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The Los Angeles-based For the Record series — a local theatrical favorite for its musical mashups of cinematic classics — has announced the cast for its Love Actually Live, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have exclusively learned.
Broadway star Steve Kazee, who won a Tony for his leading-man turn in Once, and Rumer Willis will re-interpret Richard Curtis’ 2003 holiday classic, along with Kelley Jakle, Rex Smith, B. Slade, Carrie Manolakos, Justin Sargent, Zak Resnick, Doug Kreeger, Oliva Kuper Harris, Tomasina Abate, Sean Yves Lessard, Cairo McGee, Glory Curda, Tom Zmuda, Alex Csillag, Megan Shung, Carson Higgins and Emily Lopez.
Love Actually Live is set to run Dec. 4-31 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts. (Tickets are available here.) The Wallis’ Sorting Room hosted a smaller-scale version of the show last December, but producers have expanded the production, transforming the Wallis’ Bram Goldsmith Theater into a “giant, immersive cinema” that will include multimedia features including custom video content and a 15-piece orchestra.
“I couldn’t be more excited to have so many For The Record alumni back with us this year to bring Love Actually to life,” executive producer and For the Record co-creator Shane Scheel said in a statement. “Every song on the Love Actually soundtrack helps tell the story of this beloved holiday movie, and the vocalists comprising this company will bring joy, tears and adoration to audiences nightly.”
Love Actually Live is adapted and directed by For the Record co-creator Anderson Davis, with musical supervision and arrangements by Jesse Vargas, vocal design by Tony Award nominee AnnMarie Milazzo, musical staging by Sumie Maeda, scenic design by Emmy winner Matthew Steinbrenner, lighting design by Michael Berger, sound design by Ben Soldate, costume design by Steve Mazurek and video design by Aaron Rhyne. Scheel, Siobhan O’Neill and the Wallis Annenberg Center are co-producing.
Each year, The Wallis builds upon its commitment to developing lasting relationships with companies like For the Record,” said Paul Crewes, artistic director of The Wallis, which previously has hosted For the Record’s Tarantino and Scorsese: American Crime Requiem productions. “We value our long-term connection as we take this season’s world-premiere production of Love Actually Live into the next phase of its development.”
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