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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
INLAND VALLEY REPERTORY THEATRE
8/26-8/26/2014
Jason Robert Brown says, "it's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back." These are the stories and characters of today, the SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD.Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basket-ball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. With a small, powerhouse multi-ethnic cast and a driving, exquisitely crafted score running the gamut of today's popular music, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is a great way to bring the next generation into the theatre.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 THE THREEPENNY OPERA
The Garage Theatre
8/1-8/30/2014
Brecht and Weill turned to John Gay's 18th-century 'The Beggar's Opera' to fashion this savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality. Set in Victorian London, the bitter tale is told of the predatory outlaw known as Mack the Knife. He secretly marries the daughter of Soho's underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief's daughter, he is again betrayed- this time by a prostitute-and sentenced to death. At the final hour he manages a reprieve from Queen Victoria herself, thus providing a menacing finale of ferocious irony.Book and Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht; Music by Kurt Weill; English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 FOREVER PLAID
BUENA PARK CIVIC THEATRE
8/8-8/30/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 WEST SIDE STORY
WESTERN STAGE (HARTNEL COLLEGE)
8/9-8/30/2014
The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmarkBroadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet istransported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic loversfind themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American"Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a worldof hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative,heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.Highlighting the talents of a young ensemble cast, WEST SIDE STORY has found popularity in schools as well as professional theatres throughout the world. Its exciting, sophisticated score by Bernstein and Sondheim is often considered Broadway's finest--its songs part of the nation's musical heritage. As originally staged by the legendary Jerome Robbins, the show is an impressive showcase for accomplished dancers (a guide featuring the original choreography is available for rental). And with a reduced orchestration and transpositions on demand, this masterpiece is easier to mount than ever before!
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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
City Lights Theatre Company
7/24-8/31/2014

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GRIFFITH PARK AMPHITHEATER:
Independent Shakespeare Co
6/26-8/31/2014
Twelfth NightWilliam Shakespeare; dir: Melissa Chalsma.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 SEUSSICAL
LIFEHOUSE THEATER, INC.
7/26-8/31/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 FOREVER PLAID
CANYON THEATRE GUILD
8/2-8/31/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA
SHOESTRING THEATRE CO
8/23-8/31/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 BUYER & CELLAR
Mark Taper Forum
7/9-8/31/2014
Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., Alex takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 GODSPELL-2012 REVISED VERSION
ACTORS REPERTORY THEATRE OF SIMI
7/26-8/31/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 SWEENEY TODD
STAR REPERTORY THEATRE
8/22-8/31/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 SWEENEY TODD
CITY OF AGOURA HILLS
8/28-8/31/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Sierra Repertory Theatre
7/11-8/31/2014
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
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE - THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER
Candlelight Pavilion
8/1-8/31/2014
Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock 'n' roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. In an idealized '50's setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE isn't just great pop music - it's compelling musical theatre.Words and Music by Leiber & Stoller
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
BAKERSFIELD MUSIC THEATRE
8/15-9/6/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR
MUSICAL MAYHEM PRODUCTIONS INC.
8/29-9/6/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 INTO THE WOODS
SF PLAYHOUSE
6/24-9/6/2014
The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic.The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.One of Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 SWEENEY TODD
CITY OF AGOURA HILLS
8/29-9/6/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
FAIR OAKS THEATRE FESTIVAL
8/8-9/7/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA
Green Valley Theatre Company
8/15-9/7/2014
THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara-a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman-loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart. As THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA unfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara's future, but her own hopes as well. Book by Craig Lucas; Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
INLAND VALLEY REPERTORY THEATRE
8/26-9/7/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 THE FULL MONTY
NEW VILLAGE ARTS THEATRE
7/18-9/7/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
HEALDSBURG PERFORMING ARTS THEATER
8/22-9/7/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Huntington Beach Playhouse
8/22-9/13/2014
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. Music by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson & Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall Barer; Adapted by Tom Briggs
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
PLAYHOUSE MERCED
8/29-9/14/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 WEST SIDE STORY
GOOD COMPANY PLAYERS
7/18-9/14/2014
The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmarkBroadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet istransported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic loversfind themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American"Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a worldof hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative,heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.Highlighting the talents of a young ensemble cast, WEST SIDE STORY has found popularity in schools as well as professional theatres throughout the world. Its exciting, sophisticated score by Bernstein and Sondheim is often considered Broadway's finest--its songs part of the nation's musical heritage. As originally staged by the legendary Jerome Robbins, the show is an impressive showcase for accomplished dancers (a guide featuring the original choreography is available for rental). And with a reduced orchestration and transpositions on demand, this masterpiece is easier to mount than ever before!
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 BERLIN TO BROADWAY WITH KURT WEILL
MASQUERS PLAYHOUSE INC
8/22-9/20/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 GUYS & DOLLS
HIGH STREET ARTS CENTER
8/22-9/21/2014
Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.Everything works out in the end, thanks to the machinations of Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling's hilarious, fast-paced book and Frank Loesser's bright, brassy, immortal score, which takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City. Funny and romantic, GUYS AND DOLLS is ideal for audiences and performers of any age.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (MEGAMIX)
Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society
8/1-9/27/2014
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 features extended songs and dances. Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
8/2-9/28/2014
BROADWAY BOUNDNeil Simon; dir: Jason Alexander.
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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 LES MISERABLES
LAMBS PLAYERS
7/18-9/28/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/24/2014 SHREK
PACIFIC REP YOUTH
8/14-9/28/2014
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 8/24/2014 THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
GLENDALE CENTRE THEATRE
8/23-10/4/2014
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 8/24/2014 OKLAHOMA!
Welk Resort Theatre
8/22-11/16/2014
Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Original Dances by Agnes de Mille; Based on the play `Green Grow the Lilacs` by Lynn Riggs
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