Musical Theatre Guild presents MAME

MAME was performed on September 23rd, 2018 at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.

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Book by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee. Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman

Based on the novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis and the subsequent stage play by Lawrence and Lee

“Light the candles, get the ice out, roll the rug up!” It’s Mame!!!!

One of Broadway’s most luminous characters comes to our stage to remind us that “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!” Featuring one of Jerry Herman’s most tuneful and joyous scores, Auntie Mame takes us on a wild ride of life with her inherited little nephew, Patrick.

MAME premiered in 1966 starring Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur and Frankie Michaels, who all won Tony© Awards for their performances. It was nominated for an additional 5 Tony© awards and ran for 1,508 performances. A subsequent film version of the musical premiered in 1974 starring Lucille Ball.

So pour yourself some champagne and hang on as we coax the blues right out of your horn!

OUR CAST:

Mame Dennis – KELLY LESTER … Vera Charles – BARBARA CARLTON HEART … Patrick Dennis, age 10 – TRAVIS BURNETT …  Agnes Gooch – MELISSA FAHN … Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside – BRENT SCHINDELE … Ito – GLENN SHIROMA … Patrick Dennis, age 19-29 – WILL COLLYER … Dwight Babcock – MICHAEL KOSTROFF … M. Lindsay Woolsey – GLENN ROSENBLUM … Mother Burnside/Madame Branislowski – PAMELA HAMILL … Sally Cato – KATIE DeSHAN … Pegeen Ryan – TAL FOX
Stage Manager – ANTHONY GRUPPUSO … Mr. Upson/Uncle Jeff – TODD GAJDUSEK … Gregor – TONOCCUS McCLAIN … Mrs. Upson/Cousin Fan – MICHELLE LANE
Gloria Upson – NIKKI ELENA SPIES … Female Ensemble – NATALIA VIVINO, COURTNEY LUNDY, KELSEY WEINSTEIN

MAME was directed by Lewis Wilkenfeld and choreographed by Heather Castillo. Musical direction by Cassie Nickols. Production supervision by Kristi Holden

Presented in staged concert reading format on Sunday, Sept. 23rd, 2018 at 7pm at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.

IN THE STUDIO: RADIO INTERVIEW

BOSOM BUDDIES Kelly Lester (MAME) and Barbara Carlton Heart (VERA) are interviewed by State of the Arts with Michael Sterling and Andrew David James

LISTEN HERE (audio starts at :30)

Musical Theatre Guild is comprised of the finest musical theatre artists in the Los Angeles area, producing staged concert readings (book in hand) of Broadway’s forgotten gems and undiscovered treasures. For over twenty years, Musical Theatre Guild has produced nearly 100 shows, many of which are once-in-a-generation opportunities to be performed and seen. Performances are presented with minimal scenery and costumes. A live professional orchestra is utilized for all productions.

Recognitions include The Los Angeles Drama Critics Margaret Harford Award, The Actors’ Equity Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation, The California Arts Council, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The City of Los Angeles Artistic Excellence Citation, and more.

Benefit Performance of HOLLYWOOD REVISITED

Our 2017-18 Season of MTG Goes To the Movies! continues…

MTG presents a Benefit Performance of
HOLLYWOOD REVISITED

Featuring some of our own MTG company members!
*All proceeds will benefit our MTG Outreach Program*

Monday, March 26, 2018, 7:30pm  at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA

VIP and General seating available. Details below.

Meet the Cast!

Hollywood Revisited cast members Elisa Surmont, Joshua Finkel, and Jill Marie Burke are thrilled to welcome so many MTG artists to this exciting event.

Hollywood Revisited / Musical Theatre Guild Benefit CAST

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VIP Seating $50.00
VIP guests receive premiere seating, pre-show complimentary beverages, and one raffle ticket for the Grand Prize Drawing.
PRIZE is a cabaret concert performed in the winner’s own home, by members of Musical Theatre Guild.
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General Seating $35.00 
Raffle tickets are available for purchase at $20.00 each.
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After the show, meet and greet our performers and see the costumes up close in the lobby. Photos are welcome!

What is HOLLYWOOD REVISITED?

A one-of-a-kind dazzling musical and dance revue featuring Broadway and Hollywood performers singing and dancing while wearing the ORIGINAL Hollywood movie costumes worn by the legendary stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Greg Schreiner is one of the most well-known collectors of movie costumes and is Curator of Special Collections at the Hollywood Museum in Hollywood. His wonderful film costume collection houses over 500 masterpieces! Filled with music, memories and fun, the revue allows the audience to genuinely feel as if they were revisiting the days that made Hollywood a dream factory. Greg is also a concert pianist and provides all the musical accompaniment and anecdotes about the designer, the movie and scene for each costume. The wardrobes of Marilyn Monroe, Ginger Rogers, Julie Andrews, Gene Kelly, Bette Davis, Donald O’Connor, Mae West, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland are just a few from the vast collection that dazzle the audience. Hollywood Revisited will leave you in awe as you come close to touch these original historic costume designs of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Don’t miss this live spectacular that is Hollywood Revisited!

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was performed at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7pm.

Cast of MTG's Women on the Verge...

Music and Lyrics: David Yazbek Book: Jeffrey Lane.

Based on the 1988 Pedro Almodóvar film of the same name

Preserving the unusual and exhilarating tone of Pedro Almodóvar’s 1988 Academy© Award nominated film, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN is a fiery tale of passion, confusion and broken relationships. An actress in Madrid has just been dumped by her lover. This sets off a crazy, 48-hour farce full of dizzying complications, bike rides, taxi chases and some pretty potent gazpacho.

Directed by Richard Israel. Choreographed by Leslie Stevens. Musical direction by Corey Hirsch. Production supervision by Katie DeShan. Costumes by Carol Kline.

THE CAST:

Pepa….Kim Huber, Ivan….Robert Yacko, Lucia….Eileen Barnett, Candela….Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Carlos….Rodrigo Varandas, Paulina….Jill Marie Burke, Marisa….Tayler Mettra, Taxi Driver….Travis Leland

ENSEMBLE: Nancy Lam, Kelly Lester, Katie Moya, Steve Limones, Gabriel Navarro, Armando Yearwood, Jr.

Show pics:

(photos by Alan Weston)

Musical Theatre Guild presents SUGAR

SUGAR was performed at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 7pm.

Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Bob Merrill, Book by Peter Stone Based on the screenplay Some Like it Hot by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond.
In 1959 Lemmon, Curtis and Monroe lit up the silver screen in Billy Wilder’s classic film Some Like It Hot. Twelve years later, theatre creative giants Styne, Merrill and Stone transformed the property into a new musical titled SUGAR. Set in prohibition era Chicago and Miami, SUGAR tells the story of two unemployed musicians, Joe and Jerry, who after witnessing a mob murder, go undercover as women and join an all-female band. Complications ensue when Joe (now Josephine) falls for the beautiful band singer, Sugar Kane.
Produced by David Merrick and directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, SUGAR premiered in 1972 starring Robert Morse, Tony Roberts, Elaine Joyce and Cyril Richard. It ran for 505 performances and was nominated for four Tony© Awards. In 2002 a revised version, under the title SOME LIKE IT HOT, was mounted as a national tour and featured the original film’s star, Tony Curtis.

Directed by Kirsten Chandler • Choreographed by Wendy Rosoff • Musical direction by Jan Roper • Production supervision by Eileen Barnett

Costumes by A. Jeffrey Schoenberg (AJS Costumes) • Hair and Makeup by Byron Batista

CAST:

SUGAR: Melissa Fahn … JERRY: Matthew Patrick Davis … JOE: Zachary Ford … OSGOOD: James Gleason … SWEET SUE: Kelly Lester … BIENSTOCK: Glenn Rosenblum … KNUCKLES: Chuck Bergman … SPATS: Bryan Chesters

GANGSTERS: Eric B. Anthony, Amir Levi, Glenn Shiroma, Anthony Gruppuso … GAL BAND: Karlee Squires, Ann Villella, Dana Shaw, Caitlyn Faucher

LIVE ORCHESTRA: Jan Roper (piano), Jennifer Leitham (bass), Tina Raymond (drums), Anne King (trumpet), Ann Patterson (woodwind)

Robert Morse hangs out with us at rehearsal!

What a thrill for all of us! Tony award winner and star of MAD MEN, Robert Morse, came by MTG’s last rehearsal of SUGAR. He was in the original cast, playing Jerry, when it opened on Broadway in 1972. Here’s what he had to say after watching us hard at work.

Give us 25 hours, a little caffeine, maybe a Ricola or two and voila….we’ve got a MUSICAL!

And the reviews are sweet …

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