Independent Star-News from Pasadena, California on June 5, 1966 · Page 104
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Independent Star-News from Pasadena, California · Page 104

Pasadena, California
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Sunday, June 5, 1966
Page 104
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Stellar Musicals Booked Six long-run Broadway smash hits, plus such great names as Jack Carter, Yvonne De Carlo, Barbara Nichols and Frankie Avalon are the prime ingredients on the Summer Musical Series menu at Melodyland Theatre in Anaheim. Producers Sammy Lewis and Danny Dare have corralled the outstanding stars of Ihe American theater to appear in tbe top-grossing musical successes dt recent Broadway seasons for their million-dollar warm-weather package of entertainment at Melodyland, starting June 14 an running through Sept. 18. "Pal Joey," ihe Rodgers and Hart socko about the nightclub hoofer on the make, kicks off the Melodyland summer season wilh a June 14-26 run, starring eye-filling Yvonne DeCarlo ol TV's The Munsters via Broadway and Hollywood, teen-age ww-boy Frankie Avalon aid blonde sex symbol Barbara Nichols. "Little Me," the hilarious spoof of the movies by Patrick Dennis, a u t h o r of "Auniie Mame," stars comedian Jack Carter July 5-17 at Anaheim's rheatre-in-the-round. "How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," a sell- cut through its Broadway run, brings Rudy Vallee of the original cast to Melodyland July 1931. The Lewis-Dare producer team has added Ricky Nelson lo the -cast of this classic of tbe musical stage, to make "How To ..." a special must-see on Ihe local summer schedule. Patrice Munsel, onetime child star of the Metropolitan Opera and long a reigning queen in the musical world, has been signed for "The Sound of Music" Aug. 2-14, with Broadway singing star John Tyers. "Call Me Madam," the spectacular satire on a lady ambassador by Irving Berlin which Ethel Merman made into a theater classic, comes to Mel- odyland Aug. 16-28, starring -you guessed it! -- Ethel Merman herself, with Russell Nype and Richard Eastham in the top male roles. This Merman starrer is a musical comedy event of A national magnitude, w h i c h would be a premium-price spectacular in any season -- bul ii is only a part of Melodyland's all-star summer package. No musical season would foe complete without one of Oie late Cole Porter's sophisticated, delightful bits of sparkling froth --and producers Lewis and Dai e have scheduled Porter's ageless "Kiss Me Kate" for Sept. 6-18, featuring two of the outstanding musical comedy talents in the country -- E a r l Wrightson and Lois Hunt. The Melodyland Summer Musical Series marked Ihe t h i r d anniversary of the Anaheim circular stage, and its hot-weather package of singing fun has generated some fantastic statistics. Songs and scores from Die six musicals booked into Melody- land 1966 have sold over 200 million records. The six musical plays have grossed ovpr $500 million in the process of becoming timeless classics. MUSIC MATTERS n m Fonny Brice -- played by Marilyn Michaels -- returns from Europe a married woman and tells what the new life is like- in a number called "Sadie, Sadie Morried Lady." This is a scene from Funny Girl coming to Ihe Us Angeles Music Center next Tuesday evening. Tunny GirP Riotous, Bright New Musical "Funny Girl," the musical based on 15 years in the career of Fanny Brice, which has already delighted nearly half-million theatregoers on Broadway, and is turning them away in London, will open a seven week engagement in The Music Center, Tuesday evening, June 7, ihe second event of the current Los Angeles Civic Light Opera season. Starring Anthony George as Nick Arnstein, Marilyn Michaels as Fanny Brice and Naiicy Andrews as Mrs. Brice, the musical comedy of the Ziegfeld era, combines haunting ballads, rousing production numbers and soft shoe tunes. Memorable among the hit melodies from the pen of Jule Stein (music) and Bob Merrill (lyrics) are "People," "Don't Rain on My Parade," and "The Music That M a k e s Me Dance." The national c o m p a n y of "Funny Girl," has been directed by Lawrence Kasha, who served as associate director for the Broadway production. Isobel Lennart wrote the book, Larry Fuller choreographed the dances, staged by the late Carol Haney, Stanely Simmons designed the costumes and leading Broadway designer Robert Randolph created the sets and lighting. Louis Armstrong Next at Carousel The sweet, clear strains of Louis Armstrong's Golden Trumpet will till the night air at West Covina's Carousel Theatre Tuesday night. June 7 with the start of a week's engagement of jazz concerts. Armstrong and his musicians will embrace Dixieland j a z z favorites on up to modern-day i a z z compositions. Some ol Satchmo's own compositions, such as "If We Never Meet Again," will be heard as will his red-hot recording of "Hello, Dolly," from the Broadway hit. Carousel Theatre patrons arc fortunate to hear Armstrong and his All-Stars, for so popular are they internationally, WURLITZER PIPE ORGAN CONCERT - SEATS $3.00 TUESDAY -- JUNE 71h 8:30 P.M. TICKETS ON SALE NOW! CROWN THEATRE 129 No. Raymond By Dick Bciike What has llnis far been a fine concert scrips closes today at Pasadena's Shakespeare Club with Virku Balpy, pianist, and Bremla Ferencz, soprano. The program i.p.gins al 3 p.m. The California Concert Artists Series has presented some excellent young performers here, and Virko Balry, whom Morris Ruger h,ii chosen to premiere his new piano concerto next fall, promises a b r i l l i a n t finale. Playing Ihe Organ Prelude in G Minor by Baeh-Siloti, Sonata in D Minor (Op. 31. No. 2), by Beethoven. "Ten Vision Fugi- lives." Op. 22. ny Prokoficff and "Seher/o .""Jo. 3 in C-sharp Minor. 1 ' Op. HH. hy Frederic Chopin, Balcy will be joined on the progam by Miss Ferenez, who will sing a '.vide variety of songs by Pure-ell. Schubert, Fa l i r e and IVPP. as well as a collection of five nu -abcrs .now popular in Argentina. Virko Kaley. by tbe way, also recently finished judging the Armenian Allied Arts Association competition in which soprano Joan Keymarion won the Armand Tokalyan scholarship. Mrs. Meymarion sings each Sunday at ihe Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena. Armand Tokalyan, who sang with the Metropolitan O p e r a Company for a number of years, was quite a teacher, as well Before his death he trained Marcella Rcale of North Hollywood who made her debut with (he Pasadena Symphony. Miss Reale ha.- been tabbed "a new slar" in her first three appearances .is Madame Butterfly with the San Carlo Opera of Naples. Haydn's "The Creation'' goes on Ihe Hoyce Hall. UCLA, stage Monday at S:3C p.m., presented by the Los Angeles Bureau of Music, Ihe Department of Municipal Ait and the Symphony Arts Orchestra, G. Malcolm Grohc-r. conducting. Featured ?o)oisls arc Dcloina Stevenson, soprano; Paul M a y r . tenor; and Gordon Ewing, bass- baritone. They'll join the 3«'~ member combined rhnnis in singing the oratorio, which was written in 1797. Phillip Lewis. Ihe 18-year-old violinist who has recently won an American .String Teachers- Association Jark Benny Scholarship, will give a recital Saturday in H.irbpson Hall, Pasadena Cily College. Beginning at 8:15 p.m., lewis- will play Ihe Beelhoven "Sonata No. 5,' : Ihe Franck Sonain. the Bruch Concerto as well as some short pieces by Sainl- Saens an-1 VVieniawski. The Jack Benny Si-hnlarship?. this year awarded lo oipbl young perfoorrners, consist of a $200 scholarship drawn Jrrm funds raised by Ihe comedian- violinist for liie association. The San Gabriel Valley Symphony Orchestra will present a benefit ooneert Saturday at B:2* p.m. in the Monrovia H i g h School auditorium. Under the direction of Robert Oulton and Noiimi Fischer, the orchestra will play Mendelssohn's "Overture to Fingals Cave," Grieg's "Peer G y n t Suite," Sebelius' "Finlandia," Bach's "Double Violin Concerto" and "Little Fugue," as well as the fourth movement ol Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Then n°\t Sunday, the Pasadena Art Museum "Encounters' 1 series winds up wilh Don Ellis' jazz ensemble. The 8 i/.m. program features a couple of Ellis' own compositions and "Intel-balances IV" by Barney Chikls, as well a? some free group interpretations in jazz. Tne group consists of Emil Richards, vibraphone; Dave Mackay, piano; C h u c k Domanico, bass; Steve Bohannon, drums; and Ellis on trumpet. z C7 can fill only a small portion of the booking offered them. Sachmo's fans who have thrilled lo his music in theatres, concert halls, on television and radio, or through his recordings, will find such enduring songs as "Mack the Knife," "St. Louis Blues," "Some Day," "Twelfth Street Rag," "Basin S t r e e t Blues" and "Muskrat Ramble" emanating from the circular stage in interpretations identified with Armstrong -- and Armstrong only. His concerts vary from night to night, his selections coming from his vast repertoire patiently created over the years. "A Super Atomic-Age Spy Film! SATIRIC! WITTY! FAST-MOVING!" Bosley Crowther N.Y. Times EAN-LUC GODARD'S A NNA°KARINA ALPHAVILLE! I PIUS) "A CINEMA MASTERPIECE" T I M F MAf.AZIM "ONE OF THE YEAR'S 10 BEST" N.Y. 1IMCI Woman in thsflunes ESQUIRE 2670 E. Colorado SY 3-6149 MU 4-1774 Slotts Wtd. Mcmtllo Motrcionnl "THE lOlh VICTIM"

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