Well, the cold season has begun once again

My toes have been numb for days! I can’t imagine how people in the “really” cold states manage to function each winter! Even as I sit in three pairs of socks with the heater running full blast … I realize we Californians are pretty fortunate when compared to other states … but I hate being cold!

Avenue Q

From l, Libby Letlow, Janelle Dote, Mark Whitten, Benai Boyd (center),
Chris Kerrigan, and Chris Kauffmann in “Avenue Q.”

Kaleidoscopic kudos to Dolf Ramos and Marco Gomez for a highly innovative and successful season of Broadway musicals! Supported by a dedicated team of theatrical visionaries in all areas of theater magic, they’ve completed season one with this production, and are now in the process of scheduling season two. Having ambitiously presented The Who’s Tommy, Songs of a New World, Jekyll and Hyde, Xanadu, and now Avenue Q … they are moving forward towards another entertaining and successful grouping. Will tell you all about it when I know more. I am confident that the Doma Theatre folks will offer us another exciting roster of shows next year … I’ll be there for all of them! Avenue Q was a huge Broadway hit, running for 2,534 performances, and was called a “breakthrough musical” by The New York Times. It was originally written by Jeff Whitty, music/lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, orchestrations/arrangements by Stephen Oremus, and animation design by Robert Lopez, with puppets conceived by Rick Lyon … This is an ingeniously entertaining X-rated look at life! For mature teens and adults only … the script is loaded with love, lust, sex, porn, laughs, and life lessons! A riotous and meaningful look at the complex world in which we live, singing puppets and their human neighbors touch our hearts, open our minds, and tickle our funny bones repeatedly! The storyline is loaded with life’s issues and positive messages, and the performances all round are excellent, under the brilliantly timed direction of Richard Israel. The storytelling songs are spot on, and as always … Musical Director Chris Raymond and his onstage band rock the house! Impeccably presented ensemble work … I must acknowledge the entire cast! Puppet Master Libby Letlow (plays Mrs. T, Bear, and others), Mark Whitten (plays Nicky, Trekkie Monster, Lucy, Bear, and others), Danielle Judovits (plays Kate Monster, Lucy, and others), Christopher Kauffmann (plays Princeton and Rod), and as the human neighbors: Chris Kerrigan plays Brian, Janelle Dote plays Christmas Eve, and Benai Boyd plays Gary Coleman. Spirited and flawless work by all! Setting the mood perfectly: Congrats to Angela Todaro (snappy choreography), Haleh Risdana (colorfully creative costumes), Johnny Ryman (effective lighting), David Crawford (crisp sound), and Staci Walters (clever set design).

Chris Kauffmann in “Avenue Q.”

Israel, a highly respected director, states: “I’ve done a zillion shows and of every show I’ve done, Avenue Q has the most demographically diverse fan base. It appeals to everyone. It’s puppets talking dirty and having sex … who doesn’t want to see that?” This is a manically funny, magical “must see” for anyone with an open mind and a sense of humor … unlike anything I’ve ever seen! Book seats ASAP as I expect tickets will sell out for the run very quickly! Running weekends for four performances each, through Dec. 16 at The Met Theatre located at 1089 N. Oxford in Hollywood. To book seats call (323) 802-4990 or go to domatheatre.com. General admission is $30. VIP seating is $34.99 (includes one beverage and a snack). Seniors and students tickets with IDs are $20.

Pasadena Playhouse – A Snow White Christmas

An upcoming holiday season, family oriented treat, offered by Lythgoe Family Productions, this British Panto version of Snow White should be a lot of holiday fun! Complete with magic, comedy, dancing (by So You Think You Can Dance alumni), a live miniature pony, and contemporary music from the writings of Katy Perry, Huey Lewis, and Michael Jackson, this should be a joy for the entire family. Running from Dec. 13 through Dec. 23. Prior to each performance, there will be a Winter Wonderland event in the courtyard … with crafts, activities, and photo-ops. There are family package tickets available too! For reservations and more information call (626) 356-7539 or go to pasadenaplayhouse.org.

That’s about it for this time. See you at the theatre!


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