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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PIPE DREAM

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to discover a “brand new” Rodgers & Hammerstein musical happen about once in lifetime, which is why those who got to discover the almost-never-produced Pipe Dream this past Sunday, the first offering in the final season of Musical Theatre West’s Reiner Reading Series, can count themselves among the luckiest people in the world.
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BIG NIGHT

Paul Rudnick flounders Big-Time in Big Night, a World Premiere comedy-melodrama likely to prove a Big Letdown to fans hoping for more of the same hearts-and-minds-changing comedic magic that made Jeffrey and In & Out such crowd-pleasing delights.
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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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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY

The gynecologic oncology unit at New York’s Sloan Kettering Cancer Center might seem the last place any playwright in her right mind would choose to set a laugh-packed romcom, but this is precisely where Halley Feiffer has set A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Of New York City, an off-the-wall comedic treat now getting an infectiously winning West Coast Premiere at the Geffen.
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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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GREY NOMAD

Married 60something fuddy-duddies meet a free-spirited couple of fellow retirees to life-changing effect in Dan Lee’s hilarious, heartwarming World Premiere comedy Grey Nomad, the latest from L.A.’s Australian Theatre Company.
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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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