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Jamaica Farewell Apr 11  
Santa Monica Playhouse Jamaica Farewell
Jamaica Farewell returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse after successful runs all over the world. Debra Ehrhardt’s solo show is based on the mostly true story of her journey to the U.S. from Jamaica in the turbulent 1970s. As an 18-year-old secretary in Kingston, Ehrhardt bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup. She jumps on this chance opportunity and begins her escape to the U.S. with the help of the lovestruck American. Her way out of Jamaica is blocked by many obstacles: an alcoholic father, a Bible-spouting mother, the price of airfare, and U.S. government suspicions. Nevertheless, she begins a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl would chance. The line between bravery and foolishness becomes blurred as she grows more desperate. When she agrees to smuggle a million dollars in cash to a mysterious contact somewhere in Miami, the agent becomes her unwitting accomplice. Every part is played by NAACP Award winner Ehrhardt, an actress capable of amazing mimicry. This one-woman caper’s got generous dollops of humor, laughter and light and has been optioned for film by a major Hollywood producer.
Hamilton Apr 21 - Sep 20, 2020  
Pantages Theatre Hamilton
HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.
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.
The Secret Comedy of Women Apr 29 - Jun 21, 2020  
The Colony Theatre The Secret Comedy of Women
The Secret Comedy of Women is a laugh-out-loud immersive theatrical entertainment about the challenges of womanhood. The audience freely roars with laughter at everything that has ever held them back, from boys to bras and pantyhose to menopause, and celebrates the joy of the journey from girlhood to womanhood.
Newsies May 1 - May 17, 2020  
Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts Newsies
Stop the presses! Based on the true story of the Newsboys Strike of 1899, this family-friendly Tony-winning Disney musical centers on Jack, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of being an artist far away from the big city. When a publishing giant raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack and his fellow newsies band together in protest with the help of a new reporter hungry for her first story, making New York wake up to the power of “the little man.” With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by Harvey Fierstein, Newsies is the perfect show for the whole family.
Mommy Are We Poor! May 1 - May 3, 2020  
The Broadwater Mommy Are We Poor!
Chelsea is a widowed single mom in her late 30s with two young kids, two jobs and like most bankruptcy lawyers’ clients, she’s in a 100-foot-deep financial hole with only a 50-foot ladder. Chelsea’s world begins to crumble after receiving an eviction notice, a credit card lawsuit and almost having her car repossessed, just in time for Christmas. The last thing Chelsea wants to do is file bankruptcy, but once her paycheck gets garnished, she can no longer rob Peter to pay Paul and is backed into a corner. The office holiday party gets a little out of hand when Clark, Chelsea’s supervisor, presents her with an offer that will solve her financial problems and avoid a bankruptcy filing. Faced with a choice of whether to buy food for her kids or buy Christmas presents for them, Chelsea is tempted and confused about the offer from Clark. Will she file bankruptcy and get a fresh start, but risk her reputation? Will she accept his offer? Will she file a sexual harassment lawsuit to try to vindicate herself but risk being fired from her job? Will she get the promotion she needs to increase her salary? Or will she do nothing, which will allow her to remain financially stable, but emotionally insolvent?
Pelleas and Melisande May 2 - May 23, 2020  
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Pelleas and Melisande
Lost in the forest, a hunter encounters an ethereal beauty with a mysterious past (and the lushest locks in opera — sorry, Samson!). Returning home as his new bride, she grows increasingly close to his handsome younger half-brother. Conducted by James Conlon (who “never fails“ according to Variety), Debussy’s sensual, exquisitely nuanced score captures an enigmatic dream world where forbidden love blossoms. Kate Lindsey and Yunpeng Wang star as the secret lovers, with Willard White as King Arkel.
The Enigmatist May 5 - Jun 14, 2020  
Geffen Playhouse The Enigmatist
Can you solve the enigma? Prepare for an immersive experience of puzzles, cryptology and illusions by renowned magician and New York Times crossword constructor David Kwong in the intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater. Clues are everywhere, so keep your eyes open and be ready for surprises behind every flip of the card.
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.
Afterglow May 8 - Jun 28, 2020  
Hudson Theatre Afterglow
AFTERGLOW, the international hit sensation, explores the emotional, intellectual, and physical relationships between three men. As Josh and Alex explore their open marriage, they invite free-spirited Darius to share their bed one night. When an unexpected connection forms, all three men must come to terms with new definitions of love, trust, and intimacy.
Sweeney Todd May 10 - Jun 7, 2020  
A Noise Within Sweeney Todd
With a dash of depravity and a brilliant score, this Tony Award®-winning musical thriller shocks the senses with savage comedy, stunning terror, and razor-sharp wit. Savor the macabre madness as a murderous barber, hungry for revenge for his long-lost family, strikes a partnership with a beastly baker. It’s a tasty theatrical treat that will appall and enthrall even the stoutest of heart.
Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help May 14 - Jun 14, 2020  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help
The play tells the story of the O'Sheas, a cash-challenged, Irish-Catholic family just trying to get through 1973. Linda O'Shea, our 19-year old narrator, is attempting to re-enact for the audience the most turbulent day of her life....but her family keeps interrupting, insisting on telling their side of the story. The 1970s was a time of old school living. No Facebook, no tweets, no texting, no Skype. A time when public ridicule in a close-knit, hermetically sealed Catholic parish was the ultimate nightmare. When Linda’s mother leaves it to Linda to tell her younger sister about the birds and the bees, the bawdy conversation is somehow overheard by the parish priest...and Father Lovett is not amused. He sets out to confront the family about "the corruption of their eldest daughter's soul."
The Sound of Music May 15 - Jun 7, 2020  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts The Sound of Music
Maria’s first dance with the Captain, the children’s new play clothes made from drapes, the lonely goat herders on a hillside and Edelweiss — these are a few of our favorite things. The enduring magic of The Sound of Music is more than just the glowing characters or the incredibly catchy songs, though — it’s the timeless message of love, hope and courage in the face of darkness and evil.
Tango: The Musical May 22  
Saban Theatre Tango:  The Musical
A modern love story rooted in Greek mythology, this musical in two acts takes place against the backdrop of social and political turmoil of the historic “Argentina’s Dirty War” (1976-1984), during which 30,000 civilians were tortured, executed or simply disappeared and remembered as “Los Desaparecidos." The reimagined passionate love story of Romeo and Isabella encounter death and various adversaries on physical, spiritual and psychological levels, finally reuniting in a spiritual world. Good triumphs over evil, life wins over death, the government returns to a new state of normalcy, absent corruption, with new religious, social and political order in Argentina. The stage spectacle features a cast of exceptional Argentine tango dancers propelled by newly recorded double CD disc Quilombo! by Sergei Tumas – a rearranged contemporary compositions of “The New Tango” music of legendary Astor Piazzolla (1921- 1992).
Ann May 27 - Jun 28, 2020  
Pasadena Playhouse Ann
Iconic, heroic and hilarious, Texas Governor Ann Richards had a heart as big as the state from which she hailed, a wit to rival the greats, and an enduring passion for fair play. Neither partisan nor political, Ann is pure entertainment — an uplifting tribute to this courageous leader, dedicated mother, loving grandmother and legendary personality. Researched, written and performed by Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor (The Practice, Legally Blonde and Two and a Half Men), whose unforgettable performance the New York Times called “frank, funny and warm…a FIERY DYNAMO,” this richly imagined play reveals a complex, colorful and captivating character whose capacity to inspire us all burns even brighter today. Ann is a no-holds-barred, “blisteringly funny” comedy (Washingtonian) you won’t soon forget.
Mamma Mia! May 29 - Jun 21, 2020  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Mamma Mia!
A musical set on a Greek island paradise with a full ABBA soundtrack? My, my, how can you resist it? If that’s somehow not enough to make you fall in love, the endlessly fun story will totally do the trick.
Murder Mystery Dinner May 31  
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.
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?
Macbeth Jun 16 - Jul 26, 2020  
Geffen Playhouse Macbeth
“Something wicked this way comes.” Three witches, a prophecy and the ambitious general Macbeth (Emmy Award nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) set the stage for Shakespeare’s timely and timeless tragedy about the dangerous allure of power. As Macbeth violently sets forth to fulfill his fate, he and his wife find themselves mired in murder and cover-up in a bloody attempt to hold onto the throne. Following a triumphant collaboration on Game of Thrones, director Matt Shakman and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau reunite for Shakespeare’s most cinematic play.
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?
Treasure Island Jul 10 - Jul 26, 2020  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center Treasure Island
People have been embarking on the timeless adventure of Treasure Island for well over a century, but when’s the last time you heard the dastardly Long John Silver burst into song? Well, get ready to meet some pirates who love to hit high notes while they sail the high seas of Long Beach.
The Last, Best Small Town Jul 11 - Sep 27, 2020  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum The Last, Best Small Town
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum presents the world premiere of The Last, Best Small Town by local playwright John Guerra. Two neighboring families — one Latinx and one white — live in nearby Fillmore, the self-proclaimed “Last, Best Small Town in Southern California.” Set during the first decade of the 2000s, immediately following the financial crisis, the children of these families come of age, fall in love, suffer loss, and continually hunt for their place in a changed world that can no longer promise them a better life than their parents. Guerra’s play is a striking 21st-century response to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.
Annie Get Your Gun Jul 28 - Aug 23, 2020  
Pasadena Playhouse Annie Get Your Gun
One of the most beloved musicals of Broadway’s Golden Age returns to the stage with the strongest and most revolutionary Annie Oakley you’ve ever seen. Join us as a bluegrass band strums such memorable Irving Berlin songs as There’s No Business Like Show Business, Anything You Can Do, I Got the Sun in the Morning, and more.
Two Trains Running Sep 5 - Oct 3, 2020  
South Coast Repertory Two Trains Running
As the Civil Rights Movement sweeps the nation, Pittsburgh's Hill District undergoes a transformation. It's 1969, and Memphis Lee's diner is slated to be demolished, a casualty of urban renewal. While he fights city hall for a fair price, Memphis and his customers gather daily to gossip, confront the realities of their lives and dream of the future. Described by Variety as "a work by a writer at the peak of his powers," Two Trains Running revisits a time of extraordinary change and the ordinary people left behind. Recommended for high school and up.
Threshold Sep 27 - Oct 18, 2020  
South Coast Repertory Threshold
In this autobiographical journey infused with music and movement, celebrated actress Amy Brenneman (Heat, "Judging Amy," "The Leftovers," "Goliath") takes us along as she learns how to become a true ally to her daughter Charlotte, born with a rare chromosomal abnormality. Years of testing and assessment yield frustratingly few results, leading Brenneman to surrender to a new path forward. Funny, poignant and powerful, Threshold, starring Brenneman, takes a bold look at preconceptions of disability, what we consider "normal," and the promise/challenge of a truly inclusive society.
Quixote Nuevo Oct 17 - Nov 14, 2020  
South Coast Repertory Quixote Nuevo
This modern retelling of Don Quixote from one of the storytellers behind the animated film Coco bursts with imagination and Tejano music. With his trusted sidekick, the valiant knight-a.k.a. Jose Quijano-embarks on a dangerous quest to reunite with his long-lost love. But nothing is as it seems, and while Jose gets lost in his chivalrous fantasies, the family and community around him must wrestle with his stark reality. This fast-paced, bilingual fable about the joys and perils of being the hero of your own story was proclaimed "revelatory" by the San Francisco Chronicle.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Nov 6 - Nov 22, 2020  
South Coast Repertory You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Good grief! The whole "Peanuts" gang is here-Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and, of course, that wishy-washy blockhead, Charlie Brown. He's never pitched a winning baseball game and he can't muster the courage to talk to the Little-Red Haired Girl. But all his best qualities-and those of his clever friends-get celebrated in this delightful musical filled with gleeful tunes such as My Blanket and Me, Suppertime and Happiness.
A Christmas Carol Nov 28 - Dec 27, 2020  
South Coast Repertory A Christmas Carol
It's your last chance to see the holiday favorite that audiences have been raving about for 40 years before we unveil an all-new version in 2021. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters-Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come-and everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. This grand and glorious holiday tradition "beautifully rings in the season" (The Daily Pilot). SCR Founding Artist Richard Doyle, known for years as The Ghost of Christmas Past, will step into the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.
Tiger Style! Jan 3 - Jan 24, 2021  
South Coast Repertory Tiger Style!
What happens when "tiger parenting" goes wrong? Meet Albert and Jennifer Chen-brother and sister, once brilliant students and musicians, now epic failures leading unfulfilling lives. The problem? Their parents set unrealistic standards. The solution? Escape from Irvine and go on an "Asian Freedom Tour" to Shenzen, China-a hilarious, eye-opening journey filled with colorful characters, intrigue and surprise. Expect "comic sparks from the collision between expectations and outcomes" (Boston Globe) in this sharp comedy about today's family.
Our Town Jan 23 - Feb 20, 2021  
South Coast Repertory Our Town
May 7, 1901. Life has begun in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Milk is being delivered. Breakfast is on the stove. We meet the town gossips, the boys who play baseball and the choirmaster with a secret sorrow. And soon teenagers George Gibbs and Emily Webb will go from friends to puppy love to wedding day and beyond-two families forever joined together. And as they come to terms with the meaning of their lives, this Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic beautifully celebrates our own shared humanity. SCR Founding Artist Hal Landon Jr. is featured as The Stage Manager.
Last Stop on Market Street Feb 5 - Feb 21, 2021  
South Coast Repertory Last Stop on Market Street
Come along on a musical joy ride! CJ is staying with his Nana in the city, where everything is different than home. The food, the people, the noise-it's too much. He just wants to stay inside and watch videos, but Nana's having none of that. So together they board the Number 5 bus for an adventure, and CJ learns to look past the surface and appreciate the good in others.
The 39 Steps Mar 7 - Mar 28, 2021  
South Coast Repertory The 39 Steps
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and add a dash of Monty Python-you get a fast-paced whodunit The New York Times called "absurdly enjoyable, gleefully theatrical!" Richard meets an exotic woman who claims she's a spy. Within hours, she is mysteriously murdered and he's on the run, pursued by a dangerous secret order. Packed with romance, thrills, unforgettable characters and ingenious stagecraft, this love letter to the theatre has delighted audiences from London to Broadway and back.
Vladimir Mar 27 - Apr 24, 2021  
South Coast Repertory Vladimir
"Where you are born, this is where you are useful...I speak because I have no choice." Moscow, 2004. Raya, a Russian journalist-celebrated by some, despised by others-is renowned for her unbending crusade to uncover the truth. Will she risk family, friends and freedom to bring down the most powerful man in the world? He never appears, but the title character is ever-present in this epic suspense drama by one of the nation's most promising playwrights. Part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival.
Prelude to a Kiss May 15 - Jun 12, 2021  
South Coast Repertory Prelude to a Kiss
Originally a 1988 South Coast Repertory world premiere, the acclaimed Broadway drama returns as a romantic musical, soaring through the peaks and valleys of love. "For better or worse" takes on new meaning when a mysterious guest requests a kiss at Peter and Rita's wedding-and their lives are forever changed. Will love conquer all, or are the challenges just too great? From the creators of the Broadway hit Amelie comes a tale where a kiss is much more than just a kiss.