Twist, With Score By Scissor Sisters Pianist, to Make Los Angeles Debut Dec. 1

News   Twist, With Score By Scissor Sisters Pianist, to Make Los Angeles Debut Dec. 1
Paul Leschen, frequent keyboardist and collaborator for the hit glam-band the Scissor Sisters, will see the Los Angeles debut of his erotic pop-rock musical retelling of the Charles Dickens' classic "Oliver Twist" at the Avery Schreiber Theatre beginning Dec. 1.

Transgendered actress Alexandra Billings stars as Fagin, with Chris Carlisle as Dodger and Brandon Ruckdashel in the central role of Oliver Twist. Paul Storiale directs.

Twist, according to press notes, "re-imagines Oliver as an attractive young man, still searching for love, but driven by physical desire. Whether submitting to punishment at the Workhouse, or succumbing to the charms of a flirtatious Artful Dodger, Twist is always begging for more. Set in London's late 1800s, Twist's journeys land him in underworld household of prostitutes and pickpockets, ruled over by Fagin, a stunning male dominatrix with a nasty temper."

The musical, most recently seen as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival this past summer, was awarded the festival's Outstanding Music & Lyrics prize for Gila Sand (book, lyrics, music), Paul Leschen (music) and Garrit Guadan (additional music).

Twist plays Dec. 1-30 at the Avery Schreiber Theatre located at 11050 Magnolia Boulevard in North Hollywood, CA. For tickets call (866) 811-4111.

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