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Veteran singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie's career exploded in 1967 with Alice's Restaurant, whose title song helped foster a new commitment to social awareness and activism. Celebrating a half-century since that album, Guthrie continues to walk to his own beat as he relives those classic songs and shares anecdotes from a life campaigning for social justice.
Almost, Maine, a town that's so far north, it's almost not in the United States – It's almost in Canada. And it almost doesn't exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So, it's just…Almost. One Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees bruised. Hearts broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. Almost, Maine: It's love. But not quite.
Director Martin Papazian leads his ensemble and audiences through the story of nine couples falling in and out of love in this beautifully poetic and magical love story.
Louis Pearl is The Amazing Bubble Man. Utilizing many devices of his own invention, he has been thrilling audiences around the world for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. He has performed to more than one million people, including royalty and celebrities, in hundreds of cities across the USA and around the world. He is a favorite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he has enjoyed six years of sold-out shows. The show combines comedy and artistry with plenty of audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep every child and adult mesmerized.
"One of the Ten Best New Year's Eve Events in LA" raves LA Weekly. A scrumptious and sumptuous complimentary buffet supper starts off the event, then "on with the show!" as renowned Actors' Repertory Theatre brings you an all-new family-friendly Rudie-DeCarlo musical revue, with prizes, sing-a-longs, dancing, humor and other delights culled from 5 decades of Playhouse productions. From 40s jazz to country rock, from Jewish patter songs to romantic ballads, this show has it all! With champagne, non-alcoholic sparkling juice, hats, noisemakers and prizes, it's a not-to-be-missed New Year's Eve. "A company that knows what its audience expects from an evening of theatre!" (L.A. TIMES). The late show features a midnight meet 'n' greet with the cast. The early show is perfect for the entire family to celebrate together and still get the kids to bed at a reasonable hour.
A dazzling piece of silk from Pierre Caron de Beaumarchais. Dr. Bartholo, the old physician, entraps his ward, the beautiful Rosina, conniving to wed her for her fortune. Enter the humble and handsome Count Almaviva and his mischievous servant Figaro. Will she marry him, or will she marry the old fart? I wonder!
This side-splitting homage of the disaster films of the 1970's, employs some of the most memorable pop, rock and disco hits of the 70's, including "Hot Stuff," "I Am Woman," "Knock On Wood," "Daybreak," "Signed, Sealed Delivered" and more.
The one name on everybody's lips is BILLY.
Billy Elliot The Musical is the new show that has captured Broadway's heart and received the best reviews for any musical in years. Called 'Extraordinarily uplifting' by Time Out New York and 'Intoxicating' by The New York Times, Billy Elliot is a joyous, exciting and feel-good celebration of one boy following his heart and making his dreams come true.
Based on the critically acclaimed feature film, Billy Elliot is brought to life by the movie's original creative team - director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall - along with music legend Elton John, who has written what the New York Post calls 'His Best Score Yet!'
Following the internationally acclaimed sold-out engagements on Broadway and London's West End, theatre legend, Oscar-recipient and five-time Tony Award® winner Angela Lansbury returns to the stage this winter in her Tony Award® winning role as Madame Arcati, in Michael Blakemore's revival of Noël Coward's smash-hit comedy play, Blithe Spirit.
Researching for his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. While consumed in a trance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles' dead wife Elvira. Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles' new wife Ruth. Now if he wants his latest marriage to stand a GHOST of a chance, he'd better conjure up a solution quickly. One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air – who will win in Coward's unworldly comedy?
Don't miss what the Daily Telegraph hails as "a comedy that startles and delights! This is a tour de force that will glow in the memory of all who see it!" Wit... Style... Laughter... Why, it's the most spirited comedy you've seen in years.
Bob's Holiday Office Party - L.A.'s most "hilariously deranged" (Los Angeles Times) seasonal tradition is back for its 19th year! Every year, insurance agent Bob Finhead's whacked out friends and clients stop by his small-town Iowa office for their annual holiday bash. The town mayor, the sheriff, the twin farmers, the stoner, the town floozy and the pastor's wife have already RSVPed for this year's event. But Bob has dreams of a bigger life and wants to escape their narrow-minded thinking. Will he be able to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional inventor and move to the big city, or will he come to realize how much he is the heart and soul of the town? Will any of this matter once the party stars, the bickering and fighting begins, and the drinks hit the floor?
In this inspiring true story, Oded Yosef Kassirer journeys from the deserts of Israel and the Israeli military to the tree-lined suburbs of Los Angeles. On his way, he deals with coming out, relationships, his family and friends, his inner-demons, and finding love in the most unlikely of places. Join us on this journey as Oded faces love, mortality and acceptance, just like the rest of us, in a tour-de-force performance that is both riveting and emotionally-charged. Because no matter who you are, or where you come from, we all deserve a Chapter 2.
From its infamous roots in the pantheon of terror, you've never seen a musical quite like this.
Twenty-five years after its spellbinding premiere shocked critics and audiences from London to New York, Carrie, the most legendary Broadway musical of all time, comes to Los Angeles for the very first time.
Based on the acclaimed horror novel by Stephen King, and featuring a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame) Carrie spins an epic tale of torment and revenge.
A misfit at school, terrorized by her holier-than-thou mother at home, 17 year old Carrie White, nonetheless, has a secret. And when a prank at the high school prom goes horribly wrong, they'll all find out just how scary a secret can be...
"...Sucking-pigs, wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters..." Parson's Nose's annual celebration of the English language when we revel in Dickens' own words, the delicious description of Victorian London we skimmed in high school but now can enjoy over a cup of wine or cocoa. "Scrooge lived in a gloomy suite of rooms, in a lowering pile of a building up a yard where it had so little business to be that one could scarcely help fancying it must have run there when it was a young house, playing at hide and seek with other houses, and forgotten the way out again."
A Reader's Theater Series Production
Sports stadiums, eminent domain, Cuban outfielders and the fight for what's best for the City of Angels — it's time for a return to The Ravine. Celebrating 30 years of theatremaking, Culture Clash — Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza — delivers new insights with their signature satirical eye as they perform their revised take on Chavez Ravine twelve years after its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. Energized with new material and music from The Rodarte Brothers, Culture Clash returns to one of their most beloved plays and reexamines the constantly changing landscape of Los Angeles in the still Wild West.
Experience the action packed adventure of the story of the magical flying car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! When eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts fixes up a car that his two children, Jeremy and Jemima, want him to save from the junk man he soon realizes it's not just a car but a phantasmagorical machine. With the help of Truly Scrumptious, Caractacus and his children climb aboard Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to rescue Grandpa Potts from the evil Baron Bomburst and find out teamwork and a magical car will work every time!
One of Creating Arts Company's Jr. Broadway series shows designed for children ages ten and up and their families. This show runs one hour and forty-five minutes with a ten minute intermission.
Returning for its third incarnation at Long Beach Playhouse, this quick-paced, highly theatrical re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic tale of sin and redemption will delight the entire family. In nineteenth century England, the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future show tight-fisted miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, the poverty of his material wealth and the blessings that come with generosity. Can they convince him to change before it's too late? This production will be the Christmas party needed to set you and your loved ones on the path to holiday cheer.
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group proudly presents their all-new fun and wildly turbo-charged version of the famous Charles Dickens' classic celebrating Holiday Spirit and Redemption. Starring Sebastian Munoz as Scrooge, and featuring our infamously-fabulous Steam Punk Chorus! Directed by Denise Devin.
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.
In a side-splitting, historic finale, Barry Humphries, with his beloved creation – Dame Edna Everage, is capping a spectacular career spanning 50 years of bravura showmanship in this farewell to celebratory, sold-out performances across world. With her take-no-prisoners comedy and hijinks, Dame Edna is not going out with a whimper: No one is safe from the Dame's wicked tongue.
Matt can no longer stomach his job, no matter what it pays. And when he concocts a business plan that will earn him millions while helping those in need, he believes he's discovered his new career. So why does everyone think this venture's even viler than the last? A blend of humor, Hendrix, and hard-core porn, Dirty explores whether there's any place for philanthropy in this cutthroat country called home.
After his beloved dog dies, CB searches for an answer to the question of what happens after people – or pets – die. When his friends provide minimal support for his questions, he turns to Beethoven, a reclusive teenager who has been shunned by his peers and whose only solace is his music. The two teenagers strike up a relationship which spirals into something far more intense than either expect, and the events that follow push everyone to their limits.
This is a benefit produced by Cappricielli, Inc. and the Free Your Mind Projects. All net proceeds via ticket sales and crowd sourcing will be donated to the Trevor Project, a charity focusing on mental health, anti-bullying, and suicide prevention. This is a guest production on the Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage.
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.
The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
October 7 - November 16, 2014
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater
Written by Scott Carter
Directed by Matt August
Featuring Larry Cedar, David Melville and Armin Shimerman
"This provocative and funny world premiere play is a fascinating insight into the spiritual lives of three of the greatest minds that ever lived." - Theatermania
A Founding Father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary walk into a … stop me if you've heard this one. Thomas Jefferson (yes that one), Charles Dickens (the very same) and Count Leo Tolstoy (who else?) are brought together in a blistering battle of wits for the ages. From Scott Carter (Executive Producer of Real Time with Bill Maher), this whip-smart comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it.
HAIR'itage is an original play about the evolution of the Black Woman's Hair.
The play tells the stories of 6 "Sistah's" and how their hair defined them at certain times in their lives. You may have heard the expression, "Don't touch a black woman's hair" Hair is considered by some women to be their crowning glory. HAIR'itage explores the relationships a black woman has with her hair. The stories are told through scenes, monologues, song and dance
Felder brings to life the remarkable story of Irving Berlin, long thought of as America's composer, who enjoyed 232 Top 10 hits and 25 No. 1 songs. From the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia, to New York's Lower East Side, and ultimately all of the country and the world, Irving Berlin's story epitomizes capturing the American dream.
Featuring the composer's most popular and enduring songs from "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Always," "Blue Skies," "God Bless America," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business," to "White Christmas," and the score of Annie Get Your Gun. Felder's signature creation of character and musical performance will make 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.
Careful the wish you make! Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), a Baker and his Wife must cross paths in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning Into the Woods, a modern twist on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The beloved storybook characters take on startling complexity as they discover wishes come with a price. Witches, wolves, giants and mysterious strangers force the heroes to face the music and look past "Happily Ever After." Oregon Shakespeare Festival's critically-acclaimed new production is a humorous and heartfelt chase through the woods, featuring a 17-member cast and an 18-member orchestra performing such unforgettable songs as No One Is Alone, Children Will Listen and Giants in the Sky.
Conceived as a companion pieces by James McClure, Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star, constitutes two one acts, a full evening of thought provoking and hilarious theatre.
In Laundry And Bourbon, the action centers on the discontent and very funny gossip of three small-town wives whose marriages have turned out to be less than was hoped for. Lone Star takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar. Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and trying to reestablish his position in the community.
Los, Feliz, 90027 is a love letter/spoof to soapy dramas like Nashville, that follows the over-the-top lives of the staff of Rockwell restaurant and bar: the waiters, waitresses and bartenders who are aspiring actors, musicians and...porn stars! 90027 is an experimental format that could be described as "live episodic entertainment".
LOVE, NOËL: THE LETTERS AND SONGS OF NOËL COWARD
December 5 - December 21, 2014
An Entertainment Devised by Barry Day
Starring Harry Groener and Sharon Lawrence
Directed by Jeanie Hackett
Following a sold-out engagement last season, Love, Noël, based on Barry Day's book The Letters of Noël Coward, returns just in time for the holidays, starring Harry Groener (Broadway's Crazy for You, Cats and Oklahoma!) as Noël Coward and Sharon Lawrence ("Rizzoli & Isles", "NYPD Blue") as the many women who came into his life and influenced his work. Love, Noël transforms the Lovelace Studio Theater into an intimate lounge with bar service for an entertaining performance that interweaves the music of Coward and witty letters between his famous friends across the years. Coward's career as a playwright, composer, director, actor and singer spanned six decades. Known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise," his works remain as universal and relevant as ever and continue to influence pop culture today. Cocktails, comedy and Coward!
* Cabaret seating consists of round tables for four, with cocktail service. Premium Seating includes open bar.
When choosing how best to protect a child, the wrong decision can lead to tragedy. Veteran social worker Caroline is determined to do what it takes to save baby Luna Gale, but the path ahead is shadowed by hidden motives, long held secrets and moral ambiguity. Powerful and arresting, Luna Gale is an unforgettable tale of conviction and passion.
"Countess, there was a time when garbage was a pleasure."
Girardoux's love note to the vanishing Paris of la Belle Epoque. A prospector, a baron and a corporate boss find oil beneath the Tour Eiffel and the cafes of Chaillot. How could three eccentric countesses, a ragman and a sewerman possibly make the world safe for lovers?
The talented college-age singers and dancers of the Young Americans are back with The Magic of Christmas, the annual yuletide musical designed to make your season merry. Some 250 Young Americans, performers ages 18-24 from 39 states and 14 countries, come together for this annual production, boasting more than 6,000 costumes and 45-foot high LED walls. This year's spectacular is set to include holiday-themed musical numbers ranging from hip-hopping penguins and dancing Santas to scenes based on the Nutcracker, Polar Express and classical favorites, like Handel's Messiah.
The winds of change blow in when Mary Poppins, nanny extraordinaire, takes a nanny job for the Banks family. While she teaches the children about compassion and understanding, she also teaches their father that quite often the most important things in life are right in front of you. Filled with song and dance, Mary, Bert and the Banks will entertain you while melting your heart.
This is a Creating Arts Company Mini Musical, which is a one hour interactive-cinematic-theatrical-musical experience that is fun for the entire family and will entertain adults as well as children ages 3 and up!
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.
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.
Orphaned and homeless, New York's newsboys live, urchin like, day by day, dreaming of a better life. In the meantime, the popular and charismatic Jack and friends have got more than just dodging juvenile detention centre on his mind. The newspaper editors are inflating their prices, meaning the newsies can?t afford to sell them. Now is the time to pull together, create strength in numbers and protest! Join Jack on the adventure of his life as he finds the courage and the hope to change his destiny!
"You sockdologizing old mantrap!"
Remember in Downton Abbey when the dreadful Canadian is going to take Mary's fortune? Our American Cousin was written in 1852. The American is a big galumphing rube with a heart of gold, and his English hosts are a rapidly declining houseful of eccentrics. The comedy swept America and culminated in a performance in Ford's Theater in Washington D. C. on April 14, one hundred fifty years ago.
Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone in her new concert Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda...played that part performs songs from musicals which she could have played, should have played, did play and will play. The list of shows includes Hair, Bye, Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story and Peter Pan and, of course, from her Tony Award-winning performances in Evita and Gypsy.
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!
Anton Chekhov's The Seagull continues to inspire, bewitch and speak to playwrights, directors, and actors all over the world almost a hundred and twenty years after it was first performed. Taking his cue from the Russian master, David Bucci's Possum Carcass uses The Seagull as a jumping off point but creates something wholly and uniquely his own. A Chekhovian blueprint with a garage rock pulse, a Lower East Side brain, and the timeless, breathtaking ups and hilarious downs of trying to make it as an artist in New York City.
Conrad wants to be a writer with a capital W. He pines for Nina, who pines for stardom. Conrad's mother Mona has already achieved that, as she is a legend of daytime TV. Her paramour, a younger and well established sci-fi writer, Boris, is on the cusp of the big time. Lydia makes videos and sees what nobody else can in Conrad. Except his Uncle Angus, who is a self-taught special effects man.
When Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch, Heat Miser, Snow Miser, Jack Frost and a host of other holiday characters come together in one big holiday extravaganza the entire family is in for a good time! Flash back with all of your favorite holiday special characters and watch your children light up with this fun show that has all your favorite songs and characters.
A Creating Arts Company Original Show that is a one hour interactive-cinematic-theatrical-musical experience that is fun for the entire family, children ages three and up!
A World Premiere Musical
Quirky Barbara spends her life desperate to get in with the popular "Debbies." From first grade through high school, she obsessively attempts to join the coveted social circle of Debbie, Debby and the queen of the WASPY clique, Debbi. After several failed attempts to fit in, she realizes, if you can't join them, kill them. A hilarious and fast moving dark comedy, with original music including songs "21 Ways To Kill A Debbie", Middle School Sucks" and "Price of Popularity".
Cyrano meets The Sopranos in this World Premiere musical! Serrano D'Angelo is a renaissance man - poet, connoisseur of arts…and the enforcer for the Reyo crime family. Don Reyo seeks Serrano's help in educating his nephew Vinnie, a handsome but foul-mouthed young mobster. The goal: to take the "crude" out of Vinnie so he can seduce the beautiful and refined daughter of a judge who sits on a case involving "The Family." If Vinnie succeeds, the judge would be compromised and have to recuse himself from the case; and the next judge in line is owned by the mob. Serrano accepts Don Reyo's challenge only to discover that the judge's daughter is the beautiful Rosanna, the woman with whom Serrano is secretly in love.
An updated version of the classic Grimm fairytale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight is a singing and soaring winter adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with So You Think You Can Dance alumni), a live pony, interaction with the audience and contemporary music from Jessie J's "Domino" to John Legend's "All Of Me," Pharrell Williams "Happy" to Survivor's "Eye of The Tiger" and more. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to everyone from ages 2 – 102!
We Will Rock You this holiday season with the Ovation Award-winning Troubadour Theater Company, as they do a hilarious musical reimagining of this classic fable with the music of the mercurial British rock band. So grab your Somebody To Love and feel the holiday fun of being Under Pressure with the masters of mayhem.
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 perfect sidesplitting comedy for the holiday season, A Tuna Christmas takes audiences to the "third-smallest" town in Texas during the most hectic time of year. Yuletide activities are in full swing as radio personalities from the local station report on hard-hitting issues such as Joe Bob Lipsey's struggling production of A Christmas Carol and the annual lawn display contest with emphasis on the mysterious "Christmas Phantom" notorious for vandalizing the displays.
This two-man show introduces audiences to a myriad of colorful characters from the tiny town of Tuna through dizzying costume and scene changes. As described by the New York Post, A Tuna Christmas is, "So funny it could make a raccoon laugh affectionately at Davy Crockett... It's far too good for just Christmas."
From the darkest corners of reality to the land of the unexplained, Twilight Zone UnScripted is a completely improvised show in the style of classic 60's sci-fi television shows – with a holiday twist. Enter the dimension of pure imagination as the critically acclaimed Impro Theatre company starts with audience suggestions, combines them with holiday themes, and creates 4 all-new and completely improvised episodes at every performance.
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.
This breathtaking world premiere show showcases the songs and music of the 3 greatest American popular performers: Frank (The King of Swing), Elvis (The King of Rock), and Michael (The King of Pop). This fully produced concert show stars LA swing-daddy Luca Ellis, world-wide award-winning Shawn Klush, and the incredible Brandon Jones and the cast of the international hit show "Moonwalker." If you like any of these stars and the songs they made famous, you will LOVE all three in this incredible high energy, iconic show that is great for the entire family! You will want to come back and see it again and again.
Don't you love farce? It's your typical boy-meets-girl story. Only the boy is a wily psychoanalyst married to a nymphomaniac. And the girl is his secretary…once she passes a not-so-routine physical. Mix in a little blackmail, a lot of sexual innuendo, a government inspector, a lusty bellboy and voilà!
This classic comic masterpiece has all the ingredients of a thoroughly enjoyable romp: manic action, twisting plotlines, mistaken identities, slamming doors, disappearing clothes, and, above all, Orton's subversive wit, breakneck dialogue and outrageous lack of appropriateness.
Pushed together as room-mates at The University of Shiz, initially the beautiful and popular Glinda clashes with the fiery, misunderstood, green-skinned Elphaba. Soon they learn to put their differences aside, and form an unexpected bond, that stays with them for years to come. An uplifting and affirming adventure, get your tickets for the hottest tour in town!
Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness - and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital - Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.
Powerful and poignant, heartfelt and humorous, and to celebrate Kwaanza, Santa Monica Playhouse is proud to present a special one-night-only engagement of film, television and stage personality Stogie Kenyatta's acclaimed show about African-American artist-activist Paul Robeson. Robeson – internationally renowned actor, recording artist, concert singer, football player, All-American athlete and Phi Beta Kappa Society laureate at Rugters University, was witness to the artistic wonders of the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz/Be-bop era, the horrors of the slave trade, the shame of the Holocaust, McCarthyism, blacklists, racism and oppression. His life's work celebrates our common humanity as he fought globally for social justice. "Armed with nothing more than the strength of his convictions and his vision of a world where men live as brothers, his message was his life," says Kenyatta. "He shows us that in spite of our differences, we still have more in common than we do in conflict."