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Imagine being 12 and having soldiers occupying your house and land, with only your cat to tell your secrets. Kneehigh Theatre, who wowed audiences at the Wallis with Brief Encounter, return with 946, which was originally produced by the Wallis' new artistic director Paul Crewes.
Kneehigh's signature sorcery of music, puppetry and foolishness transports us to Slapton Sands, England, in 1944. Based on the beloved book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, 946 explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings in this tender tale of love and war.
A rare departure from the playwright's darker oeuvre, this comedy is unabashedly nestled in the halcyon days of turn-of-the-century Americana; a gentle, loving, and boldly optimistic study of a deeply bonded family as they navigate the youthful indiscretions of their wayward son.
The crème de la crème of parody movies, Airplane! comes to you live onstage in a show that both satirizes and lovingly embraces the comedy classic. Follow tormented former fighter pilot Ted Striker as he tries to win back the affections of stewardess Elaine Dickenson on doomed flight 209.
Full of beloved moments and unexpected new takes, Airplane LIVE! ain't no passive theater event! Shout out lines, dance, sing, and more when you board the trans-American flight traveling from LAX to Chicago O'Hare. Just don't eat the fish!
Centuries ago, the royalty in the palace of Agrabah spoke one language (Spanish) and the people in the streets another (English). But when a rebellious princess and a delinquent street rat meet in the marketplace, they find something special in one another, rise above the barriers between them, and with a little magic, help create a better future. Aladdin — Dual Language Edition / Edición De Lenguaje Dual is performed in English and Spanish and is fully understandable in both languages. While based on the tale "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp," the show also includes songs from the Aladdin movie musical, among them "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me."
Regarded by many as the world's finest traditional Irish band, Altan is renowned for its heartwarming, dynamic live performances that range from touching ballads to hard-hitting reels and jigs. Throughout its career Altan has shown an unwavering commitment to the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers.
An American in Paris is a Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.
Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris is inspired by the Academy Award-winning film. The four-time Tony-winning musical features music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Craig Lucas. The show earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-15 season.
Belgrade, 1914. Three strangers, poor, alone, and adrift, each receive a death sentence in the form of a tuberculosis diagnosis. But being young men with nothing to lose makes them the perfect recruits for The Black Hand — a secret organization looking to strike a blow in the name of Serbian nationalism. Set against the backdrop of the 20th century beginning to discover its identity — and with playwright Rajiv Joseph's signature dark humor — Archduke draws parallels to our own troubling times and asks: How (and when) does a century define itself?
Archduke is a new play from Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Rajiv Joseph, one of the most exciting playwrights of our time. Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Guards at the Taj) returns to the Taper with this world premiere that poetically traces a group of young men along their unlikely path to terrorism at the onset of World War One.
Direct from Bahia in northern Brazil—a place where otherwise long forgotten gods are still remembered—comes this irresistible troupe famous for its explosive drumming, feverish dancing and uncontainable energy. Its display of Bahian folkloric dances of African origin was described as a "non-stop extravaganza" by the San Francisco Chronicle. Balé Folclórico da Bahia brings thrilling choreography, joyous rhythms, and a feisty, flirtatious exuberance to every performance.
The internationally renowned team of Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière together revisit the great Indian epic Mahabharata thirty years after Brook's legendary production took world theater by storm. The devastation of war is tearing the Bharata family apart. The new king must unravel a mystery: how can he live with himself in the face of the devastation and massacres that he has caused. An immense canvas in miniature, this central section of the ancient text is timeless and contemporary, asking how we can find inner peace in a world riven with conflict.
Show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, right there on the spot, improvise the "black version" of that film complete with its improvised soundtrack, dance numbers, DVD extras, audition reels & more.
The Black Version is a completely improvised show that started at The Groundlings Theatre in LA in 2010 to sold out crowds and great reviews. Rolling Stone magazine calls the show "Hot" and the cast a "Comedic A-Team", LA Weekly says the show is "Red Hot" and "Scores more than it's share of belly laughs" while the LA Times calls the show "A Winner"!
Los Angeles is home to over 250 theatre companies, featuring an abundance of talent, diversity, and ingenuity. To celebrate the vibrant theatre of our city, we're premiering Block Party—three recent productions from local theatre companies, highlighting some of the best work our town has to offer. We will announce the three productions in the fall. Help us celebrate L.A. theatre and join the Block Party!
Former Secret Service agent-turned-bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don't expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics, including "Queen of the Night," "So Emotional," "One Moment in Time," "Saving All My Love," "Run to You," "I Have Nothing," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," and one of the biggest-selling songs of all time — "I Will Always Love You."
Based on Lawrence Kasdan's Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film and adapted by Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris, The Bodyguard had its world premiere in London's West End, where it was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, and won Best New Musical at the WhatsOnStage Awards.
Ready to bum out? A Breakup Is Swift is a conceptual artwork that takes the form of a series of live performances. A real-life breakup conversation provided by a friend is re-created in excruciating detail. Names have been changed, gender roles allowed to reverse. Each show features a naturalistic yet cringeworthy performance by a different pair of actors. To get the full experience, you have to see more than one! This show features Lily Richards, Miles Hartfelder, Sarah Elizabeth Doerner, and Keenan Reilly.
Ready to bum out? A Breakup Is Swift is a conceptual artwork that takes the form of a series of live performances. A real-life breakup conversation provided by a friend is re-created in excruciating detail. Names have been changed, gender roles allowed to reverse. Each show features a naturalistic yet cringeworthy performance by a different pair of actors. To get the full experience, you have to see more than one! This show features Lily Richards and Sarah Elizabeth Doerner. Other scheduled shows include Miles Hartfelder and Keenan Reilly.
Ready to bum out? A Breakup Is Swift is a conceptual artwork that takes the form of a series of live performances. A real-life breakup conversation provided by a friend is re-created in excruciating detail. Names have been changed, gender roles allowed to reverse. Each show features a naturalistic yet cringeworthy performance by a different pair of actors. To get the full experience, you have to see more than one! This show features Miles Hartfelder and Keenan Reilly. Other scheduled shows include Lily Richards and Sarah Elizabeth Doerner.
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.
Cannibals Alone is a chilling thriller that brings audiences into the secluded lives of best friends Rae and Mags as they seek to avenge the death of a loved one while fighting a government that breeds and thrives on paranoia in a not-too-distant dystopian future. Set in the humble confines of a backwoods cabin, Cannibals Alone shows how politics, propaganda, and paranoia can affect and twist the average citizen when left to his or her own devices.
"Carrie" That Tune: Hit Songs From Flop Musicals is a revue of songs, many of them classics from the Great American Songbook. These songs came not from hit musicals or Tin Pan Alley songwriters. Each song was a bright spot in a Broadway musical that flopped.
For every blockbuster like The Book of Mormon or The Phantom of the Opera, there's a notorious counterpart, such as Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark or that flop by which all others are measured, Carrie. But many of these also-ran shows contained extraordinary songs, lots of which became hits in their own right. "Carrie" That Tune is a tribute to those songs. Starting with a re-creation of the notorious publicity stunt pulled by producer David Merrick on the opening eve of his flop Subways Are for Sleeping, this one-of-a-kind musical revue revives some of Broadway's greatest songs that got away, such as "Who Can I Turn To?", "What Did I Have?", and "One Night in Bangkok."
A new musical comedy that follows a very super hero, his less super little brother, and one butt-kicking princess, as the three embark on a mission to overcome killer eggplants, a love-starved platypus, and their own 8-bit existential crisis.
From the highbrow to the low, this fast-paced ride covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes to Shakespeare, Molière to vaudeville, Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show. Find answers to the age-old questions "Who's on first?" and "Why did the chicken cross the road?" No joke is left untold as a talented trio deconstructs and puts back together the entire history of comedy.
Warning: The side effects of this play may include groan-worthy humor, uncontrollable laughter, and painful running gags.
Hilarity knows no hours! The Completely Different Late Show is an all-star extravaganza featuring Main Company Groundlings. The show is different every week, and it features the perfect blend of various sketch & improvisation styles all in one night!
Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can change the trajectory of a life, it's anyone's guess how cosmic collision is possible. Nick Payne's Olivier and Drama League-nominated hit is a charming, devastating, and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. A play that balances on the question of "what if," Constellations is, at its core, a poignant picture of "what is."
Since 1992 The Groundlings Main Company, Alumni and Sunday Companies have played together every Thursday night in the all-improv explosion that has become almost as much of an institution as the Groundlings Theatre itself! Based entirely on audience suggestions, the comic daredevils invent custom-made satire and song. Each week features a new surprise guest.
16 and over only. Management reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone who appears younger than 16 years of age with no ticket refund or exchange.
In his Latino-themed, father-son comic drama The Cruise, Jonathan Ceniceroz explores the consequence of colonial histories and dark politics within the decadence of Caribbean cruise culture. The play reveals the fractured nature of race and identity that is caused by social imbalance and imposed hierarchy, while exploring the story of a man who merely wants and demands that his most authentic human qualities survive in spite of everything.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a Tony Award-winning play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Play!
Audience advisory: This production features moments of loud music, bright lighting, and strobe effects. Please also be aware that the show contains some adult language and themes.
Upon arrival you'll be greeted by Dan Chan's award winning close up magic. You'll enjoy a Chinese banquet meal followed by an unforgettable magic act by Dan and his team of performers.
The Broadway star (Wicked, A Light in the Piazza) returns with a strong, confident baritone that soars into the tenor range, and a charm that's undeniably magnetic!
Celebrated soprano Julia Migenes explores the life of composer Claude Debussy, the "founder of musical impressionism." Debussy: His Letters and His Music delves into Debussy's youth, his great wit, and his constant battle with the more conservative musical world. Debussy's actual letters lead into his music in this new stage biography of one of the most highly regarded composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Migenes is accompanied on piano by Manuel Arellano and directed by Academy Award-nominated director Peter Medak.
Just when you thought your life was finally under control, fate steps in, turns everything on its heels, and you're off on the wild ride of your life. Funny, touching, and not just a little bit racy, this hilarious and insightful comedy will make you question everything you ever thought you knew about love, marriage, sex, fantasy, and reality — and come away with a new and surprisingly uplifting perspective on it all. Helmed by award-winning director Chris DeCarlo (Climax), Albert James Kallis' delightful and biting world-premiere comedy A Delusional Affair features stage and screen personalities Gregg Berger (The Garfield Show), Rachel Galper (Turning Thirty), and Albina Katsman (Raise Me Up).
Note: This show is rated R.
Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the show's original off-Broadway production. Set in 1937 Memphis, Bessie and her musicians have been turned away from performing at a "whites-only" theater and subsequently find a hospitable gin joint. There Bessie recounts her incredible journey from an impoverished childhood in Chattanooga to her fortuitous rise as a showstopping singer.
This production of Charles Busch's campy noir classic, Die, Mommie, Die!, stars Drew Droege (Bright Colors and Bold Patterns) as aging Hollywood star Angela Arden. Trapped in a hateful marriage with sleazy film producer Sol and desperate to find happiness with her gorgeous young lover Tony, Angela murders her husband. But when her children, Edith and Lance, discover what she's done, they decide to take revenge. Family secrets are revealed, and you'll never see the surprise twist coming. Die, Mommie, Die! is both a Greek tragedy on acid and an over-the-top comedy of gay Hollywood proportions.
In this riveting courtroom drama, a renowned neurobiologist sues a prominent university for the right to teach theories of evolution that challenge the scientific status quo. His argument: Neo-Darwinian materialist thought, like creationism — the biblical orthodoxy it once replaced — has itself become a kind of religion, just as rigid, just as resistant to change. Might further scientific inquiry, in light of new evidence, yield different and surprising answers? Should recent discoveries, including the extensive range of highly developed fossils that suddenly appeared during the Cambrian period, and our modern understanding of DNA require a reevaluation of the scientific thought behind the Darwinian theory of evolution? This inspiring and uplifting play of ideas asks, "Are we really no more than the sum of our physical parts?"
Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel and directed by Alana Dietze, Echo Theater Company's Dry Land is a haunting play about female friendship and an abortion that takes place in the locker room of a central Florida high school. Written when Spiegel was just 21 years old and still an undergraduate at Yale, the play is a deeply truthful portrait of the fears, hopes, and bonds of teenage girls — as gut-wrenching as it is funny.
The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre, the companies behind the hit revival of Spring Awakening in Los Angeles and New York, bring their sign language take to Albee's classic short play The Zoo Story (1959) and its acclaimed prequel, Homelife (2004). Together these short plays form At Home at the Zoo, the complete story of publishing executive Peter, his wife Ann, and Jerry, the volatile stranger Peter meets in the park. The Wallis' own Coy Middlebrook directs this new production featuring both deaf and hearing actors.
Conejo Players Theatre hosts an evening honoring the theater's rich history of vibrant shows and talented performers as well as three recipients of the Theatre's Arts Advocate Awards. Nominations for these awards are collected from the community at large and presented as part of this event. In addition, the night's proceedings include entertainment, dinner, a first-rate auction, and a VIP champagne reception. Special guest Jean Louisa Kelly (The Fantasticks) will be present.
In 1969, Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer, found himself lost among the people of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil. It was an encounter that was to change his life: bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus. In this solo performance Simon McBurney traces McIntyre's journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using binaural technology (3D audio) to build an intimate and shifting world of sound.
Discover extraordinary ways that ordinary people are changing the world with an evening of insight by Nicholas D. Kristof—human rights advocate and an esteemed columnist for The New York Times. Kristof will discuss his celebrated book, A Path Appears, as he motivates through captivating stories of individuals and organizations applying research, evidence-based strategies, and innovative ideas to make the world a better place.
Is it still a party when it's Family Only? Where do you draw the line with family? Will invites his relatives to toast the purchase of his new home, but instead of celebrating, they tear each other apart. Can the family survive? Is there any love left among them or just a tally sheet of debts owed and paid? Family Only, an original comedic drama by Darryl Vinyard making its world premiere at Theatre West, tests the boundaries of love with humorous and dramatic results.
Audiences help Cinderella, Snow White, Little Bo Peep, and even Mother Goose confront the magic and mystery of modern living as they try to find Belle, save the fairy-tale world, and prove that you're never too old to believe in imagination and happily-ever-afters. Finding Belle is a family musical for anyone between the ages of 2 and 102. It has a whole new perspective on fantasy and reality, sharing and caring, and the importance of family togetherness.
Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan.
Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie's classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.
Audience advisory: This production contains the use of strobe lights, theatrical haze, and fog.
Oscar Levant, the brilliant, witty, pill-popping concert pianist, wakes up to find himself in the Psych Ward of Mt. Sinai Hospital. His past collides with his present, as he grapples with his demons to save his marriage and his sanity. It's a nightmarish, and sometimes hilarious journey, from addiction to redemption, as he verbally jousts with Jack Paar, is haunted by the genius of George Gershwin, and moves in with his only friend, Harpo Marx.
What better way to start the new year than with a goofy, charming musical escape? Miraculously revived from the dead, four young singers killed in a car crash on the way to their first-ever big concert get to fulfill their dream and perform the show after all — even though now it's more than 50 years later and at International City Theatre! Singing in close harmony, squabbling over the smallest intonations, and executing their choreography with gentle comedic abandon, the four Plaids will keep everyone smiling and humming along to some of the great pop hits of the 1950s. The crowd-pleasing score consists of unforgettable classics, including "Three Coins in the Fountain," "Catch a Falling Star," "Chain Gang," "Cry," "Heart and Soul," "Rags to Riches," "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing," and more.
A stellar cast of four sensational entertainers perform the hits from four of the most iconic musical styles in pop music history! This Vegasstyle revue is complete with fun costumes, and choreographed production numbers like "Twist and Shout," "Stop in the Name of Love," "Surfin' USA, "Stayin' Alive," and more!
A stellar cast of four sensational entertainers perform the hits from four of the most iconic musical styles in pop music history! This Vegas style revue is complete with fun costumes, and choreographed production numbers like "Twist and Shout," "Stop in the Name of Love," "Surfin' USA, "Stayin' Alive," and more!
Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves, and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. Enter Fun Home. The show received raves from critics and audiences alike, won five 2015 Tony Awards — including Best Musical — and made history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces audiences to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. This exploration makes for a refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
Every once in a while a show comes along that surprises, moves, and excites audiences in ways only a landmark musical can. Enter Fun Home. It introduces us to Alison, the protagonist, at three different ages as she explores and unravels the mysteries of her childhood.
A musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, Fun Home won five Tony Awards in 2015, including Best Musical. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, it features music by Jeanine Tesori, a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, and direction by Sam Gold. Their work for this production earned them, respectively, Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book, and Best Direction. The show even made Broadway history as the first Best Musical winner written only by women. As if that weren't enough, Tesori and Kron became the first female writing team to win Best Score.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 13 and up.
From the creators of Lost: the Musical! and Once Upon a Time: The Rock Opera comes Game of Thrones: The Musical! — an absurd, vulgar, and hilarious musical comedy event. Upon accepting the king's "hand job," Ned Stark is thrust into a struggle for power in the mythical land of Westeros. After battling tap-dancing wolves, overcoming an incest-born prince, and encountering a slew of colorful and disturbing characters, Ned must find a way to protect his family and claim the Iron Throne…or lose his head in the process!
Getting away with murder can be so much fun, and there's no better proof than the knock-'em-dead hit show that won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical: A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder!
Coming direct from New York, Gentleman's Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancée (she's his cousin, but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance and be done in time for tea.
God Looked Away is an eye-opening glimpse into a turbulent period in the life and career of one of America's most beloved, prolific, and flawed playwrights: Tennessee Williams. Resisting the end of his career, Williams works to open his final play in Chicago while his hotel room becomes the setting of a battle between creation and addiction, love and sex, and immediate satisfaction and eternal legacy. Tony Award winners Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman) and Judith Light (Transparent) star in Dotson Rader's stage adaptation of his 1985 book. Robert Allan Ackerman (Salome) directs.
Note: This production has mature content.
Nkechi was a good Nigerian girl. She did everything right. Went to med school. Made plans. Then life happened. And plans changed. A first-generation coming-of-age journey of love, loss, and growing into adulthood, Good Grief follows Nkechi as she navigates Pennsylvania's suburbs alongside her childhood crush, her would-be-philosopher brother—the king of the cul-de-sac—and her immigrant parents. A fresh voice in American theatre, Ngozi Anyanwu makes her playwriting debut with this World premiere.
Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.
Hansel and Gretel Bluegrass is the world premiere of a new version of the classic fairy tale. This update is set in Depression-era Kentucky and features Bradley Whitford of The West Wing in video performance as The Duke.
Hansel and Gretel Bluegrass is the latest production from LAb24 (Walking the Tightrope), 24th Street Theatre's resident experimental theater company dedicated to presenting provocative plays that appeal to kids while maintaining the look and emotional depth of adult theater. The show is written by Bryan Davidson and directed by Debbie Devine.
Note: Hansel and Gretel Bluegrass is recommended for ages eight and up.
An astonishing, deeply moving new drama about family, acceptance, and the power of faith from MacArthur "Genius Award"-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), featuring Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad. At the mouth of the Mississippi River, Shelah's family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof. But in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job, unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah (Rashad) must fight to survive the rising flood of life's greatest challenges in this poetic and piercing new play.
HisPanic Attack is an original sketch comedy written and performed by Roxana Altamirano, Mario Barra, Jorge Berrios, David Luna, Jay Pichardo, Jennifer Polania Garcia, and Xochitl Romero. They have this to say about their show: "Are you afraid Latinos are taking your jobs? Your Medicaid? Your wife? You should be. Because we are, but first we'll make you laugh about it. Don't have a panic attack; come have a HisPanic Attack. It's a fun 45-minute vacation...just don't drink the water!"
Improv Olympic West, the Los Angeles arm of the world-famous ImprovOlympic in Chicago, presents the best improvisation west of the Windy City. There are shows every night. It's always something new, fresh...and funny!
Only persons 21 and older will be admitted into Improv Olympic shows.
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!
An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch… who raps? They're all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale. When a baker and his wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the witch next door, they embark on a quest for objects required to reverse the spell. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy, becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.
J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation combines text, music, stunning projected video and images to explore the world of the artisans—papermakers, violin carvers, string spinners, and performers—who helped J.S. Bach realize his musical genius. This latest multimedia creation by the acclaimed Alison Mackay redefines the concert experience!
As America's hottest illusionist, Jason Bishop mystifies with stunning and original state-of-the art magic, award-winning sleight of hand, and one-of-a-kind grand illusions delivered with a totally modern energy and an outstanding rock soundtrack. From exclusive grand illusions to close-up magic projected onto a huge screen—no other touring illusionist showcases such a diverse array of talents and virtuosity!
For one magical night, Jetzo — a father-son comedy team from the small fishing village of Nagoya, Japan — will get to live their lifelong dream of headlining an international variety show in America with their comedy hero, Ithamar Enriquez. It's the feel-good spectacle of the millennium, full of live music, dance, physical comedy, and audience interaction.
Comedic master John Cleese—often regarded as the funniest man alive—returns to share hilarious anecdotes about his colorful life and career, which spans more than 50 years! Best known for his idiosyncratic turns in Monty Python's Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda, John Cleese enthralls audiences worldwide with his wit, his charm, and his unique brand of unrelenting humor!
A true living legend, José Feliciano delivers an exhilarating and magnetic performance while displaying remarkable dexterity on the guitar, and a voice that resonates with strength and power. Accompanied by his band, Felciano shares his trademark ability to re-invent rock classics with a Latin spin, as demonstrated in one of his biggest hits, "Light My Fire." Truly a night to remember, don't miss your chance to see him doing what he does best!
The gut-wrenching devastation of Lear encompasses more than one man's trajectory through power and hubris; it is an affecting, unflinching chronicle of a family as that family disintegrates around the mental illness of its patriarch. To add a deeply personal dimension to Shakespeare's themes of madness, frailty, and love, this production is set in a memory care facility. The show invites you to experience, in the midst of tragedy, the healing and transcendent nature of great art.
For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee's father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men's club formed 150 years ago in the wake of the Gold Rush. But when her father goes missing, Lauren must plunge into the rabbit hole of San Francisco Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar. At once bitingly hilarious and heartbreakingly honest, King of the Yees is an epic joyride across cultural, national, and familial borders that explores what it truly means to be a Yee.
After years of struggling at a small-time club in the Florida Panhandle, Casey realizes it's now or never for his career as an Elvis impersonator. Enter Miss Tracy Mills, a self-proclaimed grande dame of drag who guarantees Casey's life is about to get "all shook up." Matthew Lopez's hip-shakin', heartwarming tale explores what happens when one man trades in his blue suede shoes for platform pumps and discovers he ain't nothing but a drag queen.
Liana and Ben is a twisted, sexy, modern take on Faust. Its story begins with a not-so-chance encounter between a beautiful young woman and a dark, enigmatic stranger. Ben makes Liana an offer: He will keep her young and beautiful for 250 years if she can prove to him that humanity is worth saving. Deal!
Now Liana's time is almost up and Ben demands his proof. They travel forward and backward through history in search of hope — questioning their very existence, the nature of their own mythology, and the foundations of good and evil.
A story that reminds us of all we leave behind to grow up and invites us to see the world again with the fresh eyes of youth. A journey of simple beauty, Saint-Exupery's tale has a different meaning for each of us. Young and Old alike will enjoy this visually alluring masterpiece. Join us for an adventure that spans from the Sahara to Outer Space and Beyond; a place where it's never too late to rediscover your dreams.
Eugene O'Neill's semi-autobiographical masterpiece pulls back the curtain on the Connecticut home of the Tyrone family, where deep-seated resentments and bourbon-fueled tirades cause a family to expose their darkest natures. O'Neill paints this powerful and heartrending portrait as a single day that begins like any other, only to become a night from which the Tyrones will never recover.
Regarded as one of America's most important plays, Long Day's Journey Into Night premiered in Stockholm in 1956. Its Broadway debut followed later that year. The production won the Tony Award for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play (Fredric March as James Tyrone). In 1957 the play received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A 2016 revival, starring Gabriel Byrne and Jessica Lange, was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play.
Malicious Bunny is about a man who tells his unhappily married wife that he'll do anything for her. The wife then tests his love by asking him to perform a double homicide. Matthew A. Sprosty wrote this edgy dark comedy; Bryan Fox directs. The cast includes Daniel Cordileone (Sure Thing), Jennifer Edwards (NBC's Heidi), Heidi-Marie Ferren (American Housewife), and Gabs Fonseca (Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World).
Note: Malicious Bunny contains mature content and is recommended for ages 18 and up.
Man of La Mancha is a comic tragedy of mankind's struggle to better both himself and the world in which he lives. Based on The Adventures of Don Quixote, by Miguel Cervantes, the story is both entertaining and very moving, and will warm the heart of anyone whose spirits were ever raised by the prospect of a victory by the underdog. The score is a musical delight, and contains one of the most inspiring moments in musical theatre as Don Quixote relates his personal credo in "The Impossible Dream."
Set in a prison, the story-within-a-story of Don Quixote's musical misadventures – rife with love, chivalry, and of course, four-armed giants – unfurls into something more transcendent: a beacon of hope in a dire world. Dream the impossible dream with the wandering hidalgo in this quintessential tale about the resilience of the human spirit, and the power of storytelling when faced with insurmountable odds.
Mona Golabek intertwines some of the world's most beloved piano music in this poignant tribute to her remarkable mother, Lisa Jura, as she shares the true story of how the young Jewish pianist escaped Nazi-controlled Austria and triumphed through her talent.
Mona Golabek intertwines some of the world's most beloved piano music in this poignant tribute to her remarkable mother, Lisa Jura, as she shares the true story of how the young Jewish pianist eascaped Nazi-controlled Austria and triumphed through her talent.
Glitz. Glamour. Kidnapping. Money. Really, really small false teeth.
Welcome to the hilarious, terrifying, and surreal world of child beauty pageants. Pinky Corningfield will do anything to make sure her little angel wins the ultimate title, Supreme Queen. When Marge, a newcomer to the pageant circuit, shows up and starts grabbing all the glory, Pinky and her minions, Bob and Bobby, use some unorthodox methods in order to ensure her darling, Chevrolet, is victorious.
Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, in association with Greenway Arts Alliance, presents a movement adaptation of John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost. The innovative vision, adapted by NMA co-artistic director Jones (Welsh) Talmadge and codirected with NMA co-artistic director Laura Covelli, blends dance, acrobatics, dynamic partnering, and NMA's unique brand of physical storytelling in an original version of this iconic tale of Adam and Eve's temptation and the war in heaven.
Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny features bodies flying across the stage on harness and chains, augmented by the stunning and unique live digital animation effects of J-Walt Adamczyk and video installation artist Hannah Beavers. While the performance ensemble battles as angels and demons, powerful visual images of the creation of the universe and the Garden of Eden are projected onstage to weave an emotional tale surrounded by evocative original music and costumes.
In Don't Monkey with Broadway, two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone explores, through indelible interpretations of classic Broadway show tunes by the likes of Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Jule Styne, Stephen Schwartz, Charles Strouse, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, how her life-long love affair with Broadway began and her concern for what the Great White Way is becoming today.
The cult favorite returns by demand after five sold out appearances! Experience two hours of thrilling visuals choreographed to one of the greatest bands of all time, Pink Floyd! With vivid multi-screen video projections, cutting edge laser technology, and the theatre's state-of-the-art sound system—it's got all the excitement of a live concert!
A comatose man reemerges into consciousness in a multilayered, multimedia theatrical event about the miraculous power of the brain to rewire and heal itself. Blending cutting-edge science with masterful storytelling, Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and L.A. Weekly Award-nominated cowriters Alex Lyras and Robert McCaskill team up with Grammy Award-nominated composer Ken Rich, visual artist Corwin Evans, and multi-Emmy Award-winning editor Peter Chakos to take the audience deep inside his memories, even as a hovering circle of family members and loved ones (all played by Lyras) divide into scheming camps over critical neurological decisions. Plasticity is a profound, often comedic tour of the collective unconscious.
The Pride is a gorgeously-drawn drama alternating between two very distinct time periods and sets of characters whose fate is written by their eras. In 1958, Philip is married to Sylvia, but is secretly attracted to her colleague Oliver. In 2008, Philip lives with his boyfriend Oliver, who continually destroys their relationship with his addiction to casual sex and turns to their friend Sylvia for guidance and support. As the past and present worlds collide, The Pride's complex love triangle provides a provocative, humorous and insightful look at fidelity and forgiveness.
Fun (and appropriate) for everyone from 2 to 200 years old, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation. Because there's a rotating cast, audiences see different performers and games each week.
Remember WENN is a dramedy set at the fictional Pittsburgh radio station WENN in the late 1930s and early 1940s. It depicts events (both dramatic and comic) in the personal and professional lives of the station's staff before and during World War Two.
1855, Boston. The slightest infraction between gentlemen is grounds for a challenge by pistols. In this dark comedy, when mild-mannered Nathaniel "Wings" Leeds is challenged to a duel by the most dangerous man in the city, he asks his brash and estranged brother to be his second.
The iconic production that created a sensation when it was first staged in LA Opera's inaugural season, Salome returns to make its mark on the 21st century, starring Patricia Racette in the role of a lifetime.
Adapted from the scandalous play by Oscar Wilde, Salome is a seductively beautiful tapestry of the subconscious. The princess Salome becomes infatuated by her stepfather's prisoner, John the Baptist and she determines to have him...whatever the cost. One of the great singing actresses of our time, Patricia Racette returns in the title role, with Tómas Tómasson (star of The Flying Dutchman in 2013) as the doomed prophet. James Conlon conducts the epic, opulent score by Richard Strauss, a true orchestral showpiece.
Scot Nery's Boobie Trap is an acclaimed variety show that features big names in cirque, variety, comedy, magic, and music. In it's second year of weekly shows, Scot Nery presents a hilarious cirque, magical, musical party-show like nothing you've seen before. See great comedy, stunning circus arts, jaw dropping magic and, just maybe, a guy spinning a cheeseburger atop an umbrella. Accompanied the national sensation Fire Leopard house band, this is good stuff!
Highly acclaimed and very Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner at various restaurants throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. This evening of intrigue, suspense, laughter, and murder includes a 3 course gourmet dinner with salad, choice of entree and dessert. Guests may be implicated in the crime. Audience has the opportunity to solve the mystery and win a prize.
Shout, Sister, Shout! is a World Premiere musical conceived and directed by Randy Johnson, the creator of the wildly popular smash hit A Night With Janis Joplin which broke box office records at the Pasadena Playhouse before transferring to Broadway. Shout, Sister, Shout! depicts the life and music of legendary gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, whose hits include "Down by the Riverside," "This Train," and "Strange Things Happening Every Day." Tharpe was a great trailblazer in the history of American music and influenced some of the greatest rock and roll and R & B singers of all time, including Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and Johnny Cash.
Hilariously provocative, what begins as a contemporary play slowly becomes a play with music set 150 years in the future in this seductive World premiere by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang (Yellow Face, M. Butterfly). A beloved East-meets-West musical, China's 21st-century rise, and a theatre company gala collide to make mayhem—and some beautiful music. Inspired by the West's often ridiculously inauthentic portrayals of Asia, Soft Power has been commissioned as the final production of Center Theatre Group's 50th Anniversary Season at the Mark Taper Forum.
Dylan Brody tells a story from Driving Hollywood, his latest one-man show. Eight other storytellers present inspiring tales from their own experiences of struggle and success, joy and woe, and love and laughter. Also, musical storyteller Corbin Jones tells a story through the unique voice of the bass.
- Deb Whitcas tells about an encounter with a Jerry Springer guest when she was one of the TV show's producers.
- Jabari Smith relates how lessons from sports helped him build a new life.
- Aprille Isham recounts her early experiences with surprises.
- Teri Kinne tells how Molly becomes more than a cat.
- Roger Trammell relates a nine-year-old's life-changing country adventure.
- Jan Bock portrays her father's flair for theater — a flair that changed her life.
- Grettel Fournell describes a ride through the jungle with her dad and Jeep Man.
- Saima Manzoor depicts life as viewed by a girl from Kashmir who comes to America.
- Corbin Jones shows off the voice of the bass.
When the worlds of bears and people collide, everyone learns that girls and bears aren't as ferocious as they may seem! Featuring an unforgettable score and some fun twists to a classic story every child knows and loves, this humorous adaptation is "just right" for the whole family! For ages 4 and up.
Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high-energy celebration of new India's pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.
Vaibhav Merchant (director of choreography) has been the director of choreography for over 75 Bollywood films and is known for her smashing hits, such as Dhol Baaje, Jhoom Barabar, Kajra Re, Kamli, and Dhoom3. She has received numerous awards for her choreography, including the prestigious National Award for Choreography, IIFA, and the American Choreography Award.
Shruti Merchant (director and producer) is also among the top choreographers in the industry. For two seasons, she was a judge on India's leading dance reality show, Dance India Dance.
The sensational Diana Damrau makes her LA Opera debut in a tour-de-force performance as all four heroines in one of our most ravishing productions. Tenor Vittorio Grigolo returns as poet E.T.A. Hoffmann, whose boozy recollections of the women he has loved and lost set the plot in motion. Marta Domingo's staging captures the half-remembered, half-fantasy dreamworld of Offenbach's final masterpiece.
Urged on by his drinking buddies, Hoffmann recounts the stories of the fascinating women who captured his heart—wind-up doll Olympia, conniving Giulietta, fragile Antonia and elusive Stella. Hoffmann's doomed pursuit of romance, foiled by sinister figures of darkness at every turn, ultimately lead him to a poet's artistic salvation. Plácido Domingo conducts Offenbach's compellingly luminous score.
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is Russia's most famous composer and one of the greatest composers of all time, known for his beautiful lilting melodies from the ballets Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and the ferocious brilliance of his symphonic works. At the age of 53, Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere of his enigmatic Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique," of which he said, "Let them guess what it means..." Nine days later he was dead. To this day, how and why he died are still a mystery. The extraordinary Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis for the Los Angeles premiere of his newest work, Tchaikovsky, which unveils the life of one of the most beloved and tormented composers of all time.
While there are plenty of entertainment venues in SoCal for children and families, there are very few for just grown ups. Teatro Martini is a new, edgy, fun, interactive experience for grown-ups that merges upscale dining with spicy, but not too spicy, entertainment for couples and groups. Grown-ups love the spicy non-stop comedy, fun interactive experience and fantastic dining. Acrobatics, world class magic, great singing and dancing for the demanding Southern California entertainment marketplace were also added. The food is grown-up gourmet, too, served in a cozy, dinner cabaret environment for just 200 people.
From the trials of online dating to studying for his next prostate exam, baby boomer Peter Fogel mixes his signature wit with riotous relatable characters that have all come from his disastrous love life! Fogel takes his audience on a whirlwind comedic journey through 40 years of dating — and searching — and finally finding and surrendering to his soulmate on Valentine's Day!
'Til Death Do Us Part...You First! spins a heartwarming, hilarious yarn. Young or old, divorced or married — if you want to experience (again) the feeling of finding that special person who can transform your life, this show is for you!
Toil and Trouble is a new Shakespearean burlesque company based in Los Angeles. Why Shakespeare? Well, while we all admire the classical renditions of the Bard's great works, and while we adore the modern movie adaptations (DiCaprio or otherwise), we still can't help but feel that we can bring a bit more (or less) to the greatest plays, and sonnets, and characters ever written. The men and women of Toil and Trouble are some of the greatest burlesque performers in Los Angeles...and when the greatest burlesque performers in Los Angeles team up with the greatest playwright in the history of the English language, only great things can come of it, right?
A fiery prima donna is forced to play a role she never imagined when she becomes trapped between her allegiance to her rebel lover and the scheming of a treacherous police chief who will stop at nothing in his lust for her. The explosive triangle comes to a hair-raising conclusion in one of opera's bloodiest, most intense dramas.
Lieutenant Jonathan Daly's life is about to get a lot more interesting and a whole lot more dangerous — a high-stakes game with rewards beyond his wildest dreams at one end and death at the other. A chance encounter with an original manuscript of Marco Polo's travels to China opens a trail leading to Kublai Khan's fabled burial site and a long-lost treasure: rare red diamonds meant to light the way to heaven and to serve as an offering to the gods. Will the lieutenant be able to overcome criminals, secret agents, and the force of the entire Chinese army? Or will millions of dollars' worth of rare gems slip through his fingers like grains of sand?
Twelfth Night remains Artistic Director Sheldon Epps' favorite Shakespeare play, in his words, "A perfect mix of comedy, romance, beauty and mystery, and a great way to return to the tradition of the Bard on our stage as The Pasadena Playhouse enters its 100th year." One of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, Twelfth Night features mistaken identities, gender confusion and separated twins, all obstacles to be overcome on the quest for true love.
Filter's explosive and irreverent new take on this beloved romantic comedy of mistaken identity combines dynamic narrative drive with a torrent of sound and music creating one of the most accessible Shakespeare productions of recent years.
Emmy Award-winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation. Plucked out of total obscurity as a high school senior, Vicki went on to become part of the now-legendary cast of the "Carol Burnett Show." At the ripe, old age of 24, Vicki created her most endearing character to date, Thelma Harper, or "Mama" as she is better known to her fans. After the Burnett Show, Vicki went on to star in "Mama's Family." The multi-talented entertainer is mostly known for her acting and comedic talents, but she also earned a gold record for the 1973 hit, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia." Ms. Lawrence takes the stage first in this two-woman show. "My show is not a retrospective," she explains. "It is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life. I think people will get a kick out of the things Mama has an opinion about. Where Mama is concerned, expect the unexpected."
What if the fate of your favorite video game characters rested in your hands? Take control as they take the stage in The Video Games! Princess Zelda, Queen of the Console, is celebrating the 64th Annual Video Games and needs the audience's assistance (through social media) to ensure that this year's games are bigger, badder, and bloodier than last year's! It's a different show every night as iconic pixelated heroes and villains — such as Donkey Kong, Lara Croft, and the Master Chief — compete to win the coveted title of Player One.
Behold, a variety show set in the raucous days of 1924 Berlin that is dedicated to presenting lively and inventive performances ranging from the absurd to the sublime! On any given night you might see burlesque, puppetry, clowns, mimes, dance troupes, solo character sketches, musical numbers, and a variety of acrobatic and other circus performers doing their thing. Hosts Gretel Heinz and Hermann Schnitzel do their best to keep the sense of the 1920s alive and roaring. The show's venue, the famous El Cid restaurant, adds to the atmosphere with its full bar, smoking patio, optional food menu, and reasonable prices — to say nothing of its beauty.
A janitor. A software mogul. A college grad. An IRS paper-pusher. Although they live thousands of miles apart, these four people share a secret: they're recovering addicts who have found a safe haven in an online chat room. There, with liberal doses of jokes and bullying, they help each other navigate the broken terrain of their lives. But when an Iraq War veteran's tragedy spills over into their cyberhome, everything changes. In this fearless Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights), worlds virtual and real unfold onstage, challenging our notions of family, forgiveness, community, and courage.
From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever. The score, by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.
Zoot Suit, one of the most exciting and spectacular shows ever created in Los Angeles, is set to ignite the city again. Luis Valdez is bringing his groundbreaking 1978 smash back to the Mark Taper Forum to celebrate Center Theatre Group's 50th Anniversary.
Zoot Suit played to packed houses in L.A. for nearly a year before becoming Broadway's first Chicano play and a major motion picture. Now the Taper stage is once again filled with a company of 25 mesmerizing actors, singers, and dancers weaving fact and fiction together as they portray the events surrounding the infamous 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder. Pulsing with heart, sly wit, and an infectious musical score featuring Lalo Guerrero's famous songs, Zoot Suit remains a thrilling theatrical experience that animates the cultural, political, and human forces that continue to shape the City of Angels.