December 4, 2019 at 11:14 am PST | by John Paul King
Holiday smash ‘Love Actually Live’ returns to The Wallis

‘Love Actually Live’ (Image courtesy Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts/Photo by Kevin Parry)

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is bringing back the biggest hit in its history, just in time for the holidays.

“Love Actually Live,” a multimedia concert celebration of one of the most beloved holiday films of all time, is back by popular demand. Mounted by For The Record, the production is on its way to becoming a not-to-be-missed Los Angeles tradition. During its record-breaking World Premiere last December, more than 12,000 people flocked to the Wallis to experience this unforgettable holiday classic in a three-dimensional world where the film and live action seamlessly intertwine. Iconic scenes, displayed on screens that travel throughout the set, share the stage with an all-star cast of singers (accompanied by a 15-piece orchestra) as they reimagine the film’s hit soundtrack – including “Christmas is All Around,” “Trouble With Love,” and “Both Sides Now.”

The Wallis’ Artistic Director Paul Crewes said, “We knew we made a very special production the moment the curtain rose on ‘Love Actually Live’ last season, so I’m really pleased that we can collaborate again with our For The Record family this holiday season and share this very unique experience with Los Angeles audiences once again.”

For The Record Live executive producer Shane Scheel added, “The audiences response last year surpassed our expectations, with people unfailingly leaving the theatre after each performance crying, laughing, hugging, humming the soundtrack, and embracing the holiday spirit. As Angelenos look to make and carry forward new holiday traditions, we are honored to bring this holiday classic to life for a second year in a row.”

Returning from the 2018 production are Rex Smith (RIAA Gold® recording artist), Carrie Manolakos (Broadway’s “Mamma Mia!,” “Wicked”), Doug Kreeger (Broadway’s “Les Misérables”), Tomasina Abate (For The Record’s “Scorsese: American Crime Requiem,” “Tarantino”), Carson Higgins (international tour of “Green Day’s American Idiot”) and the multi-dimensional Emily Lopez. New this year to the lineup of outstanding performers are Rogelio Douglas Jr. (“In the Heights” and “The Little Mermaid” on Broadway), Declan Bennett (“Once,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Taboo” in the West End, “American Idiot” and “Rent” on Broadway), Jon Robert Hall (Fox’s “Grease: Live,” “Glee”), Chris Mann (NBC’s “The Voice,” “The Phantom of the Opera” 25th Anniversary Tour), James Byous (“Scorsese: American Crime Requiem,” Netflix’s “Westside”), Ruby Lewis (Cirque du Soleil’s “Paramour,” “Lights Out: Nat ‘King’ Cole”), singer/songwriter/actress Aubrie Sellers (one of Rolling Stone’s best country albums of the year), Gabriela Francesca Carrillo (“American Mariachi,” Netflix’s “Homecoming”), Levi Jesse Smith (“A Bronx Tale: The Musical,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Mary Poppins” and “The Music Man” on Broadway), young singer/actress Nayah Damasen, John Battagliese and accomplished violinist Molly Rogers.

“Love Actually Live,” a co-production from the Wallis and the team behind Los Angeles’ award-winning For The Record series, was inspired by the Universal Pictures/Working Title motion picture, “Love, Actually,” written by Richard Curtis, and is presented by special arrangement with Universal Theatrical Group. It was adapted and directed by 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 Award winner Matthew Steinbrenner, lighting design by Michael Berger, sound design by Ben Soldate, costume design by Steve Mazurek, video design by Aaron Rhyne, casting by Stewart/Whitley and co-produced by Shane Scheel, Siobhan O’Neill and the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.

It’s currently onstage in the Bram Goldsmith Theatre at the Wallis (9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills), and runs through December 29, so grab your tickets now for a crowd-pleasing, dazzling holiday treat. More information and tickets are available here.


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