ME AND MY GIRL


Here’s a Broadway trivia quiz for you. Which of the following musicals ran the longest on The Great White Way: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Funny Girl, The King And I, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate, The Pajama Game, or Me And My Girl?

If you’re anything like this reviewer/Broadway buff, you may be astonished by the answer. 1986’s Me And My Girl trumps its far better known competitors with a grand total of 1420 performances, just one of many reasons to cheer the arrival of this largely obscure Broadway smash, now smashingly revived by L.A.’s premier theater-in-the-round, Glendale Centre Theatre.
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SEX AND EDUCATION

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The venerable Colony Theatre enters the 21st Century with a 4-letter-word-propelled bang as it reaches out to extend its subscriber base beyond the blue-hair set with an envelope-pushing production of Lissa Levin’s Sex And Education.
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BUNNY BUNNY—GILDA RADNER: A SORT OF ROMANTIC COMEDY


He called her Gilbert. She called him Zweibel, accent on the “bel.” She became one of the most famous, funniest, and most beloved comediennes of the 1970s. He wrote for the TV show that made her a star and later co-created a hit TV sitcom. They loved each other for fourteen years, though each married others. They were the best of friends until her untimely death. She was Gilda Radner. He is Alan Zweibel. Bunny Bunny—Gilda Radner: A Sort Of Romantic Comedy, now playing at the Falcon Theatre, is the delightfully funny, affectionately written, and exquisitely directed and performed tale of two lives intertwined.
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OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS


Glendale Centre Theatre opens its 2014 season (and celebrates six weeks of Grandparents’ Day) with an absolutely terrific revival of Joe DiPietro’s hilarious, heartstring-tugging Valentine to a quartet of Italian-American nonni any one of us would be lucky to call our own.
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WALKIN’ IN A WINTER ONE-HIT-WONDERLAND


The Troubies celebrate their tenth December at Toluca Lake’s Falcon Theatre with a “Greatest Hits” cabaret retrospective of their first nine holiday shows—along with a side trip to A Christmas Carol-land for supporting player-turned-leading man Winter Warlock—as the Troubadour Theater Company presents their latest surefire SRO smash Walking In A Winter One-Hit-Wonderland for Holiday Season 2013.
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MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET


Playwright Tom Dudzick, whose Over The Tavern and Greetings! have racked up more than three hundred productions between then, is back, and Los Angeles audiences are the lucky beneficiaries of the latest comedic confection from America’s “Catholic Neil Simon” as Burbank’s Colony Theatre presents the West Coast Premiere of Miracle On South Division Street (The Holiday Version).
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THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP


The next laugh is never more than a few seconds away as the Falcon Theatre presents Charles Ludlam’s The Mystery Of Irma Vep, one of the most hilarious comic spoofs ever—and a showcase for director Jenny Sullivan and its two brilliant leading men/women Matthew Floyd Miller and Jamie Torcellini.
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BREATH AND IMAGINATION: THE STORY OF ROLAND HAYES


Before there was Paul Robeson, before there was Marian Anderson, a young man ten years their junior became the first African-American to achieve worldwide acclaim on the concert stages of the United States and Europe.

It is this lesser-known music—and civil rights—pioneer that playwright Daniel Beaty brings to vibrant, compelling life in his “play with music” Breath And Imagination: The Story Of Roland Hayes, now being given a pitch-perfect West Coast Premiere at Burbank’s Colony Theatre under the inspired direction of Saundra McClain.
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