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Broadway Sings Disney Oct 17  
Rockwell Table and Stage Broadway Sings Disney
 
Bad is always better — just take a look at any Disney villain: they’ve got a killer look, a devious master plan and a big, loud song-and-dance number that shows off all their evilness. And now you can revel in all the wicked delights of Disney’s most iconic baddies when L.A.‘s Rockwell Table & Stage presents Broadway Sings Disney. Hosted by Kate Pazakis (The Big Gay Musical) and Peter Vogt (The Goodbye Girl), this whimsical show tune showcase features some of the brightest stars from Broadway, film and TV belting out your favorite villain tunes. Whether its Ursula’s voice-snatching anthem or Gaston’s macho tribute to himself, you never know what deliciously evil song you’ll hear next — but you can be sure to have an awfully good time singing along.
 
   
Little Women Oct 17 - Nov 3, 2019  
Sierra Madre Playhouse Little Women
 
The “Little Women” of the title are spirited, loving, and artistically or intellectually gifted. Jo writes and gets stories published. Meg, the eldest, is the best actress. Amy draws. Beth has musical talents. Set during the Civil War, this production will focus on the first part of the novel, beginning in 1863 and ending at Christmastime in 1864.
 
   
Pit of Goblins Oct 17 - Oct 20, 2019  
The Complex Pit of Goblins
 
Pit of Goblins tells the story of Wayne, an energetic and optimistic family man who is also a mentally tortured serial killer. Wayne, resembling the secret love child of Ed Kemper and BTK, must kill and feed his victims to a demanding pit of Goblins in the woods in order to avoid capture by a local sheriff. Animated, surreal videos and images eerily float behind Wayne giving a small window into the distressed mind of a man struggling to survive. As more and more townsfolk disappear, the inept sheriff begins to feel the community’s heat as he runs out of answers. With the demands of the Goblins growing, Wayne struggles to understand his situation and just where exactly he went wrong.
 
   
Ravenswood Manor Oct 17 - Nov 24, 2019  
The Lex Theatre Ravenswood Manor
 
Ravenswood Manor is a camp-horror-soap-opera in 12 episodes. Taking a page from the cult classic Dark Shadows, Justin Sayre’s Ravenswood Manor brings audiences the gothic and hilarious goings-on of a small New England town during the spring of 1976. Directed by Tom DeTrinis and Jessica Hanna, Ravenswood Manor is an episodic theatrical event with two new episodes of the ever-unfolding adventure premiering each week of the six-week run. With a cast of comedic heavy hitters that includes Drew Droege, Sam Pancake, Daniele Gaither, Leslie-Anne Huff, Ryan Garcia, Angela Cristanello and Justin Sayre. Plus surprise guest stars weekly! Join us this fall for the spooky, the silly, the glamour and the camp. Each week, see two back-to-back episodes starting with a recap! Drop in at any point for a hilarious, standalone story … or join us for the full arc!
 
   
Music Man Oct 18 - Oct 27, 2019  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Music Man
 
This beloved Meredith Willson musical with Broadway’s Adam Pascal starring as fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill is very special to 5-Star. It is the first show they produced in the Kavli in 1994 and heading into the 25th Anniversary they are bringing back this audience favorite. In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and running for 1,375 performances. 5-Star’s production is going to be a bang-beat, bell-ringin’ smash packed with brassy favorites like “76 Trombones,” “Well Fargo Wagon,” “Ya Got Trouble,” “Shipoopi” and the beautiful ballads “Till There Was You” and “Goodnight My Someone.”
 
   
Champ and His Four Women Oct 18 - Nov 24, 2019  
Theatre Unlimited Champ and His Four Women
 
In his struggle to find happiness Champ must negotiate four women: One giving him unwanted advice, a pro who wants to sell his condo, a cutie reminding him of his former wife, and a woman who doesn’t exist. And the women must negotiate each other in this new play at T.U. Studios in North Hollywood.
 
   
The Vanishing Point Oct 18 - Oct 19, 2019  
Highways Performance Space and Gallery The Vanishing Point
 
This musical, set in the Los Angeles art scene, centers around star-crossed lovers Giles and Melody and their battle with both gallery owner Marjon … and with each other. Featuring 17 original songs, Angus MacDonald’s The Vanishing Point investigates the self-destructive capacity of the artist’s life and the question of ownership not only of a work of art, but the artistic process itself. Angus MacDonald’s Monarch Theatre Guild is dedicated to presenting original, socially relevant works in an intimate setting. MacDonald has written and composed musicals and collaborated on several musicals and musical revues. Recent productions include The Real High School Musical, In the Chips! and The Golden Fleece. Musical collaborations include STEP RIGHT UP! featuring a medicine show traveling by wagon from Denver to San Francisco in 1899. MacDonald has a BA from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, an MA in Theater from UCLA. He is a lifetime member of the Alliance of Los Angles Playwrights and a member of Dramatists Guild of America and ASCAP.
 
   
Death With Dignity...Comes In A Milkshake Oct 18 - Nov 9, 2019  
Theatre 68 Death With Dignity...Comes In A Milkshake
 
A Therapy session erupts into full-blown mental anarchy, as a "Doctor's" office is suddenly commandeered, by patients without appointments, insurance, homes, and an ability to survive in the real world. Politics, social issues, and show biz are all topics that are attacked with blasphemy and rapid fire retorts, that somehow is reminiscent of Beckett on steroids...
 
   
WITKACY/Two-Headed Calf Oct 18 - Oct 25, 2019  
Redcat WITKACY/Two-Headed Calf
 
WITKACY / Two-Headed Calf is a journey from Poland to the California desert — and also a journey into the depths of the self. The plot unfolds through the journey of a neurotic boy and his family from New Guinea through Sydney Australia to the California desert. Witkacy believed that nature can be a source of metaphysical experience which gives humans a chance to protect their individuality from the soulless social machine of western civilization.
 
   
Cock Oct 18 - Nov 17, 2019  
Beverly Hills Playhouse Cock
 
First performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2011, Cock is the tale of a gay man torn after meeting and falling in love with a woman. Visceral and funny, the play tackles thorny issues rarely seen onstage. Its honest and straightforward exploration of bisexuality suggests that gay or not, people fall in love with those who can give us happiness.
 
   
The Day Oct 18 - Oct 19, 2019  
UCLA Campus The Day
 
Dancer Wendy Whelan, one of the stars of the New York City Ballet, is widely considered one of the world’s leading ballerinas. World-renowned avant-garde cellist Maya Beiser, has been described as “a force of nature” by The Boston Globe and a “rock star” by Rolling Stone. Together with iconic modern dance choreographer Lucinda Childs and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, they have joined forces to create an evocative, bold, highly collaborative new work entitled THE DAY. A meditation on two journeys — the mortal passage of time, followed by the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul — THE DAY explores universal themes not easily grappled with— memory, aging, death and the survival of the soul — through the lens of mundane daily calendar appointments and the visceral, poetic languages of music and dance.
 
   
I Never Saw Another Butterfly Oct 19 - Oct 27, 2019  
Laguna Playhouse I Never Saw Another Butterfly
 
Over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, and only about a hundred were still alive when Terezin was liberated at the end of the war. One of the survivors, Raja, having lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little enough reason for hope, creating a little world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire, tells the true story of the children. It's her play and it's theirs. There were no butterflies at Terezin, of course, but for the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported.
 
   
The Black Pantherettes Oct 19  
Second City The Black Pantherettes
 
The Black Pantherettes is a shea butter-filled, musical, sketch comedy show written and performed by an all-black female troupe. The Black Pantherettes channels Michelle Obama, Beyonce, and Oprah to fight the powers that be and slay all day! Each show features original raps and music parodies with a range in topics from politics to pop culture. At our show, root for your favorite team as we compete for our reparations with Morgan Freeman, or witness what happens when Megyn Kelly starts a Youtube channel and interviews R.Kelly. We aren’t afraid of any subject. Founded by writer-director Lauren Vernea (UCB, The PIT), the 5 member sketch group has performed at the Harlem Comedy Festival, NY Sketch Fest, UCB NYC, and is a resident at The People’s Improv Theater NYC (The PIT).
 
   
The Art of Dining Oct 19 - Dec 8, 2019  
Gloria Gifford Conservatory The Art of Dining
 
Juicy. Delicious. Salivate your way through The Art of Dining, a hilarious exploration of tantalizing appetites and desires. Then eat with the cast. Gourmet meals at every show (for V.I.P. ticket holders). ​The play takes place in the late-’70s in upscale New Jersey at the Shore. Ellen and Cal have opened a restaurant, The Golden Carousel, and after four weeks, the place is taking off with the dinner crowd. Ellen is the passionate gourmet chef, and Cal is the passionate Maitre’D, host, waiter and bartender. They have been married for eight years and this restaurant is their baby. Gloria Gifford directs this exciting new production.
 
   
Gene Kelly: The Legacy Oct 20  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Gene Kelly:  The Legacy
 
Has there ever been a list of “Greatest Film Musicals” or “Greatest Movie Dance Sequences” that didn’t include Gene Kelly? If so, ignore that list and relish Kelly’s incredible legacy and life with this hugely entertaining one-woman show performed by his wife, Patricia Ward Kelly.
 
   
The Halloween Mystery Show Oct 20  
The Complex The Halloween Mystery Show
 
The Halloween Mystery Show is the Halloween edition of the monthly show where actors perform a script they have never read. You might think this will hurt their performance. It will. So, whenever an actor messes up, the audience shouts “Drink!” at them, and they take a drink. For the first time ever, the entire cast will be taken from the audience. Anyone in costume will put their name in a hat, and we’ll draw parts throughout the show. So, dress up as a horror movie monster and come ready to perform!
 
   
Silent Sky Oct 21  
Sierra Madre Playhouse Silent Sky
 
When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries.
 
   
The New One Oct 23 - Nov 24, 2019  
Ahmanson Theatre The New One
 
Mike Birbiglia has a new one. It’s called The New One. He’s made you laugh in Sleepwalk With Me (it was a play presented by Nathan Lane, then a movie, THEN a book), My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, and Thank God for Jokes. (He was also really funny in that one season of Orange Is the New Black. And in Billions. And Broad City.) Now he’s at the Ahmanson telling a new story in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Lin-Manuel Miranda called The New One “as perfect a night as you’re gonna get.” Do not miss The New One. Some people say it’s his best one. (It was John Mulaney. Also Vogue.)
 
   
Shorts By Shanley Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2019  
Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Lee Strasberg Creative Center Shorts By Shanley
 
Short+Sweet Hollywood Festival presents a special event: The World Premieres of two short plays by John Patrick Shanley: Our Fantasia, directed by John Hindman and starring Nora Garrett and Graham Sibley; and On the Terrace, directed by Jackie Diamond and starring Dustyn Gulledge and Scottie Thompson. The pair of plays are being billed as Shorts by Shanley.
 
   
Jewels Oct 24 - Oct 27, 2019  
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Jewels
 
Be mesmerized by the lavish beauty and tremendous choreography of classical ballet at its best! The Music Center presents the world-renowned Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra with George Balanchine’s Jewels. See the radiant splendor of emeralds, diamonds and rubies come to life with some of ballet’s most celebrated dancers and live orchestra as the Mariinsky takes the stage at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
 
   
Aliens, Immigrants and Other Evildoers Oct 24 - Nov 3, 2019  
The Los Angeles Theatre Center Aliens,  Immigrants and Other Evildoers
 
A sci-fi "Latino noir" satire, inspired by interviews with immigrants who crossed the border to escape economic despair and war, that spotlights anti-immigrant hysteria. In a visually dynamic, profoundly moving and provocatively funny tour de force, New Orleans-based performance artist Jose Torres-Tama confronts the immigration issue head-on with a genre-bending multimedia performance incorporating film projections, personal stories and poetic texts, humanizing people in search of a dream, and putting a heart and face on today's immigrant.
 
   
The Haunting of Hoe House Oct 24 - Oct 31, 2019  
Rockwell Table and Stage The Haunting of Hoe House
 
Evil’s never looked so good! The Haunting of Hoe House is the made up story of seven monsters forced to live in a house, kill together, and have their lives turned into a musical theatre burlesque. Find out what happens when Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Chucky and friends stop being polite and start haunting.
 
   
Matilda The Musical Oct 25 - Nov 17, 2019  
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Matilda The Musical
 
From the genius of Roald Dahl comes the Tony Award-winning Matilda, the story of an extraordinary girl who — armed with a vivid imagination, a sharp mind and a love for books — dares to take a stand to stand against the tyranny of adults who seek to crush her imagination. Watch how she and her classmates save the day! Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and featuring a gifted young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl-power romp. Children (5+) and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by a show at the La Mirada Theatre that critics call “smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.”
 
   
Vixen DeVille Revealed Oct 25  
Whitefire Theatre Vixen DeVille Revealed
 
This multi-award winning show is returning to the Whitefire Theatre for three nights only. British actress Cat LaCohie reveals the truth behind her burlesque persona, Vixen DeVille, inviting you on the journey to discovering your own inner Vixen. Embrace the freedom to express yourself, be yourself, celebrate yourself, the good, the bad and the wobbly! General Admission includes a red-carpet arrival plus access to a whisky-fueled afterparty sponsored by R6 Distillery with step-and-repeat photo op with Vixen DeVille! With a VIP ticket you can learn to eat fire or walk on broken glass live on stage as part of the show, and receive a signed Vixen DeVille print. Dress to impress and excess.
 
   
An Excuse to Behave Badley: The Variety Show! Oct 25 - Oct 27, 2019  
The Complex An Excuse to Behave Badley:  The Variety Show!
 
An Excuse to Behave Badly: The Variety Show!, a one-hour variety show with a mix of stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, and the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival hit and Encore!
 
   
The Double V Oct 25 - Nov 24, 2019  
The Matrix The Double V
 
The Double V is about activism, a dramatization of true events. How a simple letter to a newspaper initiated a series of changes that gave black Americans their first taste of equality in a society that had always denigrated them. The Double V campaign, early in the years of World War II, campaigned for both Victory in the war and Victory in the battles for racial equality in the United States. The Double V stood for both Victory in the war and Victory in the battles for racial equality in the United States.
 
   
Department of Dreams Oct 25 - Dec 8, 2019  
City Garage Theatre Department of Dreams
 
City Garage is pleased to present world premiere of Kosovar playwright Jeton Neziraj’s Department of Dreams. In this nightmarish, Orwellian comedy an autocratic government demands its citizens deposit their dreams in a central, bureaucratic depository so that it can exert the fullest possible control of their imaginations. In this vast, underground complex, civil servants like Dan, a new hire for the prized job of Interpreter, sift patiently through the nation’s dreams looking for threats to the government’s authority. If order is to be maintained, deviance must be extinguished and imagination co-opted. Dan works hard and tries stubbornly to survive in this strange dream world but finds nothing is as it seems to be except the authority that rules it. Don’t miss the world premiere of this new play from one of Europe’s most remarkable playwrights.
 
   
The Poetry Brothel Oct 26 - Oct 27, 2019  
El Cid The Poetry Brothel
 
The Poetry Brothel makes it's 5th annual return with the Masquerade-themed show in partnership with El Cid; is there anything more intimate than a masked secret? This year’s masquerade will be a whirling disco ball of costumed time travel with masked mavens of every epoch. Whether your midnight reverie is the golden visage of Versailles twilight OR the Medico della Peste staring back at you from the obsidian surface of a Venetian canal, it matters not. Perhaps you fancy fangs and fore-claws more than capes and cowls, or maybe it is some vision of a distant future fantasy that throbs your chambered heart. All beguiling disguises are welcome at this year’s Masquerade!
 
   
Jesus Christ Superstar: 50th Anniversary Tour Oct 29 - Nov 3, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Jesus Christ Superstar:  50th Anniversary Tour
 
An album that inspired a REVOLUTION. A REVELATION that changed the world. A REINVENTION for this millennium. Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a worldwide fan base. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring. With music and lyrics by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane” and “Superstar.”
 
   
Chills and Thrills Oct 30 - Nov 4, 2019  
Little Fish Theatre Chills and Thrills
 
Take a trip back to Scotland in the 1800s where body sales become rituals; a witchy class reunion turns into something entirely different when a human wanders in; and an audition for a horror movie has the actors second-guessing the true nature of the movie.
 
   
The Best Man Nov 1 - Dec 8, 2019  
Lounge Theatre The Best Man
 
An ideally timed race to the finish line between two candidates at the Presidential National Nominating Convention gets personal. Sexual indiscretions threaten one of the front-runners career and marriage, as the other tries to live by their principles while faced with health issues that threaten his vote-winning potential. Vying for support from the outgoing president, both stay primed for battle, out front and behind the scenes, in this cynically humorous recap of the U.S. election process.
 
   
An Instance of This Nov 1 - Nov 2, 2019  
Highways Performance Space and Gallery An Instance of This
 
An Instance of This is an ephemeral micro-community made up of jose e abad, Carlos Medina-Diaz, Justin Morris and randy reyes, to hold a spatiotemporal experience filled with live actions, material bodies and digital media. Based on shared and individual experiences around existing in the margins of society, this performance jam is a contemplative, disorienting and celebratory act of embracing the dynamism and multidimensionality of queer people of color. As we tread through our lived experiences our paths often cross, interspersed at times for years or just a brief moment; nevertheless, these intersecting rhizomatic constellations serve as opportunities to weave together a support system and ecology of being that is in direct relation, opposition, and in subversive dialogue with the oppressive social systems of our daily lives.
 
   
Romeo and Juliet Nov 1 - Dec 1, 2019  
Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center Romeo and Juliet
 
The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Associate Artistic Director Gus Krieger. “The absolute highest levels of poetry, literature, and popular storytelling come together for ‘the two hours’ traffic’ of Romeo and Juliet,” says Krieger. “It’s an honor to direct what we hope will be an innovative yet faithful interpretation of this timeless text.”
 
   
The 7 Stages of Grieving Nov 1 - Nov 24, 2019  
Skylight Theatre The 7 Stages of Grieving
 
The 7 Stages of Grieving holds a mirror up to America by sharing Australia’s Aboriginal people’s fight for equality and recognition. Poignant stories are shared that are politically relevant, culturally profound, funny, and devastatingly sad. Most importantly, the play opens a dialogue about the issues which separate and unite Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Their story is your story. Discover it at Skylight Theatre Company in Los Angeles.
 
   
Fruition Nov 1 - Dec 7, 2019  
Theatre of NOTE Fruition
 
In a lawless near future, decades of unchecked greed, bigotry and fear have led to the collapse of governments and society as we know it. Seeking shelter in an abandoned warehouse, four strangers with no reason to trust each other must decide if they can work together to survive the deadly storm outside, while they face the threats they pose to one another.
 
   
Sally Spectre the Musical Nov 1 - Nov 2, 2019  
Theatre West Sally Spectre the Musical
 
A Multi-Media, Concert Reading” of Sally Spectre the Musical. (Book, Music and Lyrics by David P. Johnson) This multiple award-winning Tim Burton-esque musical experience about the ghost of a little girl trying to find her way through purgatory is touching and charming and leaves viewers in a world of imaginative wonder. The presentation will feature video segments to accompany live performers to help tell the story in a very inventive fashion.Multi-Media assisted Staged Reading at Theatre West.
 
   
La Vie en Rose Nov 2 - Dec 14, 2019  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble La Vie en Rose
 
Grammy-winning chanteuse Julia Migenes travels back to the Paris of Edith Piaf, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway in this evening of nostalgic French chansons by Charles Aznavour, Léo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Michel Legrand and others. Accompanied on piano by Victoria Kirsch and directed by Academy Award-nominated director Peter Medak, La Vie en Rose marks her farewell series of concert performances.
 
   
All Join In! Nov 2 - Dec 15, 2019  
Santa Monica Playhouse All Join In!
 
Commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Santa Monica Playhouse Family Theatre Musical Matinee series, All Join In! is a sing-a-long musical comedy where audiences join Cinderella on a fun, up-lifting adventure, meeting up with her fairytale friends along the way.
 
   
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Nov 5 - Nov 24, 2019  
Pantages Theatre Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
 
She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn't know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMER MUSICAL's classic hits including "Love to Love You Baby," "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff," this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.
 
   
The Lion Winter Nov 6 - Nov 17, 2019  
Laguna Playhouse The Lion Winter
 
Before Game of Thrones, there was THE LION IN WINTER. It's Christmas 1183, and King Henry II is planning to announce his successor to the throne. The jockeying for the crown, though, is complex. Henry has three sons and wants his boy, Prince John, to take over. Henry's wife, Queen Eleanor, has other ideas. She believes their son Prince Richard should be king. As the family and various schemers gather for the holiday, each tries to make the indecisive king choose their option. The Lion in Winter has all the makings of this modern-day classic - sibling rivalry, adultery, and dungeons. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom.
 
   
The Wrong Kind of People Nov 7 - Dec 8, 2019  
The Los Angeles Theatre Center The Wrong Kind of People
 
Theo, an African-American law student, needing privacy to study for the California Bar Exam during 1942, checks in at the exclusive Guardian Hotel located in downtown Los Angeles. He is assigned to “The Colored Room” a rarely used, run-down room at the back of the hotel. During his first night at the Guardian his studies are interrupted by four diverse “denizens of the night” who seek private entry to the hotel via his window. During the course of the evening, there will be sexual shenanigans, a shady card game, and an inconvenient corpse. Theo gains the “real world education” needed to prepare him for the challenges of a career as an attorney.
 
   
Defenders Nov 8 - Dec 8, 2019  
The Broadwater Black Box Defenders
 
Who watches the watchmen? Iceland has endured and survived waves of invaders, occupiers and pirates that have come and gone but the descendants of its original settlers are still there. It’s a land of myth where spirituality connects the population to its often harsh and unrelenting nature. When Iceland was threatened with invasion by Germany in WW2, the allies decide to step in. Three American G.I.s are shipwrecked on the remote island of Hrisey off Iceland’s northern coast. They have missing weapons, few supplies, a broken radio and must rely on the locals for survival. To make matters worse, Hrisey is in the throes of the worst storm anyone can remember. As the GIs struggle to cope with both the island and its people, the lines between myth and reality become increasingly blurred. The soldiers, Icelanders, and the land itself are forced to ask just who is defending whom.
 
   
Picasso at the Lapin Agile Nov 8 - Nov 23, 2019  
Whittier Center Theatre Picasso at the Lapin Agile
 
Two geniuses walk into a bar … That is the premise of this absurdist comedy of big ideas from the pen of wild-and-crazy Steve Martin. The time is 1904, and the Lapin Agile is a Paris hang-out for artists, philosophers, and neighborhood drinkers. On this particular night, though, some big brains are going to collide and the questions of what constitutes genius and how art and science influence our everyday lives will be explored by the bar’s regulars, with some inspiration from none other than Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein. You’ll laugh, you may cry and you will definitely think! See Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Whittier Center Theatre
 
   
The Italian In Me Nov 9 - Nov 10, 2019  
Theatre West The Italian In Me
 
Dina Morrone returns to West Hollywood's Theatre West with The Italian in Me, an accelerated full-emersion Italian lesson about cinema, sex, saints and Federico Fellini. The play follows an innocent aspiring actress who moves from the U.S. to Rome in search of film fame. Things in the Eternal City are not as "Holy" or as romantic as she had imagined ... until she meets the Maestro himself, Fellini. This show is recommended for ages 14 and older.
 
   
Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends LIVE Nov 9  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Rob Lowe:  Stories I Only Tell My Friends LIVE
 
Inspired by the success of his two New York Times best-selling memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life, Rob has created an all-new peek behind the curtain at Hollywood, fame, fatherhood and marriage. From the Brat Pack to The West Wing to Parks and Rec and beyond, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: LIVE! at Thousand Oaks’ Fred Kavli Theatre is packed with witty fun and one of a kind insights spanning an iconic four-decade career.
 
   
Rob Lowe-One Man Show Nov 9  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Rob Lowe-One Man Show
 
From the Brat Pack to The West Wing to Parks and Rec and beyond, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: LIVE! is packed with witty fun and one of a kind insights spanning an iconic career. Broadway World raves “The humor is first class, with the jokes and funny anecdotes keeping the audiences in stitches for most of the night.” In addition to Rob’s storytelling, the show will include a Q&A and plenty of insider film clips and photos. “This isn’t a regurgitation of the books, because that wouldn’t be very much fun,” Lowe says. “This is very much its own beast, but it does have some of the same feel of the books.”
 
   
Second Degree Nov 9 - Dec 15, 2019  
Studio C Artists Second Degree
 
Holly (Aunt) and Joslyn (Niece), second-degree relatives, share their intergenerational journeys of healing as SECOND DEGREE. This unique and one-of-a-kind duo invite you into their inner circle of healing, sharing intimate stories that are intense and painful telling of adversity, struggle, transformation and joy, but balanced with stunning music, heart-opening meditation and some great conversation. 16+
 
   
Verdi's Rigoletto Nov 9  
Miles Memorial Playhouse Verdi's Rigoletto
 
Verdi’s opera Rigoletto will be performed in the historic and intimate Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica. Rigoletto is a story of love, seduction, intrigue, lies and murder. Great music and voices (with super titles) tell this gripping story, set in the 1980s where a powerful and depraved entertainment executive acts with impunity towards women and girls. Then one heartbroken father issues a curse while another desperate father bargains with an assassin. Watch as the plans for vengeance go horribly wrong.
 
   
Einstein! Nov 12  
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.
 
   
punkplay Nov 14 - Dec 21, 2019  
Atwater Village Theatre punkplay
 
Mickey and Duck are two teenage boys trying to make sense of the world in the mess of 80s America. Through the music and culture of punk rock, they patch together a precarious identity, skating (literally) between the demands of an increasingly strict subculture and an authentic desire to break free from convention. A coming of age story in the form of a mixtape, punkplay is a theatrical love letter to loud music, irresponsible behavior and the beating heart of authenticity we all strive to preserve.
 
   
Fifteen Men in a Smoke-Filled Room Nov 14 - Dec 15, 2019  
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre Fifteen Men in a Smoke-Filled Room
 
Chicago, June, 1920. The Republican National Convention is in full swing. Warren G. Harding is overwhelmed by the prospect of being the nominee of the Republican Party for President. Hounded by an ambitious campaign manager, a paralyzingly superstitious wife, a star-struck young mistress, and the frightening pull of inevitability, Harding seems destined to be President----or is he? This play explores the extent to which fate controls our lives. Is there a higher power that determines our destinies or are we the aggregate result of the idiosyncracies of flawed humanity?
 
   
Before Nov 14 - Dec 8, 2019  
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Before
 
A new play with much music, influenced by the golden era of Hollywood musicals, from Irish writer/performer Pat Kinevane and the team that previously brought Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent to the Odyssey. Inside Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts for good, Pontius is trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years. He will meet her in an hour. This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street. Some folk are impossible to buy for…
 
   
Salvage Nov 15 - Dec 15, 2019  
Lounge Theatre Salvage
 
“Having a dream is like running with scissors.” Harley, a singer-songwriter whose wife is expecting their first child, has decided to hang it up. On his way to pawn his guitar, he stumbles across the bar where his musical hero, Floyd Whitaker, died. Entering, he finds Johnson, the inhospitable bartender, and a single, surly customer, known as Preacher, who’s strumming the blues on an old guitar. Dueling words and songs ensue, dislodging uncomfortable truths, until an unexpected arrival turns everything on its ear.
 
   
Harlem 100 Nov 17  
Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts Harlem 100
 
Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Harlem 100 captures the sights and sounds of the city when legendary artists such as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, and Billie Holiday made it the cultural center of the country. The multimedia production features a band and dancers celebrating the music of Waller, Ellington, Holiday, Bessie Smith, and Ethel Waters.
 
   
Chico's Angels: Chicas in Space Nov 21 - Nov 24, 2019  
The Colony Theatre Chico's Angels:  Chicas in Space
 
Chico's Angels: Chicas in Space, a live comedy production that parodies the 1976–1981 television series Charlie’s Angels. In their newest case, a one-hour space oddity, Kay Sedia (Oscar Quintero), Chita Parol (Ray Garcia), and Frieda Laye (Danny Casillas) head to Florida for a well-earned vacation where they are accidentally launched into space and encounter an Evil Princess who plans to destroy the planet. Will the Angels have the space skills needed to save the world or will the bean burrito Kay had for lunch be the end of all of them? Join Chico's Angels as they take the audience on the best space voyage ever in cha-cha pumps!
 
   
Jitney Nov 22 - Dec 8, 2019  
Mark Taper Forum Jitney
 
In 2017, Jitney became the final play in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s masterful The American Century Cycle to be seen on Broadway. Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured play follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city of Pittsburgh threatens to board up the business and the boss’ son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed, and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last. Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Lackawanna Blues), one of Wilson’s finest interpreters, this acclaimed production of Jitney received six Tony nominations, winning Best Revival of a Play, and winning the 2017 Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Play.
 
   
The Santaland Diaries Nov 30 - Dec 20, 2019  
Santa Monica Playhouse The Santaland Diaries
 
Patrick Censoplano once again dons the candy-cane tights for a Santa Monica Playhouse holiday celebration in this outrageously funny one-man play from NPR's well-loved humorist David Sedaris. The SantaLand Diaries, based on Sedaris's experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy's department store in New York City, takes a wry look at how the holiday season brings out the best - and the worst - in us all. This delightfully tart, cheerfully twisted holiday tale, directed by Chris DeCarlo, adapted by Joe Mantello.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Dec 1 - Dec 23, 2019  
A Noise Within A Christmas Carol
 
Scrooge and the gang are back in A Noise Within's delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition. Adapted by the company's own Geoff Elliott, this Pasadena production of Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol has become a Southland fave for the entire family. As the Los Angeles Times says, "Only a die-hard humbug could remain unmoved by so charming a yuletide treat." Experience the magical journey of everyone's favorite surly miser as visits from Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future crack open his cold heart. Stick around after the show for selfies with the cast.
 
   
Swan Lake Dec 3 - Dec 15, 2019  
Ahmanson Theatre Swan Lake
 
Retaining the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (sets and costumes) and Paule Constable (lighting) will create an exciting reimagining of the classic New Adventures production. Thrilling, audacious, witty, and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down, and took the dance world by storm. Collecting over 30 international accolades including an Olivier Award in the UK and three Tonys on Broadway, Matthew Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.
 
   
Frozen Dec 4 - Feb 2, 2020  
Pantages Theatre Frozen
 
A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they'll learn that to find it they'll have to look inside themselves first.
 
   
Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirates' Christmas Dec 4 - Dec 29, 2019  
Laguna Playhouse Peter Pan and Tinker Bell:  A Pirates' Christmas
 
PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL: A PIRATES’ CHRISTMAS is a singing, swashbuckling adventure performed in the high-flying style of a British holiday Panto. Take off on a wild quest with Tinker Bell, Wendy and Peter Pan as they try to put a stop to the plot of some dastardly pirates who plan to kidnap Peter as a present to Captain Hook. Filled with big laughs, magic, dancers and contemporary songs by everyone from Taylor Swift to The Bee Gees, this family show has a little bit of something for everyone.
 
   
Hot Chocolate Nutcracker: Sweet Holiday Fave Dec 5 - Dec 8, 2019  
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Hot Chocolate Nutcracker:  Sweet Holiday Fave
 
Actress, dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen’s fun, fresh spin on the classic holiday ballet returns to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center for the eighth year in a row. The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker (a two-time Goldstar National Nutcracker Award winner) gives the seasonal favorite a rich new cultural context and updated characters, and features a lively contemporary score with original songs from multiple-Grammy-winner Mariah Carey and others. After young Kara receives a nutcracker filled with hot chocolate, she falls asleep and journeys to enchanted lands, including Candy Cane Lane, Egypt, the Rainforest, Jazzland, Russia and the Land of the Kimono Dolls. Great for all ages, little ones will have no trouble following along thanks to the narration by three wisecracking mice. This acclaimed production stars writer-director Debbie Allen, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Carlo Imperato, Tichina Arnold and more, plus performers from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.
 
   
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).
 
   
Finding Neverland Jan 16 - Jan 19, 2020  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Finding Neverland
 
Based on the Academy Award winning Miramax motion picture by the same name, FINDING NEVERLAND follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer - and the man - he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he's been missing when he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael and Peter. Delighted by the boys' hilarious escapades, Barrie conjures the magical world of Neverland and writes a play unlike any the high-society London theatergoers have ever seen. It's a tremendous risk, but as Barrie himself has discovered- when you believe, you can fly.
 
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Jan 19 - Jan 20, 2020  
Fox Performing Arts Center Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
 
   
Until The Flood Jan 24 - Feb 23, 2020  
Kirk Douglas Theatre Until The Flood
 
Pulitzer Prize finalist and celebrated performer Dael Orlandersmith (Forever) explores the social uprising in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Pulling from her extensive interviews with Missouri residents, Orlandersmith crafts a stunning theatrical experience that must be seen. The Chicago Tribune called it “palpably compassionate” and raved that it “achieves a great beauty by bringing us together rather than driving us apart.”
 
   
Escape to Margaritaville Feb 18 - Mar 8, 2020  
Dolby Theatre Escape to Margaritaville
 
Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a tropical island resort and its part-time bartender, part-time singer and full time charmer who thinks he's got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.
 
   
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.
 
   
Spongebob Squarepants Mar 24 - Apr 12, 2020  
Dolby Theatre Spongebob Squarepants
 
The story follows Spongebob on a quest to save Bikini Bottom from complete and utter destruction from mysterious forces from the world above. When chaos erupts, their lives hang in the very balance - all until an unlikely hero rises to the challenge to save the day - with a little help of his friends.
 
   
Once On This Island Apr 7 - May 10, 2020  
Ahmanson Theatre Once On This Island
 
Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. The groundbreaking vision of two-time Tony Award nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown (NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live) conjures up "a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!" (The Huffington Post). With a score that bursts with life from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Anastasia and Ragtime, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a timeless testament to theater's unlimited possibilities.
 
   
Jersey Boys Apr 21  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Jersey Boys
 
"Oh, What a Night" you'll have at this show that takes you behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The Tony- and Grammy-winning true-life musical phenomenon Jersey Boys follows the rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four guys from Jersey who work their way up from the streets of Newark to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, selling 175 million records worldwide before the age of 30. Although Valli and his cohorts -- Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi -- are famed for their legendary harmonies, things didn't always go so smoothly between them off the stage. Sing, hum, rock and reminisce to the groundbreaking group's hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
 
   
Mean Girls Apr 28 - Jun 7, 2020  
Dolby Theatre Mean Girls
 
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns the hard way that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
 
   
An American In Paris May 7 - May 10, 2020  
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza An American In Paris
 
Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS brings this classic tale to the stage for the first time with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, a book by Craig Lucas and direction and Tony-winning choreography by Christopher Wheeldon. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards. The hit musical has also won four Drama Desk Awards and four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards and two Theatre World Awards.
 
   
My Fair Lady Jun 12 - Jul 5, 2020  
Dolby Theatre My Fair Lady
 
Boasting such classic songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" and "On the Street Where You Live," MY FAIR LADY tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a "proper lady." But who is really being transformed?
 
   
The Band's Visit Jul 7 - Jul 26, 2020  
Dolby Theatre The Band's Visit
 
The Band's Visit is about a meeting of two groups of strangers, brought together by a simple mishap. Instead of ending up in the bustling city of Petah Tikva in Israel, an Egyptian police band accidentally end up in the small, isolated town of the similarly-pronounced Bet Hatikva and are taken in by the locals for one night. Although the setting is the catalyst for David Yazbek's beautiful, Middle Eastern-infused score, you could pick this story up and place it in any isolated town or village anywhere in the world. It is this universal aspect to the story that audiences are connecting to. A small, "unimportant" story is speaking volumes about humanity and how we can form bonds with those we usually wouldn't encounter in our regular lives. How do we overcome our loneliness? How do we re-connect with our estranged loved ones?