Archived entries for Publicity

NEWS RELEASE — DONNA McKECHNIE: SAME PLACE, ANOTHER TIME — FRI 8/5 & SAT 8/6 at CATALINA BAR & GRILL in HOLLYWOOD

“A mix of high-sheen professionalism and raw vulnerability make an evening with Donna McKechnie quite a singular sensation.” — The New York Times

LEGENDARY TONY AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY STAR
DONNA McKECHNIE
Same Place, Another Time

TWO SHOWS ONLY
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
AUGUST 5 & 6
CATALINA BAR & GRILL IN HOLLYWOOD

Donna McKechnieChris Isaacson Presents has announced that legendary Tony Award-winning Broadway star Donna McKechnie will bring her show Same Place, Another Time to the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood for two performances only on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 at 8:30pm.

Tony Award-winning star of A Chorus Line Donna McKechnie is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost dancing and singing leading ladies. Her Broadway shows include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Sondheim—A Musical Tribute (which she also choreographed), On the Town, Promises, Promises, Company, and State Fair (1996 Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer). McKechnie has starred in numerous productions in London’s West End including Promises, Promises, Company, No Way to Treat a Lady, Can-Can, and Follies. She starred in Bob Fosse’s last production, the 1987 National Tour of Sweet Charity (Helen Hayes Award nomination). Regional credits include Irma La Douce, Cabaret, Threepenny Opera, The Goodbye Girl, Mack and Mabel, Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy, I Do! I Do!, and her own one-woman musical Inside the Music. Most recently she created the musical staging for Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks starring Leslie Caron at the Laguna Playhouse. McKechnie’s memoir, Time Steps—My Musical Comedy Life, was published by Simon and Schuster.

Special guests will include Greg Safel making his LA cabaret debut in celebration of his new CD Visible (LML Music), and local favorite Jeffrey Scott Parsons, a musical theatre star working on the boards across the United States and internationally. Some of his many credits include West Side Story, White Christmas, Cabaret, Dames at Sea, 42nd Street, Glory Days, and Forever Plaid.

Chris Isaacson Presents (CIP) has created, produced, and promoted over 600 events since the company’s founding in 2004. From small clubs to major theatres CIP has presented some of the most influential stars of this generation including Adam Lambert, Lea Michele, Neil Patrick Harris, Grammy Award-winners Paula Cole, Richard Marx, Sergio Mendes, and more. Earlier this year, CIP produced the “Food & Friends—Vibiana” charitable event honoring Grammy Award-winning rock icons Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. The event at Los Angeles’s downtown hot-spot Vibiana, was hosted by Emmy-Award-winner Lisa Kudrow and included performances by UCLA’s Scattertones, Nickelodeon’s Ashley Argota, and High School Musical star Corbin Bleu. “Food & Friends” raised over $400,000 for the Nexus Scholarship Award that supports elite clinician/research neuroscientists in UCLA’s M.D. and Ph.D. Psychiatry Residency research training programs. CIP’s most recent event — Broadway Under the Stars: Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of “Dreamgirls” — was a complete sellout at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. The evening starred original Dreamgirls Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, and Jennifer Holliday, and featured special guests Perez Hilton and Mary Wilson (a founding member of The Supremes). For information about upcoming CIP events, including Peisha McPhee & Sergiu Tuhutziu‘s Chopin Meets Broadway (September 30 & October 1), and Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp (October 25 & 26), visit www.ChrislsaacsonPresents.com.

Donna McKechnie: Same Place, Another Time will play two performances at the Catalina Bar & Grill on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 at 8:30pm. Doors open at 7pm for cocktail and dinner service (minimums apply). Admission is $30—$40, and VIP seating ($50) is available. Purchases made before July 29 receive a $5 discount, and online purchases will receive priority seating. Tickets may be obtained by visiting 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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07-15-16

Donna McKechnie. PHOTO BY CAROL ROSEGG.

 

NEWS RELEASE — FRINGE FESTIVAL FAVORITE “FAIRY TALES AGAINST HUMANITY” in association with JAXX THEATRICALS adds special performance FRIDAY 7/29

2016 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
ENCORE! PRODUCERS’ AWARD-WINNER
FAIRY TALES AGAINST HUMANITY
IN ASSOCIATION WITH JAXX THEATRICALS, INC.
ANNOUNCES ONE NIGHT ONLY
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
FRIDAY, JULY 29 AT 8PM
THE MATRIX THEATRE

Fairy Tales Against Humanity2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore! Producers’ Award-Winner Fairy Tales Against Humanity in association with Jaxx Theatricals, Inc., has announced a one night only special performance on Friday, July 29 at 8:00 at the Matrix Theatre on Melrose. Created and directed by JP Karliak, this wildly inventive comedy show will also play performances on Wednesdays, July 20, August 3, and August 10, all at 8pm, at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.

Like children’s theatre gone horribly wrong, Fairy Tales Against Humanity is a new interactive improv comedy show which had its world premiere at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival after a workshop production at Second City Hollywood. A cast of accomplished comedians will take classic fairy tales and fables, and — with suggestions from the audience and special guests — twist them into wickedly hilarious abominations that would make Mother Goose faint. Plenty of adults-only laughter and surprises await. Performance run time is 90 minutes.

Special guests for the Matrix Theatre performance on July 29 are voice-over legends Courtenay Taylor (Fallout 4 and Regular Show) and Kari Wahlgren (Rick & Morty and Fairly Oddparents). The Lounge Theatre performances are set to feature special guests comedienne Lauren Flans (Comedy Central’s Another Period and LA’s Lost Moon Radio) [7/20]; voice actors Max Mittelman (One Punch Man) & Imari Williams (Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens) [8/3]; and the multi-talented Parvesh Cheena (NBC’s Outsourced and East West Players’ The Who’s Tommy) [8/10]. Guest performers are subject to change.

The show features (in alphabetical order) Amanda Barnes, Gillian Bellinger, Rachel Crane, JP Karliak, Danny Lutman, Andy McDuffie, Chris McGowan (co-producer), Alain Pierre, Jamison Scala, Matthew Schlissel, Travina Springer, Amanda Tate, and Michael Tauzin. Music direction is by Sam Johnides.

Tickets for the special performance of Fairy Tales Against Humanity on July 29 are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and may be obtained online at www.showclix.com/event/fairytales or by phone at (323) 650-0878. Tickets for the Fringe Festival Encore! Producers’ Award performances on July 20 and August 3 &10 at the Lounge Theatre are available online at www.theencoreawards.com/projects/3738, or by phone at (323) 455-4585. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Matrix Theatre is located at 7657 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, 90046. The Lounge Theatre is located at 6201 Santa Monica Boulevard (one block east of Vine at El Centro), in Hollywood, 90038.

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07-15-16

NEWS RELEASE — “THE MISMATCH GAME” RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER’S RENBERG THEATRE — SAT 7/23 & SUN 7/24

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s
Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center
and Dennis Hensley
Present

The MisMatch Game
CREATED AND HOSTED BY DENNIS HENSLEY

RETURNING TO
LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER’S RENBERG THEATRE
FOR A SUMMERTIME COMIC FREE-FOR-ALL

TWO NIGHTS ONLY!
Saturday, July 23 at 8pm and
Sunday, July 24 at 7pm

The Mismatch GameIt’s time once again to “get ready to match the stars” with a new edition of Dennis Hensley’s The MisMatch Game, the show the Los Angeles Times calls, “witty, ribald … an adventure in surrealist era bending.” The side-splitting parody of the 70s game show returns to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre for two hilarious nights on Saturday, July 23 at 8pm and Sunday, July 24 at 7pm.

The cast on Saturday 7/23 will include (in alphabetical order) Julie Brown (Kim Kardashian), Rachel Butera (Rosie O’Donnell), Danny Casillas (Reba Areba), Jackie Clarke (Elizabeth Taylor), Nicol Paone (Arianna Huffington), and Felix Pire (Ricardo Montalban). On Sunday 7/24 the cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Jackie Beat (Bea Arthur), Drew Droege (Tanya Roberts), Maile Flanagan (Danny Bonaduce), Tom Lenk (Zooey Deschanel), and Oscar Quintero (Kay Sedia). All appearances are subject to availability. Visit www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre for updates.

Creator, producer, and host Dennis “Gene Rayburn” Hensley and company are once again generously donating the proceeds to benefit the Center’s array of free and low-cost services. Since its debut in 2004,The MisMatch Game has raised well over $100,000 for the Los Angeles LGBT Center. With kitschy prizes for volunteer contestants pulled from the audience, it’s time to dig out that leisure suit for another run of the perennial cult favorite.

The MisMatch Game regularly fills the house at its irregularly scheduled gigs at the Renberg Theatre. Audiences keep coming back for the razor’s edge improv and the racy, anarchic, and decidedly un-PC wit and wildness. The Advocate honoredThe MisMatch Game with a “10 Best Theatre” citation that said, “This recurring Los Angeles happening re-imagines the ‘70s TV game show The Match Game with full-camp press and excellent sub-lebrity impersonations.”

General admission tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or by phone at (323) 860-7300. The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre is located at 1125 N. McCadden Place (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard), in Hollywood, 90038. Free onsite parking is available.

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07-06-16