner receiving $1,250. Both will be provided with professional franchised Equity theatre agency representation; and paid headlining engagements at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in the North Hollywood Arts District.

Direct ticket purchases will go through the El Portal's ticket system by calling El Portal Ticket Services/Box Office: 818-508-4200
Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm
Tickets may also be purchased by visiting the El Portal website at elportaltheatre.com


Upcoming Performances.

MONDAY, JULY 30, 2018
7:30 PM DOORS; 8:00 PM COMPETITION
Judges: Eileen Barnett, Todd Eskin, Tal Fox, Lewis Wilkenfeld

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018
7:30 PM DOORS; 8:00 PM COMPETITION
Judges: Robby Armitage, Jodie Bowman, Michael Donovan and James Mellon

MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2018
7:30 PM DOORS; 8:00 PM COMPETITION
Judges: Anthony Boyer, Cate Caplin, David Engel and Barry Pearl

MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018
7:30 PM DOORS; 8:00 PM COMPETITION
Judges: Kay Cole, Bruce Kimmel, Beth Lipari and Joshua Finkel

MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018 - FINALE
7:00 PM DOORS; 7:30 PM COMPETITION
Judges: Robby Armitage, Kevin Bailey, Anthony Boyer, Jodie Bowman, Cate Caplin, Kay Cole, Nicole Dernersesian, Michael Donovan, Steven Dry, Todd Eskin, Andy Ferrara, Joshua Finkel, Tal Fox, Richard Hochberg, Bruce Kimmel, James Mellon, Barry Pearl, Jeremy Rich, Lewis Wilkenfeld as well as Academy Award Winner and Broadway star, George Chakiris

Photo Credit: Peter Welkin

high res photos

Photo Flash: LA's Next Great Stage Star Launches at the Historic El Portal Theatre
Marquee

Photo Flash: LA's Next Great Stage Star Launches at the Historic El Portal Theatre
LA's Next Great Stage Star

Photo Flash: LA's Next Great Stage Star Launches at the Historic El Portal Theatre
Sara Busic

Photo Flash: LA's Next Great Stage Star Launches at the Historic El Portal Theatre
LA's Next Great Stage Star

Photo Flash: LA's Next Great Stage Star Launches at the Historic El Portal Theatre
Robert Collins

Photo Flash: LA's Next Great Stage Star Launches at the Historic El Portal Theatre
LA's Next Great Stage Star

Photo Flash: LA's Next Great Stage Star Launches at the Historic El Portal Theatre
Brook Van Grinswen

Photo Flash: LA's Next Great Stage Star Launches at the Historic El Portal Theatre
LA's Next Great Stage Star

Photo Flash: LA's Next Great Stage Star Launches at the Historic El Portal Theatre
Landen Starkman

Photo Flash: LA's Next Great Stage Star Launches at the Historic El Portal Theatre
Co-Executive Producer, Barbara Van Orden with Co-Executive Producer and Creator, Michael Sterling

Photo Flash: LA's Next Great Stage Star Launches at the Historic El Portal Theatre
The Debbie Reynolds Main Stage

Related Articles View More Los Angeles Stories   Shows



More Hot Stories For You

Before you go...

Like Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Follow Us On Instagram instagram
   
popup