Archived entries for Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ TONY AWARD-WINNER LEVI KREIS at the LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER ▪︎ SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 at 8pm

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s
Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center
Presents

LEVI KREIS
Broadway at the Keys

Saturday, August 19 at 8pm

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced a special one-night-only concert by Tony Award-winning singer/songwriter/actor Levi Kreis in his show Broadway at the Keys. Kreis will take the stage at the Center’s Renberg Theatre on Saturday, August 19 at 8pm. The intimate Renberg performance will feature Kreis at the piano, delivering renditions of songs from Broadway hits as varied as Sweeney Todd, Smokey Joe’s Café, Rent, Aladdin, and Million Dollar Quartet.

Kreis took Broadway by storm in 2010 with his show-stopping, Tony Award-winning performance as Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, about which the Hollywood Reporter wrote, “The charismatic Kreis is hugely entertaining (and one hell of a pianist).” The New York Times agreed, “Mr. Kreis’s Lewis has a brash goofball charm and his thrashing keyboard style is an impressive approximation of Mr. Lewis’s febrile dexterity.” In addition to the 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Kreis was awarded an Outer Critics Circle Award and he also received a Drama League Award nomination. He also arranged some of the music for Million Dollar Quartet.

A six-year-old Levi Kreis came home from kindergarten graduation after hearing Elgar’s “Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1” and started playing it by ear on the piano with both hands. Soon he was writing his own original classical compositions. Kreis recorded his first album at age 12 and began a life of touring. As a singer/songwriter his piano pop records have been featured in key moments on numerous network television shows including The Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy, So You Think You Can Dance, Mob Wives, Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, as well as several films.

With six albums to date and a 2009 OutMusic Award for “Stained Glass Window” (the theme song for the Del Shores film Southern Baptist Sissies), Kreis has built a loyal following that continues to expand the reach of his own label imprint, Vision 9 Records. He is currently recording his seventh album which is slated for release in November 2017. For a complete biography, visit www.levikreis.com.

General admission tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or by phone at (323) 860-7300. Net proceeds from all ticket sales will support the full range of free and low-cost programs and services offered by the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

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. During construction of the Center’s new facility, free parking is limited. Please allow extra time to find parking, or choose public transportation or a ride service such as Lyft.

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06-14-17

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

NEWS RELEASE — LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER PRESENTS “FOOL FOR LOVE” AT PART OF 2016 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s
Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center
Presents
As Part of the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival
FOOL FOR LOVE
By Sam Shepard
Directed by Will Bradley & Cecilia Fairchild
Featuring
Bradley Fisher, Burt Grinstead,
Charlotte Gulezian, and Roland Ruiz

Fool for LoveLos Angeles LGBT Center has announced a new production of Fool for Love by Sam Shepard as part of the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival. There will be 11 performances only, beginning June 3 and running through June 26 in The Center’s Davidson/Valentini Theatre. [The complete performance schedule is at the end of this release.] This story of twisted lives and tormented loves will be directed by Will Bradley and Cecilia Fairchild, and the cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Bradley Fisher (In Bed with Roy Cohn, Aftermath), Burt Grinstead, (Hit the Wall, The Sexual Life of Savages), Charlotte Gulezian (Hit the Wall, Stupid Fucking Bird), and Roland Ruiz (Hit the Wall and the Oscar-nominated film Boyhood).

Fool for Love, winner of the 1984 Obie Award for Best New American Play and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, finds two former lovers holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert where they unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Beaten down by ill-fated love and a struggle for identity, they must decide whether it is ultimately possible to live with, or without, each other. The New York Times called it a “gut-clutching … full throttle cliffhanger.” Run time is 75 minutes.

The scenic design is by Burt Grinstead, lighting and sound design are by Matt Richter and costume design is by Brooke Gerson. The stage manager is Maggie Marx.

There will be four previews and seven regular performances of Fool for Love, beginning on June 3 and running through June 24. The complete schedule:

PREVIEWS
• Friday 6/3 at 8pm
• Saturday 6/4 at 8pm
• Sunday 6/5 at 7pm
• Tuesday 6/7 at 8pm

REGULAR
• Saturday 6/11 at 8pm [OPENING NIGHT]
• Sundays 6/19 & 6/26 at 7pm
• Wednesdays 6/15 & 6/22 at 8pm
• Thursday 6/16 at 8pm
• Friday 6/24 at 8pm

Preview seats are $10 and admission for regular performances is $15. Tickets are available online at http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3751, or by phone at (323) 455-4585.

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Davidson/Valentini Theatre is located at the 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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05-10-16

 
L to R — Charlotte Gulezian, Burt Grinstead. Photo by Stan Mayer.