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Musical Theater Guild Presents: “Sweet Smell of Success”


Sunday, September 14, 2014 – 7:00 PM


Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Craig Carnelia, Book by John Guare

Based on the screenplay and the novella by Ernest Lehman; Based on the screenplay by Clifford Odets; Based on the MGM/UA film

“Got to get in the column!” With a jazzy, driving score by the late Marvin Hamlisch, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS is based on the 1957 movie starring Burt Lancaster as a ruthless, all-powerful newspaper columnist named J. J. Hunsecker (so Walter Winchell couldn’t sue them), and Tony Curtis as Sidney Falcone – a smarmy, small-time press agent desperate to curry J.J.’s favor. He succeeds, for a while, but that sweet smell comes at a much higher price than he expects. Though this edgy, dark show got seven nominations, including Best Musical, only John Lithgow, for his leading performance as Hunsecker, went home with a 2002 Tony® Award. Gossip, lies, name-dropping, betrayal, backstabbing and murder – typical story about the media.


About Musical Theater Guild

Musical Theater Guild presents rarely-seen Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals, from the Classic to the Contemporary, in superb staged concert readings.

Live Talks Los Angeles: An Evening with Gail Sheehy


Gail Sheehy will be discussing her memoir, Daring: My Passages.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Purchase Tickets

$20 General Admission
$30 Reserved Seats
$43 Includes Sheehy’s memoir + Reserved Seats
$95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + Sheehy’s memoir

Gail Sheehy is the author of sixteen books, including the classic New York Times bestseller Passages, named one of the ten most influential books of our times by the Library of Congress. A multiple award-winning literary journalist, she was one of the original contributors to New York magazine and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984. A popular lecturer, Sheehy was named AARP’s Ambassador of Caregiving in 2009.

Daring: My Passages is Gail Sheehy’s inspiring memoir—a chronicle of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking “girl” journalist in the 1960s, to iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all, to one of the premier political profilers of modern times. It is the story of the unconventional life of a writer who dared . . . to walk New York City streets with hookers and pimps to expose violent prostitution; to march with civil rights protesters in Northern Ireland as British paratroopers opened fire; to seek out Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat when he was targeted for death after making peace with Israel.

Gail Sheehy reveals the obstacles and opportunities encountered when she dared to blaze a trail in a “man’s world.” Daring is also a beguiling love story of Sheehy’s tempestuous romance with and eventual happy marriage to Clay Felker, the charismatic creator of New York magazine. Sheehy recounts her audacious pursuit and intimate portraits of many twentieth-century leaders, including Hillary Clinton, Presidents George H. W. and George W. Bush, and the world-altering attraction between Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Sheehy reflects on desire, ambition, and wanting it all—career, love, children, friends, social significance—and lays bare her major life passages: false starts and surprise successes, the shock of failures and inner crises; betrayal in a first marriage; life as a single mother; flings of an ardent, liberated young woman; her adoption of a second daughter from a refugee camp; marriage to the love of her life and their ensuing years of happiness, even in the shadow of illness.  Sheehy speaks from hard-won experience to today’s young women. Her fascinating, no-holds-barred story is a testament to guts, resilience, smarts, and daring, and offers a bold perspective on all of life’s passages.

- See more at: http://livetalksla.org/blog/2014/08/18/september-24-an-evening-with-gail-sheehy/#sthash.OQCOCYmj.dpuf

International Day of Peace


International Day of Peace Celebration

September 20th, 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Hosted by Mohamed Sidibay:

“My Journey from Former Child Soldier to Peace Activist”


Live music, art, short films, and speakers.    

Honorees include:

Peace Activist and Author Ron Kovic;                    

Artist Robert Shetterly; American’s Who Tell the Truth, 

Performance Artist; Kenji Williams of BellaGaia.com

Educator Erin Gruwell, Founder Freedom Writers Foundation.

Teens United Live!


Teens United Live

Teens United Live was created when four 14-year-old students from Crossroads School in Santa Monica heard that the funding for a local school’s music program had been cut. Bella Porter, Sol Was, Taylor Mackall and Alec Singer felt they could use their own musical talents to raise money for their peers. They gathered their musical friends and curated a benefit called Teens United Live. Teens United Live has a mission – to bring together the myriad of talented teen musicians from private schools in Los Angeles to stage musical events for their peers. The founders of Teens United Live believe music should not be sacrificed due to financial hardship.