NEXT TO NORMAL

Maxine Phoenix gives Broadway divas decades her senior a run for their money as Diana Goodman in USC Musical Repertory’s impressive intimate staging of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning Next To Normal, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s moving musical look at the effects of mental illness on an all-American family.
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ONCE

Take one of the best (and quite possibly the most original) Broadway smashes of the past decade, cast it with some of SoCal’s most gifted actor-singer-musicians, give it a fresh new staging that may actually improve on the Broadway original, and you’ve got Once, as thrilling a South Coast Repertory season opener as any musical theater lover could wish for.
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FOOTLOOSE THE BROADWAY MUSICAL

Glendale Centre Theatre once again proves itself best-in-town in musicals-in-the-round with Footloose The Broadway Musical and Chaz Feuerstine’s triple-threat star turn in the role that helped make Kevin Bacon a household name.
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SUNSET BOULEVARD

Valerie Perri reprises her Scenie-winning Musical Theater Performance Of The Year as silent screen legend Norma Desmond in Moonlight Stage Production’s stunning revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, directed (and musically staged) to mesmerizing effect by Larry Raben.
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SOUTH PACIFIC

Stellar lead performances by Katie Moya and Michael Scott Harris are among the best reasons to catch Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre’s tuneful revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s 1949 musical dramedy classic South Pacific.
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HONKY TONK LAUNDRY

SoCal musical theater stars Bets Malone and Misty Cotton bring their considerable comedic gifts and some of the best pipes in town to Honky Tonk Laundry, the latest jukebox-musical treat from Roger Bean, the Marvelous Wonderettes creator in down-home country music mode this time round.
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MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

You won’t be laughing nearly as hard this summer as audiences at 3-D Theatricals’ Broadway-caliber revival of Monty Python’s Spamalot, that is unless you happen to be among those SoCal theatergoers lucky enough to attend the musical’s back-to-back runs this month in Redondo Beach and Cerritos.
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THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES

From “Dream Lover” to “It’s My Party” to “Lollipop” to “Son Of A Preacher Man” to “Wedding Bell Blues,” the Greatest Hits of the ‘50s and ‘60s (as performed by the quartet of comedic charmers best known as The Marvelous Wonderettes) guarantee the Sierra Madre Playhouse one finger-snapping, toe-tapping summer hit.
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