THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Theatre Out starts out 2015 with a B-A-N-G as Santa Ana’s gem of an LGBT theater offers Orange County and OC-adjacent theatergoers the chance to savor every M-A-R-V-E-L-O-U-S-L-Y M-A-G-I-C-A-L moment of William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
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REBORNING

The Fountain Theatre gives Zayd Dohrn’s powerful personal drama Reborning a Los Angeles Premiere that easily rivals those productions that have scored the Fountain more Ovation Award nominations and wins than any other intimate L.A. theater.
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THE LAST FIVE YEARS

Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years is revived to powerful, affecting life at Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre thanks to the combined efforts of director Stephanie A. Coltrin, costars Ashley Fox Linton and Louis Pardo, musical director Brent Crayon, and perhaps most remarkably of all, of scenic, lighting, and projection designer Mike Billings.
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DOUG CARPENTER 2015

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BABES IN ARMS

Here’s a thought for schools considering yet another production of Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, or High School Musical. How about having a go at the quintessential “Hey, kids, let’s put on a show!” show, Rodgers & Hart’s Babes In Arms, and not the “sanitized, de-politicized rewrite” that debuted in 1959 but the 1937 original, political incorrectness be damned. As anyone attending Sunday’s one-night-only Concert Staged Reading at Musical Theatre West can tell you, there’s not a funnier, dancier, or more gorgeously tuneful show for up-and-coming musical theater majors to show off their triple-threat talents than Babes In Arms 1.0.

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TIME STANDS STILL

A wounded photo-journalist’s return home from the war zone proves even more challenging than a life lived on the edge in Donald Margulies’ intelligent, perceptive, often funny, always compelling Time Stands Still, back in town now in a production every bit the outstanding equal of Aquila Morong Studio’s previous intimate revivals of Proof and Crimes Of The Heart.
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COMPANY

It’s been over a decade since Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Tony-winning Best Musical of 1970, Company, has had an L.A. (or L.A.-adjacent) big-stage revival, making its arrival at Thousand Oaks’ Cabrillo Music Theater big news indeed, particularly as directed with abundant inspiration and flair by Nick DeGruccio and performed by an all-around fabulous cast, with Cate Caplin’s imaginative choreography giving the show an added dash of pizzazz.
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INTO THE WOODS

Into The Woods is back big time, its long-awaited film adaptation joined by a couple of recent, much lauded out-of-town imports at the Old Globe and the Wallis Annenberg, community theater productions galore, and now by the supremely talented students who’ve been starring in, directing, and designing one terrific intimate revival after another at USC over the past eight years, the musical theater stars of the future who call themselves Musical Theatre Repertory.
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