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A look ahead at entertainment in 2010

Posted: December 31, 2009 11:12 a.m.
Updated: January 1, 2010 6:00 a.m.
The Santa Clarita Festival of the Arts comes to Old Town Newhall on Oct. 2 and 3. The Santa Clarita Festival of the Arts comes to Old Town Newhall on Oct. 2 and 3.
The Santa Clarita Festival of the Arts comes to Old Town Newhall on Oct. 2 and 3.
Kris Kristofferson performs at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on Jan. 16. Kris Kristofferson performs at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on Jan. 16.
Kris Kristofferson performs at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on Jan. 16.
"Cats" will play at the Pantages Theatre from March 9 to March 21. "Cats" will play at the Pantages Theatre from March 9 to March 21.
"Cats" will play at the Pantages Theatre from March 9 to March 21.
Escape presents your entertainment options for the coming year. Escape presents your entertainment options for the coming year.
Escape presents your entertainment options for the coming year.

This year offers entertainment opportunities in and around the SCV that run the gamut from family fun to top-shelf concert acts and Broadway shows. Parades, taste-a-thons, art festivals and theater, theater, theater await. Here are just a few choices.

Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Once again the Pantages Theatre will offer some of the biggest shows around. This season's lineup includes:
Jan. 12 to Jan. 24, "Riverdance" - "Riverdance," the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage, will play 16 farewell performances in Los Angeles. Whether it's your first time or your fifth, you won't want to miss these.

Jan. 26 to Feb. 7, "Stomp" - "Stomp" is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps - to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

Feb. 10 to Feb. 28, "The Color Purple" - Oprah Winfrey Presents "The color Purple," a soul-stirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds her unique voice in the world. It has been nominated for 11 Tony Awards.

March 9 to March 21, "Cats" - There's no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theater than with the magic, the mystery, the memory of "Cats." What began as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop has become one of the longest running shows in Broadway's history. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "Cats" features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's timeless melodies, including the hit song, "Memory."

April 20 to May 7, "Chicago" - There's never been a better time to experience "Chicago," Broadway's razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. A sensational tale of sin, corruption and all that jazz, it's no surprise that "Chicago" has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. And now it's coming to your town. If you're looking for your first Broadway musical, "Chicago" has everything you could want: knockout dancing, an edge-of-your-seat story and one showstopper after another.

June 8 to 20, "The 101 Dalmatians Musical" - The beloved classic novel comes to life on the stage in this brand new musical, sure to delight the whole family, directed by Broadway legend Jerry Zaks. Pongo and Mrs. Pongo are loving the good life in London with their ‘pets" roger and Anita. When their 15 puppies go missing, the canines learn they have been dognapped by the villainous Cruella de Vil - and so, with the help of the dog network, set off by the "Twilight Bark," they set off to rescue their pups. There's a happy ending for all with laughter, mayhem and music along the way.

June 22 to July 11, "In the Heights" - "In the Heights," winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a sensational new show about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. With an amazing cast, incredible dancing and a thrilling score, "In the Heights" is an exhilarating journey into a vibrant Manhattan community - a place where the coffee is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.

July 27 to Aug. 22, "Young Frankenstein" - The classic Mel Brooks movie is alive ...and it's headed here. You'll have a monstrously good time at this spectacular new production, winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award and the Audience Award for Best Musical. Don't miss the sensational cast, delivering all your favorite moments from the classic film, plus brand-new show-stopping numbers for the stage, including "Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' on the Ritz."

Ahmanson Theatre
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2772
Continuing to Feb. 7, "Mary Poppins" - The original Broadway stars Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee come to the Ahmanson for an exclusive engagement. Combining the best of the original stories by P.L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, the Tony Award-winning "Mary Poppins" is everything you'd hope for in a Broadway musical - and more.
Feb. 25 to April 4, "Dreamgirls" - Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, "Dreamgirls" tells the rags-to-riches story of a 1960s girl group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. This new production will open at the legendary Apollo theatre in New York prior to its engagement at the Ahmanson. This new production of "Dreamgirls" features the unforgettable hits "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going," "One Night Only," and the Oscar nominated "Listen."

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7211
Jan. 28 to Jan. 31, Joffrey Ballet, "Cinderella" - The Joffrey Ballet returns to the Music Center with Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, widely considered one of his greatest full-length ballets. Performed in three acts, the classic rags-to-riches story comes to life in a stunning ballet set to Serge Prokofiev's brilliant score, with breathtaking sets and costumes designed by David Walker.

Mark Taper Forum
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2772
Sept. 1 to Oct. 17, "Glass Menagerie" - One of the greatest American plays finds new light in this critically-lauded re-imagining of the classic story of a fragile family hanging its hopes on the arrival of a "gentleman caller."

Staples Center
1111 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 742-7340
In addition to a full lineup of sports events, the Staples Center will be offering top-shelf concerts over the next few months. These include:
Feb. 19, Brad Paisley
Mar. 4, Bon Jovi
Mar. 25, John Mayer
Mar. 26, Jay-Z
Mar. 29, Black Eyed Peas
April 6, Alicia Keys
April 9, Michael Buble
April 15, 16, Taylor Swift

Canyon Theatre Guild
24242 Main St.
Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 799-2702
Jan. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, "Shakespeare's Twelfth Night"
Feb. 6 to March 6, "Disney's High School Musical 2"
March 6 to March 20, "Rent"
April 3 to May 1, "Tom Sawyer"
April 3 to May 1, "Be My Baby"
June 5 to June 27, "Producers"

Repertory East Playhouse
24266 Main St.
Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 288-0000
Jan. 22 to Feb. 20, "Lost in Yonkers"
March 12 to April 10, "On Golden Pond"
April 23 to May 2, "12 Angry Men"
May 21 to June 19, "The Wedding Singer"
July 9 to July 24, "Judas Iscariot"
Aug. 13 to Aug. 28, "Side Man"
Sept. 17 to Oct. 16, "Jekyll and Hyde"
Nov. 12 to Dec. 11, "Amadeus"

Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center
at College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 362-5304
The PAC will offer a number of exciting performances this year (visit the Web site), but a three to especially take note of include:

Jan. 16, 8 p.m., Kris Kristofferson - Kristofferson has been a mainstay of American music songwriting since the moment he arrived in Nashville and began putting pen to paper, crafting classic tunes such as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Sunday Morning Coming Down" and "For the Good Times." With a library of songs that explore love, gratitude, aging, war and his ever-present theme of freedom, this living legend's topics still resonate today. Kris Kristofferson is a man with his fingers on the pulse of the American music scene.

March 28, 7 p.m., Steve Tyrell - Over the last decade, Steve Tyrell has been at the forefront of a renaissance in recordings, including everything from movie soundtracks to Grammy-winning albums produced with Rod Stewart. Tyrell's career in music and entertainment tracks back to some of the biggest names in the industry, including Stewart, Dionne Warwick, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and, of course, the illustrious Burt Bacharach. Tyrell's first album, "A New Standard," spent 90 weeks on the Billboard jazz chart, peaking in the Top 5. A stunning singer and songwriter, Tyrell followed with three critically acclaimed albums that also reached Top-5 status.

June 5, 8 p.m., Three Dog Night - From 1969 to 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than the legendary band Three Dog Night. With 21 consecutive top-40 hits, including number one singles "Mama told Me (Not to Come)," "Joy to the World" and "Black and White," Three Dog Night has toured the globe for the past four decades and continues to introduce new generations of fans to its signature rockin' sound, with releases from the past decade alone selling more than 1 million copies. If this is your first time - or your 100th time - experiencing the dynamic live show and instantly recognizable, Grammy-nominated music of Three Dog Night, you will not be disappointed.

Cowboy Festival
The Cowboy Festival, held on the "Old West" streets of Melody Ranch Motion Pictures Studio in Newhall, is one of the must-do entertainment highlights in the SCV each year. This year's Cowboy Festival is set for April 22 to April 25. As always, there will be great Western music and cowboy poetry, authentic cowboy gear and food for sale and much more. For information visit the Web site or call (661) 286-4021.

Taste of the Town
Mann Biomedical Park
25104 Rye Canyon Loop
Valencia, CA 91355
More than 2,000 people attended the 21st annual Taste of the Town last May and more than $136,000 was raised to help support children and families suffering from mental health problems who receive help at the Child & Family Center. Thirty-nine local restaurants, caterers, wine and beer vendors served up delectable tastes. This year's "delicious" event will take place on May 2.

Fourth of July Parade
This year's Fourth of July parade will once again take place in Old Town Newhall, starting at 9 a.m. on, of course, July 4. Details will become available at but this is one of the most community-oriented events in the SCV, so don't miss it.

Concerts in the Park  
Last year's Concerts in the Park concert series thrilled outdoor audiences on summer nights at Central Park in Saugus. Though exact dates and bands have not yet been set for this year's series, which will take place in July and August, it promises to be even better. The details may be posted on the Web site by the end of this month.

Santa Clarita Festival of the Arts
The 2010 Festival of the Arts will be held in Old Town Newhall on Oct. 2 and 3. As always, there will be street "painters," live music, food, art for sale, children's activities and more. Details will become available at the Web site as the date approaches.





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