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Evan Goldman is about to turn 13, and he can't wait! His life seems full of possibilities -- that is, until his parents get divorced and he's forced to move with his mom from big-city New York to small-town Appleton, Indiana. If Evan can't get the coolest kids to come to his bar mitzvah, how is he going to survive the school year -- not to mention, the rest of his life? As Evan navigates the world of cool kids and nerds, jocks and cheerleaders, first kisses and heartbreak, he comes to understand "What It Means to Be a Friend." With a bright, catchy pop score from Tony winner Jason Robert Brown, equal doses of humor and pathos, and a cast of wildly talented teens, 13 is irresistible to grown-ups and almost-grown-ups alike.
42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "We're In The Money," "Lullaby of Broadway," "Shuffle Off To Buffalo," "Dames," "I Only Have Eyes For You" and of course "42nd Street."
42nd Street will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award winning Best Revival.
The original Broadway production of 42nd Street played for 3,486 performances, winning Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Choreography for Gower Champion's dances. The Broadway revival opened in 2001 for 1,524 performances and earned two Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.
Today Latinos are the majority in California but back in 1964 that was not the case! Nine year old Junior's "Old World" Mexican dad drove his 57 Chevy and picked up his family from Mexico moving them to diverse South Central and then to the eerily homogenous San Fernando Valley. Ric Salinas performs this hilarious one-man play written by Emmy Award winning writer/comedian Cris Franco, which explores the immigrant mis-adventures of "double immigrants" who first moved from their homelands to the U.S. barrios in search of opportunity – then moved on up into the suburbs in search of color TV and the middle-class American dream. Take that Trump!
Relive the chart topping dance hits of one of the world's biggest musical acts, ABBA. All your favorite songs from Mama Mia are in this concert including "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "SOS," "Mama Mia," "The Winner Takes It All," and, of course, "Dancing Queen!"
This British company has played all over the world and returns to Los Angeles for our end of year holiday performances and celebrations. Join the fun!
And if you really want to party, join us for the New Year's Eve Party performances featuring, open wine and champagne bars, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, party favors, and special added entertainment! It's the best grown-up New Year's Eve party in Los Angeles!
This charming Rudie-DeCarlo holiday classic enlists the audience's aid in helping the aptly named Candy, a sweet young girl who goes on a magical adventure to save everyone's favorite holiday for one more year. Halloween month special: Come in costume, and get two-for-one tickets for any future Family Theatre show and on Saturday, October 31 there's free face-painting for kids and adults before the show! Birthday and tea parties, hosted by a gaily-costumed member of the Absolutely Halloween Company, are available in conjunction with every performance. What's the one holiday show you absolutely can't miss?
The King of the Universe is tackling His greatest challenge yet: Live-Theatre in Los Angeles. God takes the form of Emmy Award-winner Sean Hayes in An Act of God, a 90-minute comedy where the Almighty and His devoted Angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. He's finally arrived to set the record straight … and He's not holding back!
Everyone is tired of talking about race and the police, we are too, so we decided to sing about it instead! This original musical comedy is the story of a son who is at odds with his father's old-world views. Cop sticks, and afro picks, come get your ass whooped!
Witness the legacy of the American roots tradition, as the blues-drenched voice and wry vocal style of singer, songwriter and pianist A.J. Croce—son of soft rock icon Jim Croce—brings his artistry to the cabaret stage.
Fall under the spell of the soulful sound of Allan Harris! After two sold-out performances at Carpenter Center, the award-winning jazz vocalist, guitarist and songwriter from New York City returns to perform an enticing blend of songs inspired by the tracks he heard emanating from jukeboxes while living in Harlem—from jazz classics like "I Got a Lot of Livin' to Do" and "You Make Me Feel So Young," to Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" and more!
Always the cat's meow, America's premiere doo wop group delivers mid-century favorites blending tight harmonies, and universal humor, with endless a cappella energy!
It's not easy growing up with red hair
Generations of readers have adored the best-selling novel Anne of Green Gables, and now the musical adaptation of the beloved book hits the stage at Chance Theater. The Cuthberts expect to adopt a boy, but receive, instead, a red-haired, wide eyed orphan girl. Though clever young Anne Shirley has a penchant for getting into trouble, she works her way into the hearts of her adoptive parents as well as the residents of rural Prince Edward Island. It's a heartwarming story for the whole family.
The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original.
Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow."
After their father dies in the decaying plantation mansion the family has held for generations, the three grown Lafayette children return to Arkansas to battle over their inheritance. Soon after uncovering a gruesome relic buried deep in the recesses of their father's haunted past, decades of family resentment burst through centuries of historical sin in this outrageous and entertaining family drama.
Gay marriage is here - get scared, straights! Gay marriage just passed in the U.S. and when a straight couple runs to escape the gay's "evil agenda" they find out who the real sinners are!
The great trumpet legend can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, soar over a Mozart concerto and sooth the soul with a luscious ballad—leaving audiences cheering!
What's more important to France than love? Great food! From the creator of Wicked comes the delicious musical about a French baker who stops making his mouth-watering bread when his young wife leaves him. Faced with the loss of the best food they have ever eaten, the town of misfits unites to rekindle the couple's love.
This searing and seductive look at values and cultural collisions bursts through the backdrop of Gaudi's beautifully unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral. This new play's biting humor uncovers the individual tragedies and triumphs that have the power to build us up as well as tear us down.
Based on a series of tabloid reports, Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a hybrid creature discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. Taken in by a local veterinarian, he is taught to act like a "normal" boy. All seems hopeful until Bat Boy falls in love with the veterinarian's daughter and thew narrow-mindedness of his neighbors forces him and his new love to flee back to the woods. Sharp, biting social commentary and satire are matched by a thrilling score in this highly entertaining new musical, perfect for the Halloween season.
The Tony® Award-winning hit Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
A darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative, aging mother, whose interference in Maureen's first and potentially last loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific. Garry Hynes, who won a Tony Award® for her direction of The Beauty Queen of Leenane on Broadway, revisits this black comedy by Martin McDonagh (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) with the renowned Druid Theatre Company.
The evidence is indisputable, we're thirsty for laughs. No conservation necessary!
Add some sizzle to your holidays as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy swings into Carpenter Center with irresistible grooves of yuletide classics guaranteed to keep the season cool!
Tony Award winning director and Geffen Playhouse alumni John Rando helms this brilliant new family comedy from Pulitzer nominee Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros.
In this Southern California debut of a captivating multidisciplinary work inspired by modernist composer and performer John Cage, Bill T. Jones narrates personal stories from his life and the lives of his family members. Performed in 70 minutes by nine dancers—the stories, lights, sound and choreography are randomly selected through chance procedure before every sequence. San Francisco Chronicle raved that it's a "dance-theater roller coaster with surprises around every corner!"
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"!
Experience an evening of performances by the finest students at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. Curated by Bob Cole Conservatory faculty, this showcase highlights the individual talents of their leading classical and jazz students.
This performance is generously made possible by an anonymous donor.
Two acclaimed ensembles join forces to perform a repertoire of work inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet that includes pieces by Kabalevsky, Prokofiev, Elvis Costello and Leonard Bernstein!
A World Premiere Musical, Breaking Through is told through the eyes of a young, talented singer/songwriter, as she tries to navigate the treacherous shark-filled waters of the music business. She embarks on a compelling journey to find her way back to her authentic self and in the process rediscovers the music that truly makes her alive. Breaking Through features a score by Emmy award-winning songwriter and producer Cliff Downs ("The Voice," "American Idol,"), and Katie Kahanovitz (Girls Night Out Pop Radio), with a book by Kirsten Guenther (Mrs. Sharp, 2008 Richard Rodgers Award-winner; the upcoming Benny and Joon).
One of the most romantic stories ever written, The Bridges of Madison County first captured the nation's attention as a best-selling novel and is now an irresistible, two-time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical. This stunning new production features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award®-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years) that the Daily News hails as "one of Broadway's best scores in the last decade." With a book by Pulitzer Prize Winner Marsha Norman (The Color Purple) and direction by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific), The Bridges of Madison County is the unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.
Searching for salvation…
A man attempts to reunite with family he never knew. Little does the man suspect that this experience will test the man's endurance, his love, and, most potently, his faith. At once darkly comic and deeply moving, this Obie Award winning play takes a sardonic yet empathetic tone as it delves into conviction, redemption, and the opening of minds in the Midwest.
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.
Written by Woody Allen, with original direction and choreography by Susan Stroman and based upon the screenplay of the acclaimed film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, Bullets Over Broadway is the story of a young playwright who, in desperate need of financial backing for his next show, accepts an offer he can't refuse from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend.
Don't miss what the New Yorker exclaims as, "a Fun Machine from Start to Finish!" Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters, and the songs that made the 20s roar, Bullets Over Broadway is bringing musical comedy back with a bang.
Direct from Broadway, Cabaret reunites director Sam Mendes, co-director / choreographer Rob Marshall and many of the same creative team members behind the Tony-Winning 1998 revival production. The New York Times calls it, "Divinely, dangerously decadent," while Time Out New York hails it "A Broadway jewel in all its glittering glory!"
Cabaret tells the story of the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd––and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, the question remains as to whether or not the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife will be enough to get them through their dangerous times. Cabaret features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen" and "Maybe This Time."
The story of a researcher who believes he has the cure for cancer, a rival pharmaceutical exec who wants to steal it, and a surgeon who needs it to save the woman he loves. Cancer! is the brainchild of Tom Donnellon, MD, a cancer survivor and surgeon with HOPE Surgical, who co-wrote the script with his brother and Second City Detroit alum, Shawn Handlon, and Second City Detroit Musical Director John Edwartowski. Second City Hollywood is very excited to bring you this west coast premiere, Directed by Nancy Hayden. Assistant Director, Chris Garnant. Arrangements and additional music by Hughie Stone Fish. Cast: Rachna Khatau, Jason McNichols, Todd Risenmay, Nicole Roberts, Casey Schuckett, Kevin Stafford and Rama Vallury. Curing the big C is a real D.
Count on one thing this election year—a zillion fresh zingers of up-to-the-minute musical parodies that skewer both sides of the aisle, while leaving the audience rolling in it, laughing!
Tormented by classmates at school and her bible-thumping mother at home, 17-year-old Carrie White has a mind-bending secret, and no one to share it with. When she's pushed too far, she turns a high school prom into a terrifying display of bullying gone wrong. Audacious, controversial and completely thrilling, Carrie comes to the Los Angeles Theatre in this blazing one-of-a-kind production, which puts the audience at the center epic tale of torment and revenge.
From four time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, the iconic playwright of the Broadway hits Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage Aux Folles, Newsies and Kinky Boots comes the West Coast Premiere of Casa Valentina, the recipient of four 2014 Tony Award nominations. Directed by nine-time Emmy Award-winner David Lee of NBC's Frasier and director of the acclaimed Pasadena Playhouse productions of Can-Can and Art, this moving and insightful play is nestled in the Catskills in 1962 - land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy. But an inconspicuous bungalow colony is more than a place to escape the sweltering summer heat. For a group of heterosexual men it is a place to escape something else entirely: being men.
Eric Swan (aided by his Uncle George and unbeknown to his wife, Linda) has pocketed thousands of pounds through fraudulent DSS claims. When Norman Bassett (the lodger) opens the door to Mr Jenkins, the DSS Inspector, deceptive mayhem follows - as do the undertaker, bereavement counsellor, psychiatrist, Norman's fiancée, a corpse, the ominous Ms Cowper and a rather rebellious washing machine!
Steamy and dynamic, the play focuses on a Southern family and the discord over the dying father's millions. Williams' revolutionary play, still sizzles and explodes today with his signature gentility and his gut-wrenching Southern inhospitable humanity.
These former rescue dog daredevils return to thrill the entire family with doggone amazing tricks like world-class Frisbee catching, famous high-jumping acts and the stellar stunt dog triathlon! Chris Perondi and his team lovingly encourage their pets in an energetic competition where every dog is a winner!
On the anniversary of the megachurch he himself founded, Pastor Paul feels called to deliver a new message, though he knows it will shake the foundation of everything he has built. No matter your faith, or lack thereof, The Christians — a play with a full, live choir — compels a conversation that attempts to bridge the seemingly insurmountable distance between us. Do you have the courage to change your heart?
Returning for its fourth incarnation at Long Beach Playhouse, this quick-paced, highly theatrical re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic tale of sin and redemption will delight the entire family. In nineteenth century England, the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future show tight-fisted miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, the poverty of his material wealth and the blessings that come with generosity. Can they convince him to change before it's too late? This production will be the Christmas party needed to set you and your loved ones on the path to holiday cheer.
Cirque Zuma Zuma is a mesmerizing ensemble of African acrobats, lion dancers, contortionists, jugglers and more! An astonishing display of nonstop action awaits you with pulse-pounding movement and live music that includes a South African vocalist and percussionists from Zimbabwe. Comprised of artists from more than 15 African countries, these finalists on NBC's America's Got Talent have performed to sold out audiences around the globe!
A chilling portrait of love, betrayal and twisted passion, Lisa Phillips Visca's world premiere thriller masters the art of seduction, deftly probing the heart of a troubled marriage and the infidelity that can shatter a family. A black widow, relentlessly weaving her web, this mistress traps whomever she wants, whenever she wants them, with lust, leopard and lace, a needle pressed to a vein, a gun flush against a forehead. A devil of a mistress. And the devil's in the house. Helmed by the internationally acclaimed team of Chris DeCarlo& Evelyn Rudie, starring Rae Dawn Chong, joined by a cast of stellar stage and screen personalities that includes George Eddington III, Jamie Gallo, Antonia Jones, Mike C. Manning, Dennis Michael and Wendy Michaels. Hailed as "a remarkable new talent" by Christopher Knopf, past President, Writers Guild Of America, West, Visca's previous plays include Raise Me Up ("Highly Recommended!" reviewplays.com) and Turning Thirty ("Top Ten!" Stage Raw).
The popular stars of Who's Line Is It Anyway? bring an evening of extraordinary improv comedy with big belly laughs in Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group. Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes. Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun.
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.
Come and see one of L.A.'s longest running long-form improvisation shows! Watch as the Groundlings Players begin with three suggestions from the crowd, and then proceed to weave the stories together, travelling back and forth through time, playing different characters in many different situations. AND, they keep it up for an uncanny 40 minutes straight. AND, after a brief intermission, they come back and do it all over again with three new suggestions!
Damn Yankees is the story of Joe Boyd, an aging, die-hard Washington Senators baseball fan who will do anything for the Senators to beat the New York "damn" Yankees and win the pennant. When he accepts a deal on the Senators' behalf in exchange for his soul, he is turned into Joe Hardy, the greatest baseball player ever, and leads the woeful Senators into a wild and wooly pennant chase. Colorful characters abound, including a 172 year-old seductress, a hapless manager, a nosy female reporter, crazed fans, and the devil himself! As Joe leads the team toward an unlikely championship, he learns that winning truly isn't everything.
Fast becoming a Carpenter Center favorite! Get your family into the holiday spirit with an evening of cherished Vince Guaraldi tunes, starring jazz pianist David Benoit and special appearance by the All-American Boys Chorus!
Defiance Theatre Company Presents three all new, terrifyingly funny, vignettes dedicated to the spirit of All Hallows Eve. Set over the span of 50 years, learn the terrifying truth about one of the most haunted of houses in the neighborhood, and its legacy of astonishing victims...err...residents.
It's 1967 in Detroit. Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over more much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 riots.
Seen by mllions across the globe, the worldwide smash hit Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage features the hit songs "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and the heart-stopping "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life." London's Sunday Express says, "This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!"
It's the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances 'Baby' Houseman is on vacation in New York's Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Baby discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters where an all-night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerized by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can't wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort dance instructor. Baby's life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny's leading lady both on-stage and off with breathtaking consequences.
Identity, heritage, and passion collide in this riveting exploration of the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves to find our place in the American Dream. Ayad Akhtar's 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced—a potently funny tale of big-city aspiration and cultural assimilation—dares to face the truth hiding just below the deception.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast features the animated film's Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
In The Dock Brief, an unsuccessful barrister has been waiting for years to make a grandstand defense. He is overjoyed when he gets assigned to defend an innocuous little man accused for murdering his wife. Finally, he will have his chance to shine. However, in pleading his client "not guilty" the case may not quite go as planned.
Wild! Witty! Wonder-filled! Terrifying! Internationally acclaimed Actors' Repertory Theatre dives into the theatrical tomfoolery with glee, breathing life into dozens of characters, creatures and curiosities as they take you on an awe-inspiring journey rooted in old-world European story-telling and physical theatre peppered with sharp contemporary satire. Conjuring up a dark miniature world laced with biting comedy, Drempels is a tale of remembrance and renewal, but also a tale of warning. Look beneath the "cute" and you will see an alarming amalgam of past, present and future atrocities, set in a microcosmic society that frighteningly mirrors the macrocosm of our own foundering world.
In this re-envisioned telling of Echoes by N Richard Nash, Sam and Tilda know the only way to fill the blank spaces in their memories is to play make-believe. They strive to create a world for themselves full of fun & love while trying to trigger each other into remember their true lives outside of the padded cells they call home. Noisy Nest invites you to be bold, think with your heart and feel with your mind.
Return of the UN-Holiday tradition
We just couldn't shut them up…. so for the 12th straight year, accusations, rumors and all-out attacks are (still) flying fast and furious around the toyshop. Hear the truth straight from the reindeer who know Santa best. When a doe says "No" she means "No."
WARNING!! This show contains FOUL-MOUTHED REINDEER and very inappropriate ADULT HUMOR! Definitely no kids or anyone who doesn't want to see the dark side of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the North Pole!
Ripped from the pages of Mo Willems's award-winning children's books, this vaudevillian romp will have audiences dancing in their seats! Gerald, Piggie and their friends take to the stage in a rollicking adventure where they learn what it's like to be in a play. It's a stylish, hilarious introduction to theatre for our youngest audience members.
"Nothing is funnier than unhappiness" in the absurdist world of Samuel Beckett. Such is the case in Endgame, considered to be his greatest single work. Told with Beckett's signature macabre humor, this "grim joke on the futility of life" (The New York Times) finds four characters somewhere between life and death as they prepare for oblivion.
An American original and purveyor of urban cool, cultural satirist and author Fran Lebowitz is pointed, forthright, unapologetically opinionated, and known for her hilariously dry social commentary on American life. Lebowitz offers insights on such timely issues as gender, race, gay rights, and the media, as well as on her own pet peeves—including celebrity culture, tourists, and baby strollers. "No animal should ever jump up on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation." – Fran Lebowitz
Armed with more than a dozen of her timeless characters—from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann—the incomparable Lily Tomlin returns to provide comical insights and wildly witty observations about the human condition while taking her audience on what The Washington Post calls a "wise and howlingly funny" trip. As one of the most celebrated comedians in American comedy, Tomlin is an entertainer of the highest caliber!
Professor Dick Fig (Davey Johnson), a scholar on German playwright Bertolt Brecht, has been terminated from his position and must undergo an excruciating exit interview with human resources manager and religious zealot, Eunice (Catie LeOrisa). When word gets out that a masked gunman is somewhere on campus, Eunice conducts the interview…all while hiding underneath her desk. Downs' rip-roaring send up ricochets with Brechtian interludes and a cast including a pair of deranged cheerleaders, a pretentious newscaster, soccer moms and German doctors—each addressing universal questions regarding facts, faith and fate in this timely, dark comedy that breaks down all the walls of logic and realism.
Step into the twisted world of the Experiment, where Dr. Bradley and Nurse Janice welcome you into their private asylum. Upon arrival the candy stripers will check you in and usher you to the day room, where you'll shudder with….anticipation to meet the resident patients. Get up close and personal with them as they wind you through a tangled tale of sex, power and madness. Get lost in a time warp in the songs and dance of this sexy, eerie 360 degree, completely immersive insane cabaret. But don't worry, all patients are under sedation and promise not even an inch of anger.
An epic tale about holding on to who we are and what we love in a country that forces us to fight battles we would not have chosen for ourselves, Father Comes Home From The Wars is a devastatingly beautiful dramatic work filled with music, wit, and great lyricism. Winner of the 2015 Kennedy Center Prize for Drama, this explosively powerful play set throughout the Civil War from Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks reveals the burden of history and its effect on an individual's ability to transform.
With a focus on hope, endurance, and accomplishment, Fly tells the story of the first African-American Army Air Corp fighters known as the Tuskegee Airmen who flew over the skies of Europe and North Africa during World War II. Featuring a cast of eight men, including "Tap Griot," a dancer who uses tap dance steps to set a mood that is part sublimated anger, part empowerment, Fly was hailed by The New York Times as "a superior piece of theatrical synergy." Co-author and director Ricardo Khan is Tony Award-winning co-founder and former artistic director of the Crossroads Theatre Company, known as one of the nation's foremost African-American theater companies. In honor of Black History month, The Pasadena Playhouse and Crossroads Theatre Company's production of Fly dramatizes the historic contributions made by the Tuskegee Airmen to the desegregation of the American military and the furthering of civil rights.
Something is stinky in the state of Denmark. Join the award-winning company, Four Clowns, on a journey of deceit, vengeance, and general ass-holery as this raucous chorus of characters explores the dredges of madness. With Hamlet at the helm – the biggest joker of all time – this highly physical production slips and slides through the pages of Shakespeare, as the clowns hash out the meaning of rosemary and rue. But at the end of the day even clowns can't take the sting out of mass murder. This is Shakespeare as you've never seen before. Alas Poor, Yorrick. You thought you knew him well.
Undateable, an online experiment. An original sketch show comprised of REAL online interactions that shows you the science behind dating.
An intimate afternoon of insight into the life of the legendary actor, dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly!
Patricia Ward Kelly provides a deeply moving look into her late husband's life in a performance that includes rare film clips, previously unreleased audio recordings, personal memorabilia and more!
Coming direct from New York with a 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – you guessed it – eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, he's got to juggle his mistress, his fiancée, and the constant threat of landing behind bars! The Hollywood Reporter raves, "Gentleman's Guide restores our faith in musical comedy."
Jack Thrash needs to get out. He's been in deep with bad men most of his life, and now, he's getting too good at being bad.One thing's for sure, there's blood. A whole lot of blood. Because this story--a story about men, guns, and getting what you want--isn't a very pretty story.
This action-packed, dark comedy follows the high stakes ambition of one man as he attempts to forge his own path in a world surrounded by bad men. GET. THAT. SNITCH. brings gun-blazing (no holds-barred) action to life in front of your very eyes. The quick and explosive fight sequences combined with tough-guy banter, cool suits, blood, and guns, guarantees to keep the audience on the edge of their seats as they witness the start of a new action standard in live entertainment.
Halloween superstar, Ghoulmaster, is about to open the doors to his secret Haunted Playhouse this October. And you're invited. Ghoulmaster's Haunted Playhouse features original music, dance, comedy, magic, blood, puppets, cobwebs, g-strings…and glitter. It's a month long costume party.
"Rocky Horror" meets "Pee Wee's Playhouse." An intimate black box theater experience that is guaranteed to bring Halloween magic & nostalgia to all who dare to enter. Ghoulmaster is an eccentric, reclusive showman who chooses to live his fantasy life as if he were horror royalty. He is like the love child of Elvira and an 80's pop star Dracula. His main goal is to stimulate all of the senses of his Playhouse guests.
All Playhouse guests are encouraged to dress to depress. Wear your Sunday's worst and each night the most devastating guest will take home a free exclusive Haunted Playhouse t-shirt! Dress Code: The Stranger the Better!
Against the backdrop of Civil Rights-era New York City, Gloria and Vincent, a once happily married couple, are suffering through the first days of their separation. Vincent has decided to move out and as they divide their possessions amidst the mutual recriminations and accusations, their tolerance level for each other sinks and many of their long-withheld feelings about race and each other come to the surface in ways alternately comedic and painful. Will the couple separate for good or is there hope for reconciliation? Come find out!
The legendary Groundlings Theatre troupe presents its latest and greatest main stage show. It's an evening of sketches and some improvisation, always original and always hilarious.
Pulitzer Prize finalist and Ovation Award winner Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) brings a violently beautiful, gruesomely funny comedy to the intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse.
Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist and his wife Judith, a retired actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own. A houseful of drama waits to be ignited as misunderstandings and tempers flare. With Judith's new flame and David's newest literary 'inspiration' keeping company as the children follow suit, the Bliss family lives up to its name as the 'quiet weekend' comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale worthy of Feydeau.
Homefree is a dark urban fairy tale about three cast out teens and the flip side of the American dream. Franklin, Breezy, JJ. Kicked out for being gay, for being pretty, for being nuts. Their journey is crazy, funny and frightening, beginning in a conservative city in Oregon – where grandma's house is a meth house, where bed's an underpass, and the safest place you can wander is the mall. When tragedy hits, they travel to another America. An idyllic liberal town, right smack in the forest. But is there shelter here? Or is home each other? And, when push comes to shove, as it always does… is each other enough?
The scene is the lobby of a rundown hotel so seedy that it has lost the "e" from its marquee. As the action unfolds, the residents, ranging from young to old, from the defiant to the resigned, meet and talk and interact with each other during the course of one day. The drama is of passing events in their lives, of everyday encounters and of the human comedy, with conversations often overlapping into a contrapuntal musical flow. In the resulting mosaic each character emerges clearly and perceptively defined, and the sum total of what they are—or wish they were—becomes a poignant, powerful call to America to recover lost values and to restore itself in its own and the world's eyes.
This World Premiere hybrid musical is based on Gretchen Cryer's and Nancy Ford's 1978 groundbreaking Off-Broadway musical. Act One, the original musical, introduces Heather, a 39 year old divorced song writer attempting a comeback by ditching the romantic songs of her past for a more personal collection. Act Two visits Heather and her band 30 years later. Ms. Cryer will be reprising the role of Heather in Act Two.
In this World Premiere play, an obnoxious, caustic, oblivious New York family has to deal with their dying son and a complete stranger who insists on making an "amend." Can they suppress their resentment toward each other––and toward their son's irascible charge nurse––long enough to hear a cry for help?
Tony Award-winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent, Frozen, Glee) will launch the National Tour of If/Then, reprising her critically-acclaimed, Tony-nominated performance in seven select cities. If/Then is an original Broadway musical which reunites composer Tom Kitt, book writer/lyricist Brian Yorkey, and director Michael Greif, the creative team behind the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, Next to Normal.
New York Magazine calls If/Then "Thrilling! The best musical of the year." The Chicago Tribune calls If/Then "A thoroughly fascinating, intellectually and musically rich new musical. It is a zesty, savvy and ambitious original."
If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today—and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning creators of Next to Normal, this "fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical" (New York Post) simultaneously follows one woman's two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.
This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, The Illusionists - Live From Broadway has dazzled audiences of all ages.
Having shattered box office records around the world, The Illusionists recently made its U.S. debut on Broadway at New York City's Marquis Theatre in Times Square on November 26, 2014 where it celebrated a highly-successful holiday engagement.
When your world is all URL, how do you fall in love IRL?
A delightful intersection of humor, love and subculture, In Love and Warcraft offers a fresh comedic look at the collision between online gaming and In Real Life (IRL) relationships. Evie is a gamer girl, college senior and confirmed virgin who has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in World of Warcraft with her online boyfriend, she also makes a little cash on the side writing love letters for people who've screwed things up with their IRL partners. Love is like Warcraft, after all. It's all about strategies, game plans and not taking stupid risks … or is it?
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!
The It Gets Better Project began online as a way to share personal testimonials with young people—especially LGBTQ individuals—about the need to persevere despite painfully challenging situations. This adaptation of the project for the stage brings real-life stories from lesbian, gay, transgender, genderqueer and straight allies from across America and infuses them with musical numbers by the 8-member cast—with a few surprises along the way!
America's premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will bring his signature stand-up routine to Hollywood Pantages Theatre for two nights – four performances only.
The spellbinding and propulsive drum sounds of San Jose Taiko join forces with the six-person DJ collective The Bangerz—known for their future-forward electronic/hip-hop sonics—to create cross generational, cross-cultural mash up of music and theatre that honors the rich tradition of the Japanese art form while unleashing powerful pop of digital electronica!
Joan of Arc tantalizes the senses with a combination of dance, music and visual art to explore the idea of faith through the eyes of our heroin, Joan.
Joan of Arc will bring audiences deep into the complex themes of Faith and the unifying human struggle between Free Will & Destiny. A wholly original production, Joan of Arc is derived from works by George Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, Jean Anouilh, and Carl Theodor Dreyer.
Delight in the masterful stylings of tenor Joshua Carswell, whose stunning interpretation of beloved American classics ranges from Johnny Mercer to James Taylor! Joshua is back by popular demand after appearing at Carpenter Center with Annie Moses Band in 2013!
Kansas City Choir Boy is a love song for the computer age and a product of the 24-hour news cycle that feeds on the stories of the anonymous "missing." A theatricalized concept album about love altered by unexpected fate, the show tells the story of two lovers in small town America who separate when one goes in search of her destiny and then disappears. Borrowing themes from ancient myth, the show features songs by acclaimed composer/lyricist Todd Almond performed by rock icon Courtney Love and Mr. Almond, joined by a chorus of sirens, and a string quartet with Musical Direction by David Bloom.
Expect to laugh yourself silly when this late-night talk show circuit veteran and star of multiple HBO and Comedy Central specials takes the Carpenter Center stage! Hailed by Jay Leno as "one of America's funniest female comics," Kathleen Madigan uncovers the humor in everyday life—with musings on everything from Christmas letters and being single, to her chain-smoking parents and her hometown in rural Missouri.
On the high-heels of last season's wildly-successful L.A. Premiere, Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), returns to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited two-week engagement.
Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father's expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory's future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
You thought your holidays with the family were dramatic? Try these three hilarious, touching and surprisingly personal Christmas stories of holidays past told by acclaimed Latina comedians, Sandra Valls, a Mexican American from Laredo, Texas (Showtime's "Latin Divas of Comedy"), Diana Yanez, a Cuban American from Miami ("Margaret Cho Sensuous Woman Show"), and Maria Russell, the daughter of an over-dedicated Mexican mother and compliant Lithuanian father (TBS' "Deal With It"). As they share their sassy tales of the season as first generation Americans, they'll deck the halls with guacamole! Come see why LatinHeat.com says "You must treat yourself!" to The Latina Christmas Special.
What started as parody of classical ballet quickly escalated Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo into becoming an international dance sensation!
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This theatrical adaptation of the timeless tale of Ichabod Crane and the fair damsel Katrina Van Tassel awakens the imagination—and the dreaded specter of the Headless Horseman. Delightfully adventurous, an ideal Halloween story for literature and theater lovers of all ages.
Join us for what will be the funniest night you'll ever have at the ballet, as the Trocks return to Carpenter Center after four sold out appearances! The "ballerinas" of this all-male company bring hilarity and awe with a unique combination of ballet, parodies and physical comedy—along with pieces that show off the performers' impressive dance abilities. "A guaranteed hoot for people who know nothing of ballet and an absolute must for those who think they know the originals!" - The Sydney Star Observer
Love Letters is the story of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, two young people from similar backgrounds who take very different paths in life. Despite leading lives which should not intersect, they can't let go of each other throughout their 50 year friendship, and marriages and families with other people.
LPNSImprov is a truly unique improvised comedy show! From show to show you will meet outrageous characters, both new and recurring, and you get to throw them into any situation with your suggestions!
An American masterpiece, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is an incredibly powerful depiction of rage, racism, and exploitation set in 1927 Chicago during a recording session at a white-owned studio with the legendary singer—inspired by real-life Mother of the Blues Gertrude "Ma" Rainey. Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad directs this groundbreaking play from Wilson's celebrated Cycle chronicling the African-American experience of the 20th century.
Seen by over 54 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' global smash hit musical is celebrating over 5,600 performances in its fourteenth smash hit year on Broadway. The blockbuster feature film adaptation of Mamma Mia!, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide. With a worldwide gross of over $2 Billion, Mamma Mia! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as "quite simply, a phenomenon."
Marilyn Forever Blonde - The Marilyn Monroe Story In Her Own Words & Music is a one-woman play with music written by Greg Thompson and directed by Stephanie Shine. It takes place in a photographer's studio on what might be the last day of Marilyn's tumultuous life. The photographer and the many pivotal characters in Marilyn's life are heard but not seen.
The play utilizes 17 songs that are interwoven with the dialogue, which is constructed entirely of documented quotes from Marilyn Monroe and pivotal characters from her personal life and career. The songs are all songs sung by Monroe in her films and include: "My Heart Belongs To Daddy," "I Want Be Loved By You," "Running Wild," "That Old Black Magic" and "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend."
The amazing Sunny Thompson returns with this fantastic portrayal of the final days of Marilyn Monroe. Writer/Director Greg Thompson has taken everything in the show directly from interviews and comments from the star, herself. This incredible recreation of Marilyn transcends imitation, as Sunny truly transforms her look and voice, and seemingly channels the tortured, playful soul of Hollywood's greatest star. She also sings 17 of Marilyn's songs and changes into the star's famous, sexy outfits - all without ever leaving the stage!
When Kris Kringle, a nice, old man from a retirement home gets a job working as a Christmas Santa at Macy's, his honest and generous spirit winds up unleashing waves of good will throughout New York City, along with a hint of magic in the heart of a very practical little girl. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy's vocational counselor, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing where his freedom and the joys of childhood fantasy are at stake. This is a tale we want to believe in, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards.
With astonishing visual effects and a magnificent musical score, one of the very greatest of all American novels comes thrillingly to life on the stage. A fanatical sea captain's unrelenting obsession for revenge drives his entire crew into the face of death and destruction as they explore the vast and mysterious oceans in search of a monster.
Take part in this energetic one-act homage to the literary trope of "boy meets giant robot" with a powerful emotional twist! Join Copo as he and Copper, the Giant Robot fight to overcome the destruction and chaos that has shaken his world!
A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish! Chalk up another superb intrigue for the foremost mystery writer of her time.
A minefield of intimacy and identity is set for one modern family when a generational gap between parents and their daughter is blown wide open—extending far beyond culinary tastes and into race, ambiguous sexuality, and faith. Profoundly insightful and funny, The Mystery of Love & Sex offers a contemporary look at romance, relationships and our connections to each other in a world full of tangled and complicated differences.
The bestselling and award-winning author—whose notable works include the comic book series The Sandman as well as novels Coraline, Stardust, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, and extends to screenplays, song lyrics, poetry, journalism and multimedia—appears for one inspiring evening!
When the Mermaids and Pirates of Neverland begin fighting over who gets to stay in Mermaid Lagoon, the Fairies have to come help sort it out! Whether rooting for the Pirates or siding with the Mermaids, this grand adventure will have the entire family sitting at the end of their seats! With a treasure hunt, sword fights, mermaid magic and of course lots of fairy dust, this is one pint-sized play that is a must see, but hurry because this fun, family adventure only sails for four weeks!
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies is filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it is a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just do not want to miss. Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It is a rousing tale about fighting for what is right and staying true to who you are.
Swing on into the Sands, gas up and dig the smooth sounds of the Rat Pack in this modern infused cabaret that blends songs of past and present. As the joint gets hopping with 18-Karat song, dance and comedy the boys learn that the casino's been hit and they're taking the fall, but with the help of their entourage they just may cash out without giving it all to the house. Descend into the sex, power and stylings of old-school Vegas in this original, fictional tribute to legends of entertainment that is an immersive, interactive experience like no other.
A Holiday Tradition Your Family Will Treasure! Experience Southern California's most spectacular holiday production of The Nutcracker with family and friends as critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life. The annual holiday tradition features dazzling sets, beautiful costumes, and more than 100 dancers on stage. Adults and children will enjoy the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets in a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy. Meet the cast after the performance for photos and autographs. This is family entertainment at its best!
On The Air - A Holiday Tribute to Bob Hope and Radio Stars of the 1940s is presented as a vintage NBC radio broadcast complete with a staff announcer (sidekick) and a live performance on stage by the All Star Big Band. A great way to kick off the holiday season. A unique version of "'twas the night before Christmas" offers great fun for all.
Once, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will return by popular demand to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited one-week engagement.
Once is the celebrated musical based on the Academy Award-winning film. It tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, Once is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty... and unforgettable in every way.
The sound of fireworks at the beginning of Hector Berlioz' Roman Carnival sets the tone for a joyous start to our 81st concert season as Maestro Edwin Outwater returns to the Long Beach Symphony podium for Opening Night! Notable among the charming passages in this short work is a prominent and famous solo for the English Horn – an instrument not often highlighted. Next, French composer Edouard Lalo transports us to Spain in his Symphonie espagnole. The virtuosic talents of the Symphony's renowned Concertmaster, Roger Wilkie, celebrating his 25th Anniversary with the Symphony, will bring the Spanish motifs of this work to life. The second half of the program features Pictures at an Exhibition, a suite in 10 movements composed by Modest Mussorgsky in 1874 for piano, and transcribed for orchestra by Maurice Ravel in 1922. Mussorgsky skillfully links the suite's movements in a way that depicts the viewer's own progress in walking through the exhibition.
Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Academy Award winner John Patrick Shanley sets this modern romantic comedy in the Irish countryside. Los Angeles audiences will be treated to this heartwarming love story after a successful Broadway engagement.
Outspoken (Shakespeare in Shackles) features the Bard's most notorious loudmouths, all tossed together in the Clink - London's medieval prison, situated around the corner from the original Globe Theatre in Southwark. Mothers were tossed in the Clink alongside murderers; their children sent out to beg for coins to pay the Jailor. In the mix were drunks, debtors, priests, political dissidents - anyone caught speaking out against the Powers that Be. Outspoken stars a variety of Shakespeare characters from the Canon (crossing the time/space continuum) to explore themes of classism and oppression while using humor, compassion and camaraderie. The goal is just to get out of here alive. And yes, it's a poignant comedy.
Experience stories and poems recorded by the late Pete Seeger as an ensemble of singers and musicians play a combination of new music and memorable tunes popularized by the American folk music hero!
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell A Pirate Christmas is the latest Holiday Spectacular presented by Lythgoe Family Productions in the style of the traditional British Panto. Tinkerbell, Wendy and Peter Pan embark on a wild quest to foil the pirates' plot to kidnap Peter for Captain Hook's Christmas present in this flying, singing, swashbuckling adventure. Featuring comedy, magic, dancers from "So You Think You Can Dance," and contemporary music from Taylor Swift to the Bee Gees, a Panto is interactive holiday fun for all ages.
The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his rescue animals. Audiences will be delighted to see this extravaganza of European-style clowns, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and of course, very talented performing pets. It's a show that both adults and kids of all ages enjoy!
As "the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!" (Associated Press), Rain performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition, nine new songs have been included with the launch of the 2013 Tour which include Help!, Here Comes The Sun and All You Need Is Love. Together longer than The Beatles, Rain has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics (I Want To Hold Your Hand, Hard Day's Night, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Let It Be, Come Together, Hey Jude and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
Professional actor and CSULB faculty member Andrea Caban once again leads student actors from CSULB and local high schools through a process that culminates in an original, authentic, and moving new work this time connecting the audience to voices from throughout the world.
Discover this amazing nine-piece group consisting of pipers, guitarists and keyboards that have fast become a global phenomenon—putting a modern spin on incredible piping and astounding drumming with an emphasis on showing off—guaranteed to captivate any audience! Their signature 'Bagrock' sound fuses traditional pipe tunes and contemporary anthems with a sizzling hot song list from Deep Purple and AC/DC to Queen and Coldplay to timeless classics from Scotland!
Don't miss this joyous and potent parade of rapid-fire tap, humor, and infectious grooves—accompanied by a swingin' seven-piece funk band and vocal percussionist Aaron "Heatbox" Heaton! This percussive-dance phenomenon electrifies audiences with a wildly creative view into the indomitable power of the human spirit!
The international Irish dance phenomenon returns by popular demand with Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. The production, which is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, is currently celebrating a sold out, critically-acclaimed run across Europe and Asia and will arrive in North America in Fall 2015.
Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures.
Pianist/composer Robin Spielberg delights audiences with traditional favorites and original compelling melodies that come alive through her storytelling about the origins of music pieces.
Long Beach Symphony Concert: Master Roger Wilkie is joined by Los Angeles Philharmonic Keyboardist Joanne Pearce Martin for a sublime program that includes Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Franck, and more!
Free for CSULB students due to generous support from an anonymous donor.
Shakespeare's tragic tale of star-crossed lovers sparked an inspiration for music that continues today. From symphonic to pop, Los Angeles radio announcer/producer Rich Capparela takes you inside some of the work influenced by the Bard!
Lambus Dean is joined by a talented cast of singers and dancers for a perfect portrayal of one of the greatest entertainers ever. In this touring show, Sammy Davis Jr. and his music are brought back to life both vividly and poignantly. Sammy's career spanned from the 1930's to the 1980's and it is all onstage in a whirlwind tour de force production directly from Las Vegas!
The title says it all - or does it - in this provocative new work about two writers approaching love, sex and literature in comically different ways.
Thrilling, humorous, full of head-scratching crimes and dazzling deduction in the face of cunning evil, SHERLOCK HOLMES takes theatregoers on a heart-stopping adventure through the opium dens, the muddy docklands and the gritty backstreets of London during the turn of the century.
The 2nd Annual Desert Ensemble Theatre Company Season Opening Gala! Three of the Desert's most accomplished musical theatre talents—Charles Herrera, Theresa Jewett and Jerome Elliott—perform a revue of some of the most crowd-pleasing musical numbers from the Broadway stage, under the music direction of renowned local pianist Charlie Creasy.
Smoke and Mirrors is a heartfelt drama featuring mind-bending magic, fantastical illusions and dazzling special effects. Created by and starring noted actor Albie Selznick (Castle, Gray's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Dexter) and magician (a lifetime member of Hollywood's Magic Castle), the hit show has was named "Critic's Choice" in the Los Angeles Times and a "GO!" in the LA Weekly. The spellbinding, semi-autobiographical coming of age story follows a boy who uses magic to escape reality after his father's death. Interweaving magic, humor and audience participation, themes of love, loss and facing fears are explored in this stylized production.
Something Truly Monstrous is based on the Hollywood rumor that on the night John Barrymore died, Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart stole his body and went joy riding.
May 30, 1942. On the day Hollywood finally killed John Barrymore, Jack Warner offers a studio contract to Peter Lorre, who is currently shooting Casablanca. Saddled with expensive tastes and a nasty drug habit, Lorre is tempted to sign. But while the contract means financial security, it also will force Lorre to forever play monsters in the B-unit. To ensure that he will not give into this temptation, Lorre shoots himself full of morphine, steals John Barrymore's body from the mortuary, recruits Humphrey Bogart with plans to leave Barrymore's body in Jack Warner's living room. But every defiant step only leads Lorre closer to signing the contract that will turn him into the monster he fears he's already become.
His story. His inspiration. His genius. Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words … and music. Through exclusive interview footage, famed composer Stephen Sondheim (creator of Tony Award-winning musicals Company, Sweeney Todd, Follies, Into the Woods, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and more) shares his personal life and artistic process. The carefully selected songs blend beautifully with video interviews to shine new light on his childhood, his relationship with Oscar Hammerstein, his personal demons and professional triumphs. Witness the story of one of the greatest American musical theater composers of all time as only the genius himself shares it.
His story. His inspiration. His genius. Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words … and music. Through exclusive interview footage, famed composer Stephen Sondheim (creator of Tony Award-winning musicals Company, Sweeney Todd, Follies, Into the Woods, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and more) shares his personal life and artistic process. The carefully selected songs blend beautifully with video interviews to shine new light on his childhood, his relationship with Oscar Hammerstein, his personal demons and professional triumphs. Witness the story of one of the greatest American musical theater composers of all time as only the genius himself shares it.
A multimedia opera that combines live musical performance and original film. This compelling new work was inspired by the journals of Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904), one of the most remarkable women of her era. At the age of 20, she left her life in Switzerland behind for an unfettered existence in the North African desert.
Launching a North American tour at the Ahmanson, three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O'Brien will direct a lavish new production of the world's most beloved musical. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re- Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and "The Sound of Music."
MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient and Pulitzer finalist Sarah Ruhl's new comedy follows former spouses and actors on and off-stage (and script) - helmed by Ovation Award winner and Geffen alumni Bart DeLorenzo.
Inspired by Jim Reyland's 13-year friendship with John Ellis, a man with a decades-long battle against mental illness, drug addiction, homeless and being HIV-positive, this 75 minute, single-act drama provides a rich and balanced look at two men who both grow to care for and need each other. The Stand is a true story of addiction, grace, friendship and redemption that will move audiences to laughter and tears. Starring Barry Scott and Chip Arnold.
In Straight White Men, written and directed by Lee and co-commissioned by CTG, Lee offers a traditionally structured take on the classic American father-son drama. Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas. They enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese, and find themselves confronting a problem that even being a happy family can't solve: when identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man?
An evening of Meryl Streep monologues performed by an all-male cast.
REDCAT's quarterly program of new works and works-in-progress highlights new forms of dance, theater, music and multimedia performance in a wide-ranging evening that celebrates the vitality of L.A.'s next-generation artists making work for the stage.
The 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Mitch Glickman, is the country's only ensemble exclusively dedicated to blending the worlds of jazz and classical music. Now in its second decade, the SJO has performed at leading concert halls across Southern California including UCLA's Royce Hall, the Ford Amphitheatre, and the Carpenter Center.
Winner of the 2015 Hollywood Fringe award for best cabaret and variety show.
Welcome to Thenardier's Inn, a re-telling of the Victor Hugo Les Miserable tale put on by the man himself. Submerge yourself in the dancing, drinks, and girls of the Inn, while singing along with the classic characters and songs, in this 360 degree immersive theatrical cabaret. You will be escorted through the event by Master Thenardier, where the audience is invited to his very Inn for an intimate yet rambunctious evening where every seat is in on the action!
Few Other Things
• No admittance under 21, this show features adult content… You have been warned.
• Doors open early for cocktails and live music.
• Witness the heartwarming tale of human compassion, told by a complete asshole.
• Get ready for an immersive theatrical experience like no other.
Pulitzer Prize nominee Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights, Weeds) joins multi-Grammy Award winner Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day, American Idiot) for, "A Modish Ripoff of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing," with a serious backbeat.
The haunting story of the great ship Titanic is transformed by composer and lyricist Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel) into a riveting musical in which the hopes and dreams of rich and poor, heroes and cowards, lovers and foes are woven together in a celebration of the human spirit. Before the famed blockbuster movie hit the screens, the original Broadway production proved its might by winning 5 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical. Now, director Thom Southerland's acclaimed London revival is on course to Los Angeles in this all-new production.
A vamIt took 100 years for Joktan to get his revenge on Dulai, the vampire known as the "demon of death". But, revenge is bitter-sweet. Now Joktan, also a vampire, fears for his life. His only hope is to seek refuge in the company of the condemned, 6 Las Vegas low lifers who have no idea Dulai is coming for them to seek retribution. Their only hope is to join forces with Joktan to fight together. But, humans cannot help him and before the choice must be made, their should know what they are dying for. Mandy.pire, 2 hit men, 2 prostitutes, a psychotic killer and a Christian, trapped in a restaurant and being hunted by the "demon of Death". Who will leave alive?
The silky voice of Jane Monheit is matched by the piano virtuosity of Michael Kanan with a repertoire of unbridled romance and swing by great American masters!
A parody of the popular book/movie series The Hunger Games. The tributes participating in the Battle to the Death have been substituted for video game characters from all the popular video game franchises. Ranging from Super Mario to Mass Effect, a selection of popular, iconic characters will compete to win the coveted title of "Player One." From voting for their favorite character to saving them from certain death, the audience will be able to alter the course of events throughout the performance. Twelve different fighters, twelve possible winners; all depending on your vote.
No matter your age or your ability, find the fun that's been trapped inside your feet whether you "tap" in your seat, or step up to dance, you'll learn what it takes to be a "hoofer!"
On October 3, 1995, tensions ran high across Los Angeles as people awaited the verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Twenty years to the day, David McMillan's new play returns to the scene with a passionate, multi-racial perspective on that crucial day. As the play's characters patronize the Perfect Fit Cleaners and neighboring businesses, a volatile discussion about race and social class bubbles to the surface, one that is more relevant than ever.
A new school year means a new beginning for the Tigers, the worst-ranked high school cheerleading team in the state. But when an innocent team-building sleepover becomes a mysterious murder scene, the Tigers will need more than just team spirit to survive the night – and each other. With an original pop/rock score, We Are The Tigers is a new comedy with a delightfully dark twist on the high school experience.
Sharing DNA with Flight of the Conchords and hailing from the home of The Hobbit movies, New Zealand's Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is in hot demand for its winning combination of charming Kiwi humour, disarmingly small instruments and sublime musicality. The band's number one rule is: "If you know the words, sing along. If you don't know the words, sing along!"
A man who's fallen out of the tree of life is invited to a mansion in Newport to tell the wealthy owner a story, but he can't remember the story. It takes an encounter with a hundred-year-old captive in the attic to remind him what he's truly there to do and, as the shadows of his past close in, his true history comes clear as his old habits reappear with bloody consequences. The Whiskey Maiden is an allegorical re-fabling of the myth of freedom and the consequences of our own desires.
Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Off-Broadway favorite Wiesenthal is the riveting true story of Simon Wiesenthal, the "Jewish James Bond." A Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice, Wiesenthal was an intelligent, funny, flawed and noble universal hero.
Based on Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), the play, Willy Wonka brings the story to the stage in this musical adaptation. Included in this production are some of the classic songs from the Oscar-nominated family film such as "Pure Imagintaion" and "Candy Man", as well as new songs from Leslie Bricusse (who composed the film). The musical was originally intended to help promote the newly formed Willy Wonka's Candy Company film, adapted from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which became a cult classic and has gone on to become one of the most beloved titles in the history of children's cinema.
Kinetic Theory Circus Arts presents it's 8th annual Halloween circus spectacle. When a group of teens set out into the forest to find an old witch's cabin, they stumble upon more than they ever dared imagine and open up a world of dark magic beyond their nightmares. This haunting tale, written by Kinetic Theory director Stephanie Abrams, is filled with sorcery and impossible feats that blend high-level circus acrobatics and aerial artistry with mime, dance and storytelling. Featuring Kinetic Theory's up-and-coming artists (ages 13- adult) from their pre-professional program. Matinee shows include a special performance by Kinetic Theory's Youth Circus ages 8-13.
What's on the menu for Meredith, Tori, and Sandy: the three women in Guy's life? Healthy lifestyles, upward mobility, meaningful sex? Or self-loathing and distorted priorities? Award-winning playwright Sheila Callaghan serves up a world premiere on a bed of bawdy language in a gender-bending comedy vinaigrette, inviting everyone—men and women, mothers and sons—to savor this complex recipe of desire and shame.