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New Garry Marshall Theatre Marquee Brightens Burbank

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Garry Marshall Theatre lit up the Burbank sky with the unveiling of their new marquee Thursday night. The occasion marks a reinvention of sorts for everyone involved. Art Directors Joseph Leo Bwarie and Dimitri Toscas were on hand to introduce the new sign, as were some of Garry’s closest friends and family.

“This is really exciting,” said Joseph Bwarie, “the gathering of people from all crosses of Garry’s life coming together, and lights mean something in everyone’s life. But neon lights across from Bob’s Big Boy, we’re giving Bob a run for his money!” With a countdown starting from 13, which was Garry Marshall’s favorite number, the neon marquee became alive and was greeted with an enormous applause.

“Joe and I have been working on this for months and months,” remarked Dimitri Toscas, “we worked to get it together and it’s moving to see the lights turned on.” Marshall’s friends were also on hand to walk the red carpet and talk about what it means to have a resurgence in Burbank’s art community. Actress and Director Jenny Sullivan was “thrilled” to witness the event. She went on to say the ceremony was a “big deal and emotional.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Actor Jack McGee said attending the event was “rewarding, it gave me goosebumps, I’ve worked with for Garry a number of times before, I did my first theatre out here and I’m just thrilled to be here.” Joe Mantegna, another one of Marshall’s closest friends, said the event was “Great. I lived three doors down from Garry for the last twenty-six years. It’s a fitting thing for a guy who’s done so much for this community to have a theatre named after him.”

The theatre conducted rehearsals tonight for their opening of “Master Class.” Coincidentally, “Master Class” was one of Marshall’s favorite plays. One of the points stressed by friends and family in attendance was that just because Marshall isn’t physically here to help run the theatre doesn’t mean his presence isn’t felt.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Marshall’s wife, Barbara Wells, explained further by saying, “[The theatre] was doing great for twenty years, and now we had to do something to freshen it up, give it a new name and let everyone know that we’re back in business and that we’ve never stopped. When the season finished in July, Gary had done that. That was his season that he had planned everything. We filled out his year and now we’re freshening it up and are trying to get more things going on.” Furthermore, there are planned fundraisers that will be happening in the near future to help the theatre continue to run in its pristine condition. “[Garry] paid for everything. He did everything. I said, ‘If I could direct, act, or write, I would.’ I don’t do any of those things,” said Wells.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The first large fundraising event is a gala scheduled for November 13, which was Garry’s birthday. The gala is set to host an auction that will include memorabilia belonging to the Marshall family. The gala is important to the theatre as it is currently being run as non-profit.

Marshall’s granddaughter capped off the night by saying her favorite moment was that all of the people she knew were there and that she “got to meet them all and the lighting of the marquee was very exciting.” To find more information on tickets and events, visit www.garrymarshalltheatre.org,

Falcon Theatre Delights With “Walkin’ in a Winter One-Hit Wonderland”

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Photo By Chelsea Sutton

A few nights ago I went to see the annual holiday show at the Falcon Theatre. This year’s show was “Walkin’ in a Winter One-Hit Wonderland.”

The Troubadour Theater Company, made up of actors, musicians and comedians has performed annual holiday shows at the Falcon Theatre for over 10 years.

To me, there is nothing that says Christmas more than the Falcon Theatre. The Troubies always put on an excellent and captivating show. They are known for their witty dialogue, which masterfully incorporates current events, as well as their notorious use of breaking the fourth wall. The storylines are always clever, and often feature cameos by characters from past shows.

The Falcon Theatre holiday shows always incorporate a certain singer or band into their holiday storyline.

Past shows have included “The First Joel,” featuring Billy Joel songs, “A Christmas Carol King,” featuring Carole King songs and “A Charlie James Brown Christmas,” featuring James Brown songs.

This year, instead of focusing on the hits by one artist, the Troubies decided to use famous “one-hit wonders” as the featured music in the show. Selected songs from this year’s show included “Somebody That I Used To Know,” “I’m Too Sexy” and “Take On Me.”

This year’s show seemed to be even more amusing than past years. The actors were quite artful, performing jokes and adlibs with impeccable timing. Active audience participation, including dressing an audience member up in a Santa suit, made the show engaging and hilarious.

My family and I have gone to the Falcon Theatre’s holiday show for over five years now. The comedy is sharp and the music is captivating. Our holiday tradition would not be complete without the Troubies.

Make the Troubies part of your holiday tradition. “Walkin’ in a Winter One-Hit Wonderland” runs through Jan 19, 2014

Visit http://www.falcontheatre.com/winter_one_hit_wonderland.html for more information and to purchase tickets.

Falcon Theatre Announces Season

Falcon Theatre Founder, Garry Marshall, is thrilled to announce the Falcon Theatre’s 2013-2014 5-Play Subscription Season. Falcon Theatre’s 12comedy, collaborating with Impro Theatre, Troubadour Theater Company and Lookingglass Theatre Companyof Chicago to create an exciting line-up.

Kicking off the 2013-14 season within the dimension of pure imagination, Falcon Theatre presents Impro Theatre’s Twilight Zone Unscripted, directed by Jo McGinley and Stephen Kearin, which pays homage to Rod Serling’s sci-fi series The Twilight Zone by creating new never-before-seen and never-to-be seen again episodes with every performance.

Next, we enter a haunted estate on a dark and stormy spoof-filled night in the side-splitting satire The Mystery of Irma Vep, written by Charles Ludlam and directed by Jenny Sullivan, complete with werewolves, vampires and damsels in distress.

For the holidays, the Ovation Awardwinning Troubadour Theater Company returns with a brand new musical: a one-hit-wonders cabaret clipshow following the life of one of the Troubies’ most beloved characters, Winter Warlock, Walkin’ in a One-Hit Winter Warlock Wonderland, directed by Matt Walker.

In the New Year, get ready to have your heart stolen during Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy, written by Alan Zweibel, a hilarious and personal tribute to one of America’s most beloved comediennes.

And finally, produced with Abbie Phillips and Jan Kallish in association with Lookingglass Theatre Company, The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, written by 7icola Behrman, David Kersnar, Abbie Phillips, Heidi Stillman and Andy White and directed by Dan Bonnell closes the season with a humorous journey about grace in the face of loss as we spend an afternoon with Lilka Kadison while she wrestles with the ghosts of her past and present seventy years after she fled Poland on the eve of World War II.

For subscription purchases and ticket reservations, call the FALCO7 THEATRE BOX OFFICE at (818) 955-8101 or download an order form at FalconTheatre.com.

Individual show tickets available for purchase four weeks before the first preview.

Additional season information and individual show tickets available at: www.FalconTheatre.com.

Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505