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Megan & Cheyenne

Megan Hilty & Cheyenne Jackson (Pictured) play The Wallis Jan 25th

Megan & Cheyenne

  • By Ken Werther
  • Photo Courtesy of The Wallis

Broadway buffs will be in musical theatre heaven this month when Megan Hilty and Cheyenne Jackson join forces in the Bram Goldsmith Theater at The Wallis in Beverly Hills!

On Broadway, Megan Hilty has appeared in Wicked (a performance she reprised in Los Angeles), 9 to 5: The Musical (which had its pre-Broadway run at the Ahmanson Theatre), and the 2016 revival of Noises Off, for which she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. She also starred in the Encores! productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Annie Get Your Gun. On television she is well known from her work on Smash and Sean Saves the World and she has also appeared on The Closer, Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, Bones, and The Good Wife, among many others.

Cheyenne Jackson’s Broadway credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Aida, All Shook Up, Xanadu, the Encores! productions of Damn Yankees, Finian’s Rainbow, and The Most Happy Fella, The Performers, and The Secret Garden. He appeared in Into the Woods at the Hollywood Bowl this past summer and his performances on 30 Rock and American Horror Story have delighted television audiences.

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Art Garfunkel

Art Garfunkel in Close-Up at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Jan 11th and The Wallis Jan 12th

Art Garfunkel

  • By Ken Werther
  • Photo Courtesy of Art Garfunkel

Four of the most revered pop/rock albums of all time: Sounds of Silence; Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme; Bookends; and Bridge Over Troubled Water. Some of the most iconic songs in pop music history: Homeward Bound, I Am a Rock, Scarborough Fair, Mrs. Robinson, The Boxer, Cecilia. The Sound of Silence. A duo beginning in 1957 and originally performing as Tom & Jerry, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are now legends and one of the most successful singing duos in history. In 1982, they performed a free concert in New York City’s Central Park and drew a crowd of half-a-million people.

Art Garfunkel has recorded 10 solo albums. His first single, All I Know, was released in 1973 and reached Number One on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart. He is also an actor and has appeared in six feature films (most famously Catch-22 and Carnal Knowledge). A couple of fun facts — his website contains a year-by-year listing of every book he has read since 1968 and it currently contains more than 1,000 books. He has also read the entire Random House Dictionary. Now 78, Garfunkel will arrive at The Wallis Jan 12th (and Segerstrom Center for the Arts Jan 11th) with his lifetime repertoire and signature sound which is among the most instantly recognizable in popular music.

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Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette (Photo Ari Michelson)

Alanis Morissette

  • By Dennis Petrone

If you didn’t catch Alanis Morissette with the cast of Broadway’s hottest new musical, Jagged Little Pill, on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, don’t worry—there will be plenty of opportunities to fall ‘head over feet’ in 2020!

New Year’s Eve was the seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter’s first appearance with the cast of the show since its opening on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus and written by Oscar winner Diablo Cody, Jagged Little Pill: the Musical revives many of Morissette’s most famous post-grunge hits from the ‘90s, neatly wrapping them in a fresh story sure to resonate with today’s post-misogynist audiences. “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know” and “Hand In My Pocket” are just a few of the favorites that tell the story of the Healys—Mary Jane, Steve, and their teenage son and daughter Nick and Frankie—whose picture-perfect life is really a house of cards poised to fall.

In her 30-year career Morissette produced eight albums selling over 75 million copies worldwide. When Alanis exploded into mainstream consciousness after her release of Jagged Little Pill in 1995, Rolling Stone dubbed her the “Queen of Alt-Rock Angst.”

For everything Alanis Morissette, click here.

PET SHOP BOYS

Pet Shop Boys (Photo Pelle Crepin)

PET SHOP BOYS

  • By RICH ANDREW

The Pet Shop Boys continue to prove their standing as the most successful musical duo in British history with their forthcoming studio album entitled Hotspot. Last February, they teased us with a four-track EP, and now the release of three more songs is setting the UK Billboard charts on fire.

Their first single is Dreamland, featuring fellow synth-poppers Years & Years, and it’s set in the Pet Shop Boys’ usual sonic landscape, crafted from electronic keyboards and an infectious beat. It’s the perfect form of escapism amid our modern day madness, luring us into a dream world and onto a dance floor. Their next track Burning the Heather leans more towards the sweet strumming of a wistful guitar, performed by the gifted Bernard Butler, with lyrics about melancholy self-reflections that can only be found at the bottom of a stiff drink. And if you’re jonesing to indulge in the ecstasy of the ‘80s, An Open Mind will undoubtedly get stuck on repeat, delivering the signature soothing vocals of Neil Tennant backed by the sublime instrumentation of Chris Lowe, a testament to what greatness truly sounds like.

The Pet Shop Boys will kick off The Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live Tour — their first ever! — in the summer of 2020, and their new album Hotspot is scheduled to dominate the airwaves on January 24th.

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