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Press Release: Jeremy Jordan in Concert with Special Guest Ashley Spencer – Mon 5/5 at Catalina Bar & Grill

CHRIS ISAACSON PRESENTS
BROADWAY, FILM AND TELEVISION STAR
JEREMY JORDAN
IN HIS LOS ANGELES SOLO CONCERT DEBUT
WITH SPECIAL GUEST ASHLEY SPENCER

TWO SHOWS ONLY
MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014
7:30PM & 10PM

CATALINA BAR & GRILL IN HOLLYWOOD

Jeremy JordanChris Isaacson Presents and Upright Cabaret have announced that Broadway, film and television star Jeremy Jordan will make his Los Angeles solo concert debut on Monday, May 5 at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood. Jordan’s special guest will be his wife, Broadway performer Ashley Spencer. There will be two shows only at 7:30pm and 10pm; cocktail and dinner service begin at 6pm for the 7:30 show and at 9pm for the 10pm show.

Recounting decisive moments from his budding career, Jordan will perform songs that have defined his swift rise to stardom. Selections will include music from Broadway’s Newsies, NBC’s Smash, the upcoming feature film The Last 5 Years, and many of Jordan’s own personal favorites.

Jeremy Jordan appeared on Broadway in Rock of Ages and West Side Story just prior to receiving critical acclaim for his portrayal of Clyde Barrow in Bonnie & Clyde. He received a Tony Award nomination for his performance as Jack Kelly in Disney’s Newsies in 2012, and during the run was tapped for the role of Jimmy on the second season of NBC’s Smash. In addition to Smash, Jordan’s television work has included appearances on Law & Order: SVU and Elementary. On the big screen, Jordan starred in the Warner Bros. feature Joyful Noise and later this year will be seen starring alongside Anna Kendrick in The Last 5 Years, the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s stage musical.

Ashley SpencerAshley Spencer has appeared on Broadway in Grease (after taking second place on the TV reality show Grease: You’re The One That I Want), Hairspray, Rock of Ages, and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. She has also been seen regionally in Les Misérables, The Producers, and Curtains. Jeremy Jordan and Ashley Spencer were married in 2012.

Chris Isaacson Presents has produced over 600 concerts and events since 2004. From small clubs to major theatres, Isaacson has presented Adam Lambert, Lea Michele, Megan Hilty, Billy Porter, Ana Gasteyer, Taylor Dayne, Paula Cole, Laura Benanti, Paul Anka, Sergio Mendes, and more. Co-founded by Isaacson in 2005, Upright Cabaret has been redefining the cabaret milieu for a new generation of audiences. Isaacson has also served as Entertainment Director at Rolling Stone LA, and he currently produces entertainment at The Grove in Los Angeles.

Jeremy Jordan with special guest Ashley Spencer will play two performances only at the Catalina Bar & Grill on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7:30pm and 10pm. Doors open at 6pm for for the 7:30 show and at 9pm for the 10pm show (cocktail and dinner service minimums apply). Admission is $30, and VIP seating ($40) is available. Purchases made before April 28 receive a $5 discount, and online purchases will receive priority seating. Tickets are available at www.TicketWeb.com or www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com, or by calling (866) 468-3399. Catalina Bar & Grill is located at 6725 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, 90028.

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04-17-14

Press Release: Impro Theatre Celebrates Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday on Friday, April 25 at 8pm

IMPRO THEATRE CELEBRATES
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S 450TH BIRTHDAY
WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF
SHAKESPEARE UNSCRIPTED
FOLLOWED BY CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION

FRIDAY, APRIL 25 AT 8PM

Shakespeare UnScripted artworkImpro Theatre is set to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on Friday, April 25 with a special performance of its currently running production, Shakespeare UnScripted, a post-show discussion, and a champagne reception complete with birthday cake. The curtain will rise at 8pm at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre (upstairs at The Pasadena Playhouse) in Pasadena.

Shakespeare UnScripted, directed by Brian Lohmann and Dan O’Connor, is a completely improvised play in the style of William Shakespeare. The Impro Theatre ensemble starts with a single audience suggestion and builds improvised, full-length, never-before-seen plays inspired by Shakespeare’s poetry, colorful imagery and bawdy innuendo. Every show is totally unique and brings to life the monarchs, spirits, lovers and fools that make up Shakespeare’s world.

Critical raves for the work of Impro Theatre continue. Of Shakespeare UnScripted, The Tolucan said, “Like a fine Chianti, the show can be sipped and enjoyed. And like a whiskey, it packs a punch. Shakespeare would be overjoyed to know that his works can be interpreted in boundless ways.” ShakespeareInLA.com enthused, “Great improv, like the kind Impro creates, takes comedy and turns it into an art.” And from StageAndCinema.com, “ … as high a degree of general excellence in writing, acting, and direction as I have seen in any theater company in America.”

The cast is a rotating ensemble, including (in alphabetical order) Kari Coleman, Lisa Fredrickson, Kelly Holden-Bashar, Brian Jones, Stephen Kearin, Brian Lohmann, Nick Massouh, Dan O’Connor, Edi Patterson, Paul Rogan, Michele Spears, and Floyd Van Buskirk. The set and costumes are by Sandra Burns, the lighting design is by Leigh Allen, stage manager and lighting improviser is Michael Becker, and sound improviser is Alex Caan.

Impro Theatre is an Unscripted Repertory Company that has brought innovative, unscripted theatre to Los Angeles and the world. The company’s goal is to take core narrative and style elements of great playwrights and writers, and create a new play using no more than the essence of an author’s work and an audience suggestion. Most recently, unscripted explorations of great literary figures has included Shakespeare, Dickens, Stephen Sondheim, and Tennessee Williams. For more, visit www.ImproTheatre.com.

Shakespeare UnScripted plays through Sunday, May 4 only. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm through May 4 only. (No performance on Thursday, May 1.) Tickets are $25 ($15 student tickets are available; student ID required at the door) and are available online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org, or by calling (626) 356-7529.

The Carrie Hamilton Theatre is located upstairs at The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Avenue, in Pasadena, 91101. Lot and street parking are available.

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04-15-14

Press Release: Brimmer Street Theatre Company Now Accepting Submissions for 2014 Blueprint Series

CALLING ALL PLAYWRIGHTS!
BRIMMER STREET THEATRE COMPANY’S
2014 BLUEPRINT SERIES
NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

Brimmer Street Theatre Company logoBrimmer Street Theatre Company’s sixth annual Blueprint Series is now accepting submissions, with a deadline of Saturday, May 17 to submit applications. The Blueprint Series provides opportunities for playwrights to work with the BSTC ensemble, in collaboration with other artists, to develop new plays.

The BSTC Blueprint Series focuses on developing work from the ground up. Projects will be selected by the BSTC ensemble based on the concept of a play, including genre, plot, cast, along with other elements. Duration of the development process is ten weeks, at the conclusion of which the company may offer further studio development, a public reading, or even a full production of a play that has been built during the process.

Past Blueprint Series projects have included Pack up the Moon by Christina Cigala (produced by BSTC in 2013), All Your Hard Work by Miles Brandman (produced by BSTC in 2012), 1969 by Damon Chua (produced by GatChu Productions and Rogue Machine Theatre in 2012), Leiris/Picasso by David Jette (produced by BSTC in 2010), and more.

Brimmer Street Theatre Company is a non-profit ensemble theatre that creates and produces new works of theatre in order to cultivate artists and engage audiences in Los Angeles. By working from a select core of talented artists, BSTC aims to produce a unique brand of American theatre that is rooted in a common experience and driven by their commitment to building better theatre that is challenging, extraordinary, and inspiring.

Applications for the 2014 Brimmer Street Theatre Company Blueprint Series may be downloaded at http://www.brimmerstreet.org/blueprint/, and submission deadline is Saturday May 17 at midnight. Those interested in participating as collaborative artists, including actors, directors, designers, and producers, should email info@brimmersteet.org.

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04-14-14