The new, comedic musical, Life In Boobs, honors the milestones of women’s lives from training bras to breast cancer through comedy and the power of all original songs. Through musical numbers, scenes and monologues, it highlights the true trials and tribulations of boobs everywhere. With Books & Lyrics by Casey Christensen (The Donkey Show_), Music by celebrity vocal coach Rachael Lawrence (_Grey’s Anatomy, Glee), Conceived by Jennifer Goodman. This show will make you laugh, cry, and laugh again. It’s a show for women and men and alike. Women from all walks of life will relate to these true stories and so will the men who love them.
The scene is set: Florence, summer 1953. American Margaret Johnson (Renée Fleming) and her daughter Clara (Dove Cameron) take in the wonder and awe of Florence. A fateful gust of wind whisks Clara’s hat into the hand of a local dreamer… and it’s love at first sight. But Clara isn’t quite what she appears, and soon they must all confront a secret kept in the shadows for far too long. Renée Fleming and Dove Cameron star in Adam Guettel’s enchanting Broadway musical, which won six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations.
The classic boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story comes to one of the most prolific American theaters, Pasadena Playhouse. The twisted humor and catchy pop-rock score of Little Shop of Horrors capture a new audience, and Audrey II can’t wait to feed on their… applause. Yes, just their applause.
Santa Monica Playhouse presents its acclaimed musical hit Love In Boom, the “captivating” (stagehappenings.com) garden of a thousand and one theatrical delights returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary to insure that all's well that ends as you like it. Santa Monica Mirror calls Love In Bloom “an upbeat romp.” “Delightful whimsy… a bold ambitious piece of musical theatre” says the L.A. Weekly. Magic and mayhem, fops and fairies, mistaken identity, romance and humor abound in this tongue-firmly-in-cheek evening of theatre. The eight-member cast, in the renowned Actors’ Repertory Theatre commedia-carnival style, creates a host of over thirty characters, bringing to the stage all the stuff that dreams (and musicals) are made on. “As homage to Shakespeare, master of pantomime Marcel Marceau, Commedia dell’arte and conventions of classical theater in general, it soars. And by the time the lights fade to black, you will not be able to fight the feeling that all you need is love.” UCLA Daily Bruin
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.
Based on his screenplay of the same name, Trace Oakley has adapted The Manitou House especially for Culver City Public Theatre and their annual Halloween production. Founded in 1998, now in its 22nd year, Culver City Public Theatre is committed to enriching the community by providing classic, contemporary, and original productions, for audiences of all ages. CCPT is know for its summer performances in the park, as well as for its more edgy and intimate productions the rest of the year. A successful writer, looking for inspiration, moves back to his boyhood town and into the house where he grew up. After a series of very strange occurrences in the house, he finds it is haunted by the baby-sitter he terrorized as a child.
One of William Shakespeare’s most beguiling plays dramatizes one of his more infamous bargains: a young woman’s virginity in exchange for her brother’s life. This story of tyrannical authority, sexual power, and gender politics is especially resonant in today’s #MeToo culture. Set in a contemporary landscape, this production examines Shakespeare’s enduring question of why “some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.”
Sex, faith, and violence are all part of this intricate package of connections in Miss Lilly Gets Boned. Bekah Brunstetter imaginatively explores the tenuous and permeable boundaries that separate our civilized side from our more animalistic one, and the ways that faith can limit or uplift humanity. While a captive elephant grows ever more anxious in chains, a virginal Sunday school teacher takes a big chance, by opening her heart to the dangers of love.
Escaped mental patients have found sanctuary in an abandoned asylum. Roaming the hallways, they’ve adopted the identities of characters from your favorite cult-Broadway shows, singing the songs you love and behaving inappropriately with one another … and the audience. Join us if you dare for a musical mashup … time is fleeting in this wicked little town! Costumes are encouraged and CallBacks are appreciated!
PlayGround-LA presents Monday Night PlayGround, Los Angeles’ #1 short play staged reading series, featuring six original 10-minute plays written in just 4-1/2 days and inspired by an assigned prompt, staged by leading local professionals on second Mondays, October-March, at the Broadwater Main Stage.
Two monogamous couples encounter a polyamorous triad at a costume party. The triad becomes entwined in the business and personal lives of the first two couples, forcing them to examine their long-held beliefs about love and marriage. Although sexually free, the members of the triad adhere to their own fairly rigid ethical code. Who’s moral now? Will the couples and the triad live happily ever after?
Although the new sex comedy Mono/poly does not contain nudity, there are frank discussions of sexuality, straight and gay, with some suggestive depiction. This play is suggested for audiences 18 to Adult.
Enter into the longer nights of autumn with The Mystery of Irma Vep, a hilarious fright fest, complete with a cast of monsters and an Egyptian princess. This two-actor, multi-character show will spellbind audiences with its nod to the classic Gothic melodramas and early fright flicks of the ’30s and ’40s.
A hilarious musical adaptation of the Neil Simon play, Fools, with book and lyrics by Simon, and music and lyrics by Phil Swann and Ron West (deLEARious, The People Vs Friar Laurence). In 1893 Ukraine, a young tutor arrives in Kulyenchikov after a harrowing journey — only to discover that the village is cursed, rendering every resident as dumb as a bag of rocks. Will he fall victim to the curse, or can he save himself and the village too?
Theatre Unleashed presents Never Ever Land, the world premiere play by former child star and accomplished writer and director Rider Strong. Young Tim Gable’s family accused the world’s most famous singer of sex crimes in 1993. With the settlement, they walked away millionaires. Now, Tim is ready to tell the public the truth...but does he even know what that is? Helmed by acclaimed director Michael A. Shepperd and produced by Oscar-winner Andrew Carlberg, this bold, fictional new work offers a unique and deeply personal take on one of the most shocking lawsuits of all time and its lasting affects for one family in particular. It also takes a hard look at our celebrity culture in general, from all sides of the looking glass.
The past is prologue. What happens when people from diverse backgrounds experience the firsthand accounts of ten survivors who were labeled "undesirable" and thrust into Hitler’s systematic genocide. Playwright Wendy Kout disturbingly links then and now so we may understand what breaks us apart and embrace what bonds us together. NEVER IS NOW is just the beginning of the conversation.
Paying homage to biographical musicals such as "Hamilton" and "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson", A Night at the Biopera is an entirely improvised 45-minute musical based off of the suggestion of a historical figure.
Seven strangers barricade themselves inside a Pennsylvania farmhouse, attempting to escape the bloodthirsty, flesh-eating ghouls ravaging the countryside. Beset by the walking dead outside, and ever-rising interpersonal tensions within, the group begins their desperate attempt to survive the night in this adaptation of George Romero’s legendary film.