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Theatre, Concerts & Opera

Ahmanson Theatre:  Los Angeles Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles (213/628-2772)   TheatreGroup.org    A Strange Loop tells the story of a young gay Black writer who hates his day job, writes a musical about a young, gay Black writer who’s writing a musical about  a young, gay Black writer.  June 5-30.

A series of special events and programming at the Mark Taper Forum, the Kirk Douglas Theatre and throughout greater Los Angeles.   CTG:FWD.   The events provide greater opportunities for community gatherings and conversations, can’t miss special events  and ways to help center Los Angeles based artists and the arts community.  It also provides an opportunity to open the doors of the Mark Taper Forum during this pause in traditional season programming .  The initial slate of programming includes Alex Edelman’s Just for Us, Feinstein’s at the Taper,  Amal Walks Across America.

Upcoming Season: six productions including two Tony Award winning Best Musicals, A Strange Loop, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; also the Broadway revival of Clue.   

A number of services  to accommodate persons requiring mobility, vision and hearing access.   American Sign language interpretation is offered.  Contact  CenterTheatreGroup.org/Access


A Noise Within:  3352 E. Foothill Bl., Pasadena    (626/356-3100)  www.anoisewithin.org 

Boston Court Pasadena:  70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena  (626/683–6801)  bostoncourtpasadena.org  The world premiere of  The Body’s Midnight, a poetic and surprising new play about the complicated, ridiculous awe-inspiring  trajectory of life.  What does it mean to discover America?  A couple are determined to find out as they embark on the perfect American road trip. April 18-May 26.

Crypto.com Arena: (formerly the Staples Center) 1111 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles (213/ 742-7100)  www.cryptoarena.com  Check for all upcoming concerts, family shows and special events.  Tickets on sale now.

Davidson/Valentini Theatre:  Los Angeles LGBT Center, , 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood.  www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/10628  Cock Tales: Straight Up, Dirty & Shaken Stories of Lust & Love, a new darkly comedic entertainment, part of the 2024 Hollywood Fringe Festival June 9, 11 , 23.

 


LA Opera presents Turandot

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion: Los Angeles Music Center, 135 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213/972-8001) What began as one of the world’s  grandest operas, with a story centuries in the making — though ultimately left incomplete by Puccini’s untimely death.  Despite  that, Turandot‘s legacy has persisted as its story still continues being written to this day as composers rewrite and redefine the opera’s ending.  Premiering just before the dawn of the golden age of Hollywood, Turandot was a grand statement both where opera has been and its place in pop culture while also breaking new grounds both for Puccini and opera.   Puccini’s aria Nessum dorma started as a standout moment in Turandot and became a worldwide phenomenon after Luciano Pavarotti’s performance for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.   The aria took the world by storm.  When it comes to epic operas, few can touch the grand scale reached in Puccini’s Turandot.  Three hours running time. May 18, 26, 30, June 2, 5 & 8.

The Joffrey Ballet‘s L.A debut of award-winning  blockbuster Anna Karenina with stunning production of Leo Tolstoy’s epic 19th Century novel, June 21-23.  The season features beloved classic operas, world premieres and top talent from around the globe:  Madam Butterfly, Romeo & Juliet, Cosi Fan Tutte, Ainadamar and Rigoletto.

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Fountain Theatre:   5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles. (323/663-1525)  www.fountaintheatre.com    Fatherland,  a true story of the 18-year-old son who turned in his father to the FBI because of his dad’s role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.   Fast moving, powerful and theatrical, it erupts  verbatim from the official court transcripts, case evidence and public statements. Extended through July 21.

Hollywood Bowl: 2301 Highland Ave., Los Angeles ( 323/850–2000)  hollywoodbowl.com  Season highlights include 9 performances with Gustavo Dudamel and the  LA Phil, Zubin Mehta’s return after 30 years, world premiere of Infinita Saga Concert Experience, stellar assists, classical superstars, Jazz Festival, July 4th fireworks, Herbie Hancock, Maestro of the Movies, Andrew Bird Trio joins Pink Martini, Local Natives to mention a few.  Great season!!

International City Theatre,  Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center’s Beverly O’Neill Theater:  330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach.  What the Constitution Means To Me,  the Obie and New York Drama Critics Circle award-winning play that breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans.   May 1-19.

Kirk Douglas Theatre: 9820 Washington Bl. Culver City (213/628-2772) www.centertheatregroup.com

Los Angeles Theatre Center:   514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles  (213/489-0994)  www,latinotheaterco.org
 Latino Theater Company and Playwrights Arena present epic Mix-Mix:  The Filipino Adventures of a German-Jewish Boy, an epic World War II odyssey inspired by a a true story.  Grand in scale, exciting, touching and at times hilarious.  May 9-June 16.

Mark Taper Forum: Los Angeles Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles (213/628-2772) CenterTheatereGroup.org     


Morgan Wixson Theatre: 2627 Pico Bl., Santa Monica (310/828-7519) www.morganwixson.org,      

Musco Center for the Arts:   Chapman University,  (714/997-6812) Ticketing@chapman.edu 


                                 John Kayton and Ilia Volok star in Stalin’s Master Class

Odyssey Theatre:  2055 S. Sepulveda Bl., West Los Angeles (310/477-2055) odysseytheatre.com       Stalin’s Master Class, a wildly comic, music-filled drama where politics collide with art when “Father of the People” Joseph Stalin and Soviet cultural minister Andrei  Zhdanov summon composers Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovitch to the Kremlin for a vodka-fueled music lesson.  Can artistic expressionism be forced to conform to political ideology?  Extended through  June 2.

Comedy Night at the Odyssey series curated by Kevin Flynn on the third Thursday of every month, May 16 & June 20.  Ireland’s Fishyamble returns to the Odyssey with King,  the newest work by solo performer Pat Kinevane. A deeply moving exploration of prejudice, privilege and resilience…an extraordinary solo show.   April 18-May 5.

Robey Theatre:   514 S. Spring St.,  at Los Angeles Theatre Center (213/489-7402)  info@therobeytheatrecompany.org 

Royce Hall:  UCLA campus, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood (310/825-2101)  www.cap.ucla.edu

Santa Monica Playhouse:  1211 4th St., Santa Monica (310/394-9779 ext 1) 

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, www.SCFTA.org  (714/556-2787)    Upcoming Dance Headliners and in conversation series for the 2024 season includes Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Turn It Out with Tiler Peck, American Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s Coppel-o/A,  American Ballet Theater Mixed Repertory.   Headliner Series features Get Happy: Jessica Vost, Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Being Alive, A Broadway Birthday, Sondheim, Lloyd Webber and Friends.

Concluding the 2023-2024 Cabaret Series are are performances by two Broadway luminaries in Samuleli Theater.. Tony Award winner Matt Doyle performs from his hit Broadway shows and more, May 2-4.  Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway Series with Lillias White presents an intimate evening of concert and conversation May 16-18.


The Braid:  (310/315-1400 0r 818/570-3957) info@the-braid.org   Shows held at various locations-some in person others on Zoom. What Do I Do With All This Heritage?, true stories of Asian Jews as they hold two age-old traditions in their hearts.  The story dives into the multicultural Jewish future with witty, insightful, and heartbreaking true stories in the first-ever  theatre show about the lives of Asian American Jews.  May 15-June 9.

Theatre 40: Mary Levin Cutler Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills  (310/364-0535) www.theatre40.org     London, 1876.  The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis, their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible.  True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink?  Grab you safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship in this hilarious comedy.  May 23-June 23, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m.


Theatre West:  3333 Cahuenga Bl. West, Los Angeles (818/761-2203)  www.theatrewest.org  Storybook Theatre presents Cinderella,  a joyful, version specifically created to appeal to young children and the whole family.  Feb. 17-June 1.

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Kavli Theatre: 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard,  Thousand Oaks (800/745-3000) www.startheatricals.com 

UCLA Nimoy Theater:  1262 Westwood Bl., Los Angeles (310/825-2101)  tickets@cap.ucla.edu   Daniel  Alexander Jones Rites of Passage,  a modern  renaissance man, accomplished in music, theater and literature.  He creates multidimensional  experiences where minds, bodies, voices, emotions and spirits  combine, and shimmer.  May 16-19.  Upcoming highlights for the 2024 season include:   Rapper Omaer Offedum’s The Little Syria Show, Ethiopian ensemble Ethioand Cabaret sensation Meow Meow, Choreographer-dancer Calib Teicher and pianist-composer Conrad Tao. 

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis): 9390 N. Santa Monica Bl., Beverly Hills (310/746-4000)  www.thewallis     The Wallis continues to offer free events for families and young audiences.  Dance Me- Music by Leonard Cohen, an exclusive creation  inspired by the legendary Montreal-based poet, artist and songwriter. Approved by Cohen during his lifetime, this extraordinary tribute to the famed artist evokes the grand cycles of existence in five seasons.  May 10-11.  The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Fest offers a week full of exclusive events  and insightful  sessions from award winning artists.  May 14-17.

Walt Disney Concert Hall - Photo: Grant Mudford

Walt Disney Concert Hall – Photo: Grant Mudford

Walt Disney Concert Hall: 151 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles (213/972-7288) www.wdch.com
The Frank Gehry designed home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic embodies the unique energy and creative spirit of both the City of Angels and its world-class orchestra under the direction of  maestro Gustavo Dudamel and features the works of the world’s musical greats featuring Classical, World Music, Jazz, Songbook and the Master Chorale.   The season features programs that reflect on the profundity of our cultural moments by examining themes of life, death and transcendence in music. .  Season highlights include Dudamel leading 11 performances in Mahler Grooves Festival, Seoul Festival, John Williams Spotlight,  Emmanuelle Haim begins her 3 year tenure as Artist-Collaborator with Han del Project, Pan  American Music initiative, World Premiere of Carlos Simon’s Gospel Mass…and much more.                                                                                                            


Whitefire Theatre:  13500 Ventura Bl., Sherman Oaks (818/687–8559)  FreudOnCocaine.com  Freud on Cocaine returns to the theatre for a second run. An outrageous new comedy based on the documented letters, notes, dreams  and recollections of Sigmund Freud that attest to his decade-long use of cocaine in his practice and personal life.  March 29-May 3.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga (310/455–3723)  www.theatricum.com         Celebrate Mothers Day, MOMentum Place, an uncommon afternoon of aerial and performance delights .   Delight in the fantastical world of aerial and circus performers dancers and musicians in the rustic outdoor amphitheater.  Enjoy a scrupulous Mother’s Day Brunch preceding the performance..  May 12.  Theatricum’s ‘Under the Oaks’ classical series kicks off summer season with Hills Like White Elephants, an interdisciplinary adaptation of the short story by Ernest Hemingway, May 10, 16 & 17.  The upcoming summer season will transform the stage  alternately into the captivating countryside of Bohemia in The Winters Tale by Shakespeare, the enchanted woods of Athens in A Midsummer Nights Dream, the imaginary isle of Neverland in the world premiere of Wendy’s Peter Pan, Tartiffe: Born Again  translated and adapted from Moliere and the USA Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx/Latine Vote by Bernardo Cubria. June 1-Sept. 30.

Zephyr Theatre:  7456  Melrose Ave, Los Angeles http//hollywoodfringe.org/projects/7157  The Road to Masada: Antisemitism and Me reflects the Oldest Hatred and Michael Feinstein investigates its origins with the aid of a History Machine (and multimedia), portraying multiple characters and covering some 2000 years of history in a clear, comprehensible, concise and compact 75 minutes.   Mitchell explores antisemitism in the hopes of understanding its history and the history of all forms of hatred, with the objective of helping us all to find understanding of one another.   June 22 & 27.