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Fremont Centre Theatre
1000 Fremont Avenue South Pasadena, CA 91030
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 8 members
Review from ML
66 events 27 reviews

we went to the fremont a couple of years ago for ray bradbury's christmas performance. we really enjoyed both the short play's and ray bradbury's "talk" during the second half of the evening.
this year the play was entertaining-however we were...continued

reviewed Dec 05 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Carpentermom
13 events 4 reviews

Our party of 8 including 3 six graders really enjoyed this performance.
The choreography((STEVE JOSEPHSON) was excellent along the dance solo with ANTHONY SCARANO . All the dancers were engaging along with the fantastic direction and production....continued

reviewed Dec 12 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from H
2 events 1 review

Wonderful event. We were really glad we were able to get tickets to the show and see Ray Bradbury in person on stage. He is still very funny. The play was great too, as was the little magic show before and the announcers of the theater.

reviewed Dec 19 2009 report as inappropriate
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In “Ray Bradbury’s Merry Christmas 2116,” an aging couple approaching the 40th anniversary of their married lives together each decide to give their spouse a present. As coincidence would have it, Mr. Wycherly and Mrs. Wycherly each separately approach a maker of realistic, lifelike robots, called marionettes although they have no strings. Mr. Wycherly requests that Mr. Marionette manufacture a highly customized younger, more vital version of himself to please Mrs. Wycherly. The Missus, for her part, asks the robot-maker to fashion a young, hot, sassy, saucy version of herself for her Mister. When the new marionettes are each delivered to their designated recipients, the fun really begins.

This musical was first conceived fifty years ago for two Bradbury friends, the husband and wife team of Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester, with director James Whale attached. With Whale’s sudden death, the project was set aside.

Now, with a brand new musical score, “Ray Bradbury’s Merry Christmas 2116” will be shown to theatre audiences, including his legions of fans. Book and lyrics are by Ray Bradbury.            

John Hoke composes the music. A longtime session musician and singer in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and London, Hoke has written music for commercials and for television. He has toured North America and Europe extensively with the John Stewart Band, and has recorded his own album, “Fortunato,” for Homecoming Records.

Steve Josephson directs. He has previously written, developed and directed the musicals “Some Summer Night” (winner, New American Musical Writers Festival, New York) and “Tea & Crumpets” (Best New Musical, SF Bay Area Theatre Critics).

The cast of “Ray Bradbury’s Merry Christmas 2116” includes David Stoneman, Rob Harryman, Lisa Morrice, Jessie McLean, Steve Josephson, Samantha Marcella, Christine Reese and Anthony Scarano.

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