Theatre Planning: Near and Far

Some near side and far side theatre planning, while the tea steeps and cools:

On the near side: Yesterday morning, while the tea cooled and I woke up from the van ride, I worked on the weekend schedule for the next few months. I needed to do this because I needed to reschedule tickets for two shows, schedule a third, figure out when we were going to the Ren Faire, and figure out when to order tickets for some other shows we want to see. The following is what I worked out. If this affects you (and it probably doesn’t–it should only affect ussens, ellipticcurve, ixixlix, and anyone wanting to meet us at Southern Faire), give me a shout out with any problems:

Sat 4/5 9p: “Mask” at Pasadena Playhouse (TICKETED)
Sun 4/6: “The Who’s Tommy” at CSUN, 3pm

Sat 4/12 All Day: Ren Faire (TICKETED, w/ellipticcurve, Faire runs 4/5 through 5/18)
Sun 4/13 Open

Sat 4/19: First Seder
Sun 4/20: Second Seder

Sat 4/26: Jeremy’s Bday Party, OERM Rail Fest
Sun 4/27: Open

Sat 5/3: E-Rehearsal, K-CDF Conference
Sun 5/4: Open

Sat 5/10: Brain from Planet X, Chance Theatre, La Palma (Ticketed/Goldstar, New American Musical Festival, Runs 5/3 – 6/8)
Sun 5/11: Mothers Day

Sat 5/17: Pippin at East West Players (UNTICKETED, Runs 5/14 – 6/18, Goldstar/LAStageTix inquiry sent)
Sun 5/18: Open

Sat 5/24: “Of Mice and Men” at Pasadena Playhouse (MOVE Season Tickets from 5/31)
Sun 5/25: Open

Sat 5/31: Grease Finale/Cast Party
Sun 6/1: Open

Sat 6/7: “The Full Monty” at REP East (SEASON TICKETS, runs 5/16-6/14, date request sent)
Sun 6/8: “Songs from an Unmade Bed” at Celebration Theatre, Hollywood (UNTICKETED, New American Musical Fest, Runs wk of Jun 6 only, Goldstar/LAStageTix inquiry sent)

Sat 6/14: Open
Sun 6/15: Fathers Day

Sat 6/21: Grad Party?
Sun 6/22: Open

Sat 6/28: “A Chorus Line” at Ahamanson (MOVE Season Tickets from 5/31, w/ixixlix, exchange @ box office or mid-May)
Sun 6/29: Open

Early July: Look for “A Very Brady Musical” at Theatre West, June 6 through July 20. Goldstar/LAStageTix inquiry sent.

On the far side: The Center Theatre Group has just announced the 2008-2009 schedule, with a hint of the 2009-2010 schedule:

  • “9 to 5: The Musical” (Sept. 20-Oct. 19), based on the 1980 film that starred Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton as corporate secretaries out for revenge against their chauvinist boss. M/L: Dolly Parton. Book: Patricia Resnick. Director: Joe Mantello (“Wicked”). Cast: Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty, Marc Kudisch.
  • “Spring Awakening,” last year’s best musical Tony winner (Oct. 30 to Dec. 7). Director: Michael Mayer. Music: Duncan Sheik. Book/Lyrics: Steven Sater.
  • “Minsky’s,” a musical about a Roaring ’20s burlesque impresario based on the 1968 film “The Night They Raided Minsky’s” (Feb. 6 to March 1). Producer: Bob Boyett. Book: Bob Martin. Director/choreographer: Casey Nicholaw. Music: Charles Strouse. Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead.
  • “Frost/Nixon,” Peter Morgan’s play depicting the battle of wits between TV interviewer David Frost and former President Nixon. (Bonus Option, March 12-29, 2009). Cast: Stacy Keach as Nixon.
  • “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” (April 24-May 31, 2009), the Fats Waller musical revue. CTG production conceived and directed by Maltby.
  • “Dame Edna: My First Last Tour” (Bonus Option, June 10-21, 2009).
  • “Mary Poppins,” based on P.L. Travers’ stories and the 1964 Walt Disney film. (2009-2010 season, November 2009)

Interesting season. Not sure yet I want to subscribe. The only “must sees” are “9 to 5” and “Spring Awakening”, with “Frost/Nixon” and “Minsky’s” as definate maybes. I have no interest in “Ain’t Misbehavin'” (saw the original cast and the Cabrillo production, don’t need to see it again) nor “Dame Edna”. Of course, in 2009 I do want to see “Mary Poppins”. One note about “Ain’t Misbehavin'”: This is the 2nd show (“A Chorus Line” being the first) to be produced at Cabrillo Music Theatre and then show up at the Ahmanson the following year. I wonder if that means one of the 2008-2009 Cabrillo shows (The King and I, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: The Neal Sedaka Musical, 42nd Street, or Cats) will show up at the Ahmanson in 2009-2010?