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CVREP Announces Exciting Post-Pandemic Season To Include CLOSER THAN EVER and BAKERSF Photo CVREP Announces Exciting Post-Pandemic Season To Include CLOSER THAN EVER and BAKERSFIELD MIST
by David Green - Jun 25, 2021

After more than 15 months of a darkened stage as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Coachella Valley Repertory is welcoming back live audiences. ‚ÄúWelcoming patrons back to the Playhouse is an incredible feeling. Live arts are so important to the community, and the entire board, staff and volunteers are so excited to return,‚ÄĚ said Ron Celona, Artistic Director.

BWW Interview: Ryan Spahn's NORA HIGHLAND Aiming The Spotlight On The Industry's Homo Photo BWW Interview: Ryan Spahn's NORA HIGHLAND Aiming The Spotlight On The Industry's Homophobia
by Gil Kaan - Dec 4, 2020

The Celebration Theatre's program of celebrating new works returns with Ryan Spahn's NORA HIGHLAND airing Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:30pm PT on Celebration Theatre's YouTube Channel. NORA HIGHLAND chronicles the casting of a notable gay character in an upcoming Broadway revival, while challenging the phenomenon of straight performers being lauded for their work in queer roles.

Casting Announced For Week Two Of The Blank Theatre's 28th Annual Young Playwrights F Photo Casting Announced For Week Two Of The Blank Theatre's 28th Annual Young Playwrights Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 10, 2020

Casting has been announced for week two of The Blank Theatre's 28th Annual Young Playwrights Festival. Being presented this year as digital shorts, the next three of 13 winning plays by young playwrights aged 15a?"19 from nine different states will be available to stream on Vimeo August 15a?"22.

The Blank Theatre Presents 28th Annual Young Playwrights Festival Photo The Blank Theatre Presents 28th Annual Young Playwrights Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 15, 2020

Now celebrating its 28th Anniversary, The Blank Theatre's Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival is set to present 13 plays by playwrights aged 15a?"19 from nine different states. These plays will be presented as digital shorts on Vimeo by professional actors and directors, running from August 8 through September 19. They will then migrate to The Blank's 3rd Stage on Patreon.

Photo Flash: Laguna Playhouse's BAREFOOT IN THE PARK Photo Photo Flash: Laguna Playhouse's BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 28, 2020

Laguna Playhouse will present RITA RUDNER and PAUL RODRIGUEZ in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, written by Neil Simon and directed by Michael Matthews. 

BWW Interview: Actor/Director Michael A. Shepperd Stepping Off-Stage to WEST ADAMS Photo BWW Interview: Actor/Director Michael A. Shepperd Stepping Off-Stage to WEST ADAMS
by Gil Kaan - Jan 29, 2020

A creative staple of the Los Angeles Theatre community, director/actor Michael A. Shepperd will next be exhibiting his directorial talents in the world premiere of playwright Penelope Lowder's WEST ADAMS, opening February 1, 2020 at the Skylight Theatre. This dark comedy on race, class, and a bouncy house in the West Adams neighborhood features Andrés M. Bagg, Allison Blaize, Clayton Farris and Jenny Soo. Michael managed to find a spare moment between his multi-tasking to answer a few of my inquisitive queries.

Laguna Playhouse Presents Comedy Icons Rita Rudner & Paul Rodriguez In Neil Simon's B Photo Laguna Playhouse Presents Comedy Icons Rita Rudner & Paul Rodriguez In Neil Simon's BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 22, 2020

Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard are thrilled to announce that two comic legends, RITA RUDNER and PAUL RODRIGUEZ will star in the hilarious and heartfelt comedy, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, written by Neil Simon and directed by Michael Matthews.

Review Roundup: MATILDA THE MUSICAL at La Mirada - Read the Reviews! Photo Review Roundup: MATILDA THE MUSICAL at La Mirada - Read the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Nov 4, 2019

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCoy Rigby Entertainment presents the second show of their 2019-2020 season, Roald Dahl's MATILDA, THE MUSICAL, book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, musical direction by Jennifer Lin, choreography by Kate Dunn and directed by Michael Matthews.

VIDEO: Get a First Look at Footage From MATILDA at La Mirada Photo VIDEO: Get a First Look at Footage From MATILDA at La Mirada
by Stage Tube - Oct 30, 2019

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT presents the second show of their 2019-2020 season, Roald Dahl's MATILDA, THE MUSICAL, book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, musical direction by Jennifer Lin, choreography by Kate Dunn and directed by Michael Matthews. MATILDA, THE MUSICAL will preview on Friday, October 25, 2019 (with a press opening on Saturday, October 26 at 8pm) and runs through Sunday, November 17, 2019 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

Photo Coverage: Curtain Call And Press Night Celebration of MATILDA THE MUSICAL At La Photo Photo Coverage: Curtain Call And Press Night Celebration of MATILDA THE MUSICAL At La Mirada Theatre
by Lily Lim - Oct 29, 2019

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT are thrilled to present the second show of their 2019-2020 season, Roald Dahl's MATILDA, THE MUSICAL, book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, musical direction by Jennifer Lin, choreography by Kate Dunn and directed by Michael Matthews. MATILDA, THE MUSICAL will preview on Friday, October 25, 2019 (with a press opening on Saturday, October 26 at 8pm) and runs through Sunday, November 17, 2019 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.  

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with Michael A. Shepperd from La Mirada's MATILD Photo The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with Michael A. Shepperd from La Mirada's MATILDA
by West of Broadway - Oct 28, 2019

On this episode of West of Broadway, Will and Lara speak with Michael A. Shepperd who is currently starring as 'Miss Trunchbull,' in the La Mirada production of Matilda the Musical.

Photo Flash: First Look at MATILDA, THE MUSICAL at La Mirada Photo Photo Flash: First Look at MATILDA, THE MUSICAL at La Mirada
by Stephi Wild - Oct 26, 2019

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT are thrilled to present the second show of their 2019-2020 season, Roald Dahl's MATILDA, THE MUSICAL, book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, musical direction by Jennifer Lin, choreography by Kate Dunn and directed by Michael Matthews. MATILDA, THE MUSICAL will preview on Friday, October 25, 2019 (with a press opening on Saturday, October 26 at 8pm) and runs through Sunday, November 17, 2019 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

La Mirada Presents MATILDA THE MUSICAL Photo La Mirada Presents MATILDA THE MUSICAL
by Julie Musbach - Oct 3, 2019

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT are thrilled to present the second show of their 2019-2020 season, Roald Dahl's MATILDA, THE MUSICAL, book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, musical direction by Jennifer Lin, choreography by Kate Dunn and directed by Michael Matthews.

Stage Raw Announces Winners At Fifth Annual Awards Show For 2018-2019 Theatrical Exce Photo Stage Raw Announces Winners At Fifth Annual Awards Show For 2018-2019 Theatrical Excellence
by Stephi Wild - Sep 10, 2019

The 2019 Stage Raw Theater Awards celebrate excellence on the Los Angeles stages in venues of 99-seats or under. This fifth annual celebration included productions that opened between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. Stage Raw is a community funded professional journalism website that was created in response to the decline of arts coverage in local mainstream and alternative media.The Awards ceremony was held Monday night, September 9, at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, and was co-hosted by IAMA Theatre Company and Ammunition Theatre Company (a?oeAmmoa??).

Celebration Announces Extension Of THE PRODUCERS Photo Celebration Announces Extension Of THE PRODUCERS
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 1, 2019

Celebration, under the artistic direction of Michael A. Shepperd, is thrilled to announce that the second show in its 2019 season, the critically acclaimed, smash-hit, Ovation Recommended, Los Angeles intimate theatre premiere production of THE PRODUCERS, A New Mel Brooks Musical is EXTENDING through MONDAY, AUGUST 26 at Celebration Theatre at the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles.

Stage Raw Announces Its 2019 Theater Award Nominees & Theater Festival Weekend Photo Stage Raw Announces Its 2019 Theater Award Nominees & Theater Festival Weekend
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 31, 2019

Digital arts journal Stage Raw announces the nominees for its fifth annual Stage Raw Theater Awards, to be held Monday night September 9, 2019, at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday August 7, 2019. The Stage Raw Theater Awards honor the finest work performed on Los Angeles area stages of 99-seats or fewer, and are selected by a jury of Stage Raw critics. This year's awards celebrate work performed between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019.

Daisy Eagan to Star in Edinburgh Festival Fringe Production of SLEEPING GIANT Photo Daisy Eagan to Star in Edinburgh Festival Fringe Production of SLEEPING GIANT
by Julie Musbach - Jul 31, 2019

Tony Award-winning actress, Daisy Eagan, makes her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in a new thriller by Steve Yockey (a writer of CW's Supernatural, MTV's Scream). Directed by Michael Matthews (director of Edinburgh Festival hit all-male production of The Bacchae) and designed by an award-winning creative team including, Cricket S. Myers (Tony Award-nominee for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Sleeping Giant is a modern thriller told through a series of intimate, darkly comic, and sometimes startling vignettes about the lengths people go to when they desperately want something to believe in.

NBC Sports' Coverage Of Tour de France Viewership Up 23% From Last Year Photo NBC Sports' Coverage Of Tour de France Viewership Up 23% From Last Year
by Tori Hartshorn - Jul 11, 2019

NBC Sports' coverage of the 106th¬†Tour de France on NBCSN has delivered the¬†most-watched start to the event since 2016, averaging 290,000 viewers ‚Äď up 23% from last year (235,000) through Stage 4.

BWW Review: THE PRODUCERS Presents Pandemonium, Puns and Performance At Its Best at T Photo BWW Review: THE PRODUCERS Presents Pandemonium, Puns and Performance At Its Best at The Lex Theatre
by Valerie-Jean Miller - Jul 3, 2019

Presented by Celebration, The Los Angeles Intimate Theatre Premiere of "The Producers" opened Friday, June 28, 2019 at the Lex Theatre in Hollywood to a sold-out crowd and garnered a deserved standing ovation at curtain. It's RuPaul meets Mel Brooks in this delicious rendition of a show that's been recreated a gazillion times, but I assure you, never quite like this! From top to bottom, the entire production was first class, perfectly cast with triple-threaters, going all out in production values as well. The original book, by Mel Brooks, Direction and Choreography by Susan Stroman, Music by Thomas Meehan and Lyrics by Mel Brooks has been united with the Artistic Direction of Michael A. Shepperd, Produced by Andrew Carlberg and Rebecca Eisenberg, Michael Matthews, Director, Musical Direction by Anthony Zediker and fabulous Choreography by Janet Roston.  And What a Team!    

Photo Flash: THE PRODUCERS At Celebration Theatre Photo Photo Flash: THE PRODUCERS At Celebration Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 28, 2019

Celebration, under the artistic direction of Michael A. Shepperd, presents the second show in its 2019 season, the Los Angeles intimate theatre premiere of THE PRODUCERS, A New Mel Brooks Musical, book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, choreography by Janet Roston, musical direction by Anthony Zediker, produced by Andrew Carlberg and Rebecca Eisenberg and directed by Michael Matthews. 

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