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Entertainment Tips of the Week 4-9-12

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

A Night Of Laughs And Song!

Theatre West has done it again. Once a month Theatre West and Executive Director John Gallogly are presenting “The Laugh Pack,” created by comic Bruce Fine. With a friend I attended the Saturday, March 31st program. What a hilarious evening! Bruce Fine (pictured, right) has opened for the Wayans Brothers and other celebrities in various nightclub performances. He’s also been seen on the “Jay Leno Show,” “Last Comic Standing 4,” and “Comics Unleashed.” Fine wanted to create a show like there used to be in the old days of Las Vegas when you had great comedians and singers on stage together.

He was inspired by the Rat Pack and the days when stars like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis, Jr. cavorted on stage at the Sands Hotel. So, once a month at Theatre West, Bruce Fine gathers several comedians and a singer for an evening of fun. Besides the scheduled performers you’ll see comics dropping in to add to the evening’s gaiety. Theatre West has included in the price of the ticket a buffet of appetizers plus two beverages (including alcoholic beverages for those with I.D.). Free parking is included in the lot across the street. This past Saturday night, a friend and I went to Theatre West and had a fabulous time. California Pizza Kitchen provided the evening’s buffet with a variety of pizzas and three kinds of salads. Non-alcoholic beverages were unlimited. During intermission you could have brownies, cookies or coffee or tea. The evening’s comedians, both scheduled and dropins, were the host himself, Bruce Fine followed by Robert Duchaine, Courtney Cronin, Impressionist Roger Kabler (was he ever fabulous), singer Vanessa Bryan, talented Bresha Webb, Craig Gass and ending the evening was Eric “Smooth E” Schwartz. Ms. Bryan came out twice to perform, both before and after intermission.

Two of the numbers she belted out were “Hey, Big Spender!” from “Pajama Game” and “New York! New York!” from the movie of the same name. Does this lady have a great future! As I said earlier in this column, Roger Kabler was fabulous in his impressions of Richard Dreyfuss (body expression and voice), Robert de Niro, a hilarious impression of Robin Williams and others. There was even an impression of Meryl Streep imitating Julia Childs. He kept us laughing throughout his gig. The other comics were also funny but these two stood out during an evening of laughs and songs. Tickets are $28 in advance or $32 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the appetizers and beverages are available before the 8 pm. start of the show. For more information and to order tickets go to www. LaughPack.com. Theater West is located at 3333 Cahuenga Boulevard West in Los Angeles CA 90068.

For Children At Theatre West

Children at Theatre West

Children at Theatre West

A musical for children and their families, “Aladdin, the Princess, and the Magic Lamp,” (pictured below) is now playing at the Theatre West on Saturdays at 1 pm until July 14, 2012. Presented by the Storybook Theatre you’ll find “Aladdin, the Princess, and the Magic Lamp” presents the classic story with plenty of singing and dancing and loads of participation by the young audience.

The Center Theater Group Presents:

Here’s some new info from the about Center Theatre Group performances: “The Convert” has been extended an additional week and will now have performances from April 17 through May 19, 2012 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Four student matinees have been scheduled in this additional week, plus a public performance Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m. Opening night will be April 19, 2012. At the Ahmanson Theatre at the Los Angeles Music Center, the National Theatre of Great Britain production of “War Horse” will begin previews on June 14, and will open Friday, June 29 at 8 pm and will run through July 29th. Finally, Scott Zigler will direct David Mamet’s “November” at the Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center, September 26 through November 4, 2012 with the opening set for October 7, 2012. For information go to centertheatregroup.com.

A Tribute To Billie Holiday

Corky Hale and Freda Payne with special Guest Tricia Tahara will be at the Catalina Bar and Grill when the club presents “A Birthday Tribute To Billie Holiday” on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm. For this one-night, Corky Hale, who was once Billie Holiday’s pianist, will perform a tribute program, along with Freda Payne and Tricia Tahara, in honor of the late American Jazz singer, Billie Holiday’s 97th birthday. The program will include signature songs Billie Holiday made famous including “Them There Eyes,” “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit,” “Lady Sings the Blues.” and “Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone,” among others. The Catalina Bar and Grill is located at 6725 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles Angeles CA 90028. There’s a $20 cover charge. Reservations can be made by calling Catalina Bar and Grill at (323) 466-2210 or online at ticketweb.com.

Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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