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JBHS Choir Presents “Burroughs on Broadway”

On Friday, October 13th, John Burroughs High School will open their doors to present their 12th annual three-night show “Burroughs on Broadway,” showcasing the talent of award-winning choir groups, Powerhouse, Sound Sensations, Sound Waves, and Decibelles.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Each show choir will perform a mini-musical based on popular Broadway hits, including selections from Bye Bye Birdie, Rock of Ages, Wonderland, and The Secret Garden.

“What excites me most about this year’s show is watching the breakthrough performances that are happening even in rehearsal,” said Choir Director Brendan Jennings. “The students are really pushing themselves to connect with the music and subsequently the audience.”

“B.O.B.” also acts as a fundraiser for the school’s Vocal Music Association, reducing the costs of local and national competitions in which they participate throughout the year.

For the first time in the 12 years, Burroughs has hosted B.O.B., “premium reserved cabaret seats” will be offered, allowing the audience to experience Broadway-themed performances by students and other groups not associated with choir throughout the show. Reserved seating also provides attendance to a reception buffet prior to the show, with desserts and drinks during intermission.

“This year’s VIP experience is new and improved with our pre-show reception out on the plaza AND we are doing a special raffle for two orchestra seats to Hamilton,” said Jennings.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

An inspiration for the hit Fox series Glee, the advanced mixed choir, Powerhouse has been well-revered over the years as one of the country’s best competitive show choirs. Powerhouse has been featured multiple times on TV, including appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dancing With The Stars, and The Voice.

“Burroughs on Broadway” will have shows on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the JBHS Auditorium on 1920 West Clark Avenue. Tickets are currently available online. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Cast and Crew Have Struck Gold With “And The World Goes ‘Round”

By Deborah Dodge

Right around the corner from beautiful Burbank is the fabulous NoHo Arts District, where anyone can transport themselves from the dusty industrial valley into a world of superb talent that belongs on stages in Manhattan.  One musical that is highly recommended for any audience member who loves quality songwriting and fine acting is the show “And The World Goes ‘Round” , now playing at the NoHo Arts Center located at 11136 Magnolia Blvd.
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Under the direction of Gary Lee Reed, this wonderfully cast musical showcases the brilliant music and lyrics of John Kander & Fred Ebb (who both wrote music for icons such as Liza Minnelli & Chita Rivera).  The show starts out with gifted singer/musician/musical director Joshua Eli Kranz, as he strolls out on stage, looking like he’s just stepped off the silver screen from the Rat Pack Era.  He opens the show singing the title song, “And The World Goes ‘Round”.  He’s young, talented and has a stage presence that stays with you.  Alex Stickles quickly accompanies as the drummer/percussionists and sometimes appears as the bartender listening to his patrons’ vast stories over shots of booze, laughter and some tears.  These two young, talented men never miss a beat as they lay the foundation for the remaining 5 players.

The scene is a speakeasy type of atmosphere where the audience fades and the characters come to life in a combination of Broadway hits that vacillate between humor and heartbreak.  Each song if followed by another that is just as equally entertaining and passionately executed. This is an outstanding cast!
KristinEricaEmilyWGR_0609 copy “Woman One” is played by the beautiful Emily King Brown.  She portrays several characters that keep you laughing and crying throughout the show.  You could hear the audience stop breathing during her stunning version of “Maybe This Time.”

“”Woman Two”  is played by spunky, strawberry-blond Kristin Towers-Rowles who showcases her clear, beautiful voice and swift comedic timing during her performance of “Arthur in the Afternoon” a song about a steamy extramarital affair.

 “Woman Three”  is played by dazzling, Erica Hanrahan-Ball, whose last name is a perfect fit because she gives the feeling you’re watching Lucille Ball throughout the evening.  This is especially true while she performs a duet with Brown in, “The Grass Is Always Greener”.


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“Man Two”, Isaac  James James seems like he should be cast as the next Superman because of his handsome face and incredible build.  But boy can Clark Kent carry a tune!  He steals your heart as he belts out “We Can Make It.”

Finally, last but definitely not least, we have “Man Three”, played by actor/singer Ryan Ruge.  This fresh faced, multi-faceted young man made the audience erupt in laughter in “Sara Lee.”  Then we cried as he struggled through life as an underdog in “Mr. Cellophane.”

“And The World Goes ‘Round” strikes a chord in everyone and definitely at different times all the way through the masterfully designed 2-Act show. The five main actors portrayed characters with such raw vulnerability that the audience was reminded of past or present heartbreak, passion and the most painful romantic emotion…..unrequited love.

Support local theatre and leave reality for an evening by watching this well-directed, beautifully performed and cleverly choreographed treasure.  The cast & crew have struck gold with, “And The World Goes ‘Round”.
And The World Goes ‘Round
is playing until March 10, 2013
NoHo Arts Center
11136 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91610
Asperger’s Teens, Young Adults, Adults and Families
To Benefit from Special Select Performances
General Admission $28
For reservations and tickets, visit www.plays411.net/world or call 411 Plays at (323) 960-4418