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LIGATURE MARKS

Edgy contemporary romcom meets seductive classic film noir as the latter might unfold in an addictive online multi-player computer game not so coincidentally titled “Noir” in Mac Rogers’ Hollywood Fringe Festival hit Ligature Marks, recast, redirected, and restaged by Theatre Unleashed in a production that held me in its quirky, funny, romantic, fatal-attraction spell from intriguing start to breathtaking finish.
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posted in Comedy-Drama, North Hollywood, Now Playing, Theater Review, WOW!

THE PRODUCERS

Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Pavilion undertakes one of its biggest and most ambitious musicals to date, Mel Brooks’ multiple Tony-winning The Producers, and the result is another Candlelight crowd-pleaser filled with laughter, music, and dancing galore.
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posted in Musical, Now Playing, San Gabriel Valley, Theater Review, WOW!

INSIDE OUT

Group therapy has never been more entertaining—or more tuneful—than it is in Doug Haverty and Adryan Russ’s 1995 off-Broadway musical Inside Out, back for an all-star 20th Anniversary revival at Burbank’s Grove Theatre Center.
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posted in Burbank/Glendale, Musical, Now Playing, Theater Review, WOW!

JOHNNY GUITAR THE MUSICAL

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Whittier Community Theatre celebrates 93 years of entertaining audiences (and providing local 9-to-5ers a stage on which to strut their stuff by night) with Johnny Guitar The Musical, the campy off-Broadway adaptation of the 1954 Joan Crawford potboiler-turned-cult classic.
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posted in Downey/La Mirada, Musical, Now Playing, Recommended, Theater Review

CLOSER THAN EVER

Four of the most gloriously-voiced actor-singers in town, clever musical staging by the Ovation-winning Janet Miller, over two-dozen of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire’s most melodious and insightfully worded songs, and a superbly played 9.5-foot-long concert grand add up to a thoroughly captivating Closer Than Ever at Burbank’s Hollywood Piano. Lighting may be rudimentary, the set may consist simply of a red velvet curtain, four stools, and said piano, and the folding-chair seating as back-challengingly uncomfy as it gets, but oh the performances! Oh the songs!
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posted in Burbank/Glendale, Musical Revue, Now Playing, Theater Review, WOW!

ROMEO & JULIET: LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD

Shakespeare meets Pat Benatar (with “a little love from Tina Turner”) as Rockwell Table And Stage presents their latest, Romeo & Juliet: Love Is A Battlefield, and Holy Bard Of Avon, what an electrifying evening of cabaret-meets-musical-theater alchemy it is!
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posted in Cabaret/Concert/Variety, Los Angeles, Now Playing, Theater Review, WOW!

END OF THE RAINBOW

The facts behind Judy Garland’s death on June 22, 1969 are a matter of public record. Several months after a five-week stint at London’s trendy Talk of the Town, the legendary screen/recording star was found dead at the age of 47 by fifth husband Mickey Deans in the bathroom of their rented Chelsea house, the cause of death “an incautious self-overdosage” of barbiturates.

Peter Quilter’s critically acclaimed End Of The Rainbow, now playing at Long Beach’s International City Theatre, lets us be flies on the walls of Judy and Mickey’s London hotel (and of the London nightclub as well) during that much talked about Talk Of The Town run, and a humdinger of a play and production this is under John Henry Davis’ incisive direction.
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posted in Drama, Long Beach/San Pedro, Now Playing, Theater Review, WOW!

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