Los Angeles is home to some of the best entertainment around with touring Broadway shows throughout the fall and winter season. From hilarious new comers to classic family traditions, LA theater this Fall will not disappoint you.
The runaway Broadway hit from the creators of “South Park” and a co-creator of “Avenue Q,” opens at the Pantages Theatre just as questions about Romney’s religious background shoot to the fore. This irreverent satire about Mormon missionaries making a farcical bungle in an African village isn’t the place to go for a theological introduction. But for much of mainstream America, the show can be viewed as an icebreaker, a willfully silly sendup of beliefs and practices that all faiths are vulnerable to. Laughter is a bridge builder, and the ultimate message about goodness is certainly one that the secular and the spiritual can jointly embrace. The National Tour will play a strictly limited 12-week engagement from September 5 through November 25.
So many Southern Californians have fond memories of the Osmonds, and with DONNY AND MARIE – CHRISTMAS IN LOS ANGELES, theatergoers will experience in the joy of remembering times past while creating new holiday memories to cherish for a lifetime. In the holiday tradition of the Osmond Family Christmas television specials, Donny and Marie invite you and your family to join them to celebrate the joy of the season in true Osmond fashion, in person, as the iconic pair share the spotlight for the first time together at the legendary Pantages. Donny and Marie continue to be an international phenomenon with a worldwide fan base that only grows as a result of their continued success in the recording studio as well as electrifying appearances on Dancing with the Stars and sold-out performances in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and around the globe. With a dash of Christmas spirit and their trademark show-stopping production numbers, DONNY AND MARIE – CHRISTMAS IN LOS ANGELES will feature your favorite holiday hits mixed with their irresistible chemistry that made them international stars leading into “Osmond-Mania” topping the charts. Donny & Marie will have a limited engagement from December 4 through December 23.
Jeff Goldblum is no “easy A”. When his Seminar turns writing into a contact sport, words and sex become interchangeable weapons of the cutthroat literary world. Four aspiring young novelists are in for the schooling of their lives when their private writing workshop becomes a master class in ruthless and reckless behavior. Fresh from Broadway, there’s laughter on every page, courtesy of Peabody Award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck, a prolific master in the art of quarrelsome comedy. Lightning strikes twice as Obie Award-winner Sam Gold, hailed as a “white-hot young director” by The New York Times, reprises his Broadway directorial duties. Seminar will have a limited engagement from October 10 through November 18th.
With its trademark humor, irreverence and originality, The Second City, in a creative collaboration with Center Theatre Group, is taking the classic Charles Dickens’ tale of hope and redemption and giving it a hearty twist. In addition to Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the fat, plucked goose and glum ghosts, those famous Victorian streets will spring to life with scheming politicians, sunbathing Santas, shop-lifting celebrities and hilarious improvs, all performed by a talented group of Second City alums and an ever-changing stable of starry, drop-in special guests. This hilarious sketch comedy have a limited engagement from November 24 through December 30.
This new production from Cirque du Soleil is a lyrical, fanciful, kinetic foray into the seventh art. Bringing together dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation, the show takes spectators on a fantastic voyage through the history of cinema and its genres, taking them into the heart of the movie-making process. From illustration to animation, black and white to colour, silent films to talkies, fixed shots to swooping camera movements, spectators witness the poetic construction/deconstruction of this art as an object and as a way of transcending reality. Iris has made it’s home in Hollywood and will continue to run through 2013.
Based on the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen, Fly is the powerful story of four African-American military pioneers who proved themselves as officers and pilots during World War II. The play follows these courageous heroes hailing from Chicago, Harlem, rural Iowa and the Caribbean as they train to fly combat aircraft. In spite of the overt racism they encounter, the men form a lasting brotherhood and fly with distinction, paving the way for the desegregation of the American military and the later Civil Rights Movement. The production inventively combines live action, video footage and the inspirational “Tap Griot,” a dancing storyteller who expresses the anger, fear and triumph that the officers cannot. Co-author Ricardo Khan directs the Washington premiere of this patriotic tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. Fly run from September 21 through October 21.
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge. This family classic runs from November 16 through December 31.
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