Blame It On Bacharach! -- Stars Sing the Music of Pop Legend Burt Bacharach
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The last date listed for Blame It On Bacharach! was Sunday March 9, 2008 / 3:00pm.
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The Happy Together Tour hits the road every year once the sun comes out to celebrate the music of the '60s with fans across America. This year's tour is headlined by tour creators The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, who will be joined by Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), Gary Lewis & The Playboys and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. The show will be jam-packed with hits, including favorites like "We're an American Band," "Devil With the Blue Dress," "Good Golly Miss Molly," "Joy to the World," "Happy Together" (or course) and many more. Learn More
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Featured review from Jon OlivanRed Velvet
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I thought overall this tribute was wonderful. My main complaint is that the Wilshire Theatre venue is so much larger and more cavernous than for the former Luckman Theatre so therefore a lot of audience intimacy is lost for those patrons in the rear orchestra and balcony areas of the theatre. I was seated near the front balcony and the lighting truss blocked the projected names of the performers. Because of the venue being so much larger my recommendation is to consolidate the seating in the balcony. The Wilshire has the interesting capability of lowering a special balcony divider rear waterfall curtain in the middle balcony which gives the overall feeling of the venue being smaller. Not even close to half of the balcony was full so dropping that curtain and making the theatre look and feel fuller would have been better for everyone.
One thing David Galligan should do is watch some of the rehearsals from different parts of the theatre and it might give him more insight of the show from the audience's point of view.
Since much of the show features one or two people performing on a mostly large, empty stage. Perhaps in certain parts of the show such performers can sing or dance in the front area of the stage. In Sunday's show most of the soloists and dance pair performed in center stage which made the venue seem all the more cold and not all audience members can afford $100 seats.
One more suggestion is to make the extreme side areas of the house less expensive--particularly rear orchestra and balcony areas. If the show wants more attendance then maybe it should sell a limited number of rear balcony seats for $10-15 and fill the balcony of the theatre. It would be better for the performers and generate extra revenue. Another option which has been successful with the Gay Men's Chorus is to offer any remaining tickets at half price beginning 30 minutes before curtain.
Thank you for breathing new life into this year's show by including more young performers and the jazz sax soloist.
Cast members include Ian Abercrombie, Catte Adams, Paul Ainsley, Sandahl Bergman, Stephen Bishop, Cate Caplin & Gary Franco, Carole Cook, Chris Cordone, Nancy Dussault, Betty Garrett, Justin Guarini, Daniel Gurwin, Marilu Henner, Alvin Ing, Dave Koz, Jane Lanier, Vicki Lewis, Jon Maher, Melissa Manchester, Pat Marshall, Lynn Marta, Marilyn Maye, Donna McKechnie, Jamie McMurray, Linda Michele, Valarie Pettiford, The “Plaids” (Roger Befeler, Stan Chandler, David Engel and Larry Rabin), Stefanie Powers, Jai Rodriguez, Ty Treadway and Deniece Williams.
Directed by David Galligan.
The longest continuously running AIDS benefit in the world, the Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.), has raised more than $5 million for HIV/AIDS services throughout Southern California. Blame It On Bacharach! is S.T.A.G.E.’s 24th annual event.
AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Marking 25 years of service in 2008, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach.
About the Ticket Supplier: Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.)
Back in 1984, at a time of mass fear and confusion about AIDS, a small group of friends in the Los Angeles theatre community came together in an effort to combat the devastating impact the disease was having on their friends and loved ones. Actor/writer/director Michael Kearns and the late writer/director James Carroll Pickett approached producer Susan Obrow and accomplished director David Galligan to create the first Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.). Each S.T.A.G.E. benefit is a unique way for the Los Angeles performing arts community to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS service agencies, such as AIDS Project Los Angeles, while demonstrating love and support for those living with and affected by the disease. Over the past 25 years, S.T.A.G.E. productions have raised more than $5 million dollars to support HIV/AIDS charities throughout Southern California. 25 Years and Still Persevering!