2013-2014 SEASON AT A GLANCE


SEPTEMBER 2013

September 6 - Special Event

An Evening With Debbie Reynolds

September 20-October 6 - 3-Play Series

The Producers


OCTOBER 2013

October 13 - COSB

Anna Polonsky, piano

October 18-20 - Education Series (student cast)

Anything Goes

October 26 - Presents Series

Rusty Evans: A Tribute to Johnny Cash


NOVEMBER 2013

November 8-9 - Presents Series

Ragtime: The Musical - In Concert

November 10 - Cabaret Jazz

Stompy Jones


DECEMBER 2013

December 1 - COSB

Michelle Zukofsky, clarinet

December 6-15 - Special Event

Irving Berlin's White Christmas


JANUARY 2014

January 11 - Presents Series

Liza and Judy: Together Again

January 12 - Cabaret Jazz

Standard Mel

January 18 - Presents Series

Oh What A Night! A Tribute to Frankie Valli

January 19 - COSB

Mayuko Kamio, violin

January 24-February 9 - 3-Play Series

The 39 Steps


FEBRUARY 2014

February 21-March 2 - Education Series (student cast)

Shrek: The Musical

February 11 - Special Event

Impro Theatre presents Twilight Zone UnScripted


MARCH 2014

March 8 - Presents Series

On the Border: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute

March 16 - Cabaret Jazz

The Royal Society Jazz Sextet

March 23 - COSB

Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello


APRIL 2014

April 12 - Presents Series

It's Magic!

April 19 - COSB

Orion Weiss, piano

April 25-May 11 - 3-Play Series

The Drowsy Chaperone


MAY 2014

May 17 - Presents Series

That Mancini Magic!

May 18 - Cabaret Jazz

The Midiri Brothers


JUNE 2014

June 28-29 - Family Series

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley


3-PLAY SERIES - 10th ANNIVERSARY! - PROFESSIONALLY PRODUCED BY THE NORRIS

THE PRODUCERS
September 20-22, 27-29 and October 4-6, 2013
Fridays and Saturdays - 8pm; Sundays - 2pm - BUY TICKETS

Mel Brooks' Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Producers is coming! This outrageous, in-your-face musical comedy centers on Max Bialystock, a broke Broadway producer and his accountant, Leo Bloom. These two schemers hatch a plan to produce a musical that is a sure failure flop so they can cut and run with the unspent production money. What could possibly go wrong? Turns out, their big flop ends up as a smash hit. Based on the classic 1968 film, and featuring the hilarious show-within-a-show, Springtime for Hitler, The Producers skewers the over-the-top absurdities of musical theater even as it delivers a heartfelt tale of the friendship that develops between the two would-be con artists.
Contains mature language. Recommended for mature audiences.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SHOW

THE 39 STEPS
January 24-26, 31 and February 1-2, 7-9, 2014
Fridays and Saturdays - 8pm; Sundays - 2pm - BUY TICKETS

Combining a spy thriller with farcical comedy and ingenious theatrical invention, The 39 Steps is an engaging, fast-paced whodunit that celebrates the magic of theater. Closely following the storyline of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film, this wonderfully inventive and gripping comedy thriller features four fearless actors putting their many sidesplitting skills to the test, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action. A wildly entertaining experience, this blissfully funny show follows the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SHOW

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
April 25-27, May 2-4 and May 9-11, 2014
Fridays and Saturdays - 8pm; Sundays - 2pm - BUY TICKETS

Mayhem, mix-ups and an uproarious wedding day mark the high-spirited hijinks of The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of five Tony Awards. The fun begins when a die-hard musical fan plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit called The Drowsy Chaperone and the show magically bursts to life. Suddenly the man finds himself immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her impending nuptials, complete with thrills and surprises that take both the cast and the audience soaring to the rafters. Be transported to a magical, wonderful world in this new musical comedy! Don’t miss the show critics announced as “delightful and sparkling entertainment!” You’ll be over the moon!

NORRIS PRESENTS SERIES

RUSTY EVANS: A TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY CASH
Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 8pm - BUY TICKETS
Join Rusty Evans and his band, Ring of Fire, for a tribute to Johnny Cash. Hear tunes like “Ring of Fire”, “I Walk The Line”, “Folsom Prison Blues” and more. Rusty is an original Rockabilly who recorded for Brunswick at the same period as Buddy Holly. With a voice like rolling thunder and a spirit like gentle rain, Rusty honors the Man in Black with soulful honesty and exuberance.
Recommended for ages 12+

RAGTIME: THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 8pm
Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 8pm - BUY TICKETS

Following the success of Titanic: The Musical in Concert the Norris is pleased to present Ragtime: The Musical in Concert. This acclaimed musical, which won Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, was written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel.
Recommended for ages 12+

LIZA & JUDY: TOGETHER AGAIN
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 8pm - BUY TICKETS
Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli are certainly the most famous mother and daughter entertainers that the world of show business has ever seen. Unlike the usual “tribute show”, this spectacular theatrical piece has amazing sound-alike/look-alike artists Suzanne Goulet and Denise Rose bringing Liza and Judy back to life on stage. The stars appear in colorful, authentic costumes and take turns performing signature songs and having fun with each other with lines of comic dialogue in between the numbers.
Recommended for ages 12+

OH WHAT A NIGHT! A TRIBUTE TO FRANKIE VALLI
Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 8pm - BUY TICKETS
Direct from Las Vegas, Oh What A Night! is an exciting and loving concert tribute written by Motown producer George Solomon. You won’t want to miss this celebration and tribute to the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. You’ll be singing along in your seats to this high-energy musical revue including everyone’s favorite songs of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Backed by a live band and and featuring such hits as “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, and “Walk Like a Man”, be sure to get your tickets before they sell out!
Recommended for ages 12+

ON THE BORDER - THE ULTIMATE EAGLES TRIBUTE
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 8pm - BUY TICKETS
On the Border-The Ultimate Eagles Tribute continues to be one of the most exciting and authentic tribute bands in the country, satisfying audiences of all ages. OTB’s passion, showmanship and precise attention to replicating the details of The Eagles’ music, has begun to earn them critical acclaim, name recognition and a loyal following. Together, they reproduce the recordings of the Eagles’ catalog with stunning guitar work and the five-part harmonies have been said to capture the feeling of seeing and hearing the Eagles themselves!
Recommended for ages 12+

IT'S MAGIC!
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 7:30pm - BUY TICKETS
The longest running magic revue presents their 58th annual show featuring internationally recognized magicians and top variety acts from Las Vegas, Europe, Asia and Hollywood’s Magic Castle. This show has been a staple at the Norris. Come see what audiences have been raving about! Good seats usually sell fast to this magical event that is fun for the whole family. Be sure to grab your tickets before they all disappear. One performance only!
Recommended for all ages

THAT MANCINI MAGIC!
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 8pm - BUY TICKETS
That Mancini Magic! is an enchanting voyage through the inspired melodies that earned Henry Mancini the stature as one of America’s greatest composers. Cecil Welch, Mr. Mancini’s solo trumpeter for twenty years, and the renowned Mac Frampton bring his great music to the stage in an intimate outpouring of such cherished melodies as “Moon River”, “The Days of Wine and Roses”, and the themes to The Pink Panther and Peter Gunn while supported by The Moon River Orchestra, an ensemble of violins, saxophone, and rhythm.
Recommended for all ages

SPECIAL EVENTS

AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND COMEDY WITH DEBBIE REYNOLDS
Friday, September 6, 2013 - 8pm
From her Academy Award-nominated performance in The Unsinkable Molly Brown to her Tony nominated performance in Irene to her Emmy nominated performance on Will & Grace, Debbie Reynolds has been entertaining audiences around the world for sixty-three years. Now the true living legend comes to us for a special, one-night-only engagement to help us celebrate the Norris Theatre’s 30th birthday. Reynolds has starred in over 80 films including Singin’ in the Rain, Tammy and the Bachelor, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. This is an intimate evening with the kind of star they just don’t make anymore, filled with music, comedy, and pure Debbie Reynolds. Special guest, comedy-magician Nick Lewin will start of the evening with a bang. Come early and celebrate our 30th birthday with complimentary cake and champagne.
Recommended for all ages

There will also be a special reception with Debbie Reynolds following the show.
This reception is an additional $25 per person and is available only to 2013-2014 donors of $1,000 and above.
Call 310.544.0403 x222 for more information.

IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS
December 6-8 and 13-15, 2013
Fridays & Saturdays - 8pm; Sundays - 2pm - BUY TICKETS

Back by popular demand, the classic holiday tradition White Christmas comes back to the Norris! Brimming with such Berlin hits as “Blue Skies,” “How Deep is the Ocean?” and, of course, the unforgettable title song. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas promises to be a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family!
Recommended for all ages
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SHOW

THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY
June 28-29, 2014
Saturday 10am & 2pm; Sunday 2pm - BUY TICKETS

The beloved children’s book written by Jeff Brown in 1964 has become a literary and pop cultural phenomenon - delighting readers and travelers all around the world. And now, Flat Stanley comes to life on stage in this fun-filled musical adventure! Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, every day, run-of-the-mill ten-year-old, until he wakes up one morning to find himself flat. Not just a little flat...really, REALLY flat! In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. And whether he’s thwarting a robbery at the Louvre Museum in Paris, or ‘hanging ten’ off the coast of Hawaii, Stanley is closing in on his goal of being a three-dimensional boy once more.
Recommended for all ages

CABARET JAZZ

STOMPY JONES
Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:30am with Brunch, 5:00pm with Supper - BUY TICKETS
Stompy Jones endeavors to recreate the historic jaunty blues sound of Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five and the revved-up jump style of Louis Prima, while combining the vintage elements with a contemporary sensibility.

STANDARD MEL
Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 11:30am with Brunch, 5:00pm with Supper - BUY TICKETS
Both contemporary and classic, Standard Mel is a seamlessly woven tapestry of timeless entertainment in the style of Nancy Wilson and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as the newer sounds of artists like Jill Scott, John Legend, and Martin Sexton.

THE ROYAL SOCIETY JAZZ SEXTET WITH CARLA NORMAND
Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 11:30am with Brunch, 5:00pm with Supper - BUY TICKETS
Drawing inspiration from the great performers of the “Jazz Age” and “Swing Era,” The Royal Society Jazz Sextet with Carla Normand affectionately and authentically recapture the excitement and fascination of that musical heyday.

THE MIDIRI BROTHERS
Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 11:30am with Brunch, 5:00pm with Supper - BUY TICKETS
The Midiri Brothers have made music, both jazz and classical, the focus of their lives. The L.A. Jazz Magazine stated “their sextet is one of the most exciting small group swing units around today.”

NORRIS PERFORMING ARTS EDUCATION - STUDENT CAST PRODUCTIONS

THE WIZ
July 19-21 and 26-28, 2013
with 2:00pm and 7:30pm shows

Ease on down the road with this Tony winner for Best Musical! A modern, pop and soul-influenced retelling of the classic Wizard of Oz story, Dorothy and her friends learn about the power of friendship and believing in yourself as they journey to the Emerald City. You’ll be dancing in the aisles to the catchy, energetic score.

XANADU: THE MUSICAL
August 9-11 and 16-18, 2013
with 2:00pm and 7:30pm shows

Our production will be directed by one of the original Broadway choreographers of this hilarious show. An adaptation and a loving parody of the cult film, Xanadu brings Greek mythology to Venice Beach. Struggling artist Sonny is inspired by the muse Clio to build his greatest creation – but when she falls in love with him, her jealous sisters conspire to banish her to the underworld!

ANYTHING GOES
October 18-20, 2013
with 2:00pm and 7:30pm shows - BUY TICKETS

Star-crossed lovers, mistaken identities, gangsters, singing sailors, and a whole lot of tap-dancing – it doesn’t get more musical comedy than Anything Goes! As the S.S. American heads out to sea, you’ll be treated to lots of laughs and the immortal Cole Porter score, including the all-time standards “I Get A Kick Out of You,” “You’re The Top,” the title song and more.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SHOW

SHREK: THE MUSICAL
February 21-23 and February 28-March 2, 2014
with 2:00pm and 7:30pm shows - BUY TICKETS

Everyone’s favorite ogre comes to life onstage, along with Princess Fiona, Donkey and all the wacky characters from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film! In order to claim the deed on his swampland home, Shrek is sent on a quest and discovers there’s more to life than being alone. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, This Tony-nominated musical features a terrific score of nineteen new songs, big laughs and fun for the entire family!
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SHOW

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE SOUTH BAY

SEASON OPENING CONCERT - ANNA POLONSKY, PIANO
Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 7:15pm preview, 8:00pm concert
MOZART - “Lucio Silla” Overture, K. 135
MOZART - Concerto NO. 9 K. 271 "Jeunnehomme"
HAYDN - "Surprise" Symphony No. 94

MICHELLE ZUKOFSKY, CLARINET
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 7:15pm preview, 8:00pm concert
VIVALDI - Concerto Grosso, RVS 578
MOZART - Clarinet Concerto, K. 622
BRITTEN - "Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge" - for BRITTEN CENTENNIAL

MAYUKO KAMIO, VIOLIN
Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 7:15pm preview, 8:00pm concert
BEETHOVEN - Egmont Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY - Violin Concerto
BIZET - Symphony No. 1 in C Major

NAREK HAKHNAZARYAN, CELLO
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 7:15pm preview, 8:00pm concert
J.C. BACH - Sinfonia No. 4 in B Flat
HAYDN - Cello Concerto in D Major
TCHAIKOVSKY - String Serenade in C Major

GALA SPRING CONCERT - ORION WEISS, PIANO
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 7:15pm preview, 8:00pm concert
MOZART - Symphony No. 25 in G Minor
BRAHMS - Piano Concerto No. 2