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Jane Austen Unscripted Dec 14 - Dec 23, 2018  
The Broad Stage Jane Austen Unscripted
 
The comedy-minded, think-on-your-feet masters of Impro Theatre turn their satirical sights to the works of Jane Austen in this spontaneous take on the author's love-struck girls, brooding noblemen and charming lads. Austen wrote only six novels, but they are some of the most beloved tales of love, misunderstanding, wit, wisdom, passion and betrayal ever told. Jane Austen Unscripted finds Impro Theatre's ensemble working from audience suggestions to create a new and different Austen-inspired play every night. Impro Theatre has had successful runs of its ad-libbed show in Los Angeles and San Francisco and are bringing it back this holiday season for a smash revival at The Broad Stage. For the full experience, come in costume and swap laughs with fellow Austen-heads.
 
   
King of the Globe: memoirs on a Skewer Dec 14 - Dec 15, 2018  
Highways Performance Space and Gallery King of the Globe:  memoirs on a Skewer
 
A tyrannical, self-proclaimed king marvels at his greatest triumph, a large, fork-impaled globe. In King of the Globe: Memoirs on a Skewer, a series of plays within the play reveal the cyclic nature of insatiable avarice and thirsts for power, as well as the futility of it all. To preserve his legacy for all time, the unnamed king recounts his personal tales to his servant who must record each detail precisely under the threat of being skewered and slow-roasted over the king’s fire-pit. So that his memoirs will be conveyed with upmost accuracy, the king reenacts his entire journey that lead to his conquest of the globe, bringing his past to life to reaffirm that his suffering, persistence, and industriousness make him a deserving ruler. Hand-crafted masks bring the myriad of eccentric, absurd characters to life.
 
   
Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce Dec 14 - Dec 15, 2018  
Under the Big White Top Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce
 
Hot on the very high heels of his hugely successful epic extravaganza, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, the incomparable Taylor Mac is back with the ultimate holiday survival guide. Joined by longtime collaborators Machine Dazzle, Matt Ray and a band of musicians and special guests, Taylor celebrates the holidays in all their glorious dysfunction with unique renditions of the songs we love and the holidays we hate in Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce at Royce Hall at UCLA.
 
   
Here's Johnny Dec 15  
Theatre West Here's Johnny
 
This Portraits of Humanity production by Theatre West follows a Colorado boy whose first job was as a ranch hand, and then became a newspaper reporter, then found himself working as an engineer in California ... and now suddenly, he’s singing opera. See the one-person show Here's Johnny on stage in Hollywood
 
   
Plaid Tidings Dec 15 - Dec 30, 2018  
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Plaid Tidings
 
Celebrate the season with the return of Sparky, Jinx, Smudge and Frankie in Plaid Tidings, the holiday-themed sequel to the musical hit Forever Plaid. Thanks to a heavenly phone call from Rosemary Clooney, the four Plaid men return to harmonize on songs from the 1930s, '40s and '50s in their own hilarious tribute to the classic Christmas specials of Ed Sullivan. Packed with nostalgic holiday standards like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Dreidel Song" and "Mele Kalikimaka," you can enjoy this holiday treat at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.
 
   
Desperately Seeking Sunday Dec 16 - Dec 30, 2018  
The Groundlings Theatre Desperately Seeking Sunday
 
The Groundlings Sunday Company puts forth new sketches every week in its hilarious show Desperately Seeking Sunday. It's a fun cast brimming with new talent from the top level of L.A.'s Groundlings School.
 
   
Beauty And The Beast: A Christmas Rose Dec 20 - Dec 28, 2018  
Lankershim Arts Center Beauty And The Beast:  A Christmas Rose
 
This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences. In this interactive experience, the audience is encouraged to CHEER for Belle, BOO for Gus and sing along with popular songs such as the Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive,” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” and Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.” Directed by Tony-nominated Sheldon Epps, and choreographed by “La La Land’s” Mandy Moore, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE is sure to delight children of all ages!
 
   
Einstein! Dec 20  
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 8x10 picture. The show is recommend for ages 10 and older.
 
   
A Little New Music Dec 20  
VS. Theatre Company A Little New Music
 
A Little New Music is the most innovative 90 minutes of new and unheard musical theatre material in Los Angeles. Whether a premiere from an established writer, or an undiscovered tune from a promising up-and-comer, our mission is to showcase these talents with a program that keeps your finger on the pulse of the musical theatre scene. Since 2013, A Little New Music has introduced an impressive array of over 200 songs by over 125 writing teams, including Academy and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, LA LA LAND, DEAR EVAN HANSEN) and Tony Award nominees Sankoff & Hein (COME FROM AWAY). LA Weekly claims, “A Little New Music is bringing the best of new musical theatre to LA, one song at a time.”
 
   
All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 Dec 22  
The Broad Stage All is Calm:  The Christmas Truce of 1914
 
All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 recounts an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas together, sharing food and drink, playing soccer, singing carols and burying each other’s dead. In some places along the Western Front the truce lasted a single night, and in others it endured until New Year’s Day. This dramatic re-telling at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica weaves together firsthand accounts by 30 World War I soldiers with music including patriotic tunes, trench songs and Christmas carols.
 
   
Shahrooz Mystere Dec 22  
Warner Grand Theatre Shahrooz Mystere
 
What Cirque du Soleil did for the circus, Shahrooz Mystere does for magic. Comedy, dance and illusions blend seamlessly into a stylish, modern take on the art of magic. From aerialists to comedians, teleportation to levitation, the show is kaleidoscopic entertainment. Marvel as the talented performers wield fanciful props, dazzle in lavish costumes and, of course, work their finely honed craft to create the kind of jaw-dropping spectacle you might expect in Vegas. Now you can experience this new era of magic at Los Angeles’ Warner Grand Theatre.
 
   
The King and I Dec 27 - Dec 30, 2018  
Pantages Theatre The King and I
 
Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. THE KING AND I has sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lights by Donald Holder (all three nominated for 2015 Tony Awards); sound by Scott Lehrer (2015 Drama Desk Award nomination); and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. THE KING AND I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
 
   
The Annual One Time Only New Year's Eve 2018 Musical Revue Dec 31  
Santa Monica Playhouse The Annual One Time Only New Year's Eve 2018 Musical Revue
 
Ushering in 2019, internationally acclaimed, award-winning Actors' Repertory Theatre presents the Playhouse New Year's Eve extravaganza for 2018 - "THE ANNUAL ALL-NEW ONE-TIME-ONLY NEW YEAR'S EVE MUSICAL REVUE!" - for two performances on Monday, December 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm & 9:30 pm. In addition to the on-stage merriment, this Playhouse annual favorite New Year's Eve show offers a complimentary buffet, champagne, sparkling cider, hats, noisemakers, favors, special prizes and surprises all included in the price of admission, making it arguably the best New Year's celebration in town. Both showings are family-friendly, for those who'd like to celebrate with the grandkids and grandparents. It's a not-to-be-missed New Year's Eve bash!
 
   
A Misunderstanding Jan 2 - Feb 3, 2019  
The Complex A Misunderstanding
 
A Misunderstanding — Leave all your preconceived notions at the door: this play is sure to turn them inside out. Elina de Santos directs a playful play of ideas by Matt Chait (Disinherit the Wind) that challenges our understanding of reality while asking the question, “Can two people fundamentally disagree and continue to love one another?”
 
   
The Wizard of Oz Jan 5 - Jan 13, 2019  
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center The Wizard of Oz
 
Head down the yellow brick road with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, too, in Encore's adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, starring a cast of kids and adults ages 6 and up at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Based on the classic screenplay and featuring music from the Oscar-winning movie, this is the beloved story of the girl who wakes up in a strange land filled with witches and wizards, munchkins and flying monkeys -- and befriends a lion, a tin man and a scarecrow in her quest to find her way back home. The unforgettable score includes all-time favorites like "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard" and "If I Only Had a Brain."
 
   
Forever Brooklyn Jan 5 - Feb 9, 2019  
Whitefire Theatre Forever Brooklyn
 
Sounds like a dream, no? Well, not quite. His family doesn’t want him to leave Brooklyn. Also, he’s been pressed into service, against his will, as a bagman for the Mob that’s been ruling Brooklyn with an iron fist. The Mob doesn’t want Mel to leave Brooklyn behind. If he does, there will be a price to be paid. And, oh yes: Along the way, he falls in love. What does Mel do? Forever Brooklyn is a show for everyone who misses Brooklyn or New York (and there are thousands of people transplanted to L.A. from the East Coast who fit that description) , or for anyone living in L.A. who came from somewhere else and somehow just can’t forget the place they once called home.
 
   
Bat Out of Hell Jan 8 - Jan 20, 2019  
Ahmanson Theatre Bat Out of Hell
 
Experience the thrill of London's most spectacular musical as Bat Out of Hell (Winner of Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards) brings to life the legendary anthems of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf, in a critically acclaimed production that combines the magic of a musical, with the immense energy of rock 'n' roll. Join Strat, the forever young leader of rebellious gang 'The Lost', as he falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian. Featuring Meat Loaf's iconic hits including "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)", "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" and "Paradise By The Dashboard Light," "this is a musical production like no other" (The Upcoming). Score tickets with this pre-sale offer, and see it live at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
 
   
Linda Vista Jan 9 - Jan 20, 2019  
Mark Taper Forum Linda Vista
 
Wheeler just turned 50. His marriage is over, his job is mundane, and the best years of his life appear to be behind him. A move from the cot in his ex-wife's garage to his own apartment opens up new possibilities for love and sex -- complicated, painful and hilarious. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be in this major new play from the writer of August: Osage County. In this Steppenwolf Theatre Company production, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tracy Letts delivers a "male midlife crisis tragicomedy of epic proportions" (Chicago Sun Times) in this "smart, very funny, hugely entertaining play" (Daily Herald) that resonates with a new sense of sobriety in the wake of #MeToo. Coming to the stage in 2019 at the Mark Taper Forum.
 
   
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Third Coast Percussion Jan 10 - Jan 11, 2019  
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Third Coast Percussion
 
Now in its 41st season, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago keeps on the cutting edge with its latest full-length production, a collaboration between the Grammy-winning Third Coast Percussion and a couple of the hottest choreographers on the scene today -- Movement Art Is and Emma Portner, famed for her imaginative viral dance videos. The original score is by produced by Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange) and performed live on stage by Third Coast at The Wallis' Bram Goldsmith Theater in Beverly Hills.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Jan 11 - Mar 3, 2019  
Cupcake Theater Mamma Mia!
 
The worldwide hit that's so far spawned two movies and a Cher album, Mamma Mia! tells the 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 title tune. Experience all the fun and excitement of Mamma Mia! at the Cupcake Theater in NoHo.
 
   
1976 Jan 11 - Feb 3, 2019  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts 1976
 
If Hamilton's mix of hummable tunes and fascinating history has left you itching to learn more about our nation's founding, then this Tony-winning Revolutionary musical drama just might be the ticket. 1776 takes you behind the scenes of the historic signing of the Declaration of Independence, as John Adams tried to persuade his fellow forefathers to vote for freedom from British rule. Also making appearances are colonial superstars like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock and Abigail Adams, along with a variety of crabby drunks, befuddled secretaries and assorted sycophants who also populate the proceedings. Pairing a funny, insightful story with a striking score, 1776 is a triumphant celebration of the American spirit that'll stir romance, comedy and conflict into a musical melting pot at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
 
   
Independence, The True Story of Dr. Mary Walker Jan 12  
Theatre West Independence, The True Story of Dr. Mary Walker
 
Her ordeal as a prisoner of war had lifelong ramifications for her physical well-being, but she did not slow down. If anything, she overcompensated and became busier than ever. A militant believer in the equivalency of men and women, this extended to her appearance: she attired herself in “reform dress,” a skirt over trousers, which she wore for comfort and freedom of movement. She was a feminist before the term was coined. Her personal challenges included a philandering husband, sexism from dismissive men, and resentment from women who saw her as competitive. Her life was full of dramatic possibilities, and it is finally the subject of a solo play, Independence, The True Story of Dr. Mary Walker. Suggested for audiences age 10 to Adult.
 
   
Show Up, Kids! Jan 12 - Jan 20, 2019  
The Complex Show Up, Kids!
 
This entirely unique, improvised, family show for kids 3-10 years old puts a comedic twist on the traditional kids’ show. When the main attraction doesn’t show up, Pete enlists the kids to help create a show from set to sound, plot to props, and costumes to characters. What could possibly go wrong?
 
   
It Is Done Jan 17 - Feb 19, 2019  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre It Is Done
 
Hank’s Bar is a roadside joint on a desolate highway in the middle of nowhere. Hank the barkeep (played by Kurtis Bedford) passes the time when he has no customers by perusing a porn mag while pleasuring himself. He likes the bar’s isolated location: It keeps him away from his ex-wife and kids. But Hank does have one customer this evening: Jonas (George Villas), a drifter who wants to drink, not chat. Jonas has been haunted by troubling dreams. He travels from place to place to escape his past. Into the bar strides Ruby (Kate Whitney), a sexy woman who informs them that her car has broken down nearby. Can she use the phone to call the auto club? A howling dust storm outside suggests that the three are going to remain at the bar for a while. A mysterious traveler, a horny barkeep, a sensuous woman trapped in a dive bar with an abundant supply of bourbon. Anything could happen. WFor ages 16 to Adult. Adult content, a little rough language. Leave the kids at home.hatever happens, one thing is certain: There will be hell to pay.
 
   
Death House at The Road on Lankershim Jan 18 - Mar 10, 2019  
Lankershim Arts Center Death House at The Road on Lankershim
 
On the night a death-house chaplain must hand over the reigns to the confident young pastor set to replace him, the men encounter an enigmatic inmate who challenges their convictions and changes their lives forever. Death House is a startling new piece of theatre that explores justice, redemption, and the possibility that we’re all more connected than we may want to admit.
 
   
The 39 Steps Jan 19 - Feb 10, 2019  
Morgan-Wixson Theatre The 39 Steps
 
This clever comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns a cast of just four actors into more than 150 zany characters with a mix of film noir panache, spy novel thrills and more than a touch of Monty Python-esque absurdity. The two-time winner of both Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit about a man accused of a murder he didn't commit, who flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures, as well as an unlikely love connection. Brace yourself for an onstage plane crash, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance in this production of The 39 Steps at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica.
 
   
Aleichem Sholom Jan 19 - Feb 17, 2019  
Santa Monica Playhouse Aleichem Sholom
 
Take a journey through the life, loves and laughter of the world's most beloved Yiddish humorist, as you're treated to an in-depth look at the foolish philosophers, philosophical fools, comical shtetl folk and not-so-comical scoundrels that populated Sholom Aleichem's real and fantasy worlds. This bold and bittersweet, raucous and romantic musical comedy celebrates the great man's 102nd Yahrzeit, journeying through his loves and losses, the controversy surrounding his stories and plays, his fame and his failures. The new musical -- the fifth in the Playhouse Sholom Aleichem quintilogy -- stars veteran performer Chris DeCarlo, who once again takes on the role of the beloved author. Catch Aleichem Sholom! at The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse.
 
   
Hir Jan 19 - Mar 17, 2019  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Hir
 
Hir — Bart DeLorenzo directs this darkly funny, shockingly absurd and endlessly surprising vision of a world in transition by MacArthur genius Taylor Mac. Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from Afghanistan with a dishonorable discharge, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage to Isaac’s father by his debilitating stroke, and with Max, Isaac's newly out transgender sibling, as her ally, Paige is on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. “Top Ten Best Theater of 2015… Perhaps no play this year inspired a greater sense of awe than Taylor Mac’s audacious dive into the dysfunctional-family playpen of American theater.” — The New York Times
 
   
Etta Mae Mumphries, And The Rest Is History Jan 20  
Theatre West Etta Mae Mumphries, And The Rest Is History
 
Nobody tells stories like Etta Mae Mumphries. And nobody has met and influenced so many important people. You may not have heard of Etta Mae, but surely you know of Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr., and the list goes on and on. Known sometimes as the “Geriatric Forrest Gump,” Miss Etta Mae is a font of biblical wisdom and encourager extraordinaire. Meet Karen Bankhead's theatrical creation at Hollywood's Theatre West.
 
   
Rod Serling's Stories from the Zone Jan 21 - Feb 17, 2019  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre  Rod Serling's Stories from the Zone
 
Rod Serling’s Stories from the Zone consists of stage adaptations of two classic episodes of his best-loved TV series.
 
   
An Inspector Calls Jan 22 - Feb 10, 2019  
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts An Inspector Calls
 
When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. Director Stephen Daldry (The Crown) returns to his landmark 1992 production An Inspector Calls, which was hailed as the theatrical event of its generation, winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards. More relevant now than ever, this is a must-see for a whole new generation of theatergoer.
 
   
Peter Pan Jan 24 - Feb 3, 2019  
Warner Grand Theatre Peter Pan
 
The beautiful 1920s art deco Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro plays host to Encore's production of Peter Pan, starring kids and adults ages 4 and older. Join the boy who never wants to grow up, along with his pals the Lost Boys and the mischievous fairy Tinkerbell, as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime and try to save Wendy, John and Michael from the menacing pirate Captain Hook. Based on the Cathy Rigby stage production, there's lots of high-flying fun to be had with Peter and his crew.
 
   
The P.O.W. Jan 25 - Feb 16, 2019  
The Space Theatre The P.O.W.
 
It’s the 1980s in Britain. Sarah, a college student, lives with her grandfather, John (Johnny) Harris, after the sudden death of her mother. John was a prisoner of war in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. Several decades later, he openly manifests classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, including flashbacks and petty to explosive outbursts directed at his granddaughter. This in turn, has a negative impact on Sarah’s well-being. Meanwhile, Sarah meets a sweet, sincere young man named Paul and a budding romance ensues. When she discovers that Paul’s life also is far from perfect, it emerges that she may have found a kindred spirit in Paul. Torn between familial duty and a chance at love and happiness, can Sarah’s new relationship with Paul survive? Can John ever overcome the traumas of incarceration, torture and abandonment? For audiences age 12 to Adult.
 
   
Golden Dragon Jan 26  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center Golden Dragon
 
Hailing from the People's Republic of China, Golden Dragon Acrobats represent a time-honored tradition that began over twenty-five centuries ago. The troupe's spectacular athleticism combined with ancient and modern dance and music present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. Now in their 30th year, Golden Dragon Acrobats offer unparalleled artistic form and award-winning acrobatics at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
 
   
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: All-Male Comic Ballet Jan 26  
Haugh Performing Arts Center Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo:  All-Male Comic Ballet
 
Hilarious and “on point,” this is the ballet as you have never seen it before. Lavish costumes, a dynamic comedic approach, technical mastery and the astounding fact that men can indeed dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo brings their world-famous antics to the Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College in Glendora.
 
   
The Lycanthrope: Re-Imagining of Ancient Myth Jan 26  
Theatre West The Lycanthrope:  Re-Imagining of Ancient Myth
 
A hermit turns into a beast while grabbing the morning newspaper in The Lycanthrope, a re-imagining of the Parsifal myth. This one-man show is written and performed by Abbot Alexander and was nominated for Best Solo Performance in the Valley Theatre League. Experience this unique story at Theatre West in Hollywood.
 
   
Love, Madness and Somewhere in Between Jan 27  
Theatre West Love, Madness and Somewhere in Between
 
A no-holds-barred glimpse into a mystical journey filled with love, pain, insanity and redemption. Scattered along the way is a sprinkling of ironic comic commentary that can only come from a true survivor. “Jimmy” is not so much a hero but more a human being traversing an abusive childhood, a descent into alcoholism and finally plunging into a world of fantastical personifications, which dwell amidst humanity’s darkest sins.
 
   
Hello, Dolly! Jan 29 - Feb 17, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Hello, Dolly!
 
The universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls "the best show of the year!" Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks' "gorgeous" new production (Vogue) is "making people crazy happy!" (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion - hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it "a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you're lucky enough to score a ticket, you'll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!"
 
   
Man Of God Jan 31 - Feb 24, 2019  
David Henry Hwang Theater Man Of God
 
A quartet of Korean Christian girls on a mission trip to Thailand make a disturbing discovery in their hotel bathroom in Man of God, a world-premiere work from East-West Players at L.A.'s David Henry Hwang Theater. From dealing with personal betrayal to worrying how this might affect their college applications, these young women are out for blood, plotting their revenge amid the neon lights and go-go bars of Bangkok. Billed as a funny, feminist thriller, Man of God is written and directed by women.
 
   
Steel Magnolias Feb 2  
Haugh Performing Arts Center Steel Magnolias
 
Laugh-out-loud and deeply touching, this funny, poignant tale of female friendship and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter is brought to life by the award-winning LA Theatreworks. This uplifting story takes us into Truvy’s home beauty parlor and through the lives of six iconic characters. See it at Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College in Glendora.
 
   
Cinderella Feb 5 - Mar 10, 2019  
Ahmanson Theatre Cinderella
 
Set in London during World War II, renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne reinterprets this classic fairy tale as a war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and a dashing young pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. A thrilling and evocative love story featuring sumptuous designs by Olivier Award-winning Lez Brotherston designs and lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin, this dazzling production of Cinderella takes you into the heart of Prokofiev's magnificent score, and the sights and sounds of war-torn London at the Ahmanson.
 
   
Ragtime Feb 5 - Mar 3, 2019  
Pasadena Playhouse Ragtime
 
Ragtime: The Musical tells the story of three families at the turn of the 20th Century in pursuit of the American dream. The award-winning score uses ragtime rhythms to paint a portrait of the people who built this country with the hopes for a brighter tomorrow.
 
   
Anna Karenina Feb 8 - Mar 17, 2019  
Actors Co-op Theatre Anna Karenina
 
Helen Edmudson’s Anna Karenina is an upside-down telling of Leo Tolstoy’s classic tale. A story wrapped in temptation, passion and moral conflict, this eight-person dramatic event is a fast-paced examination of love, adultery and marriage. See it at Actors Co-op Theatres in Hollywood. The show is recommended for ages 13 or older.
 
   
Oliver! Feb 8 - Feb 24, 2019  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center Oliver!
 
Davis Gaines (The Phantom of the Opera) takes on the famed role of Fagin in this Musical Theatre West production of the long-time fave Oliver! at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. Lionel Bart brought Charles Dickens' unforgettable characters to vivid new life with this lively, heel-kicking classic about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of double-dealing thieves and con men of 19th-century London. Overflowing with jubilant songs like "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two," "Consider Yourself," "I'd Do Anything" and "Food, Glorious Food," this Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to also win an Academy Award for Best Picture.
 
   
The Mountaintop Feb 9 - Mar 10, 2019  
The Garry Marshall Theatre The Mountaintop
 
April 3, 1968. Memphis. The Lorraine Motel. Room 306. Tomorrow, it will become the scene of one of our nation’s greatest losses. But tonight, it is just another stopover motel for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Full of vivid theatricality, poetic language and surprising twists, this drama takes us to the summit of a man’s historic life and offers a stunning new view of his dream for our nation. Dubbed “daring, rousing and provocative" by Entertainment Weekly, The Mountaintop comes to Burbank's Garry Marshall Theatre.
 
   
The Hebrew Hillbilly: Fifty Shades of Oy Vey! Feb 9  
Santa Monica Playhouse The Hebrew Hillbilly:  Fifty Shades of Oy Vey!
 
The longest-running solo musical play in the USA, The Hebrew Hillbilly: Fifty Shades of Oy Vey! makes its way to the Santa Monica Playhouse. Raised in the Deep South, Shelley Fisher has had success as a jazz and blues vocalist and a recording artist in L.A., along with creating her own romantic-comedy cooking show, Forkplay. She even had a close encounter with The King, Elvis! Her tale is a heartwarming testament to the power of dreams, determination and finding purpose beyond the Hollywood sign. The Hebrew Hillbilly, her funny and moving musical celebration, features 17 original Memphis-inspired pop, blues and rock 'n' roll songs, which she penned with pop composers Harold Payne and Ken Hirsch. This show is recommended for ages 12 and older.
 
   
Othello Feb 10 - Mar 7, 2019  
A Noise Within Othello
 
As part of their 2018-2019 theme "Let Me In," about the deeply human need to be understood for who we are, Pasadena’s A Noise Within theater company presents Othello. Arguably Shakespeare’s most intimate of family tragedies, it’s the tale of the breakdown of a man who has everything — power, position and love — only to find his world decimated through intense mind games with his malicious ensign. Prescient in its searing social commentary of prejudice, betrayal and thwarted ambition, Shakespeare’s thunderous drama examines who we trust and the price we pay when we make the wrong choice.
 
   
Oceans of Hope Feb 17  
Haugh Performing Arts Center Oceans of Hope
 
Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope captures the epic journeys of past generations in a live production that's sheer joy. Direct from Ireland, Celtic Nights brings decades of pageantry and performance to the Haugh stage in Glendora just one month before St. Patrick’s Day.
 
   
Kinky Boots Feb 19 - Feb 24, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Price and Sons spent the last century making a range of shoes for men, and now they're spending this century making shoes for a range of men! Based on a true story, Kinky Boots is the uplifting story of unlikely friendship, finding your passion, overcoming prejudice and recognising that underneath it all, we're not so different.
 
   
The Outsiders Feb 21  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts The Outsiders
 
The stage version of the classic young adult novel The Outsiders is seen through the eyes of Ponyboy, a Greaser on the wrong side of the tracks who is caught up in territorial battles between the have-it-made rich kids, The Socs, and his tough, underprivileged family and friends. As these young people try to find themselves and each other, the sadness of sophistication begins to reach them and change them. SE Hinton's book comes to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
 
   
The Glass Menagerie Feb 24 - Apr 26, 2019  
A Noise Within The Glass Menagerie
 
Brimming with poetic language and indelible characters, this play about the enduring but limiting nature of love and family made Tennessee Williams a household name. The Glass Menagerie centers on an innocuous visit from a potential suitor that unsettles the sheltered Wingfield family. Matriarch Amanda fiercely protects her adult children from the harshness of others, but doesn’t realize that her own eccentricities are the biggest threat to their psychological survival. Enjoy this timeless theatrical classic, directed by Geoff Elliott at Pasadena’s A Noise Within.
 
   
Cats Feb 26 - Mar 24, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Cats
 
There's no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theater than with the magic, the mystery, the memory of CATS. What began as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop has become one of the longest running shows in Broadway's history. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, CATS features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's timeless melodies, including the hit song, "Memory."
 
   
Disney's Newsies! Musical Mar 2 - Mar 31, 2019  
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Disney's Newsies!  Musical
 
Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Disney's Newsies! is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right. Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies! is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family. Get this special delivery at The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.
 
   
Lackawanna Blues Mar 5 - Mar 17, 2019  
Mark Taper Forum Lackawanna Blues
 
A magical, musical and deeply personal work written and performed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues is a reminiscence of his 1950s childhood in a small town on the banks of Lake Erie. Santiago-Hudson takes on more than 20 colorful characters -- from would-be philosophers and petty hustlers to lost souls and abandoned lovers -- in a brilliant celebration of the eccentric boardinghouse in which he grew up. Santiago-Hudson returns to his roots in this tour de force performance with live blues music performed by composer Bill Sims Jr.
 
   
Journey to Oz Mar 24  
Haugh Performing Arts Center Journey to Oz
 
Discover The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in this whimsical new adaptation that brings L. Frank Baum’s much-loved classic book to life. Set in a library in the late 19th century, Journey to Oz takes you back more than a century to see the inspiration for the magical world L. Frank Baum created. Delight as the cast transforms into Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and more. The entire family will enjoy following the yellow brick road to Oz at the Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College in Glendora.
 
   
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Mar 27 - Apr 14, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
 
Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Chicago's golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! Entertainment Weekly raves "Broadway's Big Treat" and NPR exclaims "You'll have a ball!"
 
   
Catch Me If You Can Mar 29 - Apr 14, 2019  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center Catch Me If You Can
 
Based on the hit film and the incredible true story that inspired it, the high-flying musical Catch Me If You Can follows the life of Frank W. Abagnale Jr., who uses charm, imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks to create his ideal future. Abagnale successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer -- and wins the girl of his dreams -- before a dogged FBI agent finally catches up to him. Nominated for four Tony awards, including Best Musical, this delightfully entertaining show was created by a Tony Award-winning dream team, with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray). The Musical Theatre West production takes off at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
 
   
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Apr 3 - Apr 7, 2019  
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
 
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world's most beloved dance companies and a favorite of Los Angeles audiences, returns for another series of exciting performances at The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Celebrated not just for its exquisite performance of beloved classics, but also for its commitment to bold, new dance styles, the company offers something for every taste. Treat yourself to one of this acclaimed dance troupe's programs at The Music Center -- each program culminates in the truly soulful American masterpiece, Revelations. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a registered trademark.
 
   
Fiddler On The Roof Apr 16 - May 5, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Fiddler On The Roof
 
"An entirely fresh, funny, and gorgeous new production. A REASON FOR CELEBRATION!" - New York Magazine. Rich with musical hits you know and love, including "Tradition," "Sunrise, Sunset;' "If I Were A Rich Man;' "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "To Life (L'Chaim!)," FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Featuring a talented cast, lavish orchestra and stunning movement and dance from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!
 
   
Falsettos Apr 16 - May 19, 2019  
Ahmanson Theatre Falsettos
 
Fresh off its Tony-nominated Broadway revival, Falsettos arrives at the Ahmanson in L.A. as "an exceptional production of a perfect musical" (The New York Times). The story revolves around a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. At times both hilarious and achingly poignant, Falsettos shines an ahead-of-its-time spotlight on the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family ... and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories. A hit when it premiered on Broadway in 1992, this always-timely show won Tony Awards for its book by James Lapine and William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and its score, also by Finn. Recommended for ages 13+ for mature themes and language.
 
   
Singin' in the Rain Apr 19 - May 12, 2019  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Singin' in the Rain
 
The 1952 MGM song-and-dance classic that immortalized Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds -- and umbrellas and lampposts -- also has its share of comedy and romance, cementing its status as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time. Adapted for the stage in 1985 by the film’s legendary creators Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Singin' in the Rain comes to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, thanks to a splashy new production. With glorious dance sequences, riotous comedy routines and unforgettable songs -- including "Make 'Em Laugh," "Good Morning" and the show-stopping title song -- this stage spectacular takes you on an entertaining trip back in Hollywood history, as silent films transform into talkies.
 
   
Les Miserables May 7 - Jun 2, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Les Miserables
 
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Miserables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck.
 
   
Happy Days May 15 - Jun 30, 2019  
Mark Taper Forum Happy Days
 
Academy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets Over Broadway) plays Winnie in Samuel Beckett's masterpiece Happy Days. With her husband increasingly out of reach and the earth itself threatening to swallow her whole, Winnie's buoyant optimism shields her from the harsh glare of the inevitable in this absurdly funny and boundlessly compassionate portrait of the human spirit. The New York Times calls Wiest "radiant" and "heartbreaking," and now you can see her in this extraordinary Yale Repertory Theatre production of Happy Days at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
 
   
Mamma Mia! May 17 - Jun 9, 2019  
David Henry Hwang Theater Mamma Mia!
 
The worldwide hit that's so far spawned two movies and a Cher album, Mamma Mia! tells the 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 title tune. Experience all the fun and excitement of Mamma Mia! at the David Henry Hwang Theater in L.A., courtesy of the East-West Players.
 
   
From The Words and Writings of Dana H. May 26 - Jun 23, 2019  
Kirk Douglas Theatre From The Words and Writings of Dana H.
 
While Dana Higginbotham was a psych ward chaplain, Jim was a patient, an ex-convict who told her he was searching for redemption. From the Words and Writings of Dana H. recounts the harrowing true story of the five months Dana was held captive, trapped in a series of Florida motels, disoriented, terrified with her life in Jim's hands. Told in Dana's own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son, award-winning playwright Lucas Hnath (A Doll's House, Part 2, The Christians), this innovative work of theater shatters the boundaries of the form and of our understanding of good and evil. Catch this enthralling piece when it premieres at Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre.
 
   
La Traviata Jun 1 - Jun 22, 2019  
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion La Traviata
 
There's a reason that Verdi's tragic romance La Traviata is one of the most popular operas on the planet. Of course, there's the music, with exquisite arias like "Sempre libera" and the mournful "Addio del passato." Then there's the bittersweet love story of the beautiful, pleasure-loving yet frail courtesan Violetta (played by soprano Adela Zaharia), who unexpectedly finds true (and ultimately tragic) love with a younger man. But above all, what sets La Traviata in a league of its own is its humanity and its heart. It's a truly timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice, and in the character of Violetta, Verdi has given us one of opera's most fascinating heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth. Now LA Opera brings this iconic 1853 opera to the stage -- and you can get tickets first with this exclusive pre-sale.
 
   
Indecent Jun 4 - Jul 7, 2019  
Ahmanson Theatre Indecent
 
In February 1923, audiences witnessed Broadway's first lesbian kiss at the English-language premiere of God of Vengeance, a play by Yiddish writer Sholem Asch. Days later, the NYPD Vice Squad arrested and prosecuted the entire cast on obscenity charges. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) turned this true story into the acclaimed Broadway production Indecent, which won Tony awards for lighting design and for direction by Rebecca Taichman. This critically adored play at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre confronts the challenges faced by new American immigrants as cultures clash and stoke the fires of prejudice. Don't miss this chance to experience Indecent's klezmer-inspired original score and find out why The New York Times called it "a superbly realized, remarkably powerful new play."
 
   
The Phantom Of The Opera Jun 6 - Jul 7, 2019  
Pantages Theatre The Phantom Of The Opera
 
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
 
   
Rent Jul 9 - Jul 14, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Rent
 
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
 
   
The Play That Goes Wrong Jul 9 - Aug 11, 2019  
Ahmanson Theatre The Play That Goes Wrong
 
The time is right to see The Play That Goes Wrong, the Olivier Award-winning comedy that's a hilarious hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes. It's opening night of The Murder at Faversham Manor, and things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can't play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it's "a riotous explosion of comedy" (The Daily Beast) and "tons of fun for all ages" (Huffpost). Find out why Ben Brantley of The New York Times called the show "a gut-busting hit" with this Center Theatre Group production at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
 
   
Miss Saigon Jul 16 - Aug 11, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Miss Saigon
 
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Miserables. This is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. That encounter will change their lives forever. Featuring stunning spectacle, a sensational cast of 42, and a soaring score including Broadway hits like "Last Night of the World," "The Movie in My Mind," and "The Heat is On in Saigon," this is a theatrical event you will never forget.