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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

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

#WhatsHotNow: Suki + Solaine!

We thought it was totally hot that just before National Dance Week Katy Tiz  and her gals managed some cool moves while wearing Suki + Solaine! The chart topping singer posted herself on Instagram while wearing her black Watercolor Art Tunic at rehearsals in Los Angeles. ($98; www.sukiandsolaine.com).

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Queen Madonna’s Ghosttown

Madonna’s new music video (co-starring Empire’s Terrence Howard) for her latest single “Ghosttown” available now.

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All our favorite elements,  music, fashion and film strike a cord in this new visually powerful vide0 and we’re not surprised that it’s the “Queen of Pop” who’s responsible.

The “Ghosttown” video was directed by longtime Madonna collaborator, Jonas Åkerlund (“Ray of Light”, “Music”, “American Life”). It was choreographed by Megan Lawson, styled by B. Åkerlund and features hair styled by Andy Lecompte and makeup by Aaron Henrikson.

Clothing by: Chrome Hearts, Greg Lauren, A.F. Vandevost, and Valerj Pobega

Accessories by: Majesty Black, Greg Lauren, Palace Costume House, and Agent Provocateur

Jewelry by: Jason of Beverly Hills, Lynn Ban, and Catherine Angiel

Shoes by: Miu Miu

Madonna release her 13th studio album Rebel Heart last month which debuted at #1 album on the Soundscan album sales chart. The first single from Rebel Heart, “Living for Love” went to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Madonna’s Rebel Heart World Tour will kick off on August 29th in Miami, FL. For more information please visit http://www.madonna.com/tour.

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Leitbur Electro Synth Pop: Strange in LA

“…full of pulsating analogue synths, ’80s nostalgia, and infectious new wave sounds that have surely made their way into our heads over the past few weeks.”  – The Owl Mag
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We’ve got a new artist to put on your radar this morning.

LA-based electro synth-pop due Leitbur who just released their new wave track “Strange in L.A.” from their upcoming EP The Moment That I knew You, set to release April 21st.

Find them here:

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Music We Missed in 2014: The High Learys I’m A Fool For You

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Buchella at the Beach on Saturday April 4th!

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Coachella is coming up faster than you expected. So we thought it might be fun to get inspired at “Buchella’ – Pop Your Shop’s Pre-Coachella Fashion event to look your bohemian best at the festival.  Even better, you’ll enjoy a sunny Malibu beach day with  food, drinks, live music and more!
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Pop Your Shop 
Presents 
 
‘BUCHELLA’
 
A Pre- Coachella Shopping Event  
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Top Festival Fashions 
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The J.D. Luxe Fashion Truck 
Featured on Bravo’s ‘Vanderpump Rules’
 
Enjoy Live Music x Flash Tats x Tipi Lounge x Food Trucks x Great Wines x Caffeinated Club 
 
Saturday, April 4th, 2015
12p-6p
 
Rosenthal Winery
18741 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
 
**Refreshments by Caffeinated Club, infused flavored club soda made with a boost of caffeine**
**Wines by Rosenthal Winery** 
**Swim Fashions by Natalie Zena Beachwear**