It’s Deborah Cox’s world and we are just living in it! I wasn’t sure what to expect from the first U.S. National tour of The Bodyguard at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. I expected a few iconic Whitney Houston and a reenactment of the 1992 Oscar nominated film by Lawrence Kasdan but this is a London West End musical show and WHAT a show!
I got more than I expected from the shocking opening moment that got my heart pounding with gunfire and a video montage of the work famous Rachel Marron played by Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox and Judson Mill as Frank Farmer the bodyguard who steals her heart.
This is a departure from the film that sprinkles movie magic but weaves Deborah’s voice throughout. She’s not playing Whitney Houston but instead makes the role her own. I don’t want to give anything away but the show has a great fast pace with a supporting cast that surrounds Deborah as they twinkle on the stage.
Don’t worry the classic scene where Frank sweeps Rachel into his arms was played out with talented background dancers that gave a frantic feel necessary to make the scene chaotic and exciting. The strobing lights, the music, the movement and feints had me wondering how it would look and I for one <gasped> it was DAMNED sexy and really looked good on the stage.
I really enjoyed having my musical with a little suspense and lots of great singing by Jasmin Richardson (Nicki Marron) and Kevelin B. Jones III (Fletcher) as well as the supporting cast. I really enjoyed the change in the sister relathinshiop between Rachel & Nicki with deep abiding love at war with jealous rivalry. The father son vibe between Frank and Fletcher was sweet and would appeal to anyone who wants a family of their own.
If you’re a huge fan of the film and think this hits all the same dots be ready for a surprise because they changed some major plot points to keep the pace of the show fast as well as create emotional connection with the audience. I’d like to say that I’m a Rachel but am more like a Nicki!
I’m very excited to have seen the show and really recommend it to fans of musicals, Deborah Cox and (of course) Whitney Houston! Watching the Bodyguard was like watching a an album with the music keeping the story on pace and the voices of the cast soaring to the heavens with music that had me tapping my feet all night long. Make sure you stay till the lights come on because the cast has a special treat that will have everyone dancing out onto the street!
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.
PERFORMANCE INFORMATION: Tickets are available at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-982-2787, as well as at theHollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Blvd) and all Ticketmaster Outlets. The
performance schedule for THE BODYGUARD is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. Opening Night is Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 8pm. Deborah Cox is not scheduled to perform at the matinee performances. recommended for ages 13 and up. (Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.) Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes including intermission. Tickets start at $35.
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Celebrate Halloween with Bruce Campbell at the ACE Hotel and the world premiere of the Evil Dead in Concern/Live to Film: A Halloween Theatrical Experience.
Who doesn’t love the Evil Dead??? The Evil Dead is a beloved cult favorite that has lived on with video games, comic books and the new series on STARZ and counts among the fans are horror author Stephen King. The show will take place at the gothic 1920’s movie palace The Theatre at Ace Hotel that will be transformed fit for the horror comedy classic. LA Wild Up Chamber Orchestra will perform Sam Raimi’s classic horror film score LIVE for the film! Joseph LoDuca who was the original film’s composer is a featured artist who’s worked to take score from film to life for one special night.The show will open with Harry Potter’s Luna Lovegood, Evanna Lynch, and violinist Lili Haydn, performing the World Premiere of Joseph LoDuca’s The Tell-Tale Heart: A Duet In Terror based on Edgar Allan Poe’s horror classic all together they will be the Greek Chorus for the evening.
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I haven’t been to a concert in a while and looking over the shows for Irvine. Well am thinking that I want to go back to the 80s with Bryan Adams, Jack’s 10th Show (Tears for Fears, Bush, CAKE, Everclear, Lit), Foreigner, Hall & Oats and nerd out with the Pacific Symphony with Star Trek music (squeal).
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Get your credit cards out and get ready for a fun Broadway night right here in Los Angeles on February 23 (Monday)! The Pantages is bringing back Wicked this Spring and while they are performing they want to give back. So the cast is having a ONE night only event where they are going to be doing the Time Warp .. heck yes that will be awesome. Who hasn’t seen this subversive film at midnight??? But the chance to hear Broadway voices belting out our favorite tunes??? I might have to charge two tickets for this show! Who’s coming with me????
General admission to “THE WICKED ROCKY HORROR SHOW” is a $60 donation. VIP ticket area available for a $125 donation and includes priority seating as well as a 6:30 p.m. pre-show reception with members of the company. A limited number of standing room tickets will be available for a donation of $40. All proceeds benefit BC/EFA, and admission donations are tax deductible. Tickets for this event will go on sale to the public on Thursday, January 29th at 10am PT. Tickets will be available online at www.fondatheatre.com, or by calling 888-929-7849.
Leave a comment below on your favorite character and if your going to dress up!
THE NATIONAL TOURING COMPANY OF WICKED HOSTS BENEFIT CONCERT PERFORMANCE OF
“THE WICKED ROCKY HORROR SHOW”
TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY, JANUARY 29TH AT 10AM
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – The National Touring Company of WICKED will host “THE WICKED ROCKY HORROR SHOW,” a staged concert performance of Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show,” at The Fonda Theatre Monday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature the company of WICKED, and net proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Tickets for this event will go on sale to the public on Thursday, January 29th at 10am PT. In addition to the performance, there will be live auctions including several opportunities to join the company backstage at The Pantages Theatre, and a chance to bid on a walk-on role in a performance of WICKED.
“THE WICKED ROCKY HORROR SHOW” is part of an ongoing series of performances by the touring company to support charitable causes which advance WICKED’s theme of acceptance and illuminate the musical’s message that people should not be judged on first impressions. The company believes that in these divisive times we must come together to support those in need throughout the country and around the world. In its nearly ten years on the road, the company has raised over $3.5 million in donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and local AIDS service organizations all over the country.
Produced by company members, the evening is an opportunity for them to step out of their roles in the musical and kick up their (spiked) heels as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Riff Raff, Columbia, Magenta, Rocky, Janet and Brad.
The event will be directed by company member Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald with choreography by Jonathan McGill. Musical direction provided by Andrew Graham.
WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, is playing through March 15 at the Pantages Theatre. Good seats are still available. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.hollywoodpantages.com or www.ticketmaster.com/wicked or also by calling Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787.
About Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. BC/EFA is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund – the employee assistance program of the entertainment industry – including The HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic and more. BC/EFA also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide. For more information, visitwww.BroadwayCares.org.
About The Fonda Theatre
The Fonda Theatre is a historic 1920’s venue originally built as Carter De Haven’s Music Box and is formerly known as The Henry Fonda Theatre and The Music Box. One of Hollywood’s first legitimate theatres, the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre experienced a variety of incarnations during the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s as part of an entertainment district of exceptional quality and diversity. Still keeping up with that reputation The Fonda Theatre re-opened on March 17th, 2012 with a performance by FEED ME with Teeth. We are a beloved all-ages venue serving all genres of music and live performances. Past performers include Pearl Jam, Trey Anastasio Band, Black Eyed Peas, Katie Perry, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, Black Crowes, Afro Jack, Esperanza Spalding, and Alabama Shakes, and Mogwai to name a few. The venue can hold up to 1,350 people and can also accommodate non-music events such as award ceremonies, film screenings, video shoots, private parties and dinners… you name it we can host it… and we have! www.fondatheatre.com.
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On Friday, September 12, Tim and Eric — yes, that Tim and Eric — do the ungodly things that they do inside of our sacred cinema. They’re bringing Dr. Steve Brule. A-listers get the jump on tickets with a special pre sale, starting tomorrow at 10am — the secret password “bingus” will get you through the gate. Tell your Pep Pep
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I’m so excited to see Archer Live this weekend thanks to my friend Kieran who I met at SDCC a few years ago. Hmmm who to take ….
It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other Archer fans and maybe a geek connection?? Any man who finds Archer funny is my kind of guy since they must have a wicked sense of humor, a bit racy and of course an animation fan!
It fits in with my dating philosophy that your ideal person is someone who has common interests as opposed to trying to change someone to be your ‘idea’ dream person. I am REALLY into science fiction geek life so realize that I need to meet someone at one of the many conventions that I go to in SoCal and am planning to expand to other parts of the country in case my guy is in Nevada or Washington or New York. I know my Han Solo, Blake, Lando or Doctor Who is somewhere and looking for me. We just have to find each other .. maybe at Archer Live or elsewhere.
The Archer Live! Tour, featuring the all-star cast and producers of FX’s hit original animated comedy series, is coming to Club Nokia on Saturday, November 9th at 8:00pm. The Archer Live Tour is a must-see for every Archer fan!
Archer Live! features a moderated discussion, a live reading of classic scenes from the Emmy® Award nominated series, and an audience Q&A with the all-star cast where fans will have a chance to get the inside scoop on their favorite show. Talent appearances include H. Jon Benjamin as Agent Sterling Archer, Aisha Tyler as Agent Lana Kane, Amber Nash as Pam Poovey, Lucky Yates as Krieger, and executive producer Matt Thompson.
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OH MY GOB I LOVE the Dixie Chicks and can’t wait for them to come to USA so I can see them again! If you’re like me counting down the days till they release new music and of course in America you can take comfort from their raising funds for Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives. It’s a San Antonio, TX foundation chosen by Emily and signed by all three members. The Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives is committed to caring for children in crisis and the auction ends on November 12th.
DIXIE CHICKS AUCTION FOR CHARITY
The Dixie Chicks are currently touring across Canada for the band’s Long Time Gone tour and are giving fans a chance to own a guitar played on stage each night of the tour! The Dixie Chicks are auctioning off a guitar Emily Robison is playing each night of their 2013 Canadian tour that will also be signed by all three Chicks. The proceeds benefit Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives, an incredible foundation in San Antonio, TX chosen by Emily herself. Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives is committed to caring for children in crisis. Learn more at www.rmya.org.
Bid now on this signed guitar! The auction ends on November 12.
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I’m pretty excited that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is coming to the Pantages next summer from June 3 – 22rd and the announced stars are DIANA DeGARMO and ACE YOUNG for the three week show. It should be a blast since this play is on my ‘list’ of broadway shows to see. It’s a classic that has withstood the test of time with great costumes and music.
If you haven’t seen or heard of this family friendly classic musical it’s about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. This the very first collaboration of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), the perfect harmonious blend of music genres from pop to country to rock all with a joyous spirit that embodies a coat of many colors!
I’m sure that the chemistry will jump off the stage since the two stars are happily married! Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo first met for the 2009 Hair revival on Broadway. “I am so excited to star as ‘Joseph’ alongside Diana,” said Ace. “It’s great to be back! I too am so excited to star alongside Ace in the very role I once looked up to years ago as a child in the choir,” added Diana.
You can purchase tickets for JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT now as long as you are a Pantages Season Ticket holder at www.HollywoodPantages.com or by calling the Season Ticket office at 866-755-2929 (Mon – Fri; 9:30am – 5:30pm). If you currently haven’t purchased season tickets you can go to the site and buy for the upcoming season that is full of hits that will get your toe tapping!
The performance schedule for JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. Opening Night is Tuesday June 3rd at 8pm and orchestra level tickets start at just $25. The Pantages will announce when tickets go on sale for this show.
For tickets or more information about JOSEPH’S’s Los Angeles engagement, please visit the Pantages Theatre’s website at www.HollywoodPantages.com
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Anyone want to listen to a great lyrics over a beer .. OK not a beer I prefer Tequila but you know what I mean. I’m single and need to get to dating and I think this might be a good way to while away a Thursday afterwork with friends. Maybe I’ll meet some new friends, a dance partner or find someone to flirt with!
“…here is a songwriting master craftsman in action. Brilliant stuff” – Country Music People, U.K.
“Stephen- I like your stuff. Hope you can make a living doing this. Lots of fun, and beats working!” – Tom T. Hall
“I just got around to listening to [A Bakersfield Dozen] last night…and it is awesome! Well done! When’s the next one?” – Robert Price, Editorial page editor at The Bakersfield Californian, author of “The Bakersfield Sound”
“There has been some use of the word “poet” in conjunction with Stephen David Austin, and I’m not sure that’s fair. Those who want REAL poetry may feel let down and those who hate poetry will be missing out. If it’s poetry, it’s Hank Williams poetry. It’s plain-spoken rural poetry, which I think is a harder stunt to perform and more fun to listen to.” – Grant Langston, Southland Serenade
“…an immensely talented creator and performer of a fresh helping of roots Americana…by a newcomer who could be on the national radar soon.” – Ken Rosenbaum, The Toledo Blade
“…when the tunes are this good, complexities are no longer necessary.” – Baby Sue, Chatanooga, TN
“So left of center, it’s a must for subversive alt.country fans that like seeing the envelope pushed so far it tears.” – Chris Spector, The Midwest Record
“Stephen David Austin has an eye that is hardwired to his pen.” – Danny McCloskey, The Alternate Root
“[Austin] comes at The Bakersfield Sound from left field. Influenced equally by Owens and Haggard, The Blasters, and The Beat Farmers, he writes blue collar Americana poetry with a recurring theme of “’you can’t go home again’” – John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music, Austin, TX
“Wading through the many fine licks here one eventually finds his lyrics which are certainly a notch above what one expected. [Austin comes] across like a Telecaster wielding Randy Newman.” – Paul Kerr, Blabber ‘N Smoke, Glasgow, Scotland
“…a cocktail of catchy tunes, frequently playful lyrics and twangy guitar.” – Net Rhythms, U.K.
“…conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition…
The world…can never forget what they did here.”
-Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, Gettysburg, PA
|Charles Gaines Ensemble Featuring Wadada Leo Smith
Sunday, July 28, 3pm
MOCA Grand Avenue
MOCA presents a one-day-only performance by the Charles Gaines Ensemble Featuring Wadada Leo Smith; an improvisational jazz quartet with Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, Loren Pickford on saxophone, John Lindberg on bass, and Los Angeles-based artist
This concert is presented in conjunction with Selections from the Permanent Collection a chronological installation of significant works in MOCA’s collection from the 1940s to the present, featuring three of Charles Gaines’ works from the Incomplete Text Series.
FREE with museum admission
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