The Lion (Geffen Playhouse)

IIMG_7540 LOVED The Lion! In its final stop on a lengthy world tour which included 2 off-Broadway runs (and a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Solo Performance), Benjamin Scheuer’s one-man autobiographical musical will have its final performance next month on The Geffen stage.  For any singer-songwriter fangirls (or boys), this is a must-see. It is a perfect storm of beautiful folksy-pop melodies, a love story, and a dashingly handsome performer with an incredible life story. It also doesn’t hurt that he is his own accompanist. Throughout the 80-minute piece, Benjamin picks up a variety of guitars and string instruments scattered around the minimalist stage, and he doesn’t just strum chords…he PLAYS THE SHIT out of those guitars.

Benjamin’s story is beautiful, heartbreaking, melodious, hopeful, and inspiring. All the good adjectives. I laughed, I smiled, I cried and I gave a standing ovation. Scheuer pours his heart out onstage, and anyone who is willing to share his life via such a public platform deserves all the admiration in the world.

The only thing I didn’t like…when he took off his shoes. Because, eww feet.

– Jerusha

P.S. We’re doing this really funny (read: annoying) thing where we’re taking pictures of the BACK of Performances magazine on each set (see photo)…because Jade Mills buys a full page ad in EVERY edition. LOL

It’s funny if you see a lot of theatre. Maybe.

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Peter and the Starcatcher (YA4Ever)

Starcatcher - CopyToday we traveled up to Trevor’s old stomping grounds, Thousand Oaks, to see his best friend Michael, in Young Artists Ensemble’s alumni production of Peter and the Starcatcher.

This show holds a special place in my heart because it was the, get ready for it, FIRST SHOW #LATHTRCOUPLE EVER SAW TOGETHER. That’s right folks, way back in December 2013, CTG’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher was our first ever theatre date.

This was a great community theatre production of a piece that is usually played on a big stage. Seeing it in a black box thrust scenario was really cool. They managed to implement a lot of the same cool theatre magic tricks, and the performances were very professional. I like seeing shows at the Hillcrest Center for Arts, because you get a mixed audience – elderly folks, kids, and everything in-between. It makes for a much more interesting viewing experience. It’s also fun to see all the little kids storm “Mr. Mike” in the lobby after the show – he’s an elementary school drama teacher and his students LOVE him 🙂

– Jerusha

Frenchie Davis (Geffen Playhouse)

Frenchie - CopyAn Evening with Frenchie Davis was a lovely event that had the Geffen audience standing on its feet.

Frenchie is an accomplished singer and performer and showed everyone what it is to “Frenchify” a song. She took multiple upbeat songs and transformed them into to sultry R&B experiences like “Trap Queen” from Fetty Wop or “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga.

Only two things could have made this night more entertaining. 1. If Ms. Davis sang some more Broadway tunes or show-stoppers like “I Am Telling You” from Dreamgirls. 2. If she threw in one or two upbeat songs to mix things up.

They say a great actor can make reading the phone book interesting; well Frenchie can sing about anything and make it brilliant. To illustrate, she sang the “ABC’s” in a delightful and entertaining way that I didn’t know was possible.

Keep your eyes and ears out for Frenchie Davis. She is a shining star that is impossible to miss.

– Trevor