LA Theater Scene Fall 2015

ANNIE & DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST musicals at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre

Annie (photo by JoanMarcus)

Annie (photo by JoanMarcus)

Annie, the heart-warming story of Little Orphan Annie, was turned into a super-successful Tony-winning Broadway musical and has never stopped charming audiences since its debut in 1977. Now Annie is playing the Pantages Theater Hollywood (from Oct. 13 to Nov. 1), and the beloved show is better than ever with the ultra-adorable 10-year-old Issie Swickle making her debut in the title role. It also has the delightfully wretched Miss Hannigan (Lynn Andrews), and all the darling kids from the orphanage, billionaire Daddy Warbucks (Gilgamesh Taggett), his lovely assistant Grace (Ashley Edler), and FDR (Jeffrey B. Duncan) singing away the Depression Era’s blues. Annie is a ray of sunshine in the musical theater world, with songs such as “Tomorrow,” “Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “NYC,” and many more that keep audiences humming long after the curtain comes down. #

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is also a show for all ages and a great pre-Thanksgiving holiday treat, playing the Pantages Theater from Nov. 13 to Nov. 22. Based on Disney’s blockbuster animated movie, the stage musical features the film’s Oscar-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town yearning for adventure, and the Beast, who is really a young prince cursed by an enchantress. Everything about the musical is enchanting. Go to #

WILLY WONKA: THE MUSICAL at The El Portal’s Monroe Forum

Willy Wonka: The Musical, another children’s favorite, is presented by Kelrik Productions at North Hollywood’s historic El Portal Theatre in the Monroe Forum on weekends from Oct. 9 to Nov. 8. Based on the book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl it was adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald, and features songs with music and lyrics by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation which features songs from the classic family film. Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious yummy musical guaranteed to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth while taking you on a fantasy ride to the land of pure imagination! Go to #

SCOTT AND HEM at The Falcon Theatre

"Scott and Hem" at the Falcon Theatre with Ty Mayberry and Thomas Owen (photo by Jill Mamey)

“Scott and Hem” at the Falcon Theatre with Ty Mayberry and Thomas Owen (photo by Jill Mamey)

Scott and Hem is a brilliant play about two brilliant literary giants– F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway– being presented at the Falcon Theatre from Oct. 14 to Nov. 15. The show puts the spotlight on F. Scott Fitzgerald (Thomas Owen) and Ernest Hemingway (Ty Mayberry) wrestling with the personal destruction that comes with their sparks of art and the perils of their creativity. It is a combative comedy fueled by Scott and Hem’s friendship and intense rivalry. The two legendary authors reunite in 1937 at Fitzgerald’s home in Hollywood’s fabled Garden of Allah, chaperoned by the saucy Ms. Eve Montaigne (Jackie Seiden). There they explore their mysterious bond and the genius that first brought them together, and ultimately tore them apart. It is written by Mark St. Germain, and Dimitri Toscas is at the helm of the show so perfectly cast. Scott and Hem is presented by Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake. Go to #


Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years.