Hercules vs Vampires in concert

Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Description: Here is an oddball hybrid of cult cinema and high art: a screening of director Mario Bava's 1961 Italian fantasy film Hercules in the Haunted World with a new operatic score sung live in place of the original soundtrack. Performances take place next year on April 23, 25, and April 26, 2015.

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Stage Review: iGhost

Early this week we got one of two performances of iGhostat the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood. Although billed as a "new" musical, this updated adaptation of Oscar Wilde's story "The Canterville Ghost" has actually been knocking around for a few years, at least according to one announcement made before the performance. The performance at NoHo was a staged reading, without sets or costumes - which is a bit disappointing, because one of the joys of the Arts Center (one of the best local theatres in Los Angeles) is the clever way they utilize their limited space (as in their production of Dracula earlier this year); however, the major of the story is conveyed through song, so even without the theatrical trappings, the cast managed to bring this ghost to life.

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