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2016 – A Year of Joyful Creation & Celebration

In Family Entertainment, Musicals, Our Work, Theater, Uncategorized, WebSeries on December 12, 2016 at 7:59 pm

We’ve had a wonderful year here at 134 West — a year of making new friendships, developing new projects and zooming past milestones. We got to create lots of new art, and experience another beautiful return to Green Gables. There is so many projects to talk about, but we will only mention two: Ty the Pie Guy and Bend in the Road: The Anne of Green Gables Musical.

Ty the Pie Guy traveled to Canada to win BEST IN FAMILY at the Vancouver Web Fest!

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We also launched Ty the Pie Guy on Amazon Video in July, and we are thrilled to have streamed screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-4-33-19-pmover 300,000 minutes to 100,00 unique viewers! Across all platforms, Ty the Pie Guy has now served over 600,000 minutes of our little comedy cooking show for kids and families — isn’t that just amazing? Who knows what 2017 will bring for Ty and his ‘lil sister Rose and all their friends. Thank you to all our cast and crew and most of all, to our fans!

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Interested in more Ty the Pie Guy news? Follow on Twitter @TyPieGuy, Facebook and Instagram. And visit TythePieGuy.com!

Be sure to watch the entire first season FREE on Amazon Video! Please rate and review us. Five stars & more views help us rise up!

 

 

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This November, Bend in the Road returned for two stage readings at 3D Theatricals and the Zephyr Theatre, starring the ever-lovely and talented Alison Woods as Anne Shirley!

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The stage readings were just the beginning: stay tuned for more Bend in the Road news coming in 2017 by following our TWITTER or visiting our WEBSITE!

134 West is more dedicated than ever to bring quality independent and diverse stories and voices to stage and screens. We are thankful to have brought positive, inspiring and joyful messages to the world this year through our art. Our projects and our creative teams are diverse, inclusive and vocal. It is more important than ever that we as a company, and as a collective of artists, speak up for what we know is good and right in the world. In 2017, it is our mission to create and promote art that inspires, informs and brings us together. We are most thankful to all our friends, fans and followers who lift us up through their amazing joy, creativity, constant support and love!

TY THE PIE GUY Wraps Season One!

In Uncategorized on June 12, 2015 at 6:00 am

Boom! We did it. The First Season of Ty the Pie Guy is officially wrapped!

Ty Gets Pied!

We’re pretty excited: 20 episodes, over 100 minutes of content, 530 subscribers, 130,000+ views! And we’re still going places…

We got to go to the Festival! And dance before the Prince!

Well, okay, maybe there weren’t any princes, but Ty Freedman (Ty the Pie Guy) and Associate Producer Sarah Winshall walked the red carpet at the inaugural San Francisco Web Festival! Three Pie Guy episodes screened in 120-seat theatre including Breakfast Pizza! and The Inseparable Egg! What a treat to see them on the big screen!

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 4.57.56 PMTy the Pie Guy was one of only 4 family shows honored at the festival and we met some amazing fellow creators, filmmakers and distributors through the festival.

Meanwhile, we’ve already started planning for Season 2! So spread the word, cross your fingers and make sure you’re subscribed to Ty the Pie Guy for some fun, bonus videos this summer! Check out our website for additional great easy recipes and lots of pie!

We had so much fun this season working with the awesome talented and adorable kids featured on the show. All our kids – some actors, some not – are pretty special! Here are a few to keep your eye on this year:

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Charlize diaz de Leon – who plays Ty’s little sister Rose – is whip smart, super funny and a charming soul. She loves pop culture, and is particularly obsessed with Once Upon A Time, which we liked to tease her about relentlessly on set. She has been with us the entire season and we can’t wait to see where Rose will pop in from come Season 2. She got a guest stint on the New Girl season finale which made us all cheer out loud! Dash Williams, (Kids React) who starred in our pilot episode Breakfast Pizza!, also starred in multiple episodes of Fresh Off The Boat this season! And be sure to check out Liv Horinouchi in Popcorn! and Bleau Essen in Vegans. These are just a few of the super cool kids who have made Ty the Pie Guy so much fun! Kids Rock!

For the big Pie Contest season finale, we brought back these kids and many more from the entire season. It was so much fun! I love creating healthy entertainment with Ty the Pie Guy, literally and figuratively.

Look for Ty the Pie Guy at VidCon this year. And follow Ty the Pie Guy on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news!

Have a great summer and keep creating!

I Dream of Dragons, Too

In Family Entertainment, Movies, Our Work, Transmedia, Uncategorized on February 15, 2015 at 10:48 am

awards_academynom_annieupdateWe are so excited for, and proud of, our friends at Dreamworks Animation for the amazing success of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2. Over $618 million in worldwide boxoffice and it continues to gain much deserved critical acclaim with multiple nominations and several awards under it’s high-flying belt: The Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film and 6 Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature Film and Best Director for Dean DeBlois. It has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Fingers crossed for a win next Sunday, February 22! It would be a great nod to the film, the franchise (cause really, no offense to Toy Story 3, but How To Train Your Dragon should have taken the 2010 Oscar) and to the studio that has broken so much ground with their edgy and inspiring filmmaking and animation.

Check out the fun Dragons site http://dreamworksdragons.com for a deep dive into this spectacular world, which highlights not only the amazing movies, but also the TV show, the games, the products and all the characters. It’s all the dragons you’ll ever need in one place. This TVGla and Dreamworks franchise site was a 2014 W³ Awards Best in Show Winner!

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Ty The Pie Guy Launches – Breakfast Pizza!

In Family Entertainment, Our Work, Uncategorized on January 14, 2015 at 8:26 am

tythepieguybcardwithouturlWe’ve been hard at work and play cooking up the fun and fantastic TY THE PIE GUY, a new, story-driven comedy cooking show for kids and families. It’s perfect for ages 4-8 and their parents, though we think everyone will enjoy watching Ty’s antics and learning a little bit more about their kitchen.

TyPieGuy_Ty_juggling134 West is proud to produce and present this charming and educational show which we hope will inspire families to cook together. Ty The Pie Guy is created by the hilarious and adorable Ty Freedman, who played Charlie in the LA production of 134 West’s BEND IN THE ROAD: The Anne of Green Gables Musical.  He writes and stars in this unique, story-driven show which combines comedy and cooking tips to help kids and their parents get excited to get in their kitchen and explore new foods and recipes.

 

 

 

Watch the trailer for a sneak peak!

And SUBSCRIBE to our Channel for weekly fun!
Check out the PRESS RELEASE for more info.

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O BABY MINE IS HERE!

In Family Entertainment, Music, Our Work, Shakespeare, Uncategorized on September 25, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Joy, gentle friends! Joy and fresh days, for O Baby Mine: Sing a Song of Shakespeare is finally here! The album’s been a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait. Get this beautiful, 6-panel CD printed in the USA on recycled paper! O BABY MINE is the perfect gift for the discriminating musical or theatre loving parent.

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This album began as a way to introduce the wonder of Shakespeare to our kids, though it quickly took on a life of its own. Music flows throughout Shakespeare’s work, and we’ve brought together a whole cavalcade of amazing musicians. From Rob Kendt and Madison Scheckel, to David Tobocman and Raymond Bokhour.

Visit our website to order the physical CD or download the mp3s on Itunes/Amazon.

YOU ARE ALSO INVITED TO OUR ALBUM RELEASE PARTY!
RSVP here!

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The Next BEND IN THE ROAD

In Family Entertainment, Music, Musicals, Our Work, Theater, Uncategorized on September 26, 2013 at 4:32 pm
"A Home For Me" from BEND IN THE ROAD: The Anne of Green Gables Musical. Photo by Carol Rosegg. © 134 West, LLC

“A Home For Me” from BEND IN THE ROAD. © 134 West

After a hugely successful run at The Pearl Theater on 42nd Street for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), BEND IN THE ROAD: The Anne of Green Gables Musical is now looking for it’s next production!  We are actively seeking theater and producing partners who are interested in a quality family musical that is both classic, inspiring and heartfelt with songs that send your soul soaring and stick in your head long after the show is over.

Alison Woods made her New York debut as Anne Shirley in BEND IN THE ROAD: The Anne of Green Gables Musical. Written by Benita Scheckel and Michael Upward. Based on Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. Photo by Carol Rosegg © 2013 134 West, LLC

Alison Woods made her New York debut as Anne Shirley in BEND IN THE ROAD: The Anne of Green Gables Musical.  © 2013 134 West

Couldn’t make it to New York to see us at NYMF? Or didn’t catch us at the Carrie Hamiton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse? Then check out the BEND IN THE ROAD website for great production photos, videos and glowing reviews! We look forward to the next Bend in the Road in 2014. Here are some review quote highlights from New York:

“Bend in the Road would be most welcome on Broadway!”  -Huffington Post

“Bend in the Road is wonderful”
-Life Upon the Sacred Stage

“Absolutely Flawless!” -The Write Teacher

“Bend in the Road is a winner!”
– JK Theatre Scene

ABOUT BEND IN THE ROAD

Book and lyrics by: Benita Scheckel

Music and lyrics by: Michael Upward

Anne (Alison Woods) and Diana (Whitney Winfield).  Walk Like Sisters (Kindred Spirits). BEND IN THE ROAD. Photo by Carol Rosegg. © 134 West, LLC

Anne (Alison Woods) and Diana (Whitney Winfield). Walk Like Sisters (Kindred Spirits). BEND IN THE ROAD. © 134 West

Cast Size: 14+

Ideal Band Size: 3-7
Style: Family Comedy

BEND IN THE ROAD: The Anne of Green Gables Musical is a fun and heartwarming family comedy musical based on the beloved classic novel, Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Bend in the Road tells the story of young Anne Shirley, an orphan, who is mistakenly adopted by siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert to help them on their Avonlea farm.

Gilbert Blythe (CJ Pawlikowsk) and Anne Shirley (Alison Woods) in BEND IN THE ROAD. Photo by Carol Rosegg. © 134 West, LLC

Gilbert Blythe (CJ Pawlikowsk) and Anne Shirley (Alison Woods) in BEND IN THE ROAD. © 134 West

Anne’s intelligent, joyous and imaginative ways change the lives of all those around her in this small town, including Matthew, Marilla and nosy town gossip Mrs. Rachel Lynde. Anne finds fast friendships at school and a rivalry with classmate Gilbert Blythe turns complicated as they grow up.

 

Photos by Carol Rosegg.  2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

O BABY MINE: Sing a Song of Shakespeare

In Family Entertainment, Music, Our Work, Shakespeare, Theater, Uncategorized on September 26, 2013 at 8:00 am
Songs for all the seven ages inspired by the bard!

Songs for all the seven ages inspired by the bard!

134 West presents O BABY MINE: Sing a Song of Shakespeare, a new indie album of children’s songs and lullabies inspired by, and taken from, Shakespeare’s plays.  Producer/Director Susan Lambert conceived this new concept album when she adapted the lyrics of Twelfth Night’s O Mistress Mine to sing to her infant son while rocking him to sleep.

Alas, poor Yorick...  Sing a Song of Shakespeare with O Baby Mine.

Alas, poor Yorick… Sing a Song of Shakespeare with O Baby Mine, a kid’s album inspired by Shakespeare plays.
© 2013 134 West, LLC

Executive Produced by Lambert. Produced by music and theater man-about-town Rob Kendt and featuring songs by Kendt, Madison Scheckel, Raymond Bokhour, Cinco Paul and many others! It’s a wonderful collection for smart and indie music loving families as well as theatre lovers and their kids. And, of course, for those who love the Bard, O BABY MINE is a wonderful way to share Shakespeare’s stories and words with all the seven ages.  And the great thing is, this music isn’t just for kids or for Shakespeare fans. When 134 West produces family entertainment, it means everyone enjoys the fun.

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O Baby Mine Album art – Front Cover – Sneak Peek
© 2013 134 West, LLC and Chad Calvert

Head over to O Baby Mine website for more info and to listen to some wonderful songs.  Explore the making of the album images and find some inspiring iconic Shakespeare moments re-enacted by kids.

Meanwhile, check out some of our album teaser with an exclusive sneak peek at our album art and the current track listing. The album is expected soon, so keep your ears open…

“Give me some music; music, moody food Of us that trade in love.”  – Antony and Cleopatra

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O Baby Mine Album art – Back Cover – Sneak Peek
© 2013 134 West, LLC and Chad Calvert

An Appalachian Twelfth Night

In Musicals, Our Work, Theater, Uncategorized on September 24, 2013 at 1:56 pm
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night set in 1938 Appalachia is a foot-stompin' comedy with music!

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night set in 1938 Appalachia is a foot-stompin’ comedy with music!

An Appalachian Twelfth Night is a story of loss, love, chaos, laughter and music. 134 West was part of the premiere production in 2002 with Dancing Barefoot Productions and is ready to bring this amazing production to new theaters looking for an accessible Shakespeare show for the whole family. The original production charmed LA audiences with foot-stompin’ fun, sold out shows and rave reviews.

“Playfully conceived by Williams and touchingly rendered by director Susan Lambert, the staging further benefits from an extensive use of old-time folk music. It’s a toe-tapping, laugh spreading good time. ” Daryl Miller, LA Times

“Imaginatively helmed! The production exudes a captivating rural humor all its own.” – Julio Martinez, Variety

“Lusty folk tunes. Devastating straightforwardness… The Globe Theatre hasn’t seen anything like this. It’s one of the best and most innovative productions of Shakespeare’s lyric comedy.”
– Laura Hitchcock, CurtainUp

– A Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Nominee for best musical direction.

Robert L. Williams’ original adaptation of Shakespeare’s “play with music” stunned and delighted Los Angeles audiences aligning rich, traditional mountain music with the poetry of Shakespearean verse. Setting Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in an isolated coal-mining town in the thirties, it incorporates an Appalachian band “Rev. Karl and the Pikeville Pickers” and draws from the traditional folk music handed down from the Elizabethan ancestors of the mountain dwellers.

Check out the original cast recording on CDBaby or iTunes. Contact susan @ 134west.biz for more information.

BEND IN THE ROAD, an all-new musical based on Anne of Green Gables

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2012 at 1:19 am

Bend in the Road is an all-new musical adaptation of Anne of Green Gables.

Bend in the Road, a new family musical based on Anne of Green Gables, has been set for
a limited engagement at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre (upstairs at The Pasadena Playhouse) in Pasadena. Written by Benita Scheckel and Michael Upward, and directed by Scheckel, Bend in the Road will play two preview performances on Friday, September 14 at 7pm and Saturday, September 15 at 1pm, with opening night set for Saturday, September 15 at 7:00. The limited engagement will continue through October 7. See performances and get tickets!

Bend in the Road is based on the beloved classic novel Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and tells the story of young Anne Shirley, an orphan, who is mistakenly adopted by siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, to help them on their Avonlea farm. Anne’s intelligent, joyous and imaginative ways change the lives of all those around her in this small town, including Matthew, Marilla and nosy town gossip Mrs. Rachel Lynde. Anne finds fast friendships at school, and a rivalry with classmate Gilbert Blythe turns complicated as they grow up.

The cast of Bend in the Road will feature (in alphabetical order) Christopher Callen, Ty Freedman, Christopher Higgins, Justine Huxley, James Jaeger, Don Margolin, Melinda Porto, Kate Sullivan, Kailey Swanson, and Alison Woods. As part of its educational outreach, which includes providing free shows to Pasadena Unified School District students, the production has cast five Pasadena area students to work as apprentices alongside Equity actors. They are (in alphabetical order) Cade Anderson, Zoe Berger-Davis, Mariella D’avirro, Kaitlyn Hammer, and Cheri McKenzie.

The scenic artist is Gary White, lighting design is by Darrell Clark, costume design is by Liz Dickson, and sound design is by Julie Ferrin. The musical director is Michael Upward, choreography is by Kevin Lee, and the stage manager is Kelsey O’Keeffe. Susan Lambert produces for 134 West and Summerland Entertainment.

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Visit the official Bend in the Road website!

POISON APPLE opens @FringeNYC! Aug 12-19

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

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POISON APPLE, a sexy psychological thriller written by Sean Galuszka, will receive its New York premiere in the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival TODAY – 2:15pm at the Connelly Theater.  Called “An unnerving look at paranoia in the modern urban jungle” by Backstage Magazine and “A Hitchcockian game of cat and mouse with a Grimm twist” by LA Theater Review, POISON APPLE will be directed by Susan Lambert.

 When flirtatious hipster Jerry (Galuszka) forces his way into the apartment of lonely and disconnected Paul (Chris Sams), an intense encounter takes an unimaginable turn. Inspired by true events that took place in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen, POISON APPLE is a darkly-comic modern thriller. Come see the show. Click HERE for details or here: http://www.fringenyc.org/basic_page.php?ltr=P#POISON