In 1960, Tom Jones’ book and lyrics along with Harvey Schmidt’s music came together in an off-Broadway production of “The Fantasticks.” More than 50 years after its New York debut, you can see it now so colorfully performed at Theatre West here in LA. It's something to relax and get lost in a musical romp of wit, fun and talent!
Editor's Note: Nohoartsdistrict.com recently gave a tour to 42 international media delegates (sponsored by LA, Inc.). Izzy may be right - NoHo is becoming a "Culture Capital."
Ask anyone and they will tell you that the North Hollywood region of Los Angeles is an area steeped with a rich, vibrant history and culture that is completely its own. With a population nearing eighty thousand citizens, the aptly named NoHo district is never short of things to do, nor is it short of people willing to do them – the area is rife with establishments dedicated to some of the finer pursuits in life: music and theatre.
Theatre Unleashed launches its edgy and ambitious 2011 season with the acclaimed dramedy from Aaron Kozak, winner of top honors at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. 3 years ago, I met this new NoHo Theatre Company. Their members were filled with hope and dreams and great drive and determination. Although, their goals were ambitious, I had this gut feeling they would succeed!
The Birthday Boys is a dark comedy that entwines you into the story as only "intimate theatre" can do.. The Birthday Boys is well directed by Jacob Smith and has an extremely talented cast. The three Marines 'privates Chester Gullette (Gregory Crafts), Lance Tyler (Sean Fitzgerald) and Colin Carney (Jim Martyka) deserve a standing ovation after every performance.
This a play not to be missed. The play has humor, suspense and a non judgemental attitude towards our military and war. Set in 2006 Iraq, the play tracks three United States Marines who have been taken hostage, bound and blindfolded, as they do whatever's necessary to keep their sanity and stay alive.
Check the website for more details. www.theatreunleashed.com.
DATES AND TIMES:
March 4-April 2
Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m,
*Meet and greet with artists after each show
4934 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
General Admission: $15
Please NOTE: All active and veterans of the military get in free with military ID.
$1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Los Angeles is a big city, with more than its share of funny people, shows and events. Huge and humorful though it may be, BULLSHOT CRUMMOND AND THE INVISIBLE BRIDE OF DEATH, currently playing at Noho’s Whitmore-Lindley Theatre, is the funniest show in town.
Show times and tickets
The play is a sequel to the 1972 stage hit BULLSHOT CRUMMOND, which played for years in London, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and was later made into a film produced by ex-Beatle George Harrison. Ron House, who, along with writing partner Alan Shearman, created both the original and the follow-up, also developed the cult hit EL GRANDE DE COCA COLA, and has in recent years run the HiDesert Playhouse in Joshua Tree, CA.