Natalie Portman, the Musical!


Chromolume Theatre at the Attic
September 7, 2012 -
September 30, 2012

November 23, 2012 -
December 22, 2012
Music by Frank Marrone and Tara Pitt
Lyrics and Book by Brittany Garms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new sketch comedy musical! Fresh off its sold out Orange County run, Natalie Portman: The Musical makes its Los Angeles debut this fall at the Chromolume Theatre! A hilarious look at movies, musicals, and celebrity. We go through the life of Natalie Portman, and what may or may not have happened, stopping along the way at all her major movies and life events! We are lead by a celebrity Narrator who acts as our tour guide along the way!

The hilarious sketch comedy musical returns, fresh off its sold out Orange County run, as well as it's critically aclaimed Los Angeles run at the Attic back in September, 2012! Natalie Portman: The Musical takes a hilarious look at movies, musicals, and celebrity. We go through the life of Natalie Portman, and what may or may not have happened, stopping along the way at all her major movies and life events! We are lead by a celebrity Narrator who acts as our tour guide along the way!




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Reviews

Lovel Estell III of LA Weekly raves "Writer-director Brittany Garms and a cast of talented comedians take their audience on a humorous sojourn through the life and career of Portman, played by Tara Pitt."

Steve Zall of Hollywood Weekly raves "[Natalie Portman, the Musical] provides comic fodder which proves hilariously funny. Clever musical numbers showcase each talented cast member!"

Dany Margolies of Arts in LA raves "The onstage talent is plentiful. The design is gleefully guerilla. The storytelling is entertaining."

Ella Martin of Stage & Cinema says "[Gwendolyn] Bueker deserves special mention for her hilarious, simple portrayal of the white swan rival / understudy, and [Adarius] Smith for his turn as a Portman-fixated puppeteer."

Mike Colby of Life In LA raves ""Want to learn more about one of the most sought-after actresses working in Hollywood today? Then Google “Natalie Portman.” But for laughs, go see Natalie Portman, the Musical!"

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Where are you located?

We are located at 5429 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016. We are managing the Attic Theatre & Film Center.

What time should I arrive at the theatre?
Generally speaking, it is best to arrive at the theatre roughly 15-30 minutes before your performance.

Does the theatre have wheelchair access?
Yes.

Can my child/baby attend the theatre?/Is the show appropriate for children?
It is Chromolume Theatre's policy that no babies in arms may be allowed to attend. Further, we do not permit children under the age of four (4) to attend. This is to ensure that all customers enjoy the show. Young children are admitted but are not encouraged to attend unless the parent is confident the child will not distract other members of the audience. Everyone must have a valid ticket and occupy a seat. Accompanying adults will be asked to remove any noisy children. Generally, Chromolume Theatre produced productions are appropriate for school age children, while visiting productions can vary in appropriateness. Regardless, you should probably check with the Box Office when you order your tickets whether the production you are attending is appropriate for your child.

Are your actors professional?
In most cases, yes. Most, if not all, of the actors who perform in our shows are members of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and/or American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Do your musicals have live musicians or taped accompaniment?
All of Chromolume Theatre's produced musicals include a single piano, or a small orchestra, usually five pieces. We do not use taped accompaniment at any of our performances. Any visiting production may use taped accompaniment.

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The Box Office is located immediately as you enter the theatre, to your right. The Box Office is open one hour prior to performance.

What type of music does Chromolume Radio play?
As we are a theatre company dedicated to presenting intimate experiences of the American Musical, our music is almost exclusively showtunes. The notable exceptions are music written for movies and/or TV by musical theatre composers.

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Do you do only do musicals?
Chromolume Theatre's production productions are not only musicals. Occasionally, we will produce a play or a play with music. Visiting productions can vary anywhere between performance art to fully staged musicals.

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Cast/Crew Bios

   Tara Pitt, Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman, the Musical!

Tara is ecstatic to be reprising the role of Natalie Portman in this show's LA debut! Recent credits include High Fidelity (Laura), Nine (Luisa), City of Angels (Alaura/Carla), The Last 5 Years (Cathy), Company (Amy), Enchanted April (Lady Caroline), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Edna), Merrily We Roll Along (Mary) and Proof (Catherine). She has also been seen onstage at the Disneyland Resort and recently premiered her first solo cabaret. She would like to thank the creative casserole for all the fun, work and hilarity that went into this. A big thanks to James & The Chromolume Theatre for this opportunity and for being so great! Thanks to Brittany for all of this madness and for being awesome! Love and thanks to her family and friends for their constant love and support.


   Sam Marra, Ben
Natalie Portman, the Musical!

A native of Seattle, WA, Sam Marra has studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and holds a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Film and Television Production with a minor in Theatre Arts. Currently based in Los Angeles, Sam has worked in film, theatre, commercials, and continues to add to a growing list of other projects. He would like to thank his friends, family, and the entire cast and crew of Natalie Portman: The Musical. Enjoy the show!


   Malik Aziz, Narrator
Natalie Portman, the Musical!

Malik Aziz, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, is an award winning actor, writer, and director whose work in front of and behind the camera has garnered critical and audience acclaim. With film degrees from both the University of Southern California and the University of Kansas, Malik has developed his craft as a triple threat in several outlets. In 2009, Malik wrote, directed, and starred in Lady In My Life, a popular short film that was featured on BET's Lens on Talent and also in national syndication on the African American Short Films series. As a writer, his script American Muslim was selected as a semifinalist for the 2011 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and his latest script Mo and Jess has achieved the same distinction in 2012. He also maintains a blog, www.malikaziz.com, where he mixes his love of pop culture with more socially relevant issues. In addition to studying improv at the famous Groundlings Theatre, Malik has made notable appearances as an actor in dramatic short films and big budget Hollywood blockbusters. Malik is represented commercially by Element Talent.


   Adarius Smith, Chorus Member
Natalie Portman, the Musical!

Originally from Anaheim, CA, Adarius is thrilled to be a part of this shows Los Angeles debut! Recent credits include Miss Evers Boys (Ben), A Soldiers Play (Smalls), Our Lady of 121st. Street (Father Lux.) As well as a BFA in Theater Arts from Howard University. He's grateful to be working with such an amazing cast and director, and is glad this story is finally being told. Now please...tell me about you?


   Lindsay Nesmith, Chorus Member
Natalie Portman, the Musical!

TOURS: Grease, the musical - Sandy (Europe), OFF-BROADWAY: Urgent Fury-Honey (Cherry Lane, NYC), Wendy Wasserstein's, Pamela's First Musical-Jessica (Lincoln Center), Trailerville-Kristie (Blue Heron), Georgia-Sammie (Playwright's Horizon) REGIONAL TRIALS: Canvas Falcons, musical-Anne (Secret Rose, CA), Wise Women-Rose (Tri-Arts, CT), Princesses, musical-Harley (Goodspeed, CT), Green Gables, musical-Josie Pye (Human Race, OH) FAVORITE ROLES: Lucy Van Pelt (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) T.V./FILM: "The Joke's on You" (CBS), "The Kegger"- Danielle, "Josh Berlin"-Jill (MTV) When she isn't acting, Lindsay works as a singer/songwriter on shows that include, but not limited to "The Mentalist", "Ellen", "Extra", "Anderson", "Tyra" . She is excited to announce, she will start working with the Groundlings theatre in September. Thank you Brittany and cast of N.P.T.M!


   Gwendolyn Bueker, Chorus Member
Natalie Portman, the Musical!

As a dancer, singer and actress for lots of years, Gwen Bueker has traveled all over the place and done a lot of projects where she gets to be silly (which is her favorite thing to do). Recently she appeared in Edgar Allen Poe Must Die at this year's Hollywood Fringe. Needless to say, Gwen is super stoked to be working with the hilarious and talented cast of Natalie Portman: the Musical!.


   Kalena Liane, Chorus Member
Natalie Portman, the Musical!

Kalena has been acting since her drama team debut in high school, traveling to Japan and such a la "Lost in Translation" to compete. Shortly after graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in television broadcasting, Kalena worked for ESPN and FSN before she took a job with CBS. She moved to Pittsburgh, PA and worked as a sports reporter covering all of the city's professional and collegiate teams. A year later, she realized her passion remained in acting and she moved to LA. Kalena has worked in film and television and is now very excited to be a part of Natalie Portman: The Musical!


   Garrett Stivers, Chorus Member
Natalie Portman, the Musical!

Garrett Stivers, a native of Orange County, is freegin' stoked to be a part of Natalie Portman: The Musical. The dude studied acting with the likes of Mary Lou Belli, and Michael Whitney. In his free time he enjoys making movies, reading classic literature, hangin' wid da homies, and painting. He would like to thank Nana and Uncle Jerr Bear, gma and gpa, mom and dad, and his friends for their abundant support and love :) Enjoy the show, and stay phresh!!!


   Brittany Garms, Director, Writer, Chorus Member
Natalie Portman, the Musical!

Brittany made a joke three years ago, and that joke is currently playing at the Chromolume Theatre. Brittany would like to thank Natalie Portman for not suing her when this went to print. A big thanks to her family and friends for all their help, the Natty Port groupies the show has accrued over their development, and also Fox for rejecting her from the In Living Color reboot so she could be in this show today. Brittany would like to thank her cast and crew for being a totally boss group of people, as well as the creative casserole. She'd also like to thank James, Elliot, Justin and Chromolume Theatre for developing original works, and also because they have a poster of A Few Good Men in the bathroom. She'd also like to thank James Earl Jones, he knows why.


   Frankie Marrone, Composer
Natalie Portman, the Musical!

His First Foray into musical theatre composing, Frankie has written and directed several cabarets in the Boston, NY, and LA area. He has directed productions of The Violet Hour, Proof, The Wild Party, Urinetown, School House Rock Live!, Boys Will Be Boys and Choreographed productions of Lucky Stiff, Zanna, Don't!, Cabaret, and West Side Story. In 2011 he won the title of Cabaret Idol where he then presented his solo show "Teach Me Tonight" (Broadwayworld.com Award Nominee). He graduated from the BFA program at The Boston Conservatory. Thanks to The Creative Casserole and his parents for all their love and support.


   Kristina Marquez, Choreographer
Natalie Portman, the Musical!

Kristina is thrilled to be back to her musical theater roots, after spending much of her childhood performing in various local productions. An OCHSA graduate (commercial dance dept.), Kristina was a member of the national championship dance team at OCC, as well as a recent UCSB graduate. She has choreographed for dance teams, beauty pageants, and dance studios throughout Orange County. Kristina currently teaches dance and fitness, and is excited to be a part of the Los Angeles production of this show!


   Bradley Garms, Scenic Design
Natalie Portman, the Musical!

Bradley made the mistake of insisting that Brittany write his bio. So instead of listing credits, I will now discuss the end of "Titanic." I think it was a dream. I can't be sure, of course. However one could argue that she died. It's obviously left up to the viewers. But what does it say about you if you assume she dies? You're kind of messed up, man.


   Kiana St. Laurent, Light Design
Natalie Portman, the Musical!

Kiana St Laurent has been working in technical theater since 2001 and this is her first show with Chromolume Theatre. Some of her most recent credits: Seussucal, Spring Awakening, All Shook Up, Aladdin, The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz and Annie. Regional credits: Hello Dolly, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Altar Boyz, All Shook Up and Peter Pan. For 3 years, she was the Entertainment Technical Manager for Holland America Line and got to travel the world and do what she loves to do at the same time. Much love to her parents, who support her every day, to her Grams in Heaven, and to the love of her life, Joe.


   Angela Presentadi, Stage Manager
Natalie Portman, the Musical!

Angela is no stranger to theatre. She has been involved with community theatre across Southern California for over 15 years. She has been in numerous shows such as The Pajama Game, Annie Get Your Gun, and Cheaper by the Dozen. She has been able to work backstage, spotlight and stage manage during these years as well. Angela is a recent college graduate from Cal Poly Pomona and is obsessed with baseball. She would like to thank Rev. BNG Jr for the opportunity to work on Natalie Portman, the Musical once again!


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Reviews

 

Lovel Estell III of LA Weekly raves...

 

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"Why, one might ask, do a musical about Natalie Portman? There are no answered offered...other than an occasion for fun, laughs and amiable skewering."

 

"Writer-director Brittany Garms and a cast of talented comedians take their audience on a humerous sojourn througth the life and career of Portman, played by Tara Pitt."

 

"There are no sacred cows here...even Sesame Street gets hammered...featuring some nifty puppetry by Adarius Smith."

 

"Frankie Marrone and [Tara] Pitt provide appropriately outrageous music and lyrics, augmented by Kristina Marquez's zany choreography."

 

 

Dany Margolies of Arts In LA says...

 

"The onstage talent is plentiful. The design is gleefully guerilla. The storytelling is entertaining."

 

"Particularly electrified is Lindsey Nesmith as a rhapsodic Sesame Street puppeteer; not only is the character comedically irrepressible, her blonde-pigtailed puppet is hilarious."

 

"[T]he overall feel is merry, the silliness is charming, and the production should appeal to its presumed target audience of millennials."

 

 

Ella Martin of Life in LA raves...

 

"As the production jumps back and forth from narration to sketch comedy to musical theatre, one of the constants is the cast members' superior singing. In addition to comedic chops, Pitt has a voice that's pitch perfect."

 

"Chorus member Gwendolyn Bueker memorably steals the song in which she vies for more stage time."

 

"Fellow chorus member Lindsay Nesmith brings the show to a standstill with her exceptional, unexpectedly soulful Jodie Foster vocals."

 

"Adarius Smith really shows off his comedic versatility, with turns as a frustrated actor showing ill feelings toward interloper Portman, a high school student trying to get a date, and most notably a disgruntled puppeteer frustrated by the actress’s lack of romantic interest."

 

"Malik Aziz is steady as Samuel L. Jackson, and also provides one of the funnier moments in the show with a dead-on Chris Rock impression."

 

"Want to learn more about one of the most sought-after actresses working in Hollywood today? Then Google “Natalie Portman.” But for laughs, go see Natalie Portman, the Musical!"

 

 

Ella Martin of Stage & Cinema raves...

 

"Memorable musical numbers include 'Go to Harvard Today,' a pointedly show-stopping song-and-dance number in which Jodie Foster (Lindsay Nesmith) appears as a Gospel-singing guardian angel, and a belting Broadway-insider’s-throw-down number."

 

"The patter song summaries of Natalie Portman's less memorable roles are informative, funny, and appropriately brief."

 

"[I]nventive work by scenic designer Bradley Garms.

 

"The cast powers through the long show with energy."

 

"[Gwendolyn] Bueker deserves special mention for her hilarious, simple portrayal of the white swan rival / understudy, and [Adarius] Smith for his turn as a Portman-fixated puppeteer."

 

 

Steve Zall of Hollywood Weekly raves...

 

"[Natalie Portman, the Musical] provides comic fodder which proves hilariously funny. Clever musical numbers showcase each talented cast member!"