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"Top Tune" at the Fanatic Salon Theater

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L.A. is saturated with multi-talented entertainers who must constantly create ways to stay fresh, noticed, and working. Eclectic collaboration is one avenue to drive new material.

Top Tune is a reinvention of songwriter showcases as game show with a dollop of comedy. Bringing to the stage seasoned singers/songwriters/musicians who first perform one of their original tunes with the Top Tune band, they are then paired up into three teams and each is given a song title for which they must create both music and lyrics in a tight 17 minute window of time.

A winner is ulitmately declared by the three judges, who are also pro performers -- one a stand-up comic, another a singing, songwriting, guitar-playing comedian, and the third judge is an opera singer. All of them take a turn at entertaining the audience. In addition, there is an M.C. with good improvisational skills and a "heckler" planted in the audience who also corrals plenty of laughs.

The comedians by committee do an admirable job filling in the gaps while the teams are conjuring up songs off stage. And given such a short gestation period, the contestants pull off the feat with ability ranging from decent to mostly excellent. 

The overall result is a show that breathes spontaneity and moves at a good clip. While it may be billed as a competition, the atmosphere is very supportive and the energy level high between the contestants, judges, and the audience. The Fanatic Salon Theater has a parking lot, and a beer garden with snacks to enjoy before and after the shows.


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Type: Show
Budget level: Mid Range
Costs: $15
Location: Culver City, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Street address: 3815 Sawtelle Blvd.
Nearest public transport: MTA bus, Venice/Sawtelle Blvd. stop
Opening hours: Sat. 7 - 11 pm
Telephone: 310 622 2046

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