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.
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 fęte 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.”
Joey Brant is a Jewish divorce lawyer in his 60s. He has never had a bar mitzvah ceremony. He feels the need to get one now, before his grandson has his bar mitzvah. For reasons which will become clear in the story, Joey’s bar mitzvah ceremony must take place at the synagogue he attended five decades ago. Joey, a thoroughly secularized man, must now re-connect with the faith of his ancestors. He promptly alienates the synagogue’s regular instructor, which means that Joey must now go to the temple’s rabbi for his bar mitzvah lessons. Rabbi Michael Levitz-Sharon, a woman, finds her faith challenged at the same time that Joey is rediscovering his spiritual roots. her 11-year-old devoutly Jewish daughter has contracted terminal cancer. The daughter, Rachel, wants nothing more than to live long enough to be bat-mitzvahed. The impending tragedy is taking its toll on Rabbi Michael’s marriage. Will Joey at long last have his bar mitzvah and find his faith? Can Rabbi Michael retain her beliefs?
From the brilliantly creative mind behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox comes the Tony Award-winning Matilda The Musical. Named Time magazine's No. 1 show of the year, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed only with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical has a powerhouse team behind it, including Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage) and Tony-winning playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin. See it at the Fred Kavil Theatre in Thousand Oaks.
Set in a small town beauty salon in Louisiana, Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias celebrates the bond of friendship between six women in the midst of life’s challenges. Based on the playwright’s upbringing, and later adapted into the critically praised film, Steel Magnolias is a humorous, yet devastating journey of friendship, loss and love. Don't miss the Actors Co-op production of this modern classic. The show is recommended for ages 13 or older.
Discover The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in this whimsical new adaptation that brings L. Frank Baum’s much-loved classic book to life. Set in a library in the late 19th century, Journey to Oz takes you back more than a century to see the inspiration for the magical world L. Frank Baum created. Delight as the cast transforms into Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and more. The entire family will enjoy following the yellow brick road to Oz at the Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College in Glendora.
Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Chicago's golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! Entertainment Weekly raves "Broadway's Big Treat" and NPR exclaims "You'll have a ball!"