The Tony Award-winning play about passion, parenthood and moments of beauty comes to Hollywood's Actors Co-op Theatres. With a mother grappling with her daughter, a composer grappling with genius and both debilitated by ailments, the obsession they share may bridge the 200 years of time that separate them. From present-day New York to 19th century Austria, from a modern musicologist to composer Ludwig van Beethoven, witness the beautiful ties that connect us across both time and space. This show is recommended for those age 14 or older.
Based on the beloved book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, this play tears apart everything we thought we knew about the World War II D-Day landing on the beaches of Normandy in this tender tale of love and war. England-based theatrical company Kneehigh Theatre, which wowed Wallis audiences with Brief Encounter, now returns with their grab-bag of music, puppetry and boisterousness to tell the tale of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. Be transported to the sleepy village of Slapton Sands, England, 1944, where a young girl experiences soldiers occupying her family house and property, with only her cat to confide in. The show proves that even with death and destruction all around, it takes more than a world war to bring down the human spirit. You won't want to miss the production that The Times (London) calls "a wonderfully life-affirming piece of theatre ... touchingly and gloriously imaginative."
The creme de la creme of parody movies, Airplane!, comes to you LIVE on stage in a show that both satirizes and lovingly embraces the comedy classic you already know by heart. Follow the tormented former fighter pilot, Ted Striker, as he tries to win back the affections of stewardess Elaine Dickenson on the doomed flight 209. Full of the moments you love, and some new takes you might not expect, this ain't no passive theater event. Shout out lines, dance, sing and more when you join us aboard the Trans-American Flight traveling from LAX to Chicago O'Hare. Just don't eat the fish!
The longest-running Jewish-themed musical in L.A. theater history, Author! Author! -- An Evening with Sholom Aleichem, returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse with Chris DeCarlo reprising his award-winning role as the "Yiddish Mark Twain," the man whose famed folk stories inspired Fiddler on the Roof. Dubbed warm, funny, spirited and entertaining by the Los Angeles Times in its initial run, this musical comedy tracks the author Aleichem's arrival in New York in the early 1900s to have his work produced for the American stage, and recalls his own experience as a Lower East Side immigrant, as well as his childhood and hilariously bumpy courtship with his first girlfriend. The score, written by the award-winning team of Evelyn Rudie and Ben Weisman, features such favorites as "My Ship is Coming In," "Chelm" and "Stepmother."
Inspired by true events, Stephen Sachs' lively comedy paints a wry and winning portrait of Maude, an unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, who believes the artwork she bought at a thrift store for $3 is really an undiscovered Jackson Pollock masterpiece worth millions. When a renowned art expert arrives to evaluate the work, the two embark on a fiery debate over class, culture and the true meaning of authenticity. This original Fountain production, which has traveled as far as London's West End, returns for a limited engagement. Husband-and-wife acting team Jenny O'Hara (Transparent, The Mindy Project) and Nick Ullett (As the World Turns) star.
The KOAN Unit kicks off the new year at the Odyssey with a quintet of darkly humorous, seldom-seen short plays by Samuel Beckett: Krapp’s Last Tape; Come and Go; Footfalls; Act Without Words II; and Catastrophe.
One of Broadway's biggest hits, we are extremely excited to bring you this spectacular show about a struggling songwriter's attempt to write one last hit before his star client is drafted into the army! Filled with fantastic songs like "Put On A Happy Face" and "Kids", this classic musical is one you won't want to miss!
Cannibals Alone is a chilling thriller that brings us into the secluded lives of best friends Rae and Mags as they seek to avenge the death of a loved one while fighting a government that breeds and thrives on paranoia in a not too distant dystopian future. Set in the humble confines of a backwoods cabin, Cannibals Alone shows how politics, propaganda and paranoia can affect and twist the average citizen when left to his or her own devices.
A new musical comedy that follows a very super hero, his less super little brother, and one butt-kicking princess, as the three embark on a mission to overcome killer eggplants, a love-starved platypus, and their own 8-bit existential crisis.
Five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex and theater in Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Boops. One Betty is a dutiful wife. Another is busy working on her truck. Betty wants to talk about love, while another needs to hit something. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from some other famous play. This brash uncompromising comedy delivers a knockout blow to a thousand boring tropes about female identity.
Ranked as one of the most powerful women in the world by Arab Magazine, author and poet Joumana Hadad makes her way to L.A. to shatter stereotypes and share her own unique experiences as an Arab woman in Confessions of an Arab Woman. An adaptation of Hadad's book, I Killed Scheherazade, the play is a candid portrait of the author's life, following her upbringing in Lebanon to the woman she is today. See this inspiring tale of female empowerment when it makes its world premiere at Dorie Theatre - The Complex.
Julia Migenes' illustrious career ranges from her Broadway debut in the original cast of Fiddler on the Roof to her Grammy Award-winning portrayal of Carmen on film, her leading roles with the world's greatest opera companies and her acclaimed turn as Ethel Rosenberg in Angels in America. Now, this entertainment powerhouse returns to L.A.'s Odyssey Theatre with her latest one-woman show, a bio-musical of Claude Debussy (Clair de Lune), to kick off a monthlong music festival in March. Migenes also wrote this world premiere, which captures both the joys and struggles of the French composer through his actual letters, and then segues into musical selections. She'll be accompanied by pianist Manuel Arellano and directed by Oscar-nominee Peter Medak (The Ruling Class, The Krays, TV's The Wire), who also happens to be her ex-husband.
A DeLUSIONAL Affair, by Albert James Kallis, directed by Chris DeCarlo. Just when you thought your life was finally under control, Fate steps in, turns everything on its heels, and you're off on the wild ride of your life. Funny, touching, and just a little bit racy, Albert James Kallis's A DeLUSIONAL Affair will make you question everything you ever thought you knew about love, marriage, fantasy and reality and come away with a new perspective on it all.
Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL’S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production about the blues singer Bessie Smith, called the “Empress of the Blues.” Named one of the top 10 Off-Broadway experiences of the year by the New York Daily Times the show is written by Angelo Parra, and conceived and directed by Joe Brancato. It is a dramatization of the triumphant and turbulent life of a woman whose life was as large and as outrageous as her talent. Set in 1937 in Memphis, Bessie and her musicians have been turned away from performing at a “Whites-Only” theatre, but find a hospitable gin joint where Bessie recounts her incredible journey from an impoverished childhood in Chattanooga, to her fortuitous rise as a show-stopping singer. Laughter, pathos and music all come together to deliver an electric, entertaining and surprisingly touching evening in which Bessie sings signature songs such as “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” “St. Louis Blues,” “Baby Doll” and “T’ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do.” Others on stage include Gerard Gibbs, Anthony Nelson Jr., and James Hankins.
Ovation Award-Winning Celebration Theatre presents Charles Busch’s campy noir classic, DIE MOMMIE DIE!, starring the hilarious Drew Droege (Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, Chloe, Logo’s Cocktails & Classics) as aging Hollywood star Angela Arden. Trapped in a hateful marriage with sleazy film producer Sol and desperate to find happiness with her gorgeous young lover Tony, Angela murders her husband. But when her children, Edith and Lance, discover what she’s done, they decide to take revenge! Family secrets are revealed and you’ll never see the surprise twist coming. This Greek tragedy on acid is an over-the-top comedy of Gay Hollywood proportions. You won’t want to miss this rollicking good time!
Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is truly a love story for the ages. In a magical kingdom below the waves, we meet Ariel, a little mermaid who's tired of flipping her fins in her aquatic kingdom. She dreams of living in the fascinating world on dry land and will go to great lengths to get there -- like trading in her tail for human legs. Take an enchanting trip under the sea with everyone's favorite mermaid princess and her crabby sidekick, Sebastian, as they battle evil sea witch Ursula and win the heart of human prince Eric. With music by eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken, this production of the fishy fable at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
With a stunning score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the famed lyrics of Tim Rice, the inspiring true story of Eva Perón -- the controversial first lady of Argentina -- comes to vivid life on stage. Filled with showstoppers like "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," Evita follows a peasant girl as she uses her considerable smarts to rise from the slums of Argentina to become the wife of the President and a powerful advocate for the working class. The musical's haunting score fuses dramatic chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, to create an extraordinary theatrical portrait that burns as bright as Evita herself. Don't miss Musical Theatre West's production of this modern classic.