World premiere of new musical part of MTW’s upcoming season

Paul Garman, executive director/producer and Steven Glaudini, artistic director/producer of Musical Theatre West (MTW), have announced the 2010-2011 season at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. “We are thrilled to provide a season that truly has something for everyone,” Glaudini said. “From the Tony-Award winning musical Annie, which introduces many families to musical theatre for the…

First Fridays bringing more arts, entertainment to Bixby

It’ll be “all Good” at First Fridays on April 2. Participants can enjoy a full spectrum of art and entertainment, featuring: family nights at local restaurants, “green” artists, bluegrass, muscle cars, improv comedy, 1940s fun with The Swing Dolls, music-student performances, the Knolls Ranger, Timstrument, and, as always, the unexpected. Baja Sonora is hosting Hughes…

Despite some inappropriate behavior, CSULB’s ‘Evita’ is an impressive show with a timely theme

By Cory Bilicko Entertainment Writer Sometimes it’s difficult to not let one particular unseemly aspect of a show ruin the whole theatrical experience. Cal State Long Beach’s University Players’ production of Evita is indeed an ambitious, successful undertaking with some exceptionally talented vocalists and dancers dramatizing the story of Eva Perón, the First Lady of…

Found Theatre honoring four decades of women, music

The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., is celebrating Women’s History Month by showcasing women poets, comedians, and musicians. The third installment, “4 Women, 4 Decades, 4 Styles,” is an evening of music by accomplished local female singer/songwriters representing a broad array of ages and musical styles. Featured performers are Susan Picking (susanleighpicking.com), Jennifer Abod…

Behind the TV screen at CSULB

A Human Interest Story (or The Gory Details and All), by Carlos Murillo, is an unflinching portrait of a nation obsessed with voyeurism. Directed by Edgar Landa, this intriguing play opens Friday, March 5 at the Players Theater on the Cal State University, Long Beach South Campus, and runs for 15 performances, closing on Saturday,…

‘Of Mice and Men’ brought to life at LB Playhouse

By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts and Entertainment Editor With his classic drama Of Mice and Men, playwright John Steinbeck certainly provided all the expressive power and explosive emotion any theater’s production staff could ask for. And the Long Beach Playhouse has pulled out all the stops. On what is easily the most fantastic set of…