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Article: Anna Kendrick, Chrissie Fit, Adam McArthur, Brooke Lewis, Jacob Hopkins And More Attended The “UMPO: Stranger Things” Show At The Rockwell Table & Stage — Enter The Upside Down With A Recap Of The Show Here!

5 Nov

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It goes without saying that the “Unauthorized Musical Parody Of…” series at the Rockwell Table & Stage is loved by everyone and the brilliant series gathers fans, critics and celebs together to enjoy a fabulous night out featuring awesome music, great laughs and a whole lot of fun. The “Unauthorized Musical Parody Of…” series (aka UMPO) has done spoofs on some of the best blockbuster hits including UMPO: Home Alone, UMPO: Clueless, UMPO: Jurassic Park, UMPO: Hocus Pocus, and many others. Now, the fantastic series is taking everyone to the Upside Down with its marvelous, new show, UMPO: Stranger Things! Combine a highly-acclaimed, cult classic of a Netflix show along with hilarious jokes and exceptional, live music and you are definitely in for a super fun and extraordinary night at the Rockwell Table & Stage.

It’s clear to see that Stranger Things has reached an unprecedented amount of success, so it’s only right for writer and executive producer, Kate Pazakis to put her UMPO flair onto the show. Kate Pazakis is a true genius and she never fails to bring together her great wit and her unrivaled writing talent to create the masterpieces we all know and love as the UMPO series. Kate Pazakis manages to surpass UMPO attendees’ expectations each and every time. Each show continues to get better and better. Whether you’re attending your first UMPO show or your 23rd one, each UMPO experience is unique and unlike any other.

Speaking of unique, Kate Pazakis and the whole UMPO: Stranger Things cast went above and beyond to make this show an unforgettable experience. UMPO shows are known for being incredibly interactive. Attendees find themselves getting up close and personal with cast-members and see them singing and dancing along right next to them. In fact, you might even find yourself being a part of the show too! Well, in UMPO: Stranger Things interactivity is brought to another level. This show borrows from the classic Choose Your Own Adventure series of books and allows the audience to roll oversize dice to determine what will happen next in the show. Needless to say, this truly makes for an exciting show and both the cast and audience are left with the mystery of what is yet to come.

As you’re munching on your delicious food or sipping your tasty drinks at the Rockwell Table & Stage, spectacular entertainment is happening right before your eyes. The exceptional cast bringing UMPO: Stranger Things to life includes Marissa Jaret Winokur, Garrett Clayton, Emma Hunton, Owain Rhys-Davies, Lana Mckissack Moore, Damon Gravina, Sterling Sulieman, Chris Chatman, Kelley Jakle and Eric Petersen. The cast is truly one-of-a-kind and their outstanding talents make the UMPO: Stranger Things show so enjoyable to watch. You’re seriously never going to want this remarkable show to end!

The sensational show is filled with tons of hit songs that will instantaneously make you want to dance and sing along. Songs featured in the show include David Bowie’s “Dance Magic Dance,” Corey Hart’s “I Wear My Sunglasses At Night,” Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” and countless others. The band is extraordinary and the cast does a stellar job performing all of the songs in the show.

UMPO: Stranger Things brought in many celebrities who joined in on the fun. Celebs including Anna Kendrick, Chrissie Fit, Anna Camp, Adam McArthur, Brooke Lewis, Victoria Konefal, Jacob Hopkins and many more had a phenomenal time attending the show.

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UMPO: Stranger Things will make you laugh until your stomach hurts and will make you want to sing your heart out. This wonderful show is one of the best of the best and you’re not going to want to miss out on it. UMPO: Stranger Things will give you the 80’s nostalgia you’ve been yearning for, so be sure to gather up your friends and family members and get your tickets here to see UMPO: Stranger Things. By popular demand, UMPO: Stranger Things has extended its run to December 2, 2018 with shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Check out some more pictures below from the UMPO: Stranger Things show!

Be sure to follow @LA_Rockwell and @UmpoSeries on Twitter and Instagram and join in on the conversation by using #UMPOStrangerThings.

Photo Credits: Bryan Carpender

VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE: The Rockwell Table & Stage’s Unauthorized Musical Parody Of… “Bridesmaids” Is The Wedding Party You’ll Definitely Want To Crash – RECAP Here!

12 Sep

Photo Credits: Rockwell Table & Stage

Grab your gal pals and your best guy friends because you’re invited to the greatest wedding party yet! The Rockwell Table & Stage is back with another hit “Unauthorized Musical Parody Of…” show and it’s all about the lovely ladies in the highly-acclaimed, blockbuster hit of a movie, Bridesmaids. It’s time to get ready for Lillian’s big day and all of the excitement that comes with it. From saying “yes” to the dress to some epic, bridal party moments, it all goes down in the Unauthorized Musical Parody Of… “Bridesmaids.”

The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of… “Bridesmaids” is written and produced by the UMPO genius herself, Ms. Kate Pazakis! Every project that Pazakis works on always turns out to be oh, so awe-inspiring and seeing the return of the UMPO: “Bridesmaids” show back to the Rockwell Table & Stage is such a great treat. Kate Pazakis has such a remarkable sense of humor, terrific wit and creativity and she puts a marvelous and HILARIOUS twist to some of our favorite movies through her UMPO series. Add some chart-topping songs and excellent, live music, a wonderful cast and an endless amount of super funny moments and you have yet another UMPO masterpiece! The UMPO: “Bridesmaids” show is co-directed by the outstanding, veteran actress and Tony Award Winner, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Christoper Youngsman.

There truly is never a dull moment in UMPO: “Bridesmaids.” The spectacular and immensely talented cast did such a superb job bringing this show to life. There’s only one caution: prepare to have a stomach-ache from laughing so much because this show is hysterical! “Bridesmaids” is a movie that stole the hearts of fans worldwide and the UMPO: “Bridesmaids” show reiterates why this film is so special for everyone who watches it. On top of all of the comedy, the music is what makes UMPO shows stand out from other parodies. UMPO shows incorporate hit songs that will have people of all ages jamming out to. The way Pazakis is able to intertwine these songs into the dialogue is absolutely phenomenal and the cast and musicians all do an extraordinary job with their performances.

UMPO: “Bridesmaids” stars Natalie Lander, Desi Dennis-Dylan, Ashley Argota, Nohely Quiroz, Aynsley Bubbico, Molly Stilliens, Nathan Moore and Keir Kirkegaard. It goes without saying that all of the cast-members are truly gifted at what they do. It’s clear to see the incredible passion they put into every performance and they make each and every night so memorable for all attendees. Watching an UMPO show and enjoying a mouth-watering meal along with delicious drinks makes for a fantastic night out that can’t be beat.

Nothing can compare to UMPO shows and how much they engage audience members. As you’re sipping on your cocktail, you might just find maid of honor Annie right by your side wondering what’s the next step to make Lillian’s wedding the best day ever. Or, you may just spot Lillian having her infamous food poisoning incident right in front of you. With UMPO shows, you’re not just watching them – you become a part of them!

I, Alexisjoyvipaccess had the honor of covering the press night of UMPO: “Bridesmaids” and this show is everything and more that you could ask for. It’s fun. It’s flirty. And, it’s bound to put the biggest smile on your face. I can’t say this enough – go, go, go get your tickets now to see UMPO: “Bridesmaids.” This zestful show runs from September 6th through November 17th with shows on Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 PM and at 12:00 noon on Sundays.

Check out some more pictures below from UMPO: “Bridesmaids” and be sure to get your tickets here!

Follow @LA_Rockwell and @UMPOSeries on Twitter and Instagram and join in on the conversation by using #UMPOBridesmaids

Photo Credits: Rockwell Table & Stage

VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE: The Sanderson Sisters Are Back In Town And Visiting The Los Angeles Rockwell Table & Stage For “UMPO: Hocus Pocus” – RECAP Here!

16 Oct

Photo Credits: UMPO: “Hocus Pocus”

The Sanderson Sisters have left Salem, Massachusetts and have found themselves at the Los Angeles hot spot – the Los Angeles Rockwell Table & Stage for the exceptional production of “UMPO: Hocus Pocus.” Hocus Pocus is one extraordinary and spook-tacular movie that has truly made a great impact in all of our lives and it’s a fan-favorite film that gets us all in the Halloween spirit. So, what better way to ring in our favorite holiday than by brewing up some excellent excitement in the witch’s cauldron and watching the Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus?! We all know Kate Pazakis for being an absolute genius and she has once again brought her magic to another brilliant and phenomenal UMPO show.

The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus is certainly unlike anything you have ever seen before. There’s a tremendous amount of comedy, an incredible array of song choices, and a spectacular amount of talent brought to the Rockwell stage. Writer and producer, Kate Pazakis has done it again leaving us all mesmerized with such an extraordinary show filled with so much Halloween thrill. Kate Pazakis’ unrivaled intelligence and incredible talent for bringing out hilarious and entertaining shows is evident in her masterpiece of a creation – UMPO: Hocus Pocus. This outstanding show is bound to bring a whole lot of laughs and a big smile on your face. UMPO: Hocus Pocus will get you ready to bring out your greatest Halloween gear and embrace your inner Sanderson sister.

The cast of the Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus are all so immensely talented and gifted and they truly bring so much passion to the show. They embrace their character so effortlessly and they allow the audience to join them on all of their fun Halloween adventures. One of the many terrific things about the Unauthorized Musical Parody Of series is that it is an interactive show. While you’re dining and enjoying some delicious food at The Rockwell Table & Stage or enjoying a nice cocktail, you might just happen to have a Sanderson sister right next to you casting a spell. All of the shows from Kate Pazakis’ UMPO series makes you feel like you are a part of the production and it makes the show even more of an unforgettable and magnificent experience.

Starring in the marvelous show is Tony Award winning actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, Haviland Stillwell, Caitlin Gallogly, Peter Allen Vogt, Nathan Moore, Emily Morris, Emma Hunton, Teya Patt, E.K. Dagenfield, Lana McKissack, Ashley Argota, Gina D’Acciaro, Jordan Goodsell, Spencer Strong Smith, and Laura L. Thomas. UMPO: Hocus Pocus has a fabulous, all-star cast who works endlessly to bring out one sensational show you will never forget.

I, Alexisjoyvipaccess had the greatest honor of covering the Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Hocus Pocus and I can sum up this article in six words: “You NEED to see this show!” There is no doubt that you will be left in awe with the indescribable talents of both the cast and Kate Pazakis bringing this production to life and the song choices are absolutely superb. UMPO: Hocus Pocus has every quality that makes it a total hit!

Check out this VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE video below from the UMPO: Hocus Pocus show and be sure to bring your friends and family to go see this show that runs through November 4, 2017. You don’t want to miss out on all of the magical fun for everyone!

Follow @UMPOSeries on Twitter and Instagram and visit tickets.rockwell-la.com to get your tickets to see the show now!

VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE: The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of “Bridesmaids” Is Kate Pazakis’ Best Show Yet – Alexisjoyvipaccess RECAP!

15 Aug

Photo Credits: UMPO: Bridesmaids

Here comes the bride, all dressed in white, here comes the bridesmaids making their way down to the Rockwell Table & Stage! One movie that has become a classic and is a film that we all can watch over and over again definitely has to be Bridesmaids. What’s not to love about this exceptional film?! It has an all-star, phenomenal cast consisting of fan-favorite, profound actresses and actors. It has a spectacular storyline and it makes us all remember the excitement of our very special wedding… or maybe it makes us all remember being super, duper single. Needless to say, Bridesmaids is one iconic movie with so many unforgettable memories, so when we found out that the all new show from Kate Pazakis’ “Unauthorized Musical Parody Of” series is UMPO: Bridesmaids, we couldn’t contain our excitement, and we definitely grabbed our bouquets and got ready to head on over to the Rockwell Table & Stage to watch this brilliant show.

It goes without saying that any show that writer / producer, Kate Pazakis is behind is truly a masterpiece and UMPO: Bridesmaids is Kate Pazakis’ best one yet. Then again, every show that Kate Pazakis works on turns to gold. UMPO: Bridesmaids is filled with so many hilarious moments and it’s a very enjoyable show that takes us along on Annie and the bridesmaids’ journey to make Lillian’s wedding absolutely phenomenal. UMPO: Bridesmaids will make you have a smile from start to finish and it’s one remarkable show you won’t be able to stop talking about. UMPO: Bridesmaids captures the movie so well but it also adds its own special twist with exceptional covers of hit songs and amazing parodies all intertwined in one, sensational show. From songs such as “True” by Spandau Ballet to Taylor Swift’s hit song “Bad Blood,” you’ll be jamming out nonstop while watching UMPO: Bridesmaids.

Of course, the exceptional show couldn’t have been made possible without the marvelous and immensely talented cast consisting of Natalie Lander, Desi Dennis-Dylan, Ashley Argota, Nohely Quiroz, Aynsley Bubbico, Molly Stilliens, Nathan Moore, Heir Kirkegaard, and Michael Thomas Grant.

In addition, Tony award winning actress, Marissa Jaret Winokur added her magic onto this production by directing the show. Marissa Jaret Winokur talked exclusively with Alexisjoyvipaccess at the press opening night of UMPO: Bridesmaids and talked about what it was like for her to have directed the show. Marissa Jaret Winokur said, “It’s been amazing! I actually have always wanted to direct and musical theater is clearly what I want to direct. It’s been really great. The cast is amazing. We’ve put together a lot of new faces, a lot of new voices at the Rockwell and a couple of ones that have been here before. I’ve never put my heart and soul into something so much. When I perform, I get nervous for myself, but now I’m nervous for all eight cast-members, I’m like, “I hope they nail it!”

The wonderful Marissa Jaret Winokur also revealed to Alexisjoyvipaccess what the biggest difference is between acting and directing and said, “Well, as an actress, I’m literally just worrying about myself, but as a director, I have to plan out the whole picture, the whole thing, and also not just worrying about my own beats and my own jokes, it’s like trying to ring in the actors and actresses and being like, “This is what’s written. This is the joke. If you step on the line here, you’re messing up this beat.” Just trying to keep everyone focused, I come in with a very clear plan, rather than my way of an actress I’m like, “Oh, let’s just play. Let’s have fun!” but as a director, I’m like, there’s a lot more homework.”

I, Alexisjoyvipaccess had an excellent time covering and attending the sensational, press opening night of UMPO: Bridesmaids and I can definitely say that this is one extraordinary show that you don’t want to miss. Check out some pictures and a video below from the outstanding UMPO: Bridesmaids show and be sure to get your tickets to see the Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Bridesmaids at the Rockwell Table & Stage from August 11th through September 17th. Tickets for the magnificent show are available at http://rockwell-la.com.

Follow the Rockwell Table & Stage on Twitter and Instagram: @LA_Rockwell and follow @UMPOSeries on Twitter and Instagram. Join in on the conversation by using #UMPOBridesmaids on all social media networks!