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Colony Theatre in rehearsal for ‘Inside the Music’

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

For those waiting to hear, The Colony Theatre Company’s fifth and

final production of the season is the Los Angeles premiere of “Donna

McKechnie: Inside the Music.”

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McKechnie appeared on Broadway in the Theatre Guild’s production

of Rodgers and Hammer- stein’s “State Fair,” for which she was

nominated for a Drama Desk Award and received the Fred Astaire Award

for Best Female Dancer. She is best known for her Tony Award-winning

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(Best Actress in a Musical) performance as Cassie in “A Chorus

Line.”

“Inside the Music” relates humorous and touching events in the

dancer’s life as she struggles to find fame as a Broadway dancer. The

play also salutes the people who helped her rise to the top,

including Bob Fosse, Leonard Bernstein and Fred Astaire. The text was

written by acclaimed playwright Christopher Durang and based on

original material by McKechnie.

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It opens April 12 and runs through May 11 at Burbank Center Stage,

555 N. Third St. For reservations, call 558-7000.

The Colony’s next production is “Fuddy Meers,” the off-Broadway

hit comedy that launched the career of playwright David

Lindsay-Abaire. It tells the story of Claire, an amnesiac who awakens

each morning not knowing anything about who or where she is. She ends

up being kidnapped by one husband and pursued by another.

Directing is David Rose, who also directed “Bea[u]tiful in the

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Extreme” and “Our Country’s Good,” which received six Ovation

nominations.

The production does contain strong language and is recommended for

mature audiences only.

Tickets are $22 to $28 and can be reserved by calling 558-7000. It

opens Feb. 8, but a special performance Feb. 7 will benefit the Boys

and Girls Club of Burbank. There will be a raffle, hors d’ouvres and

no-host bar with festivities beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and

can be reserved by calling 842-9333.

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A family friendly evening is planned for the Feb. 8 free concert

of the Burbank Philharmonic in the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn,

Hollywood Hills.

Maestro Steven Kerstein will conduct the orchestra for the “Music

for the Family: Lone Ranger and Beyond!” featuring classics such as

Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.”

Also, the composer in residence, Cary Belling, will premiere his

new work, “Ripples in the Fabric of Space/Time.”

As part of the Orchestra’s Youth Outreach Program, the concert

will showcase a finalist of last year’s Young Artist Competition,

Jakub Obsky, in a solo performance.

Another bonus is selected music students from Burbank and John

Burroughs high schools will perform on stage with the orchestra.

And, for the first time, the Outreach Program is extending into

the classroom as art students will interpret Mussogsky’s Pictures at

an exhibition. The student’s artwork will be displayed in the Hall of

Liberty prior to the concert and will be judged by orchestra board

member Rodney Wayne Caro, senior designer, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Certificates will be awarded for Best Overall, Most Creative and

Best Execution. Winners will be recognized that evening.

Forest Lawn is at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive.

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Marilyn Malkov Stein of Burbank will join nine other artists of

Artist Co-Op 7 in their group show “10 of H’Arts” throughout February

at the Viva Gallery in Northridge.

After a long career in advertising, Stein has returned to her

passion of painting, choosing subject matter ranging from abstract

figures to whimsical landscapes.

She works in oils or acrylic, and became intrigued by the human

figure while taking life drawing classes. She prefers painting

landscapes, she said, because they make her happy.

The Viva Gallery is at 8516 Reseda Blvd., Northridge. A reception

will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 8. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to

4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free. The show continues throughout February. For more

information, call 576-0775.

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“Snow Queen” has been extended until Feb. 16 at The Falcon Theatre. The winter-themed production for the whole family is

performed at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays.

Magic hangs in the air when the Snow Queen comes to town and

transforms balmy Los Ange- les into a snowy winter wonder- land. Now

she has only a short time to take Emma, Alexander, and the whole

audience on a musical adventure through L.A. to show them that,

though winter comes and goes, “Love Lasts Forever.”

Tickets are $10. The theater is at 4252 Riverside Drive, in

Burbank. For reservations, call 955-8101.

* JOYCE RUDOLPH’s column appears Wednesdays. For events happening

this weekend, read her 48 Hours column Saturdays. Reach her at

637-3241.


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