Compact But Compelling
Musical Theatre of Los Angeles, which in 2006 began staging bare-bones versions of hit Broadway musicals in 99-seat theaters, recently staged a concert to benefit the group’s future endeavors.
The impressive troupe has thus far staged the likes of Ragtime, West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Cabaret , Chess, and other classics in L.A. venues, resourcefully bypassing spectacle and lavish production values to focus on the sheer talent of its members.
The one-night event, held at the miniscule Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks on April 25, was directed by Robert Marra, with music direction by Greg Haake. Accompanied by a crackerjack five-piece band, actor-singers offered numbers from MTLA’s past efforts.
Among preview vignettes from possible future MTLA productions were the wondrous trio of Eduardo Enrikez, Peter Welkin and Jon Jon Briones, in “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables and five spectacular performers in the showstopping “Be Italian” from Nine. This wonderful evening whetted our appetites for announcements of upcoming MTLA productions.