THE SPITFIRE GRILL

With its compelling storyline, colorful cast of small-town characters, gorgeous folk-meets-Broadway score, and much-needed message of forgiveness and redemption, James Valcq and James Alley’s The Spitfire Grill gave Musical Theatre Guild audiences ample reason to stand up and cheer (and wipe away a few tears) at last night’s one-night-only concert staged reading at Glendale’s historic Alex Theatre.
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BUYER & CELLAR

“Mem’ries” may light the corners of Broadway/TV star Jai Rodriguez’s mind, but they are neither “misty” nor “water-colored” in Jonathan Tolins’ deliciously dishy Buyer & Cellar, a revelatory showcase for Queer Eye “Culture Vulture” Rodriguez under Dimitri Toscas’ truly inspired direction.
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PROMISES, PROMISES

With songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, book by Neil Simon (based on a Billy Wilder cinematic classic), a 1281-performance Broadway run, and a recent B-way revival, you’d think 1968’s Promises, Promises would have merited at least one major L.A. staging in the last fifteen years. Grievously, it hasn’t, which is one big reason audiences were in for a treat at Musical Theatre Guild’s altogether groovy one-night-only concert staged reading .
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I LOVE YOU BECAUSE

Inventive direction and refreshingly diverse casting are just two reasons to catch The Red Brick Road Theatre Company and Endeavor Theatre Ensemble’s terrifically performed intimate staging of Ryan Cunningham and Joshua Salzman’s musical romcom charmer I Love You Because.
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ANYTHING GOES

Reno Sweeney once again fires up the congregation with revivalist fervor (and some of the best tunes ever written) as Glendale Centre Theatre offers audiences its exhilarating revival of the 1930s Cole Porter classic Anything Goes, once again demonstrating GCT’s expertise at taking great big Broadway musicals and giving them intimate in-the-round pizzazz.
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PARALLEL LIVES


A pair of busy TV actresses prove they can light up the Falcon Theatre stage as brightly as they shine on the small screen in Parallel Lives, the talented twosome bringing character after character after character to hilarious (and occasionally poignant) life while managing at the same time to comment on gender, age, sexuality, and the whole damn thing.
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TENNESSEE WILLIAMS UnSCRIPTED

Things get as hot and steamy as an Everglades swamp (and as hilarious as only the improv geniuses of Impro Theatre can make them) in Tennessee Williams UnScripted, the troupe’s fourth visit to Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre.
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HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING

No one know how to succeed at musicals-in-the-round better than Glendale Centre Theatre, proof positive of which can be savored in their pitch-perfect revival of the 1961 Frank Loesser/Abe Burrow Broadway classic How To Succeed At Business Without Really Trying.
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