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The Godmother of Rock and Roll!

While visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio,  Randy Johnson, the creator of such seminal works as Always Patsy Cline and A Night Janis Joplin, came upon a book titled Shout Sister Shout! Randy’s first reaction, “That’s a perfect title for a musical.” The fact that the book was a biography of Sister Rosetta Tharpe who is often referred to as ...

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Sam Harris is ‘HAM-ing’ It Up to Crowd Fund His Musical Memoir

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“Crowdfunding is the way we fund art now. For someone who has a dream, that wants to be a storyteller, or wants to invent something, or bring something new to the world, it’s is the most accessible way it can be done. There’s just too much mishigas in the business.” It was the end of a 15 minute conversation with Tony award winning actor, recording ...

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Pasadena Playhouse Announces 2016-2017 Season

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The Pasadena Playhouse has announced its 2016-2017.  This will be the final season under the guidance of Artistic Director, Sheldon Epps. The Fantasticks (written by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, directed by Seema Sueko), September 6, 2016 – October 2, 2016;  Opening: September 11 at 5:00pm.  Winner of a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre, The Fantasticks is a lyrical and romantic musical that tells ...

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Sheldon Epps Talks Diversity and LA Theater

Sheldon Epps has been the Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse since 1997. He came to that position with a great many credits, including being the Assistant AD at the Old Globe, the founder of several theatre companies, and a noted director on and off Broadway. His television credits read like a who’s who of Hollywood.  We talked just before his announcement to step down ...

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“Properties of Silence” and Women’s Voices at the Pasadena Playhouse

“I walk beneath your pens, and am not what I truly am, but what you’d prefer to imagine me.” ― Juana Inés de la Cruz It is easy enough to claim that in our country, women have made great strides towards equality. Even now, this debate is still being fiercely waged as the constructs of feminism includes intersectionality of race and sexuality, along with gender. It ...

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