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STEPHANIE J. BLOCK COMES HOME to be Presented by Musical Theatre Guild Photo STEPHANIE J. BLOCK COMES HOME to be Presented by Musical Theatre Guild
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 22, 2021

Stephanie J. Block, former MTG member turned Tony Award-winning Broadway star, will reflect on her experiences with Musical Theatre Guild, and the shows in which she performed, during a candid conversation with friend, fellow Broadway veteran, and MTG member Jason Graae.

BWW Interview: Brent Schindele's Very Thoughtful & Serious About His ART Photo BWW Interview: Brent Schindele's Very Thoughtful & Serious About His ART
by Gil Kaan - Feb 15, 2021

International City Theatre's 36th season opener - the virtual presentation of Yasmina Reza’s ART - begins streaming on February 18, 2021. Directed by caryn desai, this story of how a purchase of a modern art piece affects friendships stars Brent Schindele, Brian Stanton and Michael Uribes. Brent took some time to answer my queries amidst newborn caring and producing his and his wife Erica's entertaining and informative regular YouTube segments for LagunaPlayhouse.

Photo Flash: International City Theatre Presents ART By Yasmina Reza Photo Photo Flash: International City Theatre Presents ART By Yasmina Reza
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 12, 2021

International City Theatre opens its 36th season with a virtual presentation of Art, a heady, hilarious look at the bonds of friendship viewed through the prism of modern art. 

ICT to Stream Virtual Presentation Of Yasmina Reza's ART Photo ICT to Stream Virtual Presentation Of Yasmina Reza's ART
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 1, 2021

How much would you pay for a painting that was a white canvas? Would it be ‚Äúart‚ÄĚ? What would your friends think of it ‚ÄĒ and of you, for buying it?

Palm Canyon Theatre Presents A Streaming Holiday Concert SOUNDS OF THE SEASON: AT HOM Photo Palm Canyon Theatre Presents A Streaming Holiday Concert SOUNDS OF THE SEASON: AT HOME EDITION
by David Green - Dec 15, 2020

Palm Canyon Theatre will present a special holiday concert fundraiser, Sounds of the Season: At Home Edition, with about 30 performers including many favorite company members, talented youth and some special guests. Among the headliners performing holiday favorites from their homes are Mark Almy, Se Layne, Paul Grant, Ryan Holmes, Brent Schindele and Anthony Nannini. All performers are donating their talents to benefit Palm Canyon Theatre, which is the oldest live stage production company in the Coachella Valley. 

Photo Flash: First Look at JANE AUSTEN'S EMMA at Ensemble Theatre Company Photo Photo Flash: First Look at JANE AUSTEN'S EMMA at Ensemble Theatre Company
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 7, 2020

ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (ETC) presents the third show of its 2019-20 Season, with a musical adaptation of the gloriously romantic comedy, JANE AUSTEN'S EMMA, book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon (Daddy Long Legs, Jane Eyre), adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, musical direction by Brent Schindele, choreography by Jean Michelle Sayeg and directed by Andrew Barnicle.

Photo Flash: Ensemble Theatre Company Presents Jane Austen's EMMA Photo Photo Flash: Ensemble Theatre Company Presents Jane Austen's EMMA
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 29, 2020

ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (ETC) presents the third show of its 2019-20 Season, with a musical adaptation of the gloriously romantic comedy, JANE AUSTEN'S EMMA, book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon (Daddy Long Legs, Jane Eyre), adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, musical direction by Brent Schindele, choreography by Jean Michelle Sayeg and directed by Andrew Barnicle. Jane Austen's Emma begins previews on Thursday, February 6, opens on Saturday, February 8 at 8:00pm, and runs through Sunday, February 23, 2020 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara. 

Samantha Eggers & Kevin Earley Star In Romantic Musical Comedy JANE AUSTEN'S EMMA Photo Samantha Eggers & Kevin Earley Star In Romantic Musical Comedy JANE AUSTEN'S EMMA
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 14, 2020

Ensemble Theatre Company presents the third show of its 2019-20 Season, with a musical adaptation of the gloriously romantic comedy, JANE AUSTEN'S EMMA, book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon (Daddy Long Legs, Jane Eyre), adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, musical direction by Brent Schindele, choreography by Jean Michelle Sayeg and directed by Andrew Barnicle. 

BWW Review: BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL Blows the Roof Off Candlelight Pavilion Photo BWW Review: BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL Blows the Roof Off Candlelight Pavilion
by Don Grigware - Sep 3, 2019

The Bodyguard The Musical/based on the film with screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan/book by Alexander Dinelarissir/music: the hit songs of Whitney Houston/directed by John LaLonde/choreography by John Vaughan/musical director: Kevin Casio/Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, Claremont/through September 28 As much as I admired Whitney Houston's phenomenal vocal instrument, I did not much care for 1992's movie of The Bodyguard. Apart from the music, I found it relatively boring. Houston's role Rachel Marron seemed of lesser focus than that of her bodyguard played by Kevin Costner, and maybe screenwriter Kasdan didn't feel that Houston, in her first film, could cut the acting. Now onstage in a revamped version, The Bodyguard The Musical took my breath away from moment to moment. The focus here is on Rachel Marron (Daebreon Poiema) and her sister Nicki (Deanna Anthony) who sing the hel

Photo Coverage: DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Takes Its Opening Night Bows At La Mira Photo Photo Coverage: DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Takes Its Opening Night Bows At La Mirada Theatre
by Lily Lim - Jun 5, 2019

La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment present the fifth and final show of its season, Laurie Veldheer as 'Belle' and Todd Adamson as 'The Beast' starring in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton, musical direction by Darryl Archibald, choreography by Robbie Roby and direction by Michael Heitzman. Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will preview on Friday, May 31, 2019 (with a press opening on Saturday, June 1 at 8 pm) and run through Sunday, June 23, 2019 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

Photo Flash: Musical Theatre Guild Presents SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Photo Photo Flash: Musical Theatre Guild Presents SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 6, 2019

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, concluded their 23rd Anniversary season with SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, the Pulitzer Prize winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. The one-night-only concert took place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM. 

Photo Coverage: Curtain Call And Press Night Celebration of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN At La Photo Photo Coverage: Curtain Call And Press Night Celebration of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN At La Mirada Theatre
by Lily Lim - Apr 24, 2019

La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment present SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, based on the greatest movie musical of all time with screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green and songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. The fresh new production will be directed & choreographed by Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee for TV's 'So You Think You Can Dance' and Broadway's Head Over Heels, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Falsettos), associate director is Cynthia Ferrer (original 'Kathy Selden' in the first National Tour of Singin' in the Rain) with musical direction by Keith Harrison. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN will preview on Friday, April 19, 2019 (with a press opening on Saturday, April 20 at 8pm) and run through Sunday, May 12, 2019 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada. Preceding, it will perform Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14 at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya), 18111 Nordhoff Street, in Northridge.

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE To Conclude MTG's 23rd Season Photo SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE To Conclude MTG's 23rd Season
by Stephi Wild - Apr 8, 2019

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will conclude their 23rd Anniversary season with SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, the Pulitzer Prize winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. The one-night-only concert will take place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

BWW Review: Thrilling New SWEENEY TODD Slays at OC's South Coast Repertory Photo BWW Review: Thrilling New SWEENEY TODD Slays at OC's South Coast Repertory
by Michael Quintos - Feb 5, 2019

Admittedly, after experiencing South Coast Repertory's potent and captivating new production of SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, I'm hard pressed to remember the last time I was both this deeply moved and this excitedly riveted by Stephen Sondheim's macabre tale of a murderous barber hell-bent on exacting revenge. A curiously odd but strangely engrossing show peppered generously with dark humor, tragically-romanticized notions, and contrasting serious overtones, SWEENEY TODD's latest iteration in Orange County---now on stage in Costa Mesa through February 16, 2019---is a thrilling, quite distinctive new reinvention, that feels like a fresh pop-up play put on by a traveling Vaudevillian troupe that time-travelled from the past to give us modern audiences a live cautionary reenactment of a Penny Dreadful story that may just be too strange not to be true.

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET Comes to South Coast Repertory Photo SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET Comes to South Coast Repertory
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 10, 2019

Nearly 40 years ago, Stephen Sondheim's bent-on-revenge barber, Sweeney Todd, sliced his way into the canon of musical theatre. The multi-award-winning Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is next up on the Segerstrom Stage at South Coast Repertory, Jan. 19-Feb. 16. Kent Nicholson directs the production. Tickets are available at www.scr.org.

Photo Flash: IN A BOOTH AT CHASEN'S Celebrates Opening Night Photo Photo Flash: IN A BOOTH AT CHASEN'S Celebrates Opening Night
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 13, 2018

Two-time Academy Award winner and Tony Nominee, Al Kasha. Two-Time Tony winner producer Ron Dante, multiple award-winning hit songwriter Phil Swann, acclaimed author and poet, Sam Bennett, and director-choreographer Kay Cole have woven the two-year courtship of Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis into a funny and touching two-character musical that is both poignant, and endearing.  A true Hollywood love story made both human and timeless.

BWW Review: Sweet, Lovely One-Act Musical IN A BOOTH AT CHASEN'S Bows at the El Porta Photo BWW Review: Sweet, Lovely One-Act Musical IN A BOOTH AT CHASEN'S Bows at the El Portal
by Don Grigware - Nov 13, 2018

In a Booth at Chasen's/The Real-Life Hollywood Romance of Ron and Nancy Reagan/book by Sam Bennett/music and lyrics by Al Kasha and Phil Swann/directed by Kay Cole/El Portal Theatre, Debbie Reynolds Mainstage/through December 16 Hollywood romances come and go, but certainly not that of Ron and Nancy Reagan. Those of us who witnessed Reagan's rise from movie actor in the 40s to president of SAG, then on to Governor of California and eventually to President of the United States where he served two terms from 1981 to 1989, know that he was not always the greatest politician...but certainly in comparison to today's standards, a good man...one who honestly loved his country. Nancy Davis had been a B actress in films and, it is often said, ran the White House for her husband during the 80s. We know the politics of those latter years and the rumors; what we do not know is how their relationship began...In a Booth at Chasen's restaurant in 1949. Now in a one-act musical that world premiered Sunday November 11 on the El Portal Mainstage, In a Booth at Chasen's plays on unti

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Kelley Dorney, Brent Schindele and Chats THE  Photo The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Kelley Dorney, Brent Schindele and Chats THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS
by West of Broadway - Nov 11, 2018

On this episode of West of Broadway, Lara gets to hear about Will's experience at the El Capitan Theater seeing the premier of the Disney film 'Nutcracker and the Four Realms.'  Plus! they talk to Amanda Rafkin a Los Angeles-based composer, musical director, and pianist. She is the composer of the new musical The Lightning Howler, formerly titled 300 Bones, and is also the host, producer, pianist and musical director of Broadway LA Unplugged, a bi-monthly acoustic cabaret show.

BWW Review: Life Is a Banquet as MTG Presents a Delicious MAME Photo BWW Review: Life Is a Banquet as MTG Presents a Delicious MAME
by Don Grigware - Sep 25, 2018

Jerry Herman's second great triumph following the success of Hello Dolly! was Mame in 1966 and a triumphant Broadway debut for Tony winning Angela Lansbury. Based on Patrick Dennis' memoir of his wildly eccentric aunt, the story lent itself beautifully to Herman's upbeat score. It is rarely revived, and thanks to the Musical Theatre Guild, who do fully staged readings of old or lesser known musicals, we got a lovely presentation on Sunday September 23 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.

BWW Review: MAME at Alex Theatre Photo BWW Review: MAME at Alex Theatre
by Cary Ginell - Sep 24, 2018

Musical Theatre Guild's production of 'Mame' wowed a Sunday evening audience with its broad comedy, Jerry Herman's tuneful score, and winning performances from its cast. The staged reading included full costumes, choreography, and some wonderfully funny moments, thanks to Lewis Wilkenfled's skillful directing.

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