Submissions due: June 15th, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Pitch Perfect 2
In theaters May 15
The collegiate a cappella group, the Barden Bellas, are back again. This time they enter into an international competition that no American team has ever won. Second Pitch Perfect is already getting more rave reviews than the first. Should be great fun and launch a lot more careers.
May 12 @ Rockwell Table & Stage
Mix 1 part Manhattan with 1 part magic, and just a dash of reality...
Darling Grenadine comes out of the Festival's Musi-Cal program shocasing new composers and shows. It is the whimsical new musical from singer-songwriter Daniel Zaitchik. Join us for a one night concert reading of this bittersweet romantic comedy, directed by Kristin Hanggi, and featuring Will Collyer, Lexy Fridell, Brian Muller, John Shartzer, Leah Sprecher, Emily Walton and Daniel Zaitchik.
Words by Ira Gershwin
Through May 17
Meet the man behind the lyrics you love. With Fascinating Rhythm, 'S Wonderful, The Man That Got Away, Long Ago and Far Away, A Foggy Day, I Got Rhythm, and many more, the other half of the famous Gershwin duo guides us on a trip through some of the greatest American songs ever written. Insights and tales about his legendary collaborations all frame this fascinating and inspiring evening of music and theatre.
May 15 — June 28
The Group Rep
Love Again features three engaging mini-musicals tied together by a common question: what would you do in a situation like this? In a Different Light, Two Lives and Forget-Me-Not present three unique, contemporary situations about people caught up in difficult choices when it comes to loved ones. Love Again features a brand new Pop/Broadway score from the team that debuted Inside Out.
Party Worth Crashing
May 17 @ The Attic Theatre
A musical theatre concert event featuring the songs of songwriting duo Kerrigan-Lowedermilk, including their hits "Run Away With Me" and "Party Dress." Fusing musical theatre with a pop-rock sound, Party Worth Crashing is about being twenty-something and everything that comes along with it.
Songs by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk
Musical Direction by Gabby Maldonado
Featuring: Michael Barnum, Lauren Byrd, Jessica Louise Garcia, Nasi Nassiri, Nicholas Pilapil, Alexander Pimentel
JOIN THE AFTER PARTY!
Following the performance is an intimate acoustic concert with the cast and special guests. $5 pre-sale with your general admission ticket or $8 at the door.
May 22 — June 7
This brilliant production, directed by Michael Arden with DeafWest, was a smash sell out in its run last year at Inner City Arts. Now it transfers to the beautiful new Wallis Theatre in Beverly Hills for 22 performances. Don't miss it this time. Or, if you're like us, you'll go see it again.
Festival Honoree for Best Musical Production 2014
Murder for Two
May 26 — July 5
"A hilarious musical whodunit!" --The New York Observer
"Ingenious! A snazzy double-act!" — The New York Times
"A must see jolt of caffeinated creativity!" -- NY1
Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney and the writer is killed… fatally. With the nearest detective an hour away, Marcus jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills — with the help of his silent partner, Lou. Everyone is a suspect in Murder For Two, a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist. One actor investigates the crime. The other plays all the suspects. And they both play the piano.
Jeff Blumenkrantz . . . . . . . . . . . . The Suspects
Brett Ryback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marcus
Book and Music by Joe Kinosian
Book and Lyrics by Kellen Blair
Directed by Scott Schwartz
May 26 — June 12
Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London's West End. The Wall Street Journal says, "The makers of Matilda have done the impossible — triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun."
Book by Dennis Kelly
Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Choreography by Peter Darling
Direction by Matthew Warchus
May 29 — June 28
Tickets (Save 20%, use code: WF20)
An epic love story, set in Bangkok and Tokyo between the turbulent years of 1933 and 1939, as a monarchy falls in Thailand and Japan is on the brink of war. A young Thai student falls in love with the American wife of a Thai diplomat, Their forbidden love story parallels history as the new democracy of Siam clashes with the increasingly anti-American Japan. With a gloriously romantic score, Waterfall is a modern love story of timeless scale.
Book and Lyrics by Tony Award Winner Richard Maltby Jr.
Music by Academy Award Winner David Shire
Choreographed by Toby Award Nominee Dan Knechtges
Directed by Tak Viravan
Sweet Smell of Success
May 30 — June 6
Claire Trevor Theatre
Normally, we only include new musicals in the Festival. But there are musicals that didn’t make it first time around that deserve a second chance. This is one.
Broadway, 1952, glamour capital of the universe. The show is based on the 1957 movie of the same name, which tells the story of powerful newspaper columnist J.J. Hunsecker who uses his power and connections to control everything around him. Set against a backdrop of the glamorous 1950’s New York, various love situations are served up sumptuously in a glorious jazz score that underpins the longing, desperation, deceit and sweet lovemaking and death for which New York High Society was infamous.
Music by the late Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Craig Carnelia, Book by John Guare
Directed by Myrona DeLaney
Choreographed by Andrew Palermo
Musical Director/Conductor: Daniel Gary Busby
Defying Gravity with Special Guest Stephen Schwartz
College of the Canyons
The Santa Clarita Master Chorale is proud to present this evening with special guest Stephen Schwartz! This award-winning Broadway and film composer will be in concert with the Chorale for one performance only. From Wicked, Godspell and Pippin to Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt, we celebrate the incredible music written by Stephen Schwartz, the Festival's Honorary Co-Chair.
June 8, August 3, October 5
For reservations, call Rockwell at 323-669-1550
The Festival's major series of cabaret events showcasing LA's music, lyric and book writers and previewing their new musicals. Monday nights, every other month at Rockwell Table & Stage in Hollywood.
A Festival Production
Produced by Linda Shusett & Ruslan Idiyatov
Hosted by Jonah Platt
July 12 — August 9
Kirk Douglas Theatre
Nebraska, the 1990s. Two teenage boys — one a social outcast, the other the quintessential jock — explore a relationship during a summer of self-discovery between high school graduation and the rest of their lives. Set to irresistible songs from Matthew Sweet's landmark pop album of the same name, this rock musical gives voice to those of us who grew up in small towns, those of us who didn't quite fit in and learned we were somehow different, and anybody who remembers the terror and thrill of first love.
Stay tuned for the rest of the year!
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