Presented by the West Coast Ensemble, the work from the author of Little Dog Laughed will begin previews Feb. 6 and officially open Feb. 9. The comedy — under the direction of Richard Israel — will play through April 1. The cast for Music From a Sparkling Planet will include Chris Damiano, David Kaufman, Kelly Lloyd, John O’Brien and Michael Spellman. The design team comprises Kurt Boetcher (set design), Lisa D. Katz (lighting design), Marina Mouhibian (costume design) and Rebecca Kessin (sound design).
Music From a Sparkling Planet, according to press notes, concerns "three 70s-television-obsessed men [who] try to regain their childhoods by tracking down their favorite local TV icon, Tamara Tomorrow, a children's television host who made the malaise of the 'Me-Decade' somehow bearable with her cheery predictions for the future. What they find along their journey teaches them more about themselves than they really thought they could know."
Playwright Douglas Carter Beane is currently represented on Broadway with The Little Dog Laughed. His other plays include The Country Club, Advice From a Caterpillar, White Lies and Devil May Care as well as the screenplay for "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar." A founding member and artistic director of the Drama Dept., he wrote the book for the Off-Broadway musical The Big Time., and he also penned the live soap opera The Cartells.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets, priced $22, are available by calling (800) 595-4849 or by visiting www.tix.com. The Lyric-Hyperion Theater is located at 2106 Hyperion Avenue in Silverlake, CA.