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Marvels Of Magic Dec 13 - Dec 15, 2019  
Hudson Theatre Marvels Of Magic
 
MARVELS OF MAGIC is a new play set in the world of young magicians. Wannabe illusionist Gus is compelled to enter the “Marvels of Magic” competition - a gathering of all the top young magicians on the planet, with the once in a lifetime prize of a Las Vegas show! As they gather to compete, these young magicians all grow close, becoming fast friends. But will they let their competitive natures, and their desires for fame and success get in the way of what is really important? MARVELS OF MAGIC explores what is trick and what is truth in this compelling, magical, coming of age story.
 
   
Frozen Jr. Dec 13 - Dec 15, 2019  
Boston Court Performing Arts Center Frozen Jr.
 
Frozen Jr. features all of the loveable characters and memorable songs from the animated film including “Let it Go” and “In Summer”, plus some new material written by the Oscar winning team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. With only a 75 minute running time, and a $15 ticket price, Theatre 360’s Frozen Jr. is ideal family entertainment for the Holidays allowing families to experience live, onstage the story of true love and acceptance between two sisters, Elsa and Anna, who when faced with danger, discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood.
 
   
A Snow White Christmas Dec 13 - Dec 22, 2019  
Pasadena Civic Auditorium A Snow White Christmas
 
In England, the holidays just aren't the holidays without a trip to a classic Panto. Lythgoe Family Panto's fun spin on Snow White brings all the slapstick fun and audience participation that Pantos are known for - and even features a pre-recorded video illusion of the Magic Mirror played by (how's this for perfect casting?) actor-magician Neil Patrick Harris. Additional cast members include Garrett Clayton as The Huntsman, Disney's Olivia Sanabia as Snow White and Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams as The Queen.
 
   
Cirque Dreams Holidaze Dec 13 - Dec 15, 2019  
Dolby Theatre Cirque Dreams Holidaze
 
If you're the sort of holiday fanatic who's shopping for eggnog in August and wants to hang up the lights and mistletoe before Halloween, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is the singing, dancing, sparkling shot of seasonal cheer you've been waiting for since last December. A night of your favorite carols plus a cast of dancers, jugglers and acrobats dressed as toy soldiers, snowmen and reindeer will have you smiling and laughing all the way ho-ho-home.
 
   
The Christmas Present Dec 13 - Dec 22, 2019  
The Broadwater Black Box The Christmas Present
 
The Christmas Present is the heart-warming tale of a hooker, a hotel room, and some holiday magic.
 
   
Dysfunctional Family Christmas Dec 13 - Dec 21, 2019  
The Sherry Theatre Dysfunctional Family Christmas
 
Misunderstandings, mistaken identities and holiday chaos create a fun-filled Christmas morning at the Logan Home. Before they sell the family home, Dean and Joanne Logan want one perfect final Christmas with their adult children. Although, once Grandpa is found dead, their plans go haywire as they attempt to hide the body from the family.
 
   
A Christmas Rush At The Movies Dec 13 - Dec 15, 2019  
Actors Workout Studio A Christmas Rush At The Movies
 
Yippie ki yay, theatre goers! We're settling the debate, once and for all. Yes, "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie. But when John McClane meets Ralphie from "A Christmas Story," let's just say more than just your eye might get shot out! What better way to end the year than by mashing up classic Christmas movies like "It's a Wonderful Life" with characters from some of your favorite "Not A Christmas Movie" movies like "Batman Returns?" Mix in a few iconic movie props, a team of talented writers, directors and actors and let the holiday drama and hi-jinks ensue! 7 brand new, unofficial short parodies great for the whole family!
 
   
Elf The Musical Dec 14 - Dec 29, 2019  
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Elf The Musical
 
Embrace your inner elf this holiday season at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center! Elf The Musical is well on its way to becoming a holiday tradition. If your family's winter routine could use some spicing up, the live musical version of Elf is filled with high-energy hijinks and music with tons of pizzazz. Based on the hit movie starring Will Ferrell, Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy the Elf, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Start a new tradition this holiday and treat your family to Elf The Musical at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center!
 
   
A Twisted Christmas Carol Dec 14 - Jan 12, 2020  
Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre A Twisted Christmas Carol
 
It's Christmas Eve in a small west Texas town and cantankerous barbecue joint owner Buford Johnson gets in an argument with his wife, Darla, tells her he's skipping Christmas, he storms out of the restaurant, goes four wheeling in his pickup, gets hit by a twister, rolls his truck and goes into a coma. He comes back in his dream where he's visited by ex-business partner, Hank Walker, who plays the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future.
 
   
Christmas Is....Once Upon a Time Dec 14 - Dec 21, 2019  
Haugh Performing Arts Center Christmas Is....Once Upon a Time
 
Our annual holiday spectacular will transport your entire family to Storybook Land, as your favorite characters come to life to help Santa Claus demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas! Follow daring dragon-fighting heroes and dazzling fairy princesses through an adventure-filled holiday musical that presents a clever twist on the most cherished and familiar fairy tales. Memories are made with each note, as the cast, lead by the multi-talented Citrus Singers and accompanied by a glorious, live orchestra, deliver a production packed with magnificent scenery, festive songs and delightful dances — all sure to make your holiday one that will be remembered happily ever after!
 
   
The Poetry Brothel Dec 15  
El Cid The Poetry Brothel
 
The Poetry Brothel hosts it's 2nd annual Holiday Office Party themed show in partnership with El Cid! You simply must attend, as our series of shows goes out with a Bang! Our staff is in a Festive Flurry, ready to fly over you on Aerial Hoop, deck your halls with our World-Class Burlesque, grow your heart three sizes with live music, and poem you deeply under the mistletoe. Trade in pointy workaday glasses and practical loafers for reds and greens, or silver and gold, party attire. Eat tapas, drink cocktails, and be merry with us, your faithful source of poetry services for all these years. Let's celebrate the finale of our 2019 season with a night so blush-worthy with poetic truths, so intimate, our own Brothel staff won't be able to look each other in the eye for a week. Productivity! Progress! Poetry! It's the most industrious time of the year! On the open patio, the troupe presents Tarot readings, poetic souvenirs, live typewriter poetry, and occasional burlesque and musical performances.
 
   
The Merry Little Christmas Show Dec 15  
The Colony Theatre The Merry Little Christmas Show
 
The Merry Little Christmas Show: Dreier will take audiences back to the feel of cherished, classic, holiday TV specials hosted by Perry Como, Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and others — paying homage while also providing his modern take with pop and jazz interpretations of holiday treasures. The performance will include holiday classics including Sleigh Ride, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, O Holy Night, I’ve Got Your Love to Keep Me Warm, Merry Christmas Darling, and many more. This show will transport you back to your living room sitting around the fireplace telling stories and sharing songs of the season.
 
   
Wicked Lit Staged Readings Dec 15  
A Noise Within Wicked Lit Staged Readings
 
Unbound Productions Executive Director Jonathan Josephson and Artistic Director Paul Millet have announced the details for Wicked Lit Staged Readings at A Noise Within. The enhanced staged reading will feature The Unholy Sisters by Susannah Myrvold (premiered at First Stab Festival II in 2018), directed by Millet; H.P. Lovecraft’s From Beyond adapted by Trey Nichols (World Premiere - Wicked Lit 2016), directed by Shaina Rosenthal; and The Grove of Rashomon adapted by Jonathan Josephson, from the short story “In A Grove” by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (World Premiere - Wicked Lit 2015) directed by Darrell Kunitomi.
 
   
The Skivvies: I Touch My Elf Dec 16 - Dec 17, 2019  
Laguna Playhouse The Skivvies:  I Touch My Elf
 
Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce its annual holiday sensation returns and chestnuts will be roasting on an open fire with THE SKIVVIES: I TOUCH MY ELF.
 
   
A Charlie Brown Christmas Dec 18  
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center A Charlie Brown Christmas
 
There's no better way to celebrate the magic of the season than with everyone's favorite holiday classic. Adapted from Charles M. Schulz's timeless story of the spirit of Christmas, the production features the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. A present the whole family can enjoy!
 
   
An Irish Christmas Dec 20 - Dec 21, 2019  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza An Irish Christmas
 
Celebrate Christmas like they do in Ireland — with glorious music, traditional dance, laughter and plenty of Celtic soul. The latest edition of An Irish Christmas, as seen on PBS, features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by Caterina Coyne (Principal dancer, Riverdance), Tyler Schwartz (World champion dancer) and Connor Reider (Principal dancer Celtic Fyre, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, The Chieftains), as well as members of the Kerry Traditional Orchestra. This annual family favorite brings a joyous and authentic international spirit to the holiday season at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum Theatre.
 
   
Jane Austen UnScripted Dec 21  
The Broad Stage Jane Austen UnScripted
 
A beloved Broad Stage tradition, Impro Theatre’s Jane Austen UnScripted features completely improvised, full-length plays in the style of one of the world’s greatest writers. Experience the company’s razor-sharp wit as the performers start with audience suggestions and deftly create a world of love-struck girls, brooding noblemen and charming cads.
 
   
Merry and Bright: Sounds of Joy Dec 21  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Merry and Bright:  Sounds of Joy
 
The OC Gay Men’s Chorus, aka MenAlive, have shared the stage with none other than Miss Liza Minnelli, so you know they know how to put on a show. And they prove it every year with their always entertaining holiday spectacular, which they’re bringing to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts this Christmas for the first time in their 19-year history.
 
   
Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 21 - Dec 22, 2019  
The WIltern Great Russian Nutcracker
 
Bringing seasonal magic - and a little Hollywood razzle-dazzle - with its 2019 Gift of Christmas tour, the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is packed with premier Russian dancers, 10 foot-tall puppets, sparkling costumes, young local dancers - and even a falling snow effect. And there's no better place to see this bright and colorful production of Tchaikovsky's classic than at the beautiful, historic art-deco palace known as L.A.'s Wiltern.
 
   
Einstein! Dec 22  
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.
 
   
All I Want for Christmas is Attention Dec 29  
The Montalban All I Want for Christmas is Attention
 
BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon are back in an all new two-queen holiday extravaganza, All I Want for Christmas is Attention. After last year's wildly successful To Jesus, Thanks for Everything, Jinkx and DeLa return to the stage this holiday season in a high-spirited scramble to maintain your interest! DeLa is all sugar and Jinkx is all spice - but how do these two very different gals deal with the stress of the holidays? A little song, a lot of eggnog, and theatres full of people looking at them. Yup ... all they want for Christmas is attention!
 
   
Musket and the Rat Jan 3 - Jan 18, 2020  
The Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts Musket and the Rat
 
Musket Cherry is a young woman who lives in a gritty, rugged, ungentrified neighborhood in Chicago. Her mom is a deadbeat alcoholic. Musket’s anchors are her beloved brother Weso, her best friend Gay Stevie, and her boyfriend Billy. Times are tough. Musket supports her family by selling heroin and comforts herself with lots of weed. Bad things happen. Weso is arrested on a trumped-up charge and killed in jail. Billy is jumped and robbed. Musket decides to set things right by arming herself. In a world where justice does not exist, maybe those who wrong her will understand her gun. Can Musket prevail over the forces arrayed against her? Profanity, one sexual situation. Leave the kids at home.
 
   
Taboo II Jan 10 - Feb 8, 2020  
Actors Workout Studio Taboo II
 
TABOO II is an evening of six short plays by six playwrights from around the U.S. Murderous impulses arise when a couple invites a friend over for dinner who has vastly different views. A teenager rants about his suicide from the afterlife. And a mother and son’s relationship gets even closer. These are just a few of the characters you’ll meet in this risqué, offensive, and often hilarious evening of adult-themed pieces. Absolutely no one under the age of 18 admitted. Show contains nudity.
 
   
Neil Simon's Musical Fools Jan 11 - Jan 26, 2020  
Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre Neil Simon's Musical Fools
 
A hilarious musical adaptation of the Neil Simon play, Fools, with book and lyrics by Simon, and music and lyrics by Phil Swann and Ron West (deLEARious, The People Vs Friar Laurence). In 1893 Ukraine, a young tutor arrives in Kulyenchikov after a harrowing journey — only to discover that the village is cursed, rendering every resident as dumb as a bag of rocks. Will he fall victim to the curse, or can he save himself and the village too?
 
   
Matilda the Musical Jan 11 - Jan 18, 2020  
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Matilda the Musical
 
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.
 
   
Rocky Horror Picture Show Sing-Along Jan 11  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Rocky Horror Picture Show Sing-Along
 
If you’ve only seen Rocky Horror Picture Show on the small screen, here’s a chance to cross it off your movie lovers’ bucket list. This sing-along at La Mirada Theatre is so much more than just a screening, with costumes, props and this fun of joining an entire theater in a raucous rendition of “Time Warp.” Parental guidance is recommended — This movie is Rated R.
 
   
The Last Ship Jan 14 - Feb 16, 2020  
Ahmanson Theatre The Last Ship
 
The Last Ship is the heartfelt and empowering musical by multiple Grammy Award winner Sting. Featuring original music and lyrics by Sting as well as a few of his best-loved songs — “Island of Souls,” “All This Time,” and “When We Dance” — The Last Ship is coming to Los Angeles after a critically acclaimed Canadian, UK, and Irish tour. Set in the shipbuilding community in Tyne and Wear, UK, The Last Ship tells the story of a young man who returns home after 17 years at sea. Tensions between past and future flare in both his family and his town. He finds that the local shipyard, around which the community has always revolved, is closing, and no one knows what will come next, only that a half-built ship towers over the terraces of working-class homes. With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as the foreman and his wife fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Sting star in this “thrilling and stirring musical” (The Guardian).
 
   
Nowhere On The Border Jan 14 - Mar 8, 2020  
The Road on Magnolia Nowhere On The Border
 
A border watch volunteer confronts a Mexican man who claims to be looking for his missing daughter. Set in a hostile wasteland between nations, NOWHERE ON THE BORDER reveals the personal dramas that drive people to cross borders both physical and emotional.
 
   
Not a Genuine Black Man Jan 15 - Jan 22, 2020  
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
Sunday Dinner Jan 16 - Feb 16, 2020  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre Sunday Dinner
 
Michael Matera, a young priest in the Chicago Archdiocese, returns to his parents’ home in the Bronx after his grandfather dies. The Matera clan is gathering at the family home for Sunday dinner. Soon after Michael arrives, his retired working-class father Eddie confesses a sin (more like a felony, really) to Michael. It’s a misdeed which could have serious consequences for other members of the family. To Eddie’s dismay, Michael refuses to grant him absolution. There are reasons for this (which won’t be given away here; You’ll have to see the play to find out). Eddie’s not the only one with secrets. Michael has a few of his own. He’s admitted to himself that he’s gay, but he hasn’t yet come out to his family. Things are about to get more complicated, as Michael’s female ex-lover (who is still interested in him) has also been invited as a guest for Sunday dinner. Can the Materas withstand the weight of so much sin, secrecy and shame? Would revealing all cleanse the family or destroy it?
 
   
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Jan 17 - Feb 2, 2020  
Fremont Centre Theatre Sweeney Todd:  The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
 
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is Broadway’s hit musical based on London’s urban legend with several stage adaptations dating as far back as 1847. Set in the 19th Century, Sweeney Todd is the tale of a man determined to seek vengeance. Framed and imprisoned by a corrupt judge whom he believes responsible for the death of his beloved wife, Todd returns to London after being rescued by a sailor. The sailor, Anthony, falls for the judge’s beautiful ward, in reality Todd’s daughter Johanna. She is smitten with Anthony. But Johanna is the subject of Judge Turpin’s vile lust, and he keeps her confined, intent on marrying her himself. Todd, meanwhile, returns to his former profession of barbering, a means of pursuing his revenge wherein he can slit the throats of his enemies. Entering into a partnership with a new friend, the baker Mrs. Lovett, his victims become the stuffing of her enormously popular meat pies. How far can Todd and Lovett go in their bloody pursuits? Can Johanna escape the evil Turpin and find true love in the arms of her Anthony? Will the wicked pay for their crimes? Will love and goodness prevail? The new production is presented by Young Stars Theatre, a resident company at Fremont Centre Theatre. Although the non-profit company is best-known for productions featuring young performers, this production features adult professionals in all of the major roles. The ensemble includes some young performers.
 
   
Mistakes Were Made Jan 18 - Apr 5, 2020  
Santa Monica Playhouse Mistakes Were Made
 
Mistakes Were Made - coulda-woulda-shoulda. Dick's mistake: He let a sexy, blue-eyed winker threaten his marriage. Jeff's mistake: He turned down a dream job, then later, screamed, "You idiot!" Mel's mistake: He hired a famous money manager, now famous for stealing money. Dick's wife's mistake: She trusted him, then learned of his affair and had one too. NOBODY'S PERFECT! But mistakes can be fixed, between husbands and wives, girlfriends and boyfriends, fathers and sons. From the acclaimed team that brought you Almost Perfect, Aspirin & ELEPHANTS and A Love Affair, and reuniting Mr. Mayer with acclaimed veteran (and frequent Mayer) director Chris DeCarlo, this world premiere romantic comedy will have you laughing, crying, and running home to fix that one mistake that's been gnawing at you for years!
 
   
Love In Bloom Jan 18 - Mar 1, 2020  
Santa Monica Playhouse Love In Bloom
 
Santa Monica Playhouse presents its acclaimed musical hit Love In Boom, the “captivating” (stagehappenings.com) garden of a thousand and one theatrical delights returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary to insure that all's well that ends as you like it. Santa Monica Mirror calls Love In Bloom “an upbeat romp.” “Delightful whimsy… a bold ambitious piece of musical theatre” says the L.A. Weekly. Magic and mayhem, fops and fairies, mistaken identity, romance and humor abound in this tongue-firmly-in-cheek evening of theatre. The eight-member cast, in the renowned Actors’ Repertory Theatre commedia-carnival style, creates a host of over thirty characters, bringing to the stage all the stuff that dreams (and musicals) are made on. “As homage to Shakespeare, master of pantomime Marcel Marceau, Commedia dell’arte and conventions of classical theater in general, it soars. And by the time the lights fade to black, you will not be able to fight the feeling that all you need is love.” UCLA Daily Bruin
 
   
It's Only A Play Jan 18 - Feb 9, 2020  
Morgan-Wixson Theatre It's Only A Play
 
Written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally (Ragtime), this backstage comedy is a satirical send-up of show business and its often-eccentric practitioners. Taking place at an opening-night party, the frazzled playwright stresses over whether his play will be a success. The irreverent farce “about the comedy of Broadway” at Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre is alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender.
 
   
John O'Hurley: A Man with Standards Jan 18  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts John O'Hurley:  A Man with Standards
 
With his chiseled face, signature silver hair and deep-voiced dulcet tones, actor-singer John O’Hurley has carved out one of the most varied careers in Hollywood. Perfect for the soap-opera scene, he starred on several of those (Santa Barbara, Y&R, GH), before moving to his signature role as Elaine’s boss J. Peterman on Seinfeld. He’s also hosted Family Feud, voiced a ton of cartoons and commercials and appeared on the very first season of Dancing With the Stars, placing second. He’s got some stories to tell, which he’ll share in cabaret with a selection of classic tunes.
 
   
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.”
 
   
Arsenic and Old Lace Jan 24 - Feb 16, 2020  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Arsenic and Old Lace
 
Combining murder and mayhem with zany humor, Arsenic and Old Lace is an uproarious black comedy that gives “hospitality” a bad name. Meet Abby and Martha Brewster, two spinster sisters known for their acts of charity – which lately includes poisoning lonely, old men with their homemade arsenic-laced elderberry wine. When their nephew Mortimer finds out about the corpses in the cellar, he’s in a frantic race to deal with his aunts, his fiancée, and two crazy brothers – one who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt and the other who has had plastic surgery to resemble Boris Karloff! Don’t miss one of America’s most popular classic comedies in a spiffy new production that will slay you with laughter.
 
   
Fertile Jan 29  
Whitefire Theatre Fertile
 
WINNER! Producers’ Encore Award & nominee for Best Solo Performance at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019. “An incredible solo performer. It was witty and relatable – and masterfully tackles a topic that is inexplicably taboo with true grace.” Jenny has a plan. A plan to get pregnant. Everyone keeps telling her that time is running out — she just turned 35, after all. So when those pesky urine tests keep coming back negative, Jenny decides to take action and fix the problem. That’s when she runs into real problems and real questions about fertility and motherhood. As Jenny faces the world of “mom options” – egg freezing, in-vitro, adoption and more – the conversation about the expectation of procreation really begins. Taking into account a whirlwind of outside opinions from her mom, her friends, doctors, a beloved neighbor, and even God, Jenny must ultimately look within to discover what motherhood means to her, what it means to be Fertile. Written & performed by Heather Dowling, directed by & developed with Jessica Lynn Johnson.
 
   
This Side of Crazy Jan 30 - Mar 8, 2020  
Zephyr Theatre This Side of Crazy
 
Ditty Blaylock, the most prolific singer in gospel music history, is being honored by “Gospel Music Network.” All the stars are aligning to sing Ditty’s songs on her TV special. But there is one glitch. A little hiccup. Ditty has promised a reunion of The Blaylock Sisters, her three adult daughters who were once national sensations – “little superstars for Jesus.” Rachel, the oldest sister, who lives with Ditty, is furious when she finds out that her baby sister Bethany, an atheist and lesbian, and Abigail, her middle sister, who has “anger issues” and is currently confined to a mental facility, are headed home. What the public is unaware of is that these complicated sisters have been estranged for over twenty-five years - and extreme past circumstances, including a husband left in a coma, have made reconciliation impossible. Once reunited, secrets are revealed, tempers flare and family wounds are exposed. But…the show must go on!
 
   
What Rhymes with Orange? Feb 1 - Apr 26, 2020  
Second City What Rhymes with Orange?
 
A fairy tale musical for all ages. From the greatest heights to the mysterious jungles below, follow our hero Amari into the magical musical world of flying books, feathered librarians, singing raccoons and a land of giants as we search for the simple answer that will save the day: This show is family friendly.
 
   
Eurydice Feb 1 - Feb 23, 2020  
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Eurydice
 
Matthew Aucoin partners with playwright Sarah Ruhl for a new opera that reimagines ancient mythology for a modern age. This time, the tale unfolds from the heroine’s point of view. (Finally, right?) Tragically killed on her wedding day, a young bride descends into the underworld, where she reconnects with her adoring father. Presented with the opportunity to return to her husband in the world of the living, she must choose between the two men she loves.
 
   
Dear Yoko Feb 2  
Whitefire Theatre Dear Yoko
 
Based on Lawson’s own life, DEAR YOKO unveils the personal history of multi-generational racism and non-acceptance as a young Asian girl growing up in white-washed America and patriarchal Japan. This emotionally-charged intimate story reveals how the iconic Japanese-American artist, singer and peace activist, Yoko Ono, lead Lawson to discover how to finally live her life authentically. In a child custody battle, Anzu was kidnapped by her tiger mom at 15 years old to Japan. Soon thereafter, Anzu worked from being a teen model to garnering her first #1 hit on the Japanese Billboard Charts as a J-POP singer-songwriter. After a dark family secret was revealed, Anzu fled to America, alone and soon 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 was a time when Asian-American roles for Asian-American actresses, were few and far between, so she sustains herself with a succession of jobs: waitress gigs, then as a personal assistant to martial arts film star Steven Seagal. She exits after he attempts to take liberties with her. She inadvertently becomes a masseuse to the stars, literally rubbing the shoulders of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest. And then, upon appearing in a television episode with Brad Garrett, he inspires her to try her hand at stand-up comedy.
 
   
The Father Feb 5 - Mar 1, 2020  
Pasadena Playhouse The Father
 
André was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter, Anne, and her husband, Antoine. Or was André an engineer, whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control. Featuring acclaimed actor Alfred Molina (Frida, An Education, Enchanted April) in a tour-de-force role that will captivate audiences and leave you breathless.
 
   
Ragtime Feb 7 - Feb 23, 2020  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center Ragtime
 
Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington and Emma Goldman are just a few of the historical figures making cool cameo appearances in this soul-stirring musical set in turn-of-the-20th-century New York. And talk about timely: this acclaimed show paints a powerful portrait of the American melting pot through ethnically diverse characters whose fates become unexpectedly intertwined.
 
   
A Body of Water Feb 7 - Mar 15, 2020  
Actors Co-op Theatre A Body of Water
 
What if you awoke to find yourself married to someone you didn’t know? With a daughter you’ve never met? And what if you spent each day re-learning things about your past that only proved you never really knew what your life was like? From Tony/Pulitzer-nominated playwright Lee Blessing, comes the story of three people searching for lifelong answers to fundamental questions about our purpose, our past and our future. And all the answers may be found in A Body of Water.
 
   
Kinky Boots Feb 14 - Mar 1, 2020  
Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts Kinky Boots
 
The hit musical Kinky Boots — like the underdog character at the core of its real-life tale of redemption — stomped all over expectations when it premiered on Broadway in 2013, earning a season-high 13 nominations and six Tony wins, including Best Musical, not to mention a Grammy for Best Cast Album. Bring a date to this inspiring story of love and acceptance, as this 3-D Theatricals production hits the stage in Cerritos just in time for Valentine’s Day.
 
   
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.
 
   
The Book of Mormon Feb 18 - Mar 29, 2020  
Ahmanson Theatre The Book of Mormon
 
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time." It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. This production contains explicit language.
 
   
Roberto Devereux Feb 22 - Mar 14, 2020  
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Roberto Devereux
 
In Tudor England, Queen Elizabeth I rules (literally). Ignoring advice from the court, she declines to charge her lover with treason, but he’s not making it easy for her. Behind her formidable public persona hides a fragile heart that aches to reconnect with a suitor whose loyalties are uncertain. If ever there was a diva role, this is it—careening from outbursts of rage to heartbroken laments—and glamorous Spanish soprano Davinia Rodríguez has the vocal and dramatic goods to deliver a knockout performance. The magnificent tenor Ramón Vargas returns as the scoundrel at the center of all the trouble.
 
   
Dixie's Never Wear A Tube Top While Riding A Mechanical Bull Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2020  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Dixie's Never Wear A Tube Top While Riding A Mechanical Bull
 
Put on your cowboy boots and stroll into one of Dixie’s favorite honky-tonks and get ready to enjoy the incomparable Ms. Longate as she shares her hysterical life-lessons learned after a hard night of drinking. For the last ten years, theatre-goers and critics around the globe have hailed Dixie’s Tupperware Party as a non-stop laughter hit, so it’s no surprise that Ms. Dixie has dreamed up a follow-up show that has reviewers cheering and audiences on their feet begging for more fun!
 
   
Passion Mar 5 - Apr 19, 2020  
Boston Court Performing Arts Center Passion
 
Passion tells the story of Giorgio, a handsome young army captain in 1860’s Italy, who finds himself torn between Clara, his beautiful young lover, and Fosca, the unbeautiful, sickly woman who challenges his notion of what love is. With an achingly beautiful score, Passion delves into the mystifying tangle of desire, obsession, lust and madness that comprise love.
 
   
Cabaret at the Carpenter Center Mar 11 - Mar 12, 2020  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center Cabaret at the Carpenter Center
 
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.
 
   
Hamilton Mar 12 - 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.
 
   
The Art Couple Mar 18 - Apr 19, 2020  
Kirk Douglas Theatre The Art Couple
 
In this absurdist comedy, playwright Neil Simon is desperately seeking inspiration. He finds it in the real-life odd couple story of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin’s ill-fated co-habitation in the south of France. Filled with “gut-punching poignancy” (Stage Raw), this strikingly clever new play explores the lives and work of struggling artists before they become famous—or lose an ear. As Paul and Vincent argue about art and Neil wrestles with his narrative, The Art Couple offers a hilarious look at the world of art, the price of genius, and the difficulty of having a roommate.
 
   
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.
 
   
Mame Mar 27 - Apr 12, 2020  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center Mame
 
“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” That’s the motto of Mame Dennis, one of musical theatre’s all-time greatest heroines, in this brassy, tuneful, hilarious and touching adaptation of Patrick Dennis’s bestseller, Auntie Mame. A Roaring Twenties socialite, Mame sets out to teach her orphaned nephew the nature of free living and free thinking, attempting to keep him from the clutches of the uptight world of his late father’s estate executor and, later, his fiancée. One of Jerry Herman’s most celebrated scores, it features the classics “Mame,” “Open a New Window,” “If He Walked into My Life” and “We Need a Little Christmas.”
 
   
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.
 
   
Bernhardt/Hamlet Apr 7 - May 10, 2020  
Geffen Playhouse Bernhardt/Hamlet
 
It’s 1899, and the legendary Sarah Bernhardt shocks the world by taking on the lead role in Hamlet. While her performance is destined to become one for the ages, Sarah first has to convince a sea of naysayers that her right to play the part should be based on ability, not gender — a feat as difficult as mastering Shakespeare’s most verbose tragic hero. Fresh off its Broadway triumph, Theresa Rebeck’s shrewd comedy puts the spotlight on a woman who used her singular talent to challenge whether a woman’s place was “to be or not to be” in the greatest role ever written.
 
   
Canyon Apr 8 - Apr 19, 2020  
Kirk Douglas Theatre Canyon
 
Set in a Southern California canyon, this timely new play from Ovation Award winner Jonathan Caren revolves around a young married couple and the Mexican father and son who work for them. When a debilitating injury rocks all of their lives, tightly held morals are put to the test with potentially catastrophic results. Canyon is a “sharply observed and suspenseful dark comedy” (Los Angeles Times) that takes a hard look at gender, race, citizenship, and the cost of living the American dream.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
Sakina's Restuarant May 29 - Jun 28, 2020  
Kirk Douglas Theatre Sakina's Restuarant
 
Actor, writer, and former correspondent for __The Daily Show_ Aasif Mandvi’s Sakina’s Restaurant is a vibrant, funny, and heartwarming one-man show that centers on an Indian immigrant who comes to New York to work at a restaurant and live the American dream. Sakina’s Restaurant is written and performed by Mandvi, who brings his acclaimed performance back to the stage 20 years after its Obie Award-winning debut. Entertaining and intimate, this story of what it means to be an American feels necessary and even urgent, and certainly as honest and refreshing as ever. Recommended for ages 12+ for mature themes.
 
   
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?
 
   
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.
 
   
King James Jul 29 - Aug 30, 2020  
Mark Taper Forum King James
 
“King” LeBron James’s reign in Cleveland brings promise, prosperity, and renewal to a city in desperate need of all three. It also brings together two strangers, who communicate best when they are talking and arguing about sports. From LeBron’s rookie season to the city’s historic championship, King James explores the star player’s impact on Cleveland and the lives of two unlikely friends, whose turbulent relationship is best navigated through their shared love of the game. King James is the new play from Cleveland native Rajiv Joseph (Archduke, Guards at the Taj), who burst onto the American theater scene with Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which made its world premiere at Center Theatre Group in 2009 before heading to Broadway.