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Los Angeles continues to be a hotbed of new musicals. After a dizzying number of new musicals appeared in the recent Hollywood Fringe Festival, soon the 18th annual Stages Musical Theatre Festival will be returning to Los Angeles this August. This prestigious festival features new musicals, which have been developed across the country, presented in concert readings. This year's festival features six musicals, presented in two venues over two weekends.
Los Angeles…where never growing up is mandatory! This original Second City style sketch show is written and performed by: Natalie D'Alacio, Adam Garcia, Marissa Hampton, Rachel Laforce, Ryan Miller, Kaitlyn Tanimoto and Kevin Stafford. Directed by Jesse Klein. Assistant Director, Charity Miller. Musical Director, Ben Bromfield.
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.
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!
A world premiere musical farce based on Biblical Adam and Eve story, which is interrupted through the Devil's interfering so that Steve is added to the mix to create a lot of fun, mischief and struggle. The three of them get tangled and fight to unwind as they all try to figure out the many definitions that love has to offer.
Back by popular demand!!!! For the 9th time!!!!! We close our season one more time with our deliberately uncensored re-imagination of the very first table reading of the original screenplay from the film ranked #10 on AFI's 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time! With very special thanks to TreePeople Board Member David Zucker.
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!
Buddy falls for the perfect girl of his dreams. One small problem... he's married to Jenny. We watch his hilarious, guilt-ridden affair 'til he finally realizes his perfect dream girl is Jenny, his wife.
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."
Come and play with the pokers stars and support the theater. Great food, drinks, and prizes!
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!
Assassins combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America's four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.
Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.
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.
Martin Sherman's profound love story takes audiences into the deepest, darkest moments of two gay men's struggle to survive in Nazi Germany. In the first major U.S. revival since its Broadway premiere in 1979, Moisés Kaufman directs this startling and moving play that illustrates how love can transcend persecution, no matter the cost.
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!"
Solo performer Jim Loucks brings his new show The Biscuiteater to the Electric Lodge. Based loosely on his childhood, The Biscuiteater is told in Loucks' distinctive Southern storytelling style with songs and humor. Granddaddy was his hero, a big man with a bigger personality, haunted by demons from his days as Chief of Police in small-town Georgia. It is a moving tribute to an imperfect hero. Directed by Lisa Chess.
"Loucks is an excellent performer, and theatergoers should watch for him in any future shows. The Biscuiteater is recommended for all." Dr Dave Robinson, Central Texas Live Theatre
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."
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!
Take a seat in the Kit Kat Klub and explore the Bohemian lifestyle in this Chicago, Cabaret, Rent musical cocktail! The owners of the establishment, Emcee and Matron "Mamma" Morton will guide you through a satirical romp of sex, drugs, liquor, murder, jazz, art and love. Dive into the drinks, dance and songs in this 360 degree completely immersive cabaret event that begins before you even walk through the front door! Girls, guys and everything in between, there's something for everyone at this speak-easy but only those with the password will get in!
Vive La Vie Boheme, and All That Jazz
Kit Kat Klub Speakeasy Rules:
• Don't Tell Anyone
• Look For the Symbol
• Give Your Password to Gain Access
Few Other Things
• No admittance under 21, this show features adult content… You have been warned.
• Doors open at 7PM for cocktails and live music.
• Dress in your finest 20's fashion, and your first drink is on us.
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?
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!
World Premiere! A provocative meditation on race, fusing prose, poetry, movement, music, and the visual image. A lyric poem, snapshots, vignettes, on the acts of everyday racism. Remarks, glances, implied judgments. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV — everywhere, all the time. Those did-that-really-just-happen-did-they-really-just say-that slurs that happen every day and enrage in the moment and later steep poisonously in the mind. And, of course, those larger incidents that become national or international firestorms. As Rankine writes, "This is how you are a citizen."
It is time for the US Premiere of Darkside, incorporating Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, and you are invited. Is it an incredibly unique theatrical experience, or is it a thought experiment in any colour you like? This great gig in the sky is an urgent, yet timeless tale where Emily McCoy and her companion become lost on the run, in a world consumed by corruption, money and greed, witch hunts and brain damage. All the while, desperately searching for hope, kindness and what is the good. It's us and them, coming together in a beautiful eclipse for only this moment. Just breathe. And be there.
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!
An evening of storytelling with elders from our community.
Need some extra cash? Sell your car or…why not kill your wife? It's murder, money, sex and blackmail in this classic mystery, the source for the much-loved motion picture by Alfred Hitchcock.
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.
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.
Will you wait for me?
At once fanciful, timeless, yet starkly contemporary, this brand new romantic tale follows one Dragon, her need for freedom, her desire for human love, and the men who get trapped in between. Emergent artist Davis brings a uniquely simple voice to a centuries old myth, clashing lore with love, and eternity with yearning.
Get set for an energetic performance of mimicry and music as the Edwards Twins meticulously morph into dozens of your favorite celebrities! With a repertoire of more than 100 stars—from Streisand to Stevie Wonder, from Tina Turner to Pavarotti—identical twins Anthony and Eddie Edwards bring boundless exuberance and flawless vocals and visuals to create one dynamite showstopper after another!
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!
Flush with the imagined success of his nightclub floorshow, El Grande Maestro de Show Business, Pepe Hernandez, ups the ante and sets his sights on international fame with his "Star-Studded Travelling Circus." First stop – Hollywood. Pepe corrals his family into posing as multinational stars, but his celebrity gala opening, side-tracked by a flat tire, hassles at the border and a hungry tiger called Chupacabra, is already facing calamity. Pepe's circus has come to Hollywood – and the town will never be the same.
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!
Fences is a bittersweet drama, compassionate, moving and thoughtful. It is a play about family, responsibility, love, friendship and respect. This is August Wilson at his best: challenging the American dream through a poetic, powerful and deeply personal story. It's 1957 and Troy Maxson is a strong man, a hard man. He has had to be — to survive. Maxson has stepped up to the plate too many times in his life only to go down swinging. Shut out of the big leagues by prejudice, the former Negro League home run king is now a garbage collector with little future. He tries to do right by his family, but when his youngest son Cory shows promise on the high school football team, Troy must come to terms with his past disappointments or risk tearing his family apart.
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.
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."
Nebraska, the 1990s. Two teenage boys — one a social outcast, the other the quintessential jock — explore a relationship during a summer of self-discovery between high school graduation and the rest of their lives. Set to irresistible songs from Matthew Sweet's landmark pop album of the same name, this rock musical gives voice to those of us who grew up in small towns, those of us who didn't quite fit in and learned we were somehow different, and anybody who remembers the terror and thrill of first love.
Prepare ye to come sing about love! Godspell is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time. Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell boasts a string of well-loved songs led by the international hit "Day By Day." As the cast performs "Prepare Ye the Way of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man," and "By My Side," the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life. Drawing from various theatrical traditions such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics, and vaudeville, the show is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance, and love.
A dark comedy of brawls and baseball. Colman is called home by his brother Dale to mourn their father's untimely death. But miracles abound in Fishtown, PA as the old man is resurrected just in time for Uninvited Company. The arrival of two unlikely visitors from Colman's past, will challenge not only Colman's beliefs, but could tip the balance between a family torn apart or a family bound together.
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.
Come experience the pure joy of music and uprising in this intimate retelling of the contemporary classic. Full-figured Tracy Turnblad only wants to dance–and dance she does, through her downtrodden neighborhood, through the harsh words of her schoolmates, and through the racial barriers dividing 1960's Baltimore. Chance presents a closer, more personal look at this vivacious celebration of rock n' roll, revolution, and love against all odds. You'll leap out of your seat!
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," to "White Christmas" and beyond, Hershey Felder's masterful creation of character and musical performance makes this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey.
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.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Denee Jordan has created a progressive approach to therapy called "Already Well," and in an innovative spin, she is taking it to the stage as an expression of her own personal and professional experience. In her one-woman show, I AM Already Well, Dr. Jordan shares a remarkably intimate journey towards the discovery that despite and because of the conflicting voices in her head, she was and is already well. You will meet "Roger the Rager," "Verna Eterna," and several of her other poignant psychological characters as Dr. Jordan reveals the inner workings of her psyche and how powerful it can be to make friends with all parts of ourselves - good, bad, and ugly. Integrating character work, psychological analysis, and even dance/movement, I AM Already Well is funny, heartbreaking and, best of all, affirming and uplifting.
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."
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.
A revealing look at renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones' 2012 residency at CSULB that also uncovers the backstory of events in his life.
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!
Join Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jane Lynch for an evening of musical comedy as she explores her love of the beauty and absurdity of American standards and show tunes.
VIP Gala ticket gets a private pre-show dinner with CSULB President Jane Close Conoley, exclusive access to a post-show reception with Jane Lynch, and the best seats!
Proceeds benefit Carpenter Center's free Arts for Life program.
America's premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will bring his signature stand-up routine to Hollywood Pantages Theatre for two nights – four performances only.
Jesus Christ, the world's first superstar! This thrilling rock-opera takes a sometimes irreverent, always impassioned, look at Jesus' last days. As Judas begins to question the motivations and methods of his friend and mentor, emotion and true belief is put to the test. Propelled by a stirring score by the creators of Phantom of the Opera andEvita, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart. A true classic of modern musical theatre, you'll never get closer to this biblical story than at the Long Beach Playhouse.
Jesus Christ, the world's first superstar! This thrilling rock-opera takes a sometimes irreverent, always impassioned, look at Jesus' last days. As Judas begins to question the motivations and methods of his friend and mentor, emotion and true belief is put to the test. Propelled by a stirring score by the creators of Phantom of the Opera and Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart. A true classic of modern musical theatre, you'll never get closer to this biblical story than at the Long Beach Playhouse.
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!
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!
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.
In his intimate musical The Last Five Years, Jason Robert Brown paints a vivid picture of the five year relationship between young, ambitious author Jaime Wilerstein and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress. The show unfolds in reverse chronological order, Cathy's experiences portrayed from the painful end of the relationship while Jaime'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. Now, play/ground theatre company breathes fresh energy into the cult classic, allowing audiences to experience Jaime and Cathy's timeless love story through the lens of millennial culture.
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
A contemporary musical adaptation, with a punk-rock Chicana twist, of the classic fairytale Little Red Riding Hood. This Familia-friendly musical takes us on a rebellious teenager's journey through the treacherous Holly-Woods where she must forgo technology and modern transportation in order to visit her ailing grandmother.
Standing in her way is Don Coyote, a loner teen rocker that tries to seduce Red with his style, cool demeanor, and British accent, only to try and rob Red of the most precious thing that she has yet to appreciate – her family. With the help of the bumbling boyscout, Corky Woodsmán, and his owl Paz, will Little Red be able to brave the dangers of the Holly-Woods and the smooth talking Don Coyote? Come find out in this fun and fresh adaptation of the classic tale that will have audiences laughing and cheering. Featuring original music by Grammy award-winning artist, Quetzal.
This show follows Green Bay Packers coach, Vince Lombardi, through a week in the 1965 season, as he attempts to lead his team to the championship.
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.
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."
Featuring a book and lyrics by Eric Idle and music by Idle and John Du Prez, Monty Python's Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail, complete with lusty maidens, dancing divas, a killer rabbit, and a legless knight. The show made its Broadway debut in 2005, earning three Tony Awards, including the award for Best Musical.
Monty Python's Spamalot stars Christian Slater as Sir Galahad, Merle Dandridge as the Lady of the Lake, Warwick Davis as Patsy, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Sir Robin, Eric Idle as the Historian, and Craig Robinson as King Arthur. B.T. McNicholl will direct. Todd Ellison conducts, and Scott Taylor choreographs.
This compelling and comedic play—written by three men who were tired of being typecast and discriminated against because of the color of their skin—directly confronts racial slurs and stereotypes while stimulating cultural awareness and acceptance!
Be part of the conversation at a post-show discussion immediately following the performance.
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!
Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll. The unmistakable voice filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. A Night with Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of Rock 'n' Roll's greatest legends.
An hour before the opening of a new show, the actor playing the romantic lead calls to say he won't be there. Only three people know his lines: the stage manager terrified of public speaking, the playwright (a woman), and the director...whose sister is the other romantic lead. During intermission, the audience votes which one will take the role and in the second act of this "choose-your-own adventure" play, the show is performed with the winner as understudy.
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.
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.
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.
Hidden in the tunnels deep below the Paris Opera lies a mysterious deformed musical genius who stalks the halls and terrorizes the company. Face half covered by his famous mask , his only happiness comes from his tutoring of the beautiful, orphaned chorus girl Christine Daaé, with whom he has an enduring obsession. Unseen, he teaches the young soprano to sing 'The Music of the Night.' As her 'Angel of Music', Christine blossoms and steps out of the shadows onto centre stage.
When Christine becomes engaged to another man, the Phantom is driven mad with jealousy and will stop at nothing to possess her, even murder. And so begins a tantalizing tale of forbidden love and supernatural adventure so exciting that over 130 million people worldwide have been lost in the enchantment!
First rule of Project Mayhem… Well, you know the drill. Sign in, sit down, and gear up for a cinematic theatrical experience you can't get anywhere else. Project Mayhem: The Unauthorized Fight Club Musical. Brought to life by classic rock songs, and some brand spanking new characters, this high-octane production will transport you to the basement of Lou's tavern, where you will be dropped into a side-splitting, mind-racing, adrenaline filled, powerhouse musical like you've never seen; with twists and turns that would make Tyler proud. Let our ring girls teach you how to spar, yes that's right they are fighters! Come ready to fight in your best boxing attire, we're talking glove, wraps, and robes here, this ain't no joke, and we'll throw you a bone from our state of the art, fully equipped, drinking station (for your post workout cocktail).
Gidget, beach blankets, and Hitchcockian psychological suspense thrillers are tossed around in the comic mind of playwright Charles Busch and they emerge as a rollickingly wild ride through split personalities, brutal murders, and the challenges of finding your true surf-buddy. Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboy, desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach in 1962. But the brutal murders plaguing her seaside town just might be the doing of one of her hidden personalities. Hilarity ensues as murder, madness, and the passionate pursuit of the perfect wave and world domination come crashing over the heads of the audience.
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.
Set in a tiny sewing factory in East L.A., this award-winning comedy from acclaimed playwright Josefina López is the story of five full-figured women racing to meet an impossible deadline to keep their tiny sewing factory in East L.A. from going under. The basis for the award-winning film of the same name starring America Ferrera, Real Women Have Curves is a microcosm of the Latina immigrant experience, and celebrates real women's bodies, the power of women, and the incredible bond that happens when women work together.
Fun (and appropriate) for all ages, this show, directed by Frank Caeti, features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation. Great for the whole family! We are the Bugs Bunny of improv; come be a part of the show!
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!
Red, White & Everything Else! America. Land of the mostly free, and home of the sometimes brave. Maybe we're awesome or maybe we're just delusional, it's our best virtue! This original sketch comedy is written and performed by Sasha A. Ali, Natalie D'Alacio, Rukhmani Desai, Lindsey Fisher, Julian Gant, Ace Gibson, Michael Klimkowski and Matt Noonan.
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!
Prize winning author and radio host Sandra Tsing Loh presents The B**** is Back: An All-Too Intimate Conversation at The Edye. Inspired by her best-selling memoir The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, Loh's solo comedy show is a hilarious, roller-coaster ride through menopause … and back. A self-styled Virgil to the menopause journey, Loh shares her usually poignant, often painful, always funny wisdom on this very turbulent time in a woman's life. There is, thankfully, a happy conclusion: it gets so much better. So grab your friends and head to The Edye where you can sip on drinks at our cabaret-style tables and experience one of the most rollicking shows of the summer. For mature audiences only.
Journey into the everyday lives of a few average Americans through the 21st Century in this fun and honest homage to American life and culture. A witch in the woods, A proud confederate and his liberal son, a family struggling with death and addiction, a sassy talk show host and a broken pop star are just a few of the characters you will meet in this bold, fun, and witty follow up effort to "Scenes From The Cliff" by Nina Childs. "Scenes of an Era" features a rocking American soundtrack ,stellar cast and the first (surely not the last) musical sketch by the writer.
The Second City House Ensembles are the newest crop of talent coming out of Second City that have been hand picked to crank out the improv funny.
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.
Playwright Joe Calarco says, "Just because Shakespeare understands the human condition, it doesn't mean it can't be a good time." And so he takes the audience on a theatrical adventure of a lifetime, presenting a version of the well-known teen passion-fueled tragedy as an undercurrent to the emotional growth and challenges faced by four young Catholic schoolboys. In meeting clandestinely to read the classic play together, these boys are invited to examine, not only the insightful brilliance of the Bard, but also the rigidity of their lives. Perceptions and understanding are upended as play-acting turns serious and universal truths emerge.
Day drinking strangers in a Tennessee honky-tonk discover that they have a lot more in common than they ever could have imagined. A cosmic and comic exploration of love and/or marriage is built around twenty-two of Hall of Famer Paul Overstreet's greatest songs, including Forever and Ever, Amen, andWhen You Say Nothing at All. This World Premiere musical goes straight to the heart of what it means to fall in (and out) of love, with the play's characters designed to give voice to disparate perspectives, from I'd Choose You Again to (You Are the Reason We're) Not Going to Make It. No matter what brings them all together to hash it out on a Wednesday afternoon, nobody leaves unchanged.
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.
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.
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?
Become Your Own Hero
What happens when Princess University get's shut down for mandatory re-glitterfication? They crash SuperHero Academy of course! Find out what happens when the SuperHeroes have to share their space with Princesses in this all new, original Creating Arts Company Mini Musical! Be a part of the action as the SuperHeroes teach the Princesses how to be SuperHeroes and the Princesses teach the SuperHeroes how to be royalty! Watch as the Princesses are transformed right before your very eyes into their very own unique Super Hero and the SuperHeroes are transformed into royalty! With lots of audience interaction, singing and dancing this one hour show is perfect for the entire family!
Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after twenty-two years in the suburbs. As Kate tells Greg: "The dog phase of my life is definitely over." But life has a way of giving you what you think you don't want. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to hilarious and touching effect. Presented in the Studio Theatre of the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. Seating is limited. (Due to adult themes and content, this play is not suited for young audiences.)
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.
As a seductive and sexy play, TATS: The Experience literally is a live performing arts experience, complete with acting, dancing, shadow puppetry, an original score, body art, and more.
Body art is not new, but this play's treatment of it as theatrical fodder is entirely unique and original. The play explores 16 characters (played by 7 actors) who have each experienced tattoos in a variety of ways. Through the use of multiple theatrical mediums, we learn their dramatic, tragic, and often humorous stories, and come to an understanding of what makes body art such a complicated and uniquely human art form.
Audience members will have an immersive experience, beginning with an opening night VIP Premiere Party created by FINCH Events including swag bags, a Tattoo Wall, and an opportunity for an onscreen interview.
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.
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 Time Out NY Critics' Pick written by Billy Mitchell, Villain: DeBlanks is an uproarious improvisational comedy where the cast says words you put in their mouths! The audience provides nouns, adjectives, and verbs (the wilder, the better), and the actors provide the laughs —uncensored and unrehearsed—as they enact the story of Philip DeBlanks' untimely demise. It's "Clue" meets adult "Mad Libs," performed by some of the funniest people in show biz. Like a ride to summer camp in the back of a station wagon, this hilarious performance will be ridiculously one-of-a-kind.
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!"
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!"
Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, "come to real life" in a classically Wild Kratts story. Off "To the Creature Rescue!" the Emmy nominated Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal 'wow facts' the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach's clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.
Wild Kratts Live! is created for the stage by the imaginative minds of Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt from Zooboomafoo, Kratt's Creatures and Be the Creature. The Kratt Brothers' national tours draw tens of thousands of creature-crazy kids and their families and the not-for-profit Kratt Brothers Creature Hero Society, together with kids, has successfully protected critical wildlife habitats through the creation of nature reserves.
This is a funny and moving two-character bittersweet comedy concerning a son who seeks out the father he never met. The father, a retired umpire and baseball fanatic, thinks his newfound son's arrival has put his team on a winning streak. The son, in seeking out his father, is on a personal mission to find clues to his current troubles by discovering his past.
Zulu Time - Testosterone and jet aviation fuel can be a lethal mix—according to Zulu Time, a poignant and startlingly original drama set on an American aircraft carrier during the civil rights era. A Navy pilot's refusal to apologize for voicing an urge to bomb the Watts rioters threatens to ignite mutiny on a warship headed for Vietnam…and awakens ghosts from the carrier's past battles. While the play is in part an insider's often ribald chronicle (written by a Navy pilot) on how men and machines are readied for war, it is also a poetic and insightful revelation about the deadly but intricately beautiful ballet orchestrated on the decks of a vessel of stupefying power.