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Can we find redemption? Whatever happened to Abigail Williams? It's 1702, a decade after The Crucible's infamous seductress danced with the devil in Salem. Imagining the destiny of the immortal stage villain who cried "Witch!," this thrilling next chapter by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Fox's Glee, Broadway's Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark) finds Abigail living under an assumed name in a village far from Salem, trying to start afresh. But now her past is about to catch up with her.
A tumble down a rabbit's hole leads Alice to a curious playground filled with fantastic characters. With the help of a Cheshire Cat Alice must find her way home and discover who she really is. Parents will love sharing this childhood story adapted from the whimsical tale by Lewis Carroll with their children.
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.
The two-time TONY Award-winning hit musical American Idiot, based on Green Day's GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day's album American Idiot, as well as several songs from follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.
Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Michael is called back home to attend familial responsibilities, and Johnny's attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day's groundbreaking album to execute the story line.
35 years ago, Cathy (Felicity Huffman) killed two police officers after inciting an act of anarchy. Now, she comes face to face with her parole officer, Ann (Rebecca Pidgeon), for the last time. This 70 minute, thought-provoking play comes to a head as Ann seeks a sign of true rehabilitation or at the very least regret, while Cathy bargains to be set free.
Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross) and LA Drama Critics Circle Nominated Director/Producer Marja-Lewis Ryan (One In The Chamber) team up with Academy Award Nominee Felicity Huffman and Film Critics Award Winner Rebecca Pidgeon for a truly special six-week run.
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.
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.
Within war-torn Baghdad, lives a tiger – a wild, captive beast within a man-made cage. Through the power of theatrical imagination, we are allowed a peek inside the mind of this quick-witted and well-spoken "animal," as the lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by the mayhem surrounding them in the midst of war. Violence, anger, greed, forgiveness, and redemption are examined in funny, touching, and insightful exchanges between man and beast; the living and the dead. Rajiv Joseph's groundbreaking new American play explores both the power and the perils of human nature, the search for freedom, and the existence of the after-life.
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.
Tony Award winning director and Geffen Playhouse alumni John Rando helms this brilliant new family comedy from Pulitzer nominee Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros.
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.
In a new dramatic comedy from Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright, Lynn Nottage, this funny yet thoughtful play draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take an insightful look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. Based on a true story, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark is a journey through the life of an African-American maid and actress and her relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood starlet. Jumping from a low-rent apartment to a Hollywood Mansion, from 1930s show-biz to a 21st Century historical seminar, racial imagery and cinematic fame have never been more entertaining.
CarneyMagic<>i/ is a theatre show that blends mind-blowing sleight of hand with intelligence, taste, and wit, into a unique evening of pure entertainment. This is definitely NOT your typical "magic" show. Carney's approach is smart, engaging, and often hilarious. Pin-balling between jaunty comedic riffs and astonishing sleight of hand, Carney will have you reeling with his hilarious audience participation segments, as well as his embodiment of multiple characters. He's not like any magician you've seen before. You won't see any big boxes, tigers, dancing girls, or lasers. Just a quirky, likable guy, cracking-wise and doing some pretty a
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.
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.
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?
With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Cinderella combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists.
More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairy tale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.
Welcome to John's life. Having taken a break from his relationship with his somewhat controlling boyfriend, John has managed to fall in love with someone else… a woman. In this edgy, raw, and witty look at a new kind of love triangle, Mike Bartlett tackles the concepts of sexual identity, commitment, self-knowledge, and family obligations in a way never before seen on stage. In this intensely gritty and naturalistic production four actors will introduce you to the pain of finding out who and what we all might be and the importance, or lack thereof, of a definition of love, lust, and need. 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Bill Norton heads west after getting news his father, the owner of the Bar N Ranch, has died in an accident. When Bill arrives in town he is met with laughter, thanks to his Eastern hat and tailored suit, and the news that the ranch is not his.
Flat broke, he gets a job washing dishes for the new owner of the Bar N. But he soon finds things don't add up, cattle are missing and there are many unanswered questions about his dad's death. When Bill starts probing for the truth he finds more than pots and pans aimed in his direction!
"Confessions of a Mormon Boy" has played off Broadway, across the country and internationally including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London's West End. This critically acclaimed solo play is Fales' hilarious, harrowing and inspiring true story of extremes from perfect Mormon boy to perfect rent boy and how he found a middle ground reclaiming his kids and "Donny Osmond" smile. Based on original direction by Tony Award Winner Jack Hofsiss ("The Elephant Man").
In the 1950s, the bloody generations-long conflict between the Irish Republican Army and England became even more incendiary when various IRA splinter groups began a campaign of terror against civilian targets, a decision that was even felt here in America, especially in the heavily Irish Philadelphia neighborhood known as Corktown.
Corktown '57 is a powerful drama about an Irish-American family torn apart by the conflict. When the family patriarch learns he has only six months to live, he hatches a scheme to regain his status in the eyes of the Irish Republican movement. But his plan soon spirals out of control and toward tragedy. See this explosive new drama at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.
When Detective Terry Lane is called in to solve a case, it must be a tough one.
But when all evidence of this new murder points to a killer who has been pronounced dead for days, Detective Lane finds himself being pursued…
Will he catch the killer? Or become part of the walking dead?
Willy Loman has become the quintessential image of the traveling salesman, forever chasing his dream of success, but always falling short of true contentment and happiness. Presented in a series of dreamlike flashbacks, we see the failing philosophy of Willy's life, even as he stubbornly hangs onto the need to be liked. Seeing his failed dreams reflected back from his sons, his hopes and regrets are shared by everyone who has questioned life choices. This is truly a thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty by one of the true masters of American Drama.
A sketch comedy show featuring from some of the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater's best performers and writers, following Death Valley Tween Fest, a poorly-planned youth music and entertainment festival in the middle of the desert.
On the surface, Michael and Eden are a solid pair with a bright future. When their beloved dog Jock grows unexpectedly violent - chewing through furniture, biting people, killing another dog - the strength of the couple's relationship is tested. Inadvertently drawn in as accomplices to their canine's crimes, Michael and Eden find themselves telling a series of increasingly complex lies to another couple, Nicole and Bill, whose small pup is Jock's latest casualty. But every dog will have his day, and it's only a matter of time before the truth, like a buried bone, is dug up and laid bare.
The mystery wasn't what happened; the mystery was why. Inspired by the real-life failed bombing attempt of an El Al flight in 1986, this play centers around an Israeli agent's desperate search for the truth as he interrogates an Englishwoman and her Arab lover. Who put the bomb on the plane and why? Deceptions and manipulations abound in what the New York Times calls, "A mystery wrapped in a love story — or the other way around."
Sex, ...lies, ...and money. a true story of false profits.
2001 saw the biggest corporate bankruptcy in history to date, and then the real story unraveled: political influence, money laundering, sex, intrigue, ...and in this case, ...music, dance, three blind mice and raptors too. Finance at this level is truly, ...electric!
Sex, Lies, and Money, a true story of false profits! ENRON follows the astounding rise and fall of the Enron Corporation and of it's charismatic leader, Jeffrey Skilling. The Texas-based energy company ascended to great heights (and a staggering stock price) before declaring bankruptcy in 2001 amid one of the largest financial scandals in history. Focusing on the transformation of the company's president Jeffrey Skilling—from intelligent schlub to charismatic leader—the show illuminates how the whole mess unfurled. If you've ever wondered how Enron managed to deceive its 20,000 employees, Wall Street, and the public, it's all razzle-dazzle; and ENRON wickedly lights the way.
With Entropy, Bill Robens has once again applied his comic gift to another significant period in history when the women's rights movement was coming to the forefront, the arms race between the USSR and US was exploding, and all the traditional values from the 50s were making way for a new era. Against this backdrop a team of US astronauts take off on a secret mission that will take them on a journey of universal discoveries and hilarious insights on the power of photosynthesis and love.
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.
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.
Guided by the whimsical ghost of her Holocaust survivor grandfather, Sarah Klein clumsily struggles to emerge from her mid-twenties as more than just the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. Saddled by an overbearing mother, an unappreciative boyfriend and an overly competitive sister, Sarah must define her unique place in the world, face her fears, embrace her roots, and of course, grow a pair of...wings.
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.
It's 1990, and ''Gus's Fashions & Shoes'' is the hippest clothing store downtown. Gangstas, cops, everybody shops at Gus's. With a crazy cast of characters, including Gus, his son Matty, a narcotics detective, an aspiring rapper, and Jimmy, the little person with a big old imagination -- Gus's Fashions & Shoes is as hilarious as it is combustible. From the writer/director of Cops and Friends of Cops, comes this play about the family you're born into, the family you choose, and the difficulties of navigating each.
Florida is a hell hole. Literally. The devil has retired to Florida and is running amuck, as if the humidity, hurricanes and bugs weren't enough! This original comedic play premiers at Second City Hollywood.
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.
Manic. Impossibly creative. Dead of an overdose at 33. Gonzo journalist Lester Bangs was America's greatest rock critic and the first missionary of the movement he dubbed "punk." His faith was shattered as the rebel ethos of the '70s gave way to the corporate pop of the '80s. Through his own words, this solo play sheds light on a groundbreaking, pioneering voice in music.
The Bryant family reunion takes a comedic turn when the middle son brings home his Swedish boyfriend and tosses him into a stew of family dysfunctions. Race, sexuality and religion are on the menu as Modern Family meets Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in this "timely and important American play" (Chicago Tribune), directed by Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad.
Filled with world-class magic, fantastic story-telling, audience participation and incredible live music by Celine Dion's concert cellist, this intimate performance weaves original, thought-provoking illusions, wit, humor, and dazzling live music together with an entertaining theatrical twist.
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!
"Charlie Chaplin for the 21st century" says the Charleston City Paper! Ithamar Enriquez (The Second City, Arrested Development, The League, Key and Peele, Jimmy Kimmel Live) performs a one-man sketch show without saying a single word. Currently being developed into a web series produced by Maker Studios, Principato-Young Entertainment and Key and Peele.
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice springs to life when the author re-imagines the world of her novel. As the compelling love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy unfolds, Austen learns to see both the story and herself in a new light.
The Las Virgenes Unified School District is proud to announce that Jason Alexander will headline the 2015 Gala Fundraiser to Benefit the LVUSD Performing Arts. Mr. Alexander will premiere his new one-man show, Other People's Stories, with Musical Direction by Todd Schroeder. Mr. Alexander will present a fun-filled evening of story songs, comedy, improvisation, magic and audience participation. The concert will be followed by an exclusive, invitation-only Donor reception.
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.
A voyage of solitude and tenacity…from the mountains of Guatemala to the streets of Los Angeles. This remarkable true story chronicles the journey of Lorenzo, an 11-year-old K'iche Mayan homeless orphan, from Guatemala City to Los Angeles. With the help of Ofelia, a tortilla maker escaping an abusive relationship, the lively duo brave many dangers in a 13-month epic trek while attempting to cross two borders. Like millions of migrants facing dangers and predators of all sorts, will their optimism and will carry them to a better life?
Last Train To Nibroc begins in the winter of 1940 when Raleigh and May are forced to share a seat on a crowded train headed east - an event that changes the path of both of their lives forever. Raleigh, a recently discharged flyboy who dreams of becoming a writer, and May, a young woman set on becoming a missionary, meet and discover that they grew up mere miles from each other in Kentucky. The possibility of romance emerges, and the two imagine going to the Nibroc festival together in May's hometown. But they are thwarted by their own natures and by circumstances.
Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.
The world's most popular musical finally makes its Musical Theatre West premiere. Based on the Victor Hugo novel, this epic, spectacular triumph set during the French Revolution tells the story of escaped convict Jean Valjean and his flight from Inspector Javert. Includes the songs "A Little Fall of Rain," "Stars," "Do You Hear the People Sing," and "One Day More.
Come join us in the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale of the teenage mermaid who falls in love with a human prince. She is willing to give up her life under the sea to become a human but finds out making a deal with the sea witch can lead to trouble!
The World Premiere of LOOPHOLES, A Pain in the I.R.S. A musical parody based on a true story! Directed by Kiff Scholl
Loopholes is the ultimate David and Goliath story of a man who, despite having his entire net worth threatened, actually uncovered loopholes - allowing him to have the last laugh at the United States' most hated government agency, the IRS! Join us for the fun!
The Group Rep presents the world premiere musical Love Again, book by Doug Haverty, music by Adryan Russ, lyrics by Russ and Haverty, directed by Kay Cole, features a series of three engaging musical playlets, each with its own storyline about making difficult choices in love with a brand new pop/Broadway score from the creative team of the well-received Off-Broadway hit Inside Out.
Makin' a Movie is a high energy, hilarious improvised comedy show featuring The Mad JaCKRaTS. Using a suggestion from the audience, they tell a story full of plot twists, crazy characters and spontaneous moments that will have you falling out of your seat with laughter. It's creative and witty comedy. You might think it's scripted, but it's not- it's 100% on the fly!
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence beyond her years. Unloved by her ghastly parents and bullied by her evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, she resorts to using her special gifts to get by, in the process impressing her kind schoolteacher, Miss Honey, with her curiosity and charm.
Over the course of her first term at school, Miss Honey and Matilda begin to have a profound effect on each other's lives, learning that destiny is in your hands!
Five-time Grammy-winning singer/ songwriter Michael McDonald has been thrilling us with his distinctively soulful style for four decades. From Doobie Brothers classics such as "What a Fool Believes" to solo hits like "I Keep Forgettin'" and his Motown covers, McDonald's songs have emotional immediacy and a laid-back groove. At the heart of it, there is that rich, husky voice that carries the ache of unrequited love.
Spring, 1940. Mickey and Worm are best pals and partners in grifting, gambling, and all kinds of shady deals. Mickey is a failed boxer who took a fall for a big payoff; Worm is the brains to Mickey's brawn, but is tired of scraping by for a living and wants a regular job. Night club singer Maddy is Mickey's long-time moll, but she's got aspirations for Broadway -- and even a chance to pursue her dream, if she's willing to leave Mickey for Lou, a rich and shady night club owner. Giselle, a seemingly innocent young nightclub singer, is more a femme fatale than anyone suspects and becomes intertwined amongst them all. Lou has a fortune in cash ripe for the picking and somebody is going to get it -- leaving some dead, some disappointed, and some a whole lot richer..
Desert Ensemble Theatre concludes its 4th season with a two-weekend run of Miss Gulch Returns!, Fred Barton's cabaret cult classic about the feisty Kansas spinster from The Wizard of Oz. Award-winning Palm Springs musical comedian Jerome Elliott stars. Tony Padilla is Director, Charlie Creasy is Music Director, and Michael Holmes of The Judy Show adds his unique perspective as Associate Director.
Fred Barton premiered Miss Gulch Returns! in 1984 to national press, winning a 1985 Back Stage Bistro Award for Musical Comedy Performance, and played long runs in New York's cabarets followed by engagements around the country. The 1986 recording remains a popular seller, almost 30 years after its initial release.
Jerome Elliott's critically acclaimed cabaret shows have played in New York (The Duplex), Los Angeles (M Bar), Seattle (Egan's Ballard Jam House and Julia's on Broadway), and San Diego (The Chapel Venue). He makes frequent appearances in Palm Springs clubs and theaters.
More than just a Broadway show, Motown: The Musical is an incredible look back at the country's most loved genre and the music that transformed America.
Filled with the back stories of legends such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and a whole host of the motor city's favourite stars, and featuring billboard busting classics like 'My Girl' and 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', this is an uplifting show about how Motown broke down barriers and got us all dancing to the same rhythm!
Motown: The Musical follows writing impresario and founder of the Motown label, Berry Gordy as he fights against the odds to turn his improbable dream into all singing, all dancing reality. Adapted from Berry's own 1994 autobiography, 'To Be Loved', this is an incredible walk down memory lane, as we see how Smokey got his honey toned voice and how Diana found fame, amongst 50 classic songs that are guaranteed to keep you dancing all night long.
One long night in a grungy chain hotel room near O'Hare Airport is enough to make anyone question their aspirations in life, but for middle-aged flight attendants Beth and Sam, it's just part of a never-ending layover that goes with the job. When Beth's 18-year-old pot dealer shows up in full prom gear in the parking lot offering a new perspective, she begins to doubt her twilight existence between time zones. Mud Blue Sky is a comedy about how the small kindnesses we afford each other can inspire us to grab onto life before it flies by.
Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney and the writer is killed … fatally. With the nearest detective an hour away, Marcus jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills — with the help of his silent partner, Lou. Everyone is a suspect in Murder For Two, a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist. One actor investigates the crime. The other plays all the suspects. And they both play the piano.
In Athol Fugard's tale of friendship and racial tension, a schoolmaster in a small South African township describes hope as "a dangerous animal." Can he combine the talents of a black male student with a white female student on an educational journey in the midst of apartheid?
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.
The Out Crowd is a night of one-act plays that takes place at Eaglerock High. Each play explores the many students who live on the fringes of this offbeat public high school and the everyday issues they encounter, such as cyber bullying, weight struggles, and finding their place in the world.
The play's proceeds will benefit My Friend's Place- a homeless youth charity which helps LA's homeless young people to live self-sufficient lives.
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.
The fantastic story includes shipwrecks, pirates, a king who uses the skulls of his victims as interior design, an abandoned baby, and a knight in rusted armor fighting for love. At every turn, Pericles confronts events both grotesque and miraculous as his long and brilliant history unfolds. This is one of Shakespeare's strangest plays and includes adult themes and situations.
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!
An extraordinary gathering of young idealists live above a vegan restaurant in NYC. Billy, Dawn, Dear and Wyatt are an extended sexual family battling their fears and addictions in order to live their utopian dream. Pied Pipers is a celebration of love and the search for human grandness, and what happens when bohemian paradise begins to crumble.
SHE's BACK! Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe—a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure a way out of this predicament.
What happens when the worlds strongest girl, Pippi Longstocking and her father set sail on the seven seas? Why, an interactive, sea-fairing pirate adventure like no-other! With the help of her faithful friends, Lila Guben, Mr. Nelson and You, Pippi must find a way to hide her secret treasure map and save her entire ship from greedy pirates! Climb aboard for this non-stop, action packed fun show that is perfect for ages three and up and the entire family!
Charlie Duff's nightly newscast makes him a voice to be heard, so why isn't his teenage son listening? When an on-air prayer for his father goes viral, Duff finds himself at the center of a firestorm over God's place in the newsroom. When his prayers turn prophetic, Duff suddenly has the power to reach everyone — except his own son. Stephen Belber's sharp new play asks if there is anything more vital than the faith we have in one another.
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.
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!
Recorded In Hollywood - The Musical is the true and fascinating story of legendary Los Angeles music producer John Dolphin. A well-respected and successful black businessman, record label owner, and music producer well before Motown ever existed. In 1948 he opened his World Famous Dolphin's Of Hollywood Record Shop on legendary Central Avenue in South Los Angeles, the music mecca on the west coast, but his contributions to music and the formative years of Rock'n'Roll have often been overlooked. Based on the book Recorded In Hollywood: The John Dolphin Story, the new musical features 13 original songs to match the musical era of the 1950s, as well as some hit cover songs associated with the story.
Half Baptist, half Muslim and totally boy crazy, Melanie is blazing through relationships like a misguided missile. Some of her concerns include: (a) how to locate testicles, (b) men with Asian Fetish, and (c) her eggs dying.
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.
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.
Serial Killers is a competitive series that pits five 10-minute plays against one another.
Five stories. Five cliffhangers. Only three can continue.
Amateurs by Drew Chappell, directed by Travis K Donnelly
Birds of a Together, Feathers Flying by Varag Kamali, directed by Ryan Hawke East
Girl Problems by Lexi Hauser, directed by Lexi Hauser
The Bartender by Carlos De La Torre, directed by Carlos De La Torre
Viewpoints by Travis K Donnelly, directed by Travis K Donnelly
We've all fallen in love. We've all lusted in one form or another. We've all had loss.
Now, experience the raw, open wounds of one man as he retraces the remains of his shattered romantic history and tries to use what he discovers to try and right his own ship.
Drunk and lonely in a quiet Los Angeles dive bar, this man will be visited by the memories of his past. They will remind him of his romanticism and his kindness. He will be confronted with the horrors of rejection and betrayal. He will see the effects of his own inability to respect the ones who truly would have done anything for him. And he will have to confront the cruel irony that when he was ready to change his ways, the women he was dating, apparently, weren't.
But with any luck, he will find a way to erase these horrible memories, to start again. To live. To breath. And even to love again.
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.
Sharon Tate in Heaven is a one woman odyssey about model and international actress Sharon Tate who made a life in hollywood with her husband Roman Polanski.
At this juncture of August 1969, Sharon Tate has a TV interview in heaven to give a Valentine of love to her husband and loved ones.
Average Agnes is finally leaving her childhood home following the death of her totally weird sister, Tilly. When she stumbles upon Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, Agnes embarks in an action-packed adventure to discover more about her sister than she previously cared to know. A high-octane comedy fraught with hostile fairies, randy ogres and '90s pop culture, She Kills Monsters is a heart-pounding homage to the bad ass and geek within us all.
Brooklyn-born Jonathan Waxman is a rising star on the art scene, with a waiting list of art collectors lining up to buy paintings he hasn't even done yet, and he's just arrived in London for his first European show. The pressure is enough to make him … escape to find his first love and muse.
If to live is to suffer, then Joseph Douaihy is more alive than most.
With unexplained chronic pain and the fate of his reeling family on his shoulders, Joseph's health, sanity, and insurance premium are on the line. In an age when modern medicine has a cure for just about everything, Sons of the Prophet is the funniest play about human suffering you're likely to see.
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."
Based on Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 expressionist play and featuring an electrifying score, Spring Awakening follows the lives of a group of adolescents as they navigate their journey from adolescence to adulthood in a fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. Deaf West Theatre's innovative new production of the Tony Award-winning musical - performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English by a cast of 25 - was heralded as an "emotional triumph" by the Los Angeles Times and enjoyed a sold-out engagement at downtown L.A.'s Rosenthal Theatre in the fall of 2014.
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.
From the brilliant mind of Stephen Sondheim comes the twisted story of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Sweeney Todd is the portrait of what a normal man may become if stripped of his wife, his daughter, his rights and his dignity. In a world of fanaticism and terror, it is a cautionary tale, not only for the individual, but for society as a whole.
Acclaimed novelist Patricia Highsmith is racing to finish her latest thriller when an attractive young man interrupts her work. When might the publishers expect the next anticipated addition to her sinister "Mr. Ripley" series? The author's real-life dry humor and macabre imagination meet with this mysterious character's own darkly seductive agenda in this gripping new play – leaving you breathless through its very final chapter.
In this original Geffen Playhouse commission, Joanna Murray-Smith (The Female of the Species), with her unique brand of humor and mystery, brings to life this literary giant best known for Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
With side-splitting humor and raw power, performance artist Joshua Silverstein returns to Greenway to deliver an explosive mix of storytelling, spoken word, vocal percussion, and hip-hop. Backed by a live band, Silverstein layers a series of playful and riveting narratives—full of humor, humanity, and wit—grounded in personal experience, and nuanced by the complexities and contradictions surrounding race, gender and, poverty in America. Plus, he reveals what it would have been like if Buster Keaton could beatbox AND explains why he's the ideal biracial Batman. Boom!
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!
Forget Broadway, and bring in the broads, it's Master Thenardier's turn!
A Few Other Things:
• No admittance under 21, this show features adult content.
• Doors open at 7PM for cocktails and live music.
• Dress in your finest French Revolutionary fashion, and receive a drink.
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.
Bill has just moved from the city to a new condo in the suburbs, and is awaiting the arrival of his furniture and his (unfaithful) wife. He meets Jack, a brash, irreverent, and divorced neighbor who drops by for a visit and simply will not leave. In this off-beat comedy by the author of The House of Yes, two regular guys form an unlikely bond as they debate the meaning of marriage, commitment, and mortality.
Wade Bradford's take on The Three Musketeers is a swashbuckling romp filled with intrigue, action, mirth, and mayhem! Set in 17th century France, this re-imagining of the Dumas classic takes place before D'Artagnan. It's the tale of three new recruits who begin as bitter rivals and transform into lifelong friends. Fast paced and funny, The Three Musketeers is the perfect theatrical adventure for the family.
A lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a house full of dogs, cats, and Febreze and Daddy's .38 special. These are just some of the ingredients in a delicious and magical stew of stories about a singular childhood in Grady County, written and performed by Lucy Alibar, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of the hit film Beasts Of The Southern Wild. See a landscape you won't soon forget.
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 Play about Love, Betrayal, and Forgiveness in Relationships.
Winner of the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered off-Broadway, Violet features a score of show-stopping anthems ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel from one of most vibrant composers of modern musical theatre - Jeanine Tesori. On a cross-country bus trip in search of a minister to heal her scarred face, one woman discovers the true meaning of beauty, courage and love. With its powerful story Violet has astounded critics and audiences alike making it one of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the '90s.
Written by one of England's leading writers for young audiences, Walking the Tightrope is a sweet and funny story of a grandfather who, while trying to tell his five-year-old granddaughter that Grandma is gone, goes about building a beautiful new relationship with her.
Waterfall is an epic love story, set in Bangkok and Tokyo between the turbulent years of 1933 and 1939, as a monarchy falls in Thailand and Japan moves to the brink of war. A young Thai student falls in love with the American wife of a Thai diplomat, and the story of their forbidden love parallels history as the new democracy of Siam moves into the vortex of the increasingly anti-American Japan. With a gloriously romantic score, Waterfall is a modern love story of timeless scale.
Women on Time presents seven original short plays, featuring funny, moving and provocative moments with women -- from suffragettes to corporate execs -- as they navigate through an American century.
Produced by 5inaHive – award-winning actors, writers and directors producing theatre by and about women – the world premiere of Women on Time stars Joanna Miles, Julie Janney and Kimberly Alexander, who bring to life 21 unforgettable characters in an acting tour de force.
Wonderful," "The Man That Got Away," "Long Ago And Far Away," "A Foggy Day," "I Got Rhythm," and many more, the other half of the famous Gershwin duo guides us on a trip through some of the greatest American songs ever written. Insights and tales about his legendary collaborations all frame this fascinating and inspiring evening of music and theatre.