Only one play to review this time…
But I was thrilled to have a night to catch my scintillatingly soulful singer friend, “Roach” and “Café R&B” at Cozy’s. Still the hottest R&B band in the Universe! Catch them anywhere you can… They’ll rock your world!
eLove – a Musical.com/edy
BURBANK- If this title sounds familiar… it is. Having performed a trial run recently at the NoHo Arts Center, they’ve now moved to The Victory Theatre, where I attended their “official” opening night. A joyously entertaining, funny and fluffy look at “love found online,” there are plenty of relatable laughs to be had in this delightful 80 minute romantic romp! Very cleverly written (book, music and lyrics) by Wayland Pickard (with additional lyrics by Sherry Netherland and Deborah Johnson), this “feel good” frolic is a welcome diversion from the current troubling world issues. A PG-rated cyber love story exploring the current trend of internet dating (with a surprise “twist” tossed in), it will be enjoyed most I feel, by an over 40-ish audience. In two apartments, split-stage (designed appealingly by Chris Winfield), we meet two lonely single people, both home alone on a Saturday night. Each one recovering from recent romantic “break-ups,” swilling a cocktail and chatting with their pet (his, a turtle, hers, a fish), they ponder the possibilities of searching for that “special online someone.” As they turn on their computers, setting up “personal profiles” to be viewed by other lonely souls, they soon find each other. What results is a revealing, heartwarming and hilarious “chat” that continues into the wee hours. Very cute! The snappy dialogue and spirited songs are great fun. Under the lively, well-paced direction/ choreography of Cate Caplin, Bobbi Stamm (eGirl) and Lloyd Pederson (eBoy) are a crowd-pleasing dynamic duo! Both accomplished artists with impressive credits, Bobbi, an amazingly perky and talented little bundle of joy, and Lloyd, an excellent vocalist who’s sung with countless major artists, take us on a lighthearted journey into the dilemmas of “single life…” and love found. Reminiscent in theatrical style to the highly-successful “Love Letters,” (split-stage, two characters in two separate places, etc.), I could see this one “enticing” well-known actors interested in playing these lovable roles, countrywide. “From my mouth to God’s ears, huh?” Running through March 29th at The Victory Theatre – 3326 Victory Blvd. in Burbank. For seats, call 818-841-5422. Ask about discounted prices for seniors, students and groups.
Mark Your Calendars
“Sharon Evans & Rick Rogers” in North Hollywood at The Mayflower Club on March 27th and May 22nd. A fun-filled evening of “Vaudeville Zaniness,” why not catch this multi-talented duo in their nostalgic, musically comedic blast to the past? They are always a lot of fun! She is an award-winning jazz singer, and he is a veteran impressionist. Tickets are $18 and there is a full bar on the premised.
March 14, one night only! At Joe’s Bar & Grill in Burbank, Nashville’s own James Entveld is in town! The infectiously likeable, huggably adorable “King of Rockabilly” puts on a great show, and draws a huge following. Cover charge. See ya there?
Keepin’ Your Hard-Earned Dollars in the Hood
In these difficult times, when a weak economy is forcing many of our local specialty shops to disappear, let’s welcome Encore Nouveau. They recently opened on our Magnolia Park shopping strip in Burbank. Owned by two friendly actresses, whose faces you’ll recognize from a zillion TV commercials, it is a charming and eclectic store featuring new and gently used women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories. After you’re done chatting with Kathy and Sharon… why not pop into my vintage clothing store of 24 years (Hubba Hubba!) and have a “browse” there too (a wee block east of their place). Then I’ll send you next door to see Kim, at Magnolia Gowns and Carrie at Swift. Times are tough… but a gal’s gotta shop!
On a Sad Note: A fond farewell to Frank Johnson, who passed away peacefully in his sleep recently. Owner of Magnolia Park’s White Elephant Antique store for over 35 years, everyone knew and liked Frank and his wife, Jo Ann, (who passed on in the early 90’s). With a dry, good-natured sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye, he catered to countless “collectible fanatics” searching for treasures, with all tastes in antiques. You never knew what you might discover in his crowded aisles! He could chat with the best of them, and definitely knew his stuff! I have no doubt that he and his beloved Jo Ann are reunited in Heaven… and planning a huge estate sale for the angels!
Tune in next week for another unpredictable “Chat with Pat…”