THE WIZARD OF OZ

The yellow brick road leads to Claremont this month as Candlelight Pavilion delights children of all ages (and that means parents and grandparents too) with the 1987 stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard Of Oz, a faithful scene-by-scene recreation of the 1939 MGM movie classic.
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SEUSSICAL

Theodor Seuss Geisel probably never imagined the day that so many of his creations—including an elephant who hatches an egg, a boy with a head full of “thinks,” and a cat (in a hat)—would end up sharing a stage together, but these are just some of the Dr. Seuss icons who light up the Morgan-Wixson Theatre’s absolutely splendid Seussical (The Musical).
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I AM NOT A COMEDIAN … I’M LENNY BRUCE

Ronnie Marmo brings the ground-breaking standup comic legend Lenny Bruce back to scabrously funny, heartbreakingly poignant life in I Am Not A Comedian … I’m Lenny Bruce, the latest from Theatre 68.
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posted in North Hollywood, Now Playing, Solo Performance, Theater Review, WOW!

LOVE IS A DIRTY WORD

Plenty of actors have stories to tell, and plenty of those may be as solo-show-ready as Giovanni Adams’ tale of growing up black and “sissy” in Jackson, Mississippi, but few end up as exquisitely written, stunningly performed, and strikingly designed as the Yale University grad’s World Premiere Love Is A Dirty Word.
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AIDA

For a 1,852-performance Broadway musical smash, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida: The Timeless Love Story has had few if any major SoCal stagings in the years since its 2000 Broadway debut, just one reason to catch Moonlight Stage Productions’ sensational big-stage revival under Vista skies.
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OKLAHOMA!

Director T.J. Dawson takes a little-known bit of early 20th-century Oklahoma Territory history (its U.S. government-encouraged racial diversity) and reinvents the granddaddy of all contemporary musicals in 3-D Theatricals’ stunning 21-century revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
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LEGALLY BLONDE

Elle Woods wins cases and hearts once again as Cupcake Theater entertains SoCal audiences with a dynamically performed Legally Blonde, marred on opening night by some serious technical glitches but worth a standing ovation for Arri Leigh’s star-making performance as the most bodaciously brainy blonde beauty Harvard University has ever seen.
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CONSTELLATIONS

Ginnifer Goodwin and Allen Leech lend their considerable movie/TV star power, charisma, and talent to the Geffen Playhouse Los Angeles Premiere of Constellations, Nick Payne’s brain-teasing look at the multitude of possibilities inherent in a single romantic relationship.
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posted in Comedy-Drama, Now Playing, Theater Review, Two-Hander, West Side/Beverly HIlls, WOW!

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