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The Cher Show!

The Cher Show is now on Broadway

The Cher Show!

  • By Kenne Hoffman

Often in film and on stage, icons are celebrated long after their deaths – their impacts recognized much later. The Cher Show, a new Broadway sensation, celebrates five decades of music, film, and fashion – the multifaceted talents of the legendary Cher. The jukebox musical, now playing at the Neil Simon Theatre, is overflowing with music and memories from Cher’s remarkable career. The story of the early life and career of Cherilyn Sarkisian shows her breaking through barriers, pushing boundaries, and allowing nothing to stand in her way.

Thirty-five smash hits, five decades of stardom, two rock star husbands, and enough Bob Mackie gowns to cause a sequin shortage in New York City! Cher’s life and career are packed with so much success The Cher Show takes three women to play her. Micaela Diamond (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar) as Babe, the starry-eyed kid. Teal Wicks (Finding Neverland, Wicked) as Lady, the Icon. And Tony Award-nominated SoCal native Stephanie J. Block (The Boy from Oz, Falsettos) as Star, the glam pop star version of Cher. Other recent bio musicals such as Summer: The Donna Summer Musical have split the starring role between performers but The Cher Show features more interaction between the avatars, who share the stage for extended periods of time, trade verses and choruses of songs, banter with each other, and of course poke affectionate fun at Sonny Bono (Jersey Boys’ Jarrod Spector).

For more details on “The Cher Show,” click here.

Bernadette Peters!

Bernadette Peters plays WDCH January 22nd and Segerstrom January 26th

Bernadette Peters!

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo Courtesy of Segerstrom

Showstopper.  That’s the first word that comes to mind when anyone mentions Bernadette Peters.   She’s a huge talent – and when she performs her favorites from Broadway’s top composers (like Stephen Sondheim, Rogers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber et al), she is at the top of her game!  And that’s exactly what she’ll be singing later this month for one night only at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Get your tickets now for this rare Southern California appearance.

Throughout her illustrious career, the multi-talented Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her remarkable voice and acting range.  She has a boatload of awards and accolades:  three Tony Awards, a Golden Globe, two Grammy Awards, three Emmy nominations…and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Peters has performed in so many Broadway hits from Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy, and The Goodbye Girl to On the Town and Sunday in the Park with George, but my personal favorite was her unforgettable portrayal of the Witch in Sondheim’s Into the Woods.  Most recently she starred as the beloved Dolly Levi in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!

You may also know Peters from her 17+ film credits – Pennies from Heaven got her a well-deserved Golden Globe Award. And then there are the TV roles including Mozart in the Jungle, Smash, Grey’s Anatomy, and Ugly Betty.   She has recorded six solo albums plus numerous original Broadway cast recordings.

Bernadette plays Walt Disney Concert Hall on January 22nd and Segerstrom on January 26th. For more details, click here.

A Walk in the Woods!

LATW’s A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing

A Walk in the Woods!

  • By Arlene Winnick

Can a play written more than 30 years ago still be relevant, entertaining and important today?  Absolutely. In 1988, Lee Blessing’s “A Walk in the Woods” debuted to rave reviews on Broadway.  Today the play about two arms negotiators is more relevant than ever and I was thrilled that L.A. Theatre Works selected the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominee for their January performance at the James Bridges Theatre on the campus of UCLA.

“A Walk in the Woods” stars Alfred Molina and Steven Weber as two high profile envoys – one an idealistic formal American and the other a gregarious yet cynical Russian – who step away from the rigidness of the war room negotiating table and take a break in the neutral setting of a forest just outside of Geneva.

The play was inspired by historic conversations between negotiators Paul H. Nitze and Yuli A. Kvitsinsky who left the official 1982 Geneva session for an unofficial ‘walk in the woods.’  This character driven masterwork gradually reveals the need for mutual trust and understanding among nations with lesson learned – both personal and diplomatic – all under the veil of a nuclear threat. “A Walk in the Woods” will be recorded in the classic L.A. Theatre Works signature radio play style – live in front of an audience – for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD and online streaming around the world.

To purchase tickets, click here.

CARDI B!

Cardi B

CARDI B!

  • By Alex Brown

If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. That’s in New York City, of course. And “making it” is precisely what breakout superstar Cardi B has done.

Born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar—a Bronx native—Cardi starred on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York. Cardi first gained attention when she was anything but shy about her career as a stripper, discussing it openly on social media. But unlike the story most people think they know, “B” credits stripping with giving her a way out. She went back to school, attending Borough of Manhattan Community College before dropping out to pursue her career as a rapper. And like so many stars we know and love, Insta, Vine and other social media gave her a chance to break free from the pack.

Written and recorded by Cardi herself, “Bodak Yellow” was her first single off Atlantic Records’ “Invasion of Privacy,” her debut studio album. And her “Money Moves” were enough to make her only the second female artist to lead the Billboard Top 100 with a solo song, and the fifth female rapper to ever lead the chart.

Following on the heels of this beloved anthem of 2017, “Bodak Yellow” helped Cardi earn Grammy nominations for “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Song.” She was also the first female rapper to earn multiple number one songs on the Billboard Top 100. And among the other wide praise she has earned, she was also listed as one of TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

For all things Cardi B, click here.

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