Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014

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BLUE'S CLUES LIVE: BLUE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
Runaway Stage Productions
6/11-6/12/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
SOUTH BAY MUSICAL THEATRE
5/24-6/14/2014
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS has been described as stylish, sexy, irreverent, and "Broadway musical comedy heaven."Based on the popular 1988 film, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS gives directors the wonderful opportunity to direct two leading men with a large ensemble. It's a great choice for community theaters looking to add some spice to their season!
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 DISNEY'S ALADDIN JR
PUTTIN ON PRODUCTIONS
5/16-6/14/2014
Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! All of your favorite characters are here in Disney's ALADDIN JR., a stage adaptation of the Disney hit film. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, audiences' spirits will soar with excitement. Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me" will certainly make this musical a favorite for many years to come!
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 A LITTLE PRINCESS
CHRYSALIS YOUTH THEATRE
6/6-6/14/2014
Written by Tony-nominated composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa (THE ADDAMS FAMILY, THE WILD PARTY) and award-winning book-writer and lyricist Brian Crawley (VIOLET), A LITTLE PRINCESS is the story of a little girl with a great big imagination. A LITTLE PRINCESS, which features an updated script, score, orchestrations, and new material, is based on Francis Hodgson Burnett's children's novel, popular since the late 19th century. The story has been made into several films, including the darling little Shirley Temple Fox film in 1936.Separated from her father, and the open-hearted Africans who have helped him raise her, young Sara Crewe is sent to boarding school in London. When things go badly for her there, her imaginative powers come to the rescue - helping to transform a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery. As the girl wins the affection of the other boarders she draws the ire of Miss Minchin, the dour headmistress; Sara is made a servant to the institution when her father is reported dead, and his fortune seized. Sara counters all Miss Minchin's best efforts to degrade her with the grace and virtue of a little princess.A new version of A LITTLE PRINCESS premiered with a concert staging at Texas State University October 16-19, 2011. The Texas State University production,
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS
Action! Theatre Company
5/30-6/14/2014
Action! Theatre Company returns to the 2014 Fringe Festival with the West Coast Premiere of Mickle Maher's comedy, THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS. In partnership with Christina Keefe, Director of Rice University's Theatre Program and directed by A!TC Artistic Director, Tiger Reel, Action! Theatre Co. is proud to bring this beautiful and funny ode to love, sex and the poetry of William Blake to the Lounge Theatre.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 GODSPELL-2012 REVISED VERSION
CHRISTIAN ARTS AND THEATRE OF CORONA
6/6-6/15/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIANS KIDS
CITY OF SANTA CLARA
6/13-6/15/2014
101 DALMATION KIDS is the familiar tale of kidnappers, puppies, and villains. In a loving home in the city of London, human owners Robert and Anita live happily with Dalmatian parents Pongo and Perdita as they raise their Dalmatian puppies. Everything is quiet until the monstrous Cruella De Vil, Anita's former classmate, plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat! Join all the dogs of London as they daringly rescue the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen.With a delightfully fun score, lovable characters, and one of the most deliciously evil villains in the Disney canon, this stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences. The adorable spotted dogs and sinister main villain provide wonderful opportunities for creative costuming.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 SHREK
CHRISTIAN ARTS AND THEATRE OF CORONA
6/6-6/15/2014
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® winningDreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story ofeveryone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Ina faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemlyogre "" not a handsome prince "" shows up to rescue a feisty princess.Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, acookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, andyou've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily,there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!**AVAILABLE FOR LICENSES FOR PERFORMANCES BEGINNING JUNE 2013**
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 SOUTH PACIFIC
Mountain Play Association
5/17-6/15/2014
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan; Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel
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A DELICATE BALANCE
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
4/26-6/15/2014
Edward Albee; dir: Robin Larson.
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THE COLOR PURPLE
Hillbarn Theatre
5/8-6/18/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
CENTER REP OF WALNUT CREEK
5/16-6/21/2014
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
BIOLA UNIVERSITY - BIOLA YOUTH THEATRE
6/12-6/21/2014
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.The show features a star turn in Tevye, among the most memorable roles in musical theatre. Original director/choreographer Jerome Robbins' staging is legendary, and available from MTI in a comprehensive choreographic guide. Its celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved the world over: "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Matchmaker," to name a few. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is simply Broadway at its very best.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 LES MISERABLES
NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE
5/22-6/21/2014
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long.Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, LES MISÉRABLES is equally effective with a minimal set; it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made LES MISÉRABLES a popular masterpiece.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 LES MISERABLES
SAN BENITO STAGE COMPANY
5/30-6/22/2014
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long.Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, LES MISÉRABLES is equally effective with a minimal set; it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made LES MISÉRABLES a popular masterpiece.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATER SAN DIEGO
6/13-6/22/2014
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is a high-spirited musicalromp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston. It's the zany new1920'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 MILLIEtells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to thecity in search of a new life for herself. It's a New York full ofintrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce andthe rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Based onthe 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 MILLIEis a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. And with therole of Millie Dillmount, musical theatre has found a new heroine forthe ages in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE!
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 THE PRODUCERS
RUNAWAY STAGE PRODUCTIONS
5/30-6/22/2014
Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, THE PRODUCERS once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly "boffo" hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night.The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive "Springtime For Hitler"), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (ANNIE) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks , THE PRODUCERS skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 LITTLE WOMEN
ACTING COMPANY
5/16-6/22/2014
Based on Louisa May Alcott's own family experiences (and novel), LITTLE WOMEN, follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written. Now, this wonderful narrative has been brought to life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious music, dancing and heart. LITTLE WOMEN embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. This powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope -- the sounds of a young America finding its voice. In years to come, we are sure that hundreds of productions by schools and theatres throughout the world will make this stage adaptation of the American classic novel a classic musical theatre treasure in its own right.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Pantages Theatre
6/3-6/22/2014
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. The first collaboration of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions. Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo (Narrator) and Broadway star Ace Young (Joseph) lead the production. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 COMPANY
BUS BARN STAGE COMPANY
5/30-6/28/2014
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. COMPANY 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. On 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."An honest, witty, sophisticated look at relationships, COMPANY 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 Stephen Sondheim's best-known songs (including "Another Hundred People," "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive").
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
PINOLE COMMUNITY PLAYERS
6/13-6/28/2014
The authors of the landmark COMPANY reunite to turn the traditional showbiz musical on its head in this thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success.MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad). The show ends with a touch of rueful irony, as the three best friends at the start of their careers face a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered.Stephen Sondheim and George Furth expertly blend the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one's ideals. Like COMPANY, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG is a modest-sized show that crackles with the wit, humor and intensity that embody the spirit of New York City. With a brilliant "Broadway-style" score and that deep insight one expects from any Sondheim endeavor, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG is a spirited and moving cautionary tale for anyone who has ever pursued a dream.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
CANYON THEATRE GUILD
5/24-6/28/2014
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.1920'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.The MGM classic has been faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green 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 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN 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 6/08/2014 MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
PINOLE COMMUNITY PLAYERS
6/6-6/28/2014
The authors of the landmark COMPANY reunite to turn the traditional showbiz musical on its head in this thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success.MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad). The show ends with a touch of rueful irony, as the three best friends at the start of their careers face a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered.Stephen Sondheim and George Furth expertly blend the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one's ideals. Like COMPANY, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG is a modest-sized show that crackles with the wit, humor and intensity that embody the spirit of New York City. With a brilliant "Broadway-style" score and that deep insight one expects from any Sondheim endeavor, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG is a spirited and moving cautionary tale for anyone who has ever pursued a dream.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 COMPANY
LOS ALTOS STAGE COMPANY
5/30-6/28/2014
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. COMPANY 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. On 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."An honest, witty, sophisticated look at relationships, COMPANY 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 Stephen Sondheim's best-known songs (including "Another Hundred People," "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive").
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 LES MISERABLES
MCCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT
5/30-6/28/2014
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long.Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, LES MISÉRABLES is equally effective with a minimal set; it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made LES MISÉRABLES a popular masterpiece.
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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
City of Vista-Moonlight Stage Productions
6/11-6/28/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 BRONIES: THE MUSICAL
Lounge Theatre
6/7-6/28/2014
From the award-winning creative team of The Real Housekeepers of Studio City, BRONIES: THE MUSICAL is the story of three outsiders who find purpose, meaning, love - and each other - all thanks to cartoon ponies. Inspired by true stories, this musical love letter to the fandom experience will melt your heart if you have ever felt misunderstood because of what you love. WHERE Lounge Theater - 6201 Santa Monica Boulevard WHEN Saturday 6/7 - 6 PM Friday 6/13 - 8 PM Saturday 6/14 - 10 PM Saturday 6/21 - 8 PM Sunday 6/22 - 2 PM Friday 6/27 - 8 PM Saturday 6/28 - 10 PM TICKETS $15 online, $20 at the door Available at www.broniesthemusical.com AN ODDBIRD THEATRICALS PRODUCTION Music by Joe Greene (Real Housekeepers) Book & Lyrics by Heidi Powers & Tom Moore (Real Housekeepers) Directed by Ryan Bergmann (Revolver; Real Housekeepers) Stage Managed by Rebecca Eisenberg (Celebration Theatre; Coeurage Theatre Co.) Choreographed/Assistant Directed by Joseph Corella-Sandler (Hart of Dixie) Music Directed by Ryan O'Connell (Ragtime; Real Housekeepers) Orchestration by Brian Morales Art Direction by Samantha Krause Costumes by Kirk Stefferud Executive Producers Greene/Powers/Moore Produced by Ryan Bergmann and Rebecca Eisenberg CAST Mark Gelsomini (Go West; Broadway workshop of Days of Wine and Roses) as Tyler Kennen Miller (Lady Gaga's G.U.Y.; Footloose national tour) as Austin Jeffery Christopher Todd (Wizards of Waverly Place; I Love Lucy Live national tour) as Jacob Natalie Lander (recurring on The Middle; Nickelodeon's Winx Club) as Madison Sarah Watkins (The Marvelous Wonderettes) as Paige Jacqueline Grace Lopez (Pokemusical; Stan Lee's POW Entertainment) as Yellow Pony Leigh Golden (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at El Portal) as White Pony Madison Dewberry (Alice premiering in June at Los Angeles Film Festival) as Blue Pony Cindy Sciacca (I Love Lucy Live national tour) as Pink Pony Joey Acuna (Altar Boyz at Chromolume Theatre) as Keith/Nick Joe Greene (America's Got Talent; Real Housekeepers) as Hank Gabby Sanalitro (Good Luck Charlie; Real Housekeepers) as Mrs. Mason/Brianna Kurt Koehler (Chico's Angels; Parks and Recreation) as Principal Davis Matthew Herrmann (I Know What You Did Last Donna Summer) as Brandon/Swing Heather Lake ([Title of Show] at Theatre Unleashed) as Kelsey/Pony Swing ABOUT ODDBIRD Oddbird Theatricals' previous production, The Real Housekeepers of Studio City, was an audience hit at Hollywood Fringe Festival 2013. Winner of the Footlights Award, recipient of a Best of Extension, and nominated for Best Musical and Best World Premiere. Charles McNulty of The Los Angeles Times called Real Housekeepers "a bite-sized musical candy bar." Oddbird is also producing "FANCY: SECRETS FROM MY BOOTYDOIR" at Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 KHARMFUL CHARMS OF DANIIL KHARMS
Schkapf
6/7-6/28/2014
Don your moustaches and throw on your dandy garb for an evening of not-so-innocent pranks and antics, vignettes and dreamlike incidents, as the St. Petersburg eccentric Daniil Kharms (re)meets ARTEL's unique brand of clownpunk. ARTEL is reviving and revamping its acclaimed Russian absurdist comedy. Experience why audiences are still talking about this show 4 years later! For those new to Mr. Daniil Kharms (1905-1942), here's a bit of info to quicken your inquisitiveness: Kharms was an early Soviet-era surrealist and absurdist poet, writer and dramatist, a post-modern artist before the term had any cultural currency. He exploded the conception of theatre as a literary representative, defining the rules of theatre not as dramatic but scenic. ARTEL ransacks the storehouse of Kharms, particularly his creative practice of sluchai (chance event), to propose its own poetics of illogical perspectives formulated for a new decade of theatrical hooliganism. Come to the show and dress to impress while enjoying yourself at a night of irrepressible theatre. Kharmsian time zone is circa 1920s/1930s. Wearing a moustache is highly recommended. Moustachioed persons will be rewarded with a cup of soup. Ladies with moustaches will be doubly rewarded.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 THE PRODUCERS
HIGH STREET ARTS CENTER
5/30-6/29/2014
Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, THE PRODUCERS once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly "boffo" hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night.The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive "Springtime For Hitler"), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (ANNIE) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks , THE PRODUCERS skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 COMPANY
NEWPORT THEATRE ARTS CENTER
5/30-6/29/2014
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. COMPANY 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. On 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."An honest, witty, sophisticated look at relationships, COMPANY 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 Stephen Sondheim's best-known songs (including "Another Hundred People," "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive").
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 SHE LOVES ME
CALIFORNIA REGIONAL THEATER
6/13-6/29/2014
An intimate and touching show, featuring music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF) and book by Joe Masteroff (CABARET), SHE LOVES ME is considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written.Georg and Amalia are two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie during the 1930's who secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are none other than each other. Funny, intelligent, honest and sentimental, SHE LOVES ME is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance and nostalgia, yet as universal and relevant as ever in this age of internet romances.SHE LOVES ME showcases a small but strong ensemble cast playing a range of memorable characters of all ages. An ideal Christmas or Valentine's Day show, this heart-warming story will be adored by your entire audience.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
COSTA MESA CIVIC PLAYHOUSE
5/30-6/29/2014
A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS never fails to entertain. A small cast, band and unit set make the other aspects of production a snap.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 FOREVER PLAID
CHICO THEATER COMPANY
6/7-6/29/2014
FOREVER PLAID is one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory. This deliciously goofy revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950's on the way to their first big concert, and now miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. Singing in the closest of harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with over-zealous precision, the "Plaids" are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they're not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950's.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 MARRY ME A LITTLE
THEATREWORKS SILICON VALLEY
6/4-6/29/2014
MARRY ME A LITTLE uses several unknown songs by the undisputed master of the contemporary Broadway musical to tell a charming and bittersweet tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern single. Two single strangers, left alone in their studio apartments on a Saturday night, pass their time with sweetly secret, unshared fantasies, never knowing that they're just a floor away from each other and the end of their lonely dreams. Originally conceived by director Norman Rene and playwright Craig Lucas (Prelude To A Kiss), this ingeniously-constructed "revusical" is told entirely through songs either written early in Sondheim's career (including numbers SATURDAY NIGHT) or cut from his groundbreaking Broadway musicals (A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, COMPANY, FOLLIES and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC). A must for Sondheim aficionados, this easily produced one-act musical is also perfect as a benefit, curtain warmer or second-stage production, as it can be played on virtually any existing set - or no set at all. It's a smart, funny, sophisticated and moving evening, and a fascinating lo
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (STONE)
Musical Theatre Village
5/30-6/29/2014
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN scored a bulls eye when it returned to Broadway in 1999, starring Bernadette Peters and sporting a revised libretto by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Peter Stone. As Newsday reported, Stone's revisions 'are sweetly ingenious, and the show is a dream.' Stone reshaped the 1946 book to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless 'Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better' love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. Stone has added a secondary romance between the younger sister of Frank's bothersome assistant Dolly, and a boy who is (to Dolly's horror) part Native American. 'The book has been updated in ways that pass p.c. muster,' reported Time Magazine, 'without losing all the fun.' Joined to the new book, of course, is that amazing Irving Berlin score, featuring hit after hit after hit. 'Irving Berlin's greatest achievement in the theater,' wrote the New York Post, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 'will always be a musical for the ages, one of the Broadway theater's enduring triumphs.'Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Original Book by Herbert Fields & Dorothy Fields; As Revised by Peter Stone
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 SHOW BOAT
San Francisco Opera
6/1-7/6/2014
Spanning the years from 1880 to 1927, this lyrical masterpiece concerns the lives, loves and heartbreaks of three generations of show folk on the Mississippi, in Chicago and on Broadway (and their life-long friends). The primary plot follows Magnolia, the naive daughter of the show boat captain, as she marries a gambler and moves with him to Chicago. His gambling continues as his debts compound, and soon he deserts her and their young daughter. A subplot concerns the potential arrest of Magnolia's selfless best friend on charges of miscegenation when it's discovered that she is mulatto, and her subsequent downward spiral into despair. The passing of time reunites Magnolia and her now-grown daughter with her family on the show boat as well as with her husband, who eventually returns offering a hopeful second chance at familial fulfillment.Music by Jerome Kern; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the novel
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/08/2014 SWEENEY TODD
ACTORS REPERTORY THEATRE OF SIMI
6/7-7/13/2014
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 6/08/2014 NEXT TO NORMAL
CAMARILLO COMMUNITY THEATRE
6/6-7/13/2014
Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.NEXT TO NORMAL tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact.NEXT TO NORMAL is a deeply moving piece of theatre that provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score. This show is ideal for community theaters, as well as colleges and regional theatre companies.
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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Contra Costa Civic Theatre
6/13-7/13/2014

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