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by Bill Kaiser
It may be cold outside, but L.A. theatre is sizzling this winter. After Celebration Theatre opened Tom O’Neil’s “Judy at the Stonewall Inn,” and The Zephyr Theatre began its “Season of Shores” with Del Shores’ “Sordid Lives” and “Southern Baptist Sissies” could things get better? Since this is theatre, it could, and did.
The new Valley Musical Theatre got off to a great start with two nights of fundraising with “Fractured Broadway” on February 20 and 21, 2006, at The El Portel Theatre in Noho. Executive director Ronn Goswick and his organization staged an intriguing evening with much gay sensibility and gender-bending.
Headliners included Bruce Vilanch singing “When You’re Good to Mama” interspersing monologue jokes that could be in the Oscar telecast. Sam Harris belted out “Rose’s Turn.” However, there were no weak links in any of the singing which included “I’m Nothing Without You” with Misty Cotton and Julie Dixon Jackson, and “Sweet Transvestite” with Ruth Williamson.
For “It’s a Hard Knock Life” the orphans were played by hunky guys (some bare-chested): Shell Bauman, Lou Becker, Seth Belliston, Richard Bermudez, Chris Ciccarelli, Thomas Garcia, Matt Hoganson, Peter Beckett Kuhl, Robert Pieranunzi, and John J. Todd. The evening was about musical theater and if this show is any indication of the dedication and talent of this fledgling group, we are in for much enjoyment and entertainment in the future.
Other productions that are coming up are “A Picture of Dorian Gray,” a new musical adapted by Michael Michetti at Theater@ Boston Court in Pasadena, and “The Children’s Hour” at Celebration Theatre, more Del Shores trashy masterpieces at The Zephyr, and undoubtedly much more as Los Angeles truly is a theatre town.