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When a teenage Andy Warhol finds himself in the basement of a working-class bar in Pittsburgh, PA, he receives inspiration, guidance and friendship from a surprising source. Funny and poignant, Andy Warhol’s Tomato is a world premiere play by Vince Melocchi (himself a Pittsburgh native — as is Andy Warhol).
Set in America’s heartland, Sam Shepard’s powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning play details, with shocking hilarity, the disintegration of the American Dream. When 22-year-old Vince unexpectedly shows up at the family farm with his girlfriend Shelley, no one recognizes him. So begins the unraveling of dark secrets. A surprisingly funny look at disillusionment and morality, Shepard’s masterpiece is the family reunion no one anticipated.
“Papa Dozes, Mama Blows Her Noses.” That’s just one of the delightfully quirky musical numbers from this Obie award-winning musical romp adapted by composer Al Carmines from A Circular Play by Gertrude Stein. Presented as part of Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s 50th Anniversary “Circa ’69” Season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the Odyssey’s 1969 inception, In Circles sets Stein's nonlinear prose, based solely on her pleasure at the way certain words sounded together, to a splendid musical score featuring ragtime, tango, waltz, opera, barbershop quartet, jazz and other musical styles. “A madly meaningful tea party which composer Al Carmines has turned into a gemlike operetta.” — Jack Kroll, Newsweek
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.
Endless critical and audience acclaim direct from Broadway. A sold-out run at The Public Theater. A record-breaking engagement at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Latin History for Morons, the most totally unique show of the season, reveals America’s unsung heroes, throughout past and present — all unforgettably told by Tony and Emmy Award® winner John Leguizamo, one of the most incisive, insightful, and entertaining personalities onstage today. Latin History for Morons is inspired by the near total absence of Latinos from his son’s American history books. John Leguizamo embarks on an outrageously funny, frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school history project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Pitbull into 110 irreverent and uncensored minutes above and beyond his unique style at the Ahmanson Theatre.
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.
Storybook Theatre's version of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale is hopping into Theatre West this Fall. As always at Storybook, there will be plenty of audience participation and singing and dancing. You can even expect audience members to join in a special version of “The Bunny Hop.” This funny version is specifically created to appeal to children and the whole family.
ake a journey through the life, loves and laughter of the world’s most beloved Yiddish humorist, as you’re treated to an in-depth look at the foolish philosophers, philosophical fools, comical shtetl folk and not-so-comical scoundrels that populated Sholom Aleichem’s real and fantasy worlds. This bold and bittersweet, raucous and romantic musical comedy celebrates the great man’s 102nd Yahrzeit, journeying through his loves and losses, the controversy surrounding his stories and plays, his fame and his failures. The new musical — the fifth in the Playhouse Sholom Aleichem quintilogy — stars veteran performer Chris DeCarlo, who once again takes on the role of the beloved author. Catch Aleichem Sholom! at The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse.
From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, ANASTASIA is a dazzling new show that transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Walter “Pops” Washington is a retired New York City policeman. His wife has died and his son, “Junior,” has just been released from jail. They live in a rent-controlled apartment on Riverside Drive in New York City. Junior’s girlfriend, Lulu, and Oswaldo, a recovering addict, also spend time at the apartment. Walter has been pursuing a discrimination suit against the Police Department, because he was accidentally shot by another police officer. This is a Los Angeles premiere at the award-winning Fountain Theatre. The play won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 2015 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and the 2015 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
During a single year, Lisa Kate David discovered her husband was leading a dark double life, became a single mom to her one-year-old daughter and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Rather than giving up, David got right back in the saddle, going on a dating frenzy with 70 men over two years. In Dating in L.A. With No Nipples, she re-enacts her journey with wit, charm and a wide array of impressions that bring the characters to life. Stage Raw called her acclaimed solo show “ingenious and inspiring.” Catch Dating in L.A. With No Nipples, written and performed by Lisa Kate David, at Sherman Oaks’ Whitefire Theatre.
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.
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.
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.
Dial M For Murder is perhaps best known as the classic film directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly. It remains one of the most suspenseful thrillers ever written, centering on ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice, a gentleman on the surface who plots to murder his wife, Margot, because she had an affair, even though now over, with revenge motivating him to get her money. To accomplish that goal, he blackmails an old school acquaintance to strangle her. When things go drastically wrong, Tony sees another way to guarantee her death and his wealth. Will he succeed or will his plot to murder Margot be foiled?
A comedic celebration of Edgar Allan Poes Master Works just in time for Halloween. Re-enactments and recitals of “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Fall of the House of Usher” and many more done with great silliness. The show also features original songs by Ari Stidham. All ages.
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.
In Fertile, we meet Jenny, a woman with a plan - a plan to get pregnant. Everyone keeps telling her that time is running out; she just turned 35, after all. So, when those urine tests keep coming back negative, Jenny decides to take action and fix the problem. That’s when she runs into real problems…and real questions about fertility and motherhood. As Jenny faces the world of “mom options” – egg freezing, in-vitro, adoption, and more – the conversation about the expectation of procreation really begins. In a sea of outside opinions from her friends, her doctors, a beloved neighbor, and even God, Jenny must ultimately look within to discover what motherhood means to her, what it means to be fertile.
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.
Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson unfolds the African American legacy in the first chronological episode of his celebrated American Century Cycle—a soaring, mystical tale of a man desperate for redemption in 1904 Pittsburgh. Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old “soul cleanser,” sends him on a spiritual journey that dissects the nature of freedom amidst oppression and spurs him to take up the mantle of justice.
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.
Rediscover the wonders, pains, and joys within “the age of Aquarius.” Hair celebrates the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. With an infectiously energetic rock beat, the show explores ideas of identity, community, global responsibility, and peace, as it remains as relevant as ever, examining what it means to be a young person in a changing world. Once a mirror held up to the explosive and experimental life of young people in the 1960s, Hair now provides all ages a microscopic view of the eternal struggle of youth finding their voice.
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!
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.
Come join us this Halloween season for one of the most terrifying supernatural thrillers of all time. During a paranormal investigation, Dr. Montague and his small team of volunteers visit Hill House, an unwelcoming mansion with a history of secrets and tragedies. As each guest is affected by the house’s psychological manipulations, their minds, souls, and very lives become endangered. Based on Shirley Jackson’s chilling novel, this dramatization is sure to leave the audience shivering with delightful terror!
After successful runs at The United Solo Festival NYC, Pangea NYC, The Marsh San Francisco, and The Marsh Berkeley, multi award-winning actor/playwright and Theatre Rhinoceros Artistic Director John Fisher’s acclaimed solo show A History of World War II: The D-Day Invasion to the Fall of Berlin will play at The Broadwater Black Box in Los Angeles. Offering a compendium of facts about WWII from the bungled plot to assassinate Hitler (“A mess! Organized by a bunch of loser bureaucrats!”) to the big secret – how the Russians won the war for us (“They did all the work!”), this lauded production also surveys the best books on the topic, as well as the most attractive generals who fought the battles and the hottest actors who played them in the movies. Capturing the Best Actor award from the 2017 United Solo Festival, this highly entertaining work also demonstrates how WWII helped Fisher win boyhood battles with his older brother.
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.
A “prequel” to William Finn’s groundbreaking March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, In Trousers, the opening chapter of the “Marvin Trilogy,” follows Marvin’s exploration of his sexuality and identity through his interaction with the three most important woman in his life: his high school sweetheart; his teacher; and his wife. Torn between his natural inclination and his desire not to upset his family life as he knows it, Marvin ultimately makes the decision he feels is best for him. This production is located at The Lounge Theater in Hollywood with a fabulous cast including: Braxton Molinaro, Tal Fox, Michelle Lane, Lea Madda, and Brooke van Grinsven.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
On the eve of the admissions cycle for New York City kindergartens, Alex and Greg have high hopes for their son Jake, a precocious four-year-old who happens to prefer Cinderella to G.I. Joe. But as the process continues, Jake’s behavior becomes erratic and perplexing, and other adults in his life start to wonder whether his fondness for dress-up might be cause for concern. The story of a husband and wife struggling to do right by their son, A Kid Like Jake is a study of intimacy and parenthood and the fantasies that accompany both.
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).
Elizabeth is convinced her husband Robert is at death’s door, and she’s determined to get the whole brood together for a final family holiday, quickly, before his bird has flown. Of course, all three kids and their spouses have their own lives, agendas and emergencies, but a few obstacles won’t stop Elizabeth. Some people will do anything to defend their nest. Last Swallows shows how even families who love one another can be amazingly dysfunctional. As the saying goes, ‘You can pick your spouse but not their family.’ The play is foremost a comedy about a family squabbling relentlessly about every little thing but also a drama about how life can take painful and unexpected turns.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.)
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.
The action is set in the kitchen of a small house in upstate New York, the home of the acutely lonely Robert. The place is piled high with old newspapers, and something is rotting so horribly in the fridge that the simple task of extracting a beer poses a major health risk. Robert is clearly in desperate trouble. Then his older brother Jack arrives, as neat and controlled as his sibling is wild and unraveled. On an Average Day is a mystery play, a moving psychological drama and a black comedy, a thrill ride full of twists and turns. A West End hit starring Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan, written by John Kolvenbach. This is the Los Angeles premiere, starring Drew Kenney (Veronica Mars, Adam Ruins Everything, The Ellen Show, The Bachelorette_) and James Liddell (_Killer Kids, Two Ways to Go West, Mountain). Directed by Daniel Travis, Produced by Anne Kathryn Parma and Drew Kenney.
Bill Irwin has spent a lifetime haunted by Samuel Beckett’s language. In this intimate 90-minute evening, Irwin explores a performer’s relationship to Beckett, mining the physical and verbal skills acquired in his years as a master clown and Tony Award®-winning actor. Irwin’s approach to the comic, the tragic, to every side of Beckett’s work — including Waiting for Godot, Texts for Nothing, and more — allow audiences to experience the language in compelling new ways. Whether you’re encountering the Nobel Prize winner’s writing for the first time, or building on a body of Beckett knowledge, this dynamic showcase is not to be missed. Center Theatre Group is proud to present On Beckett, a new work by master clown, Tony Award-winning actor, and MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellow Bill Irwin. Critic’s Pick!
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
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!
Neo Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Representative Misbehavior by Tom Walla, directed by Flint Esquerra. In this new political farce, State Representative Steven Chase is stunned when he learns that he is suddenly his party’s nominee for Governor. Preparing a pro forma presentation to the nominating committee, Steven’s squeaky clean and honest image starts to unravel when a call girl, an angry suspicious wife, a snooping reporter, an enraged donor, and an overly eager temp worker creating office chaos all converge on what was supposed to be the best day of his life.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
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.
Moral dilemma, historical mystery, and matters of the heart converge when a committed atheist inherits a collection of rare and hauntingly beautiful illustrated Hebrew manuscripts, including a prayer book from fourteenth-century Spain, and discovers that the books, which bear witness to overlapping Jewish and Islamic traditions, were stolen some six-hundred years after their creation from a library in 1940s Berlin.
We all float down here… Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise. Then, 27 years later, the seven must re-unite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown. Based on the miniseries, two films, and novel by Stephen King. Stephen King’s IT, a Musical Parody is a high-energy, campy send-up of the beloved story featuring electrifying vocals and side-splitting comedy.
When an Asian girl tells her parents she doesn’t want to be a doctor anymore, she wishes on a shooting star for supportive white parents. Book and lyrics by Joy Regullano. Directed by Frank Caeti. Music by The Same and Tony Show. Musical Director is Tony Gonzalez.
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.
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles presents The Tragedie of Macbeth: An Immersive Experience, created by a director from England’s Royal Shakespeare Company and a retired Disney Imagineer. The audience moves about SCLA’s 22,000 square-foot building filled with floating daggers, tapestries that come to life, and bleeding walls while nine actors tackle 20 characters. Something wicked this way comes during this unique production.
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.”
Urban Death Tour of Terror is a series of short vignettes illustrating macabre images of horror meant to disturb, discomfit, thrill, shock and sometimes make you laugh at the absurdity. This walk-through, maze-like show is not for the faint-of-heart, but is fantastic entertainment for daring adventurers ready to delve into an avant-garde world of inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities and the disturbed spirits that walk among us. From the lighting — and then the deep, dark lack of it — to the spooky score, effects and costumes, Urban Death Tour of Terror plunges you into its terrifying, alternative underworld. If you’re thinking you’ve seen it all before, think again — Underground Theatre Group brings you an all-new show for 2019. This show is recommended for ages 16 and older.
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.
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.
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.