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Pasadena Playhouse Throws ‘Block Party’ to Celebrate Centennial Partnership (All is Welcome. Free to the Public)

PASADENA, CA (April 12, 2018) ? Pasadena Playhouse ? State Theatre of California ? is celebrating its Centennial in partnership with the Playhouse District Association on Saturday, June 9 with an all day Playhouse Block Party from 12-noon to 10 p.m. on El Molino Avenue at Colorado Blvd.

The event is free to the public.

All of Southern California is invited to attend and participate ? enjoying live music, performances, interactive exhibits, food, libations, guided tours, a kids? zone, and much, much more. The Playhouse Block Party will be an all day event for all ages. Two outdoor stages? a Main Stage and a Kids? Stage – will feature entertainment from community arts partners throughout the day. Continue reading

Performers and Tribute Speakers Honor Sheldon Epps at Pasadena Playhouse on September 17

 
*PASADENA, CAPasadena Playhouse (Producing Artistic Director, Danny Feldman) announced the line-up of performers and tribute speakers for the special event honoring Sheldon Epps, entitled SHELDON AT THE PLAYHOUSE ? Celebrating 20 Years of Artistic Excellence, hosted by Wayne Brady.
 
Mr. Brady starred in Pasadena Playhouse?s production of Kiss Me, Kate directed by Epps. From 1997-2017, Sheldon served as the theater?s Artistic Director and is now the Playhouse?s Artistic Director Emeritus.  
 
Wayne Brady
 
SHELDON AT THE PLAYHOUSE will feature performances from A Night with Janis Joplin, Play On! and more, as well as tributes from Playhouse alumni. The celebration will be held on Sunday, September 17 with the performance at 6:00 p.m. at Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena).

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Tracy Nicole Chapman is Sister Rosetta Tharpe in ‘Shout Sister Shout’ at Pasadena Playhouse

Tracy Nicole Chapman rehearses in ‘Shout Sister Shout’ at Pasadena Playhouse. —
Photo by Nathaniel Peterson

*Pasadena Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for the world premiere musical SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! Created and directed by Randy Johnson, who wrote and directed the hit Broadway musical A Night With Janis Joplin, with book by Cheryl West (Play On!). SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! tells the story about the life and music of legendary gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, whose hits include ?Down by the Riverside,? ?This Train,? and ?Strange Things Happen Every Day.? Tharpe, known as The Godmother of Rock & Roll, was a trailblazer in the history of American music and influenced some of the greatest Rock & Roll and R&B singers of all time, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner and Johnny Cash.

Tracy Nicole Chapman (Little Shop of Horrors, Caroline, or Change, Into the Woods, The Lion King) will bring Sister Rosetta Tharpe to life in the starring role. Continue reading