A magical, musical and deeply personal work written and performed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues is a reminiscence of his 1950s childhood in a small town on the banks of Lake Erie. Santiago-Hudson takes on more than 20 colorful characters -- from would-be philosophers and petty hustlers to lost souls and abandoned lovers -- in a brilliant celebration of the eccentric boardinghouse in which he grew up. Santiago-Hudson returns to his roots in this tour de force performance with live blues music performed by composer Bill Sims Jr.
When Sabrina loses her 14-year-old son to a police shooting, she’s unable to face the ensuing flurry of media attention. Crippled by grief, she retreats into a fantasy world of superheroes and arch-villains that inhabit the comic book created by her son before his death. Assuming the role of The Maasai Angel rather than the expected part of the grieving mother, Sabrina battles her enemies along the way to peace. This world premiere play helmed by lauded director Robert O’Hara (Barbecue, Bootycandy, Eclipsed) is both heartbreaking and highly inventive. With unbridled imagination, Los Angeles-based playwright Inda Craig-Galván’s Black Super Hero Magic Mama gives us the hero we have been waiting for. Don’t miss this show at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
This new theatrical adaptation of Richard Wright's seminal work brings Native Son, the classic novel about oppression, freedom and justice, bursting to life on stage as part of Block Party 2019. Bigger Thomas wants more out of life, suffocated as he is by the rat-infested world of poverty and prejudice. But his aspirations in 1930s Chicago are sidetracked when he makes a fateful decision while working for a well-to-do white family. This insightful, urgent adaptation by Nambi E. Kelley comes to Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theater as part of CTG's Block Party, courtesy of the Antaeus Theatre Company.
It's meant to be a momentous New Year's 2018 in Rotterdam, as Alice has finally found the courage to come out to her parents as a lesbian -- but that bombshell's back-burnered by another big reveal. It turns out Alice's girlfriend Fiona has always identified as male and now wants to live as one, sending their relationship into a tailspin. After playing to sold out houses and critical acclaim in London, Rotterdam won the prestigious 2017 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in an affiliate theater; the first time a transgender-themed play has ever won. Playwright Jon Brittain's bittersweet comedy features flawed and hilarious characters and a story line that raises powerful questions about love and identity. See this Skylight Theatre production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City as part of Center Theatre Group's annual Block Party 2019.
Written and directed by women and starring an all-female cast, For the Love Of tells the rock-'em-sock-'em story of roller-derby competitor Joy, who joins a new team and is struck by the charismatic power of their star, Lizzie Lightning -- sending Joy's relationship with her longtime partner into a tailspin. Called "a seductively rousing show" by LA Weekly, this Theatre of Note production receives an encore at Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of Center Theatre Group's Block Party series.
Anthony Pinnunziato loves Andrew Polinski and has proposed to him. Anthony’s very traditional Italian mother, Angela, insists that they have a Catholic wedding with Father Rosalia presiding. Given the Vatican’s position on same-sex marriages, this presents a challenge. Angela also insists that Andrew’s mother fly in from Florida to attend the wedding, set to take place in the fanciest Italian restaurant. But Andrew’s mother still refuses to talk to her gay son. The biggest challenge of all may come from Gregorio, Andrew’s spurned ex-lover. He threatens to scuttle the proceedings by revealing a nasty secret about Andrew. Will love conquer all? Will a large, loving Italian family come together, despite multiple obstacles, to celebrate the marriage of two men deeply in love?
Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his New York, London, and PBS triumph as the legendary Groucho Marx in An Evening with Groucho, a fast-paced comedy packed with songs, stories and inspired audience interaction which the Chicago Tribune proclaimed "Nothing short of masterful." The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including "Hooray For Captain Spalding," and "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady." The audience truly becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand, Groucho style. The New York Times declares "An Evening with Groucho" is "artful ... Mr. Ferrante's timing is digital sharp." Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Marx Foil, Margaret Dumont and MGM's Louis B. Mayer. A show perfect for all ages, experience An Evening with Groucho at Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College in Glendora.
Through story and song, actor-musician Jeremy Ebenstein takes audiences on a humorous, inspiring and heartbreaking journey through his life living with Asperger's Syndrome. Chronicling his journey from childhood to adulthood, Ebenstein touches on issues like bullying, first loves and the struggle to overcome depression in a production that features six original songs and one cover rendition. Pain in My Asperger's isn't just a story for people on the spectrum -- it's a message of encouragement to anyone who's ever faced obstacles on the long road to achieving their dreams. Fresh off a well-reviewed run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Pain in My Asperger's comes to Studio C Artists in Los Angeles.
Why do we know more about Kim Kardashian than Abigail Adams? Alarmed and inspired when her 10-year-old daughter planned on doing her women's history project on Cher, Amy Simon wrote She's History!, a fascinating and funny solo play about women who made and make history. Told through the eyes of a modern single mother, the show employs multimedia, audience interaction and storytelling to bring to life "the most dangerous women in America ... then and now." Audiences ages 10 and older will be entertained while learning about the struggles and triumphs of such movers and shakers as Abigail Adams, Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm and Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Golda Meir, Malala Yousafzai and more.
With timeless hits like "I'll Be Seeing You," "Embraceable You" and the devastating "Strange Fruit," delivered with one of the most distinctive voices in the history of music, Billie Holiday has had an incalculable influence on popular music. This musically haunting, sad, happy, unpredictable journey of jazz-blues singer Billie Holiday takes you on a winding road of love, joy, blues, racism and astounding hit songs that tell the story of a life hard fought. You'll be introduced to people and places in Billie's life that provided both pain and pleasure, excitement and disappointments. See Billie! Backstage With Lady Day when it returns to The Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.
Stuart Little is a mouse born into a human family in New York City. Though his stature is appropriately small for a mouse, he displays a wit and intelligence far beyond his years. He engages in a variety of adventures: Winning a sailboat race in Central Park; Befriending a beautiful bird and protecting her from a malicious cat; Attempting to court a diminutive human female from a wealthy society family; Being rescued from a garbage scow; Learning to drive a car; Working as a substitute teacher; Searching for a missing friend; Making his way (rather successfully) in the world.
For the misfits of Skid Row, life is full of broken dreams and dead ends. Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth ... and an unquenchable thirst for human blood. As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Then Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and drive for world-domination. Featuring an electrifying early 1960s-style score from Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Little Shop of Horrors is one of the longest running off-Broadway shows and cult films of all time. Now you can see it when it takes root at Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre.
John Lennon returns for one last concert, and you're there, front and center. Top Beatles tribute performer Tim Piper stars as Lennon in the smash hit show Just Imagine at the El Portal Theatre. Backed by live band Working Class Hero, Piper belts out Beatles hits and shares anecdotes from the star's life -- from Lennon's tumultuous childhood to becoming a worldwide pop music superstar to emerging as the groundbreaking social icon who influenced generations. Piper has been seen in CBS's The Linda McCartney Story and E!'s The John Lennon Story, and provided the singing voice of Lennon in NBC's made-for-TV movie In His Life: The John Lennon Story.
Piaf!: The Show is a musical fête to the legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. This acclaimed French production stars Anne Carrere, a “legitimate musical heiress” to Piaf with a “soaring voice” (The Guardian). The show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer’s career through her unforgettable songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of Edith Piaf’s Paris. Enjoy this tribute to the songer known as The Little Sparrow when Piaf!: The Show comes to Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB in Long Beach.
In this fresh retelling of the classic Greek myth at A Noise Within in Pasadena, Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece has been reframed for our time. Join the fantastic voyage and encounter Hercules, Hera, sirens, centaurs, and more -- familiar mythological figures whose modern-day equivalents show unexpected character and depth. Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman's Argonautika reveals the humanity in the most monstrous of creatures in this unforgettable journey for the ages, packed with humor, love and the unimaginable.
“In 2011, I contracted the Bell's Palsy virus. The entire left side of my face was paralyzed. I had to tape my left eye open during the day, and tape it shut at night. My nose was being pulled across my face by the strong muscles on the right side, and that made my left nostril collapse. I would drool and slur my speech. Out in public during the early stage of this condition; I was met by sympathetic looks, gasps, and a few mean spirited passing comments. But one comment stuck; "Hey, it's the Elephant Man"! Those words never left me, and what was meant as an insult became a gift that made me discover “ The Elephant Man”, a play by Bernard Pomerance. The relevance and power of his play continues to deepen four decades after its debut. Needless to say, I did not choose this play, oddly enough it chose me, and I am grateful.”