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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

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VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE: RAWR! You’re Not Going To Want To Miss Kate Pazakis’ Best Unauthorized Musical Parody Yet – UMPO: “Jurassic Park” At The Rockwell Table & Stage Through 4/28!

12 Feb

Photo Credits: Bryan Carpender

RAWR! Where can you find a T-Rex, a Triceratops, a Stegosaurus and more roaming about in this day and age? At the Rockwell Table & Stage, of course! From now through April 28th, come and see the greatest show thus far from the “Unauthorized Musical Parody Of…” series – UMPO: “Jurassic Park.” Get ready for a whole lot of thrills, tons of laughs and an endless amount of fun with this spectacular show that is bound to blow you away.

Written by the genius herself, the incredible Kate Pazakis has done it again bringing out another masterpiece of a show. Pazakis has written a countless amount of remarkable shows as a part of her “Unauthorized Musical Parody Of…” (UMPO) series including hit shows – UMPO: “Home Alone,” UMPO: “Hocus Pocus,” UMPO: “Mean Gurlz,” UMPO: “Bridesmaids,” and many others. With each and every show, Kate Pazakis has managed to bring the biggest of smiles to her audience and give them an unforgettable night they will cherish forever. UMPO veterans can attest that each of the shows are nothing short of extraordinary, but UMPO: “Jurassic Park” definitely takes the title of the best UMPO show yet!

One of the many things that stands out in all UMPO shows are the brilliant song choices. UMPO: “Jurassic Park” features fan-favorite songs including “Livin’ On A Prayer” by the iconic Bon Jovi to “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls, amongst many other terrific songs that will have you ready to get up off of your seat and dance along. Of course, we always love how interactive all of the UMPO shows are. Just beware – a T-Rex might be lurking over your shoulder as you’re eating a delicious flatbread from the Rockwell Table & Stage’s wide variety of scrumptious foods and tasty cocktails and drinks.

The cast of UMPO: “Jurassic Park” includes Anna Grace Barlow, Dedrick Bonner, Joe Calarco, Zack Colonna, E.K. Dagenfield, Owain Rhys Davies, Rhett George, Bianca Gisselle, Trevin Goin, Michael Thomas Grant, Keir Kirkegaard, Amanda Kruger, Lesley McKinnell, Lana McKissack, Pablo Rossil, Molly Stilliens, Sterling Sulieman and the one and only, Kate Pazakis. There couldn’t have been a better cast for a show as sensational as this one. It’s clear to see how much time, passion and dedication each of the cast-members put into making this show pure perfection and bringing so much laughs and love to the audience. Watching an UMPO show is more than just an exciting time, it’s an experience that makes memories that will last a lifetime.

This show certainly can’t be beat because Kate Pazakis shows that she’s not only a mastermind behind writing all of these excellent UMPO shows, but she even has the most awe-inspiring and breathtakingly beautiful, singing voice. Seriously, is there anything Kate Pazakis can’t do?! One thing that we ask to Kate Pazakis is if she can pretty please star in every UMPO show from now on because she brings the shows to another level with her unrivaled talent.

There has never been a musical parody that I’ve laughed at as much as this one! You’re literally going to LOL at all of the hilarious moments. Thought you loved watching Jurassic Park?! Wait until you see the outstanding Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Jurassic Park.

I, Alexisjoyvipaccess had the most exceptional time covering the press night of UMPO: “Jurassic Park” and I can honestly say that this is my favorite UMPO show… ever! The cast, crew and creators of the UMPO series never fail to leave me in awe with the stupendous productions they put together. If I could say one thing – it’s to DROP whatever you are doing right now and be sure to get your tickets to watch UMPO: “Jurassic Park.” These tickets will definitely go extinct fast, so buy your tickets now to watch the show as many times as your little dinosaur-loving heart desires. Tickets can be purchased at this link: http://tickets.rockwell-la.com.

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Photo Credits: Bryan Carpender

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!

VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE: You Don’t Want To Miss “The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Mean Gurlz” – It’s So Fetch! Alexisjoyvipaccess RECAP Here!

12 Feb
Photo Credits: UMPO: Mean Gurlz

Photo Credits: UMPO: Mean Gurlz

It’s the one movie that has us all saying “That’s so fetch!” and it has us all wearing pink on Wednesdays (and by the way, if you don’t, you can’t sit with us.) It has some of the most unforgettable quotes and it’s a movie that resonates with us all in some way or another. You definitely must have guessed what we’re talking about without us even having to say it, but yes, indeed, we’re talking about the iconic and classic film, “Mean Girls.” Without a doubt, “Mean Girls” is a movie that we all have watched over a hundred times and we still catch ourselves quoting things from the movie in the middle of a convo, so when it was announced that the next show as part of Kate Pazakis’ “The Unauthorized Musical Parody of… Series” would be “Mean Gurlz,” we all couldn’t help but fan-girl with excitement and take out our good ‘ol burn book to bring along with us as we watch the musical parody at The Rockwell in Los Angeles.

“The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz” is the ninth show in the “UMPO” (Unauthorized Musical Parody Of…) series. Prior shows include UMPO: Scream, UMPO: Cruel Intentions, UMPO: Clueless, UMPO: Home Alone, UMPO: The Devil Wears Prada, and UMPO: Hocus Pocus, amongst a few others. With each and every show, Co-writer / Executive Producer Kate Pazakis and the cast of the shows manage to bring masterpieces to The Rockwell and it seems as though each show keeps getting better and better. With that being said, the other UMPO shows have been mesmerizing, but the UMPO: Mean Gurlz show definitely is one of the best so far.

“The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz” is told from the point of view of a professional fan-boy who loves the movie just as much as you and me and is played by Ryan O’Connor. He tells the story of Cady’s journey as she moves to the US from Africa and joins the fierce clique known as “The Plastics.” Cady, played by Bianca Gisselle, has her eye out for the dreamy kid in her class known as Aaron Samuels, alternatingly played by Jason Michael Snow and Michael Thomas Grant, but she runs into some trouble when that happens to be the queen of The Plastics, Regina’s ex-boyfriend. Cady and her two, new friends, Janis, played by EK Dagenfield, and Damien, played by Andy Arena, work up a plan to take Regina, played by Corbin Reid, and her fellow Plastics members down.

The cast includes Ryan O’Connor, Katherine Tokarz, Marla Mindelle, Bianca Gisselle, Corbin Reid, Natalie Lander, Briana Cuoco, Jason Michael Snow, Michael Thomas Grant, Andy Arena and EK Dagenfield with Nicci Claspell, Kyra Selman, Janelle Cohen, Kalen Edean and Tal Fox as cast swings. 

There are so many fantastic things to say about “The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz” that it’s hard to even choose where to begin. First off, the musical parody grasps all of the memorable moments from the movie so well – from Regina’s “cool mom,” to the classic burn book moment, and even when Tina Fey’s character was pushing Cady to join the math team. As you’re recalling all of these excellent moments from one of your favorite movies, UMPO: Mean Gurlz puts its very own twist with hilarious punch-lines and witty jokes along with some extraordinary musical renditions. It’s everything that you could wish for in one show: a parody of a phenomenal, fan-favorite movie with awesome humor, an incredibly talented cast, and some outstanding musical performances. Plus, while watching the movie, I’m sure we’ve all wanted Damien to finish singing his whole song at the talent show as he gets rudely interrupted by his school-mates. Well, thanks to Kate Pazakis and “The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz,” our Damien dreams have finally come true.

One of the many things that I love about all of the UMPO shows is how interactive they are. Each of the shows allows attendees to become immersed into the show and feel like they’re not just watching UMPO: Mean Gurlz, but that they are a part of it! (Just make sure you’re not Regina, please!) One minute you could be having Regina George and The Plastics sitting on your lap and the next moment you have Aaron Samuels right by your side. The UMPO shows, and especially UMPO: Mean Gurlz will have you singing along, laughing from start to finish, and wanting to see basically every single show during its run. It’s definitely something that you will be talking about for the whole night and day after that.

The “Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz” is having its run at The Rockwell from February 2nd – April 15, 2017 and trust me, you don’t want to miss it! I, Alexisjoyvipaccess had the honor of being invited to attend the press opening night of UMPO: Mean Gurlz and I cannot stress enough how much you all need to see this show right now. Grab your friends, grab your family members, grab everyone you know and watch as many shows as you can as UMPO: Mean Gurlz is one of the greatest things you will see here in LA!

You can get your tickets at www.rockwell-la.com and join in on the social conversation by following @UMPOSeries and @LA_Rockwell on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #UMPOMeanGurlz. 

Kate Pazakis and the cast of UMPO: Mean Gurlz, you have done a brilliant job. 5 stars for you Kate Pazakis and cast, you go Kate Pazakis and cast! Check out some pictures from “The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz” below!

Photo Credits: Bryan Carpender