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PASADENA PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES TWO SOLO SHOWS: AMY G IN ENTERSHAMEMENT AND JOE ORRACH IN IN MY CORNER – CrownCityNews.com

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Pasadena playhouse announces shows to re-open the Carrie Hamilton Theatre

Amy G in ENTERSHAMEMENT and Joe Orrach in IN MY CORNER

May 15 – 31, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse presents two one-person unusual shows in repertory – Amy G in Entershamement and Joe Orrach in In My Corner – to reopen the newly re-designed Carrie Hamilton Theatre.   With these shows, that perform May 15 to May 31 [press opening Friday, May 16], The Playhouse is relighting the refurbished Carrie Hamilton Theatre, which has been changed from a proscenium theatre to a black box, and can be configured to accommodate many different kinds of productions.

Amy G is a masterful entertainer (singer/comedian/rollerskater) fresh off the grill from starring in NYC’s hit Off-Broadway show, La Soirée.  She tours the world constantly, including wowing audiences at last years’ Playhouse “Cirque-A-Palooza” Variety Arts Festival.  Her unique style of physical, musical, stand-up and improvisational comedy is inspired by and reminiscent of Carol Burnett, Liza Minnelli, Buster Keaton, Julie Andrews and the Muppet Show; but she is very much one of a kind.

Orrach, an internationally renowned tap dancer, actor, singer, storyteller and United States Air Force welterweight boxing champ, came to fame as one of the stars of San Francisco’s long running Teatro ZinZanni from 2000 to 2006.

Elizabeth Doran, the Executive Director of The Pasadena Playhouse said,  “We have been looking for the ideal way to re-open the Carrie Hamilton Theatre after renovating it into a new and intimate black box theatre, and we think we found the ideal way with two extraordinary and unique performers, who will both entertain and dazzle us with their shows, but allow us to show how versatile and welcoming the re-design of the theatre can be.  We are very happy to be showcasing Amy G who came to prominence in last years ‘Cirque-A-Palooza’ festival and Joe Orrach – how many tap dancing welterweights are there? – in repertory.”

Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse, said, ”Like these two dynamic artists, Carrie Hamilton was a real maverick.  She was known for her cutting edge artistic style and her celebration of the human spirit.  We are now re-opening the Carrie Hamilton Theatre as a flexible space based on its original ‘Playbox’ construction. We do so in order to best produce the kind of artistic work our visionary founder, Gilmor Brown, and the theater’s namesake, Carrie Hamilton, would have loved.  The new Carrie Hamilton Theatre will support new play development, thrilling artistic work, the work of our community partners, and programming for youth.”

Source Pasadena Independent

‘GENE KELLY: THE LEGACY’: THEATRE REVIEW – HollywoodReporter.com

12:38 PM PDT 4/17/2014 by Myron Meisel
Patricia Kelly Headshot - H 2014
Don Flood
Patricia Ward Kelly

The Bottom Line

Trenchant as well as endearingly entertaining, Gene Kelly’s widow and biographer mixes carefully curated film and audio clips with illuminating personal memories and thoughtful commentary.

Venue

The Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena (Apr. 18 & 19)

Writer & Performer

Patricia Ward Kelly

The widow of the legendary dancing star recounts his life on a Pasadena stage.

There have been so many excellent movie musicals, though perhaps fewer than 20 indisputable masterpieces. Gene Kelly starred in three of them: Vincent Minnelli’s The Pirate, his own Singin’ in the Rain with Stanley Donen and Jacques Demy’s The Young Girls of Rochefort. (To be fair, Maurice Chevalier and Fred Astaire can share that distinction.)…Read Full Review

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WATCH: GENE KELLY’S WIDOW DISCUSSES HER NEW SHOW AT THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE – LosAngeles.CBSLocal.com

PATRICIA WARD KELLY: KEEPING GENE KELLY’S LEGACY ALIVE – GraceNotesStage.com

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Adryan Russ

 

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Biographer and film historian Patricia Ward Kelly has been sharing an intimate story about her late husband Gene Kelly, known for some of the most unforgettable scenes in musical film history. In her upcoming presentation at the Pasadena Playhouse, she combines rare and familiar film clips, never-released audio recordings, memorabilia, and personal insights collected from hours of interviews…Read Full Interview

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THEATRE REVIEW – ‘A SONG AT TWILIGHT’ – BritsinLA.blogspot.com

Thursday, April 10, 2014

LEGIT BRIT: Theatre Review – A Song At Twilight

A Song At Twilight at Pasadena

Playhouse

Review by Catherine Siggins
04/10/2014
In A Song At Twilight, an aging writer, Sir Hugo Latymer, finds himself in danger of being outed as homosexual to the public and his wife of 20 years, Hilde Latymer, when his former lover, Carlotta Gray, threatens to hand over old love letters to a biographer for publication, which he wrote to his former male secretary, the one true love of his life, thereby destroying his reputation, his only support system, and endangering him with the law. There is to be a reckoning before time runs out for them both. The stakes are high…Read Full Review
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THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE PREMIERE GALA ‘TAKE THE LEAD AT THE PLAYHOUSE’ GALA COMMITTEE KICK-OFF CAMPAIGN MEETING – PasadenaNow.com

The Best Party in Pasadena will Celebrate Dance and Choreography at the Playhouse and Honor the Lythgoe Family: Nigel Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Simon Lythgoe, Kris Lythgoe, Becky Lythgoe on the Stage of the Pasadena Playhouse.

From STAFF REPORTS
Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 | 3:28 PM

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) announced today the planning and honorary gala committee members leading the best party in Pasadena annual fundraiser entitled “Premiere Gala – Take the Lead at the Playhouse.” The Pasadena Playhouse’s gala will be held on the stage of The Pasadena Playhouse on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

Gala Committee Chair Teena Hostovich commented, “The Pasadena Playhouse is not only the official State Theatre of California, but it is the heart of the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley arts and cultural community. Our Gala on May 4 “Take the Lead” will not only pay tribute to our rich history, but celebrate our incredible honorees – the Lythgoe Family – as well as our exciting present and future. My incredible planning committee, board members, staff and I sincerely hope that everyone will join us at Pasadena’s Party of the Year!”

In addition to Ms. Hostovich, Gala Committee Members include: Lesley Brander, Darrell Brooke, Patti Eisenberg, Brenda Galloway, Amy LoCascio, Shannon J. Miller, Jessica Staats and Brett Stangeland.

Honorary Committee Members include: Debbie Allen, Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Angela Bassett, Mayor Bill Bogaard, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Peggy Ebright, Michele Dedeaux Engemann, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Assemblymember Mike Gatto, Taraji P. Henson, Assemblymember Chris Holden, Kathleen K. Johnson, Councilmember John J. Kennedy, David Lee, Spencer Liff, State Senator Carol Liu, Councilmember Steve Madison, Councilmember Gene Masuda, Councilmember Margaret McAustin, Beverley Morgan Sandoz, Mary Murphy, Honorable Anthony Portantino, Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson, French Stewart, Jeff Thacker, Councilmember Terry Tornek, Ben Vereen, Patricia Ward Kelly and Lyla White.

The Pasadena Playhouse’s Board of Directors include: David DiCristofaro (Acting Chairman), Sheila Grether-Marion (Chairman), Tony Phillips (Treasurer), Linda Boyd Griffey (Secretary), Lenore Almanzar, Valerie Amidon, Sheri Ball, Darrell Brooke, Elizabeth Doran, Peggy Ebright, Sheldon Epps, George A. Henning, Teena Hostovich, Brad King, Amy LoCascio, Darrell Miller Michael A. Persaud, Abel Ramirez, Bingo Roncelli, Lihah Stangeland, Corky Hale Stoller, Mike Stoller and Martha Williamson.

This year’s event will celebrate dance and choreography at The Pasadena Playhouse and will honor the Playhouse’s great friends and partners the Lythgoe Family: Nigel Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Simon Lythgoe, Kris Lythgoe, and Becky Lythgoe. The Playhouse Board of Directors, led by Committee Chair, Teena Hostovich, will be spearheading this red carpet gala event.

In his earliest days, family patriarch Nigel Lythgoe began as a dancer, eventually advancing the techniques of filming choreography, and creating and producing iconic dance and music shows like “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Family matriarch Bonnie Lythgoe also began her career as a dancer and choreographer, and now produces theater in London, Australia and the U.S. She annually directs Panto at The Playhouse each holiday season. Sons Simon and Kris continue the legacy of engaging audiences in the arts – Simon is a world-class television producer, and Kris, along with wife Becky, have made a major impact at The Pasadena Playhouse – producing mainstage Pantos that enrich young audiences and delight families.

The Pasadena Playhouse is renowned for its work creating new plays and musicals, many of which move on to Broadway, London, and beyond. The choreographers and dancers of The Pasadena Playhouse represent some of the greatest talent in the field, and The Playhouse is thrilled to celebrate their work on this magical night featuring scrumptious food, the best party in Pasadena, and a sampling of surprise performances.

Corporate, patron, underwriting and other sponsorship opportunities are available from $1,500 -$25,000.

Outlook Newspapers is a media sponsor of ”Premiere Gala – Take the Lead at the Playhouse.”

For more information about “Premiere Gala – Take the Lead at the Playhouse.” sponsorship or to buy tickets, please contact Julia Fitzgibbons in the Special Events Office at (626) 204-7383 or jfitzgibbons@pasadenaplayhouse.org.

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Press Release: THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE’S PREMIERE GALA – TAKE THE LEAD AT THE PLAYHOUSE GALA COMMITTEE CHAIR TEENA HOSTOVICH AND COMMITTEE HAVE KICK-OFF CAMPAIGN MEETING…

CONTACTS:  Patty Onagan / 626-921-1157 or ponagan@pasadenaplayhouse.org

            Tim Choy / 323-954-7510 or t.choy@dcpublicity.com

Peter Goldman / 323-954-7510 or p.goldman@dcpublicity.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

 

THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE’S

PREMIERE GALA –TAKE THE LEAD AT THE PLAYHOUSE

GALA COMMITTEE CHAIR TEENA HOSTOVICH

AND COMMITTEE HAVE KICK-OFF CAMPAIGN MEETING

 

THE BEST PARTY IN PASADENA WILL

CELEBRATE DANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY AT THE PLAYHOUSE AND

HONOR THE LYTHGOE FAMILY: NIGEL LYTHGOE, BONNIE LYTHGOE,

SIMON LYTHGOE, KRIS LYTHGOE, BECKY LYTHGOE

ON THE STAGE OF THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE

SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014

 

PASADENA, CA (April 10, 2014) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) announced today the planning and honorary gala committee members leading the best party in Pasadena annual fundraiser entitled PREMIERE GALA –TAKE THE LEAD AT THE PLAYHOUSE.  The Pasadena Playhouse’s gala will be held on the stage of The Pasadena Playhouse on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 5:30p.m.

 

Gala Committee Chair Teena Hostovich commented, “The Pasadena Playhouse is not only the official State Theatre of California, but it is the heart of the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley arts and cultural community. Our Gala on May 4 “Take the Lead” will not only pay tribute to our rich history, but celebrate our incredible honorees – the Lythgoe Family – as well as our exciting present and future. My incredible planning committee, board members, staff and I sincerely hope that everyone will join us at Pasadena’s Party of the Year!”

 

In addition to Ms. Hostovich, Gala Committee Members include:  Lesley Brander, Darrell Brooke, Patti Eisenberg, Brenda Galloway, Amy LoCascio, Shannon J. Miller, Jessica Staats and Brett Stangeland.

 

Honorary Committee Members include:  Debbie Allen, Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Angela Bassett, Mayor Bill Bogaard, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Peggy Ebright, Michele Dedeaux Engemann, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Assemblymember Mike Gatto, Taraji P. Henson, Assemblymember Chris Holden, Kathleen K. Johnson, Councilmember John J. Kennedy, David Lee, Spencer Liff, State Senator Carol Liu, Councilmember Steve Madison, Councilmember Gene Masuda, Councilmember Margaret McAustin, Beverley Morgan Sandoz, Mary Murphy, Honorable Anthony Portantino, Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson, French Stewart, Jeff Thacker, Councilmember Terry Tornek, Ben Vereen, Patricia Ward Kelly and Lyla White.

 

The Pasadena Playhouse’s Board of Directors include: David DiCristofaro (Acting Chairman), Sheila Grether-Marion (Chairman), Tony Phillips (Treasurer), Linda Boyd Griffey (Secretary), Lenore Almanzar, Valerie Amidon, Sheri Ball, Darrell Brooke, Elizabeth Doran, Peggy Ebright, Sheldon Epps, George A. Henning, Teena Hostovich, Brad King, Amy LoCascio, Darrell Miller Michael A. Persaud, Abel Ramirez, Bingo Roncelli, Lihah Stangeland, Corky Hale Stoller, Mike Stoller and Martha Williamson.

 

This year’s event will celebrate dance and choreography at The Pasadena Playhouse and will honor the Playhouse’s great friends and partners the Lythgoe Family: Nigel Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Simon Lythgoe, Kris Lythgoe, and Becky Lythgoe. The Playhouse Board of Directors, led by Committee Chair, Teena Hostovich, will be spearheading this red carpet gala event.

 

In his earliest days, family patriarch Nigel Lythgoe began as a dancer, eventually advancing the techniques of filming choreography, and creating and producing iconic dance and music shows like “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”  Family matriarch Bonnie Lythgoe also began her career as a dancer and choreographer, and now produces theater in London, Australia and the U.S.  She annually directs Panto at The Playhouse each holiday season.  Sons Simon and Kris continue the legacy of engaging audiences in the arts – Simon is a world-class television producer, and Kris, along with wife Becky, have made a major impact at The Pasadena Playhouse – producing mainstage Pantos that enrich young audiences and delight families.

The Pasadena Playhouse is renowned for its work creating new plays and musicals, many of which move on to Broadway, London, and beyond.  The choreographers and dancers of The Pasadena Playhouse represent some of the greatest talent in the field, and The Playhouse is thrilled to celebrate their work on this magical night featuring scrumptious food, the best party in Pasadena, and a sampling of surprise performances.

Corporate, patron, underwriting and other sponsorship opportunities are available from $1,500 -$25,000.

 

Outlook Newspapers is a media sponsor of PREMIERE GALA –TAKE THE LEAD AT THE PLAYHOUSE.

 

For more information about PREMIERE GALA –TAKE THE LEAD AT THE PLAYHOUSE sponsorship or to buy tickets, please contact Julia Fitzgibbons in the Special Events Office at 626-204-7383 or jfitzgibbons@pasadenaplayhouse.org.

 

 

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PASADENA PLAYHOUSE SEASON WILL LAUNCH WITH REVISED VERSION OF ‘KISS ME, KATE’ – Playbill.com

By Andrew Gans
11 Apr 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced that the classic Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate will open its 2014–15 season. Helmed by artistic director Sheldon Epps, performances are scheduled for Sept. 16-Oct. 12…Read Full Article

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COLE PORTER MUSICAL ‘KISS ME, KATE’ COMPLETES THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE’S 2014-2015 SEASON – TheaterMania.com

Artistic Director Sheldon Epps will helm the production.

By Bethany Rickwald • Apr 11, 2014 • Pasadena

 

Sheldon Epps, artistic director of The Pasadena Playhouse, will helm the company's production of Kiss Me, Kate.
Sheldon Epps, artistic director of The Pasadena Playhouse, will helm the company’s production of Kiss Me, Kate.
(© David Gordon)

The Pasadena Playhouse has announced that Cole Porter’s Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate will open the 2014–2015 season with a run from September 16-October 12. Artistic Director Sheldon Epps will helm the production…Read Full Article

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, ‘GENE KELLY: THE LEGACY’ RETURNS TO THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE – TolucanTimes.info

By on April 10th, 2014 Printer-Friendly

By Kareem Cervantes

Gene Kelly directing “Hello, Dolly!”

Gene Kelly directing “Hello, Dolly!”

Patricia Ward Kelly gives an inside scoop on what inspired her to bring this production to life. Launched in 2012 in celebration of the centennial of the birth of her husband Gene Kelly, “I expected everyone was going to do something, and I wanted to create something that represented him the way he wished to be remembered,” said Mrs. Kelly.

“This production is a very intimate look at the man as a creative artist, and a look at what drove and inspired him to create what he did,” said Kelly. “It’s a very personal and moving experience for me. Every time is different. I build a connection with the audience because they always bring something to every show, and I take just as much away because of what they bring to me.”… Read Full Article

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