Sugar: A Staged Reading of the Musical Version of Some Like It Hot
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Peter and the Starcatcher, the multiple Tony Award-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," is the swashbuckling, madcap prequel to Peter Pan. A dozen actors play more than 100 characters, combining their acting talent with ingenious stagecraft and an imaginative story to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up." The musical play takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew in an action-packed adventure that brings pirates, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), Peter and the Starcatcher boasts an all-star creative team and weaves an enchanting tale that appeals to both adults and kids. Learn More
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Featured review from Bill Vallely
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I've been listening to the cast London cast album of "Sugar" (or as the Brits called it "Some Like It Hot, the Musical") for decades. There are massive differences between the New York and London cast albums, and even more so for in Sunday's performance. Indeed, only about half the recordered numbes survived - they were replaced by other, albeit superior, new numbers.
It was an all around wonderful performance - I'm constantly amazed at how well sung these shows are. And if the trompone ocationally hits a sour note, that only adds to the tight walk act of the performance. And, at the risk of being crude, all the women in the chorus were smokin' hot.
I agree that the parking was an out and out disaster - but at least the producers had the common decency to comment on the fiasco. (The explaination boiled down to "hey, we were as surprised to see all them cars as anybody.")
You know what? I accept their explaination, and somehow this fits in nicely with the "We Barely Know What We're Doing" mindset of one performance concerts presenting overlooked musicals. Do you demand smooth perfection? The Pantages is doing "Beauty and The Beast" in Hollywood.
That being said - one quick request. The theater address given was about a mile from, well, the Theater. For future performances, it might be prudent to post signs from the spot GPS guides audience members to, to direct them to the theater. Just aayin'.....
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Sugar is the story of Joe and Jerry, unemployed musicians who witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago. On the run from the gangster who is hot on their trail, they join Sweet Sue and her all-female band, the Society Syncopaters. This hilarious farce with music by Jule Styne (Gypsy, Funny Girl) and lyrics by Bob Merrill (Funny Girl, Carnival) is sure to make you appreciate the beauty that drives a man mad.
One Night Only as part of the Reiner Reading Series
Starring Bets Malone (The Marvelous Wonderettes, All Shook Up), Larry Raben (The Andrews Brothers, Forbidden Broadway, Broadway's The Producers) and Nick Santa Maria (The Producers, Tommy Tune's Grease on Broadway).
Musical Theatre West's Reiner Reading Series is a great way to rediscover classics and forgotten gems from the musical theatre canon. Using minimal sets, costumes and props, actors carry scripts and perform the show and score in its entirety.
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Musical Theatre West is one of Southern California's oldest and most respected regional musical theatre companies and draws more than 60,000 patrons to Long Beach's Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Now in its 60th season, Musical Theatre West is the fastest growing arts organization in Long Beach and is dedicated to preserving musical theatre as a unique American art form.