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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OKLAHOMA!

Director T.J. Dawson takes a little-known bit of early 20th-century Oklahoma Territory history (its U.S. government-encouraged racial diversity) and reinvents the granddaddy of all contemporary musicals in 3-D Theatricals’ stunning 21-century revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
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THE MUSIC MAN

Palos Verdes Performing Arts scores a musical comedy bulls-eye with their big-stage, up-close-and-personal revival of Meredith Willson’s 1957 classic The Music Man, the all-around best of the half-dozen Music Men I’ve seen so far.
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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

Palos Verdes Performing Arts opens its 2016-17 season with its splendid big-stage production of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, a tunefuly, double entendre-packed, laugh-filled treat for Brooks fans and classic horror buffs alike.
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RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN

San Pedro’s Little Fish Theatre scores a major programming coup in offering Angelinos their first 99-seat look at Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright’s tangy examination of how much—and how little—women’s lives have changed from the pre-Betty Friedan 1950s to the post-post-Feminist today.
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HELLO, DOLLY!

Dolly Levi is still glowing, still crowing, and going stronger than ever as 3-D Theatricals debuts its splendiferous 2016 revival of one of Broadway’s Golden Era greatest, the record-breaking 10-Tony-Award-winning Best Musical of 1964, Hello, Dolly!
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THE FULL MONTY

The sextet of laid-off upstate New York factory workers with plans to offer Buffalo gals a night of full-frontal fun are centerstage once more as 3-D Theatricals debuts its couldn’t-be-better revival of the 2000 Broadway hit musical The Full Monty.

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SLEUTH

RECOMMENDED

Anthony Shaffer’s cat-and-mouse comedy mystery thriller Sleuth ran nearly three years on Broadway in the early 1970s, chalking up over 1200 performances, much of the play’s success stemming from its multiple unexpected plot twists. The terrifically acted revival now playing at Little Fish Theatre delivers on most of the surprises, but unfortunately not on the big post-intermission humdinger.
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