December 10, 2008 |
With both the recession and holiday season now official, "A Christmas Carol" returns to Celebration Theatre. What a difference a year makes. First seen in 2007, Jason Moyer's newly revised gay take on the immortal Dickens tale improves on itself considerably. It still concerns fashion mogul Ebenezer "Ben" Scrooge, whom returning Michael Taylor Gray plays as Miranda Priestly from "The Devil Wears Prada" possessed by Mr. Burns of "The Simpsons." Since partner Jacob Marley's death, Scrooge has abandoned goodwill, spurning charity solicitors, saying "pshaw!"
April 23, 2004 |
The Celebration Theatre is housing "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," and it has seldom made a wiser call. John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's Plato's Symposium-as-rock concert watershed receives an electrifying, in-your-face reading, the venue's surest bet since "Pinafore!" "Hedwig's" global cult following (comparable to that of "Rocky Horror") dates from Manhattan's celebrated 1998 Jane Street Theatre production starring creator Mitchell, the template against which all others are measured.
February 28, 1999 |
Robert Schrock, producing artistic director of the Celebration Theatre since 1993, is leaving the company to take the musical revue "Naked Boys Singing!" to the Big Apple and beyond. "Naked Boys" has become the longest-running hit ever for the Celebration, L.A.'s primary gay-oriented theater.
July 15, 1998 |
Showtixx, a Sherman Oaks-based company that handled telephone reservations and credit card sales for many of L.A.'s sub-100-seat theatrical productions, has gone out of business, still owing an estimated $25,000 worth of ticket receipts to Hollywood's small, nonprofit Celebration Theatre and smaller sums to several other companies or producers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1997 |
To mark the anticipated turnaround of a well-known stretch of Sherman Way, the city has scheduled the Madrid Theatre Performing Arts Festival after Monday's Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade. The $3.1-million performing arts complex is scheduled to open in 1998. Funds for the project came from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The facility will be built on the earthquake-damaged location of the former X-rated Pussycat Theatre.
January 29, 1996 |
The concert theater that went out with a whimper two years ago returned Saturday night--not exactly with a bang, but with new managers who are confident the venue will have its share of bang-up evenings at the box office while attracting a steady stream of high-profile pop and rock talent. The Freedman Forum Concert Theatre is the new incarnation of the Celebrity Theatre, which expired early in 1994 when its former operators fell into bankruptcy and lost their lease.