RAGTIME

Immigrants told to leave the U.S. and return to the “cesspools” from which they came. Blacks denied their basic civil rights. Wealthy whites still imagining an America in which neither of the aforementioned groups existed. If this sounds more like the stuff of today’s headlines than a twenty-year-old Broadway musical set over a hundred years in the past, all the more reason to celebrate the stirring big-stage revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Ragtime now earning standing ovations at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre.
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CABARET

There’ve been Cabarets light, Cabarets dark, and Cabarets in between, but there’s probably never been a Cabaret as pitch black as the stunning German Expressionist nightmare director Larry Carpenter has unleashed on audiences at the La Mirada Theatre For the Performing Arts.
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JERSEY BOYS

Jersey Boys (aka The Story Of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons) is back in town in a streamlined staging that may trim its cast by 21% but stints hardly an iota on entertainment value, its new-for-2017/18 National Tour stopping this weekend only at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
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MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL

Twenty-five years of Motown history and nearly five-dozen Top 40 hits performed by twenty-two triple-threats to rival Broadway’s best make for one fabulous Motown: The Musical, now playing at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
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A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL

Ralphie Parker sings … and dances … and wishes as much as ever to find a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle BB gun under the tree on December 25 in A Christmas Story: The Musical, the holiday season’s most tuneful treat for kids and adults of all ages up Simi Valley way.
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DISNEY BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Some stellar lead performances and groundbreaking diversity in casting are the two best reasons to catch CASA 0101, TNY Productions, and El Centro Del Pueblo’s 99-seat staging of Disney Beauty And The Beast even without a key factor in the original Broadway production’s 5461-performance run, a production design sumptuous enough to inspire oohs and aahs.
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PACIFIC OVERTURES

Chromolume Theatre offers Stephen Sondheim aficionados the chance to catch the rarely performed Pacific Overtures, and though the musical itself will probably never rank high on my list of Sondheim favorites, its many fans will find much to admire in this full-length intimate staging.
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LEVI! A NEW MUSICAL

A stellar Marc Ginsburg and more than a dozen unsung Sherman Brothers songs are the best reasons to catch the World Premiere of the old-and-new Levi! A New Musical, the latest from the students of LACC’s Theatre Academy.
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