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Recorded in Hollywood Hiccup — Hooray!

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Lights up. Lights down. That exactly describes the physical opening of Recorded in Hollywood last Friday evening at the Lillian Theatre, Hollywood, CA.

Notwithstanding a confluence of incidental events that transpired which nearly derailed the production – a pre-show audience member accident, a 30 minutes late curtain, a host of un-ending technical difficulties: actors singing and moving through stage direction (impressively without pause) in the dark at length, intermittent disappearing sound, and an overly long running time, Recorded in Hollywood, actually kept its musical momentum and pulled off a powerful “Hail Mary” for a truly celebratory opening night.

Recorded in Hollywood is not just another show.  It is a piece of true, iconic Los Angeles music history.

Although the actual script is not particularly dramatic, it nevertheless details the emphatic moments in the life of local legend John Dolphin who pulled African-American music up by its bootstraps and thrust it onto a white dominated music industry, promoting into dominance artists and sounds that we still know and love today. And according to his grandson Jamelle Dophin, the John Dolphin story gives long-overdue credit to the man he says influenced the likes of Sam Cooke, The Penguins and The Hollywood Flames.   All this by a man who was simply “a flashy music promoter” who started off as a used car salesman and who just loved music…long before Motown Records was a glint in Barry Gordy’s eye. 

Most impressive and equally fascinating is that during his run with his shop, Dolphin’s of Hollywood, with the help of famed DJ Dick “Huggy Boy” Hug and others, who spun records at one point, 24 hours a day inside the shop, he was able to grab the imagination of white and black teens alike, drawing them to a location on Central, to shop, dance, openly mingle (dangerous stuff during that generation) and love listening to Rhythm & Blues unabashedly together. As a black man he was not allowed to rent a retail space in the actual Hollywood area.  He went on to establish a chain of Dolphin’s of Hollywood shops and a recording/producing studio for up and coming talent.

Mr. Dolphin’s life, however was cut short, murdered by a singer in a disagreement over ownership of his songs. Eventually, although his wife and family took over the shop, Dolphin’s of Hollywood closed its doors, the first location in South L.A. being the last to shutter in 1989.

Recorded in Hollywood is a celebration of John Dophin’s legacy and the music he lived and breathed.  Despite the opening night hiccups it is only going to get tighter as a production.  This show is a must see for no less a reason of singing talent, music composition, choreography and every other outstanding element in this show, as it is an ode to John Dolphin’s vision of Black American music for his generation and beyond.

Recorded in Hollywood

The true story of black businessman, record label owner and music producer John Dolphin. In 1948, a decade before Motown, he opened his world-famous Dolphin’s of Hollywood record shop in South Los Angeles, but his contributions to music and the formative years of rock ’n’ roll have often been overlooked. Based on the book “Recorded In Hollywood: The John Dolphin Story,” this new musical features 16 original songs to match the musical era of the 1950s, as well as hit cover songs associated with the story.

Book by Matt Donnelly and Jamelle Dolphin
Music and Lyrics by Andy Cooper
Directed by Denise Dowse
Musical Direction by Stephan Terry
Choreography by Cassie Crump
Starring Eric B. Anthony, Brooke Brewer, Justin Cowden, John Devereaux, Richie Ferris, Jenna Gillespie, Franklin Grace, Nic Hodges, Stu James, Jade Johnson, Philip Dean Lightstone, Godfrey Moye, Jake Novak, Nic Olsen, Rahsaan Patterson, James Simenc, Matthew Sims, Jr., Sha’Leah Nikole Stubblefield, Katherine Washington
Produced by Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners


NOW PLAYING UNTIL MAY 17

Fridays at 8 p.m: April 24; May 1, 8, 15
Saturdays at 8 p.m: April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16
Sundays at 3 p.m: April 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17

WHERE:
Lillian Theatre
1076 Lillian Way
Hollywood, CA 90038
(1½ blocks west of Vine at Santa Monica Blvd.)

HOW:
(323) 960-4443 or www.RecordedInHollywood.com

TICKET PRICE$30

#WhatsHotNow: FLOPZ for Summer and All Year Long

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Whether you plan on spending the lazy days of summer at the pool, the beach or on some fabulous tropical vacation this summer, FLOPZ colorful flip flops will have your feet decked out in style and comfort.

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What makes flopZ unique? Each pair of luminescent flip flops comes with a unique gel insole that treats your feet to a soothing massage sensation while you walk. Their debut collection, the Coral Collection, is inspired by the vibrant and majestic colors found in exotic coral reefs and oceans around the world. Comprised of 16 dynamic designs that include straps in classic clear, pure white, eye-catching glitter or vibrant pops of color, flopZ embodies thoughtful design and innovation using high-quality materials.

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flopZ are available at www.flopz.com and retail for $50.

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Mother’s Day Brunch at Bottega Louie – NO Way We’re Missing This!

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One of our handsdown absolute personal favorite restaurants in downtown LA sent us over their special Mother’s Day Menu, and there was simple NO WAY, we were skipping out on sharing!

Bottega Louie is offering an AMAZING and DELICIOUS Sunday brunch in a beautiful setting running from 9am – 3pm.  So whether your family is heading downtown to one of the museums, the theatre or simply brunch, Bottega Louie is the perfect option.   The restaurant is located at 700 South Grand Street, Los Angeles, CA.

Lobster Hash

Lobster Hash

The menu includes Lobster Hash, Salmon Millefeuille and the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Belgian Waffles, French Toast and the Farmer’s Market Breakfast – there is something for everyone, even dad (did I mention the Steak & Eggs?).  There is also a large selection of their Pizzas, Salads, Sandwiches, and Small Plates including the Beignets (Yes!) also available during brunch.  And if all you do is stop at the patisserie, take home some macarons, éclairs, verrines, tartlets and more!

Click Here for the Full Brunch Menu 

 

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Staples Center Gets and East Coast Bite

Hebrew National Hotdogs

STAPLES Center has made Hebrew National its official hot dog.

Moving forward at all Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Sparks, concerts and special events, New York’s “finest frank” the 1905 Lower East Side original made from premium cuts of 100% kosher beef free of fillers, by-products, artificial flavors and colors and gluten-free, will be available at concession stands throughout the arena.

What we’re happiest to know: Pricing will remain the same on all hot dog offerings at all concession stands and on the suite levels.

“You’re gonna need a bigger bun!”

What’s your topping Los Angeles?  Spicy mustard and sauerkraut?  That’s how we do it in the Big Apple.  Or how about Chicago style with mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, serrano peppers and celery salt? Every city has its own recipe & style. We actually can’t wait to find out what LA’s will be.  With all those toppings…You’re gonna need a bigger bun!

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Congratulations Stage Raw Los Angeles Theatre Award Winners

Stage Raw . Last night was the First Annual Stage Raw Los Angeles Theatre Awards which took place downtown Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Theatre Center on Spring Street. Not only was the show a tremendous success in its first run, claiming an over 2 million reach on Twitter, trending regionally for hours well after the ceremony ended, and LIVE streaming into homes around the world, but it is also one of the most important that will take place this year. The @StageRaw #LAThtrAwards is the only show that specifically celebrates 99 Seat small intimate theatre in LA.  Don’t be fooled, however. It may be referred to as “small” but some, and I dare say most, of this city’s important , often unknown, up and coming actors and also several of its biggest celebrities frequent these stages offering an unsuspecting public some of the best, most original, edgiest theatre to be had in the country. Gia On The Move was proud and honored to be a part of it. Congratulations to all the winners and to all of nominees and to this entire thriving theatre community in Los Angeles!

For more press on the Stage Raw Los Angeles Theatre Awards check out the articles below.

Rebecca Metz, Marc Wheeler, Tracey Paleo (Gia On The Move) at the First Annual Stage Raw Los Angeles Theatre Awards

(L to R) Actress Rebecca Metz, Marc Wheeler, Tracey Paleo (Gia On The Move) at the First Annual Stage Raw Los Angeles Theatre Awards

Stage Raw Theater Awards - Stage Raw's own report on its own Awards ceremony. Are we objective? Naturally.  click the image to read the article http://bit.ly/1EIicDU

Stage Raw Theater Awards – Stage Raw’s own report on its own Awards ceremony. Are we objective? Naturally. click the image to read the article http://bit.ly/1EIicDU

Rockin’ Stage Raw Awards (Tweet, Tweet, Tweet) : LA Bitter Lemons - Click to read the article http://bit.ly/1CTs1c4

Rockin’ Stage Raw Awards (Tweet, Tweet, Tweet) : LA Bitter Lemons – Click to read the article http://bit.ly/1CTs1c4

Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools’ “Broadus” Sweeps Up in the First Annual Stage Raw Los Angeles Theater Awards (Winners List Within) : LA Bitter Lemons -click the image to read http://bit.ly/1HcucxC

Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools’ “Broadus” Sweeps Up in the First Annual Stage Raw Los Angeles Theater Awards (Winners List Within) : LA Bitter Lemons -click the image to read http://bit.ly/1HcucxC

Serious Talent We Missed in 2014: Syncopated Ladies

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The Syncopated Ladies dance crew was created by world-renowned tap dancer and choreographer Chloe Arnold who was discovered at an early age by legendary choreographer Debbie Allen.  Chloe has since gone on to perform on stages around the globe (in 21 countries and over 35 states), worked with celebrated artists including Beyonce, and appeared on national TV shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “Boardwalk Empire.”  Chloe formed Syncopated Ladies, the first all-female tap band, to bring more appreciation for tap to modern audiences, and to create a platform for women to be at the forefront of this beloved art form.  The group has performed in Vancouver, Canada, at B.B. Kings in New York City, annually at their D.C. Tap Fest, at the Dancescape L.A.’s 10th Anniversary Showcase, and Nigel Lythgoe’s star-studded “Dizzy Feet” charity gala.  For more information, please visit www.syncladies.com