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Los Angeles based writer, Margie Anne Clark covers the entertainment world in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding entertainment venues in Southern California.

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.

 

 

Universal Studios Hollywood set to open much-anticipated arrival of “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” April 12, 2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Studios HollywoodSM announces the much-anticipated arrival of “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” a 3D Ultra-HD movie motion-simulator adventure.  Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me will come to life in Hollywood in an attraction modeled after the one in its sister park, Universal Orlando Resort® – with the addition of a few surprises unique to the Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM

“Based on the consumer feedback at our sister park, we expect the ‘Despicable Me’ ride experience to be a popular, family-friendly attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood.  The ride continues the story line of the main characters from the blockbuster film through all-new 3D Ultra-HD animation, together with an interactive ride vehicle system,” said Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Studios Hollywood.  “In ‘Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,’ our guests will experience the hilarious and heartwarming characters of the beloved film in a whole new way.”

The fully immersive experience will debut in 2014 with the loveable cast of leading characters that have captured the laughter of audiences worldwide: super-villain Gru, his adorable girls (Margo, Edith and Agnes) and the unpredictably hilarious Minions.

“The ‘Despicable Me Minion Mayhem’ attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will continue to push the creative envelope with its exceptional show content, sight gags, special effects and 3D digital animation.  The exterior treatment will feature even more thematic and colorful creative touches that will literally place park guests inside Gru’s world,” said Mark Woodbury, President, Universal Creative.

Guests will experience whimsically themed queues, preshow videos and comedic dialogue that set up the fundamental plot: Gru schemes to create more mischievous Minions from human recruits.

Guests will be transported into Gru’s house as they meander through his living room and encounter visual elements as seen in the film – including the moon-shrinking SR-6 shrink ray – while they zig zag through a zany adventure featuring Gru’s super-villain laboratory.  The exciting journey continues as they swerve, bounce and plunge to get through the frantically humorous Minion training mission while donning specially designed 3D Minion goggles.  Fun and frolic continue in a post-show dance party where Minion walkaround characters invite guests to strut their stuff in an impromptu Minion-inspired dance party.

“Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” was produced in collaboration between Universal Creative and Illumination Entertainment, and was recently honored as Best Animated Special Production at the 2012 Annie Awards, which recognizes Outstanding Achievements in the field of Animation.

Universal Studios Hollywood SM, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk® entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas, the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue, and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event arena.  World-class rides and attractions include the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “The Simpsons RideTM,” “Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride” indoor roller coaster and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride,” as well as the award-winning, critically acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride—3D.”

By Universal Studios Hollywood

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Disney Parks Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of ‘it’s a small world,’ Invites the World to Join a Global Sing-along at SmallWorld50.com

It's a Small World--Disney Parks is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic a small world attraction with a global celebration that benefits UNICEF. Capturing the happy, peaceful spirit of children everywhere, the attraction, which debuted at the 1964 World's Fair, now entertains guests at five Disney theme parks worldwide. Fans around the world are invited to join the celebration at SmallWorld50.com where they may record videos of themselves singing a small world and create virtual dolls in the style of those from the attraction. The celebration continues April 10, when hundreds of voices from the Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will be united in a global sing-along.

Sing the Iconic Song, Make a Digital Doll to Benefit UNICEF

NEW YORK/ANAHEIM, Calif./LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla./TOKYO/PARIS/HONG KONG – March 21, 2014 – In a historic, global event, guests and cast members at Disney Parks around the world will unite in song to

celebrate the 50th anniversary of “It’s a Small World,” the classic Disney Parks attraction that opened as a tribute to peace and hope at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Fans from around the world can join the festivities in a first-of-its-kind, online global sing-along at SmallWorld50.com.

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, hundreds of voices from Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will sing the unforgettable theme song of the “happiest cruise that ever sailed the seven seas.”

Fans around the world also are invited to join the global sing-along virtually. SmallWorld50.com launches today as a “global hub” of music and harmony where guests may record videos of themselves singing the classic song and create virtual “it’s a small world” dolls to benefit UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund). UNICEF provides health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more to children around the world.

” ‘it’s a small world’ has inspired hundreds of millions of people through its timeless theme,” said Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Every moment of every day there are Disney guests enjoying ‘it’s a small world’ somewhere around the globe.  The 50th anniversary of this attraction represents a celebration of the shared optimism, hope, and humanity of people throughout the world.”

New Video Features People Around the World Singing “It’s a Small World”

To help announce the celebration, Disney Parks released a video featuring people around the world singing, dancing to and playing “It’s a Small World.” Filmed across six continents in more than 25 countries, the video features international “performers” – including bagpipers in Scotland, Bollywood movie actors in India, a firefighter in New York City, and members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir – to create one worldwide video.

That video and others will be part of the launch of SmallWorld50.com, the global website for the attraction’s anniversary. Fans around the world are encouraged to participate online by recording on the Small World 50 website videos of themselves singing “It’s a Small World” and by creating virtual “it’s a small world” dolls to share with their friends through social media.

The Walt Disney Company will donate $150,000 to benefit UNICEF in honor of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” plus $1 for every sing-along video recorded on SmallWorld50.com and another $1 for every virtual doll created on the website, up to $100,000. Disney began its relationship with UNICEF in 1964 with the debut of “it’s a small world” at the New York World’s Fair. More recently, Disney and UNICEF have worked together to create a brighter tomorrow for thousands of children through programming that helps foster imagination and creativity.

Throughout the day, Disney Parks also will sponsor Google Hangouts that invite people from around the world to participate in the anniversary events. Fans are encouraged to visit SmallWorld50.com for details.

Disney Store adds to the Golden Anniversary celebration with the “it’s a small world” doll collection, inspired by the original Fantasyland attraction, and stores nationwide will offer fans a chance to celebrate at “it’s a small world” events. From Thursday, April 10, to Sunday, April 13, children are invited to visit a participating Disney Store to take a journey on an imaginary boat ride around the globe, learning how to say “hello” in various languages and singing “It’s a Small World” along the way. Guests are encouraged to call their local Disney Store or visit DisneyStore.com to confirm participation and details.

The Creation of a Classic 

One of the most beloved attractions in the history of Disney Parks, “it’s a small world” is featured at all five Disney Resorts around the world. The original attraction premiered at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, created by Walt Disney himself and WED Enterprises, which eventually became Walt Disney Imagineering (the creative masters behind Disney theme parks and attractions).

The attraction features a gentle boat ride through a Lilliputian land populated by colorfully dressed Audio-Animatronics dolls representing children from many regions of the world singing a simple song about universal harmony. A team of WED artistic geniuses, including Disney Legends designer Mary Blair and costumer Alice Davis, created its now iconic style.

In 1963, Walt Disney was asked to create an exhibit for the 1964 World’s Fair to salute UNICEF and children around the world. With Walt’s blessing, Marc Davis, one of the original Disney animators, designed the boat ride attraction through the regions and countries of the world. The first version of “it’s a small world” entertained and thrilled more than 10 million visitors in New York from 1964-65. In 1966, after some major enhancements, including an enlargement of approximately 33 percent, the attraction found a permanent home at Disneyland in California.

In the attraction, hundreds of dolls “sing” the familiar song, “It’s a Small World,” in five languages (English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish). Academy Award® winning composers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, who won two Oscars® for their work on Disney’s feature film “Mary Poppins,” were asked by Walt Disney to create a simple, yet catchy piece that could be sung in many different languages while guests traveled by boat through the attraction. The resulting song, “It’s a Small World (After All),” became one of the most well known and happiest of all Disney tunes.

– See more at: http://disneylandnews.com/2014/03/21/disney-parks-celebrates-the-50th-anniversary-of-its-a-small-world-invites-the-world-to-join-a-global-sing-along-at-smallworld50-com/#sthash.TV8LUChZ.dpuf

https://disneyland.disney.go.com

Baseball! The Exhibition opens April 4, 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

Discover the Rarest and Most Iconic
Baseball Artifacts in “Baseball! The Exhibition”

At the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Presidential Foundation. April 4 – September 4, 2014

 

(SIMI VALLEY, Calif.) Just in time for the opening week of Major League Baseball, Baseball! The Exhibition opens April 4, 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Running through September 4, 2014, Baseball is a 12,000 square foot exhibition featuring over 700 artifacts, including some of the rarest, historic and iconic baseball memorabilia from the largest known private collector in the U.S. The exhibit displays extraordinary artifacts from Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, and scores of other historically

Babe Ruth's signature baseball bat will be one of many artifacts on display at the Reagan Library's Baseball! The Exhibition” April 4, 2014 through September 4, 2014.

important players and organizations. Also featured will be rare artifacts related to Ronald Reagan and baseball from his days calling Chicago Cubs games, to signed balls and jerseys he received while President.

“I really do love baseball and I wish we could do this out on the lawn every day,” President Reagan remarked on May 11, 1983 on the South Lawn as part of a White House Ceremony observing National Amateur Baseball Month. “I wouldn’t even complain if a stray ball came through the Oval Office window now and then.”

“Nothing is more American than baseball,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. “Baseball fans of all ages are going to be astounded by the array of iconic baseball pieces on display. ‘Baseball the Exhibition’ is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with family, friends, and fellow baseball fans.”

The exhibition celebrates the great American pastime of baseball by showcasing the glory days of baseball from the first balls, bats, gloves and uniforms ever used, to bringing together the most iconic pieces of baseball history, such as Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting ball that drove his 56 game hitting streak and Babe Ruth’s 1939 uniform from when he coached the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Featured items on display in Baseball! The Exhibition include:

  • An exhibit dedicated to Babe Ruth, which will display his traveling trunk, including his 1939 uniform while coaching the Brooklyn Dodgers, his baseball bat and his famous fur coat
  • A Honus Wagner trading card – the rarest and most valuable of all baseball cards
  • Jerseys/uniforms worn by Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Don Sutton, Orel Hershiser, Barry Bonds, David Ortiz, Fernando Valenzuela, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and more
  • Baseball hit by Barry Bonds (the homerun ball that tied Hank Aaron’s record), as well as a Hank Aaron-signed ball
  • Baseballs from Joe DiMaggio, including his record-setting ball that drove his 56 game hitting streak as well as the ball that ended the streak
  • Baseball signed by Pete Rose that broke Ty Cobb’s all-time hitting record
  • A special section featuring the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers and their legacy in Los Angeles
  • Some of the first historic bats, balls, gloves, uniforms, stadium items and folk art related to the sport as well as an unmatched collection of rare baseball cards and photographs of all the astonishing athletes who played the game
  • And so much more

The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California.  Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  The Museum is only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.  For Museum Admission fees, please visit www.reaganlibrary.com.  Museum exhibit tickets may be pre-purchased at www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets.  For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com/baseball.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT will celebrate its Hollywood Pantages Premiere with a limited three week engagement; June 3 – 22, 2014.

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR 2014 NATIONAL TOUR

 

 

STARRING DIANA DeGARMO AS “NARRATOR”

AND ACE YOUNG AS “JOSEPH”

 

NEW NATIONAL TOUR WILL CELEBRATE HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES PREMIERE

THREE WEEKS ONLY – JUNE 3 – 22, 2014

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — The Independent Presenters Network is delighted to announce that JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT will celebrate its Hollywood Pantages Premiere with a limited three week engagement; June 3 – 22, 2014.  Casting is complete for this new national tour, which will be directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-Winner Andy Blankenbuehler.

 

Individual tickets for JOSEPH will go on sale to the general public on Sunday March 30th at 10am 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 is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am except for holidays.

 

As previously announced, Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo (Narrator) and Broadway star Ace Young (Joseph) will head up the cast, which will feature Paul Castree as Simeon, William Thomas Evans as Jacob/Potiphar, Brian Golub as Reuben, Will Mann as Judah and Ryan Williams as Pharaoh.

 

The ensemble will include Chip AbbottAmanda BraunJonathan BurkeClaire CampRichard CeratoVincent D’EliaLisa FinegoldLili FroehlichSasha HollingerBrandon HudsonPatrick John MoranMark RolandDavid RossettiLeigh SchefflerChristine Cornish SmithBrett StoelkerTricia TanguyMatthew Tiberi and Katie Whetsell.

 

Husband-and-wife team Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo first met when they shared the Broadway stage in the 2009 revival of HAIR.  “I am so excited to star as ‘Joseph’ alongside Diana,” said Ace.  “It’s great to be back! I too am so excited to star alongside Ace in the very role I once looked up to years ago as a child in the choir,” added Diana.

 

One of the most enduring shows of all time, JOSEPH is the family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.  JOSEPH is the first collaboration of composerAndrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King).  JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story which has been enjoyed by scores of audiences for decades, and includes such memorable songs as Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do andClose Every Door.

 

The production design team includes scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by John Shivers andDavid Patridge, projection & video design by Daniel Brodie, music supervision by David Kreppel and music direction by Wayne Green.

 

The National Tour of JOSEPH is produced by the Independent Presenters Network.

 

The performance schedule for JOSEPH is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.  Opening Night is Wednesday June 4th at 8pm.

 

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

 

Individual tickets for JOSEPH will start at $25.  Prices are subject to change without notice.

 

For more information on JOSEPH, please visit www.JosephTheMusical.com/USTour.

 

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

 

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BIOS

 

DIANA DeGARMO (Narrator) From Broadway to the Hollywood Bowl, Diana is no stranger to the stage.   At 16, she stole America’s heart on “Idol” before becoming the first alum to star on Broadway.  Starring in such shows as HAIR (where she met her husband Ace Young), 9 to 5Brooklyn: The MusicalHairspray and The Toxic Avenger, she then moved to Los Angeles to play the role of “Angelina,” a fan favorite on the number one daytime series “The Young and the Restless.”  In 2008, she released an acoustic EP “Unplugged in Nashville,” and recently released a Country EP “Live To Love,” composed of songs co-written with Ace.  She is so excited to star alongside him playing the very role she once looked up to years ago when she was just a child in the choir.  It’s great to be back!  Many thanks to Headline Talent Agency, Ellis Talent Group and our dog Rosie.

 

ACE YOUNG (Joseph) This athletic, 6’1″ runt of 5 boys moved to Los Angeles from Boulder, CO, over ten years ago to pursue a career in music.  Since then, Ace has worked with musical stars ranging from Brian McKnight to Desmond Child.  He is a Grammy-nominated songwriter with number one hits in the U.S. and Sweden.  Ace has performed for the masses at festivals, concerts, parades, bars and hole-in-the-wall joints around the world.  After being a contestant on “Idol,” he pursued a Broadway career, starring first in Grease and then in HAIR, where he met his wife, Diana DeGarmo.  They recently released a Country EP “Live To Love,” composed of songs co-written by the two of them.  Other television credits include “Bones” and “Planet 360.”  Truly comfortable in the spotlight, he is so excited to star as ‘Joseph’ alongside his new wife.  Many thanks to Headline Talent Agency, Ellis Talent Group and our dog Rosie.

 

ANDY BLANKENBUEHLER (Direction and Choreography) Broadway: In The Heights (Tony Award), Bring It On (Tony nomination), 9 To 5 (Tony nomination), The People In The PictureThe Apple Tree, and the revival of Annie. Other work includes: Fly (DTC), The Wiz (City Center), Desperately Seeking Susan (West End), “Sesame Street,” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”  Future projects include Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and Only Gold with Kate Nash.  Mr. Blankenbuehler has performed on Broadway in FosseContactMan of La ManchaSaturday Night FeverSteel PierBig and Guys and Dolls. He resides in New York City, with his wife Elly and two children, Luca and Sofia.

 

INDEPENDENT PRESENTERS NETWORK (Producer) is a consortium of 50 members who present live entertainment worldwide. Recent Broadway/London/U.S. Tours: Kinky Boots, MatildaJekyll & HydeLa Cages Aux Folles, Wonderland, 9 to 5, Ragtime, Frost/Nixon, Legally Blonde, The Color Purple, Spamalot, Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands.

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

 

Dates:                                     JUNE 3 – 22, 2014

                                               

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

 

Performance Schedule:        Tuesday – Friday at 8pm

Saturday at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

 

Opening Night:                      Wednesday June 4th at 8pm

 

Individual Tickets:                Individual tickets will start at $25

On Sale March 30th at 10am             Ticket prices subject to change without notice.

           

Parental Advisory:                 Recommended for All Ages

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

 

Tickets:                                  Online:             HollywoodPantages.com or Ticketmaster.com

On Sale March 30th at 10am             Phone:             1-800-982-2787

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

and all Ticketmaster Outlets

Description:  Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo and Broadway star Ace Young will head up the cast of the new touring production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.

 

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. The first collaboration of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan DaysAny Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.

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.

 

Santa Clarita Hosts International Young Authors and Artists Exhibit

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Sister Cities Program will host a unique display of art and literary works of students from all over the United States and abroad.  This exhibit features the winners and finalists of Sister Cities International’s (SCI) Young Authors and Artists Showcase 2013.  It is touring the United States for a year and Santa Clarita is proud to sponsor this exhibit in the Valencia Library Community Room from January 23 to February 20, 2014.

The display will highlight an essay written by Santa Clarita’s Ashley Choi, which won SCI’s national grand prize.  It also features an artwork from Santa Clarita’s Sister City in Sariaya, Philippines, which was chosen as one of five international finalists.

The Young Authors and Artists Showcase is part of Sister Cities International’s annual youth programming.  This competition gives students (13-18 years old) the opportunity to express their ideas of global citizenship, cross-cultural communication, and global issues through art, an essay, or a poem. The Santa Clarita Valley International Program (SCVIP), through its Sister Cities Program and in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita, offers this unique opportunity to local students.  The 2014 contest in Santa Clarita is currently underway, with entries due to SCVIP on April 15, 2014.

SCVIP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “connect local to global.”  It focuses on the development of sister city relationships and projects that promote mutually beneficial strategic alliances and international goodwill between the people of Santa Clarita and people of international cities/countries.  Santa Clarita has two sister cities – Tena, Ecuador, and Sariaya, Philippines.

For information on this exhibit or on the 2014 Young Authors and Artists Showcase, please call (661) 286-4157 or (661) 255-4317, email scvip@santa-clarita.com, or visit scvipsantaclarita.org.

Disney’s ‘Lion King’ returns to the Los Angeles at the Pantages in Hollywood, circle of life continues in time for the holidays.

News from the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood

The Los Angeles –  return of Disney’s THE LION KING opened Friday at at the Hollywood Pantages for a limited eight-week engagement through January 12, 2014.  Hollywood Pantages General Manager Martin Wiviott says “The Circle of Life is once again complete as THE LION KING returns to its Los Angeles home.  From its initial debut here in 2000 until now, the excitement and enthusiasm for this spectacular stage production hasn’t diminished, but has instead grown by leaps (of the gazelles) and bounds.  All of us here at the Hollywood Pantages look forward to a holiday season full of good cheer and great theatre.  Welcome home, Lion King!”

Individual tickets for THE LION KING 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 is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am except for holidays.  Groups of 15 or more may inquire about pricing and availability by visiting www.PantagesGroups.com or calling 1-866-755-3075.  Premium Ticket Packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available.

 The Holiday Performance Schedule is as follows: November 29 – December 1, 2013: Friday at 2pm & 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 1pm.  December 23, 2013 – January 5, 2014: Monday & Thursday at 7:30pm,Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.

Photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy Pantages Theatre

THE LION KING began as a 1994 animated feature-length film developed and produced by the Walt Disney Company.  The story, a coming of age parable set among animals indigenous to its setting, the African savanna, tells the tale of Simba, the lion cub who rises to be the King of the jungle.

The production features Patrick R. Brown as “Scar”, L. Steven Taylor as “Mufasa”, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as “Rafiki”, Nick Cordileone as “Timon”, Andrew Gorell as “Zazu”, Ben Lipitz as “Pumbaa”, Jelani Remy as “Simba”, Nia Holloway as “Nala”, Keith Bennett as “Banzai”, Rashada Dawan as “Shenzi” andRobbie Swift as “Ed.”

The role of “Young Simba” is alternated between Jordan A. Hall and Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, and the role of “Young Nala” is alternated between Nya Cymone Carter and Zyasia Jadea Page.

The North American touring productions of THE LION KING have been seen by more than 15 million theatergoers and grossed over $1 billion to date.  Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, THE LION KING now proudly makes its Los Angeles return at Hollywood Pantages.

ABOUT THE LION KING

In its 17th year, THE LION KING remains ascendant; it is the highest-grossing Broadway show in New York history and one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 21 global productions have been seen by more than 70 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 104 years.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years.  Translated into eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway and on tour across North America, in Tokyo and on tour in Japan, in London’s West End and on tour throughout the UK, and in Hamburg, Madrid and Sao Paolo.  To date, THE LION KING has played 98 cities in 17 countries on every continent except Antarctica.

 

Among the most successful titles in entertainment history, with a cumulative gross in excess of $5 billion, the stage production of THE LION KING has already earned more than the biggest hit films in movie history: more than the Lord of the Rings trilogy combined, more than the six Star Wars films combined, and more than Avatar and Titanic, the two highest-grossing films in movie history, combined.

The award-winning musical will celebrate a new milestone in December 2013 when it returns to Australia, making it the tenth concurrent worldwide production ofTHE LION KING, the highest number of productions running at any one time in the show’s history.

THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony® Awards:  Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical.  THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success.  The first woman to win a Tony® Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show in Las Vegas, Madrid and the UK tour and just completed casting the Brazilian production in Sao Paolo.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.  The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay.  Other members of the creative team include:  Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.

THE LION KING has a running time of 2 hours and 40 minutes, including intermission, and is recommended for ages 6 and up.  (Please note that all persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.)

Prices are subject to change without notice.

 

For more information on THE LION KING, please visit www.LionKing.com.

 

For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING, please visit the Hollywood Pantages’ official website,www.HollywoodPantages.com.

 

 

 

 

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

 

Dates:                                       NOVEMBER 20, 2013 – JANUARY 12, 2014

                                               

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

 

Performance Schedule:            Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm

                  Friday at 8pm

Saturday at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

Weekday Matinees at 1pm on 11/27 & 1/8/14

 

Holiday Performances: November 29 – December 1, 2013

                  Friday at 2pm & 8pm

                  Saturday at 2pm & 8pm

                  Sunday at 1pm

 

                  December 23, 2013 – January 5, 2014

                  Monday & Thursday at 7:30pm

                  Friday & Saturday at 8pm

                  Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 2pm

                  Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

 

Running Time:                         2 Hours and 40 Minutes including Intermission

 

Parental Advisory:                    Recommended for Ages 6 and Up

All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket

 

Tickets:                                    Online:              HollywoodPantages.com or Ticketmaster.com

Phone:              1-800-982-2787

In Person:         Pantages Box Office (opens daily at 10am) and all Ticketmaster Outlets

Ticket prices subject to change without notice

Description:  Experience the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you’ll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar®-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.”  Good Morning America calls it “The most exciting, most inventive, most moving theater that has ever come to Broadway!” Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award®-winning Broadway sensationNewsweek calls “a landmark event in entertainment.”

On location with Santa Clarita’s own Hollywood Story

Filming news from The City of Santa Clarita

Record Year for Santa Clarita Film Office

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Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) was another record year for the Santa Clarita Film Office.  The Film Office is proud to report more than 1,000 film days for the first time ever as well as an increase in the economic impact to the local community compared to the previous fiscal year.

  • Film Days up 18% – 1069 in FY 12/13 vs. 909 in FY 11/12
  • Economic Impact up 22% – $25.7 million in FY 12/13 vs. $21.1 million in FY 11/12
  • Permits down 1% – 368 in FY 12/13 vs. 372 in FY 11/12
  • Film Days up 18% – 1069 in FY 12/13 vs. 909 in FY 11/12
  • Economic Impact up 22% – $25.7 million in FY 12/13 vs. $21.1 million in FY 11/12
  • Permits down 1% – 368 in FY 12/13 vs. 372 in FY 11/12

Movie Ranches Annexed into City

With the approval of the South Sand Canyon annexation in April, the City of Santa Clarita welcomed Sable Ranch, Rancho Maria and A Rancho Deluxe into the City of Santa Clarita and the Movie Ranch Overlay Zone (MOZ).  Of the 692 acres included in the annexation, 540 acres were dedicated movie ranch properties.  The City created the MOZ as a way to support existing production and film businesses while attracting new production and film companies.  Benefits of filming at these movie ranch properties include reduced permit fees, expedited permit processing and no notification required!

Disney ABC Studios at the Ranch

The Disney/ABC Studios at the Ranch project received unanimous approval from the L.A. County Planning Commission in June.  The L.A. County Board of Supervisors will vote for the project’s final approval within the next two-to-three months.  The project will bring soundstages and new production facilities to Golden Oak Ranch and will create thousands of new jobs and an enormous economic benefit throughout L.A. County and Santa Clarita.

 

( Golden Oak Ranch, Walt Disney Co. / May 22, 2012 )

A close-up view of the fortress built at the ranch for “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”

Cameras are rolling at various locations throughout Santa Clarita each and every week.  Here are some of the productions that have recently been shooting around town and where they filmed.

Commercials:

  • Honda – Canyon Theater Guild, Main Street
  • Toyota – Sable Ranch, Happy Valley neighborhood, Veteran’s Historical Plaza
  • Verizon – College of the Canyons

Feature Films:

Music Videos:

  • Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop” – Sand Canyon area home

Television Shows:


On Location: The Los Angeles video project. What is your LA?

 

The Santa Clarita Film Office is working with New Filmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), a non-profit organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers. The Los Angeles Video Project is a multimedia program hosted by NFMLA that celebrates and enlists LA’s remarkable pool of filmmakers to act and serve as Ambassadors and share what these artists call their LA; an insider perspective into this diverse, cosmopolitan city and its neighborhoods. Click through to NFMLA to learn more about how to submit your video and share, What is your LA?

Now Playing/Coming Soon

 

If you live or work in Santa Clarita, chances are you’ll see something familiar next time you go to a movie theater or turn on your TV.  Check out these movies and shows and see if you can spot the Santa Clarita locations!

List of Current Locally Based Shows

The Santa Clarita Film Office is pleased to welcome a new locally based show Chasing Life(formerly Terminales), a one-hour drama series being added to ABC Family’s roster of original programming. The series starts production in July and will premiere on ABC Family in early 2014.

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