Monday, June 3, 2013

Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown.... Premiere of "Sleepless in the Seattle - The Musical".... Pasadena Playhouse

Audiences are in for a treat when they see "Sleepless in Seattle -The Musical" now playing at the Pasadena Playhouse through June 23rd.  I really loved this heart warming, magical, family friendly new stage production directed with skill & flair by artistic director Sheldon Epps with book by Jeff Arch who created & wrote the film "Sleepless in Seattle",  music by Ben Toth, lyrics by Sam Forman & choreography by Spencer Liff.  The funny, romantic & poignant successful stage adaptation stars Tim Martin Gleason, Chandra Lee Schwartz, Todd Buonopane, Robert Mammama, Sabrina Sloan, Joe West with Sachin Bhatt, Terron Brooks, Jay Donnell, Cynthia Ferrer, Charissa Hogeland, Katherine Leonard, Teya Patt, Adam Silver, Yuka Takara, Lowe Taylor & Carter Thomas.  Young Jonah (Joe West) has lost his mom & lives with dad Sam (Tim Martin Gleason) in Seattle.  Jonah wishes Sam would meet & marry a new woman so they both will be happy again and  he will have a mother.  Jonah takes the initiative by calling in to a radio talk show explaining the situation.  Women across the country become enamored with the man known simply as "Sleepless in Seattle" including a lovely reporter named Annie (Chandra Lee Schwartz) from Baltimore.  Annie is engaged to well meaning Walter (Robert Mammana) but in her heart of hearts feels her destiny rests with Sam.  She is encouraged & cajoled by her boss Becky (Sabrina Sloan) to take a chance & pursue him.  "Sleepless in Seattle - The Musical" features over fifteen new songs including "Out There",  "Not Like the Movies", "We're Doing Fine", Rock Stars", "Don't Give Up on Cary", "Safe at Home", "It Might Be Magic", "Look at Me Now" & "Something's Calling Me".  Triple threat performers Tim Martin Gleason & Chandra Lee Schwartz shine as Sam & Annie & child actor Joe West is terrific, reminiscent of a young Mickey Rooney.  The supporting cast is terrific too as is the ensemble & scenic design by John Iacovelli, costume design by Kate Bergh,  musical supervision by Larry Blank & musical direction by David O.  For more information visit

"Sleepless in Seattle - The Musical" stars Tim Martin Gleason, Joe West & Chandra Lee Schwartz.... Photo by Jim Cox

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