Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Stan Chandler News

 
VIDEO: FOREVER PLAID Alumni Sing 'Never Met a Man I Didn't Like' in the Valley Villag Photo VIDEO: FOREVER PLAID Alumni Sing 'Never Met a Man I Didn't Like' in the Valley Villagers Virtual Choir
by Stage Tube - Feb 27, 2021

The Valley Villagers Virtual Choir, headed up by musical director Jeff Rizzo and producer/director Eric Andrist, have gathered together 70+ performers for their latest virtual choir video.

VIDEO: The Valley Villagers Choir Performs 'The Story Goes On' Photo VIDEO: The Valley Villagers Choir Performs 'The Story Goes On'
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 15, 2020

The Valley Villagers Choir had to stop rehearsing and performing together when the Covid pandemic hit. But that hasn't stopped their leaders from getting people to keep singing. Founders Eric Andrist and Jeff Rizzo created a 'virtual' division for the choir and recently released their second virtual choir video, this time for Grandparent's Day. 

BWW Feature: Highlights From the '30th Plaidiversary of FOREVER PLAID' Photo BWW Feature: Highlights From the '30th Plaidiversary of FOREVER PLAID'
by Stephen Mosher - May 26, 2020

Singer Songwriter Christine Lavin offers BWW an exclusive highlights Video of '30th Plaidiversary of FOREVER PLAID'

Original Cast Of FOREVER PLAID Will Reunite For The '30th Plaidiversary' On Facebook  Photo Original Cast Of FOREVER PLAID Will Reunite For The '30th Plaidiversary' On Facebook Live
by Stephi Wild - May 16, 2020

Join the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Forever Plaid!

Line-Ups Set For 6th Annual Actors Fund Benefit Concert Weekend Photo Line-Ups Set For 6th Annual Actors Fund Benefit Concert Weekend
by Stephi Wild - Oct 3, 2019

Cabaret is Alive and Well and Living in Los Angeles, benefit concert weekend for The Actors Fund, is back for the 6th year in a row. Conceived and Directed by David Galligan, the 3-night event is presented by Fraser Entertainment Group. All proceeds benefit The Actors Fund.

BWW Review: MINNIE'S BOYS Returns to the Stage Celebrating the Early Years of the Mis Photo BWW Review: MINNIE'S BOYS Returns to the Stage Celebrating the Early Years of the Mischievous Marx Brothers
by Shari Barrett - Feb 13, 2019

Musical Theatre Guild was founded 21 years ago by a dedicated group of professional musical artists who were interested in exploring and preserving works from the musical theater repertoire that were either forgotten, neglected or unfairly dismissed. Working under a special Actors' Equity Concert Staged Reading code, the entire MINNIE'S BOYS production was put together in 25 hours, focusing on the script and score with actors holding book during the performance, including while singing and dancing their way through the 14 numbers in the show, with a wonderfully talented 6-piece band backing them up.

BWW Review: MINNIE'S BOYS at Musical Theatre Guild Photo BWW Review: MINNIE'S BOYS at Musical Theatre Guild
by Cary Ginell - Feb 12, 2019

Musical Theatre Guild revived an oldie but not so goodie last Sunday at the Alex Theatre. 'Minnie's Boys' purported to be modeled on 'Gypsy,' using a meddlesome, domineering mother to get her progeny, the four Marx Brothers, into show business. Unfortunately, a tepid book and uneven score made this a flop in 1970 and it doesn't fare much better today, despite the valiant efforts of the MTG cast.

Photo Flash: First Look at Musical Theatre Guild's MINNIE'S BOYS Photo Photo Flash: First Look at Musical Theatre Guild's MINNIE'S BOYS
by Stephi Wild - Feb 11, 2019

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will continue their 23rd Anniversary season with MINNIE'S BOYS, the rarely produced musical about the start of the famous Marx Brothers. The one-night-only concert will take place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

Rubicon Theatre Co Welcomes Lesli Margherita, Sharon McKnight and More Photo Rubicon Theatre Co Welcomes Lesli Margherita, Sharon McKnight and More
by Julie Musbach - Nov 9, 2018

Rubicon Theatre Producing Artistic Director KARYL LYNN BURNS today announced programming for the company's JANET AND MARK L. GOLDENSON 2018-2019 Broadway Concert Series. According to Burns, the series offers an opportunity for audiences to enjoy the talents and personal stories and insights of some of the best and brightest concert and cabaret stars of the West End, Broadway and the West Coast.

Lesli Margherita, Sharon McKnight, and More Join Broadway Concert Series at Rubicon T Photo Lesli Margherita, Sharon McKnight, and More Join Broadway Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 7, 2018

Rubicon Theatre Producing Artistic Director KARYL LYNN BURNS today announced programming for the company's JANET AND MARK L. GOLDENSON 2018-2019 Broadway Concert Series. According to Burns, the series offers an opportunity for audiences to enjoy the talents and personal stories and insights of some of the best and brightest concert and cabaret stars of the West End, Broadway and the West Coast.

5th Annual CABARET IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN LOS ANGELES to Benefit The Actors  Photo 5th Annual CABARET IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN LOS ANGELES to Benefit The Actors Fund
by Julie Musbach - Sep 26, 2018

The Actors Fund and Fraser Entertainment are very proud to announce the 5th annual presentation of CABARET IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN LOS ANGELES.  Conceived by renowned director David Galligan, this fifth celebration of Cabaret in L.A. will take place as a series of 3 concerts over 3 evenings at 3 different Los Angeles venues, Friday, October 12, Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14.  Proceeds from all 3 shows will benefit The Actors Fund.

Photo Flash: HALLELUJAH, BABY! Celebrates Black History Month at Musical Theatre Guild
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will celebrate Black History Month with the rarely produced HALLELUJAH, BABY!. The one-night-only concert event took place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre yesterday, February 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM with original cast members Frieda Payne and Robert Hooks in attendance. Scroll down for photos!

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of MTG's BONNIE AND CLYDE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2015

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will open their 2015-2016 season with the Los Angeles premiere of the 2011 Broadway musical BONNIE AND CLYDE. The one-night-only concert will take place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre, (currently celebrating its 90th Anniversary), on Sunday, September 20th at 7:00 PM. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in costume!

BWW Reviews: Kritzerland Revels its Captivated Crowd with THE BIRTHDAY BOYS: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim & Andrew Lloyd Webber
by Gil Kaan - Mar 9, 2015

Kritzerland At Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal followed its successful formula of monthly themed cabarets with The Birthday Boys: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim & Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Kritzerland to Bring 'THE BIRTHDAY BOYS' to Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents 'THE BIRTHDAY BOYS: THE SONGS OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM & ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER' on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Musical Theatre Guild to Present TRIUMPH OF LOVE
by Tyler Peterson - Oct 9, 2014

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will continue their 2014-2015 season with the 1997 musical adaptation of Marivaux's classic TRIUMPH OF LOVE.

MTG to Close Season with CITY OF ANGELS, 6/15
by Tyler Peterson - May 12, 2014

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will conclude their 2013-2014 season with the multiple award-winning musical CITY OF ANGELS. The one-night-only concert will take place at the Moss Theatre at New Roads School in Santa Monica on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

BWW Reviews: FOREVER PLAID Brings Great Harmony, Hi-Jinx and Wonderful 'Moments to Remember' to the McCallum
by David Green - Jan 25, 2013

This was not my first venture into the world of "Plaid" - I have seen the show over a dozen times over the past two decades, have directed it on multiple occasions and have the book and score pretty well etched on my brain. However, I will say that it was one of the best PLAID productions I have ever seen and, if you are in the vicinity of Palm Desert and The McCallum Theatre, it is not to be missed. FOREVER PLAID is really a near-perfect little musical with a wonderful score of 50's standards and clever dialogue and comedic bits that never grow old, if executed well. This incarnation of PLAIDS - Roger Befelor, Stan Chandler, David Engel and David Humphrey did just that. (Both Chandler and Engel starred in the original Off-Broadway production). The program gave no credit to a director, only that it was originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross, but whomever was at the helm delivered a spot on production!

TITANIC Opens Musical Theatre Guild's 2012 Season Today, 9/30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2012

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents Musical Theatre Guild's TITANIC in the Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre at 3:00 p.m. today, September 30, 2012. The opening performance will take place on Monday, September 24, 2012 at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. The award-winning Musical Theatre Guild, a company of professional performers who present concert-staged readings of seldom seen musicals for the past 17 years.

TITANIC Opens Musical Theatre Guild's 17th Season in Glendale and Thousand Oaks, 9/24 & 30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2012

The award-winning Musical Theatre Guild, a company of professional performers who present concert-staged readings of seldom seen musicals, will open its 17th season with TITANIC.

 1