deLEARious

deLEARious, Phil Swann and Ron West’s deliciously clever, delightfully tuneful musical within a musical within a musical is back for a 9th-anniversary Open Fist Theatre Company revival guaranteed to tickle musical theater buffs and Shakespeare aficionados alike.
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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

There’s a new kid on the Garry Marshall Theatre block from now through December 10 as stage-screen-recording star Joey McIntyre takes on the lead in the Marshall’s deliciously entertaining, ingeniously streamlined staging of the farcical delight that is A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.
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SOMETHING ROTTEN

Something may have been rotten in the state of Denmark back when The Bard ruled London, but there’s nothing at all rotten going on at the Ahmanson Theatre as Center Theatre Group welcomes the Broadway National Tour of 2015 Best Musical Tony nominee Something Rotten, a musical theater buff’s dream come true and just as much fun for those who couldn’t put a last name to Chita, Patti, or Bernadette if their lives depended on it.
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ROTTERDAM

Imagine that your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend suddenly announced that they were no longer the person you believed them to be, could you still remain coupled, or would this be a deal-breaker? It is precisely this question that lies at the heart of Jon Brittain’s Olivier Award-winning Rotterdam, now getting a riveting, thrillingly staged West Coast Premiere at Skylight Theatre on Vermont.
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CHASING MEM’RIES: A DIFFERENT KIND OF MUSICAL

Tyne Daly rises above the material she’s been given in Chasing Mem’ries: A Different Kind Musical, though if by “different,” book writer Josh Ravetch means clichéd, maudlin, sitcommy, and song-deficient, then this Geffen Playhouse World Premiere “musical” is indeed quite different from the rest.
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SPAMILTON: AN AMERICAN PARODY

Imagine you’ve spent the past three-and-a-half decades spoofing New York’s buzz-worthiest musicals but this year there’s one megasmash that dwarfs the competition like no musical ever has before. If you’re Gerard Alessandrini, you write Forbidden Broadway 2017 and call it Spamilton, eighty minutes of Broadway satire at its funniest, cleverest, and most tuneful now getting its West Coast Premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
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THE SECRET IN THE WINGS

Life is no fairytale for the dozens of fairytale characters who people Mary Zimmerman’s dark and dazzling The Secret In The Wings, the latest from L.A.’s “Pay What You Want” Coeurage Theatre Company and as spellbinding a theatrical experience as I’ve had since Coeurage’s equally stunning Failure: A Love Story.
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THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

Radio superstar Sheridan Whiteside is at it again, terrorizing the Ohio Stanleys, fomenting family rebellions, and scheming to get his own egomaniacal way in Actors Co-op’s pitch-perfect revival of the 1939 George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart screwball classic The Man Who Came To Dinner.
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