Caught up… like everyone else in the bustle of the holidays.

Photo by Haven Hartman

Vanessa Claire Smith as ‘Keely Smith’ Jake Broder as ‘Louis Prima’ in “A Vegas Holiday: Live at the Sahara!”

It will be mid-January before new theatrical productions will start again. I have three plays booked in January to see, and to tell you about coming up. In the mean time…

Hot Tip!

If you can find time amidst the holiday craziness… there is a wonderful musical show in town! Running from December 19 thru December 31, for 11 performances only, at the beautiful El Portal Theatre… this is a winner! Billed as a Vegas holiday… “Live at the Sahara,” starring Jake Broder as Louie Prima and Vanessa Claire Smith as Keely Smith, will be a “cool” and happenin’ event. A recent critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit musical play around Los Angeles, it moved from The Sacred Fools Theatre to The Matrix, and then ran for 8 months at The Geffen. This one is an adapted concert version, focusing on the “fab” hit tunes in Louie and Keely’s Vegas lounge act. A top notch, “swingin’” seven-piece band and Luca Ellis appearing as Frank Sinatra… add charismatically to the fun! On New Year’s Eve, there are special theatre packages available, including a desert reception (4pm) and a buffet/ champagne reception (9 O’clock) with a live band playing after the show for those who want to dance! What a fun and festive way to kick off 2010!

For more information, and to book seats, call (818) 508-4200 or (866) 811-4111. The El Portal Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in NoHo.

Merry Christmas to all… and a peaceful, prosperous and Happy New Year! When you make out your list of New Year’s Resolutions… Why not put “catching more local ‘live’ theatre” at the top? It is an endlessly entertaining and rewarding experience… and a delightful diversion from life’s little day-to-day challenges! Look for more of my constant “patter” in the New Year…

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