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A Musical Celebration of the Young at Heart!

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New to the Theatre of Arts – Arena Stage in Hollywood is the fun-filled World Premiere of THE BEAT GOES ON! A Musical Celebration of the Young at Heart.  Featuring the musical direction by David O, and written, choreographed and directed by Ovation Award-winner Cate Caplin, we are entertained by a glorious cast of hugely talented actors and performers and a fabulous, live 4 piece band.

What happens to a troupe of show-biz veterans when they hit 60?  We all know that being over 40, let alone 60, can inadvertently bring a stop to “ones” career.   As Act I opens…our merry troupe find out their show has been cancelled and wonder how they will get other work.  The group is told they are “past their prime”.  Hah!!! (This group is hardly past their prime.)  But soon, backers of a new show want to see the group, and they begin practicing their numbers to be ready for the audition.  They proceed to give us two great acts of fun, music, dance, and the most energy I’ve seen on a stage in years.  We are told in our press release, and I quote, “Warning: No Performer Under the Age of 60 will appear in this Production.”  HOW FANTASTIC IS THAT!!!!

The production cast consists of 24 veteran actors, singers and dancers, however, each performance has 15 cast members, so you have the opportunity to see THE BEAT GOES ON! more than once and see new faces each time you see it.   I have seen many of these actors in various other productions throughout Los Angeles.  Here are the 15 I saw perform in alphabetical order; Deborah Bartlett, William Bartlett, Richard Fox, Michelle Gillette, Larry Lederman, Derrel Maury, Vernon McGhee, Dominick Morra, Anna Pagan, Tamara Reed, Lani Ridley Pedrini, Marcia Rodd, Kit Smythe, Bobbi Stamm, Robert Towers.  Additionally, Michele Bernath, Susie McIver Ewing, Joe Giamalva, Renee Gorsey, Barbara Haber, Phyllis Lovit, Carmelita Pittman, Ruben Rabasa, and Carol Woodbury can be seen at various other performances.  All are first rate.

The fantastic 4-piece live band with David O (Keyboard), Mark Breitenbach (Bass), Adrienne Geffen (Woodwinds), and Kurt Walther (Drums) bring us 34 memorable songs including two original theme songs, Get Up Get Out and Get a Life  and Rockin with the Ages by RIck Soloman, and the third, Evil Man is by Carmelita Pittman.  I have my favorites:  “Evil Man”, “Dream”, “Do We”, and one of my all time favorites, “Young at Heart”.  But with 34 great songs, you will have many favorites of your own.

With excellent musical direction by the wonderful David O, and the great Cate Caplin’s writing, direction and choreography, how could this production possibly not be successful.  These are two talented award-winning people, and their collaboration has given us a show with energy and vitality.    Set design, lighting, costumes and sound all enhance the production.  And most importantly, a ROCKIN’ WITH THE AGES production wouldn’t be the same without THE PINK LADY, Jackie Goldberg.  She is one heck of a dynamic lady and her zest for life, energy, vitality and positive attitude helps others to see life through rose-colored glasses.  Her motto:  “To think pink is to see everything in life as beautiful and filled with love.”

You can’t help but enjoy yourself.  Whatever your age, THE BEAT GOES ON! is pure entertainment, and has it “GOING ON”.   Have a fun-filled evening with this musical extravaganza.


Cast:    Deborah Bartlett, William Bartlett, Michele Bernath, Susie McIver Ewing, Richard Fox, Joe   Giamalva, Michelle Gillette, Renee Gorsey, Barbara Haber, Larry Lederman, Phyllis Lovit,          Derrel Maury, Vernon McGhee, Dominick Morra, Anna Pagan, Carmelita Pittman, Ruben         Rabasa, Tamara Reed, Lani Ridley Pedrini, Marcia Rodd, Kit Smythe, Bobbi Stamm, Robert             Towers, Carol Woodbury.

Executive Producer: THE PINK LADY – Jackie Goldberg

Musical Direction by David O

Written, Directed and Choreographed by Cate Caplin

Arrangements & Musical Direction:  David O

Associate Producer:  Arnold Arch

Scenic Design:  Keith Mitchell

Lighting Design:  Jared A. Sayeg

Costume Design:  Ann Closs-Farley

Sound Design;  Cricket Myers

Production Manager:  Gabrieal Griego

Production Stage Manager:  Diane Le Moine

Graphic Design:  Doug Haverty

Publicity:  David Elzer / Demand PR

Theatre of Arts – ARENA STAGE

1625 North Las Palmas Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Tickets:  $34 general;   $29 Student/Senior/Union;   $25 Previews

Reservations:  818.606.6679  or  email:


Plays: October 12 – November 25, 2012

Performances:  Thursdays and Saturdays at 2pm;  Fridays & Saturday nights at 8pm; Sundays at 1pm and 5pm





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  • Comment Link Thomas Sunday, 11 November 2012 19:03 posted by Thomas

    Hi Cathy,

    My name is Tommy Oliver and I would like to extend an invitation to you to come and see my production, The Reality of Truth which opens November 30th. If you are interested please email me, and I will put you on the comp list for whatever day you are able to attend our show. Thanks look forward to hearing from you!

    Tommy Oliver

  • Comment Link lorraine Monday, 29 October 2012 18:05 posted by lorraine

    Did you see the same show I saw? The plot was purely high school drivel and it took until the second act to show any real talent, and then only briefly. It's a shame because many of the performers could sing but it was wasted in this production. In the Pink Lady's prior attempts, she allowed the entertainers to simply perform and there was always a couple stand outs. In this group effort, their time and talent is wasted in a weak effort to mimic the P.S. Follies.