With the recent success of competition programs such as American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and, of course, Dancing With The Stars, competitions such as the now successful Stage LA's Next Great Star have caught the attention of many a young hopeful.
Although the first of the 6 week competition has passed, the competition has five more weeks of competitive talent lined up. The producers have just announced the complete line up of celebrated judges for the reamaining dates of Jan 13, 20, 27 and Feb 3 adn 10 (below).
Stage LA's Next Great Star 2013 Judges and Supporters offer support outside of the competition itself as former judge and now producer and acclaimed cabaret singer, Barbara Van Orden explains, "LA's Next Great Stage Star is a venue for young entertainers to be given exposure in the industry. This gives the young talent an opportunity to be recognized. This competition affords many new opportunities for the winners. Winners from the 2012 competition as well as the competition prior years have gone on to perform in many major venues, Broadway Stage etc. This is important to me because young talent need these kinds of opportunities to hone their craft and be discovered."
The Stage Star creative team has put together an amazing and impressive roster of professional judges.
Through a series of auditions held earlier this month, they have 20 very exciting, very talented and uniquely different young women and men in competition. Due to an overwhelming response to participate, they finally put together the judging panels for each week of the competition as follows:
Location: Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal 5303 Lankershim Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604
PAST Week 1 - January 6, 2013 (Opening): Judges' Call Time: 11:15 am for brunch; 12:00 - 2:30 pm competition.
1.) T.J. Dawson - Executive Producer/Artistic Director - 3D Theatricals, Fullerton and Redondo Beach
2.) Steven Dry - Equity Theatre Department Head - Connor, Ankrum & Associates, Hollywood
3.) Michael Matthews - 2012 LA Ovation Award Winner - Best Director of a Musical (The Color Purple); Resident Director/Celebration Theatre - Hollywood
4.) Dan Mojica - Producer/Director/Choreographer - 16 International Companies of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Associate Director/Associate Choreographer; Director/Choreographer of innumerable productions: Victor Victoria, Cabaret, Singin' in the Rain, Camelot, The Music Man and many more.
5.) Calvin Remsberg - Esteemed Los Angeles Vocal Coach; "Beadle" first national tour of Sweeney Todd; Director of Sweeney Todd for Reprise!, Westwood; Director of Sweeny Todd at Musical Theatre West, Long Beach; and others
Week 2 - January 13, 2013: Judges' Call Time: 11:15 am for brunch; 12:00 - 2:30 pm competition.
1.) David Galligan - Director and LA Stage Alliance Lifetime Ovation Award Winner. Director of annual S.T.A.G.E AIDS fundraising benefits in Los Angeles
2.) Richard Israel - Co-Artistic Director West Coast Ensemble; recipient of LA Drama Critics Circle Milton Katselas Award for Career Achievement in Directing. Director: Avenue Q/Doma, Met Theatre, Hollywood; The Full Monty/Third Street Theatre, West Hollywood; Once Upon a Mattress/Cabrillo Music Theatre/Thousand Oaks; Gypsy/Arena Stage, Hollywood.
3.) Robert Marra - Director/Choreographer. Director: The World Goes 'Round/Actors Co-Op, Hollywood; Footloose/San Diego Musical Theatre; Seven Brides....Glendale Centre Theatre; A Chorus Line/San Diego Musical Theatre
4.) Dave Secor - Equity Theatre Department Head - Daniel Hoff Agency, Los Angeles
5.) Mark WilLiam Smith - Equity Theatre Department Head - The Savage Agency, Los Angeles
Week 3 - January 20, 2013: Judges' Call Time: 11:15 am for brunch; 12:00 - 2:30 pm competition.
1.) Jodie Bowman - Equity Theatre Department Head - Brady, Brannon & Rich, Los Angeles