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The Lonesome West Aug 22 - Sep 15, 2019  
Little Fish Theatre The Lonesome West
 
This fiendishly funny story about a squabble between two brothers, restlessness, and plain old boredom, inspiring hilarious and thrilling homicidal behavior is directed by StageScene LA and Ovation Award-winner Stephanie Coltrin.
 
   
The Joy Luck Club Aug 23 - Oct 5, 2019  
Sierra Madre Playhouse The Joy Luck Club
 
The Joy Luck Club tells the story of four older Chinese-American women and their complex relationships with their American-born daughters. The play moves from China in the early 20th Century and San Francisco from the 1950s to the 1980s, as the eight women struggle across a seemingly unpassable chasm of culture, generation and expectations to find strength and happiness,
 
   
Beast on the Moon Aug 23 - Sep 8, 2019  
International City Theatre Beast on the Moon
 
Richard Kalinoski's haunting and poetic play about two immigrants who escape the Armenian genocide in Turkey to seek refuge in America. In 1921, an Armenian mail-order bride is shipped to Milwaukee to begin a new life with her photographer husband. As they struggle to define family amidst their grief and displacement, these kindred strangers find hope, healing, redemption and love. Winner of the American Theatre Critic’s Association Osborn Award and the Khorenatsi Medal, Armenia’s highest cultural award.
 
   
Silver Screen Sirens Aug 23  
El Cid Silver Screen Sirens
 
Live music, classic burlesque and all the glamour of the Silver Screen! Whether you are a fan of noir, comedies, romance or westerns, we’ve got a silver screen seductress for you! Join us for a trip back to the scandal and overindulgence of the 20’s and 30’s in the true city of sin- Hollywood! Join Babylon Cabaret for an evening of live music, vintage classics and original songs by Cathouse Red in our burlesque tribute to classic Hollywood and the sexy sins that built Tinsel Town! Babylon Cabaret features some of LA’s hottest performers in a uniquely vintage world of original live music, sultry singers, sexy burlesque dancers, hilarious hosts, fascinating magicians and other floor-show specialties.
 
   
The 2019 Paul Robeson Theatre Festival Aug 23 - Aug 25, 2019  
The Los Angeles Theatre Center The 2019 Paul Robeson Theatre Festival
 
The Robey Theatre Company, Los Angeles’ most-awarded African American theatre company, continues its 25th Anniversary celebration with its presentation of the Third Biennial Paul Robeson Theatre Festival. The Festival is named for its inspiration, the actor-singer-activist-humanitarian Paul Robeson (1898-1976). The Festival is curated by the Company’s Artistic Director, Ben Guillory.
 
   
The Fast and the Furious: A Musical Parody Aug 23  
The Hayworth The Fast and the Furious:  A Musical Parody
 
Come watch your favorite car-driving gang members battle their greatest foe yet — singing and dancing at the same time. In this unauthorized parody that is in no way connected to the very profitable Universal property, Dominic Toretto and his team (The Rock, Tyrese, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ludacris) do what they do best: commit crimes. And what they do second best: solve crimes. And what they do third best: harmonize. Join Dominic on an existential journey inward where he confronts life’s hard questions: What does it mean to be a good person? Does the rightness or wrongness of an action depend on its consequence, or whether it fulfills the categorical imperative? Why can’t you marry a car? With all original music and a new twist on the story, this part parody/part love-letter to THE BEST MOVIE FRANCHISE EVER is for both fans of the series and people who’ve never heard Vin Diesel say “family.” If you want to watch one of the films to prepare, we suggest ALL OF THEM *but actually the 8th movie, The Fate of the Furious.
 
   
Dear Yoko Aug 24  
Whitefire Theatre Dear Yoko
 
Her Asian mother and her white father divorce acrimoniously while she’s still a little girl. When the court awards her father sole custody of her younger sister, her mother Keiko flees with her two daughters to Tokyo, where she enrolls them in a Christian school. Anzu is beautiful, which Keiko recognizes. She enters Anzu in beauty contests, and Anzu lands a modeling contract at age 14. Anzu misses America and, as her teen years progress, she enters a world of wild parties and meets rock stars visiting Tokyo. She has some musical abilities and is encouraged to sing by Jon Anderson of the supergroup Yes. She records a #1 song on the Tokyo pop charts and becomes a big J-Pop teen star. Keiko attempts to keep her in Japan and reveals a shocking family secret (which won’t be revealed here; You’ll have to see the ahow). Fleeing to America, Anzu discovers her fame in Japan does not follow her here. She pursues acting and lands a leading role opposite Viggo Mortensen in the film American Yakuza. But this is a time when there are not many roles for Asian-American actresses, let alone leading roles. She sustains herself with a succession of jobs: waitress gigs, then a job as personal assistant to martial arts film star Steven Seagal. She exits after he attempts to take liberties with her. She becomes a masseuse to the stars, literally rubbing the shoulders of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest. She sings vocal tracks for the film scores of composer Hans Zimmer. Upon appearing in a television episode with Brad Garrett, he encourages her to try her hand at stand-up comedy. She continues to study acting, and her instructor, taking note of her exotic good looks, suggests that she portray Yoko Ono. Ono becomes a source of inspiration for Anzu. Ono is a multidisciplinary Asian artist who lived for years in New York. Once one of the most hated women in the world, Ono persevered to become an internationally acclaimed artist and humanitarian. Dear Yoko is the story of Anzu’s growth as a woman and an artist, in an odyssey that spans two continents and how she found in Yoko Ono an example of an extraordinary Asian woman of accomplishment who lives her life authentically.
 
   
ALL IN THE FAMILY Aug 24 - Aug 25, 2019  
Rubicon Theatre ALL IN THE FAMILY
 
In this special personal evening of music, the family trio interprets selections from the playlist of their unconventional artistic home, spanning Broadway classics, 60s pop hits, and original compositions. Videos, photos, and amusing anecdotes from their lives on and offstage make for a colorful evening, showcasing three voices that blend with an ease only families can achieve.
 
   
Life In Boobs Aug 24 - Dec 14, 2019  
Second City Life In Boobs
 
The new, comedic musical, Life In Boobs, honors the milestones of women’s lives from training bras to breast cancer through comedy and the power of all original songs. Through musical numbers, scenes and monologues, it highlights the true trials and tribulations of boobs everywhere. With Books & Lyrics by Casey Christensen (The Donkey Show_), Music by celebrity vocal coach Rachael Lawrence (_Grey’s Anatomy, Glee), Conceived by Jennifer Goodman. This show will make you laugh, cry, and laugh again. It’s a show for women and men and alike. Women from all walks of life will relate to these true stories and so will the men who love them.
 
   
A Thousand Clowns Aug 26  
Sierra Madre Playhouse A Thousand Clowns
 
Unconventional Murray is the uncle to precocious nephew, Nick. Tired of writing cheap comedy gags for "Chipper the Chipmunk", a children's television star, Murray finds himself unemployed with plenty of free time with which to pursue his...pursuits. Lectured by his conventional brother Arnold and hounded by "the system", Murray is paid a visit by bickering, uptight social workers, Sandra and Albert, and finds himself solving their problems as well as most of his own.
 
   
Einstein! Aug 27  
Santa Monica Playhouse Einstein!
 
Jack Fry’s award-winning Einstein! returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse after traveling across the country and Canada, winning acclaim from New York City to Edmonton. Albert comes back from the beyond to set the record straight and tell us the real history behind his scientific breakthrough. Set in 1914 Berlin, the solo play follows young Albert Einstein as he struggles to prove his General Theory of Relativity, while his personal life — new fatherhood, a wife who won’t agree to a divorce, failing health — and society crumble around him due to the Great War. Told with humor and heart, Einstein! draws on the recent release of 15,000 documents and Fry’s three years of research to show a side of the genius that’s rarely seen. VIP tickets include a personalized badge, early entry, your choice of seating, a meet-and-greet with the star after the show and a personalized autographed program. The show is recommend for ages 10 and older. There is no late seating and no intermission.
 
   
I'm Not A Comedian---I'm Lenny Bruce Aug 27 - Aug 29, 2019  
Theatre 68 I'm Not A Comedian---I'm Lenny Bruce
 
I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce ran for nine months off-Broadway and for an unprecedented 110 performances in Los Angeles, receiving enormous critical acclaim and dozens upon dozens of rave reviews. An LA Times’s Critic’s Choice, and winner of the One Man Solo-Performance of the Year from Digital Journal (2018) this look at the life and battles of the most groundbreaking and impactful comedian of all time, Lenny Bruce, not only draws from his many court battles championing the freedom of speech but also includes many of Bruce’s original comedic bits and insights from his own writings, masterfully woven together by the show’s creator and star, Ronnie Marmo and expertly directed by Tony Award-winning stage actor, film and television star, Joe Mantegna. Now with a burlesque feature by Pearls Daily, the Los Angeles-born blockbuster comes home for two special encore performances.
 
   
Beetlejuice Aug 28  
El Cid Beetlejuice
 
Before Tim Burton became a Disney slave he was churning out weird little hit after weird little hit. You don’t get much weirder than his 1988 comedy masterpiece, BEETLEJUICE, starring a rabid Michael Keaton, a hysterical Catherine O’Hara, a gothed out Winona Ryder, the late great Glenn Shadix and more! And what better way to honor this classic than with a drunken reading hosted by the inimitable Frank Dietz. THE RULES: Every time one of our readers flubs a line, forgets their place, gets distracted — THEY DRINK! HOW ARE YOU INVOLVED? The audience chooses a “social word” and any time that word is read in the script, EVERYONE DRINKS. Our fans on social media vote on their favorite line from the film. We draw one at random at the beginning of the show and when we reach that line — every reader finishes whatever is in their glass! If any of our readers don’t drink, we choose a DESIGNATED DRINKER from the audience to help them along.
 
   
Self-Injurious Behavior Aug 30 - Sep 28, 2019  
Theatre 68 Self-Injurious Behavior
 
Self-Injurious Behavior is based on playwright and star, Jessica Cavanagh’s own story of loss, love and survival in dealing with her son's autism diagnosis. When severely autistic, eleven-year-old Benjamin becomes a danger to himself, his divorced mother, Summer, makes the excruciating decision to admit him to a home for special needs kids. Seeking comfort, she visits her sisters in Portland who desperately and hilariously attempt to distract her with a weekend of escapism at the local renaissance faire. Plagued by haunting dreams of her son and memories of her marriage, she is forced to face the need to let go. Resonating across audience demographics thanks to the play's bittersweet and unique blend of honesty and humor, in telling her story, Jessica Cavanagh has captured a voice that speaks to the power within us all to not only cope with our own “unimaginables” but to continue to live, making this a story not only about autism and motherhood, but about the resilience of the human spirit.
 
   
John Leguizamo's Latin History For Morons Sep 5 - Oct 20, 2019  
Ahmanson Theatre John Leguizamo's Latin History For Morons
 
Endless critical and audience acclaim direct from Broadway. A sold-out run at The Public Theater. A record-breaking engagement at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Latin History for Morons, the most totally unique show of the season, reveals America’s unsung heroes, throughout past and present — all unforgettably told by Tony and Emmy Award® winner John Leguizamo, one of the most incisive, insightful, and entertaining personalities onstage today. Latin History for Morons is inspired by the near total absence of Latinos from his son’s American history books. John Leguizamo embarks on an outrageously funny, frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school history project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Pitbull into 110 irreverent and uncensored minutes above and beyond his unique style at the Ahmanson Theatre.
 
   
To Dad With Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen Sep 6 - Sep 22, 2019  
Theatre West To Dad With Love:  A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen
 
Multi-talented performer Kiki Ebsen honors her father, entertainer Buddy Ebsen, in a multi-media show, co-designed by Kiki and her brother Dustin Ebsen. The show highlights the icon’s seven decade career during the best days of stage, film, theater and television. From his earliest days as a New York song and dance man, Kiki takes the audience back in time as Buddy Ebsen starred in early films such as Captain January, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Banjo on my Knee and the Broadway Melody movies of 1936 and 1938. In addition Kiki will reflect on his television work in The Legend of Davy Crockett, The Beverly Hillbillies and Barnaby Jones. With heartfelt love from daughter to father, Kiki remembers her dad, singing beloved songs from Buddy’s film career, accompanied by premier jazz musicians Jeff Colella (piano), Granville “Danny” Young (bass), Kim Richmond (woodwinds) and Kendall Kay (drums).
 
   
Young Frankenstein: The Monstrously Funny Musical Sep 6 - Sep 21, 2019  
Whittier Center Theatre Young Frankenstein:  The Monstrously Funny Musical
 
From the zany mind of Mel Brooks, a now-classic movie comedy (based on a true classic of 30’s horror) makes its way to the stage. Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of monster reanimator Victor, struggles to live down the family reputation, but it isn’t to be. Summoned home to the family laboratory, and assisted by Igor, the lovely lab assistant Inga, and Frau Blucher, his grandfather’s housekeeper and main squeeze, he is soon caught up in the family business. A monster hit, WCT will be puttin’ on the show (and the Ritz), and you don’t want to miss one silly minute!
 
   
Othello Sep 6 - Sep 21, 2019  
Long Beach Playhouse Othello
 
In this tragic masterpiece by Shakespeare, Othello, a powerful Moorish general, elopes with the Venetian lady Desdemona, inciting his envious friend Iago to put into motion a scheme to end their nuptial happiness through the poison of false accusations, distrust, rage, and eventually murder. With powerful themes of love, jealously, race and toxic masculinity, the story of Othello is just as relevant to our culture today as when it was written over 400 years ago. Come experience the passion, terror, and pain inflicted on this exceptional marriage by politics, doubt and deep-seated betrayal.
 
   
A Play Is a Poem Sep 11 - Oct 13, 2019  
Mark Taper Forum A Play Is a Poem
 
If the audience laughs it was a comedy. If the audience nods with new understanding it was a drama. If the audience both laughs and nods but can’t say why it’s funny or what they’ve understood, it might be A Play Is a Poem, the new collection of one-acts by celebrated playwright and filmmaker Ethan Coen. The hillbilly hollows of Appalachia, the executive suites of Hollywood, a New York tenement apartment, a magnolia-scented gazebo in Natchez, Mississippi — each holds a different story. Together they make for an eccentric look at life across America as only Ethan Coen (or perhaps Sam Shepard or Mark Twain) could deliver.
 
   
Not a Genuine Black Man Sep 11 - Sep 18, 2019  
Stephanie Feury Studio (SFS) Theatre Not a Genuine Black Man
 
The longest-running solo play in San Francisco theater history and off-Broadway hit comes to L.A. for two special performances. In 1971, the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing called San Leandro, California “a racist bastion of white supremacy.” Newsweek and CBS covered the story. The US Commission on Civil Rights conducted hearings. And then, we moved to town." So begins Brian Copeland’s legendary tale of laughter tears and sociology. As a child, he was persecuted for being black. As an adult, he was persecuted for not being “black enough”. In this powerful show presented at the Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre in Los Angeles, Brian explores how our surroundings make us who we are.
 
   
On Beckett Sep 13 - Oct 27, 2019  
Kirk Douglas Theatre On Beckett
 
Bill Irwin has spent a lifetime haunted by Samuel Beckett’s language. In this intimate 90-minute evening, Irwin explores a performer’s relationship to Beckett, mining the physical and verbal skills acquired in his years as a master clown and Tony Award®-winning actor. Irwin’s approach to the comic, the tragic, to every side of Beckett’s work — including Waiting for Godot, Texts for Nothing, and more — allow audiences to experience the language in compelling new ways. Whether you’re encountering the Nobel Prize winner’s writing for the first time, or building on a body of Beckett knowledge, this dynamic showcase is not to be missed. Center Theatre Group is proud to present On Beckett, a new work by master clown, Tony Award-winning actor, and MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellow Bill Irwin. Critic’s Pick!
 
   
Mamma Mia! Sep 14 - Oct 20, 2019  
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Mamma Mia!
 
The unforgettable live musical spectacular Mamma Mia! has audiences coming back again and again to relive the feel-good story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and one unforgettable trip down the aisle. Young bride-to-be Sophie wants nothing more than to have her father at her wedding. But there's a small problem: She has no idea which of mom's three former boyfriends might be the guy. So Sophie invites them all to the festivities at her mother's Greek isle taverna, and mayhem ensues. The show's tale of enduring love and friendship features all the beloved hit songs by ABBA, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "The Winner Takes It All," "Take a Chance on Me" and of course, the tile tune. Don't miss Mamma Mia! when it comes to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.
 
   
Miss Lilly Gets Bond Sep 14 - Oct 28, 2019  
Electric Lodge Miss Lilly Gets Bond
 
Sex, faith, and violence are all part of this intricate package of connections in Miss Lilly Gets Boned. Bekah Brunstetter imaginatively explores the tenuous and permeable boundaries that separate our civilized side from our more animalistic one, and the ways that faith can limit or uplift humanity. While a captive elephant grows ever more anxious in chains, a virginal Sunday school teacher takes a big chance, by opening her heart to the dangers of love.
 
   
La Boheme Sep 14 - Oct 6, 2019  
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion La Boheme
 
For the first time in 25 years, our Bohemians have moved to a new address. Staged by theatrical dynamo Barrie Kosky, this new-to-L.A. production sweeps you into the bustling cafés and hidden corners of 19th-century Paris. Follow the triumphs and toils of a band of struggling young artists as they search for love, life and laughter against impossible odds. Is this the most romantic of all operas? We think so!
 
   
The Spanish Prayer Book Sep 17 - Nov 23, 2019  
The Road on Magnolia The Spanish Prayer Book
 
Moral dilemma, historical mystery, and matters of the heart converge when a committed atheist inherits a collection of rare and hauntingly beautiful illustrated Hebrew manuscripts, including a prayer book from fourteenth-century Spain, and discovers that the books, which bear witness to overlapping Jewish and Islamic traditions, were stolen some six-hundred years after their creation from a library in 1940s Berlin.
 
   
Little Shop of Horrors Sep 17 - Oct 20, 2019  
Pasadena Playhouse Little Shop of Horrors
 
The classic boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story comes to one of the most prolific American theaters, Pasadena Playhouse. The twisted humor and catchy pop-rock score of Little Shop of Horrors capture a new audience, and Audrey II can’t wait to feed on their… applause. Yes, just their applause.
 
   
Treya's Last Dance Sep 18 - Oct 23, 2019  
Hudson Theatre Treya's Last Dance
 
Bolshy, whip-smart and with backchat to spare, Treya's living it up in London! Turns out it takes more than words to heal some wounds. Funny, messy, beautiful . . . it's life as we know it, on stage. Raucously funny and heartbreakingly tender, Treya's Last Dance is a modern-day exploration of grief, fractured pasts and hopeful futures. Award-winning Actress/Playwright Shyam Bhatt returns with her critically acclaimed one-act, one-person play. At heart, it’s a bittersweet story about the universal themes of grief, identity and sexuality, taken on with humor and poignancy.
 
   
The Surveillance Trilogy Sep 19 - Oct 13, 2019  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre The Surveillance Trilogy
 
In 1953 Los Angeles, a couple returns home to discover they are being spied upon by government informants. 2017 Havana, a doctor and his patient grapple with the debilitating effects of espionage that have nearly shuttered the U.S. Embassy. 2019 Encino, a screenwriter discovers her artificial intelligence assistant is listening in with an agenda all its own. This play reveals the past and present ways our relationships, our electronic devices, and our very lives can be spied upon — and turned against us.
 
   
Grumpy Old Men: The Musical Sep 20 - Oct 13, 2019  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Grumpy Old Men: The Musical
 
Fasten your seat belt, it’s going to be a grumpy ride! TV legend & Tony winner Hal Linden, the beloved Cathy Rigby and Broadway’s Ken Page star in this new musical-comedy based on the classic 1993 film. Two aging neighbors, Max and John, have been feuding for more than 50 years until the beautiful and charming Ariel moves in across the street - raising the rivalry to new heights. Don’t miss this laugh-out-loud story of family, friendship, love and romance in a fresh new musical that’s guaranteed to delight!
 
   
Last Swallows Sep 20 - Oct 20, 2019  
The Actors Company Last Swallows
 
Elizabeth is convinced her husband Robert is at death’s door, and she’s determined to get the whole brood together for a final family holiday, quickly, before his bird has flown. Of course, all three kids and their spouses have their own lives, agendas and emergencies, but a few obstacles won’t stop Elizabeth. Some people will do anything to defend their nest. Last Swallows shows how even families who love one another can be amazingly dysfunctional. As the saying goes, ‘You can pick your spouse but not their family.’ The play is foremost a comedy about a family squabbling relentlessly about every little thing but also a drama about how life can take painful and unexpected turns.
 
   
Quick Sand Sep 21  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center Quick Sand
 
The actress, comedian, singer and radio talk-show host Sandra Bernhard tells it like it is — riffing on politics, family, entertainment and everything in-between. Bernhard’s hilarious new show, Quick Sand, is a mélange of musings, music, and whimsy, “never boring, j’adoring,” is her motto. Covering the outrageous, quotidian, and glamorous, Sandy is “a brief respite from the endless madness of the ever more stressful news of the world.” (Time Out NY). Backed by the Sandyland Squad Band.
 
   
The Drowsy Chaperone Sep 21 - Oct 13, 2019  
Morgan-Wixson Theatre The Drowsy Chaperone
 
With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.
 
   
Gem of the Ocean Sep 22 - Nov 16, 2019  
A Noise Within Gem of the Ocean
 
Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson unfolds the African American legacy in the first chronological episode of his celebrated American Century Cycle—a soaring, mystical tale of a man desperate for redemption in 1904 Pittsburgh. Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old “soul cleanser,” sends him on a spiritual journey that dissects the nature of freedom amidst oppression and spurs him to take up the mantle of justice.
 
   
Blue Man Group Sep 24 - Oct 6, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Created by Jenny Koons, Speechless combines all of Blue Man Group's iconic charm including dazzling light shows, gallons of fluorescent paint (the first couple of rows are a splash zone for a reason) and a thunderous dose of drumming, with brand new moments. Expect innovative compositions played on invented instruments, large scale audience participation and much much more. Oh, and this madness is all built around three blue-painted lovable weirdos. They may be mute but they speak the universal language of amazement!
 
   
Living a Why Not Life Sep 26 - Sep 29, 2019  
The Colony Theatre Living a Why Not Life
 
The Lion King’s Tonoccus McClain takes the audience on a self-reflecting musical journey through his influences of musical theatre, jazz, pop, gospel, and other surprises. McClain has been seen hosting FOX Family's California Summer Countdown, reporting on Channel One News, performing in Beauty and the Beast live at the Hollywood Bowl, touring in The Lion King as well as being featured in LA Opera's Porgy and Bess and in the LA Master Chorale for almost a decade. He can be heard singing on over 40 television and film soundtracks and commercials including The Lion Guard theme song, Glee, The Good Wife, Once Upon A Time, King Kong, Avatar, A Wrinkle in Time, Smallfoot, and the 2019 live-action film The Lion King.
 
   
Murder Mystery Dinner Sep 27  
El Cid Murder Mystery Dinner
 
You’re minding your own business, enjoying cocktails in a fine dining establishment, when a diabolical murder occurs! A detective appears on the scene and starts asking questions. You’re part a crime scene and a prime suspect in a Sharpo! Murder Mystery, and only you can clear your name. Watch closely as the mystery plot unfolds over a tantalizing three course dinner followed by a yummy dessert. If you can solve the close and help solve the mystery, you could win the grand prize. If not… well, enjoy jail.
 
   
Cabaret Oct 2 - Oct 3, 2019  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center Cabaret
 
Enjoy an evening of cabaret at Club Carpenter, the Carpenter Center’s most intimate performance experience, with table seating on the stage less than 40 feet from the artist. These special shows feature a rotating selection of cabaret, jazz and Broadway talent.
 
   
The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful Oct 4 - Nov 10, 2019  
Actors Co-op Theatre The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful
 
Enter into the longer nights of autumn with The Mystery of Irma Vep, a hilarious fright fest, complete with a cast of monsters and an Egyptian princess. This two-actor, multi-character show will spellbind audiences with its nod to the classic Gothic melodramas and early fright flicks of the ’30s and ’40s.
 
   
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit Oct 5 - Mar 22, 2020  
Theatre West The Adventures of Peter Rabbit
 
Storybook Theatre's version of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale is hopping into Theatre West this Fall. As always at Storybook, there will be plenty of audience participation and singing and dancing. You can even expect audience members to join in a special version of “The Bunny Hop.” This funny version is specifically created to appeal to children and the whole family.
 
   
Anastasia Oct 8 - Oct 27, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Anastasia
 
From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, ANASTASIA is a dazzling new show that transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
 
   
Talking To Myself Oct 10 - Oct 13, 2019  
The Colony Theatre Talking To Myself
 
Talking to Myself, in which renowned voice actor James Arnold Taylor combines state-of-the-art multimedia images and sound in a live theatre setting. Taylor recreates scenes from some of Hollywood's biggest films along with the voices of his many animated characters including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Fred Flintstone, Johnny Test, and more. Using only creative imagery and his voice, Taylor explains what a voice actor does and how he does it. The performance includes over 200 voices, 125 of them in a tour-de-force finale. The Colony engagement will include brand new, never-before-seen or performed material. This show both inspires and entertains.
 
   
Oliverio: A Brazilian Twist Oct 12 - Oct 27, 2019  
Lewis Family Playhouse at Vicotria Gardens Cultural Center Oliverio: A Brazilian Twist
 
OLIVÉRio is a joyful musical retelling of Oliver Twist set in modern-day Rio de Janeiro, with book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías and music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. In this version Oliver is now “Oli”, an innocent but smart girl who changes all the lives around her. The show’s score will be performed by a live Brazilian band.
 
   
The Light in the Piazza Oct 12 - Oct 20, 2019  
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion The Light in the Piazza
 
The scene is set: Florence, summer 1953. American Margaret Johnson (Renée Fleming) and her daughter Clara (Dove Cameron) take in the wonder and awe of Florence. A fateful gust of wind whisks Clara’s hat into the hand of a local dreamer… and it’s love at first sight. But Clara isn’t quite what she appears, and soon they must all confront a secret kept in the shadows for far too long. Renée Fleming and Dove Cameron star in Adam Guettel’s enchanting Broadway musical, which won six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations.
 
   
Buried Child Oct 13 - Nov 23, 2019  
A Noise Within Buried Child
 
Set in America’s heartland, Sam Shepard’s powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning play details, with shocking hilarity, the disintegration of the American Dream. When 22-year-old Vince unexpectedly shows up at the family farm with his girlfriend Shelley, no one recognizes him. So begins the unraveling of dark secrets. A surprisingly funny look at disillusionment and morality, Shepard’s masterpiece is the family reunion no one anticipated.
 
   
Music Man Oct 18 - Oct 27, 2019  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Music Man
 
This beloved Meredith Willson musical with Broadway’s Adam Pascal starring as fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill is very special to 5-Star. It is the first show they produced in the Kavli in 1994 and heading into the 25th Anniversary they are bringing back this audience favorite. In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and running for 1,375 performances. 5-Star’s production is going to be a bang-beat, bell-ringin’ smash packed with brassy favorites like “76 Trombones,” “Well Fargo Wagon,” “Ya Got Trouble,” “Shipoopi” and the beautiful ballads “Till There Was You” and “Goodnight My Someone.”
 
   
The New One Oct 23 - Nov 24, 2019  
Ahmanson Theatre The New One
 
Mike Birbiglia has a new one. It’s called The New One. He’s made you laugh in Sleepwalk With Me (it was a play presented by Nathan Lane, then a movie, THEN a book), My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, and Thank God for Jokes. (He was also really funny in that one season of Orange Is the New Black. And in Billions. And Broad City.) Now he’s at the Ahmanson telling a new story in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Lin-Manuel Miranda called The New One “as perfect a night as you’re gonna get.” Do not miss The New One. Some people say it’s his best one. (It was John Mulaney. Also Vogue.)
 
   
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Nov 5 - Nov 24, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
 
She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn't know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMER MUSICAL's classic hits including "Love to Love You Baby," "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff," this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.
 
   
Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends LIVE Nov 9  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Rob Lowe:  Stories I Only Tell My Friends LIVE
 
Inspired by the success of his two New York Times best-selling memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life, Rob has created an all-new peek behind the curtain at Hollywood, fame, fatherhood and marriage. From the Brat Pack to The West Wing to Parks and Rec and beyond, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: LIVE! at Thousand Oaks’ Fred Kavli Theatre is packed with witty fun and one of a kind insights spanning an iconic four-decade career.
 
   
Chico's Angels: Chicas in Space Nov 21 - Nov 24, 2019  
The Colony Theatre Chico's Angels:  Chicas in Space
 
Chico's Angels: Chicas in Space, a live comedy production that parodies the 1976–1981 television series Charlie’s Angels. In their newest case, a one-hour space oddity, Kay Sedia (Oscar Quintero), Chita Parol (Ray Garcia), and Frieda Laye (Danny Casillas) head to Florida for a well-earned vacation where they are accidentally launched into space and encounter an Evil Princess who plans to destroy the planet. Will the Angels have the space skills needed to save the world or will the bean burrito Kay had for lunch be the end of all of them? Join Chico's Angels as they take the audience on the best space voyage ever in cha-cha pumps!
 
   
Jitney Nov 22 - Dec 8, 2019  
Mark Taper Forum Jitney
 
In 2017, Jitney became the final play in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s masterful The American Century Cycle to be seen on Broadway. Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured play follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city of Pittsburgh threatens to board up the business and the boss’ son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed, and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last. Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Lackawanna Blues), one of Wilson’s finest interpreters, this acclaimed production of Jitney received six Tony nominations, winning Best Revival of a Play, and winning the 2017 Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Play.
 
   
Swan Lake Dec 3 - Dec 15, 2019  
Ahmanson Theatre Swan Lake
 
Retaining the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (sets and costumes) and Paule Constable (lighting) will create an exciting reimagining of the classic New Adventures production. Thrilling, audacious, witty, and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down, and took the dance world by storm. Collecting over 30 international accolades including an Olivier Award in the UK and three Tonys on Broadway, Matthew Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.
 
   
Frozen Dec 4 - Feb 2, 2020  
Pantages Theatre Frozen
 
A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they'll learn that to find it they'll have to look inside themselves first.
 
   
Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirates' Christmas Dec 4 - Dec 29, 2019  
Laguna Playhouse Peter Pan and Tinker Bell:  A Pirates' Christmas
 
PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL: A PIRATES’ CHRISTMAS is a singing, swashbuckling adventure performed in the high-flying style of a British holiday Panto. Take off on a wild quest with Tinker Bell, Wendy and Peter Pan as they try to put a stop to the plot of some dastardly pirates who plan to kidnap Peter as a present to Captain Hook. Filled with big laughs, magic, dancers and contemporary songs by everyone from Taylor Swift to The Bee Gees, this family show has a little bit of something for everyone.
 
   
Finding Neverland Jan 16 - Jan 19, 2020  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Finding Neverland
 
Based on the Academy Award winning Miramax motion picture by the same name, FINDING NEVERLAND follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer - and the man - he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he's been missing when he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael and Peter. Delighted by the boys' hilarious escapades, Barrie conjures the magical world of Neverland and writes a play unlike any the high-society London theatergoers have ever seen. It's a tremendous risk, but as Barrie himself has discovered- when you believe, you can fly.
 
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Jan 19 - Jan 20, 2020  
Fox Performing Arts Center Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
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.
 
   
Until The Flood Jan 24 - Feb 23, 2020  
Kirk Douglas Theatre Until The Flood
 
Pulitzer Prize finalist and celebrated performer Dael Orlandersmith (Forever) explores the social uprising in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Pulling from her extensive interviews with Missouri residents, Orlandersmith crafts a stunning theatrical experience that must be seen. The Chicago Tribune called it “palpably compassionate” and raved that it “achieves a great beauty by bringing us together rather than driving us apart.”
 
   
Escape to Margaritaville Feb 18 - Mar 8, 2020  
Dolby Theatre Escape to Margaritaville
 
Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a tropical island resort and its part-time bartender, part-time singer and full time charmer who thinks he's got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.
 
   
Spongebob Squarepants Mar 24 - Apr 12, 2020  
Dolby Theatre Spongebob Squarepants
 
The story follows Spongebob on a quest to save Bikini Bottom from complete and utter destruction from mysterious forces from the world above. When chaos erupts, their lives hang in the very balance - all until an unlikely hero rises to the challenge to save the day - with a little help of his friends.
 
   
Once On This Island Apr 7 - May 10, 2020  
Ahmanson Theatre Once On This Island
 
Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. The groundbreaking vision of two-time Tony Award nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown (NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live) conjures up "a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!" (The Huffington Post). With a score that bursts with life from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Anastasia and Ragtime, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a timeless testament to theater's unlimited possibilities.
 
   
Jersey Boys Apr 21  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Jersey Boys
 
"Oh, What a Night" you'll have at this show that takes you behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The Tony- and Grammy-winning true-life musical phenomenon Jersey Boys follows the rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four guys from Jersey who work their way up from the streets of Newark to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, selling 175 million records worldwide before the age of 30. Although Valli and his cohorts -- Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi -- are famed for their legendary harmonies, things didn't always go so smoothly between them off the stage. Sing, hum, rock and reminisce to the groundbreaking group's hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
 
   
Mean Girls Apr 28 - Jun 7, 2020  
Dolby Theatre Mean Girls
 
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns the hard way that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
 
   
An American In Paris May 7 - May 10, 2020  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza An American In Paris
 
Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS brings this classic tale to the stage for the first time with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, a book by Craig Lucas and direction and Tony-winning choreography by Christopher Wheeldon. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards. The hit musical has also won four Drama Desk Awards and four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards and two Theatre World Awards.
 
   
My Fair Lady Jun 12 - Jul 5, 2020  
Dolby Theatre My Fair Lady
 
Boasting such classic songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" and "On the Street Where You Live," MY FAIR LADY tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a "proper lady." But who is really being transformed?
 
   
The Band's Visit Jul 7 - Jul 26, 2020  
Dolby Theatre The Band's Visit
 
The Band's Visit is about a meeting of two groups of strangers, brought together by a simple mishap. Instead of ending up in the bustling city of Petah Tikva in Israel, an Egyptian police band accidentally end up in the small, isolated town of the similarly-pronounced Bet Hatikva and are taken in by the locals for one night. Although the setting is the catalyst for David Yazbek's beautiful, Middle Eastern-infused score, you could pick this story up and place it in any isolated town or village anywhere in the world. It is this universal aspect to the story that audiences are connecting to. A small, "unimportant" story is speaking volumes about humanity and how we can form bonds with those we usually wouldn't encounter in our regular lives. How do we overcome our loneliness? How do we re-connect with our estranged loved ones?