JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS

Great voices are what’s needed to pull off Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, and though there is much to admire in the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble revival of the 1968 off-Broadway megahit, particularly Dan Fishbach’s imaginative direction and Anthony Lucca’s terrific four-piece combo, the cast mostly fails to do Brel vocal justice.
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IT’S ONLY LIFE

The dreams and searching and loneliness and blessings that make up this thing called life are highlighted in song in Art-In-Relation’s superbly performed, imaginatively directed intimate staging of John Bucchino’s aptly-titled It’s Only Life.
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FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE

The Nate Holden Performing Arts joint is a-jumpin’—and then some—as Ebony Repertory Theatre thrills L.A. audiences with its 25th-anniversary revival of the Best Musical Tony-nominated Five Guys Named Moe, Broadway’s crowd-captivating tribute to the songs of 1940s R&B pioneer Louis Jordan.
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ANDREW LIPPA’S WILD PARTY

Dramatically dark and daringly sexual, Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, the latest from Cal State Fullerton, showcases not just its multitalented ensemble headed by a phenomenal Hannah Clair as blonde bombshell Queenie. CSUF’s Wild Party is direction, choreography, and design at their SoCal pro-level best.
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35MM: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION

Six fabulous performers, a dozen-and-a-half gorgeously eclectic songs, some terrifically inventive staging, and a sizzling live band make The Unknown Artists’ Los Angeles Professional Premiere of Ryan Scott Oliver’s 35MM: A Musical Exhibition something quite special indeed.
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CLOSER THAN EVER

Over two dozen simply gorgeous songs by Maltby and Shire, four sensational triple-threat performances, and inspired direction by Todd Nielsen add up to yet another triumph for Long Beach’s International City Theatre in their fabulous season-opening revival of the off-Broadway classic Closer Than Ever.
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SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM

If you’re a Stephen Sondheim fan here in L.A., you’ve likely enjoyed Side By Side By Sondheim and/or Putting It Together, perhaps multiple times. Chances are, however, that you’ve never seen a Stephen Sondheim Revue starring none other than Steve himself (albeit on video), which is why International City Theatre’s Los Angeles Premiere of Broadway’s 2010 Sondheim On Sondheim comes as news worth trumpeting far and wide.
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FIRST DATE

First impressions, no matter how dismal, do indeed merit a second glance when boy meets girl in First Date, the smart, funny Broadway musical romcom now getting an absolutely Grade-A Southern California Premiere at the La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts.
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