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Gentleman's Guide is GENIUS!

29 March 2016

Kristen Beth Williams, Kevin Massey, Adrienne Eller. Photo: Joan Marcus
The equity national tour of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is playing at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles through 1 May.

You are not going to want to miss out on this rollicking fun and ingenious musical romp starring John Rapson and Kevin Massey. So grab yourself a cuppa and keep reading...

Jungle Book: New Clip!

28 March 2016

Are you looking forward to Disney's live action The Jungle Book coming to cinemas 15 April 2016? Me too! Check out this fun new clip featuring Baloo (voice of Bill Murray), Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi) and Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley):

To buy tickets, visit Fandago or your local cinema!

Title: The Jungle Book
Rating: PG                       
U.S. Release Date
: April 15, 2016
Cast: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Neel Sethi and Christopher Walken,
Director: Jon Favreau
Producers: Jon Favreau, Brigham Taylor
Screenplay: Justin Marks

Ragtime Has No Live Orchestra

25 March 2016

Leslie Jackson & Chris Sams. Photo by Scott Suchman
Ragtime opened to a full audience last night at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The original 1998 Broadway production received 12 Tony nominations and won for Best Orchestrations, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical, rightly so. So how does this non-equity U.S. national tour compare?

Blogging from A to Z: Theme Reveal

21 March 2016

Can you believe it is almost April??? Where has time flown. Feeling up to a challenge, I have decided to join the Blogging from A to Z challenge for the month of April. And apparently today is Theme Reveal day. Who knew ;) Since I literally just decided to join in on the fun, I wasn't prepared for a theme but decided to go with
... DRUM ROLL ...

Ragtime: Chris Sams Speaks Out

Chris Sams as Coalhouse Walker Jr. and the citizens of New Rochelle, N.Y. in RAGTIME. Photo by Scott Suchman
Ragtime, the 1975 book turned 1998 Broadway musical with a Tony Award®-winning score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, is making its way back to Thousand Oaks, California as part of a non-equity tour, for six glorious performances at the Fred Kavli Theatre starting 24 March 2016! Leading man, Chris Sams, plays Coalhouse Walker, Jr., a black pianist who represents African Americans at the turn of the century seeking equal rights and justice. It was with great delight that this blogger had a chance to have a quick chat with Chris about his role in Ragtime and what makes it such a relevant musical in 2016.

Quinn Martin IS Dorothy Gale!

20 March 2016

Quinn Martin as Dorothy. (c) Conejo Players Theatre.
Quinn Martin, fresh off Nickelodeon, makes for a perfect Dorothy Gale. She is a combination of all the great things that made Danielle Hope, Danielle Wade and Jessica Grove spectacular all while making the iconic teenage role her own.

If you have a spare night between now and the 10th of April, I highly encourage you hightail it to Thousand Oaks where Martin is dazzling crowds night after night in Conejo Player Theatre's The Wizard of Oz.

The Passion: Soundtrack Review

19 March 2016

Music Producer Adam Anders (Glee, Rock of Ages) has put together and especially re-arranged modern hits including "Mad World" and "Unconditionally" to tell the story of Jesus of Nazareth from the Last Supper to his resurrection. Describing the music, Anders said:

“All the songs are modern hits. There’s no Christian songs. There’s no religious songs at all. When you go through the hits from the last couple decades, it’s unbelievable how many No.1 songs have religious messages.”

Breaking Down FOX's THE PASSION

Tomorrow is the big day. In case you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you will have seen numerous commercials for FOX's The PASSION that will be performed and filmed LIVE in New Orleans on Palm Sunday (20 March 2016).

Despite the flashy television spots and big names, are you still left unsure. Well then pull up a chair and lets get the 4-1-1 together...

Miracles from Heaven is Heart Warming

16 March 2016

Jennifer Garner as Christy Beam. (c) TriStar Pictures.
Miracles from Heaven opened in cinemas today in the USA, Canada and Philippines.

The question remains -- is this one a hit or a miss?

And the very short answer is this is a HIT. For a slightly longer response, might I say that Miracles from Heaven is a MUST SEE if you or anyone you care about has ever battled a life-altering disease, questioned where God is in all the mess of life or just loves a good tear jerker (BRING THE KLEENEX).

Paradise Cove: Lunch on the Beach

15 March 2016

LAers, have out of town guests visiting you? Travelers, are you making plans to come out to LA?

If either of those is the case, PARADISE COVE in Malibu is a fabulous lunch spot right on the beach!

Spring Has Sprung at Underwood Farms!

14 March 2016

Baby Piglets!

Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark, California, recently welcomed 9 baby piglets born on Friday, 4 March 2016. And aren't they adorable! If you are in the neighborhood, a visit might just be the thing.

Is Disney's Zootopia Appropriate for Kids?

02 March 2016

Over the last 92 years, Walt Disney's Animation Studios has created some of the most lovable and memorable characters in cinematic history such as Bambi and Thumper (Bambi), Mike and Sully (Monsters, Inc.), Jaq and Gus (Cinderella), The Walrus and The Carpenter (Alice in Wonderland) and Baloo and King Louie (The Jungle Book). This year they introduce two equally lovable new furry characters: Judy Hopps (voiced by Gennifer Goodwin) and Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) in Zootopia.

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