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Obba Babatundé Stars in ERT Production of ‘Five Guys Named Moe’

Courtesy Obba Babatunde
Courtesy Obba Babatunde

*LOS ANGELES, CA (February 2017) Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT – Producing Artistic Director Wren T. Brown) announced today that ERT will present FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE starring Emmy Award-winner Obba Babatundé (Dreamgirls/Tony nomination). Written by Clarke Peters, this exuberant, international hit musical pays tribute to the music of rhythm and blues pioneer Louis Jordan.  ERT’s production, directed and choreographed by Keith Young (Sammy), with musical direction by Abdul Hamid Royal (FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE/original Broadway production) will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the musical’s Broadway production. Performances will run May 18 – June 11, 2017 with an official press opening on Saturday, May 20 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 West Washington Boulevard) in Los Angeles, 90016.

“Ebony Repertory Theatre is very excited to present FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE in the 25th Anniversary year of its Broadway debut,” said Wren T. Brown, ERT Producing Artistic Director.  “I will never forget the sheer excitement I felt while sitting in the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Broadway in 1992 watching six wonderfully talented men and a most swinging band celebrate the music and persona of the seminal and pioneering saxophonist, singer and bandleader Louis Jordan.  In addition, we are thrilled to have Keith Young make his Los Angeles directorial debut with this production.  We are also honored to have the original Musical Director of the Broadway production, Abdul Hamid Royal, leading the band. And of course, we are overjoyed to have the gifted triple-threat Obba Babatundé as Nomax. Continue reading

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Comes to Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre! (Photos)

Courtesy: © Disney
Photo courtesy: © Disney

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (February 2017) – Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST March 17 –  April 30, 2017, in Dolby Vision™ Laser Projection and Dolby Atmos® Sound Technology.  Plus, an additional show on Thursday, March 16 at 9:30pm!

Exclusively at The El Capitan Theatre, the theatre will come alive under the magical spell of an immersive light and projection show before the movie featuring a dazzling SWAROVSKI crystal curtain, bringing the tale as old as time to life in a new and spectacular way. Continue reading

From the Mississippi Delta–FREE–January 30 at Sierra Madre Playhouse

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*For the eleventh entry in its Off the Page series of monthly staged readings, Sierra Madre Playhouse will present ‘From the Mississippi Delta.’

From Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland, winner of the Lorraine Hansberry Award, comes the personal story of her rise from poverty as an unwed mother, high-school dropout and prostitute to become a civil rights leader, scholar, professor, mother, poet and acclaimed writer.

Sherrie Lofton directs a cast that includes Leslie Bee, Tyra Hughes and Toyin Moses in this staged reading. Continue reading

Danny Glover on Board As L. A. Women’s Theatre Festival Races to Reach its ‘Kickstarter Goal’ in 4 More Days!!!

"Women. What would life be without them? Well ...there would be no life without them." Danny Glover LAWTF Honorary Co-Chairperson (Twitter photo)
“Women. What would life be without them? Well …there would be no life without them.”–Danny Glover, LAWTF Honorary Co-Chairperson (Twitter photo)

*(Hollywood) During this time of gratitude, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) thanks those who have contributed to their 2016-17 Kickstarter Campaign.

As they gear up for their 24th Annual Festival, “TAKING FLIGHT” they welcome 18 phenomenal women performers who will share their stories through dance, theatre, song, spoken word and laughter. Some of these performers will come from as far away as London and Israel to be a part of this magical event.

Presently, the festival has 34 backers and it has raised $4370.  They are $5630 away from their goal of $10,000 and they have until midnight January, 14th to accomplish this. 

It can be done!  It must be done! Otherwise, they stand to lose all of their contributions from those who have pledged thus far. 

If you have not become a backer yet, they hope you will do so today? Continue reading

Al Pacino, Judith Light Star in ‘Playworks Development’ Production at Pasadena Playhouse

The legendary Al Pacino
The legendary Al Pacino

PASADENA, CA (December 16, 2016) — The Pasadena Playhouse announced today that their first development production, under the theater’s new play development program PlayWorks, will be Dotson Rader’s “God Looked Away” starring Academy Award- and two-time Tony Award-winner Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman) as “Tennessee Williams” and co-starring two-time Tony Award-winner Judith Light (Transparent) as Williams’ close friend “Estelle” and Miles Gaston Villanueva (CBS’s The Young and the Restless) as “Baby.”

Rounding out the cast are Garrett Clayton (Hairspray Live!) as “Luke,” Andrew Dits (NBC’s Telenovela) as “Zach,” Broadway and TV vet Matt Gottlieb as “Peter,” and Takuma Anzai (NBC’s Community) as “Bellboy.” Robert Allan Ackerman, who directed Pacino on Broadway in Salome, will stage the new work and develop “God Looked Away” with Rader at The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena) beginning February 8 – March 19, 2017.

Tickets went on sale December 16.

“God Looked Away” is an eye-opening glimpse into a turbulent period in the life and career of one of America’s most mysterious, iconic artists: playwright-screenwriter-novelist Tennessee Williams.

“The Playhouse is about to enter its 100th year, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the celebration than with the expansion of our new works program beginning with this new development production and these extraordinary artists,” said Danny Feldman, the Playhouse’s Producing Artistic Director. “As a young playwright, Tennessee Williams premiered two new plays at The Playhouse, and it is fitting that our first PlayWorks production features a revealing glimpse into the life of this great American playwright.” Continue reading

Fun Times Await You at Pasadena Playhouse Panto Production, ‘A Cinderella Christmas’

(L - R) Alex Newell, Lauren Taylor and the ensemble of A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS at The Pasadena Playhouse. Photo credit: Philicia Endelman
(L – R) Alex Newell, Lauren Taylor and the ensemble of A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS at The Pasadena Playhouse. Photo credit: Philicia Endelman

*Children and adults alike will enjoy going to the Pasadena Playhouse this holiday season. Why? I thought you’d never ask. ‘A Cinderella Christmas’ will not only bring you face to face with the story of a handsome prince who falls in love with a homely maiden; but the classic fairy tale is updated to include music by some of today’s hottest stars such as Bruno Mars (“24K Magic),” Meghan Trainor (“Me Too”), Michael Bublé (“Just Haven’t Met You Yet”), Ed Sheeran (“Thinking Out Loud”) and Kelly Clarkson (“Breakaway).

The Lythgoe Family production of this beloved tale is even more enjoyable because it’s done panto-style. Not only do audiences get to participate in what’s happening onstage; but the tongue-in-cheek, hilarious references made to the show’s locale – “It’s snowing in Pasadena,” and the moniker of The Ugly Stepsisters being the name of Hollywood’s most famous intersection, “Hollywood” and “Vine” is priceless. Continue reading

The Broad Stage Presents Staged Reading of ‘The Slave Narratives’ (Free Event)

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*We know that America was host to one of the most horrendous acts towards humanity in the history of the world in the form of slavery. And we have seen a multitude of theatrical accounts of what went down during that time. But do we really know what was on the minds of our brothers and sisters who lived the event. The men, women, and their children who were in the very grasp of slavery’s nasty hand?

Bonnie Franklin’s Classic & Contemporary American Plays returns with this season’s annual invited dress rehearsal/staged reading of ‘The Slave Narratives.’

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Meet the Killer Women of ‘Life Without Parole’ (West Coast Premiere!), Plus Video Teaser

"Life Without Parole," playing at Vanguard University, centers around domestic violence survivors who've killed their abusers.
“Life Without Parole,” a scene from the Vanguard University production, centers around domestic violence survivors who’ve killed their abusers.

*The women of  Life Without Parole are real women. This is their story.

At a parole hearing at the California Institution for Women in Chino in 1999, Helen Broker must fight to regain her freedom. She’s been jailed for killing the abusive husband who beat her, threatened to rape her daughter, and who pointed a pistol at her.

She’s a member of a prison support group, CWAV (Convicted Women Against Violence). Her fellow group members are all women who have killed the husbands or boyfriends who beat them. According to the criminal justice system, they’re all guilty of second degree murder. But were they just defending themselves against perpetrators of domestic violence?

Life Without Parole is the story of Helen Broker and her fellow inmates who have all trod down this heartbreaking path. Where is justice for them?

Playwright Warren John Doody based his narrative on the research of the late Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard, who interviewed over forty incarcerated women in the course of her research. Much of the play’s text consists of verbatim transcriptions of the women’s stories. Some scenes are re-enactments of actual events. Continue reading