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                            Fred Piegonski, Executive Assistant to the President  
               Los Angeles City College, 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029 
                           (323) 953-4000  ext. 2243      piegonfg@lacitycollege.edu                            

                      For Immediate Release:  November 20, 2006

LACC Alum Bruce Kimmel Stages Premiere of Musical
“The Brain From Planet X” at LA City College Dec. 8-16

Graphic:  "Brain from Planet X" billboard

Photo:  Actors in the SciFi Musical "The Brain from Planet X"

Photo:  Actors in the SciFi Musical "The Brain from Planet X"

Photo:  Actors in the SciFi Musical "The Brain from Planet X" Photo:  Actors in the SciFi Musical "The Brain from Planet X"

The actors take to the boards in Kimmel and Wechter’s musical “The Brain from Planet X”

A Spoof of 50s Sci-Fi Movies

Broadway performer Kevin Spirtas will be featured in the LA City College Theatre Academy’s premiere  “The Brain from Planet X,” a new musical by Bruce Kimmel and David Wechter, directed by Mr. Kimmel, set to run Dec. 8 through Dec. 16 at the Camino Theatre at LA City College, 855 N. Vermont Ave. in Hollywood.

With a book by Mr. Kimmel, an LACC alum, and Mr. Wechter, this musical spoof of the alien-from-outer-space-movies of the 50s also has music and lyrics by Mr. Kimmel.  The production features guest artists Mr. Spirtas, Lauren Rubin and Alet Taylor, along with advanced students from the LACC Theatre Academy.

Performances will be given Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sat. matinees at 2 p.m., and Wed. and Thurs. at 7:15 p.m.   Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $6 for students, seniors, staff and veterans.  Group rates available.  For tickets, call (323) 664-2787. To learn more about this production and the LACC Theatre Academy, visit http://theatreacademy.lacitycollege.edu

Since 1993, Mr. Kimmel has produced over 130 theater music CDs, including Grammy nominated cast albums of the revival “Hello Dolly!” and jazz pianist Fred Hersch’s, “I Never Told You.”  He produced albums for Petula Clark and Helen Reddy and worked with legends Lauren Bacall and Elaine Stritch.  He also produced many Broadway cast albums, including the revival “The King and I” “Bells Are Ringing.”

In the 70s Mr. Kimmel wrote, directed and starred in the cult movie hit, “The First Nudie Musical,” and in the 80s, “The Creature Wasn’t Nice,” with Leslie Nielsen and LACC alum and classmate Cindy Williams.  As an actor, Mr. Kimmel guest-starred on many TV shows of the 70s, including “Happy Days,” and “Laverne and Shirley

On the creation of his new musical he said, “The Brain” plays sport with all my favorite bad sci-fi films of the 50s.  I grew up loving those movies, and now through the magic of musical comedy, I’m getting to relive them all. 

“We have an actual singing brain, two aliens named Zubrick and Yoni (Yoni being the man-hungry female, and Zubrick being the man-hungry male), an all-American family, a general, an elderly professor, 17 musical numbers and, best of all, the show is set in the San Fernando Valley in 1958.”

Since graduating from LACC’s theatre program in the 70s, Mr. Kimmel has returned to the college six times to present shows written by him, including “Start at the Top,” “Feast,”  “Comedy of Errors,” “Stages,”  “Together Again,” and now “The Brain From Planet X.”

Writer David Wechter co-wrote and co-directed Disney’s film, “Midnight Madness.”  He served as executive producer of “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders:  Making The Team,” and “Cowboy U.” He was the supervising producer and writer of “Penn & Teller:  Bullshit!” for Showtime, which won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy–Variety Series.

Kevin. Spirtas was seen on Broadway in “A Chorus Line” and in “Meet Me in St. Louis.”  The Drama-Logue award-winning actor is best known to TV audiences for his seven-year stint as Dr. Craig Wesley on “Days of Our Lives.”  Lauren Rubin appeared Off-Broadway in “The Donkey Show,” “Little By Little,” and “The Guise Exhibit.”   Alet Taylor has performed in the Encores! Musical series in New York City.

This production is being produced by the LACC Theatre Academy under the direction of Chairman Fred Fate.

 

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