Summer fun is coming up at The Pasadena Playhouse with “Music, Mayhem and Madness,” three exciting productions playing this July. “A Judy Garland Concert with Joey Luft” features Judy Garland’s son Joey Luft making a rare public appearance (July 10-13, 2014) followed by “PLAYHOUSE ROCKS! with Tony® Nominee Powerhouse Mary Bridget Davies,” a Tony Award® nominee for “A Night With Janis Joplin” which was presented last season at The Pasadena Playhouse and was the venue’s highest grossing show in its history (July 17-20). July 24-26 audiences will enjoy Henson Alternative’s “PUPPET UP! – UNCENSORED” created by award-winning director, producer, and writer Brian Henson and actor and improvisational guru Patrick Bristow with The Jim Henson Company’s renowned puppeteers.
Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse said “We are very pleased to bring this eclectic series of offerings to our stage for the summer weeks just ahead. We hope that this programming will bring summer evenings of delight to our loyal audiences, and to those drawn to our theatre for the first time by these dynamic presentations.”
Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director of The Pasadena Playhouse said, “Summer is a time for relaxation and fun, and it is a thrill to have this diverse mash of summer entertainment in place to reflect that. It’s a way for us to continue to make The Pasadena Playhouse a cultural center for our diverse community. ”
Through D5 Digital Cinema and re-mastered Dolby Sound, in “A Judy Garland Concert with Joey Luft” the incomparable performer returns to the screen. Relive or experience for the first time Garland’s dynamic life in song as she performs her greatest hits, in color for the first time on the big screen, including “Stormy Weather,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “After You’ve Gone,” and “By Myself.” Joey Luft will share stories of his mother’s personal life and career along with John Kimble, longtime associate of Judy’s husband and manager, Sid Luft.
Phenomenally talented Davies will offer a special “PLAYHOUSE ROCKS! with Tony® Nominee Powerhouse MARY BRIDGET DAVIES” “featuring additional world-class musicians and surprise guests for a wild evening.” Iconic guitarist Wayne Kramer is music director. Kramer is founder of the pioneering Detroit rock group MC5, known for their powerful live performances and radical left wing political stance.
Following highly successful 2013 seasons in both Edinburgh and Toronto, the grown-ups wing of The Jim Henson Company hit Australia in 2014 with “PUPPET UP! – UNCENSORED” their live show that lets loose the perilous and provocative elements of comedy on stage with a bunch of fine-looking puppets. Created by award-winning director, producer, and writer Brian Henson and actor, director, and improvisational guru Patrick Bristow (“Ellen, Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”), this night of major laughs is not for minors.
Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates. On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena.