VOTE! the Musical

Above the Curve Theatre mounts a sturdy workshop production of VOTE! THE MUSICAL with loads of potential. Ryann Ferguson writes about the crazy antics in a high school class election. With director Jan-Michael Del Mundo allowing lots of mugging, double-takes and going for the laugh; Anthony Marquez (nicely underplaying laid-back skater/skier dude Mike) and Angela Cole (fetchingly limning a flirty Muffin) run away with the show's best scenes.

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'TIL SUNDAY

In her 'TIL SUNDAY, writer/performer Nairoby Otero grabs you the very first moment she hits the stage and then, after 75 minutes, ends her solo show with a wrenching punch in the gut. Otero portrays a number of characters in this one-woman tour de force revealing the story of the real-life struggles of a Cuban mother who ventures to New Orleans to provide a better life for her little girl.

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DOGFIGHT

With the names of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (Oscar winners for La La Land and Tony Award frontrunners for this year's DEAR EVAN HANSEN) attached to DOGFIGHT, one might have high expectations while awaiting the opening notes to sound at The Hudson Mainstage. DOGFIGHT consistently scores with topnotch singing, dancing and musical accompaniment throughout.

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NEXT TO NORMAL

In their current production of NEXT TO NORMAL, the East West Players present a first-rate, extremely well-executed musical look at mental illness. 2009 Tony winners for Best Original Score - Brian Yorkey for lyrics and Tom Kitt for music - would be most proud of this delicious convergence of incredible creative talents that gel so well together (onstage and off).

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Paul Yen's Finding His IDENTITY (SECRET Or Otherwise) in Fringe

Armed with the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017 Fringe Scholarship, actor Paul Yen will world premiere his one-man show SECRET IDENTITY CRISIS June 3, 2017. Paul took some time off from his superheroing to answer a few of our superpowering, probing questions.

Thank you for doing this interview with me, Paul!

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Paul Millet Sleuthing His Way Through Sir Conan-Doyle's Mysteries

Unbound Productions, creator of the immersive Wicked Lit and History Lit events, will be world-premiering their first Mystery Lit show, HOLMES, SHERLOCK AND THE CONSULTING DETECTIVE at the Santa Anita Train Depot beginning June 2, 2017. Continuing with Unbound's mission of producing immersive, theatrical experiences of classic stories; co-founder Jonathan...

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A Very Candid Alexandra Billings Wants Only Screams of Laughter

Transparent star Alexandra Billings' latest autobiographical performance piece S/HE & ME: A THEATRICAL CABARET will be playing at The Renberg Theatre opening this Thursday June 1, 2017. Acting since 1968, Alexandra can legitimately claim that she's the first transgender actress to perform practically every role she's taken on.

Alexandra took a...

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Chico's Angels' Frieda Lays It All Out For Ju

Chico's Angels latest VIVA LA CHICAS! A CHICO'S ANGELS VARIETY HOUR CHO will be premiering May 23, 2017 at The Cavern Club Celebrity Theater inside the Casita Del Campo Restaurant. A loving spoof on the 1970's hit TV series Charlie's Angels, Chico's Angels recruits three gorgeous, comedic Latina drag queens as the crime-solving private ai-yi-yi's....

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Wayne Moore On Making His DREAMS A Reality

A popular LA cabaret and theatre mainstay for over a quarter of a century, singer/songwriter/musical director Wayne Moore has revamped his 1992 cabaret act FREEWAY DREAMS into a full-length musical production called, wait for it... FREEWAY DREAMS. Write Act Repertory will be producing it in their new space, Brickhouse Theatre in North...

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WOODS' Evan Harrington's Baking Up Some Tasty Theatrical Treats

The classic INTO THE WOODS from the creative minds of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine has been having a successful, standing-ovation-filled run at the Ahmanson Theatre (closing May 14). With Sondheim and Lapine's blessings, Fiasco Theater has re-interpreted their 1986 musical into a no-frills, bare-bones version that some say...

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