Pushing the boundaries of street dance vocabulary, Funkedified challenges stereotypes and invites the audience to view hip-hop through a new lens. This multimedia work celebrates the funk music and street dance of the 1970s and is set against the landscape of a video montage of African American communities of that era. Inspired by the political turmoil and atmosphere of Rennie Harris’ childhood, Funkedified is performed by dancers from Rennie Harris Puremovement; The Hood Lockers, one of the most seminal locking groups since Don Campbell and The Campbell Lock Dancers; and dancers from LA’s own Versa-Style Dance Company. A live funk band pays homage to the music of such funk legends such as James Brown, George Clinton and Roger Troutman. Bringing social dance to the concert stage at Hollywood’s Ford Theatres, Rennie Harris and his company Rennie Harris Puremovement are world-renowned for creating a cohesive dance style that finds a cogent voice in the theatre. Considered one of the pioneers of street dance theatre, alongside Princess Grace Kelly and Dr. Julius Erving, Harris was voted one of the most influential people in the last one hundred years of Philadelphia history. An award-winning choreographer, Rennie Harris toured the Middle East as one of four Ambassadors for the United States for President Barak Obama’s cultural exchange program Dance Motion USA.
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.
Everyone’s favorite ogre comes to the stage in this musical adaptation of the beloved animated film Shrek. The fun family affair tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, the unlikely hero Shrek fights a fearsome dragon, meets a feisty princess who’s anything but a damsel in distress, and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t found only in fairy tales. Featuring music by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire and 3-D Theatricals Executive Producer T.J. Dawson in the title role, Shrek The Musical is fun for the whole family at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.
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.