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Side Man Apr 22  
Sierra Madre Playhouse Side Man
 
The story: Set in 1953 and traveling to 1985, this lovely and poignant memory play unfolds through the eyes of Clifford, the only son of Gene, a jazz trumpet player, and Terry, an alcoholic mother. alternating between their New York City apartment and a smoke-filled music club, Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz as popular entertainment. Clifford recalls the key moments in his life, such as the day when he, fresh out of college, picked up his first unemployment check and was congratulated by Gene and his band mates. Gene's music career on the big band circuit ultimately crumbles with the advent of Elvis and rock-n-roll. Terry begs him to get a nine-to-five job to support the family, but Gene refuses to enter the "straight world" of regular paychecks, mortgages and security. For Gene, who knows jazz better than his own son, music is not just a job; it's his life. their marriage slowly dissolves and young Clifford is witness to it all. as things worsen, Clifford assumes the role of parent and throws the hopeless Gene out of his mother's apartment. When an adult Clifford visits Gene in a rundown jazz club after years of separation, he requests that the old man play his mother's favorite song, the old standard "Why Was I Born?"
 
   
Women Beyond Borders Apr 24 - Apr 26, 2019  
Rubicon Theatre Women Beyond Borders
 
Women Beyond Borders embraces the possibility that women are honored for their untold voices and visions, and that women support one another in this quest. The endeavor has become more than an exhibition, it has become a catalyst for dialogue and collaboration.
 
   
Old Jews Telling Jokes Apr 25 - Jun 16, 2019  
The Colony Theatre Old Jews Telling Jokes
 
Old Jews Telling Jokes, which has been called a “pickle-barrel full of giggles,” showcases five actors in a revue-type production that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. It celebrates the rich tradition of Jewish humor and ‘all the rabbis, complaining wives, fed-up husbands, patience-challenged physicians, gossiping ladies, and competitive men’ populating it. The humor is suggestive and even raunchy as the ‘Old Jews’ make fun of themselves as well as followers of every other religion. Said producer Philip Roger Roy, “Think Catskills comedy with jokes, songs, stories, skits, and routines. The humor is reminiscent of the great Jewish comedians from Buddy Hackett and Alan King to Tom Lehrer, and more.” Warning: adult (bawdy) humor. Not for audiences under 21.
 
   
Cirque Du Soleil - Amaluna Apr 25 - May 26, 2019  
Under the Big Top on the LA Waterfront Cirque Du Soleil - Amaluna
 
After directing her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony, honouring femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance, Queen Prospera causes a storm. A group of young men wash up on the isle, triggering an epic love story between Prospera's daughter and a brave young suitor. Theirs is a love that will be tested. With a majority-female cast, including a 100-percent-female band, Cirque du Soleil conjures AMALUNA Under the Big Top on the LA Waterfront in San Pedro.
 
   
The Catholic Girl's Guide to Sex Apr 25 - May 9, 2019  
Hudson Theatre The Catholic Girl's Guide to Sex
 
Lizzy Stephens has only had sex with one man, her husband, but after a decade of marriage it sadly ends. Lizzy learns that unless she’s gets an annulment (proving her marriage was invalid), in the church’s eyes she’s a big fat sinner. Not wanting to annul her marriage, she decides to go against her Catholic upbringing and sin. A sequel to the critically acclaimed The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity, The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Sex is about chucking off any societal standards that were put upon you and figuring out what you want, what you value and ultimately what you believe. Catch this hilarious and empowering production at Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood.
 
   
Black Beauty Apr 26 - May 5, 2019  
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Black Beauty
 
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts welcomes Andy Cannon, Andy Manley, and Shona Reppe’s Black Beauty when it comes to Beverly Hills as part of its American premiere tour. Based on the classic novel by Anna Sewell, Black Beauty follows brothers Andy McCuddy and Andy McCuddy (it’s a family thing), self-described “purveyors of fine equestrian illusions,” who’ve fallen on hard times. After all, it’s hard to get a gig these days when you’re the front and back of a theatrical pantomime horse! When the McCuddy brothers discover their beloved copy of Black Beauty in the cozy horse trailer they call home, they take the bit firmly between their teeth and re-enact portions of the page-turning adventure to lift their spirits. Blending storytelling, music and puppetry, this re-telling of the classic horse tale is sure to warm your heart. Running time includes one intermission. This show is recommended for ages 5 and up.
 
   
Moving On: The 2019 One Acts Apr 26 - May 26, 2019  
Atwater Village Theatre Moving On:  The 2019 One Acts
 
Five new short plays by Los Angeles playwrights. Moving On: The 2019 One Acts features a mix of established playwrights and exciting, emerging younger talent. Here’s the program: Rock Logic. Written by Sophia Lewis. Directed by Katie Lindsay. Sammy is grieving the loss of her mother and her girlfriend, Taylor, tries to help navigate Sammy to the funeral. However, Sammy is convinced she is the “Earth Assistant.” thanks to an old diary entry she found, and refuses to leave her hometown park until she can fulfill her guardian duties and watch the rockspirits move. Taylor is trying to support Sammy during this sensitive time, but also fielding calls from Sammy’s sister freaking out that they won’t make it to the funeral on time. It’s a story of grief and coming into a place of acceptance while mourning the loss of someone you love. Smiling Cat Candy Heart, Written by Jennie Webb. Directed by June Carryl. A short play about the big battles in the world and the little things we do to navigate through them. When two separated parents meet for their regularly scheduled child exchange, their usual communication challenges take an unexpected new twist. An observant look at 21st Century parenting from the co-founder of the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. The Cold Place. Written by Ashley Rose Wellman. Directed by Christopher J. Raymond. Robin and Daniel, fostering a secret connection, make plans to meet up in a motel room behind the backs of their spouses. However, once they’re in the room, the encounter doesn’t go how either of them have planned, as deeper and more painful things are revealed. Signing-Off. Written by Ken Levine. Directed by Tony Pasqualini. A long time late night talk show host is pushed into retirement and must meet his young replacement. The meeting goes from bad to worse and then some. Playwright Levine won an Emmy® writing for Cheers. He also wrote for M.A.S.H., Frasier, and lots of things you love to watch, so his insights into television are razor-sharp. Possible Deranged Lunatic. Written by Christine Hamilton-Schmidt. Directed by William Charlton. Jeanette and Olivia are listening to a terrifying true crime podcast late at night. There is a loud knock at the door. A man asks to be let in. When Jeanette opens the door and lets Peter into the house, Olivia is convinced she’s the only one who can save she and her mother from becoming the latest true crime murder story.
 
   
Crime and Punishment Apr 26 - May 26, 2019  
Edgemar Center for the Arts Crime and Punishment
 
This new, award-winning adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s literary masterpiece Crime and Punishment is told by three actors. This “conversation on the nature of evil” is set in the mind of the murderer where he relives and explores the thoughts, ideas and feelings that drove him to his horrible crime. The play becomes a psychological landscape which creates a thrilling journey into the mind of a killer and his search for redemption. This is an intimate psychological and spiritual journey which seeks to unveil hidden dimensions of the human condition.
 
   
Exit, Pursued By a Bear Apr 26 - May 25, 2019  
Long Beach Playhouse Exit, Pursued By a Bear
 
If the Coen Brothers created a mashup of a Shakespearean revenge tale and an outrageous comedy, it would probably be something like Exit, Pursued By a Bear . Join Nan as she forces her abusive husband, Kyle, to watch her and her over-the-top cheerleading friend, Simon, reenact scenes from their horrible relationship as he’s tied to his La-Z-Boy. Will Nan be able to make Kyle see the painful truths of their marriage, or will she leave him to be mauled by a bear at the end of her performance piece? Come see the playwright of Silent Sky, Lauren Gunderson, as she explores the comedy, the pain, and the chance of being eaten, in this comic gem of a play at the Long Beach Playhouse’s Studio Theatre.
 
   
Hairspray: The Broadway Musical Apr 26 - May 12, 2019  
Norris Center for the Performing Arts Hairspray:  The Broadway Musical
 
Based on John Water’s cult classic film, the eight-time Tony award-winning phenomenon is set in 1962 Baltimore, and tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, who has one big dream – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Dance Show.” When she finally wins a spot on the show, she’s transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a television network in the process. The larger‐than‐life production, with its infectious music, show‐stopping dance numbers and uplifting story, is an exciting and heart‐warming theatre experience for audiences of all ages.
 
   
Dr. Nympho Vs The Sex Zombies! Apr 26 - May 26, 2019  
The Lex Theatre Dr. Nympho Vs The Sex Zombies!
 
Every family has issues. No issues run deeper than those of the brilliant pathologist and matriarch Dr. Nimfa Delacroix. She was a nymphomaniac in the past but now lives a “normal life” with her nuclear 21st century family. All of her demons must be confronted however, when the outbreak of a deadly STD launches in Atlanta, turning its residents into zombies that promises the end of civilization. Can Nimfa unite her family? Can she overcome her past? Can she save the world? Find out in DR. NYMPHO VS THE SEX ZOMBIES!" For Mature Audiences 18 and older.
 
   
A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline Apr 27 - May 19, 2019  
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline
 
The first female solo artist ever inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and one of the most successful crossover artists in history, the iconic Patsy Cline packed a lot of great music into her short life, which tragically ended in a plane crash at the age of 30. Developed with the help of her widow Charlie Dick and featuring more than 20 of her hit songs, this show pays tribute to the remarkable singer by following her career from her early honky-tonk days through her success at the Grand Ole Opry and beyond. You'll hear signature tunes like "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy" and more when A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline comes to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.
 
   
Rapunzel Apr 27 - May 19, 2019  
Pico Playhouse Rapunzel
 
Creating Arts Company is proud to present a stunning new adaption of the classic Grimm fairy-tale of the girl with magical golden locks, Rapunzel. Cheer for the Prince and Boo for the mean witch Gothel who has locked the beautiful Rapunzel high atop a tower. Will Rapunzel escape the tower and learn she’s a Princess and find her way back to her rightful mother and father, King and Queen Windsor? This is a Creating Arts Company Pint Sized Play and is a one hour interactive-cinematic-theatrical experience like no other that is sure to delight children and their families ages three and up! This is a Creating Arts Company signature original pint-sized play and is a one-hour, immersive and interactive show that is perfect for ages 3 and up.
 
   
Mowgli and The Frog Princess's Jungle Book Adventures Apr 27 - May 19, 2019  
Pico Playhouse Mowgli and The Frog Princess's Jungle Book Adventures
 
When the Frog Princess finds herself lost in the jungle, being chased by an evil witch-doctor tiger and his side-kick snake, she relies on the help of her new friend Mowgli to escape. They find themselves on an exciting adventure that reveals the truth about the secret Prince of the Jungle and what true friendship really is. Come cheer for the heros and boo for the villains in this original fairy-tale mashup, signature Creating Arts Company mini-musical. With music from pop to rock, this show is fun for the entire family and will have all ages stomping their feet, dancing and wanting more. This is a Creating Arts Company signature original show is immersive and interactive show that is perfect for ages 3 and up.
 
   
Swing Apr 27 - May 19, 2019  
Write Act Repertory Theatre Swing
 
Swing! tells the story of Adrianna, a factory worker in the 40’s who is holding down her husband Butch’s factory job while he’s at war. Once he returns home, both Adrianna and Butch feel like they don’t fit into their old lives. When she meets Janine, Adrianna rediscovers old passions that she put away when she was first married. While her feelings blossom for Janine, Adrianna‘s love for her husband is also rekindled. Adrianna’s difficult choice in a time of forbidden love fuels this passionate musical journey.
 
   
Love's Labour's Apr 28  
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles Love's Labour's
 
This staged reading of Love's Labour's Lost, directed by Louis Fantasia and presented at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, doubles as a benefit for the "Will Power to Youth" program.
 
   
Homeward L.A. Apr 28  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre Homeward L.A.
 
Homeward L.A. 2019 is a program consisting of eleven monologues based on stories who’ve experienced homelessness. Actors of Theatre 40 will perform the show, directed by one of Theatre 40’s regular directors, Jules Aaron.
 
   
The One Day Plays Apr 28  
Greenway Court Theatre The One Day Plays
 
Five plays are conceived, written, rehearsed and performed for a live audience within a 23-hour period. Here's how it works: members and friends of IAMA Theatre Company meet the night before to pair up directors, writers and actors by drawing names from a hat. Once the five “teams” are chosen, the writers have nine hours to write the scripts. Actors receive them the morning of the show to rehearse and memorize. That night an audience arrives and watches five fully realized plays that did not exist one day earlier.
 
   
Daniel's Husband May 1 - Jun 23, 2019  
Fountain Theatre Daniel's Husband
 
Michael McKeever’s funny, passionate and poignant play takes an unflinching look at how we choose to tie the knot — or not. Daniel and Mitchell are the perfect couple. What isn't so perfect is that Daniel desperately longs to be married, but Mitchell doesn’t believe in it. When a life-altering event throws the couple into crisis, Mitchell must use the laws of his own heart to fight the rules of law.
 
   
Freaky Friday May 2 - May 19, 2019  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Freaky Friday
 
When an uber-organized mother and her spontaneous teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right. Masquerading as each other, they must work together to solve the mystery of how to break the spell. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another’s struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter in this heartfelt and hilarious adaptation. Based on the beloved 1972 novel and the hit Disney films, Freaky Friday features a book by Bridget Carpenter, a writer on TV faves Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, plus music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal. Catch it at Scherr Forum Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
 
   
Bare Naked Angels May 3 - May 25, 2019  
Actors Workout Studio Bare Naked Angels
 
Bare Naked Angels is an eclectic group of artists dedicated to storytelling on stage in a way that moves, touches and inspires their audience. Actors are guided through a four-month process of self-discovery where they learn to write their own autobiographical pieces. Culminating in a final performance, all pieces are merged together to create a unique evening of theater. Solo Performance with a twist! Bare Naked Angels: Angels Untamed follows six brave actors as they reveal intimate stories about their lives. Laugh with them, cry with them, be amazed by them as they share their unique journeys and navigate their way through this thing we call life. This show is intended only for mature audiences ages 18 and up.
 
   
Pippin May 3 - May 19, 2019  
Lineage Performing Arts Center Pippin
 
The iconic Broadway musical about a prince who learns the true meaning of glory, love and war! Lineage is proud to present a re-imagined Pippin! Along with the magic, mystery and excitement of the stage musical Pippin, the Lineage Dancers and a talented cast of singers and actors bring new excitement to the show with fresh choreography, site specific surprises and inspiration for all. Come move through space and time with an all new Pippin at Lineage’s temporary home in Pasadena.
 
   
The Long Gravel Road May 4 - Jun 1, 2019  
Theatre West The Long Gravel Road
 
A modern re-telling of the Parsifal myth, The Long Gravel Road revolves around a man’s primordial recognition of himself seduced in a cosmic overture and by the idea of Individuation, Carl Jung’s term for the life long journey in which a person becomes the complete entity God intended. Abbott's virtuoso performance and imaginative writing soars above our heads and stabs our hearts and memories. The proscenium is blasted away before our eyes for an hour of pioneering, singular, and thought-provoking theatre.
 
   
And Then There Were None May 4 - May 26, 2019  
Morgan-Wixson Theatre And Then There Were None
 
In this classic Agatha Christie whodunit, And Then There Were None, 10 people who’ve never met each other before are lured by a cryptic invitation to a deserted island and left stranded there. Ten little soldier statues sit on the mantelpiece, with a nursery rhyme that describes how each of the ten soldiers dies, “until there were none.” A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder — and then one of them drops dead. One down, nine to go. Can the other “soldiers” discover the identity of the murderer before they all fall prey to the trap? Put on your sleuthing cap for this timeless murder mystery at Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica.
 
   
Julius Weezer May 4 - May 19, 2019  
El Portal Theatre Julius Weezer
 
Have you ever wondered what really happened to Julius Caesar on the Ides of March? The Troubies have…and are warning you to “Beware the Ides of March in May!” The terrible tidings and twisted tale of corruption, betrayal, and the quest for absolute power –no, not Washington DC - it’s Rome circa 44 B.C., with Shakespeare’s story of Caesar mashed up with the funk-rock riffs of the resurgent and ubiquitous band, Weezer. This hard-driving, heart pounding, adrenaline rush of a show will feature the Troubies in all their classical glory - speaking the speech and strumming the power chords. Part circus, part improv comedy show, part rock concert - with a live band that complements and compels the Troubie cast as they wind their way through the dark and dangerous world of Julius Weezer! Enjoy the madness with the Troubies and you will be able to say: “I came, I saw, I conquered…and I rocked out!
 
   
Standing On My Knees May 5 - Jun 2, 2019  
The Sherry Theatre Standing On My Knees
 
Addressing the ever relevant theme of creativity and its possible connection to madness, Standing on My Knees tells the tale of Catherine, an up and coming poet who has recently returned home after a lengthy hospitalization for schizophrenia. With the help of Joanne, her psychiatrist and Alice, her good friend and publisher, Catherine hopes to find the balance of regaining a normal life while also getting back to work on her writing. At a party, she meets handsome stockbroker Robert and there is instant attraction which leads to a new relationship. Will Catherine be able to navigate the waters of staying healthy, falling in love and trying to write or will all of this turbulence lead her back to her demons? Standing On My Knees tackles the ever relevant issue of how creativity is perhaps tied to madness and how far one can safely go in the name of art.
 
   
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.
 
   
The Price May 8 - May 26, 2019  
Long Beach Performing Arts Center The Price
 
In Arthur Miller’s riveting masterpiece, two estranged brothers must try to make peace with their past when they meet to dispose of their late father's belongings.
 
   
The Price May 8 - May 26, 2019  
International City Theatre The Price
 
In a New York brownstone marked for demolition, two estranged brothers meet to sort through and sell their late father’s belongings — a pile of relics and old furniture buried by a lifetime worth of family baggage. The resulting confrontation leads them to examine the events and qualities of their very different lives and the price that each of them had to pay. Tony nominated play The Price is a riveting story about the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future.
 
   
Hot Flashin May 9 - May 19, 2019  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Hot Flashin
 
Written by Gina Jourard, with help from Ruth Mercado, and featuring 16 original songs, including 13 written by acclaimed musician/songwriter/composer Tom Pergola, “Hot Flashin’” is a “Feel Good Musical Comedy” that tells the story of a group of five women in their “middle to later years, who have seen it all!” These female characters have grown children and limited incomes, and are working through the challenges of life in the midst of rising living costs. Somehow they each have the ability to find humor in the stressful moments they confront by their unique life situations. “Hot Flashin’” opens with five ladies dressed in extremely funny costumes – they are “Drama Mama,” “Mystery Mama,” “Earth Mama,” “Sassy Mama,” and “Survivor Mama.” Each woman gets a phone call from a Producer via his disembodied voice (think “Charlie” from “Charlie’s Angels” – a character the audience never sees), telling them they have been picked to star in a new reality television show. The premise of the TV show is to prove that “age is just a number,” and that regardless of how old you are or what you might look like, talent is still talent. The entire musical takes place within the producer’s rehearsal studio. The show offers plenty of physical comedy, funny repartee, and hysterical songs, with titles such as “Hot Flashes,” “Dump that Chump,” “My Feet Hurt” and “Boob Operation,” among them. After the audience gets to know the plights and challenges of each of the five women, the play ends with the women becoming an official singing group. During the course of the play, the audience learns that the women’s performances have been streamed live over the Internet, and they’ve become a smash. The Producer is so pleased by their talent, he scores for the women a live performance residency in Las Vegas. Learning this, the ladies are thrilled. Says the show’s director Dan Berkowitz, “Hot Flashin’ is a wonderful combination of outrageous comedy set against a backdrop of real-world situations.”
 
   
Bronco Billy-New Musical May 10 - Jun 30, 2019  
Skylight Theatre Bronco Billy-New Musical
 
The country’s going crazy; partisan politics, civil rights threatened, technology exploding. That's right, it's 1979! Somewhere in America’s heartland, with more heart than sense, Bronco Billy struggles to keep his traveling Wild West show alive. But when Billy and his ragtag troupe of misfits meet Antoinette, a Manhattan heiress on-the-run, the ride gets even wilder as she turns Billy’s world upside down.
 
   
12 Angry Men,12 Impassioned Women May 10 - Jun 15, 2019  
Promenade Playhouse 12 Angry Men,12 Impassioned Women
 
A diverse cast of women will lend their impassioned voices to a vibrant and staged reading of the classic play, Twelve Angry Men, Adapted by Sherman L. Sergel, based on the Emmy-Award Winning Television Movie by Reginald Rose. About the power one person can have when they speak with conviction in our judicial system.
 
   
The Christians May 10 - Jun 9, 2019  
Actors Co-op Theatre The Christians
 
When the pastor of a megachurch decides to enlighten his congregation with his own personal revelation, he’s faced with doubt and deep dissension among his flock. Lucas Hnath’s Obie Award-winning drama examines the schism in today’s church and the role of faith in America. Called “that rare play about religion that both believers and non-believers can embrace” by the Los Angeles Times, this Actors Co-op production of The Christians is staged at Crossley Theatre, aptly located on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.
 
   
Samsara May 10 - Jun 1, 2019  
MET Theatre Samsara
 
In Samsara, Katie and Craig are having a baby—via a surrogate—who lives in India. A month before the baby’s due date, Craig reluctantly travels to the subcontinent where he meets Suraiya, their young, less-than-thrilled surrogate. As all three parents anxiously await the baby’s birth, flights of fancy attack them from all sides.
 
   
Behold! Queer May 10 - May 11, 2019  
Highways Performance Space and Gallery Behold! Queer
 
As part of BEHOLD!, Highways’ Queer Performance Festival. A weekend dedicated to celebrating and giving space to queer choreographers based in Los Angeles. Allowing room for unapologetic exploration of self, queerness and existence. Five new works to be presented in two nights followed by a talkback with the choreographers each evening.
 
   
A Wizardly Poppin Tea Party May 11  
Pico Playhouse A Wizardly Poppin Tea Party
 
What happens when the Wizard world meets the spit-spot world of a flying nanny? Why, the best tea party on earth is what! Come help make the magic happen at the tea party that’s party magic, part tea-party, party live action show and more! Sing along to your favorite songs, learn proper tea-time etiquette and of course find out what wizardly powers you have! This fun tea-party is perfect for ages 4-9 and all children are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes! This is a Creating Arts Company signature original tea party and is a one hour and 30 minute, immersive and interactive show that is recommended for ages 4-9. Up to two adults are allowed to accompany each ticketed child.
 
   
MOMentum Place 2019 May 12  
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum MOMentum Place 2019
 
This Mother's Day, the 21st annual MOMentum Place creates a fantastical world of aerial and circus performers, dancers and musicians in Theatricum Botanicum's rustic outdoor amphitheater. Bring your mother to honor the MOMentum in her life - always on the go for others. Now, she can sit back, relax and enjoy an uncommon afternoon of performance delights that are kid friendly and full of surprises. For an extra treat, enjoy a scrumptious brunch in Theatricum’s rustic gardens before the performance.
 
   
Shame of Thrones: The Hilarious Musical Parody May 13 - Jun 8, 2019  
Whitefire Theatre Shame of Thrones:  The Hilarious Musical Parody
 
Just in time for Game of Thrones’ final season, spoof musical Shame of Thrones returns to L.A. for more hilarious reimagining of the show’s backstabbing siblings, clever imps and dragon mamas, all set to an addictive rock score that’ll stick in your head (unless the king orders it off, natch). Watch your favorite daring and most despised characters sing and dance towards epic plot twists and the coveted Iron Throne. It’d be a shame, shame, shame to miss the show The New York Times called “a tribute a dragon or anyone else could love” when Shame of Thrones comes for one more round of musical parody fun at Whitefire Theatre.
 
   
At The Table May 14 - May 31, 2019  
Lankershim Arts Center At The Table
 
Six friends head out of the city on their annual weekend retreat. With no social media, no cell phones, no internet allowed at all, this leaves them with one thing to do … look up from their screens and talk to each other. When the liquor starts flowing and the tongues loosen, no conversation is uneventful and no topic is off-limits. In these polarizing times, what does it mean to come to the table and at what cost? Will it bring us together or reveal how far apart we really are?
 
   
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.
 
   
Einstein! May 16  
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. There is no intermission. The show is recommend for ages 10 and older.
 
   
A Bad Year for Tomatoes May 16 - Jun 16, 2019  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre  A Bad Year for Tomatoes
 
Fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, the famous Myra Marlowe leases a house in the tiny Vermont hamlet of Beaver Haven, and settles down to write her autobiography. She is successful in turning aside the offers pressed on her by her long-time agent, but dealing with her nosy, omnipresent neighbors is a different matter. In an attempt to shoo them away, and gain some privacy, Myra invents a mad, homicidal sister - who is kept locked in an upstairs room, but who occasionally escapes long enough to scare off uninvited visitors. The ruse works well, at first, but complications result when the local handyman conceives an affection for "Sister Sadie' (really Myra in a fright wig) and some of the more officious ladies decide it is their Christian duty to save the poor demented Sadie's soul. In desperation, Myra announces that her imaginary sibling has suddenly gone off to Boston - which brings on the sheriff, and the suspicion of murder! What will happen to Myra now?
 
   
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.
 
   
Boys in Trouble! May 17 - May 18, 2019  
Highways Performance Space and Gallery Boys in Trouble!
 
Trailblazing transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey returns to the stage with Boys in Trouble, a new evening of dances that unpack masculinity with unflinching honesty — from unapologetically trans and queer perspectives. True Transsexual Confessions. An unabashed love letter between queer Black men. A sendup of all things Macho. A queer spin on butchness. Real talk about whiteness. An invitation to look deeply at Shame. A witness to hurt and heartbreak. A roadmap for another way. Boys in Trouble is an extravaganza of full-throttle dance, raw emotion, irreverent humor, exquisite queer partnering and super-vulnerable storytelling … all performed with Sean Dorsey Dance’s signature precision, guts and deep humanity. Sean Dorsey is celebrated as the nation’s first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer. His works have been praised as “exquisite…poignant and important” (BalletTanz), “trailblazing” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “evocative, compelling, elegant” (LA Weekly). Dorsey has toured his work to 30 cities.
 
   
An Evening with James Barbour May 18  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts An Evening with James Barbour
 
Broadway’s James Barbour is back by popular demand at the La Mirada Theatre for an intimate performance of musical-theater classics and pop favorites. The star of La Mirada’s Les Misérables, Barbour’s just coming off a long run as The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, where he’s also appeared in hits like A Tale of Two Cities, Assassins, Beauty and the Beast and more. But this award-winning singer-actor also happens to be a blockbuster cabaret, concert and recording artist, appearing at famed clubs like Feinstein’s in New York. The New York Daily News raves about his voice, which “infuses raw power with rich expression.”
 
   
Slalpstick Sillies-Silent Movies with Live Music May 18  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Slalpstick Sillies-Silent Movies with Live Music
 
The big laugh-getting hit returns! Audiences LOVED our last showing of these wild comedies, so we’re back with new ones! BOTH with live, composed-on-the-spot musical scores by Lincoln Center pianist Ben Model. Full of physical stunts (which they did themselves!) and sight gags, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin’s films are timeless and witty. Ending with the best chase sequence every filmed, hair-raising and sidesplitting, SHERLOCK JR. is a fast-paced, laugh-a-minute classic that has Buster chasing down the guy who wants his girl – and walks right onto the screen to become part of a movie-within-a-movie. And Charlie’s up to his outrageous best in THE TRAMP!
 
   
The Tempest May 18 - Jun 15, 2019  
Miles Memorial Playhouse The Tempest
 
Theatre for a Small Space presents William Shakespeare’s brilliant fantasy The Tempest at the beautiful Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica. This production is performed by a fantastic cast with the emphasis on Shakespeare’s language and the story as he wrote it. This productions perfect for Shakespeare aficionados and novices alike! Great for students to hear one of the plays live.
 
   
Coastal Disturbances May 20  
Sierra Madre Playhouse Coastal Disturbances
 
Holly, who is escaping her troubled life in New York, has come to stay with her aunt, artist M.J. Adams whose home is on a private beach on the north shore of Massachusetts. She meets Leo, the beach lifeguard, who is getting over a failed romance. Just as their romance begins, Holly's estranged boyfriend arrives. This charming ensemble comedy follows four generations of vacationers on a Massachusetts beach.
 
   
Noises Off May 21 - May 31, 2019  
A Noise Within Noises Off
 
Considered by many to be the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off shines a spotlight on the hilarious backstage antics of a group of beleaguered actors attempting to perform a theatrical flop called Nothing On. This play-within-a-play is a comedic triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers … and flying sardines. Written by award-winning English novelist and playwright Michael Frayn (Copenhagen, Democracy), the comedy of errors remains a crowd-pleaser more than 35 years after its debut. Catch this joyfully out-of-control British farce when it returns to A Noise Within in Pasadena with your favorite resident artists, along with a few new faces. Recommended for those 12 and older.
 
   
A Streetcar Named Desire May 23 - Jul 7, 2019  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble A Streetcar Named Desire
 
In the sultry streets of New Orleans, passions flare and cultures collide in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. Blanche DuBois, a fading relic of the Old South, searches for refuge at her sister’s home, only to collide with reality in the form of Stanley Kowalski, her brutish brother-in-law. A visiting production presented by Dance On Productions, producer of 2016’s acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth, called “richly entertaining” by Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty.
 
   
A Paris Love Story May 24 - Jun 9, 2019  
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts A Paris Love Story
 
In his one-man biographical musicals, Hershey Felder has brought to life everyone from Beethoven to Irving Berlin, and in Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story, the virtuoso performer takes audiences on his own personal journey as he explores the life and music of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. From the sweeping La mer to the evocative L'après-midi d'un faune and the mystical Clair de lune, this soaring tribute will never be forgotten. Experience it at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
 
   
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.
 
   
Good Boys May 29 - Jun 23, 2019  
Pasadena Playhouse Good Boys
 
As a senior at St. Joseph’s Prep, Brandon Hardy has the world at his feet. He is handsome, athletic, smart, and a shining example of the perfect private school student, just like his father was. But when a disturbing videotape becomes the talk of the locker room, the comfortable lives of the Hardy family threatens to shatter. Good Boys is a suspenseful drama at the Pasadena Playhouse that explores what happens when a family must separate fact from fiction — and, ultimately, choose to either preserve a legacy or risk losing everything in pursuit of the truth.
 
   
Disney's Beauty and The Beast Onstage May 31 - Jun 23, 2019  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Disney's Beauty and The Beast Onstage
 
Experience the tale as old as time as you step into the enchanted world of the modern Broadway classic Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Let Lumiere light the way as you embark on this romantic adventure with Belle and her Beast. You'll sing, you'll swoon, you'll shake a fist at the dastardly Gaston and Le Fou. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of those unforgettable songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman -- from the rousing "Be Our Guest" to the heartwarming title track -- along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. Fall in love with this magical musical all over again at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
18 Minutes of Fame Jun 2 - Jun 16, 2019  
Pico Playhouse 18 Minutes of Fame
 
Join Broadway, film and television star Barbara Minkus in a pre-NYC run as she shares an intimate show of personal moments, funny and poignant songs and her remarkable stories working with luminaries like Danny Kaye, Merv Griffin, Jerry Lewis and Charlotte Rae. While searching for fame, Minkus found the more meaningful things in life. Her story at L.A.’s Pico Playhouse showcases an exceptional journey of love, life, difficult decisions, family dynamics and more.
 
   
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.
 
   
Chrissy Meth : A Dance with the Devil and the Journey Back to Self Jun 6 - Jun 22, 2019  
Lounge Theatre Chrissy Meth :  A Dance with the Devil and the Journey Back to Self
 
In Chrissy Meth, a solo show by Crystal Bush, a motherless child, growing up in the western suburbs of Chicago, not only has to face the racially oppressive construct of her world, she also finds herself stumbling from one abusive relationship to the next, pushing her into a deep drug addition. On top of that, she is shunned and ostracized for her sexuality. Somehow, from the depths, she finds hope and begins to put the pieces back together. Through the use of song, multimedia, humor and multiple characters, she explores, questions and challenges beliefs and social mores surrounding race and sex identity while showing that it's never to late to come back and find one's self-worth.
 
   
Third Annual Diversity Festival Jun 8  
The Groundlings Theatre Third Annual Diversity Festival
 
Returning for a third year to celebrate and explore diversity and inclusion in comedy and entertainment, The Groundlings Theatre and School is proud to present their annual Diversity Festival on Saturday, June 8. Building on the enthusiasm and success of the last two iterations of the festival, The Groundlings welcome back sponsors NBC and Nickelodeon to offer a full day of performances that will be free and open to the public. The festival will also host several diversity-related workshops exploring such topics as Creating Diverse Characters, Queer-Prov and Finding Your Voice. These one-hour workshops are $10.00, and registration will be open to the public.
 
   
The Living Room: A Comedy of Grief Jun 9 - Jun 27, 2019  
Theatre of NOTE The Living Room:  A Comedy of Grief
 
Confined to The Living Room, these two Accountants of Death work tirelessly to record the death toll, while the occupational hazards wear on these two clowns as they learn the meaning of life and death. It makes for an absurd and physical jaunt brimming with existential phone calls, impaired dancing and the love of a goldfish.
 
   
Saving Cain Jun 11 - Jun 30, 2019  
Hudson Theatre Saving Cain
 
In Saving Cain, the world premiere family drama by award-winning playwright Aaron Kozak, a far-right, Pentecostal helicopter-mom struggles to keep her hell-raising son on the path of righteousness as he enters his first public school. When a powerful addiction takes over her son's life, she must accept that you can't save everyone, and that not every miracle can be left up to God. This deeply personal work examines the divide between Americans when it comes to faith and politics and how there are always still some ties that bind.
 
   
The Producers Jun 21 - Aug 12, 2019  
The Lex Theatre The Producers
 
Get ready for another imaginative staging of a big musical at the intimate Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles as The Producers arrives in all its overblown glory. When a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, things go awry when the show is a hit. The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an equal opportunity offender.
 
   
Annie Jun 28 - Jun 30, 2019  
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Annie
 
Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie became a worldwide phenomenon and won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin features some of the greatest musical theater hits ever written, including the quintessential “Tomorrow.” With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie warms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She’s determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage that’s run by the cruel and embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the big city. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations … and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Annie is the perfect musical for a fun-filled family outing. See it at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center courtesy of ENCORE. Children under the age of 4 will not be admitted.
 
   
Elton: The Early Years Jun 29  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Elton:  The Early Years
 
More than just a tribute show, Elton: The Early Years is a pitch-perfect look at the life of a musical legend. Kenny Metcalf stars as Elton in this showcase, which has appeared on the AXS show The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands. This electric concert at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts features a technically accurate Vegas-style production with the wildly popular music, costumes and antics of one of music’s most flamboyant personalities.
 
   
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.
 
   
The Sound of Music Jul 26 - Jul 28, 2019  
Warner Grand Theatre The Sound of Music
 
One of the world’s most beloved musicals, The Sound of Music comes to Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. After more than 50 years, the film version continues to be the most successful movie musical in history, and now you can see the show in a whole new way on stage. Get swept away by the spirited, romantic and the heartwarming story of the free-spirited aspiring nun who brings joy to a family of seven children in the shadow of WWII. The beautiful production features such Rodgers & Hammerstein classics as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and, of course, the enchanting title number.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Sep 14 - Oct 20, 2019  
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Mamma Mia!
 
The unforgettable live musical spectacular Mamma Mia! has audiences coming back again and again to relive the feel-good story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and one unforgettable trip down the aisle. Young bride-to-be Sophie wants nothing more than to have her father at her wedding. But there's a small problem: She has no idea which of mom's three former boyfriends might be the guy. So Sophie invites them all to the festivities at her mother's Greek isle taverna, and mayhem ensues. The show's tale of enduring love and friendship features all the beloved hit songs by ABBA, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "The Winner Takes It All," "Take a Chance on Me" and of course, the tile tune. Don't miss Mamma Mia! when it comes to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.