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Playwrights Project welcomes you to its Plays by Young Writers Festival, featuring plays written by California students that were chosen through the Project's 2017 California Young Playwrights Contest! Out of over 400 contestants, six students won the opportunity for their plays to be performed at the Old Globe Theatre. Four young women will receive full productions of their plays, and two younger writers will have their scripts presented as staged readings. Join the Project in celebrating the creativity of this upcoming generation!
The Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theater awards in Los Angeles, created to recognize excellence in theatrical performance, production, and design in the greater Los Angeles area. The formal ceremony is a yearly celebration of achievement and excellence and is a way for the theater community to converge for an evening of recognition, engagement, and entertainment. Los Angeles notables scheduled to be presenters are Malcolm Barrett, Alexandra Billings, Melody Butiu, Crystal Diaz, Larissa Fasthorse, Sam Harris, Russell Hornsby, Diarra Kilpatrick, Justin Kirk, Reggie Lee, Pam MacKinnon, Rose Portillo, Armin Shimerman, J.K. Simmons, and Zakiya Young.
Celebrate Valentine's Day (and the rest of February and March) with this delightful romantic comedy that blurs the lines between art and life, gay and straight. New York City's trip. theater ensemble kicks off its move to L.A. with the West Coast premiere of a unique theatrical hit production, direct from a sold-out run in Chicago — the not-so-simple story of boy meets girl, boy meets boy, girl meets girl, and all the little things that can ruin a perfectly good dinner party.
Multi-award-winning Foothill Music Theatre presents 9 to 5 The Musical, featuring eight-time Grammy Award winner Dolly Parton's Tony Award-nominated, country music-infused score. Based on the 1980 film of the same name, 9 to 5 The Musical is the story of three working women, eager to bust through the glass ceiling, who team up against their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" of a boss and take care of business. Set in the late 1970s, this romp through the Rolodex Era is a hilarious and empowering story of friendship, love, and women's roles in workplace, relationships, and society. Aided by a quick-witted book by the movie's screenwriter Patricia Resnick, Variety called 9 to 5 The Musical a "light and lively crowdpleaser," and the Telegraph hailed it as "a winning mix of feminist indignation, raucous good humour and…genuinely touching moments."
It's 1959 and the civil rights movement is starting to grip America. In Montgomery, Alabama, a fight over a controversial children's book — one in which a black rabbit marries a white rabbit — pits librarian Emily Wheelock Reed against segregationist Senator E.W. Higgins. Childhood friends reunite, only to be caught up in the political and racial tensions of the time. Inspired by true events, this drama explores tests of character and emotions that reshaped our nation.
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling production filled with beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event in which one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Aladdin features songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies). The lyrics are by Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony winner Tim Rice (The Lion King), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).
Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government's treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they struggle between duty and defiance, custom and change, and family bonds and forbidden loves. George Takei leads the cast of this revival.
Tony Award nominee, and winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award (Best Solo Performance 2015), Orson Bean returns to Pacific Resident Theatre in the world premiere of Alright Then, costarring Alley Mills. The new production is being directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos (Ovation Award and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Director), and was inspired by Bean's multi-award-winning companion piece Safe at Home: An Evening With Orson Bean.
As one of America's best-known raconteurs, and an undisputed triple threat, Orson Bean has entertained several generations of audiences in all forms of media. In his latest comical and genuine extravaganza, he and Alley Mills recount a magical but unlikely meeting that changed the course of their lives forever. A funny, vivid, and synchronistic journey about two artists who beat the odds in the world of entertainment, love…and marriage.
Winner of 4 Tony Awards!
An American in Paris transforms the timeless story of love in a city rebuilding from the heartbreak of World War II into a new Broadway musical of romance, redemption and hope.
Spending her days caring for her ailing mother, Lucha yearns to break her monotonous routine. Here's a wild idea: an all-girl mariachi band! But it's the 1970s, and girls can't be mariachis...or can they? As Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates, dodge disapproving relatives, and bring Mom along for the ride, they wonder, "Will the band come together?" American Mariachi is a heartwarming world premiere comedy about family, progress, and the freedom to dream big. Its vibrant live music may just send your heart soaring and put a bounce in your step.
Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece finally arrives at Berkeley Rep in its entirety — directed by artistic director Tony Taccone in his 20th anniversary season! First staged 26 years ago and originally commissioned by the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco while Taccone was artistic director there, this fierce and astounding two-part drama is at once an epic exploration of American politics, gay identity, and mythology as well as a personal story of love and loyalty. In today's sociopolitical climate, Kushner's universal message of compassion and inclusion makes Angels in America as timely as ever.
Note: Tickets to performances of Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika are available separately as well as together in "Marathon Day" packages.
Frank Silletti and daughter Ava Vukic return to Feinstein's at the Nikko to celebrate the release of their first CD, Yours and Mine - The Judy & Liza Effect. The "Judy and Liza effect" is the precise moment the climactic note of a Garland or Minnelli song, or even just a word or phrase, grabs you, holds you, and makes you want to break free from the ordinary and burst out in song. It has inspired generations to do exactly that. Frank has been under the influence since childhood and now Ava has the bug too. In this special performance and CD release, father and daughter honor the work of mother and daughter with performances of their iconic songs by Harold Arlen, Kander & Ebb, the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Roger Edens, and others.
Fresh off a honeymoon at the Plaza Hotel, free-spirited Corie and her buttoned-down husband Paul find themselves struggling to adjust to married life in their run-down New York walk-up. Throw in a loopy meddling mother, an eccentric Bohemian upstairs neighbor, and a double date that goes disastrously wrong, and you've got the perfect recipe for laughter. Jessica Stone (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) returns to the Old Globe Theatre to extend its decades-long relationship with playwright Neil Simon by directing this fresh take on one of his best-known comedies.
Celebrating over 15,000 performances and seen by nearly six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed musical revue continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in the City's North Beach district with its hilarious spoofs of pop culture, spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats! Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming." Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Kim Kardashian, Vladimir Putin, Frozen, Iggy Azalea, Hillary & Bill Clinton, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Governor Jerry Brown, Nicki Minaj, The Royal Family, Game of Thrones, Miley Cyrus, Orange is the New Black, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Oprah, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kim Jong-un & the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
When Sam witnesses an act of senseless violence on the New York City subway, he invites the victim, Kevin, back to his apartment until he can get back on his feet. But as the two young men develop an unexpected friendship, Sam's friends and family start to worry that Kevin could be dangerous — or worse, that Sam's attachment could be a symptom of a mental illness he's struggled with his entire life. Bedlam is a look at the prejudices that divide us and the craziness of trying to make connections in spite of our differences.
Adapted from Daniel Wallace's novel and Tim Burton's acclaimed film, and featuring spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family and The Wild Party), Big Fish is a fantastical musical that illustrates the larger-than-life anecdotes of Edward Bloom, a man nearing the end of his life. This fact has compelled his grown son Will to embark on an adventure of his own — to unravel his real dad from the myths of his tall tales. Filled with magic, love, luck, and crazy coincidences, this rollicking fantasy set in the American South is a tribute to the power of dreaming big.
Recommendation: good for all ages.
This staging of Harold Pinter's classic drama features Marco Barricelli, Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, and Stratford Festival star Scott Wentworth. In an undisturbed English seaside town, the inhabitants of a ramshackle boarding house react to the arrival of two unsettling strangers. Where do the mysterious Goldberg and McCann come from? Who sent them? And why do they keep asking about the sole boarder, piano player Stanley? As the party guests, including flighty Lula and flirty landlady Meg, gather for Stanley's birthday, the desperate pianist is forced to confront a surreal interrogation. Seething with mystery, danger, and sudden humor, this play is signature Pinter.
Show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, right there on the spot, improvise the "black version" of that film complete with its improvised soundtrack, dance numbers, DVD extras, audition reels & more.
The Black Version is a completely improvised show that started at The Groundlings Theatre in LA in 2010 to sold out crowds and great reviews. Rolling Stone magazine calls the show "Hot" and the cast a "Comedic A-Team", LA Weekly says the show is "Red Hot" and "Scores more than it's share of belly laughs" while the LA Times calls the show "A Winner"!
Join the second annual Center Theatre Group Block Party and discover exceptional new theater from the past year that you may not even know you missed.
Every night, performers take the stage at over 250 theaters across Los Angeles. The abundance of talent and innovative work being produced is a theater lover's dream. To celebrate all that L.A.'s intimate theater scene has to offer, CTG is once again presenting encore productions from three outstanding companies — showcasing their remarkable work at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
The plays selected for the inaugural Block Party were Coeurage Theatre Company's production of Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins, the Echo Theater Company's production of Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel, and the Fountain Theatre's production of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine and adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs.
The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in Blues in the Night, the scorching Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical. The 26 hot and torchy numbers — by icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, and more — tell of the sweet, sexy, and sorrowful experiences that three women have with a lying, cheating, snake of a man who represents all the men who do them wrong. The Wallis is honored to have Los Angeles theater luminary Sheldon Epps return to his breakout hit. Staged in the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater, Blues in the Night will leave audiences energized, inspired, and ready to wail.
Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the Emmy Award-winning team behind South Park, created this hilarious Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. The Book of Mormon was written in collaboration with Robert Lopez, the Tony-winning composer and lyricist of Avenue Q.
Winner of the 2011 Tony for Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has captured the hearts of many in the theater community by presenting modern, in-the-know, and often profane content in the tried-and-true form of a very traditional integrated book musical, complete with tap dancing.
Born, Never Asked. is a full-length new work by choreographer Zoë Klein based on her life story being adopted as an infant from Colombia. As an ensemble of five, the performers' physicality is experienced through their powerful partner flips and lifts, lyrical floor work, multilevel suspensions, sculptural levers, and inventive inversions. Klein's cutting-edge movement genre of aerials, acrobatics, and imagery delivers a visual feast along with deep meaning and complex emotions. Klein's artistic instincts have driven her to the question many international adopted persons in a mixed-race family may ask: How can one achieve wholeness with conflicting loyalties between lands, languages, families, and cultures?
Come early to partake in an interactive gallery installation in the Dance Mission Lobby. Stay for our postshow talk backs with Adoption Museum Project.
Just in time for Mardi Gras come musical mayhem, marching band madness, and a powerful blow-out-the-windows sound. These qualities are the hallmarks of San Francisco's most raucous and sought-after New Orleans fusion band, the Brass Mafia. The ensemble includes trombone, trumpet, sax, drums, and tuba. Together they perform music from different decades and continents as well as unexpected mash-ups and some of their originals. They are joined onstage by guest vocalist Yvette Pylant.
The Brass Mafia emphasize heavy backbeats, creative improvisation, and unique arrangements. They have been featured at events for SFJAZZ, San Francisco's annual Fat Tuesday parade, and have collaborated with Lyrics Born, Thomas Dolby, Peter Rowan, and Nicki Bluhm.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents the Tony Award-winning musical The Bridges of Madison County, based on the 1992 best-selling novel by Robert James Waller about love both lost and found. Set amidst the cornfields of Iowa in 1965, this passionate musical follows the unexpected affair of a devoted Italian-born housewife and a roving National Geographic photographer set over four sensual, heart-stirring days. Brilliantly adapted by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Marsha Norman ('night, Mother, The Secret Garden, The Color Purple) with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County captured the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical Score. It will be directed by TheatreWorks artistic director and founder Robert Kelley.
Broadway actors, dancers and producers from Tony-Award winning and fan-favorite shows including South Pacific, The Producers, The Book of Mormon, Motown the Musical and Les Misérables have assembled the highest caliber of Los Angeles-based Broadway performers to offer Angelenos an intimate and heart-stopping taste of Broadway. The show features a live band, rotating program and special celebrity guests. The producers intend to continue the show on a weekly basis at W Hollywood.
Rubicon Theatre Company presents the outrageously funny, critically acclaimed comedy Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins. The production is directed by Ovation Award winner Stephanie A. Coltrin and stars award-winning actor and Rubicon's associate artistic director Brian McDonald. Inspired by Barbra Streisand's book My Passion for Design, Tolins's one-man tour de force is described by the New York Times as "a seriously funny slice of absurdist whimsy" about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs. Winner of the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Best Play, this off-Broadway sensation follows a struggling actor named Alex who winds up working for an unnamed show-business legend in her Malibu basement mall. An unlikely friendship develops between the two from which Alex learns profound lessons about himself.
A thrilling and up-to-date production of a classic show that is now more relevant than ever. The seedy glamour of the Kit Kat Club with its bawdy Emcee provide an unsettling but fitting backdrop to the story of the hard-living entertainer Sally Bowles in the decadent nightlife of Germany in the early '30s. Come hear some of the most memorable songs in musical theater history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen," and "Maybe This Time." Right this way, your table's waiting at the musical the New York Times calls "one for the ages."
Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown. She heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother's best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della's cakes are legendary, even earning her a spot as a contestant on the Great American Baking Show. Della is overjoyed at Jen's request — until she realizes there's not just one bride but two, forcing her to reexamine some of her deeply held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Faith, family, and frosting collide in this touching and timely new play.
Note: This show contains adult language and content.
Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown. She heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother's best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della's cakes are legendary — even earning her a spot as a contestant on The Great American Baking Show. She is overjoyed at Jen's request — until she realizes there's not just one bride, but two, forcing her to re-examine some of her deeply held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Faith, family, and frosting collide in this touching and timely new play.
Are you in need of a sultry Spanish night or a bohemian adventure? Brace yourself for a night when the well-worn hardwood floors of Pachamama resonate with the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping, and guitar. If you have not seen this group, this is an opportunity to experience their high energy and passion for their art that defines a new dimension in flamenco and Spanish dance traditions. Carolina and her daughter Carolé offer a special evening for a date night, family gathering, or get-together with friends and coworkers.
A silent father, an ancient tradition, and an unexpectedly important game of baseball forge bonds of lifelong friendship between two Jewish boys from "five blocks and a world apart" in this funny, poignant, timely, and timeless father-son story about recognition and acceptance of "the other."
Versatile singer, trumpeter, and bandleader Chris Norton was influenced by the hypnotic jazz stylings of Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. As Chris developed his craft, he found his voice — literally. The instrumentalist evolved into a talented vocalist as well. He has performed at NY Fashion Week as well as for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, headlined the 2016 Cannes Film Festival Party, galas for the Whitney Museum and amFAR, corporate events for Omega, Montblanc, Campari, and the NFL, giving each audience his expert interpretation of jazz standards.
Chris Norton is backed by the Konrad Paszkudzki Trio, whose aesthetic can be summed up in three words: mood, sizzle, and swing. Direct, simple, yet intriguing, they improvise solo narratives with toe-tapping nonchalant grace. There is something humble in this approach, but the attitude with which the music is delivered is one of confident passion.
High-energy and laugh-out-loud funny, Coastside Comedy With Blue Blanket Improv is never the same show twice. Each performance is created on the spot and based entirely on audience suggestions. Walk along the beach, enjoy an outstanding sunset, and stay for the comedy!
Note: This show is intended for ages 21 and up.
Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival!
With an uplifting score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, this musical breathes new spirit into the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. The stage adaptation of The Color Purple stunningly reimagines the story of a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. Tony winner John Doyle directs.
Note: This show is recommended for ages eight and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
Comedy on the Square is the brainchild of vaudeville performer Fred Anderson. After a trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000, he was inspired by the festival's DIY energy to create an ongoing performance series in San Francisco. In March 2003, he started producing variety arts, comedy, improv, and magic at various venues. Productions that started at Comedy on the Square have gone on to tour internationally, including the premiere of Paul Nathan's "Devil in the Deck" and "Frisco Fred's Comedy Hour."
Hilarity knows no hours! The Completely Different Late Show is an all-star extravaganza featuring Main Company Groundlings. The show is different every week, and it features the perfect blend of various sketch & improvisation styles all in one night!
Since 1992 The Groundlings Main Company, Alumni and Sunday Companies have played together every Thursday night in the all-improv explosion that has become almost as much of an institution as the Groundlings Theatre itself! Based entirely on audience suggestions, the comic daredevils invent custom-made satire and song. Each week features a new surprise guest.
16 and over only. Management reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone who appears younger than 16 years of age with no ticket refund or exchange.
Rocky friendships, cave monsters, love, and other natural disasters on the San Andreas fault.
Upon arrival you'll be greeted by Dan Chan's award winning close up magic. You'll enjoy a Chinese banquet meal followed by an unforgettable magic act by Dan and his team of performers.
A haunting love triangle triggers an unexpected chain of events in this poetic play. In the early stages of a new relationship, Sarah and Sam are lovers happily discovering each other. Sarah and Nate know everything about each other, best of friends since childhood and maybe something more. But when Nate shows up unannounced on Sarah's doorstep, she's left questioning what and whom she wants in this humorous and heartbreaking look at love, memory, and the decisions that alter the course of our lives.
In a not-too-distant future, nestled deep in the woods of what was once a small Midwestern town, a modest compound is home to five denim-clad sister wives and their naive husband, "Penis." When a mysterious sixth wife arrives to join the sisterly Braid, clad in scandalous acid wash and singing forbidden songs of ancient riot grrls, will she compromise the security of this pious sect? And who, if anyone, will produce a long-awaited heir from the night of The Seedling, their semiannual procreation ritual?
Located in downtown San Francisco, The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show is the United States's largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show. Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner. But beware! The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself a prime suspect.
Direct from London's West End comes this critically acclaimed and Olivier Award-nominated musical. Silky soft Truffula trees provide the perfect ingredient for a nifty new garment. But when demand skyrockets, who will speak for all the trees in the Truffula forest? Enter the Lorax. Dr. Seuss's The Lorax has been enchanting adults and children alike for generations, and this summer his irresistible, big-hearted, mustachioed hero will be brought to inventive life. Audiences of all ages will be thrilled by the brilliant eye-popping colors, infectious music, and beloved story.
The Marsh San Francisco announces political comedian Will Durst's solo show, Durst Case Scenario, has been extended due to popular demand, now running through March 27, with two additional February performances at the Marsh Berkeley. Specializing in political humor for folks who don't like politics, Durst's rollicking feast of outraged and outrageous satire is a comedic exploration of how America and the world are changing in the Trump era.
The Marsh San Francisco announces political comedian Will Durst's solo show Durst Case Scenario has been extended due to popular demand, now running through March 27, with two additional February performances at the Marsh Berkeley. Specializing in political humor for folks who don't like politics, Durst's rollicking feast of outraged and outrageous satire is a comedic exploration of how America and the world are changing in the Trump era.
The classic American musical film from 1948 that starred Judy Garland and Fred Astaire is in concert on the Feinstein's at the Nikko stage with local favorites Connie Champagne and Scrumbly Koldewyn leading our cast. F. Allen Sawyer writes and directs our presentation that will remind audiences of the familiar story of Broadway star Don Hewes and yet to be discovered Hannah Brown as well as the beloved Irving Berlin score that including great American standards "Shakin' the Blues Away," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," and "Easter Parade." Musical direction by Tammy Hall.
What kind of tango partner are you looking for — one that will glide with you above all of life's messiness, or someone who will stay with you on the ground? It's only their first date, but Ramona and Khalil's time is already running out. Ramona has cancer. Khalil is selling his identity to a corporation. Typical relationship stuff. While they both seem set to vanish off this earth, they unexpectedly find themselves preparing to give love one more try. This warm, witty, and wise romantic comedy asserts that even in the potentially hazardous, high-stakes game of love and relationships…the risk is worth it if it means finding your favorite dancing companion.
Recommendation: ages 13 and above. Contains adult language.
Elliot Ortiz is a young soldier, like his pop was before him, like his abuelo before that. But despite the things they share — their love of music, their love of one another, and their experiences of war — they can't communicate, even when they desperately need to. This powerful portrait of a Puerto Rican military family by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights) is a breathtaking symphony of music, memories, and the things that mark our bodies…and our souls.
Hysterical antics and complex magic are brought to life! An imaginative, exciting performer with a knack for fun, Eric Buss and company deliver magic and shenanigans in a fun and modern format!
Please join us for another edition of one of the most popular ongoing live shows in town, now in its fifth year at L.A.'s hottest live music venue. Here's the spectacular cast for our Monday, February 12 show at 8pm (doors 6:30pm) at Rockwell: Terron Brooks, David Burnham, Caitlin Gallogly, Julie Garnyé, Stanton Kane Morales, Autumn Reeser, and Diane Vincent, with Maestro Brad Ellis and producer Dianne Fraser.
This powerhouse Latin jazz ensemble ensures an electric start to summer 2018! Join us as we welcome back José Rizo and this supergroup previously seen at the Playboy Jazz Festival, Yoshi's, The Greek Theatre, and more!
Singer, master percussionist, and showman Louie Cruz Beltran will captivate, entertain, and amaze! Don't miss the chance to see this incomparable headliner in the intimate setting of the Curtis! The expected hot ticket of the season!
Hollywood's Henderson Hotel was an affordable safe haven for artists, but the kindly owner died. His son, Gerry, hungry for money, plans to turn the hotel into condos. Vulgar and mean, Gerry pushes people's buttons for fun. He is hated by most and ends up dead in the lobby of his hotel. Suspects abound. His cheating wife is involved in the drug business. There's also her lover, a young musician with a wealthy father and a bad temper; an aged actress whose verbose nature gets her wrapped up in everyone's business; a lonely young dancer willing to make any sacrifice for her art, which leads her into her landlord's dirty clutches; an eccentric artist with a pocket full of curses; the local drug dealer, the Eminem-like Black Bobby; and a feminist poet and disgraced college professor, deeply intellectual and always drunk. These people each had personal issues with Gerry, even before the eviction notice. All had reason to kill. Then millionaire cop Lt. Black shows up with his retinue.
Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, Deep Sea Dances. Nancy is positive, that's fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn't the one she wanted?
Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who also happens to be plus-sized. Forced to explain his new relationship to friends who think that size does matter, Tom faces an impossible choice in this play by Neil LaBute.
The Marsh San Francisco announces a new solo show by Jill Vice, A Fatal Step. Turning the tables on film noir tropes, Vice's 60-minute dramedy tells its shadowy tale not from the typical point of view of the hard-boiled detective, but from that of the femme fatale. When Sarah's footing with her handsome podiatrist boyfriend is undermined by an arch rival, she takes drastic steps to keep her man. A Fatal Step is directed by Mark Kenward and developed with David Ford.
From Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) comes an explosively powerful and lyrical new play set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. In this epic take on the Odyssey, Southern slave Hero faces a terrible choice: earn his freedom by fighting for the Confederacy alongside his master or stay home with the woman and family he loves but remain a slave. This poignant and music-infused journey mixes contemporary wit, folk ballads, and classical traditions to tell a timeless story of freedom, heroism, and belonging. By turns comic and heartbreaking, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) is a mythic journey through the American soul from one of our most accomplished contemporary playwrights.
Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall are immortalized as having one of the most romantic marriages of the 20th century. The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces the young couple as they navigate the pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other. Following the artistic heights of Brief Encounter and 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, the Kneehigh theater company and director Emma Rice return to the Wallis with a production that combines the visuals of Chagall's paintings with the music and dance of the Russian Jewish tradition.
Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego's finest food trucks, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting!!!!
In this charming musical adaptation of Frederick, the award-winning book by Leo Lionni, summer is quickly turning to fall and all the mice are out collecting supplies for the cold winter that lies ahead — all except for Frederick, who seems to have his head in the clouds, or so it would appear. When winter finally arrives, it is Frederick who has stored something special that helps save the day. With a foot-tapping score that adds to the fun, Frederick is a perfect introduction to musical theater for our youngest audiences.
September, 1939. On the day England enters World War II, legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud invites the young, rising Oxford don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. There, only weeks before Freud took his own life, they engage in a brain-teasing battle of wits on the subjects of love, sex, and the existence of God. Filled with humor, this deeply touching play explores the minds, hearts, and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.
Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty follows six down-on-their-luck steelworkers who are desperately looking for work to support their families when they come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. Filled with honest affection, engaging melodies, and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show, audiences will be wondering if these lovable misfits will really pull it off. The powerhouse team of Terrence McNally (Ragtime) and David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) cooks up an aggressive crowdpleaser that both entertains and grabs your heart as the guys work to overcome their fears and self-consciousness to discover the power of their strength in solidarity.
Romantic crooner, world-renowned guitarist, and entertainer extraordinaire, George Cole is signed to Acoustic Disc for worldwide distribution of his recordings Riverside Drive, George Cole Live, and his new EP Cole Swings Cole, produced by Grammy Award-winning producer John Cuniberti. Featured in the January 2017 issue of Guitar Player Magazine, George Cole is a musician whose career reads like a Hall of Fame plaque. Current guitarist for David Grisman, George has also taught Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day for 10 years. Cole has toured with Joe Walsh of the Eagles on his Anthology Tour, recorded with Chris Isaak on his platinum selling Forever Blue CD, and sang duets with jazz legend Keeley Smith.
Joined onstage by the George Cole Trio, Cole Swings Cole will highlight the timeless music of Nat King Cole in a show perfect for Valentine's Day and ideal for the young and the young at heart!
The haves and the have-nots come face-to-face in this Broadway hit. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), this Tony-nominated dramatic comedy finds struggling single mother Margie Walsh coming to terms with the reality that her South Boston neighborhood offers the same lack of opportunity it always has. For most people, it's a place where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills — and church bingo is a big night out on the town. Facing eviction, Margie's forced to turn to an old high school flame for help. But he's now a successful physician living in the suburbs…and Margie is way out of her element there. With a keen eye for character and an uncanny sense of humor, Good People explores the struggles, shifting loyalties, and unshakable hope that comes with having next to nothing in America.
Recommendation: ages 13 and above. Contains adult language.
SAG Award winner Amy Pietz (Hit the Road, No Tomorrow, The Office, Caroline in the City) stars in the title role when L.A. Theatre Works records Neil Simon's screenplay for the 1977 Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning romantic comedy. Known as "the Goodbye Girl" because of all the live-in boyfriends who have left her, Paula McFadden and her young daughter, Lucy (Raini Rodriguez of Austin & Ally and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 1 & 2), must make room in their cramped quarters for a new roommate. But can they make room in their hearts for another man who may just walk out that door again? Each will be recorded for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download, and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM) and streaming at latw.org.
Seven-year-old orphan Pip's encounter with an escaped convict begins a series of events that will change his life forever. Some of Charles Dickens' most memorable characters are vividly brought to life in this anarchic and joyful one-man adaptation of the classic tale.
Note: This show is suitable for ages 10 and up.
Winner of 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
From the creative team behind In the Heights comes Hamilton, a musical about a scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda has given words and music to the story of an unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind who went from being a bastard orphan to George Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury Department secretary who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and Aaron Burr, lifelong friend and foe of Hamilton, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
In a barrio kitchen in North Philadelphia, a professor moonlights as the local soup kitchen queen, offering rice and beans to any hungry neighbor. Halfway around the world, her cousin relives his military trauma on a Hollywood film set. With the Egyptian revolution booming in the distance and local unrest erupting in Philly, these two cousins sing a defiant song of protest. But will Philly — or Egypt — listen?
An inspired mash-up of posh and punk, Head Over Heels is an unpredictable Elizabethan romp about a royal family who must prevent an oracle's prophecy of doom. In order to save their beloved kingdom, the family members embark on an extravagant journey during which they grapple with mistaken identities, love triangles, sexual awakening, and self-discovery. Set to the iconic pop music of the Go-Go's — including the hit songs "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," and "Vacation" — Head Over Heels delivers an experience unlike anything you've ever seen.
In a bustling London train station, free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly kisses mid-70s British butcher Alex and sets his world reeling. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, he is suspicious. Is she really attracted to him, or is there a longer con on the cards? As Alex is drawn into Georgie's anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer. In this play, Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) crafts a comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting, as well as the conventions of modern-day playwriting. With its perfect collision of strangers and strangeness, Heisenberg was a hit on Broadway from one of contemporary theater's most original voices.
The dogs of war are unleashed, and a charismatic warrior king emerges in Shakespeare's breathtaking depiction of the Battle of Agincourt. But the events before and after the decisive victory temper the fervor of nationalism — and paint a nuanced portrait of the introspective Henry, who learns that the attributes that make an inspirational leader often come into conflict with those that make a good man.
Henry V, the history play by William Shakespeare written around 1599, tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years' War. The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II; Henry IV, Part 1; and Henry IV, Part 2. Audiences may know the title character from Shakespeare's earlier Henry IV plays as a wild, undisciplined lad called "Prince Harry" or "Hal."
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announces a special one-night-only musical event, Hershey Felder's Great American Songbook Sing-Along. Felder, who will be performing Our Great Tchaikovsky from January 10-February 11 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, will lead audiences through 100 years of American music, from George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, to Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and many more.
Hershey Felder, a Steinway artist, returns to the Wallis, bringing Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the maestro's side. Featuring some of the composer's most famous works, including the "Moonlight" Sonata, the "Pathétique" Sonata, and selections from his fifth and ninth symphonies, Beethoven is a journey through time that will bring audiences closer to the essence of a genius.
Quality is timeless. Just ask the Hot Sardines. In the talented hands of the New York-based ensemble, music made famous decades ago comes alive through their brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from a chanteuse who transports audiences to a different era with the mere lit of her voice. Bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer "Miz Elizabeth" Bougerol met in 2007 and bonded over their love of Fats Waller, Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday.
The Hot Sardines' self-titled debut album, named by iTunes as one of the best jazz albums of 2014, spent over a year in the top 10 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Last year, they played more than 100 shows around the country, bringing innovation, verve, and sheer joy to their performances.
A wild, impudent, and blisteringly funny look at a government-run mental institution in which the wardens may be madder than the inmates. Under a veil of devilish wit and subversive humor, Harold Pinter's biting political commentary on the perils of unchecked power is as vital and pertinent today as when he first wrote it. Nike Doukas directs a fully partner-cast production.
Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle prewar duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for best play.
Oscar Wilde's wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This "trivial comedy for serious people" features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack's country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues, embodied by whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theater history.
Improv Olympic West, the Los Angeles arm of the world-famous ImprovOlympic in Chicago, presents the best improvisation west of the Windy City. There are shows every night. It's always something new, fresh...and funny!
Only persons 21 and older will be admitted into Improv Olympic shows.
From the composer and lyricist of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
World-renowned magician Ivan Amodei stars in his critically acclaimed Intimate Illusions show at the famed Beverly Wilshire at the most glamourous address in the world Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Blvd.
A celebrity favorite, Ivan has entertained in luxury venues throughout the world. Expert sleight of hand, original and mind bending illusions all while accompanied by a concert cellist that scores the show with great classics. BroadwayWorld calls his hit show "Spectacular' " and the L.A. Times named it a "Top Pick."
Here's what you will experience:
• Witness Ivan Amodei recreate the famous story of William Tell with a surgically sharp darts and a unsuspecting volunteer from the audience • Ivan will disclose Houdini's biggest kept secret • Watch him unleash the power of the mind of a mega-savant
• A World Class magic show for only 60 guests • Set at the famed Beverly Wilshire in Ivan's private luxury suite • Décor styled after a Ralph Lauren Madison Ave Apartment • A concert cellist accompanying Ivan like the score to a great movie • Hear the music of Vivaldi, Bach, Mission Impossible, James Bond, The Pink Panther and other famous classics played live
Don't miss Ivan's witty humor and interactive style that leaves audiences wanting more!
Humorous and heartrending, Ironbound spans 22 years in telling the story of Darja, a Polish immigrant getting by on a cleaning job, aggressive pragmatism, and sheer will. Through this wry drama, award-winning playwright Martyna Majok points out that sometimes survival is the only measure of success.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was hailed as an icon of style, grace, and strength, famous for her allure and piercing sensuality. Much has been written and said about the woman who was arguably America's most popular first lady — though one detail is usually omitted: She was human. From the creative team of Wiesenthal, award-winning playwright Tom Dugan's newest one-woman drama explores the life of America's most private public figure.
James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags — his odious aunts — and he's a very lonely little boy indeed. One day, something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden, a peach starts to grow and grow…and grow. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects, all waiting to take James on a magical adventure of enormous proportions. We invite you to crawl inside the giant peach and take a peek. Based on Roald Dahl's beloved book and featuring music by the Tony and Academy Award-winning songwriting team behind Dear Evan Hansen, Dogfight, and La La Land, this family musical takes you on an amazing voyage across the ocean.
Recommendation: Wonderful for the entire family!
Experience the life and music of the "Man in Black." A fun, toe-tapping trip down memory lane honoring Johnny Cash's life, music, and the boom-chicka-boom sound of his signature backing band, the Tennessee Three.
Jane Austen's enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical. The story revolves around Emma, a well-meaning but disaster-prone matchmaker who ignores her own romantic feelings while setting out to find a suitor for her friend Harriet. Her efforts go awry, of course, leading to comic complications. We invite you to fall in love again with one of Jane Austen's most adored characters, featuring an intelligent and buoyant score from Tony-nominated composer Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre).
Recommendation: Wonderful for the entire family!
Due to popular demand, the Marsh San Francisco will extend Josh Kornbluth's insightful Josh's Brain Improvs.
The statistics are daunting when it comes to dementia — one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia; every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops the disease. Kornbluth performs Josh's Brain Improvs, a series of improvisations based on his experiences working at the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Each performance includes a postshow talkback with various brain experts, in which audience members can ask questions from those in the field working to combat this disease.
Due to popular demand, the 2017 Theatre Bay Area nominee for Outstanding Solo Performance and Don Reed's acclaimed autobiographical hit, The Kipling Hotel: The 80s extends its run at the Marsh San Francisco through January 27. The Kipling Hotel invites audiences to 1980s Los Angeles, as Reed recounts the awkward adventures of the son of an Oakland pimp, awarded a partial scholarship to UCLA. The underfunded Reed scrambles to stay afloat with a variety of schemes, from serial party-hopping to stripping, before finally earning room and board by serving breakfast at an unforgettable retirement home on the rough side of town. This riotous show follows Reed's hair-raising misadventures, and brings to vivid life the hotel's exotic elderly denizens who impart their own brand of wisdom, as well as the earnest students, aspiring actors, and drug dealers who are recruited to wait on them.
West Coast Premiere
This contemporary reimagining of the compelling relationship between Henry VIII and his last wife, Katherine Parr, is a witty and powerful examination of sexual politics and women's rights. It's a high-stakes game of chess, with Henry's offspring, Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward as pawns.
Booze, dive bars, piano bars, horror films, blood, bourbon, Dom DeLuise, David Bowie, darkness, and redemption. From Brooklyn, New York, actor-writer Dan Ruth presents A Life Behind Bars in association with Whitefire SoloFest. This 2016 United Solo Festival winner for Best Autobiographical Show is real, raw, and hilarious. Through gritty storytelling, Ruth shares dark comic monologues, interwoven with characters he's encountered while working and drinking in the bars and dives of pre-Rudy Giuliani NYC. A Life Behind Bars is directed by performer-producer-director Tanya Moberly.
The Whitefire SoloFest, in its sixth year, runs from January 6-March 3, and is produced by Bryan Rasmussen, Jessica Lynn Johnson, and Nancy Santiago.
Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder's diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country, and jazz. Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album and has since established herself as one of the greatest voices of our time known for interpretations of Broadway, pop, country, and jazz favorites.
She has recorded 16 solo albums, including her most recent, Retro, a special collection of compositions written during the past 20 years for shows or projects that did not happen despite the beauty of the songs. Linda thanks the composers, lyricists, arrangers, orchestrators, and musicians that helped finally bring this music to life.
Diversionary Theatre is producing the San Diego premiere of Well and the San Diego revival of 2.5 Minute Ride, both by Tony Award winner Lisa Kron. The two plays are being presented for the first time in repertory.
2.5 Minute Ride, an inventive solo show, is a roller-coaster adventure through the playwright's family album, focusing on her relationship with her father, a Holocaust survivor. It swirls through three disparate yet strikingly resonant experiences: a trip to Auschwitz, a Brooklyn wedding, and an annual outing to an Ohio amusement park. A disarming story about the ties that bind a family emerges, as does a compelling portrait of an honorable man.
Well is a pioneering Broadway comedy that begins as a reverent study of the playwright's chronically ill mom and her extraordinary ability to heal a racially divided community despite her inability to make herself well. But when the playwright's carefully crafted characters start having opinions of their own, theatrical hell breaks loose and threatens to unravel the entire story. This uproariously funny and magical memoir reveals that the way we heal ourselves is not always the best medicine for those we love.
Winner of Drama-Logue awards for outstanding playwright and outstanding direction, A Love Affair is a hilarious, daring, and more-than-a-touch-racy comedy that takes you on the roller-coaster ride of a 38-year (and counting) marriage — the successes, the disappointments, the sex, the traumas, the traumas about sex, and the budget and the children and the adventure of casting your lot with another human being…for life. Whatever your state of affairs, A Love Affair will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart. From the team that brought you the smash hits Almost Perfect, Aspirin & ELEPHANTS, and 2 Across, A Love Affair is "FLAWLESS! This theatre just never disappoints!" (The Tolucan Times). Back by audience demand after a sold-out 2017 run.
Back by popular demand, actor, singer, dancer, and Emmy Award-winning daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz explores her Latin roots during her return to Feinstein's at the Nikko. Latin Roots is Lucie's heartfelt musical tribute to the rhythm of her roots and features many of Desi's orchestral arrangements of songs by him, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Agustin Lara, Rafael Hernandez, Margarita Lecuona, and Lucie herself.
Mandy Gonzalez makes her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut with music from her first CD Fearless, featuring the songs that have inspired and influenced Mandy as an artist. Before moving to NYC to work on Broadway, Gonzalez was a backup singer for Bette Midler's Millennium Tour in 1999-2000. She made her Broadway debut in 2001 as Princess Amneris standby for Idina Menzel in the Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida. Mandy starred as Nina Rosario in in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights after creating the role in the show's off-Broadway production for which she received a Drama Desk Award. Gonzalez then performed the role of Elphaba in Wicked, winning the Broadway.com Audience Award for Best Female Replacement. Mandy can now be seen as Angelica Schuyler in Lin-Manuel Miranda's other Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton.
After acclaimed performances in 2015 and 2016, award-winning cabaret legend Marilyn Maye returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko to celebrate her 90th birthday. She was "discovered" by Steve Allen during her 11-year engagement at the Colony in Kansas City, received a RCA contract, and became a constant presence on The Tonight Show, The Joey Bishop Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dick Cavett Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and others. Her seven albums and 34 singles have been hailed as "timeless" and her recording of "Too Late Now" was included on the Smithsonian Institution list of the 110 Best American Compositions of the Twentieth Century, securing her place in musical history.
Mary Wilson, founding member of the Supremes, will make her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut in an intimate evening of both classic Supremes hits and favorites from the Great American Songbook, plus a few stories from her legendary career. It was the vision of musical stardom as a Detroit teenager that inspired Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, and Florence Ballard to create one of the most successful singing groups in recording history. Since then, Wilson has written bestselling autobiographies (Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme and Supreme Faith: Someday We'll Be Together), performed on stage and screen, lectured, and toured the world while continuing to be admired as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry. Signed by Motown founder Berry Gordy, four decades and 40 albums later, the Supremes had an unprecedented 12 number one hits, including five in a row. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
Megabytes! The Musical is an original musical revue written and directed by Morris Bobrow. The show takes a humorous look at how we navigate technology in our lives. It's about the frustrations, anxieties, annoyances…and occasional joys we encounter as we all struggle to cope with the quotidian challenges created by technology. The point of view of the show is that of the average person using tech devices, not that of a "techie." The comedy arises from the situations, positive and negative, the majority of us encounter in working with these so-called "user-friendly" technological tools. This revue format is a series of 20-plus observational songs and sketches, each depicting its own joy and frustration of living our lives in the modern technological age — with varying results.
Moon Over Buffalo centers on Charlotte & George Hay, fading stars of the 1950s (Wendy Way and Edwin Scheibner). They are playing two plays in rep in Buffalo with five other actors. On the brink of a disastrous split caused by George's fling with a young ingénue (Haley Rade), they hear they might have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his next movie. All goes wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter and her clueless fiancé (Desiree Gillespie and Josh Breeding) and hilarious uncertainty about which play they're actually performing, caused by Charlotte's deaf old mother (Rebecca Tudor), who hates every bone in George's body. Charlotte's admirer Richard (Jack Stroud) and Roz's lovesick ex Paul (Eric Pierce) round out the cast.
Everyone can see that confirmed bachelor Benedick and headstrong Beatrice are meant for each other — everyone, that is, except for Benedick and Beatrice themselves. While their friends try to trick the bickering pair into admitting they're in love, their young sidekicks Hero and Claudio start a romance of their own. But will false accusations, broken promises, and a nutty and bumbling police force prevent a happy ending? Multi-Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (the Old Globe's Love's Labor's Lost) makes her triumphant return as director to the Globe's Festival Theatre stage with one of the greatest romantic comedies ever. This production abounds with colorful characters, passionate poetry, and some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay.
Experience an unforgettable concert dedicated to an American musical legend and king of epic film scores: composer John Williams. Listen to orchestral selections from blockbuster movies such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter. Relive all the adventure, fun, and magic of these classic films.
Note: This concert does not contain film clips.
The one-man show traces the tumultuous relationship of Jerry Dean, a charismatic local Greenwich Village legend, and his father, a decorated NYPD detective, their fates locked together as Jerry bobs and weaves and swerves through downtown NYC clubs, high-end whorehouses, Park Avenue brownstones, heroin dens, incarcerations in America's toughest prisons, rehab centers, iconic mental institutions (Bellevue), star friendships, run-ins with gangsters, kinky sex with supermodels, a burgeoning acting career, Hollywood hostage stand-offs, break-ups break downs, and an undying and tumultuous relationship with his father that would make Sophocles and Shakespeare blush.
The Marsh San Francisco kicks off the new year with an extension of 2017 United Solo Theatre Festival winner My Stroke of Luck. Not everyone knows that the average person loses 1.9 million brain cells every minute a stroke goes untreated, but Diane Barnes did. As a radiologist who diagnoses strokes, Barnes did not deal with having a stroke very well; it was more than 20 hours before she went to the hospital. My Stroke of Luck follows Barnes as she recounts her experience of having a stroke, her path to recovery, and more. A spellbinding and funny look at love, family, and seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Barnes shares the story of a single adoptive mother of special needs and gifted sons and how she forges a new identity after a debilitating change. The Theatre Bay Area-recommended production My Stroke of Luck is directed by Rebecca Fisher and developed with David Ford.
From the poignant and heartrending songs of Édith Piaf to the spirited "Can-Can," the San Francisco Symphony celebrates all things French with Pink Martini's force of nature, vocalist Storm Large. Experience the spectacle and exuberance of France's most infamous club, the Moulin Rouge, on an evening of dazzling vocals and world-class artistry.
PARADOX Media & Vau de Vire proudly present the ninth annual Edwardian Ball Los Angeles, and the spectacular debut of Los Angeles's first-ever Edwardian World's Faire. Born in the darkened hallows of a San Francisco nightclub, this multi-night, multicity, multimedia extravaganza has grown over the past 18 years into an internationally recognized festival of the arts, now presenting a uniquely wonderful Edwardian world with the blessing of the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.
The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, live music, riveting theater, fashion, literature, ballroom dancing, DJs, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author and illustrator Edward Gorey. Set in a romanticized, gilded and gentile Neo-Victorian and Edwardian era, a gothic and steampunk-tinged distant past intertwines with an elegantly imagined future.
A Noise Within's most requested production returns! ANW favorites are ready to rein in the chaos of this joyfully out-of-control British farce about the auspiciously titled play-within-a-play Nothing On. Noises Off invites the audience to step backstage and meet the under-rehearsed, overworked cast and crew with a penchant for drama more personal than professional. As the production progresses, the bumbling cast brings down the house — literally!
After enthralling audiences with Aubergine, Julia Cho returns to Berkeley Rep with a searing and touching play that tunes into the plight of "the other" in a country steeped in distrust and intolerance. Hiding sullenly in the back of the classroom, Dennis has his fellow students and professors on edge. But during an office visit, his writing instructor seeks to break through Dennis's silence and earn his trust — with shocking results. A deeply personal story of empathy and redemption, Office Hour explores otherness and paranoia while revealing our essential human need for connection.
Based on historical events, Oh Freedom! tells the story of the greatest collaboration against racism in American history before the civil rights movement. Combining stories of the men and women who were active in the fight against slavery with songs of the period, it reminds us that it took the cooperation, conviction, and bravery of many people, both black and white, to help hundreds of enslaved people make their way to freedom.
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to the United States and broke through barriers to become a crossover sensation at the top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes audiences behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.
Directed by multi-Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past 25 years — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.
Note: This show is recommended for ages eight and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
Continuing its commitment to transformation, possibilities, and the community, the Marsh Berkeley announces monthly Open Mic Nights with Ellen Hoffman for 2018. Bay Area pianist, composer, and music arranger Ellen Hoffman will host a two-hour set offering five-minute slots to a variety of performers. Experienced singers, instrumentalists, poets, comics, actors, as well as novices will join Hoffman in an evening that presents eclectic entertainment for the adventurous. Those interested in performing will sign up at the door and are welcome to provide sheet music or their own accompaniment for this celebration of the artistic community in the East Bay.
Juliana Smithton is a respected neurologist whose life has recently begun unraveling. Her husband is leaving her, her daughter has eloped with a much older man, and she's even beginning to question her own good health. A compelling and acclaimed drama in which nothing is quite what it seems, The Other Place is an intimate mystery that blurs fact with fiction, past with present, and Juliana's perception with ever-elusive truth. An elaborately crafted theatrical work, this Outer Critics Circle Award nominee will likely keep you talking long after the curtain has closed.
Recommendation: ages 13 and above. Contains adult language.
Paulo Szot is one of the most acclaimed and versatile baritones in the world. Mr. Szot has appeared with most major opera companies throughout the United States, Europe, and his native Brazil. His debut with the San Francisco Opera was in the 2012-2013 season in the role of Escamillo in their production of Carmen. In 2008, Mr. Szot won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Emile De Beque in the Broadway revival of South Pacific opposite Kelli O'Hara at Lincoln Center. Each season, Mr. Szot also sings on some of the greatest concert stages in the world, big and small, including Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Ravinia Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Café Carlyle, and Feinstein's/54 Below.
Virtuoso performer Nilaja Sun's award-winning hit No Child… captivated Berkeley Rep audiences in 2008. Now she brings them a new, critically acclaimed solo show about Evelyn, a single mother who fights for the survival of her family in the face of a threatening hurricane. In an astonishing 90 minutes, Sun portrays three generations of a Puerto Rican family and the vibrant characters of New York's Lower East Side through a story of tribulation, perseverance, and redemption.
In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, which debuted on Broadway in 1959, the prospect of life insurance money from their late father offers life-changing options to the Youngers, an African-American family living in a cramped apartment on Chicago's South Side. However, competing visions of how to use the money — for the grandmother Lena, her son Walter (with wife Ruth and son Travis), and her daughter Beneatha — threaten to tear apart a family already facing a pre-civil-rights-era America.
In the style of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé and other husband-and-wife acts, Rebecca and Frank Faiola make their Feinstein's at the Nikko debut to celebrate Sinatra. Their band, JetBlacq, includes musical director Brian Cooke, who played piano for Chet Baker and is an arranger and multi-instrumentalists creating charts with a fresh new feel. Fred Randolph, a veteran of the local jazz scene, joins in on bass, and world-class player Jack Dorsey is at the drums.
Ray's swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. Pressure builds as he confronts the lure of a deal with Speedo, the perils of family, and the unforgiving weight of success.
A sharp and compelling play about swimming, survival of the fittest, and the America dream of a level playing field or of leveling the field yourself.
Based on the movie of the same name, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star down on his luck. To make ends meet, he poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. After discovering the students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and win the Battle of the Bands.
Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Note: This show is recommended for ages eight and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
Scot Nery's Boobie Trap is an acclaimed variety show that features big names in cirque, variety, comedy, magic, and music. In it's second year of weekly shows, Scot Nery presents a hilarious cirque, magical, musical party-show like nothing you've seen before. See great comedy, stunning circus arts, jaw dropping magic and, just maybe, a guy spinning a cheeseburger atop an umbrella. Accompanied the national sensation Fire Leopard house band, this is good stuff!
On the Great Plains of America in the year 1935, a young con man names Scott Robbins passes himself off as a world-famous magician to join a traveling circus and make a better life for himself. He will try not to get caught while finding love, family, and something greater in himself.
In her new solo show, Tony Award-winning writer, performer, and chameleonic comedian Sarah Jones brings to life an entire cast of characters, all of whom have something to say about gender, sex work, and the times in which we are living.
Highly acclaimed and very Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner at various restaurants throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. This evening of intrigue, suspense, laughter, and murder includes a 3 course gourmet dinner with salad, choice of entree and dessert. Guests may be implicated in the crime. Audience has the opportunity to solve the mystery and win a prize.
Significant Other, a dark comedy by Bad Jews playwright Joshua Harmon, is the story of twentysomething Jordan, who's the life of the wedding party until it dawns on him that he is "always a groomsman, never the groom."
This high-energy musical comedy based on the hit film will have you dancing in the aisles. With Tony Award winner Alan Menken's score and the area's top talent, this is a not-to-miss.
As the Great Recession begins, a makeshift family of four factory workers in Detroit toil while their industry flirts with failure. With their future uncertain, Faye, Shanita, Dez, and Reggie, the foreman, must decide how they will balance their own desires, their loyalty to one another, and their survival. More than half a century after Willy Loman struggled for success, this fresh, off-Broadway play shows audiences that the quest for the American Dream endures.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2017-18 season with the regional premiere of Skeleton Crew in a coproduction with Marin Theatre Company. A makeshift family of auto plant workers navigate the possibility of foreclosure in this funny, tough, and tender American drama set during the Great Recession. Rising-star playwright Dominique Morisseau (Ain't Too Proud) creates a world in which ambitious dreams and corporate deception interweave, pushing friendships to the limit. Skeleton Crew is directed by Jade King Carroll (associate director of the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire).
At the start of the Great Recession, one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit is on shaky ground. Each of the workers must make choices on how to move forward if their plant goes under. Shanita must decide how she'll support herself and her unborn child, Faye must decide how and where she'll live, and Dez must figure out how to make his ambitious dreams a reality. Power dynamics shift as their manager, Reggie, is torn between doing right by his work family and by the red tape in his office. Powerful and tense, Skeleton Crew is the third installment of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit Project trilogy, which also includes Detroit '67 and Paradise Blue.
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life's biggest questions when words fail us.
Hilariously provocative, what begins as a contemporary play slowly becomes a play with music set 150 years in the future in this seductive world premiere by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly). A beloved East-meets-West musical, China's 21st-century rise, and a theater company gala collide to make mayhem — and some beautiful music. Inspired by the West's often ridiculously inauthentic portrayals of Asia, Soft Power is the first collaboration between two of America's great theater artists: Hwang and Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home).
A contemporary comedy explodes into a musical fantasia in the first collaboration between two of the United States's top theater artists: Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home). Soft Power rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens. A Chinese executive in 2016 America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader as the power balance between their two countries starts to shift and a new world order arrives. As original as it is topical, Soft Power overflows with the romance, laughter, and cultural confusions of the Golden Age of Broadway.
While there are plenty of entertainment venues in SoCal for children and families, there are very few for just grown ups. Teatro Martini is a new, edgy, fun, interactive experience for grown-ups that merges upscale dining with spicy, but not too spicy, entertainment for couples and groups. Grown-ups love the spicy non-stop comedy, fun interactive experience and fantastic dining. Acrobatics, world class magic, great singing and dancing for the demanding Southern California entertainment marketplace were also added. The food is grown-up gourmet, too, served in a cozy, dinner cabaret environment for just 200 people.
Prospero, the Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his wicked brother, now lives on a remote island. For company, he has only his daughter Miranda, the spirits native to the island, and his beloved books. The books are the source of his magic, which he uses to lure his enemies to the island so that he can exact revenge. But his plan could destroy Miranda's happiness, so Prospero must choose between his own anger and his daughter's future. Brimming with wonder and romance, this enchanting fantasy kicks off the Old Globe's 2018 Shakespeare Festival with a spectacle under the stars.
Few vocalists own the stage like Terri Odabi. When the statuesque Oakland native begins to sing, a hush falls over audience members. They're about to take a ride on the highs and lows of soul music delivered by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with both high energy and quiet poignancy. Odabi's finely honed instrument is matched only by her generous spirit and wit. She is a 2017 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Female Artist, and her 2016 CD release My Blue Soul ranked in Living Blues's Top 50 Best Albums in 2016. Odabi performs original stirring blues straight from the soul with compelling arrangements and witty lyrics that appeal to a wide contemporary audience.
"Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing?" The much-loved children's book is brought to life in a colorful, captivating live musical sure to capture the attention of little ones, their mom, dad, and grandparents!
"Three different women. Three different stories. One common denominator... HIV positive." This one-woman show sheds a light on the lives of these women, the people in their lives, public perception, and what we think we know about HIV.
In the U.S., a woman is diagnosed with HIV every 35 minutes. Sixty-one percent of those women are women of color. Yet, no one outside of the HIV/AIDS community & organizations are talking about these numbers, HIV or AIDS. It's been 30+ years since HIV/AIDS became an epidemic, yet the numbers of diagnoses in 2017 are heartbreaking.
Rahvaunia is excited about her journey with tHis Is Very IMPORTANT and being able to use her talents to spark conversation and raise awareness. Her mission is to get this piece seen by as many people and women as possible, especially women of color. Her "sisters in ethnicity" are being greatly affected by HIV/AIDS and it's time we start talking about it.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is a sweeping and deeply moving theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel of the same title. The epic story of three generations of Afghan women and their remarkable resilience, Splendid Suns is set in the war-torn neighborhoods of 1990s Kabul. When battle upends her family, beautiful Laila seeks shelter first in the home and then in the arms of her older neighbor. Soon she forges an extraordinary and unlikely friendship with Mariam, her new husband's first wife. Summoning the strength to defy a tyrannical society, the two women seek hope and the promise of a better future. Adapted for the theater by acclaimed Irish-Indian playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, this play takes the Old Globe stage in a new production featuring music from renowned composer David Coulter.
Legendary actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, director, and producer Tommy Tune returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko for more songs and stories from his illustrious career. He is the only person to have won Tony Awards in the same categories (Best Choreography and Best Direction of a Musical) in consecutive years and the first to win in four different categories. Tommy Tune has won a total of 10 Tony Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015) as well as the National Medal of Arts. Tune has been associated with such hits as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, A Day in Hollywood…, Nine, My One and Only, Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, Bye Bye Birdie, and many more.
It's 2008 and Hollywood A-lister Caroline Connors (Serena Scott Thomas), having recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, braves her descent into an uncertain future while attempting to navigate her relationships with her ultra-conservative and less than politically correct husband Kevin (David Sessions) and her defiant and idealistic daughter Rachel (Laura Long).
Set in an affluent community near Silicon Valley in the months leading up to the financial crisis and the election, Two Fisted Love makes good use of its irreverent and original characters and artfully incorporates a blend of styles, ranging from, as Mr. Sessions puts it, "…a modern drawing room comedy to painfully dark conversations for mature audiences only…"
An exhilarating revival that pairs one of the greatest plays ever written with the world's most celebrated translators of Russian literature. Vanya and his niece Sonya struggle to care for the estate owned by Vanya's brother-in-law, a wealthy and celebrated professor. When this local legend returns with a beautiful new wife and announces his plans to sell the estate, hidden passions explode and the lives of the entire family come undone. This Globe-commissioned world premiere translation, performed in an unusually intimate and conversational style, provides an up-close encounter with a classic of world drama that every theatre-lover must see.
A classically trained vocalist with a three-octave range, Vandana Bali has performed standards, Broadway, power ballads, and pop songs to sold-out audiences from coast to coast. She has performed at European festivals, at Don't Tell Mama in New York City, sang the national anthem at a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, and has performed at the Plush Room, Martuni's, and Society Cabaret in San Francisco. Her primary influences include Barbra Streisand, Sarah Vaughan, Céline Dion, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti LuPone, Olivia Newton-John, and Whitney Houston.
Making her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut with her Follow Your Heart show, Bali invites you to enjoy songs and stories about all facets of love, hope, and determination from Broadway composers including Stephen Schwartz as well as songs by pop icons and jazz legends. She has three independent CDs available online and at shows. www.vandana.net. Vandana will be joined onstage by pianist and award-winning musical director Ben Prince.
Book and Lyrics by James Still Music by Jimmy Roberts Director and Musical Director: Anne Gesling Choreographer: Eileen O'Donnell Producers: Evelyn Vizzi and Hope Wintner Meisel
Although it is the most modest toy in the nursery, the Velveteen Rabbit earns the love of a young child and learns the joys and pain of becoming "real." Margery Williams's classic book springs to magical life in this enchanting musical about love, loss, and self-esteem, with music by the composer of the smash off-Broadway revue I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. The show is recommended for children ages 3 and up.
The Velveteen Rabbit is presented by Morgan-Wixson's award-winning Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) and is part of the theater's commitment to engaging young audiences, training young talent, and supporting literacy. Read the book! See the show!
A hit off-Broadway and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Vietgone is a modern twist on the classic story of boy meets girl. In this irreverent new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave a war-torn country for an eye-opening journey across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America. A vibrant mash-up of pop culture references, audacious dialogue, and an action-packed road trip that instantaneously moves from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama, Vietgone played to sold-out houses at 2016's Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York's Manhattan Theatre Club. This sexy, sassy, freewheeling ride, with hip-hop and Motown rhythms, rolls into A.C.T.'s Strand Theater in an all-new production.
The best Tony-nominated musical nobody's ever heard of… Violet has wowed critics and audiences with its powerful story and energetic gospel, rock, country, and R&B score by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home and Caroline, or Change). Set in the Deep South during the early days of the civil rights movement, this powerful musical tells the touching story of a young woman accidentally scarred on the face as a child. Hoping that a TV evangelist can cure her, Violet embarks on a long bus ride from her sleepy North Carolina town through Memphis to Oklahoma. Along the way, she meets two young soldiers who teach her about love, courage, and the true meaning of beauty.
Vonda Shepard returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with her stellar trio to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hit television series Ally McBeal. Come relax, reminisce, laugh, and sing along to favorites from the show, including "You Belong to Me," "Searchin' My Soul," and "Tell Him," as well as Shepard's original material from her 14 albums, including "Maryland" and "Baby, Don't You Break My Heart Slow."
Shepard has sold over 12 million records, won two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. She will be joined onstage by James Ralston on guitar (Tina Turner) and Jim Hanson on bass (Bruce Springsteen, Rodney Crowell).
The Marsh San Francisco announces award-winning performer Brian Copeland will continue his free performances in 2018 of his acclaimed The Waiting Period, a deeply moving and surprisingly funny work on his own struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. This performance is particularly directed at those struggling with depression that would be otherwise unable to attend due to the cost of admission. Featuring humorous, poignant, and riveting insights, the solo show is written by Brian Copeland and directed by David Ford.
To learn more about the ongoing fundraising campaign or to help the Marsh meet its $75,000 goal, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/mpmqrz-help-us-help-people-with-depression.
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may provide a chance at a fresh start. Her fellow waitresses offer their recipes for happiness, but Jenna must rebuild her world by relying on her own strength and courage.
Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible hit features original music and lyrics by multi-Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles ("Brave," "Love Song"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Hair).
Note: This show is recommended for ages 13 and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
In the final summer of the 1960s, America is aching for change. In the cities, crowds are protesting the Vietnam War. In the skies, Apollo 11 is speeding toward man's first encounter with the moon. And at a Catskills resort near Woodstock, housewife Pearl Kantrowitz is busy balancing the demands of her rebellious teenage daughter, her overworked television repairman husband, and keeping her head in the daily mah-jongg game. But a chance meeting with a free-spirited traveling salesman awakens a newfound spirit of exploration and sexuality — and the realization of lost opportunities. Based on the award-winning film of the same title, this stunning new musical weds the landscape of Borscht Belt comedy, the radical spirit of '60s revolution, and the passion of two breathtaking love stories with a soaring and original rock 'n' roll score.
A janitor. A software mogul. A college grad. An IRS paper-pusher. Although they live thousands of miles apart, these four people share a secret: they're recovering addicts who have found a safe haven in an online chat room. There, with liberal doses of jokes and bullying, they help each other navigate the broken terrain of their lives. But when an Iraq War veteran's tragedy spills over into their cyberhome, everything changes. In this fearless Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights), worlds virtual and real unfold onstage, challenging our notions of family, forgiveness, community, and courage.
Complete with the humor, confusion, and excitement that follows great sex, Neil LaBute's surprisingly sweet comedy brings audiences Beth and Doug, an unlikely pair who struggle to find common ground in an uncommon conundrum.
The Marsh welcomes a new solo show to the Berkeley stage, What They Said About Love by Steve Budd, which was awarded the "Best of Fringe" at the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival. In this absorbing solo show, Steve wonders why other people can — and why he can't — tie the knot. Budd sheds light on how people meet and make it to the altar, the push and pull of relationships, singles who can't seem to settle down, and more. The Oakland, California-based actor captures the physical and vocal nuances of more than a dozen Bay Area characters, using their own words taken from hours of interviews, and weaves in his relentless search for "the one." What They Said About Love is directed by Mark Kenward and developed with David Ford, John Coppola, and Slater Penney.
Powerful and poignant, heartfelt and humorous, it's a special one-night-only engagement of film, television, and stage personality Stogie Kenyatta's NAACP Award-winning solo show about African-American artist and activist Paul Robeson, memorializing a great American hero. Robeson — internationally renowned actor, recording artist, concert singer, football player, all-American athlete, and Phi Beta Kappa Society laureate at Rutgers University — was witness to the artistic wonders of the Harlem Renaissance and the jazz-bebop era, the horrors of the slave trade, the shame of the Holocaust, McCarthyism, blacklists, racism, and oppression. His life's work celebrates our common humanity as he fought globally for social justice.