As we head into Memorial Day, weekend after next, southern California is blessed with some seriously excellent entertainment including two must see live shows.
The first must see is the 2011 Pop Show at Burbank High School. STOP GROANING this is a Broadway quality production and you will love it. “Nothin’ But a Good Time” promises just that. It features all of the school’s award winning choirs including the all girl Impressions and the mixed In Sync, both of whom won “Grand Champion” honors at the national competitions earlier this year in Fairfield, Ohio. If you are dangerously close to geezerdom like me then your recollection of a choir is either church or school kids standing on a stage in fairly plain costume and singing fairly boring songs. Put that aside because you will see and hear nothing like that at this show. These performers are not only great singers, but that have also been professionally choreographed, elegantly costumed and accented with the very best in stage lighting. The show also features several individual and small group performances and all of this beauty and majesty may been seen this coming Thursday through Saturday, May 19th to May 21st at the Burbank High School, Burbank, CA. And imagine this, tickets start as low as $10 and none are over $25. The best way to check availability and secure your tickets is by going to http://burbankvmashowclix.com. But do hurry as these performances will very likely sell out. Oh and there is also a very interesting unscheduled surprise that has been inserted in this show. I have been sworn to secrecy but you will not want to miss it.
After enjoying the magic festivities of “Nothin’ But a Good Time,” pump up your personal laugh meter by making that 7 mile drive (from Burbank) to Hollywood and the Renegade Theatre at 1514 N. Gardner, Los Angeles, CA 90046 and watch the hilarious smash hit “Hidden in the Picture.” It has been extended two weeks and they keep filling seats. I saw it a second time just last night and somehow it got even better than when I saw it on opening night. There are only four characters in the play but each is masterfully presented. The basic story line involves a budding young film maker who is just about to wrap his first feature film. He has planned his final scene with the utmost attention to detail and complete confident that this one perfect scene will put his movie on the short list for an Oscar. The Production Manager is a good times spoiler by reminding the Director that the project is several million dollars over budget. Sounds a bit like the California government only with way smaller numbers. There are two other characters that flush out the story, but there is one gigantic twist that occurs about half way through the show and resolving that is the grist of the remainder of the show and it is hilarious. Anyone who has spent any amount of time on a movie set or chatting with a budding film maker will laugh even more enthusiastically for you will truly know these characters. The show will play this Friday and Saturday (May 20th & 21st) starting at 8 p.m. and on Sunday May 22nd starting at 6 p.m. For reservations and ticketing information please call 323-874-1733. Just how good is this little play? Well I saw it twice in about a month and I can honestly say that I do not remember ever having done that before. Yes, it is that good. And the darn tickets are only $15.00. Why wouldn’t you go?
And as if that isn’t enough the hit movie Thor is playing all across the fruited plain including southern California. It is an action, adventure, drama, fantasy on an epic scale. It stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor. It also stars the lovely Natalie Portman who this time has no little annoying feathers popping out of her shoulder. Check the internet for local theater show times.
How about this. Come on down to see “Nothin’ But a Good Time” at the Burbank High School this coming Thursday night. Then on Friday go to the Renegade Theatre and see “Hidden in the Picture.” On Sunday go to the matinee and watch Thor. Total entertainment budget for three amazing days from as low as $35 TOTAL. You can’t beat that, and this is just one more reason why, if you haven’t already done so, you need to subscribe to this EXAMINER. It is free.
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