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Mistakes Were Made - coulda-woulda-shoulda. Dick's mistake: He let a sexy, blue-eyed winker threaten his marriage. Jeff's mistake: He turned down a dream job, then later, screamed, "You idiot!" Mel's mistake: He hired a famous money manager, now famous for stealing money. Dick's wife's mistake: She trusted him, then learned of his affair and had one too. NOBODY'S PERFECT! But mistakes can be fixed, between husbands and wives, girlfriends and boyfriends, fathers and sons. From the acclaimed team that brought you Almost Perfect, Aspirin & ELEPHANTS and A Love Affair, and reuniting Mr. Mayer with acclaimed veteran (and frequent Mayer) director Chris DeCarlo, this world premiere romantic comedy will have you laughing, crying, and running home to fix that one mistake that's been gnawing at you for years!
The time is right to see The Play That Goes Wrong, the Olivier Award-winning comedy that's a hilarious hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes. It's opening night of The Murder at Faversham Manor, and things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can't play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it's "a riotous explosion of comedy" (The Daily Beast) and "tons of fun for all ages" (Huffpost). Find out why Ben Brantley of The New York Times called the show "a gut-busting hit" with this Center Theatre Group production at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
Six friends head out of the city on their annual weekend retreat. With no social media, no cell phones, no internet allowed at all, this leaves them with one thing to do … look up from their screens and talk to each other. When the liquor starts flowing and the tongues loosen, no conversation is uneventful and no topic is off-limits. In these polarizing times, what does it mean to come to the table and at what cost? Will it bring us together or reveal how far apart we really are?
Maude, a 50-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park has bought a painting for a few bucks at a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions of dollars. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies from New York to Bakersfield, CA to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover. Inspired by true events, this hilarious and thought-provoking play asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. Featuring Diane Cary and John Mawson.
Thar Shea' Blows! From the Salty Crew that brought you URBAN DEATH and DarkDark-RideRide!...Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group proudly presents their Wild-New Fun & Scary Mid-Summer Deep-Sea Haunted-Maze Horror-Theatre Attraction "BEASTS FROM THE SEA!" Directed by Zombie Joe, Brandon Slezak & Denise Devin, with Musical Score by the fabulous Joseph Bishara. Featuring Audra Colino, Denise Devin, Robert L. Dobson, Jr., Sarah Durham, Jeffrey Gibson, Jasmine Ibrahem, Matthew Monaco, Brandon Slezak, Mélissa Guérin-Torres and Emma Toureau. For Ages 13 and up.
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.
Before Tim Burton became a Disney slave he was churning out weird little hit after weird little hit. You don’t get much weirder than his 1988 comedy masterpiece, BEETLEJUICE, starring a rabid Michael Keaton, a hysterical Catherine O’Hara, a gothed out Winona Ryder, the late great Glenn Shadix and more! And what better way to honor this classic than with a drunken reading hosted by the inimitable Frank Dietz. THE RULES: Every time one of our readers flubs a line, forgets their place, gets distracted — THEY DRINK! HOW ARE YOU INVOLVED? The audience chooses a “social word” and any time that word is read in the script, EVERYONE DRINKS. Our fans on social media vote on their favorite line from the film. We draw one at random at the beginning of the show and when we reach that line — every reader finishes whatever is in their glass! If any of our readers don’t drink, we choose a DESIGNATED DRINKER from the audience to help them along.
Kentwood Players proudly presents Blithe Spirit, the smash hit comedy by Noel Coward at the Westchester Playhouse. Blithe Spirit has continued to be a smash hit comedy since it first premiered on the London and Broadway stages in 1941. This hilarious supernatural farce centers on fussy, cantankerous socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric “kooky medium” Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, who makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost during the séance or afterwards. Boundless laughs and constant pandemonium ensue.
With laughter and a hopeful spirit, Bronco Billy – The Musical promises a night of fun. Based on the Warner Bros. motion picture, this original world premiere musical is a show for all ages. Set in an era when the country’s going crazy with partisan politics, civil rights being threatened and technology exploding. It’s 1979, but it could be now, as somewhere in America’s heartland Bronco Billy struggles to keep his traveling Wild West show alive. But when Billy and his ragtag troupe of misfits meet Antoinette, a Manhattan heiress on-the-run, the ride gets even wilder as she turns Billy’s world upside down. Starring as Bronco Billy is Eric B. Anthony from Broadway’s The Lion King and Mary Poppins. As Eric put it: “If you love to laugh at crazy shenanigans, this is the show for you.” Produced by Skylight Theatre Company.
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!
Ruby gets off the bus from Utah with “nothing but tap shoes in her suitcase and a prayer in her heart.” As fate would have it, she is immediately cast in the chorus of a Broadway show. When the theatre is forced to close, Ruby’s songwriting sailor boyfriend persuades the Captain of his ship to allow the show to move on deck. Voila! Dames at sea! When the show’s lead gets seasick, Ruby may have to go on for her. Will Ruby come back a star? Do you need to ask?
Michael McKeever’s funny, passionate and poignant play takes an unflinching look at how we choose to tie the knot — or not. Daniel and Mitchell are the perfect couple. What isn't so perfect is that Daniel desperately longs to be married, but Mitchell doesn’t believe in it. When a life-altering event throws the couple into crisis, Mitchell must use the laws of his own heart to fight the rules of law.
Musical Theatre West, Southern California’s premier musical theater company, presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Perfect for the whole family, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”
When wealthy widow Mrs. Tottenham hosts the wedding of the year, she gets a lot more than a write-up in the society pages: Janet Van de Graaff, glittering starlet of Feldzieg’s Follies, is leaving the stage for love, a turn of events which horrifies the angry and anxious Mr. Feldzieg, whose chief investor has sent two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs to make sure he stops the wedding. Hiring Aldolpho, a Latin lover more vain than virile, to seduce the bride, is unsuccessful, as Janet’s chaperone, a drunken diva, gets herself mistaken for the bride and seduced in Janet’s place. It is left to the eager best man, George, to quite by accident break up the happy pair, when he sends groom Robert Martin out to the garden, blindfolded, and in roller skates. Such are the antics of The Drowsy Chaperone, a fictitious 1928 musical comedy. This magical piece of meta-theatre and playful, heartfelt parody of the 1920s musical comedy features a chirpy jazz age score by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, and a lively, clever book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, both of which were Tony winners in 2006. The score boasts such tunes as the scenery-chomping “Show Off,” the sizzling and silly “I Am Aldolpho,” the double-entendre laden “Toledo Surprise,” and “As We Stumble Along,” that rousing anthem to optimistic alcoholism.
Elvis ’68 relives a historic moment in music history, leather suit and all. This stage re-creation of the crooner’s 1968 live comeback special explores a pivotal moment in the life and career of Elvis Presley. At the time, Elvis hadn’t played a live show in seven years and his popularity was fading. But what was meant to be a safe Christmas concert turned into an intimate jam session. This show features 22 of Elvis’ hits with storytelling and audience interaction.
Artistic Director Ellen Geer moves Henrik Ibsen’s powerful play from a small town in the south of Norway to a small town in the American South. It’s 1980 and a dinner party is interrupted at the home of Dr. Stockmann, the patriarch of a multi-racial family and medical officer at a popular new tourist spa. A letter brings the bad news that the water at the spa is contaminated, threatening the health of visitors and the town’s economy. Powerful people have difficult choices to make in Theatricum’s adaptation of this classic — and extraordinarily timely — struggle of the individual versus society.
Enerjoyce: Evolution of a Pisces Baby Boomer is a one-woman, multi-character, multi-media show. The premiere was a sold-out success at the largest solo theatre festival on the West Coast, Solofest 2019. The Whitefire Theatre is bringing Enerjoyce back for only three encore performances. Written and performed by Joyce Fidler, you’ll follow the journey of a Pisces whose dual personalities, Flo and Sam, push and pull her through a life that glides along the gentle waves of music, past the choppy surges of marriage and parenting, below the turbulent torrents of alcoholism and into the smooth and rocky streams of sobriety, usefulness and service.
“THE FAVORITE” is a dark comedy about the Holmes siblings who have just lost their mother and are cleaning out their parents' garage for the very last time. Shelby and Megan are competitive sisters with polar opposite world views; their adopted African American brother, Dylan is prone to having lively conversations with inanimate objects. They all have unresolved conflicts that get unpacked along with the mountains of boxes, bags and crates. As the family goes through the endless pile of their parents' accumulated treasures and junk, they relive childhood milestones and touchstones, both joyous and traumatic. Things take an unexpected turn when they uncover a painting that was painted by their mother. She has left a note saying that the painting should go to her favorite child, without specifying which one of them that is. Old wounds are exposed and generously doused in salt until the afternoon comes to a climax when Shelby's husband, Ethan makes a shocking discovery in a dusty old trunk.
The signature work of early feminist theater by giant of the avant-garde María Irene Fornés, this splendidly surreal comedy-drama will be performed in multiple spaces in the Odyssey complex. 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.
At the dawn of civilization, one pre-historic tribe survives the many trials of life under the wise leadership of Jemilla, who taught her people to express themselves, rather than bashing each others’ heads with rocks. But one member of the tribe doesn’t seem to fit in: Zazzalil. She’s always trying to invent things and make life easier… for herself. While out hatching her latest scheme, Zazzalil stumbles upon the most important discovery in history; one that will pit her tribe against wooly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers and change the world forever. She’ll travel from omega to alpha and become… the FIREBRINGER! Originally produced by the theatre troupe STARKID Productions, who have become “cult-fan famous” for their hilarious production of A Very (Harry) Potter Musical, FIREBRINGER will be presented by The FPAC (Foothill Performing Arts Council) for its L.A. premiere at the Theatre Unlimited Studios.
This electrifying tale of a creature cast away by his creator into a hostile world — only to wind his way back in a dangerous game of destruction — has captivated audiences for over 200 years. The gothic story comes to life with Nick Dear’s adaptation of the chilling fable by Mary Shelley, animating the themes of social rejection, intellectual hubris, and the nascency of good and evil.
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.
Theatricum’s Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James star as two residents in an elder care facility whose heated rounds of gin rummy are made personal when the game begins to represent their own inner battles and struggle for dignity. This production of Donald L. Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is produced in partnership with Sierra Madre Playhouse.
As a senior at St. Joseph’s Prep, Brandon Hardy has the world at his feet. He is handsome, athletic, smart, and a shining example of the perfect private school student, just like his father was. But when a disturbing videotape becomes the talk of the locker room, the comfortable lives of the Hardy family threatens to shatter. Good Boys is a suspenseful drama at the Pasadena Playhouse that explores what happens when a family must separate fact from fiction — and, ultimately, choose to either preserve a legacy or risk losing everything in pursuit of the truth.
Through a magical friendship formed with with his daughter’s favorite toy, Ernest Murphy opens doors into his past and perhaps his future. Good Mourning stars Hosea Chanchez of The Game and Black Lightning. Don’t miss this world-premiere solo performance playing for a limited engagement at the Hudson Theatre.
Rogue Machine Theatre and Collaborative Artists Bloc present the revival of their 2018 production of Gunshot Medley: Part 1, a lyrical and mystical play about the struggle against systemic racism. Set in a haunted North Carolina graveyard, this delicately crafted work brings past and present together in a soulful tale of lives destroyed by the deep-seated racial tensions and conflicts that have marred America’s history from Antebellum south to the present day. “You of all people know the dead don’t need raisin’. They around all the time. Every time I hear the wind… I know the souls are rustlin’ and they ain’t sleep no more.” Written by Dionna M. Daniel and directed by Desean K. Terry.
If you’re going to see a musical, this is the way to do it. Pack a picnic dinner and settle in under the stars at the gorgeous Hollywood Bowl for an all-star performance of Sondheim’s most magical musical, Into the Woods, featuring the voice of Whoopi Goldberg as the Giant, Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo as Jack, Sister Act’s Patina Miller as the Witch and Shanice Williams (The Wiz Live!) as Little Red Riding Hood.
In this much-loved musical that inspired The Birdcage, we peer into the living quarters of a famed drag nightclub where two men partnered in love as well as show-biz, Georges and Albin have their self-worth challenged. After 20 years of un-wedded bliss, Georges’ son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a conservative, right-wing politician. Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as “normal” to meet the family of the bride-to-be, but Albin has other plans, which escalate with hilarious results! In this charming and incredibly funny musical, we learn that families come in all forms, and that it is alright to be as you are!
Written by Joe Orton and directed by Bart DeLorenzo — a masterpiece of black farce, Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves. Dennis works for an undertaker. Hal’s old Mum has just died. They rob the bank next door to the funeral parlour and find just the place to hide the loot. With the money hidden in Mum’s coffin, there’s no place for Mum whose body keeps re-appearing at the most inopportune times. When Inspector Truscott turns up, the already thickened plot goes topsy-turvy.
A musical parody of TV’s favorite cult classic show. This musical puts a humorous twist on a show that riveted us, shocked us, and entertained us throughout the years. Six seasons of episodes boiled down into 50 characters, played by 14 actors, across one night of hilarious and wacky absurdity. Lost: The Musical originally premiered in 2014 at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood. Now it’s back in Los Angeles to celebrate the 15th season of Lost!
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.
Award-winning theatre company Son of Semele Ensemble presents Men on Boats. Jaclyn Backhaus’s acclaimed play reenacts the legendary 1869 Powell Expedition to map the Colorado River — but with a twist. The rugged white men are all played by a diverse cast of female and non-binary actors. The ironic, often comic result explores both the West’s mighty river and the imagined new world as created by our legends. The result triggers the question, “Who and what has our ‘America’ left out?”
The natural beauty of the Topanga wilderness transforms once again into an enchanted forest, where lovers and fairies meet by moonlight. Comic misadventures, mistaken identities and unrequited love come together to create the Bard’s most magical romp. It’s the perfect experience to introduce your family to the world of Shakespeare.
A night of musical theater hilarity. Our version of a cabaret where every performer gets a chance to perform a song or act from a dream role… that they’d never be cast in. Come out & see some UCLA alums & friends perform showtunes and more!
Following critically acclaimed, sold out runs, first in 2018 and again earlier this year, writer/performer Barra Grant returns once more with her darkly hilarious mother-daughter story: the true, inside tale of Grant’s seismic relationship with her mother, Bess Myerson. A beauty queen best known as the first and only Jewish Miss America, Myerson was an accomplished pianist, television personality, New York City’s first Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, a close advisor to Mayor Ed Koch, and a national spokesperson against anti-Semitism. Then, she infamously went down in flames — with her Mafia boyfriend! — in a judge-bribing scandal known as the “Bess Mess.” If you missed Grant’s fascinating tale about being a confused ugly duckling growing up in the shadow of her spectacular mother, here’s your chance.
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Miserables. This is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. That encounter will change their lives forever. Featuring stunning spectacle, a sensational cast of 42, and a soaring score including Broadway hits like "Last Night of the World," "The Movie in My Mind," and "The Heat is On in Saigon," this is a theatrical event you will never forget.
Adapted from Herman Melville’s classic tale, Moby Dick – Rehearsed thrusts the audience into a hair-raising whaling voyage under the helm of Captain Ahab. The brooding one-legged fanatic is consumed by his vengeful obsession to kill the dreaded white mammoth whale … Moby Dick.
Nancy F***ing Reagan — A gay high school teacher, who is about to turn 50, needs to be cajoled by his friends to embrace the future and let go of a past he struggles with - sometimes comically – especially the Reagans’ troubling AIDS legacy. Nancy F***ing Reagan is set in Palm Springs where David’s best friend and college dean, Maggie, has organized a weekend getaway for a few friends to celebrate his birthday. But the death of the former First Lady that same week, provokes David’s festering anger, reminding him how the unchecked AIDS epidemic diminished his life and left him single for so many years. The celebration is further derailed when a student from Maggie’s college arrives at the house, demanding that Maggie address the ubiquitous racism on their school campus. Inspired by Allison’s audacity, the friends begin wrestling with the importance of their own racial and sexual identities. Their arguments, and the hilarious actions they take because of them, end up shifting their lives and relationships in new and un-imagined directions.
Park Passages consists of six original plays created, written and workshopped by the AWS Writers Group. A Flat-Earther doing her best to convince her friend that the earth is not round, an older couple coming to terms with their new lifestyle, and two brothers arguing atop Runyon Canyon are just a few of the characters you’ll meet in this funny, poignant collection of short plays.
Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair… and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. The tale of how Peter Pan was once a boy, how the lost boys became lost, and how a certain pirate lost his hand to a crocodile…
The Producers is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks's 1967 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks and music composed by Brooks and arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman. As in the film, the story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful. The humor of the show draws on ridiculous accents, caricatures of homosexuals and Nazis, and many show business in-jokes.
In the aftermath of a hate crime, 7th grader Goon befriends one of the victims, Carly. A youthful romance blossoms, while the town plans a rally "to destroy racism forever," and the two must navigate the pitfalls of falling in love while dealing with prying eyes, especially those of Wikipedia Jones, the crime-solving son of the Chief of Police. Passive-aggressive antics, bad parental advice, and ill-informed gestures of kindness create a "white guilt perfect storm" that threatens to make the course of true love a very rocky road.
Why Do We Know More About Kim Kardashian Than Abigail Adams? Combining theater, history, multi-media, audience interaction, and good old-fashioned storytelling, She’s History! brings to life the true tales of fabulous females, then and now. Writer/performer/cultural herstorian Amy Simon spent years researching diaries, letters, publications and biographies and created this unique herstorical edutaining theatrical presentation. Going back and forth from the past to the present, this Mom on a Mission poignantly finds the funny as she chronicles the struggles and accomplishments of our unheralded, unknown and forgotten heroines whose courage and strength inspire her as she raises two daughters. Watch Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony multitask — just like today’s mom — running the house, fixing dinner and corralling the kids, all while working on the Fourteenth Amendment. Hear about our first feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, and witness Sojourner Truth’s powerful “Ain’t I Woman” speech. Learn how Alice Paul stole President Wilson’s parade, and see how she suffered for the cause. Watch Nancy Pelosi become the first female Speaker of the House, learn about Shirley Chisholm’s humanity, and what inspired Bella Abzug. Hear about Pat Schroeder, Katie Couric, Malala Yousafzai, Eleanor Roosevelt, Golda Meir, Victoria Woodhull (the first woman to run for president) and Hillary Clinton, bloomers, suffrage, maternal profiling, the road to Seneca Falls, abolition and more! It’s all there in a gala-palooza honoring Female America. Don’t miss this production in celebration of Women’s Equality Day.
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 story of humankind told through the lives of the Antrobus family. Set in 20th century New Jersey and the Ice Age, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a whirlwind of modernity and antiquity. As relevant today as its original production in 1942, this inspiring piece of Americana uses humor, history and mythology to highlight humanity’s drive to carry on. The Skin of Our Teeth is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.
Something extraordinary comes out of a quiet, ordinary place in The Spitfire Grill. Dreams and incredible stories flood the rural town when Hannah makes her establishment the prize in an essay competition. Experience the magic and wonder at the Garry Marshall Theatre, named for the Hollywood legend who believed that sharing a live storytelling experience was one of the most important ways we process our lives.
Attend the dark, witty and Tony Award-winning tale of love, murder, and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th century London. Our production will feature thrilling intimacy that will shake the audience to the core. Be prepared to welcome the Demon Barber like never before! An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth-century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up … and the carnage has only just begun.
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.
In this 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Quiara Alegrîa Hudes, writer of the book for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, introduces us to Elliot, a veteran of the Iraq war. As he struggles to find his place in the world, we are also introduced to the members of an addiction chat room just trying to get through the day. When Elliot’s mother dies, cyber meets reality, anger gives way to understanding, and the resistance to their pasts and each other becomes a chance at forgiveness. In this heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption, the boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace, as birth families splinter, and online families collide.
Best-selling author, comic, Paralympian and YouTuber Josh Sundquist tracked down all the women he'd ever tried to date to ask why they had rejected him. He shares the results of his semi-scientific investigation (and yes, it's a true story) in this one-of-a-kind live performance that blends interactive storytelling with stand-up comedy. Hear his embarrassing tell-all live at the Santa Monica Playhouse.
It’s 1985, and rock star wannabe Robbie Heart (who still lives in his grandmother’s basement) is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party until his fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie is so distraught that he makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. When he meets Julia, an admiring young waitress, Robbie falls madly in love. The only problem is that Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. With a score that pays loving homage to the pop songs of the ‘80s, Morgan-Wixson Theatre’s production of The Wedding Singer takes you back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just have been the coolest guy in the room.
Something “Cool” is coming! Set in NYC’s Upper West Side, West Side Story, the classic musical based on Romeo & Juliet, is about to make our hearts soar all over again to the legendary score by Leonard Bernstein and brilliant lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.