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Join 5-Star Theatricals to celebrate the arts with our 2023 season lineup. All shows are accompanied by a live orchestra and include all-star casts of talented actors and actresses. Don’t miss out on these classic musical performances including: Ragtime March 24–April 2, 2023 Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, this musical tapestry depicts an African-American family, a Jewish immigrant family, and a wealthy white suburban family in turn-of-the-century America, who collide in pursuit of the American Dream. Cinderella July 14–23, 2023 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s enchanting adaptation of the timeless fairytale, Cinderella, brings new life to the story of a young woman forced into servitude who dreams of – and achieves – a better life. Oliver! October 13–22, 2023 Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and - most importantly - for love. About 5-Star Theatricals 5-Star Theatricals is the Ovation Award-winning resident musical theatre production company of the Bank of America Performing Arts Center in Thousand Oaks, and a nonprofit theatre organization.
By William Shakespeare Directed by Michael Hernandez-Phillips In one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies, we are thrown into the depths of the Forest of Arden and introduced to Rosalind, Orlando, and a band of love-struck, eccentric characters as they engage in sibling rivalry, unrequited love, assassination plots, mistaken identity, and wrestling! With Rosalind exiled from her home and navigating her way through the forest, this roller-coaster of emotions and errors will have you rooting for fools and pulling for redemption. With some of Shakespeare’s most memorable dialogue, As You Like It will allow you to escape the pressures of real life into the fantasy of romantic froth.
Not everything is as it seems behind the ivy-covered walls of Yale, where an unlikely bond leads to an unthinkable favor. Writing professor Bella Baird is looking for answers, but a fateful encounter with a mysterious student could lead to life-changing consequences for both of them. Nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Play, Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp’s haunting 90-minute thriller will leave you wondering who you can trust and remind you everyone has a story — the question is how it ends. “An astonishing new play. For 90 minutes, you are dying to know what will happen.” -NEW YORK TIMES
“Ice cream.” “Water fights.” “Peeing in the ocean and nobody knows.” A boy’s handwritten list to cheer up his despondent mom becomes a surprisingly funny and poignant ode to humanity. Daniel K. Isaac (Billions) takes audiences on a transcendent and tender coming-of-age journey that reminds us to pay attention to life’s smallest joys—and to each other. This production includes audience participation. To get an idea of what this show is like, please watch this short trailer from the HBO documentary. Runtime Approx. 70 minutes, no intermission. Warnings Content Advisory: This production contains discussions of depression and suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis or thinking about self-harm or suicide, there is help available. Call or text 988 for the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Age Recommendation: 16+ All Geffen Playhouse productions are intended for an adult audience; children under 10 years of age will not be admitted.
A Heart-Warming Coming of Age Tale for All! “Pure, lively (and live) entertainment! It is remarkable to see two dozen children abandon their electronic devices to watch a live stage performance and, when prompted, hear their advice and warnings called out to the heroine. SNOWHITE at Santa Monica Playhouse provides such a theatrical (and non-CGI) experience!” Tolucan Times A charming tale of companionship, coming-of-age, and the magical bond between mothers and daughters, this colorful and vibrant musical fantasy for kids 2 to 102 takes audiences on a magical adventure as everyone’s most beloved young heroine journeys to find herself, her mother, and her true destiny, aided by Seven Silly Companions, a Most Magical Mirror, and You, the Audience! No evil Stepmother here, no shadowy forests or villainous potions; just a wondrously humorous and touching story of friendship, dedication and discovery, as Snowhite, and the audience, learn that love does, indeed, conquer all, even though it can sometimes be found in the most unlikely places.
Over four weekends, the Morgan-Wixson proudly presents our second New Works Festival featuring four full-length plays and three short plays. These plays will be presented in rotation over four weekends. Tickets may be purchased for each play, or you can choose to purchase a Two Play Pack, or a Festival Pass which offers the opportunity to see all four shows at a discounted price. Selected Plays MONARCHS by Danielle Frimer directed by Kristie Mattsson NO LOITERING by Amy Dellagiarino directed by Kirsten Hansen SEAMLESS by Dorinne Kondo directed by Melodie S. Rivers SOME TYPE OF ECSTASY by Khari Wyatt directed by Rondrell McCormick HERE BE DRAGONS by Wendy Gough Soroka NEIGHBORLY by John Connon SWIPED by Samara Siskind directed by Michael Heimos
On the Cripe Stage… Meet Christopher Francis Boone, a brilliant and neurodivergent 15-year-old boy standing in his neighbor Mrs. Shears’ backyard in the middle of the night. She is screaming at Christopher because he is standing over the body of Wellington, her sweet dog who has been speared with a garden fork. When Christopher vows to find the murderer, he doesn’t realize that there is more than one mystery to solve and he will be forced to take a perilous journey that will upend his world. Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling and heartwarming adventure story featuring an unforgettable young hero. Please Note: This production contains some moments of sensory intensity — including lighting, video, and sound effects — reflecting the content of the novel and autistic experience. There is also strong language, violent behavior and domestic violence, and smoke/haze effects.
In the heat of the moment, the notorious Don Giovanni (aka Don Juan) murders the father of one of his conquests, unwittingly unleashing an ominous force from beyond the grave that can’t be stopped. Accustomed to getting away with anything and everything, he must now face the music as years of cruelty and debauchery come due. Grammy Award-winning baritone Lucas Meachem returns as the ill-fated playboy, leading a dazzling ensemble of singers including Craig Colclough, Guanqun Yu and Isabel Leonard. James Conlon, renowned for his astonishing command of Mozart, conducts what many consider to be the greatest of all operas in a visually spectacular production by director Kasper Holten, with scenery by stage designer extraordinaire Es Devlin, known for innovative stage designs for Beyoncé, Adele, U2 and others. Please check back later for information on our annual free live outdoor broadcast of Don Giovanni on September 23, 2023.
By Fred Carmichael Playing in the Long Beach Playhouse’s Mainstage Theater Directed by David Scaglione Just in time for the Halloween season, FRANKENSTEIN 1930 harkens back to the Universal monster movies of the 1930s in a stage homage that features all the elements we love and remember from those films: the stone walled laboratory, the crazed scientist, angry villagers, a swooning yet determined heroine, a fearful storm, and the hideous but sympathetic creature with its confused mind and powerful, undisciplined body. Can Victor Frankenstein and his fiancée Elizabeth subdue his deadly creation, or will the final confrontation be the end of them all?!?
Presented by Pepperdine Theatre By Finegan Kruckemeyer Hollace Starr, Director Triplet sisters are left in the forest by their woodcutter father. From this fairytale beginning, three resolutions are made—one sister will walk one way, one the other, and the third will stay right where she is. Twenty years later, having circumnavigated the globe, fought vikings, crossed oceans, tamed wilds, and achieved greatness, the three meet again, as women. No late seating allowed. Join a talk back with the actors and director after the Wednesday, September 27 performance. Header image features Pepperdine Theatre's 2022 production of Into the Woods.
Anthony Fung (drums), Mark Turner (tenor saxophone), Mike Ragonese (piano), Luca Alemanno (bass) Anthony Fung is a Canadian-born drummer, composer, producer, and bandleader currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He has established himself as an accomplished musician, earning multiple degrees and performing at renowned festivals and venues worldwide. Anthony has performed alongside a diverse array of artists, including Danilo Perez, Kenny Lattimore, John Patitucci, George Garzone, David Binney, Terrace Martin, and Alicia Olatuja. He has also worked as a bandleader, releasing three albums to critical acclaim. His last album, "What Does it Mean to be Free?" was released in May 2022. This show will celebrate the release of Fung's upcoming release, "FO(U)RTH." All shows at Sam First are 21+ (no one under the age of 21 will be permitted) Show Times: 7:30pm & 9:00pm, and a separate ticket is required for each show. Notice of Recording: Sam First live streams and records all concerts. By entering Sam First, you understand that your image and/or voice might be included in those recordings. Sam First reserves the right to use any photography, video or audio recording taken at this event, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video.
Actress, Singer and Bette Midler's "original" Harlette, CHARLO CROSSLEY, marks her Los Angeles solo debut at Catalina Jazz Club in the heart of Hollywood, CA. With special guests AVA NICOLE FRANCES. Musical Direction by MICHAEL COLLUM. Live! Thurs, Sept 28th at 8:30pm. Doors at 7:00pm, Tickets: $25-35, VIP & Artist Circle Seating Available. Ticket online at CatalinaJazzClub.com or TicketWeb.com SAVE $5 on Main/VIP when you purchase your tickets before June 1st! Code: EARLYBIRD Proudly presented by Chris Isaacson Presents in association with Cabarabia. *Tickets purchased online receive priority seating. *Single Entree or Drink minimums apply for all tickets ABOUT THE ARTIST: Seasoned Recording Artist beloved for her work with artists like Bettte Midler, Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan and Barry Manilow to name a few, this Chicago -born singer is also no stranger to Broadway with lead roles in Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair and many more! Join us for Ms. Midler's original Harlette as she makes her Los Angeles Club debut at Catalina Jazz Club!