It looks like The Wallis in Beverly Hills is expanding its menu of live performance options this winter. The organization has just announced that they’ll be converting the Lovelace Studio Theater into a 150-seat custom-built space, dubbed The Sorting Room (a hat-tip to the space’s original use when the venue was the Beverly Hills Post Office), in December. The “club,” as they’re calling it, will exist through January 14, 2017. Entertainment for this intimate venue will include cabaret, comedy, live contemporary music, and dance.
The calendar so far consists of acclaimed Grammy Award-winner singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, who will open The Sorting Room on December 3 with his one-man show Surviving Twin. Comic Sandra Bernhard will premiere her new show Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast on December 8 – 10. Broadway star and recent Tony Award nominee for Noises Off, Megan Hilty will perform songs from her new holiday album on December 20 – 21. Other featured artists include: comic Cameron Esposito; cabaret singers Rita Wilson, Rumer Willis and Rebecca Spencer; celebrated vocalist Ty Taylor; acclaimed musical duo Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk; tap dancer Melinda Sullivan; actress and master storyteller Christine Lahti and Los Angeles-based music group Ethio Cali. Special performances include Get Lit’s Dante; Salastina Music Society’s Chamber Messiah; a joyous multimedia concert of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods to Jazz” by Dr. Ron McCurdy; a night dedicated to the songbook of Jerry Herman, featuring Broadway star Jason Graae with special guest Karen Morrow; and an improv show by the master comics of Immediate Theater, led by Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer Simpson).
More info, and the full calendar, can be found on The Wallis’ website.