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It's the internationally acclaimed Rudie-DeCarlo musical comedy, and it's getting a make-over as Actors' Repertory Theatre presents the ALL-MALE version in honor of PRIDE 2016. A gentle prod at stereotypical gender roles, this light-hearted send-up is a hilarious, ever-so-slightly bawdy twist on the classic tale, celebrating Dorothy's 38th Playhouse anniversary with a brand new late-night production. Follow the escapades of Dorothy and her companions in a wild ride over the rainbow to that place where nothing is as it seems and dreams really do come true. Added delights are the outrageous costumes by Graham Silbert, the awesome special effects by Nima Ghassemian and a glass of champagne or sparkling apple juice to toast finding your true home over the rainbow by trusting your instincts, your friends, and your heart. Rated PG-15.
Amélie captured our hearts in the five-time Oscar®-nominated film. Now she comes to the Ahmanson in a magical new musical—following a World premiere at Berkley Repertory Theatre, which topped the Best Theatre of 2015 lists in the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. Embark on a mesmerizing journey with inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie as she turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her.
Lillian Moller as Chris DeCarlo reprises his award-winning portrayal of the world's most beloved Yiddish author joined by members of internationally acclaimed Actors' Repertory Theatre, with costumes by award-winning designer Ashley Hayes and lilting tunes by the late Ben Weisman (57 gold albums).
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.
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.
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."
As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of Cabaret.
Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen" and "Maybe This Time." Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at Cabaret, John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff's Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.
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.
The groundbreaking show about life as a dancer auditioning for a Broadway musical, with its unforgettable score and riveting real-life story, is our annual, fully staged production. From "I Hope I Get It" to "The Music and the Mirror" and "One," united by the iconic choreography of visionary Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line's music and message remain fresh and true, capturing the excitement and drama that all performers face, having chosen a life on the stage – in one thrilling sensation of a musical!
In an empty theater, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 23 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It's what they've worked for—with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives. It's the one opportunity to do what they've always dreamed—to have the chance to dance.
A magical fable where the mouse squeaks, the lion roars & the grasshoppers sing.
Through song, dance and humor, this bright and colorful children's musical educates as it entertains. Described as a "near perfect formula for child entertainment" and "an inspired piece of theatre", answering life's most pressing questions through allegorical myths portraying animals engaged in human-like situations, they are sure to resonate with both children and adults alike.
The Fantasticks opened on May 3, 1960 and played off-Broadway for 17,162 performances before closing on January 13, 2002, making it the longest running musical in history. Winner of a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre, The Fantasticks is a lyrical and romantic musical that tells an allegorical love story about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. This beloved musical has been seen in over 67 countries, and performed in locations ranging from The Peking Opera to The White House. Seema Sueko, Associate Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse will bring an exciting fresh approach to this enduring classic.
Broadway's daring musical sensation Grey Gardens—The Musical arrives at the Ahmanson Theatre starring the fabulous Rachel York (Broadway's City of Angels) and the legendary Betty Buckley (Tony Award®-winning Grizabella in Cats). Based on the cult classic documentary and directed by Michael Wilson, this haunting and often hilarious musical recounts Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' most eccentric relatives' fall from society darlings to notorious recluses in their crumbling East Hampton estate.
Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.
Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage.
Hershey Felder brings to life the remarkable story of Irving Berlin, "America's Composer." From the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia to New York's Lower East Side, and ultimately all of America and the world, Berlin's story epitomizes the American Dream.
Featuring the composer's most popular and enduring songs from "God Bless America" and "Always" to "White Christmas" and beyond, Hershey's masterful creation of character and musical performance is an unforgettable journey. As Jerome Kern famously said, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music."
Join J. Pierrepont Finch as he meteorically rises from lowly window washer to high-powered executive in this rousing musical satire – featuring such familiar hits as "I Believe in You" and "Brotherhood of Man." When Finch follows the teaching of his business success handbook, he climbs the corporate ladder better – and faster – than anyone could ever imagine. Biting comedy and bright insights are highlighted with delightfully memorable songs and dances in this classic Broadway musical. As Finch battles such corporate traps as office parties, backstabbing co-workers, and caffeine addiction, could it be that the only real obstacle might be – true love?
From the Oscar®-winning team comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo's epic story of love, acceptance, and what it means to be a hero. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film's Oscar®-nominated score with new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Librettist Peter Parnell crafts a bold, highly-theatrical take on the moving tale of the scorned bell-ringer Quasimodo, the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, and the dashing Captain Phoebus in 15th-century Paris. An emotionally rich score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.
In his intimate musical, The Last Five Years, Jason Robert Brown paints a vivid picture of the five-year relationship between young, ambitious author Jamie and Cathy, a struggling actress. The show unfolds in reverse chronological order. Cathy's experiences are portrayed from the painful end of the relationship, while Jamie's are portrayed from the passionate beginning. Since its Off-Broadway premiere in 2002, Brown's funny, poignant, and devastatingly honest two-person musical has enraptured audiences around the world with its spellbinding, emotional score, and libretto.
Disney's animated movie, based on the classic Hans Christian Anderson story, comes to vibrant life in the new Broadway musical written by Doug Wright, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. A discontented mermaid, Ariel, dreams of the world above the sea, and sacrifices her beautiful, captivating voice in search of true love and a sense of belonging. Full of great music (including "Part of Your World," "Kiss The Girl," "Poor Unfortunate Souls," and new songs written for the stage), dance, comedy, and romance, Disney's The Little Mermaid will take you to places no musical has ever gone before!
Leonard Bernstein was a conductor, pianist, author, educator, librettist, television star and the composer of three symphonies, iconic film scores and the American musical classics West Side Story, Candide, On the Town and Wonderful Town, among others. He pushed boundaries to become the world's first serious musical media superstar and changed the face of music. In his inimitable style, Hershey Felder brings Bernstein to life through first-person narratives combined with his compositions, as well as music by Beethoven, Mahler and more, drawing audiences deeply into the maestro's fascinating life.
Man of La Mancha is a comic tragedy of mankind's struggle to better both himself and the world in which he lives. Based on The Adventures of Don Quixote, by Miguel Cervantes, the story is both entertaining and very moving, and will warm the heart of anyone whose spirits were ever raised by the prospect of a victory by the underdog. The score is a musical delight, and contains one of the most inspiring moments in musical theatre as Don Quixote relates his personal credo in "The Impossible Dream."
Michael Arden, who brilliantly reimagined The Wallis' production of Spring Awakening with Deaf West Theatre that received rave reviews on Broadway and earned him Tony Award, Drama Desk and New York Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, directs this rarely staged Stephen Sondheim (Into the Wood, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story) musical. Merrily We Roll Along travels backwards in time to navigate the bumpy history between three friends—Franklin, Charlie and Mary—who begin their careers in show business together. The powerful and moving story, based on the Kaufman and Hart play, features some of Sondheim's most beautiful songs including "Good Thing Going," "Old Friends," "Our Time" and "Not a Day Goes By."
The new musical Recorded in Hollywood returns from its sold-out, critically acclaimed, 2015 engagement, with additional songs and scenes in an all-new production. This LA Times Critics pick tells the true and fascinating love, life, and times of 1950's Los Angeles entrepreneur and activist John Dolphin—the trailblazing black businessman who made his mark on the national music scene long before Motown ever existed. Dolphin opened Dolphin's Of Hollywood Record Shop on legendary Central Avenue in 1948 and, along with his regular radio broadcasts and four record labels, he launched and helped to build, the careers of some of the biggest names in music. Facing police opposition, the shop and its broadcasts were a gathering place for music lovers from every race and background and became "the place to be" in LA in the 50's. Dolphin played a real role in integrating the Los Angeles music scene and through his music helped bring R&B into the mainstream for all time.
Shout, Sister, Shout! is a World Premiere musical conceived and directed by Randy Johnson, the creator of the wildly popular smash hit A Night With Janis Joplin which broke box office records at the Pasadena Playhouse before transferring to Broadway. Shout, Sister, Shout! depicts the life and music of legendary gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, whose hits include "Down by the Riverside," "This Train," and "Strange Things Happening Every Day." Tharpe was a great trailblazer in the history of American music and influenced some of the greatest rock and roll and R & B singers of all time, including Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and Johnny Cash.
A brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by Jack O'Brien, will tour North America beginning September 2015. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song.
Mystery Of The Missing Purple Power Crystal
The Superheroes and Princesses are back in an all new adventure with all new friends! When the Purple Power Crystal disappears from the school along with one of the teachers, it's up to the students to find out what happened! Come help the Superheroes, the Princesses and their new Fairy Friend solve the mystery by becoming honorary student sleuths! With a surprise "who-done-it" ending that you will have to see to believe, this Superhero and Princess Academy show is sure to thrill all ages! Every child will be given a clue at the door to help the Princesses and Superheroes solve the mystery! Even the adults will get in on the action in this one hour Creating Arts Company original mini-musical!
Stephen Sondheim's brilliant foray into bloodlust and revenge is being given an intimately terrifying and darkly humorous re-telling in the Studio Theatre. The infamous tale of Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, follows his blood-soaked return to 19th century London as he seeks vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him, ravaged his young wife, and keeps his daughter a virtual prisoner in his house. Close shaves, razor-sharp wit, and unsettlingly delicious meat pies (with a secret ingredient), combined with Sondheim's brilliant and disturbingly beautiful music, will delight even the faint of heart.
From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever. The score, by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.
In a concert performance conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, this poignant, provocative and emotionally powerful musical takes us back to the mid-1950s and New York's Upper West Side, where racial and social tensions run high. Hear many of Leonard Bernstein's most famous songs: "Maria," "America," "Somewhere" and "Tonight."
When Sin Comes Knocking is Christian love story about a couple committed to weather any adversity together until a chance encounter threatens to rock the foundation of everything they believe. The question is will their love and commitment be enough to save their marriage?
This play offers a window into real life situations and human interactions that aren't always pretty. The play dares to admit that we all have a past, some may be a little more colorful than others, but we've all done things that we are not particularly proud of.
When Sin Comes Knocking explores what can happen when we allow shame, fear, and guilt to cause us to try to hide the truth from people we love. This play demonstrates that no matter how checkered our past may be, God still delivers on his promise to love us unconditionally and has made the provision for redemption through Jesus Christ.