The award-winning Musical Theatre Guild, a company of professional performers who present concert-staged readings of seldom seen musicals, will continue its 14th season celebrating musicals from the 1960's with IRMA LA DOUCE. The opening performance will take place on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 7:30 PM at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. A second and final performance will occur on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 3:00 PM at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre.
Set in Paris, this French and West End import revolves around Irma, a carefree Montmartre streetwalker whose life is turned upside down when she falls in love with Nestor le Fripé, a poor law student, who in order to keep her for himself, assumes the disguise of a rich older man. Although the film version unbelievably eliminated the songs, the original is much more fun, especially with the joyous, atmospheric score by Marguerite Monnot. IRMA LA DOUCE opened on Broadway in 1960, was nominated for seven Tony Awards and ran for 524 performances.
In the starring roles of Irma and Nestor are Robin deLano and Dan Callaway. In other leading roles are Chuck Bergman, Christopher Carothers, Steven Hack, Joe Hart, Michael Kostroff, Brandon Michael Perkins and Jeffrey Polk. Also featured are David Holmes, Roy Leake, Jr., John Massey, Jr., Barry Pearl and reprising his role from the original Broadway production; Rudy Tronto. IRMA LA DOUCE will be directed and choreographed by Roger Castellano with musical direction by Ron Colvard.
In addition, at the April 19 performance, the Alex Theatre courtyard will be transformed into a Parisian Boulevard to host Musical Theatre Guild's bi-annual silent auction. Bid on amazing theatre memorabilia, art, spa, restaurant and theatre packages all to support MTG programming and youth outreach.
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 North Brand Blvd. in Glendale. Tickets are available at the Alex Theatre box office, or by calling 818-243-ALEX. The Scherr Forum at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Bank of America Performing Arts Center is located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Thousand Oaks. Tickets to this venue are available by calling Ticketmaster at 805-583-8700, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting a Ticketmaster outlet.
The Musical Theatre Guild 2009-2010 season concludes on June 14, 2010 with DAS BARBECÜ, a special event in conjunction with the Ring Festival LA.
Call 818-848-6844 or visit www.musicaltheatreguild.com for complete schedule and venue information.