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BLINK and You Might Miss Me

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Larry Blum, last name rhymes with 'glum,' is a hysterical, astute personality who speaks the truth no matter how embarrassing it might be. He is the go-to guy when you want to find out some gossip on anyone.

His hilarious one-man show, "BLINK and You Might Miss Me," is a treasure of entertaining tidbits about Blum's career in show business. He's not as recognizable as actors Matthew McConaughey or Al Pacino, but if you saw Blum you could easily pick him out of comedian line-up. His charismatic personality and bigger-than-life persona are what reels a person in and lets the audience bask in his clever storytelling.

Blum began his illustrious entertainment career as an on-camera talent escort. You've seen these people. They are the ones who escort the winners on an award show up the steps to receive their Oscar, Grammy, or Tony award and say a few words. At his show, Blum's overhead projection shows him escorting Academy Award winner Meryl Streep receiving her Golden Globe award for her role in the 1977 film "Julia." She would win her first Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting role for the movie "Kramer vs. Kramer" in 1980.

Blum admits coming from a "show-biz" family. There was no temple on Saturdays but Chinese food was the staple Sunday dinner at his house. He collected everything about goddess Elizabeth Taylor. Blum was on a quest to becoming a celebrity. He was a dancer in the 1980's show and movie, respectively, "Solid Gold," and "Xanadu" starring Olivia Newton-John. He performed in the musical "Bye Bye Birdie," with Lucie Arnaz. He also auditioned for "A Chorus Line" at the Shubert Theatre in New York. Blum disclosed that he worked behind the scenes on a gay porn film. He made it sound innocent and was very nonchalant about it. He recalls his first dancing job at the 5th Annual Peoples Choice Awards back in 1979.

Blum was a contestant on the "The Dating Game" show. He had a regular gig on the television series "Roseanne" for about three years. To this day, Blum does spots on the daytime serials, "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital" and "The Bold and the Beautiful." He continues to work on the Tony awards--going nine years strong.
Blum's gregarious personality is infectious and extremely fun to watch. He has a special way of connecting with the audience, by providing them a front-row seat to his journey of hitting the big time. His resume is a long list of major accomplishments that gives him the right to be declared a star.

"BLINK & You Might Miss Me" runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. until Sunday, February 6 at The Asylum Lab Theatre located at 1078 Lillian Way (Santa Monica Blvd & Lillian Way). Reserve online at www.plays411.com/blink or call (323) 960-1055.

 

Spotlight

James Darren Joins 30th Annual S.T.A.G.E. Event

Movie, television and recording star JAMES DARREN is joining the All-Star company performing in the 30th Anniversary Spectacular, “S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the Movies” taking place one night only on Saturday, May 10th at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.  Darren became an instant cinematic heart throb in the legendary beach and surfer Gidget movies.  He made 20 films before turning to television as an actor and director.  His “This One’s From the Heart” vocal album debuted at #9 on the Billboard Jazz charts, launching the live concert performances he continues to make with symphonies across the country.

FRANK DeCARO’s eponymous show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio channel OutQ allows him to share his high energy humor and pop culture observations with millions of devoted listeners every week day.  He’s equally well known from his six years on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” as their flamboyant film critic.  Among the several priceless packages Frank will be presenting during the event’s  live auction include a Tony Award Week trip to New York City that includes airfare, theatre tickets and accomodations; a one week Palm Springs get away in a private villa; and signed “Musical Quotes” from legendary Broadway composers, among other special items

A celebration of musical cinema, “S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the Movies” promises to be a spectacular event highlighting many of the most memorable musical moments in Hollywood’s vast film library.  ROBERT OSBORNE is set to host the evening which also features legendary celebrity columnist RONA BARRETT who will narrate a stunning cinematic costume cavalcade.  Stars of film, Broadway and television scheduled to appear in the concert that raises critical funds for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) include OBBA BABATUNDE, MARY BETH BLACK, DEBBY BOONE, BETTY BUCKLEY, MARY JO CATLETT, RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN, CAROLE COOK, DAVID ENGEL, JULIE GARNYE’, MITZI GAYNOR, JASON GOULD, NICHOLAS HOSKING, BILL HUTTON, CHEYENNE JACKSON, LAINIE KAZAN, DALE KRISTIEN, HEATHER MacRAE, JON MAHER, PAT MARSHALL, DONNA McKECHNIE, PATRICIA MORISON, JEFFREY SCOTT PARSONS, HELEN REDDY, REX REED, JAKE SIMPSON and KEVIN SPIRTAS.

 

 
Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Announces its 2013 Nominations

 

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its 2013 nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange County and Ventura County theatre. The 45th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, March 17, 2014 at The Colony Theatre, located at 555 N. Third Street in Burbank. Tickets are $40 (plus service fee) and are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/565317. Doors open at 6:30pm for pre-show appetizers and a no-host bar, and the ceremony begins at 7:30pm. For more information, visit www.ladramacriticscircle.com.

James Roday (Red Dog Squadron, Co-owner of the Circle Theatre) is currently scheduled to host. Performing at the event will be Constance Jewell Lopez (nominated for lead performance in Dreamgirls), and LA theatre favorites Beth Malone and Lowe Taylor. There will also be a special performance from LA Theatre Works, recipient of this year’s Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre. Presenters will include David Kurs (Deaf West), Gates McFadden (Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA), Nicole Parker (nominated for lead performance in Funny Girl), Stephen Sachs (Fountain Theatre), and Lisa Wolpe (LA Women’s Shakespeare Company). Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.

The LADCC is grateful to the organizations who have graciously agreed to sponsor the special awards this year. Awards will be given in 19 categories, along with six special awards.

The 2013 special award recipients are as follows:

  • The Ted Schmitt Award for the World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play will be awarded to Kemp Powers for One Night in Miami … The award is accompanied by an offer to publish by Samuel French, Inc.
  • The Polly Warfield Award for an Excellent Season in a Small to Midsize Theatre will be awarded to Actors Co-op. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, funded by the Nederlander Organization.
  • The Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre will be awarded to LA Theatre Works. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, funded by The Knitting Factory Entertainment Company.
  • The Joel Hirschhorn Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre will be awarded to David Elzer. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, funded by an anonymous donor.
  • The Milton Katselas Award for Career or Special Achievement in Direction will be awarded to Bart DeLorenzo. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, funded by The Beverly Hills Playhouse.
  • The LADCC is pleased to announce the creation of a new award, The Kinetic Lighting Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Design. Kinetic Lighting is an award-winning rental house that supplies and supports the theatre community throughout Southern California. The inaugural recipient of the Kinetic Lighting Award is Angela Balogh Calin for her sustained achievement in costume design.

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle was founded in 1969. It is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theatre in Greater Los Angeles.

The 2013 nominees are:

Production
  • A Family Thing, Chris Fields and Lauren Bass, The Echo Theater Company at Stage 52
  • One Night in Miami…, John Perrin Flynn and Roxanne Hart, Rogue Machine Theatre
  • Our Class, Son of Semele Ensemble, Atwater Village Theatre
  • The Nether, Center Theatre Group, Kirk Douglas Theatre
  • The Scottsboro Boys, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Walking the Tightrope, Debbie Devine and Jay McAdams, 24th Street Theatre
  • We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915, Joseph Stern and The Matrix Theatre Company, The Matrix Theatre
McCulloh Award for Revival
  • A View From The Bridge, Valerie Havey, Julianne Figueroa, Sara Newman-Martins, Robert Cannon, and Marilyn Fox, Pacific Resident Theatre
  • Dreamgirls, Mike Abramson and Dolf Ramos, DOMA Theatre Co. at The MET Theatre
  • The Fantasticks, South Coast Repertory
  • The Normal Heart, Deborah Lawlor and Stephen Sachs, The Fountain Theatre
Direction
  • T.J. Dawson, Parade, 3–D Theatricals at Plummer Auditorium
  • Amanda Dehnert, The Fantasticks, South Coast Repertory
  • Nancy Keystone, Alcestis, The Theatre @ Boston Court
  • Jessica Kubzansky, R II, The Theatre @ Boston Court
  • Matthew McCray, Our Class, Son of Semele Ensemble at Atwater Village Theatre
  • Todd Nielsen, Master Class, International City Theatre
Writing
  • Johnna Adams, Gidion’s Knot, Furious Theatre Company at Carrie Hamilton Theatre at Pasadena Playhouse
  • Allen Barton, Years to the Day, Skylight Theatre Company at Beverly Hills Playhouse
  • Stephen Adly Guirgis, The Motherfucker With the Hat, South Coast Repertory
  • Jennifer Haley, The Nether, Kirk Douglas Theatre
Writing (Adaptation)
  • Richard Alger, Track 3, Theatre Movement Bazaar and Bootleg Theater at Bootleg Theater
  • Nancy Keystone, Alcestis, The Theatre @ Boston Court
Musical Score
  • John Kander and Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys, Ahmanson Theatre
Music Direction
  • Eric Heinly, A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream, Troubadour Theater Company at Falcon Theatre
  • Corey Hirsch, A Man of No Importance, Good People Theater Company at Lillian Theatre
  • David Lamoureux, Parade, 3–D Theatricals at Plummer Auditorium
  • Chris Raymond, Dreamgirls, DOMA Theatre Co. at The MET Theatre
  • Ross Seligman, One Night With Janis Joplin, Pasadena Playhouse
Choreography
  • Matthew Bourne, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Tina Kronis, Track 3, Theatre Movement Bazaar and Bootleg Theater at Bootleg Theater
  • Kelly Todd, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Chance Theater
  • Rae Toledo, Dreamgirls, DOMA Theatre Co. at The MET Theatre
Lead Performance
  • Tony Abatemarco, Red, International City Theatre
  • Gigi Bermingham, Master Class, International City Theatre
  • Tim Cummings, The Normal Heart, The Fountain Theatre
  • Mary Bridget Davies, One Night With Janis Joplin, Pasadena Playhouse
  • Dana Delany, The Parisian Woman, South Coast Repertory
  • Constance Jewell Lopez, Dreamgirls, DOMA Theatre Co. at The MET Theatre
  • Perry Ojeda, The Fantasticks, South Coast Repertory
  • Nicole Parker, Funny Girl, 3–D Theatricals at Plummer Auditorium
  • Jeff Skowron, Parade, 3–D Theatricals at Plummer Auditorium
  • Paige Lindsey White, Walking the Tightrope, 24th Street Theatre
  • Michael Yavnieli, Years to the Day, Skylight Theatre Company at Beverly Hills Playhouse
Featured Performance
  • Christian Barillas, The Motherfucker With the Hat, South Coast Repertory
  • Sabrina Elayne Carten, One Night With Janis Joplin, Pasadena Playhouse,
  • Nate Dendy, The Fantasticks, South Coast Repertory
  • Michael Nehring, Our Class, Son of Semele Ensemble at Atwater Village Theatre
  • Welton Thomas Pitchford, Dreamgirls, DOMA Theatre Co. at The MET Theatre
  • Elizabeth Regen, A Family Thing, The Echo Theater Company at Stage 52
  • Patrick Stafford, Red, International City Theatre
Ensemble Performance
  • One Night in Miami…, Rogue Machine Theatre
  • Our Class, Son of Semele Ensemble at Atwater Village Theatre
  • The Fantasticks, South Coast Repertory
  • The Scottsboro Boys, Ahmanson Theatre
  • We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915, Matrix Theatre
Solo Performance
  • Lorenzo Pisoni, Humor Abuse, Mark Taper Forum
Set Design
  • Lez Brotherston, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Danny Cistone, Cops and Friends of Cops, VS. Theatre
  • Adrian W. Jones, The Nether, Kirk Douglas Theatre
  • Jeanine A. Ringer, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, A Noise Within
Lighting Design
  • Ken Booth, PericlesPrince of Tyre, A Noise Within
  • Paule Constable, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Christopher Kuhl, The Nether, Kirk Douglas Theatre
  • Jeremy Pivnick, R II, The Theatre @ Boston Court
Costume Design
  • Lez Brotherston, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Shon LeBlanc, Parade, 3–D Theatricals at Plummer Auditorium
  • Sharon McGunigle, A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream, Troubadour Theater Company at Falcon Theatre
  • Michael Mullen, Dreamgirls, DOMA Theatre Co. at The MET Theatre
Sound Design
  • Peter Bayne, The Normal Heart, The Fountain Theatre
  • John Zalewski, R II, The Theatre @ Boston Court
  • John Zalewski, The Nether, Kirk Douglas Theatre
  • John Zalewski, Walking the Tightrope, 24th Street Theatre
Video Design
  • Adam Flemming, The Normal Heart, The Fountain Theatre
  • Matthew G. Hill, Walking the Tightrope, 24th Street Theatre
  • Kaitlyn Pietras (Projection Design), R II, The Theatre @ Boston Court
  • Jason Thompson (Projection Design), Heart of Darkness, The Actors’ Gang
Movement/Fight Choreography
  • Ned Mochel, Cops and Friends of Cops, VS. Theatre
  • Nenad Pervan, Tender Napalm, SIX01 Studio
Illusions/Magic Design
  • Jim Steinmeyer, The Fantasticks, South Coast Repertory
  • Johnny Thompson, Play Dead, Geffen Playhouse


Total Nominations by Production:
A Family Thing (2)
A Man of No Importance (1)
A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream (2)
A View From the Bridge (1)
Alcestis (2)
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (1)
Cops and Friends of Cops (2)
Dreamgirls (6)
Funny Girl (1)
Gidion’s Knot (1)
Heart of Darkness (1)
Humor Abuse (1)
Master Class (2)
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty (4)
One Night in Miami… (2)
One Night With Janis Joplin (3)
Our Class (4)
Parade (4)
Pericles, Prince of Tyre (2)
Play Dead (1)
R II (4)
Red (2)
Tender Napalm (1)
The Fantasticks (6)
The Motherfucker With the Hat (2)
The Nether (5)
The Normal Heart (4)
The Parisian Woman (1)
The Scottsboro Boys (3)
Track 3 (2)
Walking the Tightrope (4)
We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915 (2)
Years to the Day (2)

 
Gordon Goodman and Janet Miller Interview

 

The Good People Theater Company is getting sweet attention from audiences and critics for its latest production of Barrymore at the Greenway Court Theatre.  Ben Miles, a theater writer for showmag.com, recently interviewed the show’s director, Janet Miller, and the actor who plays the title role, Gordon Goodman.

Showmag: What motivated you to select and commit to Barrymore?

Janet Miller:  We, the Good People Theater Company, were looking for a play to dovetail with our    production of A Man of No Importance by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty, and Lynn Ahren’s.  We considered David Mamet’s A Life in the Theater, but we couldn’t get the rights.

We wanted to send a valentine to the theater and many people had recommended William Luce’s Barrymore. But to do a show like Barrymore, you have to have the right actor. Fortunately, I knew Gordon Goodman, and I knew he’d be perfect for the role.

 

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The Untold Stories of Broadway

 

Jennifer Ashley Tepper, a self-proclaimed musical theater historian, is author of The Untold Stories of Broadway: Tales from the World’s Most Famous Theaters, Volume 1. It’s a 350-page nonfiction narrative based on stories from eight of the forty theaters on the Great White Way. Tepper envisions this first volume as one in a series of four publications. Together these quadruplet treatises of Untold Stories of Broadway, once complete, will convey cryptic tales from each extant Broadway theater, as well as a couple of venues that are now long-gone.

 

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The Lion King Returns

Casting has been announced for the Los Angeles return engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING.  Los Angeles’ most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Hollywood Pantages stage from November 20, 2013 – January 12, 2014.  The press opening night is Friday, November 22 at 8pm.  The landmark musical will return to Los Angeles for the first time since its triumphant return engagement in November 2006, where the production played a sold-out run at Hollywood Pantages.

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Bob Baker Marionette Theater

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater continues its 53rd season with “Bob Baker’s Halloween Hoop-Dee-Do” playing October 5-November3, 2013. One of the theater’s perennial favorites, “Bob Baker’s Halloween Hoop-De-Do” first played the theater in 1963.  Featuring a fantastical cast of over 100 Halloween themed puppets, from the Purple People Eater and the Invisible Man to a gaggle of Roaring 20's skeletons dancing the night away in Hernando's Hideaway, “Bob Baker’s Halloween Hoop-De-Do” will whisk you away to “the place where imagination dwells”.

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