Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘musical theater’


Smokey Joe’s at the Playhouse

Smokey Joe’s at the Playhouse
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When we read, see, or hear “Hound Dog,” many of us think, Elvis Presley. This song by composer Mike Stoller and lyricist Jerry Leiber was originally a hit in 1953 for blues singer Big Mama Thornton. Three years later, Elvis would bump and grind and the song would forever be linked in people’s minds to […]

The Playhouse Twist

The Playhouse Twist

It’s a simple inevitability in this day and age: everything that can be turned into a musical, eventually, will. Exhibit A: Spider-Man. Exhibit B: The Book of Mormon. Exhibit C: Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, or Twist, which starts preview showings at the Pasadena Playhouse tomorrow. It moves the Dickens story to New Orleans in 1928, […]

Dangerous Beauty at the Pasadena Playhouse

Dangerous Beauty at the Pasadena Playhouse

“Courtesan” is one of those words that’s due for a comeback. Stage one: feature it prominently in a cultural artifact likely to be widely disseminated. Dangerous Beauty, a new musical opening for previews this Tuesday, is poised to do just that. Adapted from the New Regency screenplay The Honest Courtesan (which itself is based on […]

Broadway Beckons

Broadway Beckons

If your kid loves musical theater and is considering making it a career, the Pasadena Musical Theater Program has two events coming up they may not want to miss. First up, PMTP executive director and Broadway veteran Ryan Scott Oliver will run an event descriptively titled Pursuing a Career in Musical Theatre: An Informative Meeting for Parents & Students. What is “the life” really like? Let Ryan set you straight. Invaluable advice from one who’s walked the walk.

“An Oscar for Mom” at Theatre Americana

“An Oscar for Mom” at Theatre Americana

Last February, we welcomed Theatre Americana back to the neighborhood after a ten-year hiatus. Its second production is a pre-Mother’s Day revue, featuring musical performances about parent-child relationships, excerpted from popular movies. You know, like Ordinary People. A special Momma’s Day lunch will be served before the show. As with Polterheist, all proceeds from the […]

Gayle Bluemel: Principal, Dramatist, Musician

Gayle Bluemel: Principal, Dramatist, Musician

Now the beloved principal of the Sierra Madre School, Gayle Bluemel has been a PUSD educator for more than 30 years. For even longer, she has been in love with the theater. Fortunately for her and her students, these pursuits have dovetailed often, leading to classroom after classroom—and now a whole school—saturated with the spirit […]

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