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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 THE BOOK OF MORMON
Pantages Theater
9/5-10/25/2012
The National Tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, will play a strictly limited 12-week engagement from September 4 through November 25, 2012 at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. "The question people most ask me about the show – aside from ‘can you get me tickets?' – is ‘when's it coming to LA?'" commented Robert Lopez. "It's great to finally have a good answer to one question, if not the other." "We moved to Los Angeles twenty years ago to try and make it as filmmakers," commented Trey Parker and Matt Stone. "The last thing we expected is that one day we would be bringing our Broadway musical here. It's crazy and great." THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, "South Park." Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, "Avenue Q." The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw ("Monty Python's Spamalot," "The Drowsy Chaperone") and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, Best Music (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Lyrics (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Director (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Actor in a Musical (Josh Gad) and Best Director (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker) and the Drama League Award for Best Musical. THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus. The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 LOVING REPEATING
LESBIAN/GAY CHORUS OF SAN FRANCISCO
10/26-10/27/2012
LOVING REPEATING is an inspired new musical about the brilliant American expatriate writer Gertrude Stein and her passion for life, language, and the thrill of romantic love.LOVING REPEATING follows Gertrude Stein from her student days in the late 19th century to the height of her artistic era in Paris as one of the 'lost generation,' a term she coined referring to those who came of age between the two world wars. The musical also explores the world of her capricious love affair with language, self-expression, and her lifelong companion Alice B. Toklas.A wonderful show that features excellent female roles, LOVING REPEATING is the perfect addition to any community theatre's season.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 1776
CABRILLO MUSIC THEATRE
10/19-10/28/2012
The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! strong1776/strong follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.brbrstrong1776/strong puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often pett
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 INTO THE WOODS
ALTARENA PLAYHOUSE
9/21-10/28/2012
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 the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone's wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results. What begins a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of "The Princess Bride" becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 HAIRSPRAY
3D-THEATRICALS
10/12-10/28/2012
HAIRSPRAY delighted audiences by sweeping them away to 1960's Baltimore, where the 50's are out -- and change is in the air.nbsp; Loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad, has a passion for dancing, and wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show." Overnight she finds herself transformed from outsider to teen celebrity. Can a larger-than-life adolescent manage to vanquish the program's reigning princess, integrate the television show, and find true love (singing and dancing all the while, of course!) without mussing her hair?
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 RENT
Lawrence Welk DINNER THEATRE
9/19-10/28/2012
Set in the East Village of New York City, strongRENT /strongis about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award® for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, strongRENT/strong has become a pop
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
10/25-10/28/2012
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is a high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston. It?s the zany new 1920?s musical that has taken Broadway by storm, winning the TONY Award for BEST MUSICAL! Taking place in New York City in 1922, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It?s a New York full of intrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Based on the popular movie, the stage version of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. And with the role of Millie Dillmount, musical theatre has found a new heroine for the ages in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE!
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 HAIRSPRAY
Plummer Auditorium
10/12-10/28/2012
A Cult Classic movie, that spawned a Broadway Hit, that spawned a Movie based on the show you will see! Who would have thought Baltimore in the 1960's would be so cool? If you liked All Shook Up, you will love this Plus Size 2003 Tony winner for Best Musical, Book, Score, Actor, and Actress!
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 URINETOWN
SANTA CLARITA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
10/19-10/28/2012
One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, URINETOWN is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, URINETOWN is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, URINETOWN catapults the ?comedic romp? into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Woodside Community Theatre
10/19-10/28/2012
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; Suggested by For more information on Woodside Community Theatre, click hereFor more information on The Sound of Music, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 THE MEANING OF LIFE
STAGEStheatre
10/6-11/3/2012
"The bigger the questions, the weirder the answers" Six strangers—four men and two women—stand in line outside an auditorium, awaiting the presentation of a lecture entitled, "The Meaning of Life." During their wait, they become acquainted, share their life stories, and witness a fistfight, a budding romance, a debate, another fistfight, a shocking crime, and what can only be called an honest-to-God "miracle".
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
The Bishop's School
10/26-11/3/2012
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of beguiling songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are, you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger actors and audiences, but all the magic, hilarity and fun of the original are still in place. G2K? ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is the perfect show to introduce young people to the magic of live theater. PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a G2K musical should apply through theMusic by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson & Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall BarerFor more information on The Bishop's School, click hereFor more information on Once Upon a Mattress, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 INTO THE WOODS
ALTARENA PLAYHOUSE
9/28-11/4/2012
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 the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone's wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results. What begins a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of "The Princess Bride" becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 ASSASSINS
CAMARILLO COMMUNITY THEATRE
9/28-11/4/2012
Bold, original, surreal, disturbing, thought-provoking and alarmingly funny, "Assassins" is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.brbrThis most American of musicals 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, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish rollercoaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and in an intense final scene inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE
10/9-11/4/2012
The outrageously prodigious comic and musical soul of 1930s Harlem lives on in this rollicking, swinging, finger-snapping revue that is still considered one of Broadway's best. brbrThe inimitable Thomas "Fats" Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club, honky tonk dives along Lenox Avenue, rent parties, stride piano players and that jumpin' new beat, Swing. Although not quite a biography, "Ain't Misbehavin'" evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs he made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 THE FANTASTICKS
ALTARENA PLAYHOUSE
9/28-11/4/2012
Talk about a time-proven audience-pleaser! "Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. strongTHE FANTASTICKS/strong is the longest-running production of any kind in the world, and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time. brbrWith its minimal costumes, small band and virtually non-existent set, strongTHE FANTASTICKS/strong is an intimate show which may be performed in virtually any space, engaging the audience's imagination and showcasing a strong ensemble cast. Its moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a more mature, meaningful love is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become standards.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
ICT at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center
10/9-11/4/2012
The joint will be jumpin' in this Tony Award-winning musical revue based on the life of Thomas "Fats" Waller. Step back to the Golden Age of Jazz, when places like the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom were havens where snappy swing music, snazzy jazz and the stride piano infused the energy of the country. "Ain't Misbehavin' is like an intoxicating combination of a dry martini and a dirty joke, savored over the sassiest Depression-era jazz." - LA Times
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NOVEMBER
Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum
9/26-11/4/2012
Just in time for the 2012 election, David Mamet's fiendishly funny "November" comes to the Taper. It's a few days before a presidential election and incumbent Charles Smith is in for a rough month - - his campaign funds are running out, his poll numbers are "lower than Gandhi's cholesterol" and the sofa needs to be reupholstered … all in all, it looks like the Thanksgiving turkey will have a better holiday season. But although his speechwriter seems to have defected, his chief of staff has all but given up and his wife is planning for her post-White House life, Charles isn't ready to throw in the towel quite yet.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 THE TWILIGHT ZONE
STAGEStheatre
9/28-11/4/2012
"That's the signpost up ahead. Your next stop: The Twilight Zone." You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension. A dimension of sound... a dimension of sight... a dimension of mind. You are moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into... The Twilight Zone.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 NOVEMBER
Mark Taper Forum
9/26-11/4/2012
"You want to rile people up, you've got to give them something to like better than the things they like OR something to HATE better than the things they like." - President Charles Smith in November by David Mamet The end of the line for an unpopular president is the inauguration of hilarity when Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, Race) makes the Oval Office a three-ring circus of political incorrectness. President Charles Smith is desperate to be re-elected. And he's not afraid to beg, bargain or sacrifice The Remains of his integrity to achieve this. The only question is: will he save the turkeys or marry the lesbians? The answer is classic Mamet. "Mamet's favorite word begins with an ‘F,' and it's not ‘fiscal'." –Variety
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 SWEENEY TODD
PACIFIC OPERA PROJECT
10/19-11/4/2012
The rare instance of a musical thriller, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler?s chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. His thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, and the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs soon has the people of London lining up in droves with her mysterious new meat pie recipe!Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, SWEENEY TODD nevertheless has a great sense of fun, mixing intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humor: audiences find themselves laughing hysterically one moment and gasping in surprise the next.At the show?s core is a challenging score of epic proportion with two tasty tour de force roles in Sweeney and his comic female accomplice Mrs. Lovett. Although it has been extremely popular with opera companies and in concert presentation, SWEENEY TODD is equally effective as an intimate chamber musical.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 THE FULL MONTY
LOOKUP PRODUCTIONS
9/7-11/4/2012
Seeing how much their wives enjoy watching male strippers during their "Girls' Night Out," unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, New York come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. In the process they find renewed self-esteem, the importance of friendship and the ability to have fun. As the guys work through their fears, self-consciousness, feelings of worthlessness and anxieties (over everything from being overweight to child custody, bigotry to being gay), they come to discover that not only are they stronger as a group, but that the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to face their demons and overcome them.There is great heart to THE FULL MONTY, and the ultimate themes expressed in the show, about taking charge of one's life and following one's dreams are great lessons for all of us. And truth be told, through creative directing and staging, the final impact of THE FULL MONTY can be achieved without ever losing your jockey shorts!
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR
CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATER SAN DIEGO
10/26-11/4/2012
The Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series is now the basis for one of the most fun, energetic, and easily mounted musicals ever to hit the stage! A loose, revue-like structure allows for a great deal of flexibility in staging and cast size. Set and costume design can be as simple or complex as your budget or imagination allow. And because most of the songs are so familiar and easy to learn, rehearsals are bound to be a snap. Perfect for young performers of all ages and experience levels, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. will be a hit for actors and audiences alike!
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GRAPES OF WRATH
Kenneth Ford Theatre
10/26-11/4/2012
Grapes of Wrath was the winner of the 1990 Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award. It is a powerful and moving stage version of one of the masterpieces of American literature. Holding to the simplicity and directness of the original novel, the play uses the sparest of technical means to convey its timeless message of the persistence and strength of the human spirit as it battles against the adversities of nature and an uncaring society.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT (93' U.K. TOUR W/OPTIONAL `MEGAMIX`)
Contra Costa Musical Theatre
10/12-11/10/2012
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. This version of JOSEPH?DREAMCOAT features extended songs and dances. The Megamix is available as a separate rental with this version. Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd WebberFor more information on Contra Costa Musical Theatre, click hereFor more information on Joseph...Dreamcoat (93' U.K. Tour w/Optional `Megamix`), click here
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
GOOD COMPANY PLAYERS
9/20-11/11/2012
You remember the plot. You love the characters. You know "the song." It's no less than the stage adaptation of one of the most celebrated and beloved films of all time.brbr1920's Hollywood is the setting for this zany, light-hearted romantic comedy about the early days of sound film, when many a movie studio found itself scrambling to salvage the career of its chipmunk-voiced silent picture star.brbrThe MGM classic has been faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends a href="http://mtishows.com/biography.asp?writerid=3526"Betty Comden/a and a href="http://mtishows.com/biography.asp?writerid=3543"Adolph Green/a from their original award-winning screenplay. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance, is accounted for, including the showstopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make strongSINGIN' IN THE RAIN/strong the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 CREATION
Boston Court Performing Arts Center
10/13-11/11/2012
When Sarah's husband, Ian, an evolutionary biologist, is struck by lightning and suffers a near-death experience, he develops an obsession with music. This strange new twist in their ordered lives sends them to seek answers from others about the ways in which people transform, and whether a marriage can endure monumental change. Four lives unexpectedly entwine as they wrestle with the mysteries of the human mind and heart, the alchemy of the creative process, and that single spark that can to change it all.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 MISS SAIGON
CANDLELIGHT PAVILION DINNER THEATRE
10/5-11/18/2012
A classic love story is brought up-to-date in one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. In ?Miss Saigon,? Alain Boublil and Claude-Michael Schonberg (the creators of ?Les Miserables?), along with Richard Maltby, Jr., bring Puccini's ?Madame Butterfly? to the modern world in a moving testament to the human spirit and a scathing indictment of the tragedies of war. BRBRIn the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years ends in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. BRBRAn international sensation, ?Miss Saigon? is an epic, daring pop opera that is universal in its emotional power even as it deals with controversial, contemporary issues. Its sung-through pop-inflected score gives a multi-ethnic cast of strong pop singers an opportunity to shine, in showstopping numbers like ?I Still Believe,? ?Why God Why?? and ?The American Dream.? Meanwhile, its fluid cinematic structure gives directors and designers a field day. BRBRRaw and uncompromising, ?Miss Saigon? is an intensely personal story of the losses we suffer and the sacrifices we make in a world gone mad.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 GODSPELL JR
ECLECTIC COMPANY THEATRE
10/26-11/18/2012
This best loved musical by two-time Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz is now available in a Broadway Junior version! Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, GODSPELL JR. is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love. Featuring the international hit "Day By Day," GODSPELL JR. can be performed virtually anywhere with the simplest of sets, costumes, lights and music.
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SEMINAR
Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre
10/10-11/18/2012
In SEMINAR four aspiring young writers sign up for private writing classes with Leonard (played by Jeff Goldblum), an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this provocative new comedy.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 COMPANY
WILLOWS THEATRE COMPANY
10/25-11/25/2012
The clashing sounds and pulsing rhythms of New York City underscore this landmark "concept" show, considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre. strongCOMPANY/strong follows our anti-hero bachelor Robert as he makes his way through a series of encounters with April (the stewardess), Kathy (the girl who's going to marry someone else), Marta (the "peculiar" one), as well as with his married friends. brbrOn the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert Contemplates his unmarried state. In vignette after hilarious vignette, we are introduced to "those good and crazy people," his married friends, as Robert weighs the pros and cons of married life. In the end, he realizes being alone is "alone, not alive."brbrAn honest, witty, sophisticated look at relationships, strongCOMPANY/strong is as contemporary and relevant as ever (witness the recent hit revivals on Broadway and the West End). It features a brilliant energetic score containing many of a href="http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000030#"Stephen Sondheim/a's best-known songs (including "Another Hundred People," "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive").br
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 SPRING AWAKENING
ACTORS REPERTORY THEATRE OF SIMI
10/27-12/2/2012
Winner of 8 TONY Awards, including BEST MUSICAL, strongSPRING AWAKENING/strong celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.divbr/divdivAdapted from Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tears, and exhilaration of the teen years, it has been hailed as the "Best Musical of the Year" by thespan style="font-style: italic;" New York Times/span, span style="font-style: italic;"New York Post/span, span style="font-style: italic;"Star Ledger/span, span style="font-style: italic;"Journal News/span, span style="font-style: italic;"New York Observer/span, and span style="font-style: italic;"USA Today/span./div
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Berkeley Playhouse
10/27-12/2/2012
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; Suggested by For more information on Berkeley Playhouse, click hereFor more information on The Sound of Music, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 10/21/2012 ANYTHING GOES
Ahmanson Theatre
9/22-12/22/2012
Roundabout Theatre Company's acclaimed Tony Award winner ANYTHING GOES sails into the Ahmanson in the Fall of 2012. Winner of three 2011 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical and Choreography, Roundabout Theatre Company's ANYTHING GOES continues on Broadway with Sutton Foster and Joel Grey at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall won the 2011 Tony Award® for Best Choreography. New Yorker Magazine says "I challenge you to find a natural high greater than the first-act finale of ANYTHING GOES, a giddy layer cake of tap-dancing sailors atop droll Cole Porter lyrics. Of course, ANYTHING GOES is from the golden age of musical comedy, a genre that is doggedly committed to manufacturing joy." Roundabout Theatre Company's ANYTHING GOES features music and lyrics by Cole Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; and new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. Cole Porter's roundup of nostalgic hits in the production include "You're the Top," "Friendship," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "It's De-Lovely," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and, of course "Anything Goes." This 1934 musical comedy about the lovers, liars and clowns on a transatlantic cruise is "a daffy, shipshape romp!" - Variety. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. The New Broadway Cast Recording of Roundabout Theatre Company's ANYTHING GOES, nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.
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