JULIUS WEEZER

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TROUBADOUR THEATER COMPANY
Presents A World Premiere Musical Event!
JULIUS WEEZER
Directed, Choreographed and Adapted by Matt Walker

Limited Engagement opens Friday, May 10
at The El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood!

“Beware the Ides of March…in May!”

April 16, 2019…North Hollywood, CA…Et Tu, Weezer? TROUBADOUR THEATER COMPANY is back, and taking a stab at their latest hilarious world premiere musical comedy event with JULIUS WEEZER, adapted, choreographed & directed by Matt Walker. JULIUS WEEZER will preview on Saturday, May 4 at 8pm; Sunday, May 5 at 4pm; Thursday, May 9 at 8pm; and will open on Friday, May 10 at 8pm and perform through Sunday May 19 at 4pm at the El Portal Theatre, 11206 Weddington St. in North Hollywood.

Have you ever wondered what really happened to Julius Caesar on the Ides of March? The Troubies have…and are warning you to “Beware the Ides of March in May!” The terrible tidings and twisted tale of corruption, betrayal, and the quest for absolute power –no, not Washington DC - it's Rome circa 44 B.C., with Shakespeare's story of Caesar mashed up with the funk-rock riffs of the resurgent and ubiquitous band, Weezer. This hard-driving, heart pounding, adrenaline rush of a show will feature the Troubies in all their classical glory - speaking the speech and strumming the power chords. Part circus, part improv comedy show, part rock concert - with a live band that complements and compels the Troubie cast as they wind their way through the dark and dangerous world of Julius Weezer! Enjoy the madness with the Troubies and you will be able to say: “I came,
I saw, I conquered…and I rocked out!

Age appropriate for eight and up, the show will feature special make-up effects that may disturb some younger guests - after all, Caesar was stabbed 33 times…but who's counting?

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

MATT WALKER (Director/Choreographer/Adaptor) Since 1995, he has been artistic director of The Troubadour Theater Company in Los Angeles, directing over 40 original productions and been honored with the Orange County Weekly Theater Award for Career Achievement, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Sustained Excellence in Theater, and the LADCC's Joel Hirschhorn Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater. Matt has worked professionally in TV, film, theater, opera, theme parks, corporate entertainment, and circus. And most recently, Matt co-wrote the screenplay for the Garry Marshall film, “Mother's Day,” as well as serving as on-set writer for Garry's previous two films, “Valentine's Day” (2009), and “New Year's Eve.” (2011). Matt currently serves as a writer/director for Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, and has written and/or directed the entertainment shows for Harry Potter land, the Special Effects Show, and the Jurassic World Raptor Experience. In addition, Matt has worked as a Disney Imagineer on various projects both for Los Angeles and Orlando, FL.

The cast of JULIUS WEEZER will feature: Matt Walker, Beth Kennedy, Rob Nagle, Rick Batalla, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Morgan Rusler, Mike Sulprizio, Cloie Wyatt Taylor, Victoria Hoffman, Matt Merchant, Dave C. Wright, Andy Robinson and Suzanne Jolie Narbonne.

The Design Team for JULIUS WEEZER is as follows: Set Design by Christopher Murillo; Lighting Design by Bo Tindell; Sound Design by Daniel C. Tator; Costume Design by Halei Parker. Additional Choreography by Nadine Ellis. Technical Director is Stacy Hennon. The Production Stage Manager is Corey Womack.

SCHEDULE AND PRICING

JULIUS WEEZER will preview on Saturday, May 4 at 8pm; Sunday, May 5 at 4pm; Thursday, May 9 at 8pm; and will open on Friday, May 10 at 8pm and perform through Sunday May 19 at 4pm at the El Portal Theatre, 11206 Weddington St. in North Hollywood.

Performances are Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 4pm & 8pm;
and Sundays at 4pm.

Ticket prices range from $50 - $65. Tickets available online at www.elportaltheatre.com or by calling the box office at (818) 508-4200 or (866) 811-4111.

Special “TOGA THURSDAY” performance on Thursday, May 9 at 8pm.
Come dressed in a Toga and automatically be entered into a raffle to win four center
section tickets to the Troubies' holiday show in December. $20 OFF promo code for
this performance only. Enter TOGA at checkout!

Age appropriate for 8 and older.

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Reviews

"Director Matt Walker unleashes the gods of merriment to clown away in pursuit of silliness. There are the usual ridiculous wigs and overbaked pancake make-up plus errant limbs, nerf arrows, bungee wounds for Caesar and other hilarious costumes, too (compliments of Halei Parker)."

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Just enjoy this crazy romp through 90 minutes of fun and laughter."

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Leigh Kennicott
"The Troubies are at it again, and they’ve invaded the El Portal in NoHo to celebrate their 25thAnniversary with Shakespeare’s immortal tale of political intrigue, Julius Caesar, er, Weezer. Teaming an unlikely rock group (Weezer) with a play that doesn’t lend itself to musical interpretation Julius Weezer seems geared to entice a non-Shakespearean crowd with very well-done Shakespearean riffs by the talented, yet demented cast. For sheer fun, this is the show that will make traditionalists happy, while the rest of the crowd keep tapping their feet. It’s in for a short run, so try not to miss it!"

sweet - Leigh Kennicott - ShowMag - ...read full review


Joan Alperin
"Beware the Ides of March…in May!” April 16, 2019…North Hollywood, CA…Et Tu, Weezer? TROUBADOUR THEATER COMPANY is back, and taking a stab at their latest hilarious world premiere musical comedy event with JULIUS WEEZER, adapted, choreographed & directed by Matt Walker. JULIUS WEEZER will preview on Saturday, May 4 at 8pm; Sunday, May 5 at 4pm; Thursday, May 9 at 8pm; and will open on Friday, May 10 at 8pm and perform through Sunday May 19 at 4pm at the El Portal Theatre, 11206 Weddington St. in North Hollywood. Have you ever wondered what really happened to Julius Caesar on the Ides of March? The Troubies have…and are warning you to “Beware the Ides of March in May!” The terrible tidings and twisted tale of corruption, betrayal, and the quest for absolute power –no, not Washington DC – it's Rome circa 44 B.C., with Shakespeare's story of Caesar mashed up with the funk-rock riffs of the resurgent and ubiquitous band, Weezer."

sweet - Joan Alperin - ...read full review


"The sidesplitting action happens everywhere, so keep your eyes peeled. And, by all means, get ready to laugh, guffaw, chuckle, and wheeze throughout this uproarious tale."

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


Valerie-Jean Miller
"JULIUS WEEZER ROCKS THE ROMAN EMPIRE RAMBUNCTIOUSLY! At the El Portal Theatre Slapstick, vaudeville, burlesque, crazy Roman attire, out-of-the-box outlandish premises, impersonations, general tomfoolery, yes, there's Comedy Tonight!! The Troubadour Theatre Company, or The Troubies present a Roman escapade, Directed, Choreographed and Adapted by Matt Walker, who is also the Artistic Director of the Company, that occurs both in Ancient Rome and Current No Ho (North Hollywood, to all you foreigners...) It's everything in one: part three-ring circus, part rock concert, part Shakespeare and part hilarious improvisation. A terrific ensemble of actors pull this off without a hitch, which, given the absurdness of the plot and the continual ad libs and asides, is darn-right applaudable! Standing out, as Cassius, Matt Walker is most flamboyant and dastardly, Victoria Hoffman as Portia has duality of emotions going for her, Matt Merchant, as Marcus Antonius has a powerful, booming voice and embodies the image of the character, Joseph Leo Bwarie as Octavius Caesar/Augustus who blasts through the walls with his energy, haughtiness and savviness, and my favorite character(s) Lucius/Decius, both hysterically played to perfection by Rick Batalla."

sweet - Valerie-Jean Miller - ...read full review


"“Julius Weezer” is more serious than most Troubie shows, but not to worry: You'll laugh plenty... Company leader Matt Walker adapted and directed the piece, in which Shakespeare's immortal lines get name-checked amid one-liners, topical references and lots of clown-like comedy... Think: togas, pancake makeup, amusingly bad, bowl-cut wigs — and a cast of 13 creating brainy mayhem."

sweet - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


"Featuring a terrific cast, the Troubies' latest show, a meld of Julius Caesar and the music of Weezer, is — beneath all the jokes — a surprisingly faithful version of the classic drama. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"With astounding energy, the company rocks out singing and dancing to the music of Weezer, improvising on the fly in the best commedia tradition. They bond with the audience at the get-go, talking to them, bringing some on stage, cruising in the aisles, inviting them to participate vocally from their seats in chants and more. As a relative newcomer to LA, this show is my first contact with Troubadour Theater Company. I assure you it will not be my last. My best girl and I had a ball!"

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


"I absolutely loved this play! And boy did I need a laugh this week! The music is brilliant and inspired. The acting excellent and beautifully balanced with the songs and the improv. Everyone is absolutely bloody brilliant and the whole audience agreed that this is the best way to see "Julius Caesar.""

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"In Julius Weezer, Troubadour Theater Company uses its signature wit to turn a Shakespeare classic into a blissfully-alive rocker version of its ancient self, and the result is divine madness. You don't need to be a Bard lover to have a great time but, if you are, you'll be impressed by the level of classical talent on stage and the company's ability to "speak the speech" while tickling your funny bone."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - ...read full review


"Director Matt Walker unleashes the gods of merriment to clown away in pursuit of silliness. There are the usual ridiculous wigs and overbaked pancake make-up plus errant limbs, nerf arrows, bungee wounds for Caesar and other hilarious costumes, too (compliments of Halei Parker)."

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Just enjoy this crazy romp through 90 minutes of fun and laughter."

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Leigh Kennicott
"The Troubies are at it again, and they’ve invaded the El Portal in NoHo to celebrate their 25thAnniversary with Shakespeare’s immortal tale of political intrigue, Julius Caesar, er, Weezer. Teaming an unlikely rock group (Weezer) with a play that doesn’t lend itself to musical interpretation Julius Weezer seems geared to entice a non-Shakespearean crowd with very well-done Shakespearean riffs by the talented, yet demented cast. For sheer fun, this is the show that will make traditionalists happy, while the rest of the crowd keep tapping their feet. It’s in for a short run, so try not to miss it!"

sweet - Leigh Kennicott - ShowMag - ...read full review


Joan Alperin
"Beware the Ides of March…in May!” April 16, 2019…North Hollywood, CA…Et Tu, Weezer? TROUBADOUR THEATER COMPANY is back, and taking a stab at their latest hilarious world premiere musical comedy event with JULIUS WEEZER, adapted, choreographed & directed by Matt Walker. JULIUS WEEZER will preview on Saturday, May 4 at 8pm; Sunday, May 5 at 4pm; Thursday, May 9 at 8pm; and will open on Friday, May 10 at 8pm and perform through Sunday May 19 at 4pm at the El Portal Theatre, 11206 Weddington St. in North Hollywood. Have you ever wondered what really happened to Julius Caesar on the Ides of March? The Troubies have…and are warning you to “Beware the Ides of March in May!” The terrible tidings and twisted tale of corruption, betrayal, and the quest for absolute power –no, not Washington DC – it's Rome circa 44 B.C., with Shakespeare's story of Caesar mashed up with the funk-rock riffs of the resurgent and ubiquitous band, Weezer."

sweet - Joan Alperin - ...read full review


"The sidesplitting action happens everywhere, so keep your eyes peeled. And, by all means, get ready to laugh, guffaw, chuckle, and wheeze throughout this uproarious tale."

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


Valerie-Jean Miller
"JULIUS WEEZER ROCKS THE ROMAN EMPIRE RAMBUNCTIOUSLY! At the El Portal Theatre Slapstick, vaudeville, burlesque, crazy Roman attire, out-of-the-box outlandish premises, impersonations, general tomfoolery, yes, there's Comedy Tonight!! The Troubadour Theatre Company, or The Troubies present a Roman escapade, Directed, Choreographed and Adapted by Matt Walker, who is also the Artistic Director of the Company, that occurs both in Ancient Rome and Current No Ho (North Hollywood, to all you foreigners...) It's everything in one: part three-ring circus, part rock concert, part Shakespeare and part hilarious improvisation. A terrific ensemble of actors pull this off without a hitch, which, given the absurdness of the plot and the continual ad libs and asides, is darn-right applaudable! Standing out, as Cassius, Matt Walker is most flamboyant and dastardly, Victoria Hoffman as Portia has duality of emotions going for her, Matt Merchant, as Marcus Antonius has a powerful, booming voice and embodies the image of the character, Joseph Leo Bwarie as Octavius Caesar/Augustus who blasts through the walls with his energy, haughtiness and savviness, and my favorite character(s) Lucius/Decius, both hysterically played to perfection by Rick Batalla."

sweet - Valerie-Jean Miller - ...read full review


"“Julius Weezer” is more serious than most Troubie shows, but not to worry: You'll laugh plenty... Company leader Matt Walker adapted and directed the piece, in which Shakespeare's immortal lines get name-checked amid one-liners, topical references and lots of clown-like comedy... Think: togas, pancake makeup, amusingly bad, bowl-cut wigs — and a cast of 13 creating brainy mayhem."

sweet - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


"Featuring a terrific cast, the Troubies' latest show, a meld of Julius Caesar and the music of Weezer, is — beneath all the jokes — a surprisingly faithful version of the classic drama. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"With astounding energy, the company rocks out singing and dancing to the music of Weezer, improvising on the fly in the best commedia tradition. They bond with the audience at the get-go, talking to them, bringing some on stage, cruising in the aisles, inviting them to participate vocally from their seats in chants and more. As a relative newcomer to LA, this show is my first contact with Troubadour Theater Company. I assure you it will not be my last. My best girl and I had a ball!"

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


"I absolutely loved this play! And boy did I need a laugh this week! The music is brilliant and inspired. The acting excellent and beautifully balanced with the songs and the improv. Everyone is absolutely bloody brilliant and the whole audience agreed that this is the best way to see "Julius Caesar.""

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"In Julius Weezer, Troubadour Theater Company uses its signature wit to turn a Shakespeare classic into a blissfully-alive rocker version of its ancient self, and the result is divine madness. You don't need to be a Bard lover to have a great time but, if you are, you'll be impressed by the level of classical talent on stage and the company's ability to "speak the speech" while tickling your funny bone."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - ...read full review