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LA Opera presents Wonderful Town Dec 2,3 and 4 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

 

Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town is coming to The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion featuring Tony Award winners Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls) and Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon) with Mark Kudisch (Finding Neverland) and narrated by Roger Bart (Young Frankenstein and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown). This semi-staged concert is perfect for the whole family during this holiday season!
Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town is coming to The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion featuring Tony Award winners Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls) and Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon) with Mark Kudisch (Finding Neverland) and narrated by Roger Bart (Young Frankenstein and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown). This semi-staged concert is perfect for the whole family during this holiday season!

Los Angeles - Don’t Miss Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town featuring Tony Award winners Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls) and Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon) with Mark Kudisch (Finding Neverland) and narrated by Roger Bart (Young Frankenstein and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown). This semi-staged concert is perfect for the whole family during this holiday season! 
Filled with Broadway snap and jazzy sizzle, Bernstein’s score crackles with electricity and energy. This sassy and brassy love letter to the bright lights of the Big Apple tells the tale of two sisters who move to New York, eager to take the big city by storm. Bernstein’s beloved score, combined with brilliant lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, makes Wonderful Town one of the greatest treasures of Broadway’s Golden Age.

Tickets start at $19. Family 4 Packs available by phone.

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Call 213.972.8001 
Click www.laopera.com 
In Person at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office: Mon-Sat,10am-6pm

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ set to open June 17 in a spectacular new production at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited 8-week run

Katie Travis and Chris Mann star in The Phantom of the Opera at The Pantages Hollywood. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Katie Travis and Chris Mann star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera at The Pantages Hollywood. Photo by Matthew Murphy

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                 

 

 

 

 

Hollywood, Calif. – Cameron Mackintosh spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA makes its Los Angeles premiere at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre beginning Thursday, June 17, 2015 for an 8-week engagement through Sunday, August 2, 2015. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.  Tickets are now on sale and are available for purchase at www.HollywoodPantages.com orwww.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-982-2787, and at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Boulevard). The box office opens daily at 10amexcept for Holidays. Ticket prices start at $29.

For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour/

Chris Mann will portray the man behind the mask, ‘The Phantom,’ with Katie Travis as ‘Christine Daaé,’ Storm Lineberger as ‘Raoul,’ Jacquelynne Fontaine as ‘Carlotta Giudicelli,’ David Benoit as ‘Monsieur Firmin,’ Edward Staudenmayer as ‘Monsieur André,’ Anne Kanengeiser as ‘Madame Giry,’ Frank Viveros as ‘Ubaldo Piangi’ and Morgan Cowling as ‘Meg Giry.’

Recording artist Chris Mann had his breakout turn on NBC’s “The Voice.” In 2012, he released his debut solo album “Roads” and followed with his PBS Concert “Chris Mann In Concert: A Mann For All Seasons.”    Katie Travis has performed principal roles at The Fireside Theater, Liederkranz Opera Theater, The MUNY (Les Misérables, Cosette) and won the Lys Symonette Award (Lotte Lenya Competition).

Storm Lineberger makes his touring debut in Phantom. He has performed at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, New London Barn Playhouse and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Jacquelynne Fontaine’s stage and opera credits include The Student Prince (Kathie, Pittsburgh CLO), A Little Night Music (Charlotte, Indiana Rep), La Traviata (Violetta) and was Miss California 2006.  David Benoit’s Broadway and National Tour credits include Jekyll & HydeAvenue QLes MisérablesDance of the Vampires, Young Frankenstein and All Shook Up. Edward Staudenmayer’s Broadway credits include Wonderland, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and Beauty and the Beast (1st National Tour). Anne Kanengeiser has been seen on Broadway in the original companies of Little Women, Ragtime as well as the 3rd National Tour ofThe Phantom of the Opera.  Frank Viveros originated the roles of Bloat The Blowfish in Disney’s Finding Nemo: The Musical and Iron Chef in Yellow Brick RoadMorgan Cowling appeared in Once We Lived Here (Off-Broadway), Disney’s Wishes (Original Cast) and Australian productions of Guys and Dolls and Seussical.

 The Ensemble includes Adam Bashian, Krista Buccellato, Nick Cartell, Dan Debenport, Amy Decker, Mark Emerson, David Foley, Jr., Celia Hottenstein, Christopher M. Howard, Edward Juvier, Ted Keener, Freddie Kimmel, Luke Lazzaro, Jay Lusteck, Kathryn McCreary, Christy Morton, Quinto Ott, Rebecca Robbins, Eric Ruiz, Allan Snyder, Tara Sweeney and Marguerite Willbanks. The Corps de Ballet includes Christina Dooling, Sarah DeBiase, Anjelica Bette Fellini, Abigail Mentzer, Lily Rose Peck, Alexandra Pernice and Micki Weiner.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “It’s wonderful to have a new production of PHANTOM touring America now that the show has celebrated 27 years on Broadway.  Director Laurence Connor has done an amazing job and this production has received huge critical acclaim in the U.K.”

Cameron Mackintosh said, “With PHANTOM still the reigning champion as the longest-running production on Broadway after 27 phenomenal years, with no end in sight, I’m delighted that this spectacular new production of PHANTOM has been as well-received in the U.S. as the brilliant original. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, the new PHANTOM is thrilling audiences and critics alike all over again – the music of the night is soaring to dazzling new heights.”

 PHANTOM IS AN ENORMOUS HIT ALL OVER AGAIN!

“POWERFUL, GORGEOUS…AND BETTER THAN EVER.”

-The Philadelphia Inquirer

“EXTRAORDINARILY OPULENT.  THIS PHANTOM’S STORYTELLING AND RELATIONSHIPS HAVE AN ELECTRIFYING TENSION.”

-Chicago Sun-Times

“AN INTENSE AND SPECTACULAR NEW PRODUCTION WITH A STUNNING NEW DESIGN, FRESH DRAMA AND ADDED MOMENTUM.” -Sunday Express (U.K.)

“TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND PREPARE TO BE DAZZLED; THIS KIND OF GORGEOUS ESCAPISM IS EXACTLY WHAT AUDIENCES NEED.” -The Scotsman (U.K.)

“THIS PHANTOM IS FOR A NEW GENERATION.” -Roy Leonard, Chicago Now

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is presented by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group, and NETworks Presentations. Directed by Laurence Connor (who co-directed the new production of Les Misérables currently running on Broadway and around the world, as well as the award-winning new production of Miss Saigon now playing in London, and is currently working on a stage version of the movie School of Rockwhich will begin previews at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre in November this year), with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter, and musical supervision by John Rigby.  The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe); book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber; orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

Cameron Mackintosh’s brilliant original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA continues performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and in its recording-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway and many other cities around the world.

The regular performance schedule for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Tuesday through Friday at 8pmSaturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.There are added weekday 2pm matinee performances on Fri 6/12, Thu 6/18Fri 7/3 & Thu 7/30. There are no evening performances on Sat 7/4 & Sun 8/2.  Opening Night is Wednesday, July 17, 2015 at 8pm.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is recommended for ages 6 and up. (Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.)

Individual tickets for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA start at $29. Prices are subject to change without notice.

For more information on THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour.

For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, please visit the official website for Hollywood Pantages Theatre:www.HollywoodPantages.com/thephantomoftheopera

Official show site:        www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com

Facebook:                    www.Facebook.com/PhantomOnTour

Twitter:                        www.Twitter.com/PhantomOnTour

Instagram                     www.Instagram.com/PhantomTour

‘WICKED’ EXTENDS SIX ADDITIONAL WEEKS at the Pantages in Hollywood – PERFORMANCES BEGIN WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10

Hollywood, Calif., –  The producers of WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, announced today that due to “Popular” demand, six additional weeks of performances will be added through Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Hollywood Pantages. Individual tickets for this new block of performances will go on sale to the general public on Sunday, October 26 at 10:00am online at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com/Wicked, by phone at 800-982-2787, and at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Boulevard). The box office opens daily at 10am except for Holidays.  Performances of WICKED will begin Wednesday, December 10.

Show Poster

 

WICKED solidified itself as a Los Angeles favorite with its most recent, highly-successful engagement during the 2011 holiday season. WICKED celebrated a record-breaking L.A. premiere in 2005, which was followed two years later by an extended engagement that would go on to run two years, becoming one of the longest-running Broadway musicals in L.A. history.

The musical is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me OutLove! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (AidaThe Who’s TommyHow To Succeed…). WICKED, winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy® Award and 3 Tony® Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz.  It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

WICKED has been declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment WeeklyWICKED currently has nine productions around the world, in New York, London, Japan, Australasian Tour, South Korea, Latin America, a U.K. Tour, and two concurrent North American National Tours.  Since its New York premiere a decade ago, WICKED has grossed over $3.4 billion worldwide and has been seen by over 42 million across the globe. WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 13 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, and Mexico) and has thus far been translated into five languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, and Korean.

The regular performance schedule for WICKED is Tuesday through Friday at 8pmSaturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pmThere is an added weekday matinee on Thursday, December 11th at 2pm. The holiday performance schedule for WICKED for the week of December 22 – 28, 2014 is MondayTuesdayFriday & Saturday at 8pmWednesday and Saturday at 2pm, & Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. The holiday performance schedule for the week of December 29, 2014 – January 4, 2015 is MondayTuesdayFriday & Saturday at 8pmTuesdayWednesday & Saturday at 2pm, & Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.

WICKED is recommended for ages 8 and up.  (Please note that in consideration of audiences, no one under 5 will be admitted to the theatre.)

Individual tickets for WICKED start at $35.  Prices are subject to change without notice.

GRAMMY® Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information about WICKED log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.

For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of WICKED, please visit the official website for Hollywood Pantages Theatre: www.HollywoodPantages.com.

BY POPULAR DEMAND, WICKED EXTENDS SIX ADDITIONAL WEEKS

PERFORMANCES BEGIN WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10

THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015 AT HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES

 INDIVIDUAL TICKETS FOR NEW BLOCK OF PERFORMANCES

GO ON-SALE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 AT 10AM

 http://hollywoodpantages.com/showinfo.php?id=35

 

 

GREEN DAY’S GROUNDBREAKING MUSICAL EVENT CELEBRATES L.A. RETURN AT HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES ONE WEEK ONLY – MAY 13 – 18, 2014

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Hollywood, Calif. Hollywood Pantages Theatre is pleased to announced a lottery ticket policy for Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT, which returns to L.A. for a limited one week engagement; May 13 – 18, 2014.

 The production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece; cash only.  This lottery will be held prior to every performance. Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each; cash only. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability. For more information, please visitwww.HollywoodPantages.com/Lottery.

 

AMERICAN IDIOT, a 2010 Tony Award®-nominated Best Musical and 2010 GRAMMY Award® winner for Best Musical Show Album, features the music of Green Daywith the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Tony Award®-winner Mayer (Spring Awakening).

 

Individual tickets for AMERICAN IDIOT may be purchased online at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  The Hollywood Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am except for holidays.

 

Winner of two Tony Awards®AMERICAN IDIOT is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Through incredible spectacle, thrilling performances and with the hope embodied by a new generation, AMERICAN IDIOT has given audiences the time of their lives night after night since its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre (March 2010 – April 2011) and its subsequent national tour, which launched December 2011 in Toronto.

 

“Since its inception, audiences have been surprised by the emotional journey the show takes them on, told almost exclusively through Green Day’s songs, including many they are already familiar with and love,” said Tom Hulce, producer. “This is such a potent time for our country and the search of our characters for what to believe in is gorgeously celebrated through Billie Joe and Green Day’s wonderfully lush score,” he added.

The musical features the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”

 

AMERICAN IDIOT premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and played through November of that year. In April 2010, the musical opened on Broadway where reviews were unanimously positive with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times calling the show “the most adventurous musical to brave Broadway in the past decade” and the Toronto Star naming it “the first great musical of the 21st century!”

 

The acclaimed creative team also includes choreography by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett (“Black Watch”) and orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”). The Tony Award®-winning scenic design by Christine Jones and the Tony Award®-winning lighting design by Kevin Adams will also be featured in the tour.

 

The performance schedule for AMERICAN IDIOT is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.  Opening Night is Tuesday, May 13th at 8pm.

 

AMERICAN IDIOT has a running time of 1 hour and 35 minutes with no intermission and is recommended for ages 13 and up.  (Please note that in consideration of audiences, no one under 5 will be admitted to the theatre.)

 

Orchestra level tickets for AMERICAN IDIOT start at just $45.  Prices are subject to change without notice.

 

For more information on AMERICAN IDIOT, please visit www.AmericanIdiotTheMusical.com.

 

For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of AMERICAN IDIOT, please visit the Pantages Theatre’s official website,www.HollywoodPantages.com.

 

 

 

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

 

Dates:                                       MAY 13 – 18, 2014

                                               

Theatre:                                    HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATRE
                  6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

Performance Schedule:            8 PERFORMANCES ONLY!

Tuesday - Friday at 8pm

Saturday at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

 

Opening Night:                         Tuesday May 13th at 8pm

 

Ticket Prices:                           Orchestra level tickets start at just $45

                  Ticket prices subject to change without notice.

           

Running Time:                         1 Hour and 35 Minutes with No Intermission

 

Parental Advisory:                    Recommended for Ages 13 and Up

In consideration of audiences, no one under 5 admitted to the theatre

 

Tickets:                                    Online:              HollywoodPantages.com or Ticketmaster.com

Phone:              1-800-982-2787

In Person:         Hollywood Pantages Box Office (opens daily at 10am)

and all Ticketmaster Outlets

Description:  The smash-hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Based on Green Day’s GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum album and featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. With direction by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch) and orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), the result is an experience Rolling Stone declares “a groundbreaking musical event!”

http://www.americanidiotthemusical.com

Sarah Spiegel LIVE in concert May 7 at The Dresden in Hollywood

Songstress Sarah Spiegel to perform live at Hollywood's Dresden, May 7th.
Songstress Sarah Spiegel to perform live at Hollywood’s Dresden, May 7th.

Hollywood, Calif. – Sarah Spiegel, a favorite performer with Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses, will be performing a solo concert May 7 at The Dresden in Hollywood.

Spiegel made a splash in Hollywood 0n July 25, 2010 with Louis Prima Jr and the Witnesses featuring Sarah Spiegel for an historic occasion: Louis Prima’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 1617 Vine Street. Louis Jr. and his sister Lena were on hand to accept the star on their father’s behalf, followed by a tribute show to their father. In the year Louis Sr. would have become a centenarian, his son Louis Jr. showed the world that the time is indeed right for a resurgence in big band and swing…and Louis Jr. the one to make the world stand ready to “Jump, Jive an’ Wail.”

http://louisprimajr.com/prima-shook-the-pavement/

To read more about Sarah Spiegel, see her bio on IMDb:

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Sarah’s arrival in Los Angeles from South Florida has been met with non-stop work and her future success seems limitless.

Sarah’s impressive credentials feature guest star roles on national television such asSamantha Who? (2007), The King of Queens (1998), Boston Public (2000), NCIS (2003),Living with Fran (2005), and Providence (1999). She has always been a paragon of versatility with an equally impressive stage and theatrical resume. Her melodic voice and effortless acting abilities have thrilled audiences in such diverse performances as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and The Threepenny Opera.

Sarah toured with Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses featuring Sarah Spiegel. Louis Prima Jr. carries on the legacy and standards his father made famous… “Just a Gigolo,” “Jump Jive an’ Wail,” “That Old Black Magic,” and “Sing Sing Sing,” to name a few.

Contrary to the average grammar school student of her day, Sarah acquired a love for the “Big Band” sound and has been charming audiences ever since. She earned a highly renowned reputation in Southern Florida where she is known as “The Regal Miss Sarah Spiegel”, or more succinctly – “The Regal Miz”. Her 1930′s and ’40′s song stylings can be heard daily on the popular radio station, WJTW 100.3 FM in Palm Beach County, right alongside Frank SinatraElla Fitzgerald and Barbra Streisand. Inspired by her love of the big band standards, Sarah has recently written a heartfelt one woman show, which will soon debut on a Los Angeles stage. It will feature established and original songs. The show, “Through the Perilous Fight (We Never Stopped Singing)” is a tribute to the beautiful and heroic music of World War II.

Displaying her versatility, Sarah was recruited by the General Motors Corporation to be a national spokesperson for their 100th anniversary celebration. She interviewed and shared the stage with many luminaries from the business and entertainment field. Much of Sarah’s GM work can be seen on television and on the internet.

Jesse Saunders’ BrokenRecords label officially released Sarah’s version of “I Dreamed a Dream” (from Les Miserables) and is available for purchase through iTunes.com

To experience another completely different aspect of Sarah’s vocal abilities, search YouTube.com for Sarah’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Filmed in front of 70,000 St. Louis Rams fans before an NFL game, this footage was captured by the CBS cameras.

Sarah is recording her first full length, contemporary/pop CD with platinum selling artist, Eddie Hedges (Blessid Union of Souls) producing. Her latest music video taken from these sessions, “I Will Be Strong” has been inspiring people around the world and can also be seen on YouTube.com.

 

 

Green Day’s electrifying ‘American Idiot’ returns to the Pantages, May 13 – 18 2014

GREEN DAY’S GROUNDBREAKING MUSICAL EVENT

CELEBRATES L.A. RETURN AT HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES

ONE WEEK ONLY - MAY 13 – 18, 2014

 

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE

 

Friday, February 28, 2014 – Hollywood Pantages Theatre announces that individual tickets for Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT are now on sale to the general public.  AMERICAN IDIOT will return to L.A. by way of Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited one week engagement; May 13 – 18, 2014.  AMERICAN IDIOT, a 2010 Tony Award®-nominated Best Musical and 2010 GRAMMY Award®winner for Best Musical Show Album, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Tony Award®-winner Mayer (Spring Awakening)

 

Individual tickets for AMERICAN IDIOT may be purchased online at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  The Hollywood Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am except for holidays.

 

The national tour stars Jared Nepute as Johnny, Dan Tracy as Tunny, Casey O’Farrell as Will, Olivia Puckett as Whatsername, Taylor Jones as Extraordinary Girl, Mariah Macfarlane as Heather and Carson Higgins as St. Jimmy.

 

Rounding out the cast are Alex BonielloLiam FenneckenSean GarnerFrancesca GranellAntwaun HolleyAndrew HumannAlison MorooneyJohnny NewcombMichael PilatoEric PresnallTurner Rouse, Jr.Josephine Spada and Chelsea Turbin.

 

Winner of two Tony Awards®AMERICAN IDIOT is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Through incredible spectacle, thrilling performances and with the hope embodied by a new generation, AMERICAN IDIOT has given audiences the time of their lives night after night since its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre (March 2010 – April 2011) and its subsequent national tour, which launched December 2011 in Toronto.

 

“Since its inception, audiences have been surprised by the emotional journey the show takes them on, told almost exclusively through Green Day’s songs, including many they are already familiar with and love,” said Tom Hulce, producer. “This is such a potent time for our country and the search of our characters for what to believe in is gorgeously celebrated through Billie Joe and Green Day’s wonderfully lush score,” he added.

 

The musical features the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”

 

AMERICAN IDIOT premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and played through November of that year. In April 2010, the musical opened on Broadway where reviews were unanimously positive with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times calling the show “the most adventurous musical to brave Broadway in the past decade” and the Toronto Star naming it “the first great musical of the 21st century!”

 

The acclaimed creative team also includes choreography by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett (“Black Watch”) and orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”). The Tony Award®-winning scenic design by Christine Jones and the Tony Award®-winning lighting design by Kevin Adams will also be featured in the tour.

 

The performance schedule for AMERICAN IDIOT is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.  Opening Night is Tuesday, May 13th at 8pm.

 

AMERICAN IDIOT has a running time of 1 hour and 35 minutes with no intermission and is recommended for ages 13 and up.  (Please note that in consideration of audiences, no one under 5 will be admitted to the theatre.)

 

Orchestra level tickets for AMERICAN IDIOT start at just $25.  Prices are subject to change without notice.

 

For more information on AMERICAN IDIOT, please visit www.AmericanIdiotTheMusical.com.

 

For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of AMERICAN IDIOT, please visit the Pantages Theatre’s official website, www.HollywoodPantages.com.

 

‘Catch Me If You Can’ Lands at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, March 12 – 24, 2013

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN THE PANTAGES THEATRE MARCH 12 – 24, 2013

Hollywood, Calif. – CATCH ME IF YOU CAN comes to The Pantages Theatre March 12 – 24, 2013Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is the high-flying, splashy new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life.2042.jpg
With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer — living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end…and finds something he never expected.
This delightfully entertaining musical has been created by a Tony Award®-winning “dream team,” with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime), a swinging score by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (Hairspray), choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde) and direction by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).Don’t miss this big-hearted musical adventure based on an astonishing real-life story of being young, in love…and in deep, deep trouble!Individual Tickets: CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW!
Or Call 800-982-ARTS (2787)Price Range: Prices start at $25
Parent Advisory: Ages 10 and Up (children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre)
FRANK ABAGNALE JR. INTERVIEW WITH CNN
Frank W. Abagnale Jr. recently sat down with the folks at CNN to discuss the driving forces behind his book “Catch Me If You Can”, which later became a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg and a recent Broadway hit soon coming to the Pantages Theatre in March 2013!http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/showbiz/2012/05/30/orig-jtb-red-chair-frank-abagnale.cnn#/video/showbiz/2012/05/30/orig-jtb-red-chair-frank-abagnale.cnn

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Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will make a stop at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday, September 1st

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Hollywood, Calif. – Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will make a stop at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday, September 1st. The tour comes on the heels of a banner year that saw Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers winning ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the 2011 International Bluegrass Association Awards.

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In the roughly three years since Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers have been touring together they have delighted audiences at Bonnaroo, New Orleans’ Jazzfest and The Newport Folk Festival to name a few. They’ve embarked on four widely acclaimed tours with many critics noting Martin’s “exceptional musicianship.” The OC Register said “what’s so heartening and wonderful to see is Steve Martin back on stage, doing both things he does best – playing banjo and being funny.”
STEVE MARTIN
AND THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS
Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 8pm
Individual Tickets: CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW!

Or Call 800-982-ARTS (2787)
Price Range:

$55 – $85

Marco Missinato: ‘Profoundly Connected to Music’

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As one of L.A.’s most in-demand musicians, Marco Missinato is no stranger to traversing the frequencies and dimensions of the universe with the ease of catching a flight to his beloved Hawaii or Aspen and many other cities where audiences often enjoy hearing the versatile entertainer’s music up close and personal.

With the looks and musical swagger evocative of The Boy from Ipanema, Missinato has been entertaining and inspiring audiences with his  romantic ballads and ethereal harmonies since moving to L.A. from his native Rome, Italy in the early 1990′s. Since that time, Missinato’s music has been featured in such television series as the original Melrose Place and Port Charles along with numerous theatrical productions and projects.

Through his recent projects and romantic melodies, Missinato explains that he seeks to inspire his listeners to open up to what he sees as their highest and truest selves. His goal, he says, is to reach for the inner depths of the soul through his music which he believes will allow people to feel and experience the powerful sound of music.

“Music is the door, the bridge between us and our soul,” says Missinato in his soft Italian accent. “It is like a ray of light which illuminates the darkness of  our fears and disintegrates all inhibitions.”

As Missinato’s music continues to evolve, he shares his journey in his newest project, Unfolding Secrets a work in progress, with music and cover design by Missinanto, orchestrations by Emanuele Arnone, and vocals by Kristin Hoffman.

“This is my latest symphonic contemporary classical album and I am very excited to share it,” says Missinato, adding that Unfolding Secrets, Symphony of the Heart can been seen on video. “I think you will enjoy it.”

Missinato shares a glimpse into his life’s journey, while exploring the man behind those good vibrations.

Beginnings: I started with a little flute and then as soon as was possible I got involved with keyboards and piano. Since the very beginning of my physical experience here on Earth I was profoundly connected to music. I started to play musical instruments around the age of 3. More then a personal talent discovery, it was a deep feeling of love occurring when music was playing.

Los Angeles:  I came in Los Angels in 1992. The very first year I was a full-time student at the Musician Institute in Hollywood. Soon after that I started to perform in restaurant and bars as a way to make money and produce the music that I felt inside.

Start:  When I first came in the USA back in 1988/89 (I was sent by magazines I was working with as a professional photographer) I felt an immediate sense of freedom and spaciousness. Therefore later I chose the USA as the ground platform for my musical creative evolution.

Family: The members of my family seem to have all strong artistic potentiality most often unexplored because the outside circumstances stopped them from pursuing it.

Music: All of the music and musical projects that I have created in the past as well the ones I am working in the present are coming from the same source. They are just different creative ways to express my passion and love for music. It gives me joy to express my connection with music in various ways. I like all genres of music as long as I sense, when I listen to their work, that the creative motivation of the composer, producer and artist are genuinely coming from their heart.

Inspiration: The art of composing music in my personal experience is a very mysterious process that I truly cannot explain with words. I seem to have access to it when I enter a state of no-mind. Sometimes the compositions that I create in this process sound very much like soundtracks and therefore can be used in movies and other medias. I have been performing in situations in which celebrities were present and I always had positive feed-back and enthusiastic responses. I love to give joy to people through music weather they are famous or not.

Collaborations: I have been very lucky to have wonderful musicians performing my music. Among them Chris Tedesco, David Goldblatt, Steve Tavaglioni, Ramon Stagnaro, Joe Rotondi to name a few.

Performances:  My focus when I provide music for events is to open the heart of people and have them feel more intimately connected with life so that they momentarily let go at their mind and connect fully with their heart and soul and have a uniting experience. By monitoring constantly the crowd I select the song or music composition that my intuition tells me is most appropriate for that specific moment. That too is a mysterious process that I simply allow to naturally unfold by tapping with my higher source.

Projects:  Among my latest projects I have just finished to produce a series of seven guided imagery meditation journeys entitled “Back to Life,” a blend of guided spoken words (by world renown healer Barry Bruder) and high-vibrational original music and sounds soon to be launched in hospitals, clinics and to be used as part of recovery programs in support of healing traumas, injuries, diseases etc. “Melodies From Within” is another series of CDs I am about to distribute on the market. It is a collection of original instrumental compositions for shooting the heart and soul. “Soul Journey” is a three-albums series of “Ambient” music was released in January 2010. My band “Naked Soul” will launch is planning its first live concert for healing which will be touring in USA, Europe and Asia. Among my past compositions “Pets Love Music” is a five-CDs series of music dedicated to Pets.

Art: Music is a very powerful and transformational art form and therefore the composer and the performer hold a great responsibility. They both must make sure that their melodies come from true non-ego source.

Goals:  My intent and my life purpose (other then self growth) is to create a profound transformational musical experience in a concert and album formats in order to uplift, support and inspire people to follow their greatness.

Speaking of out of profound experiences, have you ever done anything a little out of the ordinary? Yes, I did do parachuting twice. It was a wonderful freeing experience. My life is a constant expanding adventure as long as I keep being daring and stretch out from my comfort zone into the unknown and mysteriousness of life.

You are a brave soul! Embarking on a career in music can also be risky business. What advise would you offer for aspiring musicians? Follow your heart, your joy and your passion they are all the same: Streams of love coming from high source. It is life itself telling you which direction to take as it magically unfolds in front of your eyes.

Do you have any artists that you admire? I admire every person whose attempting to express him/herself through the heart and therefore through the arts (isn’t it interesting that heart and art sound so similar?). It does not matter if they are famous or unknown, if they sing or play or simply make art out of an ordinary jobs. I have strong admiration for anybody whom are choosing the courageous act of being true to themselves despite the streams of resistances that they have to face in their daily base life when they relate with the so called ‘common sense.’

Do you have any special memories that stand out in your mind from your childhood and also from any of your performances. Have you ever played any other musical instruments? More than memories it is the constant recurrent feeling of overwhelming joy, love and unity with the whole that I sense every time I allow myself the necessary vulnerability to accommodate higher levels of frequencies. I remember how in my childhood this process was effortless and achieved in a magical instant moment.  In the past I have been using other instruments to create music, like guitar, harmonicas, flutes etc.

Are there any musicians or artists from the past, such as  the Renaissance era or the past few centuries that you admire? When you listen to my childhood earliest compositions it will be obvious to you that somehow I have in me a strong connection with classical music. I cannot point you out specific names or time period because my relationship with music is not related to three-dimensional data.

Do you have any favorite movies or songs? There are may movies and songs that I love. “Cinema Paradiso” and its music by Ennio Morricone (just to mention one) has a simplicity and yet a profoundness that touches me at the core.

How does the notion of love and romance come through in your music?  Music when purely channeled offer the possibility to bridge oneself with the non-physical world and therefore dissipate the illusion of separation which leads to a feeling of love that is not weighted with neediness and sense of lack.

Any tips on how to discover art within one’s self through music or any type of art for that matter? You make art by simply following your joy. Any activity can become an artistic expression if joy and divine creativity are allowed. One can be a postman and if delivering mail is his true call it will become an artistic effort. Such a person every time will deliver the mail will have an healing effect on people. Also his/her way to deliver mail will be very unique and creative because it will be an action that is in deep connection with true source

What are your thoughts on time and space as far as what we as humans do with our time on earth? Time and space are a necessary and momentarily human perception which allow the soul to have a three dimensional experience. By choosing to enter this field of frequencies the soul creates the opportunity for immense explanation and self-awareness.

If you could transport your self to any time or place, past, present or future or anywhere in the universe, where would it be? I would probably choose a far light star in the future, the feeling of which it makes me feel at home.  

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A glimpse into Unfolding Secrets a work in progress, with music and cover design by Missanto, Orchestrations by Emanuele Arnone, and Vocals by Kristin Hoffman can be viewed by visiting: Missinato’s music and albums can be purchased online by visiting  www.melodiesfromwithin.com (soon to become www.marcomissinato.com), iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby and at http://marcomissinato.bandcamp.com.

For more information about Missinato’s Unfolding Secrets, Symphony of the Heart and to see the video production visit:  

http://marcomissinato.bandcamp.com/album/unfolding-secrets and

http://www.youtube.com/user/marcovideo10

http://www.frequency.com/video/unfolding-secrets-symphony-of-heart/106639673/-/5-8889956