When you think of the theatre you typically think of actors and the story and the music and maybe some thought is given to the costumes and the set but all too often little attention is paid to those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to bring the show to life. Without question the hottest ticket in Los Angeles for the month of July 2012 was “Jekyll and Hyde” at the MET Theatre in Los Angeles. I was privileged to have seen it twice and it was truly a spectacular heart pounding truly amazing show. All 26 cast members were as near flawless as human beings can be. Without a doubt the runaway star was Chris Kerrigan in the title roles of both Jekyll and Hyde. Don’t just take my word for it, here are just a few quotes from the almost total critical acclaim bestowed upon this DOMA Theatre Company production.
“The entire cast is terrific.” Harrison Held, Sunshine Magazine. “…if you are looking for an entertaining , well acted and passionately performed play, J&H is not to be missed.” Staci Layne Wilson, Stream.tv. These are but two of the critics overwhelming positive reviews for this genuinely awe inspiring production. Interestingly the same show comes to the LaMirada Playhouse starting in September and again to the Pantages in February of 2013. It will be very interesting to see how those presentations measure up to the one just ended. But before, long before any show can get to the stage a staggering amount of work must be done. One of those responsible for DOMA Theatre Company’s brilliant production of Jekyll and Hyde is Producer Michael Abramson.
Fairly typical of those who make careers out of show business Michael’s interest began at age 5 when he saw “Annie” on Broadway. He literally cried when the show ended, not as his parents feared because he was disturbed by the show but rather due to overwhelming joy. He quickly learned that he loved to sing and dance and by 8 years old found himself in the cast of the Wizard of Oz. Shortly thereafter he was actually cast in a Broadway Play but fate was unkind to Michael because before he could take the role, the play closed down.
A thespian yes, but being a practical man Michael Abramson went to Emerson College and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations before moving west in search of fame and fortune. He was quickly hired by the Ahmanson Theatre in the group sales department. He then started working with the Stepping Stone Players where he performed for four years. Michael together with his many friends from the Stepping Stone theatre put together a production of “The Wild Party” that received some financial backing from Marco Gomez. By 2006 Michael Abramson found himself becoming an Associate Producer with Musical Theatre Los Angeles.
By 2010 Michael Abramson was back with his good friend Marco Gomez and the DOMA Theatre Company. Jekyll and Hyde had long been a powerful dream within Marco Gomez. Many discussions were had and then one day Marco asked of Michael, “…do you want to produce the show?” Instantly Michael Abramson became flush with excitement. Now that had to have been quite a scene because Michael is naturally a super energetic man.
Nevertheless the cast had been made and Michael marched ahead with total commitment and unstoppable energy to produce what was without question or doubt the hottest theatrical ticket in Los Angeles in 2012, the truly amazing “Jekyll and Hyde.”
Coming soon in early September is one of Michael Abramson’s long time personal favorites, “Xanadu.” Dolf Ramos and Marco Gomez, the two principals behind the DOMA Theatre Group are not just sitting on their laurels. Already plans are in discussion for expansion of the company. Details are still secret but it is clear that Michael Abramson will be included bringing him ever closer to total fulfillment of his theatrical dreams that started way back then when at the tender age of five he first found his love of theatre. Michael is now one of those behind the scenes forces that makes it happen.
Michael Abramson is a super energetic and driven man with a huge heart and an inescapable passion for theatre. There are others but now you have met one such person. Do not stop being enlightened and informed on the inside of the Los Angeles entertainment world. Take just a New York second and subscribe to this Examiner. It is absolutely free. Movie buffs will also enjoy browsing my online video store with over 2000 classic film and TV title. Just visit: www.ronirwin/net/id19.html.