Gardel’s Tango tells the story of the short life of composer, singer, musical innovator and international film star Carlos Gardel (1890-1935). Gardel is best remembered as the man who embraced the traditional Argentine musical form, the tango, and modernized and popularized it, making worldwide phenomena of the dance, the music and himself. Gardel was born out of wedlock in France, but brought to Argentina as an infant and raised in Buenos Aires, achieving full Argentine citizenship in 1923.
Gardel’s Tango depicts Gardel’s invention of the modern tango, and features the real people who most impacted his life: his lyricist Alfredo Le Pera, revealed here to be a closeted gay man; his early musical partner Jose Razzano, a.k.a. The Maestro, a mentor to Gardel who is later overshadowed by his protégé; his mother Berthe; and his long-lasting romantic partner Isabel del Valle, with whom he maintained a relationship despite his devoted womanizing.
AFTER ORLANDO is an international playwright driven theatre action including over-fifty playwrights form the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa and Austrlia. Plays have been specifically written and curated in response to this tragic event and will be read across the country and in the UK throughout the fall.
Santa Monica Playhouse Family Theatre Musical Matinees for Kids 2 to 102 presents the classic musical Rudie-DeCarlo favorite, All About Santa, a heart-warming tale of love and generosity, togetherness and friendship, good and evil. It's holiday time at the North Pole and everyone is in a tizzy - Santa has disappeared. Is he taking a vacation? Did the sleigh run out of spirits? Can Mrs. Claus keep the home fires burning and the toy shop churning until he can be found? And to make matters worse, who should appear on the scene but the Suits - the Mad Men from Badison Avenue - ready and willing to "solve" the problem with a host of plans to make the holidays even more commercial than ever. The good North Pole folk in this heart-warming Victorian yuletide musical almost succumb to these sinister hijinks, but, with the help of the audience, love and good cheer conquers all, leaving the way clear for still another happy holiday season!
Amélie captured our hearts in the five-time Oscar®-nominated film. Now she comes to the Ahmanson in a magical new musical—following a World premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which topped the Best Theatre of 2015 lists in the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. Embark on a mesmerizing journey with inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie as she turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her.
Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, Newt Gingrich -- scandals of the past come back to haunt the present in Another Washington Affair. Set in the 1990s during the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal, this new play focuses on two government minions who spend their days at the computer spinning the stories to a hungry public. When the two spin doctors meet, they fall in love and eventually spiral into a love affair that parallels the news they've been churning out. See the politically charged new play at the Avery Schreiber Theatre in North Hollywood.
Stars Jenny O’Hara and Nick Ullett reprise the roles they created in a revival of Stephen Sachs’ smash hit comedy that premiered at the Fountain, then went on to see productions around the world including London’s West End. Maude Gutman, an unemployed, chain-smoking ex-bartender living in a run down California trailer park, believes the painting she bought in a thrift store for $3 is really an undiscovered masterpiece worth millions. When stuffy New York art expert Lionel Percy arrives to evaluate the work, the result is a fiery and often hilarious debate over class, truth, value and the meaning of art. Inspired by true events.
A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes opens as three middle-aged sisters prepare an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner for the whole clan - including a nearly deaf grandpa, a mostly blind grandma, and a pair of professional sportscasters - in this upside-down, inside-out American family play.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane serves up a rich Irish stew of dark comedy and drama centering on a seriously dysfunctional mother and daughter. The plain, put-upon Maureen spends her present and foreseeable future caring for her infirm and domineering mother, Mag -- until a final chance at love appears. But Mag isn't about to let Maureen go so easily, setting off a shocking chain of events. This acclaimed tragicomedy by Martin McDonagh, the Oscar-winning writer of In Bruges, comes to the stage at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum, courtesy of Dublin's Druid Theatre Company. Called "wildly funny, deeply affecting and grotesquely macabre," by the London Daily Telegraph, this production is helmed by Garry Hynes, who became the first woman ever to win the Best Direction Tony for this show's Broadway run.
In the world premiere of Blood, a Jewish-American reporter in Japan uncovers a conspiracy to cover up the government-sanctioned sale of HIV-contaminated blood products. Based on the real-life "Japanese Tainted Blood Scandal," this riveting new production pieces together details of the early '80s scandal that resulted in nearly 2,000 AIDS-related deaths. The scandal triggered public outrage against the drug industry and Japanese government officials and sparked a trial that lasted over a decade. This political thriller -- debuting at Ruby Theatre at the Complex in L.A. -- was written and directed by Obie winner and Emmy nominee Robert Allan Ackerman and features an original music score.
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group proudly presents their All-New Holiday-Horror-Theater Spectacular in the great Grand Guignol, Theatre of Cruelty and Butoh-Traditions, centering around the memoirs of a forgotten street-alley haunted by the longing, beauty and unspeakable events of its Christmas-past; a cursed place of no mercy, inhabited by a hundred-year accumulation of apparitions, phantasms and sub-breeds that desperately await their next victim! For Ages 15 and up.
The play is set in the office of insurance salesman Bob Finhead in Neuterburg, Iowa (population 382). Bob is carrying on a flirtation with the mayor’s wife, while the mayor himself is busy accommodating a male houseguest. Joe, the alcoholic town sheriff, is attracted to Brandy, the town party girl who is the twin sister of Carol, the minister’s emotionally disturbed wife. There’s one other set of twins in town, La Donna and La Voris Johnson, wealthy farmers who are proud members of the Neuterburg Tea Party.
Following extended sold-out engagements around the world, Cavalia is back with its latest equestrian and acrobatic extravaganza: Odysseo. With a production double the size of the original, Odysseo marries equestrian and stage arts with high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels and leads you on a fabulous journey to discover some of the planet's most unforgettable landscapes. You'll be transported to a whole new level of beauty, grace and magic, this time featuring 70 magnificent horses and 45 artists from all over the globe. Odysseo is the world's largest touring production and has the largest touring tent on Earth, the biggest stage, the most breathtaking visual effects and the greatest number of horses at liberty. Be prepared to be amazed and enchanted when Cavalia's Odysseo gallops into Irvine!
Join everybody's favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a fantastical journey that celebrates the spirit of the season as A Noise Within presents Charles Dickens' beloved story A Christmas Carol, as adapted by the company's own Geoff Elliott. This holiday show tells the story of surly miser Scrooge, whose cold heart has isolated him from his community and the spirit of Christmas. Watch as visits from Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future send Scrooge on his transformational journey to rejoin the world, find redemption and discover what it means to open your heart and be fully human. Bring the whole family and revel in this joyous holiday tradition.
Grove Theater Center's Ovation Recommended adaptation of Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol returns for its final year, with the entirety of its script taken directly from the original source material. Enjoy the timeless tale of Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts and the spirit of the holidays as you have never seen it before, with a talented trio of performers that includes acclaimed actress Kate Danley and Broadway veteran David Allen Jones. Shifting seamlessly between different characters, they anchor a fluidly beautiful production that received an Ovation nomination for lighting design, one of Los Angeles' highest honors for stage excellence. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
It's Christmas Eve, Marley is Dead, and Scrooge is all alone. But not for long. For soon he will be visited by 3 spirits and his life will change forever. In this spooky new adaptation of everyone's favorite holiday ghost story, Santa Monica Rep brings the classic Dicken's tale to life with shadow puppetry, live music, and a dynamic ensemble of 11 actors playing dozens of roles. A new Christmas tradition starts in Santa Monica this December. Join the company after each performance for holiday caroling.
Nothing says the holidays like South Coast Repertory’s production of A Christmas Carol, an Orange County family favorite since 1980. John-David Keller directs the Charles Dickens’ classic, adapted by Jerry Patch.
Georg Gyssling (1893-1965), German Consul in Los Angeles and a Nazi party member, was charged by Hitler to dissuade Hollywood from making pictures critical of the Third Reich, by threats of banning Hollywood product in the German and Austrian markets. In The Consul, The Tramp and America's Sweetheart, Gyssling visits United Artists head Mary Pickford (1892-1979) in an attempt to block filming of The Great Dictator, directed by Charles Chaplin (1889-1977). Pickford's receptionist, Esther Hollembe, gives the audience entree to the meetings in Pickford's office between Hollywood's first female mogul, a beloved actor and director, and a Nazi schemer.