Posted On 11 Sep 2018
“The Unauthorized Musical Parody of” hit series at Rockwell Table & Stage takes on the 2011 comedy blockbuster film “Bridesmaids” in what promises to be a raunchy, rollicking good time! This side-splitting parody returns September 6th thru November 17th with shows Thursday thru Saturday at 8pm and 12pm on Sundays.
What is Bridesmaids about?
Well, Annie (Natalie Lander), is the maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Molly Stilliens), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Ashley Argota, Nohely Quiroz, Aynsley Bubbico, and Desi Dennis-Dylan) on a wild ride down the road to the “I do’s”. Though tragically single and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she’ll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you’ll go for someone you love.
This writer had the pleasure of attending one of their first shows last weekend (Saturday, September 8th). If you are looking for something different to do in Los Angeles and something that is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, then definitely consider this show! Complete with an on-stage band, this is sure to be one of the most entertaining nights out.
It’s certainly an immersive experience and throughout the show, the audience can sing-along to some of today’s pop hits and truly participate in the roughly 2 hour hilarious performance.
“This parody, driven by song and dialogue, is an homage to one of the most side-splitting films of all times,” says Executive Producer Kate Pazakis. “Adapting this for Rockwell’s dinner theater with ‘tasteful raunch’ while recalling our own experiences with weddings—and all that leads up to them—had us rise to the challenge…but it’s guaranteed to keep you laughing. Audiences have been clamoring for it, so we’re thrilled to bring this show back for this special limited run! The cast, the music, the laughs — it’s been lightning in a bottle all under Marissa Jaret Winokur’s direction, which helps provide the emotional heart.”
Kate Pazakis pulls double duty as the show’s writer and producer. This show is co-directed by Tony Award Winner and Celebrity Big Brother Winner, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and by Christopher Youngsman. Musical direction by Gregory Nabours. Cast includes: Natalie Lander, Desi Dennis-Dylan, Ashley Argota, Nohely Quiroz, Aynsley Bubbico, Molly Stilliens, Nathan Moore, and Keir Kirkegaard.
Created by Kate Pazakis, The UMPO (The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of) Series merges movies and musical theatre, revisiting and retooling popular films for live audiences. Performed with a live band and slews of hit pop songs to help tell the stories, UMPO audiences have been cheering and laughing since 2015. Rockwell Table & Stage is located in Los Feliz at 1714 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles.
Tickets are now on sale at www.rockwell-la.com.
The UMPO Bridesmaids premieres on September 6th and runs until November 17th, 2018. Tickets and additional information are available by clicking HERE.
(all photography provided by Lobeline Communications)