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Photos: LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE Red Carpet At the Wallis Annenberg

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Casting has been announced for For The Record and The Wallis' production of LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE, the multimedia concert celebration of the beloved holiday film from Universal Pictures/Working Title, with performances from Saturday, November 27 to Friday, December 31, 2021, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway and television star Aaron Lazar (Fox's Filthy Rich, Broadway's The Last Ship, A Little Night Music, Les Misérables, and The Light in the Piazza) joins the exciting lineup of talented performers alongside singer/songwriter, musician, producer and engineer, Brian McKnight Jr., who comes from a legendary musically gifted family including famed father Brian McKnight. American Idol 4th place finalist on season 4, Anthony Fedorov, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist actor Michael Thomas Grant, and RCA recording artist Nina Nelson, member of girl group Citizen Queen (with over 30 million music video views), also join the cast for the first time. Rounding out the group of newcomers is Cheyenne Wells who starred in the recent production of Little Shop of Horrors at Pasadena Playhouse with MJ Rodriguez.

Returning to LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE, stars include RIAA Gold® recording artist Rex Smith, Broadway star Doug Kreeger (Les Misérables); recording artist James Byous (Netflix' Original Series Westside); singer/songwriter Gabriela Carrillo; recording artist/performer Tomasina Abate; and multi-dimensional artist Emily Lopez. Ensemble members include Sha'Leah Nikole Stubblefield, Darrell Morris Jr., Parissa Koo, and Ian Ward. Playing adolescents "Joanna" and "Sam" respectively are Zola Odessa and Conor Jack Kowalski; their understudies are Sofie Michelle Poliakoff and JJ Bartlett.

Love Actually Live, the biggest hit in The Wallis' history, is back by popular demand as a not-to-be-missed Los Angeles tradition During its previous record-breaking runs in 2018 and 2019, nearly 30,000 people flocked to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts' Bram Goldsmith Theater to experience this exceptional staging, state-of-the-art video design, and award-winning production.

LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE brings together friends and family alike to enjoy the unforgettable holiday classic in a three-dimensional world in which film and live action seamlessly intertwine throughout the London setting. Iconic scenes displayed on screens that travel throughout the set share the stage with an all-star cast of singers and live orchestra as they reimagine the film's hit soundtrack including, "Christmas is All Around," "Trouble with Love, " and Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now."

"The superbly mounted musical," said the Los Angeles Times, is a co-production from the team behind Los Angeles' award-winning For The Record series and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Inspired by the 2003 classic holiday film written and directed by Richard Curtis, LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE, presented by special arrangement with Universal Theatrical Group, will once again transform the Wallis' Bram Goldsmith Theater into a giant, immersive cinema for the modern day. Entertainment Weekly called the end result, "Pitch perfect! Such a celebration of love, the holidays, and the movie itself that it's hard to not fall in love, actually."

"In returning once again to our Bram Goldsmith stage, LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE provides the opportunity to celebrate together, in person, with the people we love in a year when it's needed the most," said The Wallis' Artistic Director Paul Crewes. "It is always a pleasure to collaborate with our For The Record family, and I'm grateful for the possibility to be sharing this very unique experience with Los Angeles audiences once again."

"During the past holiday season, we all adapted and watched artists perform live concerts online, participated in network television sing-a-longs, and some even went to drive-in movie theaters in an effort to feel surrounded by the festive spirit," said For The Record executive producer Shane Scheel. "As we move forward each day to a world on the mend, I am thrilled to once again plan to bring together our incredibly talented artists and deliver an evening to audiences each night in-person that is sure to strengthen connections, make merry and celebrate love."

LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE is adapted and directed by Anderson Davis, with musical supervision and arrangements by Jesse Vargas, vocal design by Tony Award nominee AnnMarie Milazzo, choreography by Sumie Maeda, scenic design by Emmy Award winner Matthew Steinbrenner, lighting design by Michael Berger, sound design by Ben Soldate, costume design by Steve Mazurek, video design by Aaron Rhyne, casting by Stewart/Whitley and co-produced by Shane Scheel/For the Record and the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.

The Wallis is closely monitoring the ever-changing local health and safety environment carefully and addressing known health factors at the moment. Should plans change and any performance be required to be postponed or cancelled or if venue capacity limitations are instituted, ticket holders will be notified immediately with options for their purchased tickets per The Wallis' ticketing policies.

The health and safety of patrons, our staff and artists inside and outside our venue are a top priority for The Wallis. All audience members attending indoor performances will be required to show proof of full vaccination upon entry at The Wallis, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the attending their performance date. Further details, including methods of vaccination confirmation and COVID testing will be announced soon. In addition, all patrons regardless of vaccination status will be required to properly wear a face mask over both the nose and mouth upon entering The Wallis' indoor spaces and for the duration of their visit. The Wallis' health and safety protocols are also subject to change at the venue's sole discretion or in accordance with LA County and City of Beverly Hills regulations. For The Wallis' most current health and safety protocols, visit TheWallis.org/SafetyIndoors.

Ticket prices for previews (November 27, 28, 30) are $35-105; ticket prices for December 1-31 are $39-$125 (subject to change). The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills. To purchase tickets and for more information, please call 310-746-4000 (Monday - Friday, 10 am to 6 pm) or visit TheWallis.org/Love.

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Ian Ward

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James Byous

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Gabriela Carrillo

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Doug Kreeger

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Sofie Poliakoff

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Tomasina Abate

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JJ Barton

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Tom Zmuda

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Jordan Martone

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Nina Nelson

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Costume Designer Steve Mazurek

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Music Supervisor/Conductor Jesse Vargas

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Associate Music Director David Lee

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Emily Lopez

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Michael Thomas Grant

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Parissa Koo

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Darrell Morris Jr.

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Anthony Fedorov

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Brian McKnight Jr.

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Aaron Lazar

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Sha'Leah Nikole Stubblefield

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Conor Jack Kowalski

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Tomasina Abate and Doug Kreeger

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Conor Jack Kowalski and Anthony Fedorov

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Tom Zmuda and Jordan Martone

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Rex Smith

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Alex Csillag

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Zola Odessa

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Michael Thomas Grant, Gabriela Carrillo, and Darrell Morris Jr.

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Cheyenne Wells

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Zola Odessa and Conor Jack Kowalski

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The Company

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Creative Team and Cast of LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE

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Parissa Koo, Sofie Poliakoff, Nina Nelson, Zola Odessa, Emily Lopez, Tomasina Abate, Sha'Leah Nikole Stubblefield, Jordan Marlone, and Gabriela Carrillo

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Nina Nelson, Cheyenne Wells, and Emily Lopez

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Gabriela Carrillo, Alex Csillag, Emily Lopez, and Cheyenne Wells

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Rex Smith with Sha'Leah Nikole Stubblefield, Nina Nelson, Emily Lopez, Cheyenne Wells, Parissa Koo, and Gabriela Carrillo

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Brian McKnight Jr. and Cheyenne Wells

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David Lee, Jesse Vargas, Anderson Davis, Sumie Maeda, Shane Scheel, Steve Mazurek, and Ben Caron

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Brian McKnight Jr., Cheyenne Wells, James Byous

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Alex Csillag, James Byous, Michael Thomas Grant, Rex Smith, Doug Kreeger, Darrell Morris Jr., JJ Barton, Brian McKnight Jr., Conor Jack Kowalski, Aaron Lazar, Anthony Fedorov, Ian Ward, and Tom Zmuda

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Steve Mazurek and Gabriela Carrillo

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Nina Nelson, Sha'Leah Nikole Stubblefield, Cheyenne Wells, Zola Odessa, and Parissa Koo

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Director Anderson Davis and Choreographer Sumie Maeda

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Anderson Davis, Cheyenne Wells, and Sumie Maeda

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Nina Nelson and Michael Thomas Grant

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Costume Designer Steve Mazurek and Executive Producer Shane Scheel

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JJ Barton, Sofie Poliakoff, Zola Odessa, and Conor Jack Kowalski

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Shane Scheel, Cheyenne Wells, and Steve Mazurek

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Gabriela Carrillo and Aaron Lazar

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James Byous and For The Record Producer Ben Caron

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Zola Odessa, David Lee, Sha'Leah Nikole Stubblefield, and Brian McKnight Jr.

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Aaron Lazar and Doug Kreeger

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Ian Ward, Anthony Fedorov, and Aaron Lazar

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Sha'Leah Nikole Stubblefield and Nina Nelso

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Anthony Fedorov and Jennifer Paz

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Zola Odessa and Nina Nelson

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Vanessa Angel

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Leslie David Baker

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Ian Ward, Leslie David Baker, and Darrell Morris Jr.

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Jennifer Paz and Joan Almedilla

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Joan Almedilla

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Jennifer Paz

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Ben Caron and Ian Ward

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T.V. Carpio and Evan Rachel Wood

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Tracie Thoms

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Tom Korbee and Jennifer Korbee

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Rex Smith and Tracy Lin

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Tom Dugan and The Wallis Artistic Director Paul Crewes

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The Wallis Director of Production James D'Asaro, Shane Scheel, and Paul Crewes

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Technical Director Matt Waldron, James D'Asaro, Shane Scheel, and Paul Crewes

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Jake Robards and Paul Crewes


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