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November 29, 2001
Marshall Allen GLENDALE -- The Music Theatre of Southern California was a recent casualty of depression and recession, but it doesn't want its customers to be. After 18 years of presenting Broadway musicals and special concert events at The Alex Theatre and San Gabriel Civic Auditorium, the group officially closed Tuesday. Staff cited a decrease in ticket sales after Sept. 11 and a soft economy in general as principal reasons for its financial woes.
NEWS
October 11, 2000
Joyce Rudolph SAN GABRIEL -- A tribute to the big bands is planned by the Music Theatre of Southern California, which presents musicals at Glendale's Alex Theatre as part of its season. The celebration of music from the 1930s and '40s begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium, 320 S. Mission Drive. The event features the theater's big band, singers and dancers performing pieces like "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "String of Pearls," "In the Mood" and others.
NEWS
May 3, 2000
Joyce Rudolph, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- "The Music Man" is the next performance scheduled for The Music Theatre of Southern California. It opens Friday at the San Gabriel Civic and completes the run with five shows at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. Alex shows are at 8 p.m. May 26 and 27, at 7 p.m. May 28 and 2 p.m. May 27 and 28. Tickets range from $22 to $42. For reservations, call (800) 233-3123. All of Music Theatre's musicals feature seasoned actors with professional orchestra and choreography.
NEWS
November 20, 2001
Alecia Foster GLENDALE -- The Music Theatre of Southern California is seeking financial help from its patrons and the community, citing a weakening economy and declining ticket sales. The company, which holds several shows each year at The Alex Theatre, has asked its season ticket holders and others to help during the financial crisis. Officials have received an overwhelming response. "So far we've raised over $100,000 in two weeks," said Laura Freedman, president of the theater's board.
NEWS
May 30, 2001
Reno Chamber Orchestra performs at The Alex GLENDALE -- The Reno Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Vahe Khochayan, will perform on Sunday at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. Featured violin soloist is Catherine Manoukian. The Toronto-based musician has appeared on major stages throughout North America, Europe and Asia, to great critical acclaim. The orchestra was founded in 1974 by Maestro Khochayan, with the support of a select group of musicians.
NEWS
October 26, 2001
Joyce Rudolph DOWNTOWN -- While music conductor Richard Allen finds it safer in the orchestra pit, he ventured into the limelight Thursday at The Alex Theatre. The music director joined four singers from the Music Theatre of Southern California to form the inaugural act in the Free Brown Bag Concert Series, which will be held from noon to 1 p.m. each Thursday in the theater's forecourt. About 30 people attended, including two families with children.
NEWS
July 6, 2000
Krisia Blake DOWNTOWN The Music Theatre of Southern California is rehearsing "Ain't Misbehavin' " for its next series at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. The musical is a tribute to America's beloved jazz and swing legend, Fats Waller, the irrepressible songwriter and pianist. This is the only musical to ever win the Tony, New York Drama Critics, Drama Desk, Obie and Grammy awards. Show times are 8 p.m. July 28 and 29; 2 p.m. July 29 and 30; and 7 p.m. July 30. Single Ticket prices range from $20.50 to $40.50.
NEWS
February 12, 2001
What a fantastic show Glendale will be seeing soon at the Alex Theatre! We were invited opening night for the Music Theatre of Southern California's production of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes." The dancing, music, costumes and sets were absolutely wonderful. Rikki Lugo, as choreographer, really outdid herself. Cynthia Ferrer, as Reno, is not only a marvelous dancer but has a beautiful singing voice. She plays Jill in "General Hospital." All the cast and Roger Lockie, as musical director, really made Porter's music come alive.
NEWS
January 12, 2000
Paul Andersen, Enjoy! SAN GABRIEL -- For soprano Ann Winkowski, it will be a family affair, an opportunity to sing some songs she might not normally do. It's a chance for baritone bass Rick Kleber to step from behind the curtains to in front of them, where he has spent so much time in the past. But for Roger Lockie, music director and conductor for the Music Theatre of Southern California, there will be a simple expectation. "It's real easy," he said with a goodhearted laugh.
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By Lynne Heffley | September 21, 2012
"Titanic" made a splash on Broadway in 1997, but full-scale productions of the musical are few and far between, despite that year's Tony Award bonanza for the $10-million show: best musical, score, orchestrations, book and set design. With 37 cast members - many playing multiple roles - a staggering number of costumes and wigs, nearly three dozen songs and the re-creation of the doomed ocean liner itself, an all-out “Titanic” is a budget buster that few theaters can afford. (According to the Los Angeles Times, the $750,000 tab for Civic Light Opera of South Bay's 2001 production included $200,000 for the set alone.)
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Ani Amirkhanian | February 6, 2008
Broadway veteran Christina Saffran Ashford is used to playing the leading lady, but next week she will be taking on the role of a more unconventional character in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, “Aspects of Love.” Ashford, a Burbank resident, will be performing in the Musical Theatre Guild’s production on Monday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.“Aspects of Love” is a love story set in France about a passionate affair that involves the romantic entanglements of five characters.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ann Kim | September 12, 2007
Implausible as it may seem for a 21st-century woman to transform into a grande dame from a British musical only to transform again into a character from a Charles Dickens novel, actress Mary Van Arsdel of Burbank wears all these hats in the musical murder mystery “Drood.” Van Arsdel will perform as Angela Prysock from 18th-century Britain who will then perform as Princess Puffer, a character from Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel, “Drood .” The Tony Award-winning musical adaptation and play-within-a-play, created by Rupert Holmes and produced by the Musical Theatre Guild, will come to life Monday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | February 10, 2007
The pressure's on for actors in Musical Theatre Guild's production of "Street Scene," stopping for one performance Monday night at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The musical drama, about several families living in an East Side New York tenement on a hot June evening, was on Broadway in 1947. An immense body of work, it's a huge undertaking for the guild, members said. The guild's purpose is to present staged readings of seldom-seen musicals. Members are all professional musical actors who produce two performances of a play at separate venues five times a year.
NEWS
November 19, 2003
Joyce Rudolph A production of "Into the Woods" will reunite director Marlys Marsteller with actors and singers she coached in the 1980s and 1990s. A former choral and drama teacher with the La Canada Unified School District, Marsteller also directed musicals for the Foothill Summer Theatre for 23 years. Many of her former students are cast in the musical she is producing with her new community theater company, Foothill Musical Theatre. "They are now in their 30s and have families," she said.
NEWS
November 29, 2001
Marshall Allen GLENDALE -- The Music Theatre of Southern California was a recent casualty of depression and recession, but it doesn't want its customers to be. After 18 years of presenting Broadway musicals and special concert events at The Alex Theatre and San Gabriel Civic Auditorium, the group officially closed Tuesday. Staff cited a decrease in ticket sales after Sept. 11 and a soft economy in general as principal reasons for its financial woes.
NEWS
November 20, 2001
Alecia Foster GLENDALE -- The Music Theatre of Southern California is seeking financial help from its patrons and the community, citing a weakening economy and declining ticket sales. The company, which holds several shows each year at The Alex Theatre, has asked its season ticket holders and others to help during the financial crisis. Officials have received an overwhelming response. "So far we've raised over $100,000 in two weeks," said Laura Freedman, president of the theater's board.
NEWS
October 26, 2001
Joyce Rudolph DOWNTOWN -- While music conductor Richard Allen finds it safer in the orchestra pit, he ventured into the limelight Thursday at The Alex Theatre. The music director joined four singers from the Music Theatre of Southern California to form the inaugural act in the Free Brown Bag Concert Series, which will be held from noon to 1 p.m. each Thursday in the theater's forecourt. About 30 people attended, including two families with children.
NEWS
May 30, 2001
Reno Chamber Orchestra performs at The Alex GLENDALE -- The Reno Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Vahe Khochayan, will perform on Sunday at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. Featured violin soloist is Catherine Manoukian. The Toronto-based musician has appeared on major stages throughout North America, Europe and Asia, to great critical acclaim. The orchestra was founded in 1974 by Maestro Khochayan, with the support of a select group of musicians.
NEWS
February 12, 2001
What a fantastic show Glendale will be seeing soon at the Alex Theatre! We were invited opening night for the Music Theatre of Southern California's production of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes." The dancing, music, costumes and sets were absolutely wonderful. Rikki Lugo, as choreographer, really outdid herself. Cynthia Ferrer, as Reno, is not only a marvelous dancer but has a beautiful singing voice. She plays Jill in "General Hospital." All the cast and Roger Lockie, as musical director, really made Porter's music come alive.
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