Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown.... "Seasoned Readings" @ the WGAW

A great evening of fantasy comedy pilot readings @ the WGAW featuring the great talents of Jason Alexander, Ed Asner, Jeremy Guskin, Alice Lunsford, Kristen Miller, Whitney Nielsen, Melinda Peterson, Phil Proctor, Charles Shaughnessy & Zondra Wilson.  Seasoned Readings is performed annually & is presented by the WGAW Career Longevity Committee.  This year's program was directed by comedy pro Peter Bonerz & produced by Steven Paul Leiva, vice chairman of the committee.  Kudos's to the gifted

"Seasoned Readings" at the WGAW

cast across the board who did such a fantastic job reading the pilots written by the talented WGAW members.   The evening featured the comedy works of Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn & John Cleese's "Whetfish", Doug Molitor's "Black & Wyatt" & David Misch's "Doug & Cindy".  "Whetfish" focuses on a zany law firm headed by Jason Alexander who was excellent in the lead. Sidney Whetfish & most of the lawyers at his firm "in league with an estimated 73% of lawyers nationwide" have sold their souls to the devil....   hmmmm....  only 73%...?  Lots of colorful characters & laughs abound with Alice Lumsford terrific as a very very ditzy secretary.  "Black & Wyatt" centers on the comedy shenanigans of old school private eye  Robert Black & inept newcomer Wyatt Lindsay played wonderfully by legendary actor Ed Asner & Jeremy Guskin.  A very enjoyable piece.  "Doug & Cindy" is a funny flashback to the times of Doug & Cindy Charming 20 years after "happily ever after" & moving out of King Lance's castle.  Kristin Miller & Charles Shaughnessy shined as the leads with Whitney Neilson showing lots of spunk and sass as rebellious daughter Mindy.  Kudos to all the excellent cast members who brought the scripts to life, many playing multiple roles.

"Seasoned Readings" at the WGAW

Seasoned Readings is presented by the WGAW's Career Longevity Program to promote & celebrate the work of older members.  It was a pleasure to watch such great performers bring the material to life.  Writers took center stage  introducing their pilots before each  presentation giving insight into the creation & history of each piece. HH

Jeremy Guskin, Doug Molitor & Ed Asner

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown.... Fine Cast in "Walkin' in a Winter One-Hit-Wonderland"... Falcon Theatre

The Falcon Theatre Presents "Walkin' in a Winter One-Hit-Wonderland"...  Photos by Chelsea Sutton

The Troubador Theater Company's high spirited, high energy new holiday show "Walkin' in a Winter One-Hit Wonderland" is definitely worth seeing at the Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake this Christmas season!  The show features a great cast in fine voice with great comic timing.  "Wonderland" is  directed with pizzazz by Troubie vet Matt Walker who also shines as a performer.  The show centers around the Christmas Warlock, a minor performer in past Troubie shows taking center stage & proving that he is a star headliner in his own right.  Beth Kennedy does a fine job as Winter Warlock in an amazing costume designed by Sharon McGunigle.  The comedy clip show features fun audience participation &  take offs on many one hit wonders of yesteryear including memorable versions of  "Brandy You're A Fine Girl", "I'm Too Sexy", "Take On Me", "You Light Up My Life", "Ice Ice Baby" & others.  The talented top notch cast also includes Rick Batalla, Katherine Donahoe, Andy Lopez, Suzanne Jolie Narbonne, Katie Nunez, Lisa Valenzuela with great choreography by Christine Lakin, Suzanne Jolie Narbonne & Douglas Leadwell.  Musical director Eric Heinly doubles on drums with Kevin McCourt on keyboards & Dana Decker & Kevin Stewart on bass.   For more information call 818 955 8101 or visit www.falcontheatre.com.  The fun fast paced intermission free show runs til January 19th.  HH

Friday, November 29, 2013

Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown.... Thanksgiving Good Will at The Midnight Mission

Legendary Entertainer & Good Samaritan Dick Van Dyke appeared with his his group The Vontastix

Amanda Fuller

Volunteers make it happen!

Thousands enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal courtesy of the Vons Foundation at The Midnight Mission

Lou Gossett Jr & Vida Ghaffari

Volunteers make it happen!

Kudos to the hundreds of volunteers who helped to make this year's Thanksgiving meal a huge success downtown at The Midnight Mission on San Pedro Street.  Great work guys!  The Midnight Mission was established nearly 100 years ago giving shelter, meals, training & education to those in need.  Please lend your support to them if you can & have a healthy & happy holiday season!  Photos Courtesy Of The Midnight Mission.  HH

Monday, November 25, 2013

Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown.... Celebrities Attend GBK Gift Lounge for a Cause on American Music Awards Weekend

E. Roger Mitchell & Guest

Mathew West

Valerie Ortiz & Guest

Robert Christopher Riley

Carly Steel

Keith Harris

Elena Sanchez

GBK luxury lifestyle gift lounge & special events company honored the 2013 American Music Award Nominees & Presenters with their annual dazzling GBK Gift Lounge at the L'Ermitage Beverly Hills.  GBK featured a trend setting selection of gifts in an entertaining atmosphere with music from popular DJ Shy.  The event was followed by a celebrity poker tournament which aimed to raise money for Model Citizen Fund. The mission of Model Citizen Fund is to distribute life sustaining backpacks filled with 150 items that include food & health & survival essentials for the homeless & disaster victims giving them the tools & confidence to build/rebuild their lives. Kudos on a noble mission. Photos courtesy of GBK.  HH

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown... Batmobile Creator George Barris' Cool Birthday Party

Francine York & Birthday Boy George Barris

Kelly Koewler & Terry Moore

Mamie Van Doren & Marci Weiner

Val Kahl & Ed Lozzi 

Marty Ingels & Shirley Jones

Judy Tenuta & V

Joe Mantegna & Christy Oldham
(Photo Demi Goddess Productions)

Judy Tenuta, Rick Champagne, "Elvis", Holly Beavon as Marilyn & George Barris

"Elvis" "MM" George Barris, Guest & Joji Barris

"Elvis', "MM", George Barris & Guest

George Barris, Blackie & Kassandra Carroll as MM

Harrison Held signing George Barris' 88th Birthday Card..  Photo: Bob Delgadillo

Famous Batmobile creator & car kustomizer to the stars George Barris celebrated his 88th birthday in style surrounded by friends, family, loved ones,  fans & lots & lots & lots of photographers at his well known North Hollywood location on Riverside Drive.  On hand to wish him their best with PR King Ed Lozzi was Joe Mantegna, Mamie Van Doren, Shirley Jones, Marty Ingels, Terry Moore, Francine York,  Judy Tenuta, Sharon Farrell, Marci Weiner, Roger Neal, Rick Champagne, Blackie & a couple hundred more close friends & well wishers.  For decades George Barris has been the leading car kustomizer in the world for movies & television shows.  His celebrity clients have included Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Dean Martin, Tony Curtis & Bo Derek to name a few.  Happy Birthday Mr. Barris - you have brought happiness & enjoyment to millions around the world through your unique inventions & accomplishments.  HH