The Garry Marshall Theatre Presents “The Root Beer Bandits, A Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West Musicale.” Book by Joseph Leo Bwarie and Lori Marshall. Music by Rachael Lawrence.

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Great things can happen when given the space and encouragement to create. The Whitefire Theatre has given artists this platform since 2012 with their annual SOLOFEST - a festival of one-person shows, or solo theatre, that is a celebration of the solo journey.

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Congratulations! Producer Edmund Gaynes to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the Valley Theatre Awards, June 5, 2017.

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We have all heard that the San Fernando Valley is a cultural wasteland. Well maybe they should go to the West Valley and see a theatre production at Los Angeles Pierce College. Nohoartsdistrict.com's theatre reviewers continue to be thrilled with the college's productions. It takes a team of talented professionals to produce good theatre. Today, we are interviewing Michael Sande, Pierce College's Theatre Manager and the "glue" behind the scenes.

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

CAST
Gregory Crafts
Jude Evans
Sean Fizgerald
Scott Kennedy
Jim Martyka
Joshua Morrison
Lee Pollero
Gabriel Reed

LOCATION:
NoHo Stages
4934 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

TICKET PRICES:
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.
www.fallenheroesfund.org

"Tale as old as time" nails the complex simplicity of Beauty and the Beast the quintessential story of true love, the most difficult to obtain and sustain.  Disney's adaptation of the fairy tale with its sweepingly imaginative spectacle wins over even the hardest of hearts. The animated film was such a tremendous hit in 1991 that it was adapted for the stage in 1994 with new songs by Tim Rice added to the Academy Award-winning movie score by deceased Howard Ashman. It ran worldwide until 2007 and proves undoubtedly that fairy tales retain a popularity that never dies. The current revival tour of Beauty and the Beast, now at the Pantages until March 27, is every bit as glorious, delectable and elegant as the original.
Director Rob Roth and choreographer Matt West keep the action vibrantly alive from second to second throughout and are supported by a tremendously gifted cast. Liz Shivener makes the spirited Belle a model of perfection, the self-educated provincial girl who understands what it means to be different. Shunned by others because of her solitary preoccupation with books, she is more wise and caring than most girls her age. Justin Glaser as Beast has a magnificent vocal range and essays the strenuous physical role with towering strength. His transition from mean to tender is a delicious experience. Equally physical and vocally adept is Nathaniel Hackmann as Gaston, the comically cartoonish bully who proves the real beast of the evening. His comedic moves are just delightful. Comical characters enthrall us in all Disney productions and none more so than the varied over-the-top characters of all shapes and sizes. Merritt David Janes as Lumiere, Keith Kirkwood as Cogsworth, and Andrew Kruep as Lefou, Gaston's foolish sidekick whose pratfalls occur about every two seconds steal every scene they are in. Equally delightful are Christopher Spencer as Maurice, Belle's inventor father, Sabina Petra as Mrs. Potts, the teapot who sings the tile song so beautifully, Erin Elizabeth Coors as the saucy Babette, and the very funny Jen Bechter as Madame de la Grande Bouche, a chest of drawers quite unlike any you've ever seen.
Scenery by Stanley A. Meyer, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound by John Petrafesa are all scrumptious and add colorful highlights to the beloved story. Tim Rice's song "If I Can't Love Her" sung by the Beast as the Act I finale is my favorite. Perhaps the most heartbreaking number in the show, it expresses the intense agony he feels to be human again.
It doesn't really take as much strength to defeat an enemy as it does to win him over. Hate is easy; love is the hardest act to follow. Watching Belle work her magic on Beast and experiencing his refinement make Disney's Beauty and the Beast sheer enchantment for children of all ages.
5 out of 5 stars

 

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