It's all roses, romance and inner-beauty as Santa Monica Playhouse celebrates the 20th anniversary of the acclaimed Rudie-DeCarlo musical Beauty & The Beast. Based on the original 1740's tale by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, this musical twist is set in a fantasy Medieval setting. There, you'll find the lovely and spirited Beauty and the endearing Beast. The pair contends with her ditzy sisters, a spell-binding sorceress and a flamboyant suitor, who are all thorns in the budding lovers' sides. You and your young happy ending-lovers will see the determination and spirit of true love win out in this tale for the ages.
In Storybook Theatre's award-winning musical retelling of the beloved fairy tale, a sneaky wolf intercepts Little Red Riding Hood in the woods and tries to pull a fast one on her grandma, only to discover that Little Red and Grandma have a big surprise in store for him! Not too scary, not too dark, it's just right for ages 3-9. There's humor, songs and lots of audience interaction that make this show great fun for the whole family. If you've got little ones, you won't want to miss this production from the company Los Angeles Magazine called the "best in the City for the squirmy set."
Unlike some of the more recent film versions of “Cinderella”, LACT’s production honors the original fairytale. Instead of her physical beauty being the focus, Cinderella’s charm and beauty come from within. Thus, her “beautiful” character attracts and ultimately makes the handsome prince fall in love with her. So, even though her two mean stepsisters and stepmother bully and demean her, Cinderella appears as a hard-working young girl with a heart of gold. Despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, she will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. When the palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But as in all good fairy tales, a kindly fairy godmother sees the goodliness Cinderella possesses, and magically transforms her into a “princess” thus changing her life forever.
Edward Tulane is a very dapper china rabbit—a birthday present for 10-year-old Abilene, who loves him almost as much as Edward loves himself. But when he gets lost at sea, Edward finds he has a lot to learn. Caught in a fisherman’s net, he lands in a garbage dump, travels with a happy hobo and comforts a sick child, bouncing along from person to person through decades until he discovers the transformative power of love.
A jolly green giant sings a lot more than "Ho Ho Ho" in Shrek The Musical, the sensational stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks movie that's making its way to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. With "guest stars" from nearly every children's classic on the shelf -- including the likes of Pinocchio, Gingerbread Man and the Three Little Pigs -- Shrek The Musical is a zesty comedy caper that celebrates and lampoons the Land of Make Believe. Join Shrek, a green swamp-dwelling ogre, on his life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Accompanied by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren't just for fairy tales.
Set in 1547, it tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court off Pudding Lane in London, and Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII.
Storybook Theatre's version of its award-winning musical is its contribution to the Cinderella mania that is hitting in Spring. There is a new Disney Cinderella in the movie theatrer; there is the Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella coming to the Ahmanson, but Storybook Theatre’s joyful Cinderella is a funny version specifically created to appeal to young children and the whole family. Complete with a loopy Fairy Godmother and puppets as the stepsisters, kids get the chance to dance with the Prince, try on the glass slipper, and join in the fun.
From the brilliantly creative mind behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox comes the Tony-Award-winning Matilda the Musical. The Broadway and London hit launches its U.S. tour in L.A., and this pre-sale offer gets you seats now before they go on sale to the general public. Named Time magazine's number one show of the year, Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl -- and later made into a movie starring Danny DeVito and Mara Wilson -- Matilda the Musical has a powerhouse team behind it, including Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage) and Tony-winning playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.
Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the beloved Disney film, the hit Broadway musical adaptation of Mary Poppins lands on the stage with a heartwarming score, spoonfuls of imagination, and a flying nanny who's perfectly perfect in every way. Audience members young and old will step in time to such favorite tunes as "Spoonful of Sugar" and "Chim-Chim Cher-ee," while also being able to experience parts of the books that were left out of the film. Mary Poppins was co-created by acclaimed British producer Cameron Mackintosh (Oliver!) and features music and lyrics by the legendary Sherman brothers, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, with a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey).