The Beat Goes On!
This is the fourth installment of a series of shows, under the overall title of Rockin' With the Ages, designed to provide opportunities for performers older than 60. Although there has always been formidable talent involved, the first edition, back in 2009, was a simple, slightly slap-dash showcase. But each successive edition revealed an increase in professionalism. Now, the producers have recruited David O for the sharp musical direction and sophisticated arrangements, Cate Caplin for the slick choreography, Keith Mitchell for the silvery art deco set and Ann Closs-Farley for the spiffy costumes, and the show looks ready for prime time. Fifteen seasoned pros deliver a sparkling variety show that includes an eclectic array of material, from ballroom dancing to tap, a medley of Al Jolson songs, a tribute to George M. Cohan and even a hip-hop rap number. The songs include lesser-known stuff like "Bye-Bye Blues," as well as standard favorites like "Shakin' the Blues Away" and "Give Me a Kiss to Build a Dream On," plus musical comedy gems like "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love, I Love the Girl I'm Near" and "Hernando's Hideaway." Theatre of Arts Arena Stage, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hlywd.; Thurs., 2 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 5 p.m.; through Nov. 11. (818) 606-6679, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fri., Oct. 12, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 2 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m. Starts: Oct. 12. Continues through Nov. 25, 2012
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