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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.
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.
Filled with timeless hits like, "Go Your Own Way," "Don't Stop," and "Dreams," Fleetwood Mac's Rumours remains one of the best-selling albums of all times. Recognized as much for its trailblazing music as for the emotional turbulence present during recording, Rumours unparalleled legacy can still be felt today.
Conceived by Artistic Director Kate Sullivan Gibbens, The Album Project is a response to today's single-driven music culture. Each volume honors a complete album in unique, theatrical interpretation.
A gentle prod at stereotypical gender roles, this light-hearted send-up is a hilarious twist on the classic tale. This Cinderella is no frilly Miss. "She neither pines nor whines and she's no slouch with a slightly risqué put-down either, particularly within the context of Rudie and DeCarlo's trademark Gilbert & Sullivan-style comic lyrics." (LA TIMES) Prince Charming would give anything to be loved for himself, not the icon society claims he must be. Added delights are the outrageously playful period costumes and the heart-warming romance that blooms with the assistance of a glass slipper, a feather duster, a truly magical wand and a glass of champagne to toast finding your true love just by being who you are.
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.
It's not easy growing up with red hair
Generations of readers have adored the best-selling novel Anne of Green Gables, and now the musical adaptation of the beloved book hits the stage at Chance Theater. The Cuthberts expect to adopt a boy, but receive, instead, a red-haired, wide eyed orphan girl. Though clever young Anne Shirley has a penchant for getting into trouble, she works her way into the hearts of her adoptive parents as well as the residents of rural Prince Edward Island. It's a heartwarming story for the whole family.
The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original.
Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow."
After their father dies in the decaying plantation mansion the family has held for generations, the three grown Lafayette children return to Arkansas to battle over their inheritance. Soon after uncovering a gruesome relic buried deep in the recesses of their father's haunted past, decades of family resentment burst through centuries of historical sin in this outrageous and entertaining family drama.
Gay marriage is here - get scared, straights! Gay marriage just passed in the U.S. and when a straight couple runs to escape the gay's "evil agenda" they find out who the real sinners are!
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.
Oy Vey! Have you ever had a battle with a family member? Meet Daphna Feygenbaum and her cousin Liam. These two couldn't be any different from one another on the spectrum scale. She swears she's more Jewish than him. He couldn't care less. But when a family heirloom gets between these two, the stakes run high.
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.
Tony Award winning director and Geffen Playhouse alumni John Rando helms this brilliant new family comedy from Pulitzer nominee Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros.
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
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."
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.
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?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The return of (mostly)musicals!
We'll heat up your summer with a HOT cabaret featuring performances by a blazing hot array of singers including Tony Award nominee Sharon McNight.
The Heat Is ON! will also feature a performance from LA's hottest new musical, Recorded in Hollywood!.
"Shelley Fisher rips the roof off with her bluesy, ballsy, autobiographical one-woman show – while ripping at the heart strings of her packed houses. Fisher's story of a good little southern Jewish girl with big rock and roll dreams gets fueled by fourteen show-stopping numbers co written with renowned hit makers, Kenny Hirsch (I've Never Been To Me, No One In The World) and Harold Payne (Bobby Womack, Snoop Dogg). The music packs an authentic Memphis punch blending rock with blues, and a lot of soul. Known as "The Memphis Belle of L.A.," anyone who has ever met Fisher, sweet as she is spicy, knows of her genuine, down home personality that puts you immediately at ease - and this warmth lies at the beating heart of The Hebrew Hillbilly." (Huffington Post). Admission includes a post-show champagne and dessert buffet. Ms. Fisher presents her blockbuster show direct from her sold out performances across the country, as a special one-night-only event for the Playhouse Benefit Campaign.
Another laugh fest by David Ives (Venus in Fur and The School for Lies) based on Jean-Francois Regnard's comic masterpiece and adapted entirely in hilarious rhyming verse, The Heir Apparent takes comedy to new heights with this story of mistaken identities. A young man desperately wants to marry but first he needs to secure an inheritance from his miserable old uncle. It won't be easy. Can this young man's resourceful servant save the day with his powers of disguise and his quick wit?
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.
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.
Nashville – graffiti - a ball of flesh - a tuft of blue hair – hymnals -beer in Styrofoam mugs - respectable orgasms…In this absurd, poignant, uncomfortably funny play written by Academy Award nominated Peter Hedges, two women grow a unique friendship of compassion, support, and survival. Dana Sue Kaye, a voluble and seductive southerner with a gift for creative lying, and Brad's Wife (Valerie), a soft spoken northerner with the singing voice of an angel, surprise us time and again in this 80 minute journey through outrageous suffering that finds relief in the most unexpected exquisite form. Imagining Brad beautifully reveals the often-disquieting dynamics in the relationship of men and women in contemporary society.
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!
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.
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.
Join us on a spooky adventure
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.
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.
The Harold Clurman Lab Theater's production of Macbeth tells the story of one man's rise to power as seen through an urban, gritty and violent post-modern Scotland. Driven by a supernatural prophesy and a lust for power, Macbeth violently cuts and slashes his way to the throne. With the prodding of his ambitious wife and his physical prowess as a warrior, Macbeth finds the crown in his hands only to see it slip away.
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."
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Opera Re-Constructed is composed of your favorite opera arias reconstructed into dramatic new storylines.
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.
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.
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland in this delightful musical, Peter Pan. Magic and mischief is in the air but if villainous Captain Hook and his band of Pirates have their way, before long someone will be swimming with the crocodiles. This award-winning score features memorable favorites "I Won't Grow Up," "Neverland," "I'm Flying," and "I Gotta Crow." Don't miss this wonderful tale!
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!
A staged reading directed by Mary Lou Metzger & Dennis Hunter
Set in a time of paralyzing drought in the West, we meet a girl whose father and brothers are as worried about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. Enter a charming, fast talking con man, who promises to bring rain. A fable of how faith can carve a fairy tale out of the harsh realities of our daily struggles, while reminding us that love, and the magic of a summer night, can make everything possible.
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!
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.
Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the TONY Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Price for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates.
Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income, and Mark an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life.
How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
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.
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.
Opening Weekend SOLD OUT, don't miss your chance to see the classic MGM show LIVE ON STAGE
Let the stormy clouds chase everyone from the place, come on with the rain...July 2015 will see a rainstorm on the Carpenter Center stage, when silent film stars Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont learn how to transition to the world of the new fangled talking picture. Based on the M-G-M film, the score features "Good Morning," "Moses Supposes," and the title song. Starring Ovation winner Leigh Wakeford (La Mirada's Mary Poppins, 3D Theatricals' The Producers) as Don Lockwood. Directed and choreographed by Jon Engstrom (MTW's 42nd Street) with musical direction by John Glaudini (MTW's Sweeney Todd).
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?
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.)
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.
Winner of the 2015 Hollywood Fringe award for best cabaret and variety show.
Welcome to Thenardier's Inn, a re-telling of the Victor Hugo Les Miserable tale put on by the man himself. Submerge yourself in the dancing, drinks, and girls of the Inn, while singing along with the classic characters and songs, in this 360 degree immersive theatrical cabaret. You will be escorted through the event by Master Thenardier, where the audience is invited to his very Inn for an intimate yet rambunctious evening where every seat is in on the action!
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 Underpants, adapted by Steve Martin from an early 20th century German play, takes broad, physical comedy to the extremes!
TE San Pedro Rep's production infuses passion and performance zeal into the story of Louise, a 1960's housewife who has the whole town in an uproar when her underpants fall off during the King's parade. From her befuddled husband Theo, to a long line of hilarious suitors, The Underpants offers audiences an evening of giddiness and laughter sure to have you falling out of your "seat."
The Vanek Trilogy by Vaclav Havel follows the character of Vanek (Havel's literary alter ego) as he emerges from prison in late 1970's Czechoslovakia.
A hilarious window into society at the height of Cold War paranoia, the Vanek Trilogy will bring you on a jorney unlike any other!
Three scenes take Vanek from his job in a beer factory, to a dinner party with the bourgeois elite, and finally to the top of the political infrastructure itself. Each stop reveals a searing (and often hilarious) window into the effect a society at the height of Cold War paranoia, has on its people. Havel, the longtime critic of the Soviet state and eventually the first president of the Czech Republic uses humor and his unique wit, to carry audiences on an unforgettable journey.
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.
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.