Harbor Currents–Theatre-Oct. 25, 2012

  • 10/25/2012
  • Terelle Jerricks

Oct. 26
Beauty Shop of Horrors
Everyone is familiar with the story where boy gets plant, boy woos girl and plant plots to take over the world. But that story never had Queeny Todd. It will be a night of hilariously madcap fun in a musical parody mash-up of Sweeny Todd and Little Shop of Horrors, at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 and 26, at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach.

The play takes us into the early days of Queeny Todd where we learn how he got his thirst for killing with a curling iron.

Featuring a variety of music from some of your favorite Broadway musicals, (Sweeny Todd, Little Shop of Horrors, The Book of Mormon and Wicked) the show takes place in El Paso, Texas during the late 50s when Queeny Todd opened her first Beauty Shop. Times are hard at the salon and there are few customers. Just when Queeny is ready to call it quits, his two employees, Anthony and Joanna, convince Queeny to put Anthony’s strange and unusual plant in the front window. Overnight the Beauty Shop is a huge success, all due to Anthony’s botanical wonder! Of course the plant is not what it seems and crazy antics ensue.
Details: www.sccsingers.com
Venue: First Congregational Church
Location: 241 Cedar Ave., Long Beach

Oct. 27
In celebration of Long Beach Ballet’s 30th Anniversary, the Classical Ballet of Guangzhou from China will perform David Wilcox’s rendition of Cinderella, Oct. 27 and 28 at the Long Beach Terrace Theater.

Promptly in time for Halloween, children are invited to come in costume and enjoy a festive treat as Cinderella‘s “pumpkin coach” will carry her to the ball pulled by eight dazzling stallions, danced of course by eight dazzling male dancers of the Guangzhou Ballet. All are invited to engage in this magical performance and enchanting Halloween themed event. This is a great performance for families and an alternative for typical Halloween goers as they are surrounded by fantasy, and charm. Ticket prices range from $28 to $120 dollars.
Details: (800) 745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com
Venue: Long Beach Performing Arts Center
Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

Oct. 27
42nd Street
Opens Oct. 27 42nd Street runs for 12 performances through Nov. 11, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.

Based on the 1933 Busby Berkeley movie musical, 42nd STREET tells the story of a starry-eyed young actress named Peggy Sawyer who comes to audition for the new Julian Marsh-directed musical about to open on Broadway. While she can’t seem to stay in the good graces of the show’s aging leading lady Dorothy Brock, Peggy soon catches the eye of Marsh.

On opening night, Dorothy Brock breaks her ankle and panic spreads through the company as the show is doomed for closure – until it is suggested that Peggy take the role. In only 36 hours, Peggy becomes a star. With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, the memorable score includes “We’re in the Money,” “You’re Getting to be a Habit With Me,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” and of course, “42ndStreet.”
Tickets start at $20. There is a $3 service charge per ticket.
Details: (562) 856-1999 ext. 4; www.musical.org
Venue: Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Location: 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach

Nov. 1
Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that Dralion will be performing in Long Beach from Nov. 1 through 4 at Long Beach Arena for six performances only.

Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion (pronounced “Dra-lee-on”) draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.

In Dralion, the four elements that govern the natural order take on a human form. Thus embodied, each element is represented by its own evocative color: air is blue; water is green; fire is red; earth is ochre. In the world of Dralion, cultures blend, man and nature are one, and balance is achieved.
Tickets range from $32 to $85.
Details:  (800) 745-3000; www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion
Venue: Long Beach Arena
Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

Nov. 4
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Travel back in time with International City Theatre’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin’, through Nov. 4, at Long Beach Performing Arts Center.

The Tony Award-winning musical revue is based on the life of Thomas “Fats” Waller.

Step back to the Golden Age of Jazz, when places like the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom were havens for snappy swing music and snazzy jazz, and the stride piano infused the soulful energy of a generation. Taking its title from the 1929 Waller song, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a lively tribute to the black musicians of the Harlem Renaissance, featuring 30 finger-snapping, toe-tapping numbers including “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Squeeze Me,” “Handful of Keys,” “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie” and “The Joint is Jumpin’.”

Conceived by Richard Maltby Jr. and Murray Horwitz, Ain’t Misbehavin’ premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1978 to critical and popular acclaim. It soon transferred to Broadway where it ran for four years, garnering three Tony and three Drama Desk Awards and launching the careers of original cast members Nell Carter, André DeShields, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page and Charlayne Woodard. The show found its inspiration when Murray Horwitz invited Richard Maltby, Jr., to his apartment to listen to some rare Fats Waller recordings. According to Maltby, it was the wit in the piano that convinced him that Waller’s musical repertoire and personality could live on stage.

Thomas “Fats” Waller (1904-1943) was born in New York City, the youngest of four children and the son of a reverend. By age 6, he began playing the piano and by the age of fourteen performed on the organ at Harlem’s Lincoln Theater. By the age of 18, two of his piano solos were recorded. In 1918 he won a talent contest playing Johnson’s “Carolina Shout,” a song he learned by watching another pianist and performing solely by memory. Waller was one of the most popular performers of his era, finding critical and commercial success in his homeland and in Europe. He was also a prolific songwriter and composed many novelty swing tunes in the 1920s and ‘30s, but sold them for relatively small sums. When the compositions became hits, other songwriters claimed them as their own. Alternatively, many standards that he performed are sometimes controversially attributed to Waller. He died of pneumonia on a cross-country train trip in Kansas City, Mo. on his way to Hollywood having made what would be his final recording in Detroit.
Tickets range from $37 to $55.
Details: (562) 436-4610: www.InternationalCityTheatre.org
Venue: Long Beach Performing Arts
Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

Nov. 15
Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web
Warner Grand Theatre, Marymount College Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web at 8 p.m. on Nov. 15 through 17.

A murder mystery farce, the play is set at a house in the English countryside. Clarissa, the second wife of Henry Hailsham-Brown, is known for spinning tales of adventure, but when a murder takes place in her own drawing room, she finds live drama much harder to cope with, especially as she suspects that the murderer might be her young stepdaughter, Pippa.Tickets are $15 general, $10 student and senior.
Details: (800) 838-3006; www.brownpapertickets.com
Venue: The Warner Grand Theatre
Location: 478 W. 6th Street, San Pedro

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