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Photos: Opening Night LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE 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.

Photos: Opening Night LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE At the Wallis Annenberg
Executive Director/CEO Rachel Fine and Artistic Director Paul Crewes

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Ty Taylor

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Executive Producer Shane Scheel

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Conor Jack Kowalski and Anthony Fedorov

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Sofie Poliakoff, JJ Barton, Tomasina Abate, and Doug Kreeger

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Michael Thomas Grant

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James Byous

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Rex Smith, Emily Lopez, Nina Nelson, and Gabriela Carrillo

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Rex Smith

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Cheyenne Wells

Photos: Opening Night LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE At the Wallis Annenberg
Cheyenne Wells and Brian McKnight Jr.

Photos: Opening Night LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE At the Wallis Annenberg
Darrell Morris Jr., Gabriela Carrillo, Tomasina Abate, Cheyenne Wells, Nina Nelson, Brian McKnight Jr., and James Byous

Photos: Opening Night LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE At the Wallis Annenberg
Jordan Martone and Tom Zmuda

Photos: Opening Night LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE At the Wallis Annenberg
Anthony Fedorov

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Conor Jack Kowalski

Photos: Opening Night LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE At the Wallis Annenberg
Conor Jack Kowalski and Emily Lopez

Photos: Opening Night LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE At the Wallis Annenberg
Doug Kreeger

Photos: Opening Night LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE At the Wallis Annenberg
Michael Thomas Grant

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Tomasina Abate

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Emily Lopez

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Rex Smith and Michael Thomas Grant

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Aaron Lazar

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Emily Lopez, Nina Nelson, Tomasina Abate, and

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Emily Lopez, Nina Nelson, Cheyenne Wells, and Michael Thomas Grant

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Tomasina Abate, Nina Nelson, Emily Lopez, and Cheyenne Wells

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James Byous

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Anthony Fedorov

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Nina Nelson

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Anthony Fedorov

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Cheyenne Wells and Doug Kreeger

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Nina Nelson

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Nina Nelson

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Tomasina Abate, Cheyenne Wells, and Nina Nelson

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Cheyenne Wells

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Tomasina Abate

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

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Gabriela Carrillo and Aaron Lazar

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Gabriela Carrillo

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Emily Lopez

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Doug Kreeger

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Cheyenne Wells

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Cheyenne Wells and Doug Kreeger

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Darrell Morris Jr., Parissa Koo, Aaron Lazar, Sha'Leah Nikole Stubblefield, and Ian Ward

Photos: Opening Night LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE At the Wallis Annenberg
Rex Smith, Aaron Lazar, Darrell Morris Jr., Parissa Koo, Brian McKnight Jr., Sha'Leah Nikole Stubblefield, and Ian Ward

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

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Emily Lopez

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Emily Lopez

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Tomasina Abate

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Aaron Lazar

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Aaron Lazar and Anthony Fedorov

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Anthony Fedorov, Tomasina Abate, and Emily Lopez

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Tom Zmuda and Jordan Martone

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Brian McKnight Jr.

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James Byous and Cheyenne Wells

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Sofie Poliakoff, JJ Barton, and Zola Odessa

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Zola Odessa

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Zola Odessa with Parissa Koo, Darrell Morris Jr., Cheyenne Wells, Conor Jack Kowalski, James Byous, Sha'Leah Nikole Stubblefield, and Emily Lopez

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Parissa Koo, Darrell Morris Jr., Cheyenne Wells, Conor Jack Kowalski, Ian Ward, James Byous, Sha'Leah Nikole Stubblefield, and Emily Lopez

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Parissa Koo, Cheyenne Wells, James Byous, Darrell Morris Jr., Emily Lopez, Sha'Leah Nikole Stubblefield, and Ian Ward

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Conor Jack Kowalski

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Michael Thomas Grant and Nina Nelson

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Sha'Leah Nikole Stubblefield, Parissa Koo, Darrell Morris Jr., James Byous, Tomasina Abate, Aaron Lazar, Brian McKnight Jr., Ian Ward, and Cheyenne Wells

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Gabriela Carrillo

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Rex Smith, James Byous, Cheyenne Wells, Brian McKnight Jr., Ian Ward, Nina Nelson, Sofie Poliakoff, JJ Barton, and Tomasina Abate

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Doug Kreeger, Sofie Poliakoff, Tomasina Abate, Ian Ward, Jordan Martone, James Byous, Tom Zmuda, Cheyenne Wells, Brian McKnight Jr., Derek Morris Jr., Aaron Lazar, and Gabriela Carrillo

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Jordan Martone and Tom Zmuda

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Alex Csillag, JJ Barton, Doug Kreeger, and Sofie Poliakoff

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Michael Thomas Grant, Nina Nelson, JJ Barton, Sofie Poliakoff, Doug Kreeger, and Tomasina Abate

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Michael Thomas Grant, Nina Nelson, JJ Barton, Doug Kreeger, and Sofie Poliakoff

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Rex Smith

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Alex Csillag, Tom Zmuda, Jordan Martone, and Rex Smith

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Sofie Poliakoff, Doug Kreeger, Tomasina Abate, and JJ Barton

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Emily Lopez and Anthony Fedorov

Photos: Opening Night LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE At the Wallis Annenberg
Doug Kreeger, JJ Barton, Tomasina Abate, Aaron Lazar, and Gabriela Carrillo

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Jordan Martone, Tom Zmuda, Doug Kreeger, JJ Barton, Tomasina Abate, and Rex Smith

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James Byous, Brian McKnight Jr., Cheyenne Wells, and Rex Smith

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James Byous, Cheyenne Wells, Rex Smith, and Brian McKnight Jr.

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Michael Thomas Grant, Nina Nelson, and Rex Smith

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Rex Smith, Nina Nelson, and Brian McKnight Jr.

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Conor Jack Kowalski, Zola Odessa, and Rex Smith

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James Byous, Conor Jack Kowalski, Zola Odessa, Rex Smith, Michael Thomas Grant, Nina Nelson, and Brian McKnight Jr.

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The Company

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Doug Kreeger, Conor Jack Kowalski, Zola Odessa, Rex Smith, Michael Thomas Grant, Nina Nelson, Brian McKnight Jr., and Cheyenne Wells

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Nina Nelson, Brian McKnight Jr., Cheyenne Wells, Aaron Lazar, Gabriela Carrillo, Emily Lopez, Anthony Fedorov, Darrell Morris Jr. and Ian Ward

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Alex Csillag, Jordan Martone, Tom Zmuda, Parissa Koo, Sofie Poliakoff, Doug Kreeger, and JJ Barton


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