BRIGHT STAR

There’s no brighter star lighting up L.A. stages this month and next than the dazzling Carmen Cusack, reprising her Tony-nominated star turn as Alice Murphy in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star, a musical so stunningly staged and gorgeous to the ear that it’s easy to go easy on its Stella Dallas/Imitation Of Life-style soap.
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THE RED SHOES


Matthew Bourne makes another triumphant return to the Ahmanson Theatre with his latest feat of dance brilliance, the American Premiere of The Red Shoes, Sir Matthew’s breathtakingly imaginative reinvention of the British film classic that made Moira Shearer a star.
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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Theatrical magic doesn’t get more magical than the Tony-winning brilliance that is the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, nor lead performances more remarkable than Adam Langdon’s as Christopher Boone, the most unlikely of detectives about to embark on the most thrilling, harrowing, and rewarding of journeys.
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LEVI KREIS BROADWAY AT THE KEYS TOUR

San Francisco, (Seattle-adjacent) Everett, Nashville, and Lexington, KY are about to be treated to the same musical thrills and emotional chills that local audiences experienced last night at L.A.’s Renberg Theatre when Levi Kreis’s Broadway At The Keys Tour came to town.
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FUN HOME


Coming of age. Coming out. Coming to grips. Three extraordinary actresses breathe life into a young lesbian’s journey from childhood to mid-life in Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir-turned-Tony-winning musical Fun Home, its National Tour now making a brief but thrilling SoCal return to Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
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THE BODYGUARD

Over a dozen of Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits performed by an electrifying Deborah Cox in the screen-to-stage tale of a superstar pop diva and her obsessed, life-threatening stalker may not be great art. Indeed, it’s not even a traditional song-propelled musical per se. But no matter. I enjoyed just about every minute of The Bodyguard, the West End smash now touring the U.S.A. and stopping this week and next at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
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JERSEY BOYS

Mark Ballas shows off Frankie Valli vocals to match his Dancing With The Stars footwork as Jersey Boys, the 12th-longest-running show in Broadway history, arrives at the Ahmanson Theatre to dazzle audiences with its true-life story of pop legends The Four Seasons (plus a few dozen Top Forty smashes thrown in for zing).
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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

There’s been more than one “new (i.e. jukebox) Gershwin musical” before An American In Paris’s 2015 Broadway debut, but there’s never been one as gloriously song-and-dance-packed (emphasis on dance) as the gorgeously choreographed and designed quadruple Tony winner, a veritable feast of color and light and ballet and tap and more.
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