The creepy and kooky adventures of the mysterious and spooky Addams Family have inspired this altogether ooky musical comedy from the writers of the Tony-winning Jersey Boys. The Addams Family: A Musical tells the story of every father's nightmare: Gomez's little girl Wednesday is all grown-up and in love ... with a "normal" boy. Inviting his family to the Addams Mansion sets the stage for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandmama, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as they face up to the one horrible thing they've managed to avoid for generations: change. This popular Broadway show comes to Santa Monica via this new production at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre.
With headline-making cases of racial discrimination, police profiling and rioting in the streets, these have been a highly charged couple of years in America. Now the funny folks at The Second City are tackling these hot-button issues the way they do best: with a little bit of levity -- and a whole lot of musical numbers! Premiering on The Second City Hollywood stage, Afros & Ass Whoopins is an original musical comedy that tells the story of a son who's at odds with his father's old-world views. As the show's producers put it: "Everyone is tired of talking about race and the police ... so we decided to sing about it instead!"
The jet black comedy takes place on the border of Iraq and Iran where U.S. Army Colonel Ulysses Simpson Armadillo with help from his trusty Executive Officer Buckley Dunham, has been searching tirelessly for the native insurgents who, years ago, murdered his beloved wife.
The massively popular adult puppet musical Avenue Q comes to the Cupcake Theater's new location in North Hollywood. Full of humor and hummable tunes, Avenue Q is a hilarious look at life in New York, featuring a fantastic cast of people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, Avenue Q scored the "Triple Crown" of Tony wins, grabbing honors for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The lovable cast of characters, both flesh and felt, includes recent college grad Princeton, who moves to Avenue Q full of hope for the future, Kate (the girl-monster next door), and the colorful collection of neighbors who help Princeton discover his true purpose in life.
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
A fierce, biting comedy about family, faith, and what you choose to believe when you're chosen, BAD JEWS follows Daphna Feygenbaum, the self-proclaimed most devout Jew in her family. When her less observant cousin Liam arrives to claim a treasured family heirloom, bringing along a surprisingly non-Jewish element in the form of Melody, a hilarious and devastatingly funny battle of Old Testament proportions ignites. The cousins sharpen their wit, familial vitriol, and humor, making what The New York Times praises as, ďthe best comedy of the season!" and The New York Post calls, ďdelicious, nasty, good fun!Ē
Five-star resort amenities and some much-needed family time are on Jack's itinerary as he races to land a big money, life-changing deal during an Aspen getaway in Big Sky. But relaxation will be hard to fit in as the whole crew -- Jack, his glamorous but bored wife, his teenage daughter and their bitingly funny family friend Jonathan -- packed their problems. When the family fails to keep their secrets stuffed down any longer, wide open spaces provide nowhere to hide. Arnie Burton, Emily Robinson, Jon Tenney (The Closer, Scandal) and Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein) star in this funny and poignant cautionary tale about the perils of pretense and fragility of family. See Pulitzer Prize-finalist Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros' world premiere at L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse.
A true story about the pioneers behind Alcoholics Anonymous. Bill W. And Dr. Bob takes place in Ohio in the 1930ís. As Bill Wilson struggles with his own alcoholism, he finds relief only by helping other alcoholics around him and inadvertently creates a revolution in the treatment of others with the disease around the world.
The Boy From Oz was a huge Australian success that found its way to Broadway. Nominated for 5 Tony Awards in 2004, including Best Musical, and won Best Actor in a Musical (Hugh Jackman), the musical focuses on the extraordinary life of legendary singer/songwriter Peter Allen, from his birth in 1944 and humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to fame as an international star. The story covers Peter's life and career in Australia and the United States, as well as his relationships with the legendary singing stars Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli.
Three days before his bid for re-election in North Carolina, a Republican U.S. Senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger calling into question his belief in God. The Senatorís devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try desperately to contain the damage. Brutally honest and surprisingly funny, Church & State sheds light on how religion, guns, and social media influence our elections.
Matilde, an aspiring comedienne from Brazil is more interested in coming up with the perfect joke than in house-cleaning for two married doctors. Luckily, the wife's sister is a true clean freak! The Clean House is a theatrical and wildly funny play with an unconventional and poignant look at class, comedy, and the true nature of love.
Award-winning actress Debra Ehrhardt continues to share the intimate details of her life in her latest one-woman show, Cock Tales, directed by Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). Running the emotional gamut from guilt and shame to pleasure and elation, Ehrhardt takes us on a bumpy ride from her early years as a young girl from a religious family through her sexual awakening as a young adult, in one 75-minute rendition. Ehrhardt has written three long-running autobiographical one-woman plays, including Jamaica Farewell, which ran for 10 years and was optioned for film by Tom Hanks' wife Rita Wilson. Now Ehrhardt reveals her colorful history of a lifetime of encounters with a world full of testosterone-fueled gentlemen -- and not-so-gentle-men -- at the Santa Monica Playhouse.
Identity, heritage and passion collide in Disgraced, a riveting exploration of the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to find our place in the American Dream. Ayad Akhtar's 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play -- a potently funny tale of big-city aspiration and cultural assimilation -- dares to face the truth hiding just below the deception. Winner of the Pulitzer for Drama in 2013 and a 2015 Tony nominee for Best Play, this fascinating, powerful and bracing drama centers around a Pakistani-American lawyer who hosts a dinner party for a black co-worker and her Jewish husband. When Disgraced comes to L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum, you'll witness idle dinner party chit-chat exploding into the kind of rollicking, no-holds-barred argument that makes for truly delicious theater. This production contains strong language and violence and is recommended for audience members ages 16 and older.
Based on characters created by L. Frank Baum, the originator of the first fourteen Oz books, DOROTHY'S ADVENTURES IN OZ explores the author's most oft visited themes - love, friendship, family, truth, honor and self-esteem. Follow the escapades of Dorothy and her companions along the windy road to that mystical place where dreams really do come true and nothing is as it seems. Along the way, they will do battle with the vain but glorious Queen Coo-ee-oh (and her little blue companion), join forces with a vagabond princess who is revolting (although she doesn't look it), meet a Patchwork Girl, a Rainbow Maiden, face such looming monsters as war, drought and mortgages. No lions or tigers - though there may be a bear or two - in this wild ride back over the Rainbow. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne (or sparkling juice!) with admission.
Poetry of the heart ignites powerful desires that can no longer be ignored by Alma. The preacherís daughter boldly seizes on a chance to follow her heartís inclinations when John Buchanan returns from medical school to live in their small town where, too often, dreams die quickly. Tennessee Williamsís subtly seductive play centers on the passionately complex and sometimes cruel relationships to which love becomes vulnerable, when we are strong enough to allow it.
This new comedy whodunit at the Avery Schreiber Playhouse in North Hollywood will have you on the edge of your seat with laughter. In Eviction Notice, the artsy and bohemian residents of Hollywood's Henderson Hotel get an unwelcome shock when they discover that they're going to be evicted. The hotel's owner has died, and his son wants to knock the charming old building down to replace it with condos. When the ambitious son turns up dead, there's a building full of eccentric potential murderers to investigate.
With song, dance and humor, the bright and colorful children's musical The Fabulous Fables of Aesop teaches as it entertains -- just as its original author intended -- providing fun for your kids while sneaking in a few morality lessons. Portraying animals in human-like situations, the allegorical myths are truly timeless. This engaging show was originally created and performed 30 years ago in South Africa to great acclaim, and now comes to the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica.