Coming soon to TV CONFIDENTIAL: Barbara van Orden on working on Frank Sinatra, Morey Amsterdam, Soupy Sales and John Travolta, plus how she is helping nurture young talent (just as Sinatra once helped her) through L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star competition. Now in its twelfth year, this year’s competition is currently taking place every Monday evening at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood through Aug. 27

L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star 2018, presented by Princess Cruises, celebrates its twelfth anniversary year with live competitions every Monday evening through Aug. 27 on the Debbie Reynolds Main Stage at the historic El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA, in the heart of the trendy NoHo Arts district. The only musical theatre competition of its kind on the West Coast, L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star shines the spotlight on performers between the ages of eighteen and thirty-two, all of whom have triple threat talent (meaning, they must excel in voice, acting and dance). This year’s competition is presented by Princess Cruises, with Michael Sterling and Barbara Van Orden serving as executive producers and Peter Welkin as co-producer.

Co-executive producers Barbara van Orden and Michael Sterling

To date, twenty-two of the competition’s contestants have had already made their Broadway and/or Off-Broadway debuts , while 50 percent of the remaining overall contestants have received professional Equity theatrical agency representation and have gone on to join U.S. national Broadway tours in starring, featured and ensemble roles. In addition, previous contestants of L.A.’s Next Stage Star competition have appeared in regional theatres throughout Southern California and across the country (including major Las Vegas hotels which house long-running Broadway musical productions), while local, national and international theme parks also serve as a haven for employing Stage Star contestants, as do cruise line production shows and television and film commercials.

The winner of this year’s L.A.’s Next Stage Star competition will receive a cash prize of $2,500, while the 1st runner up will receive a $1,250 cash prize.  Both will also receive professional franchised Equity Theatre Agency representation.

All contestants will compete at each Monday night competition with no eliminations
the Grand Finale on Monday, Aug. 27. While auditions for this year’s competition are currently closed, the Monday night performances at the El Portal Theatre are open to the public.

WHO: Executive Producer & Creator Michael Sterling and Co-Executive Producer Barbara Van Orden

WHEN: Weeks 1 – 5 (July 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20) $30 for all center section seating; $25 for all side section seating.
Week 6 (The Finale – August 27) $35 for all center section seating; $30 for all side section seating.

WHERE: The Debbie Reynolds Main Stage at the historic El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601

TICKETS ON SALE
Direct ticket purchases will go through the El Portal’s ticket system by calling
El Portal Ticket Services/Box Office: 818-508-4200
Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm
Tickets may also be purchased by visiting the El Portal website at elportaltheatre.com

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