Disenchanted! -- Benefit Concert Performance of New Musical That Skewers Fairytale Princesses
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The last date listed for Disenchanted! -- A Benefit Concert was Tuesday December 4, 2012 / 8:00pm.
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This is a fun, funny and always entertaining "cynical" take on the fates and inner thoughts of Disney's famous princesses. Benai Alicia Boyd is terrifc as The One Who Kissed a Frog and Reba Buhr is breathtaking as Pocahontas. Both have very funny but also very thought-provoking solos regarding the truth behind the icons and the necessity of having non-white characters in the Disney pantheon. Jennifer Hubilla's soft and haunting voice provides ample misdirection for what she's really up to in her solo; I can't give away the punchline here, but it would be a lot less funny in the hands of someone less talented. Katherine Tokarz's entrance as a hard-drinking Little Mermaid is worth the price of admission alone, and her performance only gets better from there. Wendy Rosoff as the driven-to-insanity Belle delivers a performance - all from a chair - that most entertainers could only dream of on their feet. Cassandra Nuss as Snow White is such an explosion of talent, elegance and beauty as the show's self-appointed "MC" that I'm shocked I've never seen her before, and I'm the less for it. Alex Ellis is a revelation as Cinderella. Her flawless look, Disney-ready voice and comedic timing made me wonder when she'll get bored conquering LA and do the same to Broadway. Catch her now before it's too late. But Susan Huckle as Sleeping Beauty is in serious danger of stealing every scene she's in. How so much energy, charm and talent can be packed into such a little package is a mystery. She does it all - from side-splitting asides to a genuinely moving "duet" with Snow White. It's all a benefit for the Musical Theatre of LA and the Friendly House LA, and my only complaint is that they didn't give the audience a clearer opportunity to donate as we walked in - I gladly would have given. The direction, book, music, lyrics and even choreography (impressive for a "concert" performance) are all top-notch, and it's a collection of some of the best talent I've ever seen. You have tonight left. Go.
El Portal was opened in 1926 and re-opened for live performance after being fully refurbished in January of 2000. It hosts a wide range of plays, musicals, film screenings, and concerts. The intimate house seats 360 in a contemporary configuration, but still contains the large stage and wings originally built for vaudeville. Come and experience Los Angeles history at this venue known for fun, entertaining live performance.
This performance has a running time of 90 minutes.