Upcoming Theatre of Interest

This has been a busy week, what with loads of meetings, getting in early and such. That lead to a late lunch today, and thus this post. Here are a few upcoming theatre productions I’ve noted of late that I’m meaning to investigate. This is mostly for my own edification and enjoyment, but you might find it of interest as well:

  • Xanadu. Today’s LA Stage Insider had an intriguing mention of a new theatre company (or at least new to me): the DOMA Theatre Company, which is launching its first full season of musicals–the six-show linup, at the MET Theatre in Hollywood, is:
      • 1993 Tony winner The Who’s Tommy (Mar 23–Apr 15), by Pete Townshend (book, music & lyrics), Des McAnuff (book), helmed by Hallie Barran; 
      • The Jason Robert Brown song cycle, Songs For A New World (May 11–June 3), helmed by Chris M. Allport;
      • Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical(July 6–July 29), created by Leslie Bricusse (book & lyric), Frank Wildhorn (music), helmed by Marco Gomez;
      • 2007 Tony-nominated, LA-set  roller skating tuner Xanadu (Aug 17–Sep 9), book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, helmed by Baran;
      • Once on This Island (Sep 21–Oct 14), Lynn Ahrens (book & Lyrics), Stephen Flaherty (music), helmed by Gomez;
      • “A surprise, Tony-Award winning musical TBA” (Nov. 2–Dec. 9)

    Now of these, Xanadu is quite interesting. I’m not sure it has been done in LA; I certainly haven’t seen it. I remember when it was on Broadway, and it was supposedly quite fun.

  • Rooms: A Rock Musical. A mention by someone on Facebook alerted me to the fact that “Rooms: A Rock Musical” is currently at the Chance Theatre in Orange County. Now Rooms is one of those musicals for which I’ve heard the musical and haven’t seen it. Alas, it is only running until March 4, and it doesn’t really fit into the schedule, especially with the drive down to the Anaheim Hills. Discount tickets are available. Alas, nothing else in their 2012 season looks interesting; I’m still kicking myself for not being able to see “Jerry Springer: The Opera” when they did it.
  • For Colored Girls… Another LA Stage Times post reminded me that the Lyric Theatre in Hollywood is doing “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf“. This is a show I’ve heard about. I may try to fit this in during March, especially if Goldstar or LA Stage Tix tickets are available.
  • Twentieth Century. This one I am going to. The Sierra Madre Playhouse is doing a revival of Cy Coleman’s “On the Twentieth Century.  Alas, when I ticketed it, I forgot to check if LA Stage Alliance discounts were available.

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