Harbor Currents, Theatre & Film, June 6, 2012

  • 06/07/2012
  • Terelle Jerricks

June 8
The Sounds of Muzak

Experience The Sound of Muzak, at 8 p.m. June 8 and 9, at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach.
Poor Maria! All her life she’s dreamed of being a lounge singer in Reno, but growing up in failing convent-turned-mall run by the Sisters isn’t as fabulous as she would like. She receives a new lease on life (and a reprieve from the hot-dog-on-a-stick cart) when she goes to assist the owner of the mall daycare manage unruly children. Will Maria find love or will she receive the calling? Will the Sisters save the mall or will they lose their home to a certain goose-stepping jeweler? These questions (and more) will be answered when SCC presents The Sounds of Muzak.

The SCC is a community ensemble of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight performers, and their allies, dedicated to presenting high quality musical shows and events that enrich lives and affirm equality for all people. Based in the gay and lesbian community, SCC outreaches to include parents, families, and friends. Through a commitment to musical and personal excellence, the Chorale seeks to empower themselves and their audiences to build bridges between the women and men’s communities, as well as the straight and gay communities.
Venue: First Congregational Church Long Beach
Location: 241 Cedar Ave., Long Beach

June 17

The Wrecking Crew

Meet the Wrecking Crew, at 5 p.m. June 17 at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. In the 1960s artists like the Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Mamas & the Papas and more were topping the charts, but the studio musicians, known as the Wrecking Crew, who actually recorded these hits were virtually unknown. Now, with Denny Tedesco’s powerful documentary, the phenomenal session musicians of the 1960s rock-n-roll era and the “West Coast Sound” are finally given center stage. Tickets start at $20.
Details: (310) 833-4813
Venue: Grand Annex
Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

June 29
Monty Python’s Spamalot

Davis Gaines (LA’s Phantom of the Opera) will star in the upcoming Music Theatre West’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Monty Python’s Spamalot will preview on June 29 and run for 14 performances through July 15, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. It will be performed with the original Broadway sets and costumes and, as with all Musical Theatre West productions, is created from the ground up at its rehearsal studios in Long Beach using a blend of both professional actors from Broadway, Hollywood and national tours, and the best in local talent.
Monty Python’s Spamalot spoofs the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. However, diverting a bit from the true story, this hilarious musical features such oddities as a line of beautiful dancing girls, flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits. Throughout the show King Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad. Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchmen, they meet such iconic Monty Python characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight and the Knights Who Say Ni. Tickets start at $20. There is a $3 service charge per ticket.
Details: (562) 856-1999 ext. 4;
Venue: Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Location: 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach

Forbidden Zone

Sing happy 30th birthday to one of the greatest cult classics ever – 1982’s insane Forbidden Zone, starting at 11:45 p.m. June 22 at the Art Theatre in Long Beach. Forbidden Zone is the inspired brainchild of Richard Elfman, founding member of the legendary Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, who along with writer Matthew Bright (who would later helm the 1996 cult classic “Freeway”) mixed in everything from Max Fleisher to Cab Calloway to Josephine Baker to unleash a musical unlike any the world had ever seen. Mix in a typically masterful score by Elfman brother Danny (who makes a fan-favorite appearance…), a dancing frog in a tuxedo, a gorilla, an ex-queen, and a sex-crazed kingdom ruled by the weirdest royal family in celluloid history, and you have the movie that Film Threat called “The Citizen Kane of Underground Movies.” Tickets are on sale at the Art Theatre box office.
Venue: Art Theatre Long Beach
Location: 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach

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