Abe Lincoln’s Piano
“Abe Lincoln’s Piano” is a new musical play that gets the spotlight at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood. The fascinating one-man show has the talented pianist-composer Hershey Felder weave a story that navigates 150 years of American history. It is a surprising story well told as Felder takes the audience on a personal journey that will tug on everyone’s heartstrings. The music of Stephen Foster (“My Old Kentucky Home”) plays a special part in his life and career and leads Felder to discover some surprising facts about Lincoln, his death, and the doctor who tried to save him. Tales of a trip to Fords Theater, the White House, and a Chicago museum provide goosebump moments, as Felder the virtuoso winds up at Lincoln’s piano playing a composition that will stir your soul. Trevor Hay directs the show playing Jan. 3-13. Go to www.geffenplayhouse.com.
One Starry Night
“One Starry Night: Hollywood coming together to fight ALS” is a benefit show at the Pasadena Playhouse on January 13. It is a show that will be filled with crowd-pleasing numbers from extraordinary performers.
The ensemble includes Richard Sherman (Oscar-winning composer for Mary Poppins, portrayed in Saving Mr. Banks), Kerry O’Malley, Amy Paffrath, Barry Pearl, Drew Seeley, Daniel Tatar, and funnyman Bruce Vilanch. Plus Kay Cole, from the original cast of Broadway’s A Chorus Line, will perform “What I did for Love.” Directed by Bruce Kimmel, the show will also feature Obba Babatunde, James Barbour, Ilene Graff, Melora Hardin, and Rex Smith among many others. “The event supports a vital cause, ALS care services,” says Kay Cole. It is presented by the ALS Association Golden West Chapter and hosted by the Pasadena Playhouse. Go to www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org/onestarrynight.
Jason and the Argonauts
Innovative children’s shows and family entertainment are becoming a part of the new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. For the inaugural season The Wallis is presenting two acclaimed companies from Scotland. The first is Visible Fictions performing “Jason and the Argonauts,” playing Jan. 16 to Feb. 2. Following will be the Catherine Wheels Theatre Company performing their original production of “White,” playing Feb. 26 to Mar. 23. Go to www.thewallis.org. #