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April 2017

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Opening Nights!

Opening Nights!

  • Story / Photo By Paige Petrone

On March 10th LAArtsOnline proudly sponsored the Opening Night party for At Home At The Zoo at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. After the show, guests mingled in the lobby and chatted up cast members while sipping tasty cocktails sponsored by Devotion Vodka. Guests also enjoyed nibbling on an array of delicious bites from Greenleaf Chophouse (Beverly Hills), Il Fornaio Beverly Hills, The Cheesecake Factory (Beverly Hills), and The Farm of Beverly Hills. Also, big thanks to Bare Snacks, Evian Water, and Paul Mitchell products. Bravo!

Next up, on March 23rd LAArtsOnline sponsored the Opening Night cast party for An American In Paris at the beautiful Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. After a lovely and inspired performance, cast members met us inside the lower lobby bar area for an intimate reception. Guests mingled, took lots of fun photos, and enjoyed yummy fare from our partners Greenleaf Chophouse (Hollywood), Jersey Mike’s Subs, Shake Shack Burgers, and Stella Barra Pizza (Hollywood). Again, big thanks to Bare Snacks, Devotion Vodka, Evian Water and Paul Mitchell products. We all had a great night!  It was also a great thrill for me personally to meet Dancing With The Stars’ Judge Bruno Toniolo at the party. So fun!

To view all the photos from LAArtsOnline events, click here.

Boulevard Revival!

Sunset Boulevard is now playing on Broadway at the Palace Theatre (starring Glenn Close)

Boulevard Revival!

  • By KENNE HOFFMAN
  • Photo Courtesy of the production

Spectacular news for Hollywood historians and musical theater fans! Sunset Boulevard returns to Broadway.  Palace Theatre’s stripped down, concert like version, features a forty-piece on-stage orchestra.  Gone are the lavish sets, scaffolding now emulates the sound stage.  “Boulevard’s” Desmond, a slightly egomaniacal, sick and wounded creature.  Cloistered away, 20 years since her last silent hit.  Desmond attempts to re-emerge with a self-penned “Salome” self-cast as the ingénue.  Hard to miss is the ironic timing of Close’s Desmond return after 20 years. Though Close’s career has been anything but reclusive.

The 1950 film version starring Gloria Swanson (Desmond) and William Holden (Joe) was called “Culturally, Historically & Aesthetically Significant,” U.S. Library of Congress 1989.  Close premiered in L.A. in 1993 before landing at Broadway’s Minskoff Theater, 1994-1997.  It won 11 Tony awards including Best Actress (Close).  For 2017’s production Close brought along London co-stars Michael Xavier (Joe, the much younger love interest and ghost writer.) Siobhan Dillon (Betty), Fred Johanson (Max) and Paul Schoeffer (Cecil B. Demille).  Relevant as ever, this machine called Hollywood continues to affect the fragile creatures it employs, eating them up and spitting them out. 2017’s re-emergence of Close as Norma Desmond is triumphant and certainly shows that she is “Ready for Her Close Up!”

Catch “Sunset Boulevard” at the Palace Theatre in NYC. For tickets, click here.

Ewan Joins Fargo!

Ewan McGregor joins Season 3 of Fargo on FX Network

Ewan Joins Fargo!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of FX Network

Have you been watching Fargo? If you haven’t, the first thing you should know is it’s a television show inspired by the 1996 Coen Brothers film by the same name. An anthology series, each season takes place in a different year, focused on different characters, but is in the same chronology as the original film. This season, Fargo comes to us from 2010, and it’s brought a great story with it.

Fargo season three stars Ewan McGregor (Beauty and the Beast) in a dual role, playing brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. Emmit is a handsome, self-made realestate mogul while Ray is a pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder. It’s a sibling rivalry for the ages, and one that ultimately turns deadly. This season also stars Carrie Coon (The Leftovers) as Gloria Burgle, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (BrainDead) as Nikki Swango, Jim Gaffigan (Drunk Parents) as Donny Mashman, and David Thewlis (Anomalisa). Together, this cast will lead us through another thrilling mystery that further opens the world that is Fargo, Minnesota.

Fargo has been met with much acclaim, both for its storytelling and its cast. Former stars of this show include Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, and Colin Hanks from season one, and Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kieran Culkin, and Jean Smart from season two. With that arsenal on its backburner, season three is sure to deliver another fantastic, gripping story that viewers won’t be able to tear themselves away from.

Fargo” season three premieres on April 19th on FX.

West Side Story!

West Side Story plays La Mirada Theatre April 21th – May 14th

West Side Story!

  • By Ken Werther
  • Photo Courtesy of La Mirada Theatre

Something I bet you already know—the classic musical West Side Story, which opened on Broadway in 1957, was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Something I bet you didn’t know—conversations among the creators (Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, and Stephen Sondheim) had begun a full 10 years earlier! Other fun facts: at one point, the show was called East Side Story. When the director (Laurents) first considered casting choices, he wanted James Dean for the lead role of Tony. Several producers declined to back the show because it was deemed to be too dark and depressing. Now, of course, it is legendary in the annals of American Musical Theatre history.

This month, McCoy Rigby Entertainment is presenting West Side Story at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. This new production is being directed by Ovation Award-winner Richard Israel, who returns to La Mirada following his triumphant productions of Floyd Collins (2014) and Rent (2016). Israel has also directed critically–acclaimed productions of Avenue Q, Our Town, The Baker’s Wife, 110 in the Shade, The Full Monty, Falsettos, Gypsy, Assassins, Big, and many others. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. I never miss an opportunity to see it again, and neither should you!

For show times and tickets, click here.

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