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Extensions and Openings (April 26)

April 26, 2011

APRIL 26: Tuesday, April 26th, the international ballroom stage show, BURN THE FLOOR, will arrive at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre.  Tickets for BURN THE FLOOR are priced from $25 and are available at, by phone at 800-982-2787, and at the Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Blvd., open daily at 10am). 


APRIL 29: The fantasies and realities of flight and space exploration, as depicted through art and photography in the West and around the world, go on display in the Autry’s new Skydreamers exhibition. The great journey of discovery and its unifying impact on all of us as eyewitnesses will unfold through approximately 150 items, principally original high-quality photographs, as well as works on paper, paintings, posters, and memorabilia drawn primarily from the extensive collection of flight and space material in the Stephen White collection.

APRIL 30: The Latino Theater Company, in association with Ken Werther, has announced a limited engagement of THE GOOD BOY at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. This new solo show, written and performed by Michael Bonnabel and directed by Darin Anthony, will play two preview performances on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29. The opening is set for Saturday, April  30 at 8pm, and the engagement will run through Sunday, May 22 only. Story of growing up with deaf parents.


APRIL 30:  The Theatre @ Boston Court opens HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY AND NEVER BE FOUND. When a young executive’s life spirals out of control, overwhelmed with guilt, deceit and fear, he decides to “disappear,” and pays a visit to a master of the craft in the form of a seafront fortune teller. Through May 29.


  EXTENDED: THE SUNSET LIMITED extending for one more performance on Saturday April 30 at 5pm only.  ROGUE MACHINE (in Theatre Theater), 5041 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90019 (West of La Brea).  Tickets $25.  For reservations call  (323) 960-4424 or on-line. 


MAY 1: Tony Award® nominee Ellen Greene (Threepenny Opera, Little Shop of Horrors), three-time Tony Award® nominee Kevin Chamberlin (Addams Family, Seussical), Tony Award® nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Shrek) and Merle Dandridge (Tarzan, Spamalot) are among those slated to perform at the first annual May Day Cabaret to benefit Celebration Theatre on Sunday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at Space 916 in West Hollywood. Only 100 tickets will be sold for this intimate event. Ticket prices range from $35 – $125 and are on sale now.


EXTENDED: Green Beetle Productions extends PLAY DATES at Theatre Asylum through May 1.


MAY 1: Penultimate “hard hat” day in the up-and-coming theater space in Pasadena for A Noise Within. The state-of-the-art 33,000-square-foot facility, located next to a Gold Line station, is being built in the former Stuart Pharmaceutical headquarters, a historic, mid-century modern masterpiece designed by celebrated architect Edward Durell Stone, known for landmark buildings around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and Radio City Music Hall in New York.  Reservations (required) at A Noise Within.


MAY 2: ROGUE MACHINE‘s monthly Rant and Rave 8PM at The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd, L.A., CA 90038.


 MAY 3: After receiving a GLAAD Media Award nomination this January for his first play, revolver, playwright Chris Phillips returns to Celebration Theatre with his ambitious follow-up, Garden District, inspired by the works of legendary writer Tennessee Williams. Tue & Wed, May 3, 4, 10, 11. 


MAY 4: Cornerstone Theater Company continues its 25th anniversary season by heading to the southeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts to present the World Premiere production of The Unrequited (Between Two Worlds), in association with Watts Village Theater Company. Previews begin April 28, opening May 4 and running through May 22 at Youth Opportunities High School (YO Watts) in the Mafundi Auditorium, 1827 E. 103rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90002.


MAY 5: Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical RENT is coming to the Big Art Labs in Downtown, L.A. May 5th through May 28th, 2011. Performances run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00PM. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via the RENT: DOWNTOWN L.A. website.


MAY 5: An all youth cast tackles teen eating disorders in THROUGH THESE EYES by Bruce Gevritzman at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, directed by Steve Cisneros. There will also be a post show discussion.


MAY 5-8: The Music Center continues the eighth season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center on May 5-8, 2011 with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the landmark work “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato,” (“L’Allegro”) choreographed by Mark Morris to the music of George Frideric Handel. This engagement is presented at the Music Center in collaboration with LA Opera.

 MAY 5: Antaeus Company opens its second season of classics with John Marston’s THE MALCONTENT, directed by Liz Swain. Two full casts – JD Cullum and Bo Foxworth as Malevole; Bill Brochtrup and Mark Doerr as Pietro; John Achorn and Paul Willson as Bilioso; Ramon De Ocampo and Adrian LaTourelle as Mendoza; Laura Wernette and Jules Wilcox as Aurelia; Saundra McClain and Lynn Milgrim as Maquerelle; and Ann Noble and Devon Sorvari as Maria. Through June 19.



MAY 6: The Brimmer Street Theatre Company has announced the world premiere of Flower to Flower, a new comedy by Christina Cigala, directed by John Ennis, at El Centro Theatre Chaplin Stage in Hollywood. There will be one preview performance on Thursday, May 5. 8:00.  Flower to Flower will play a limited engagement through June 4. 


MAY 7: GUYS AND DOLLS opens at the Historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, May 7, 2011 presented by the San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre. 626-282-1440.


MAY 7:  The MainStreet Theatre Company ends its 5th season of professional theatre for young audiences with a musical adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless classic ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. The musical, with book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer and music by Nancy Ford, runs through May 22nd at Rancho Cucamonga’s Lewis Family Playhouse in the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Drive. Jessica Kubzansky directs.


EXTENDED: GIRLS TALK through Saturday, May 7 at the Lee Strasberg – Marilyn Monroe Theatre, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood. For Tickets, call 1-800-595-4849 or visit


MAY 7: Anne of Green Gables, appropriate for ages seven and up, runs at Main Street Productions (at Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga) May 7th – 22nd on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. (no performance May 8th). The matinee on May 15th will be interpreted in American Sign Language. The Playhouse also runs special weekday matinees for school children, and study guides for teachers and parents are accessible on the Theatre’s website. Tickets are $17 for General Admission, $15.00 for Seniors, and $14 for Youth.


 EXTENDED: THE NEXT FAIRY TALE at Celebration Theatre through May 8.


MAY 9: Celebrated playwrights Jordan Harrison, Jeffrey Hatcher, Moisés Kaufman, Joe Keenan, Neil LaBute, Wendy McLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright take on the red-hot subject of marriage equality, creating nine short plays for a theatrical event as magically entertaining and personally transforming as it is politically potent. Conceived and directed by Brian Shnipper and presented by Joan Stein and Stuart Ross in association with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays opens for a five-week run of Monday night performances at The Renberg Theatre, in the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles 90038 on May 9. One preview performance takes place on April 25.



MAY 10: Reprise Theatre Company is presenting KISS ME KATE May 10 –22 at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Directed by Michael Michetti. One hit song after another: Wunderbar, So In Love, Why Can’t You Behave, Too Darn Hot, From This Moment On – will all have you wanting to Brush Up Your Shakespeare.




MAY 13: I play Ernie Cusack in Neil Simon’s RUMORS at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts through June 12, directed by Frank Minano. Fri and Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm.



MAY 13: Actor/Musician Tom Peters will perform his newly composed score to the 1931 silent experimental classic film BORDERLINE with Paul Robeson. The screening will be on Friday, May 13th at 8:00 PM at Boston Court.



MAY 13: GYPSY will open Friday, May 13 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, July 3 at The Theatre of Arts Arena Stage, 1625 N. Las Palmas in Hollywood.  Preview performances are Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12.  Ticket prices are $34 general, $30 student/senior/union.  Opening Night Gala tickets are $50.  Previews are $20.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 3:00 pm.  


 MAY 14: SkyPilot Theatre Co presents the world premiere of THE EMANCIPATION OF ALABSTER MCGILL – a comedic play about gay unions in a confederate closet. Through June 19. Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 7pm at T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo St. (2 doors East of Vineland/Lankershim) North Hollywood, CA 91602.


MAY 14: NO WORD IN GUYANESE FOR ME by Wendy Graf, starring Ovation-winning actress Anna Khaja at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre May 14 – June 12. The play runs Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Sundays at 5 PM. Free Previews are May 12 and 13 and the play opens May 14.  


MAY 15: Pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix will share spectacular vintage images of Knott’s Berry Farm while celebrating the story and glory of the boysenberry birthplace that blossomed into America’s first theme park… by way of a fried chicken dinner! Two shows: 2pm and 5pm inside the Bird Cage Theater (inside Knotts). Information here. (By the way, Charles and I did several plays together as teenagers at Ontario’s Gallery Theater.)


MAY 18: THEATRE 40, in a collaboration with WEST COAST JEWISH THEATRE, will close its 2010-2011 Season with LUV, MURRAY SCHISGAL’S brainy and wildly funny spoof of avant-garde drama. The New York World-Telegram & Sun called LUV  “…an evening of unalloyed pleasure, of sustained and perfect comedy, of total, tempestuous and glorious glee.”  LUV  opens in Theatre 40’s Reuben Cordova Theatre on May 18, 2011.


 MAY 19: In JUAN AND JOHN Roger Guenveur Smith recalls an event he witnessed on TV as a youth – the day in August 1965 that Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants repeatedly struck Los Angeles Dodgers catcher John Roseboro in the head with his bat and the bench-clearing brawl that ensued.  Marichal and Roseboro eventually reconciled their differences and Smith, in the telling of their story, poignantly draws upon the violent history of the 1960s and also of more personal memories of his parents and his childhood. Kirk Douglas Theatre. (Previews May 17, 18) $25.


MAY 20: In 100 SAINTS YOU SHOULD KNOW, a priest who must reconcile his desires with his role in the church, a teenage boy confused about his own sexual identity, and a young woman desperate for spiritual validation, are all brought together on one fateful night in which they will discover the tenuous common ground they share. The Elephant Space 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.


EXTENDED: THE BIRTHDAY PRESENT 2050 at The Skylight Theatre through May 22.


EXTENDED: The Fountain Theatre extends Tennessee Williams’ HOUSE NOT MEANT TO STAND to May 22.


EXTENDED: FIREHOUSE at the Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Venture Blvd., Studio City to May 27.


MAY 27: Jim Leonard Jr.’s haunting drama, THE DIVINERS, will open at The Secret Rose Theater on May 27th as the inaugural production of the HumanArts Theater Company.   The play is directed by RoZsa Horvath.  Friday, May 27 through Sunday, June 19; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm, as a visiting production at the Secret Rose Theatre in the heart of the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood.  Cast features William Barker, Michael Beck, Christine Cater, Lana Ford, Kristen Hansen, Mark Howard, Crystal Lott, Liza Miranda, Ben Rogers, Steven Rogers, Sharon Samples, and Gregg Strouse.


MAY 28: San Diego Musical Theatre  stages the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical, A CHORUS LINE with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, musical direction by Don LeMaster and directed and choreographed by Robert Marra (recreating Michael Bennett’s original choreography). A CHORUS LINE will preview on Friday, May 27, 2011 and will open on Saturday, May 28 and run through Sunday, June 12 at the Lyceum Theatre at Horton Plaza, 79 Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego.


MAY 29: HAVING IT ALL, music by John Kavanaugh, book by David Goldsmith & Wendy Perelman, lyrics by David Goldsmith, conceived by Wendy Perelman, with musical direction by Greg Nabours and directed by Richard Israel is EXTENDING through Sunday, May 29 at the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd. (at Lankershim) in North Hollywood. 


JUNE 1, 8, 15: I play Carl, the bus driver, in William Inge’s BUS STOP at the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont, directed by IVRT‘s Terre Gunkel.


IN JUNE: L.A. Theatre Works brings Roundabout Theatre’s hit Broadway production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, directed by and starring Brian Bedford, to audiences in HD this June, a chance to see the original company in a first-class Broadway production while it’s still running – without having to travel to NY or wait years for the national tour. Here in the Los Angeles/Orange County area, audiences will be able to see Earnest in HD at the following theaters:

  • Downtown Independent (June 9)
  • James Bridges Theater @ UCLA (June 2 & 5)
  • La Mirada Theater (June 26)
  • Mann Theatre Hollywood (June 2 & 7)


JUNE 12: The final “hard hat” day in the up-and-coming theater space in Pasadena for A Noise Within. The state-of-the-art 33,000-square-foot facility, located next to a Gold Line station, is being built in the former Stuart Pharmaceutical headquarters, a historic, mid-century modern masterpiece designed by celebrated architect Edward Durell Stone, known for landmark buildings around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and Radio City Music Hall in New York.  Reservations (required) at A Noise Within.


JUNE 14: REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) is proud to announce preliminary program highlights for RADAR L.A., an international festival of contemporary theater running June 14–20. The festival is produced by REDCAT in collaboration with Center Theatre Group and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (New York), and a consortium including Theatre Communications Group, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, LA Stage Alliance and the Los Angeles Theatre Center. $50 multi-event passes go on sale in April and will allow audiences to attend performances for as little as $10.


 EXTENDED: Santa Monica Playhouse is proud to announce the extension of the West Coast premiere of Todd Susman’s LOCKED AND LOADED. The show opened on February 18 and will run through June 26 in The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse.


The 2011 Festival of New American Musicals extends over 16 new musicals and musical events presented in area theatres as part of their on-going programming including “Summer of Love” (April 1-17) at Musical Theatre West; “Krunk Fu Battle” (May 12-June 26); at East West Players; “Thank You, Mister Falker” (May 14-29) at the Morgan Wixson Theatre; “Moscow, Cherry Town” (May 15, 18 and 22) and “The Difficulty of Crossing A Field” (June 15-18) at Long Beach Opera; “Bash’d: A Gay Rap Musical” (opening May 26) at Celebration Theatre; “The Trouble With Words” (June) at Coureage Theatre; “Twist” (opening June 14) at Pasadena Playhouse; “Jerry Springer: The Opera” (July 1-August 7) at Chance Theatre; “Sherwood Forest” (July 25-27) at Theatre West; and Amanda McBroom at the Ford Amphitheatre (July 30).


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