The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Discusses the National Tours Coming to Los Angeles' Pantages and Ahmanson Theatres in 2019
It's our first show of 2019, an this is going to be another incredible year of musical theatre here in Southern California. We love that there are so many CLASSIC shows this season that a lot of us will get to see for the first time.
Lara talks about her experience at Wicked with her children and we also look back at the fantastic performance in Pasadena from the Lythgoe Family Panto's 'Wonderful Winter of OZ."
Then we discuss the amazing season to come at Pantages and Ahmanson!
HELLO DOLLY (late January)
KINKY BOOTS (February)
CATS (late Feb)
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (March)
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (April)
LES MISERABLES (May)
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (June)
RENT (July) the 20th anniversary tour
Miss Saigon (late July)
And then looking ahead to the fall... the national tour of FROZEN will roll into LA!
And over in Downtown LA at the Ahmanson Theatre:
CINDERELLA (Feb) Matthew Bourne has transformed the fairy tale that we all know and love into a wartime romance!
FALSETTOS (April) This is a Tony-award winner that is a funny and touching look at all the different possibilities of a modern family.
INDECENT (June) The true story of a groundbreaking piece of theatre, GOD OF VENGEANCE, and the artists who risked their lives to perform it.
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (July) Just like the name suggests, this is a play about a play where everything is going wrong in a classic murder mystery: actors forgetting their lines, a leading lady who is unconscious, a corpse that can't play dead...
Listen to the Episode Here:
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Theater veteran Will Armstrong and theater enthusiast Lara Scott discuss the vibrant musical theater scene on the West Coast, covering movie musicals, region productions, national tours, and more with the cast, crew, producers, and supporters who make it all happen. If you want a lighthearted celebration of musical theater, you can find it all West of Broadway!
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When she's not co-hosting West of Broadway can be heard on the radio in Southern California on K-Earth 101. Lara is also the host of The World Chart Show, an internationally syndicated Top 40 countdown, and her voice has been used on programs for Bravo, VH-1, the Olympic Encore on Universal Sports, and in-flight programming for Delta Radio and Air Force 1. She is also a weekend lounge host on www.MartiniInTheMorning.com, where she plays Standards from The Great American Songbook.
Born in Southwest Florida, Lara headed to Oregon after high school. She got into radio in Bend, Oregon, after calling a local station on a dare from a friend, and then continued her broadcasting career in Portland. After graduating with a B.S. in Philosophy from Portland State University, she moved to San Francisco to become the music director and nighttime air personality at KZQZ/95.7. She then spent almost seven years as the midday host at KYSR/Star 98.7 in Los Angeles, followed by almost a decade in mornings and middays at KFSH/95.9 The Fish.
Her passion for preservation and history led her to Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, a historic theater that shows classic films on the big screen every weekend, and she now serves on their advisory board. The theater was also featured in her first book, From the Corner of Hollywood and diVine: Your Guide to 30 Old Hollywood-Inspired Spots in Southern California. She is the co-host, along with Oscar-winning filmmaker James Moll, of the Classic Movie Recall podcast, and reviews films from the Golden Age of Hollywood every week.
Lara was a 2008 President's Volunteer Service Award winner, which was presented by recording artist Michael W. Smith on behalf of President George W. Bush for her charity work. In her free time, she can be found hanging out with her young son and daughter, snowboarding, shopping at vintage and thrift stores, chanting at yoga class, and attending lots of concerts and films.
Will Armstrong started dancing at the age of 2. He started working professionally at Walt Disney World fresh out of High School. After several years in Orlando he set sail with Norwegian Cruise Lines performing in Will Rogers Follies, Greese, Crazy for You and 42nd Street.
When he returned to land, he joined the 1st national tour of Victor/Victoria with Toni Tennille of Captain and Tennille fame. At the end of his 52-week American tour, Will traveled east to perform at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea in various stage productions where he danced, sang and made wonderful friends.
Will's Broadway debut was in 2002 as a chorus member in the Broadway revival of 42nd Street with Tom Wopat of The Dukes of Hazard and Tony Award winner Beth Leavel from the Drowsey Chaperone. After 42nd Street closed, Will filmed Susan Stroman and Mel Brooks movie musical The Producers before taking his final performing job as an ensemble member of The World Famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular. After Will stepped away from performing he joined the support team of the 1st National tour of Wicked before bringing it to the Pantages Theater for a 5 year residency.
Will now owns his own public relations agency where he puts the skills he learned in the entertainment industry to work creating exciting and original strategies that put smiles on his clients faces.