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Dear Evan Hansen!

Dear Evan Hansen plays Ahmanson theatre October 17-November 25th

Dear Evan Hansen!

  • By Ken Werther
  • Photo Courtesy of Center Theatre Group

Winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre album, Dear Evan Hansen has clearly struck a chord with audiences and critics everywhere. The Washington Post said, Dear Evan Hansen is one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times called it, “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” The show boasts quite a pedigree — book by Steven Levenson, score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif. Dear Evan Hansen opened at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway in December 2016 and after 761 performances is still going strong.

It’s unusual subject matter for a musical — the story of a teenager with severe social anxiety which inhibits his ability to connect with other people and make friends. After the death of one of his classmates, he fabricates a lie that inadvertently brings him closer to the classmate’s family while also allowing him to gain his own sense of purpose. I was lucky enough to see it on Broadway and it is truly stunning. Dear Evan Hansen has embarked on its First National Tour, arriving at the Ahmanson Theatre this month. Trust me when I tell you that you do not want to miss it. Get on the phone or get in line … I hear there aren’t many tickets left!

For tickets and more details, click here.

The Cake!

Debra Jo Rupp stars in the Geffen Playhouse’s production of The Cake (now through October 21st)

The Cake!

  • By Ken Werther
  • Photo By Geffen Playhouse

The history of and debate about same-sex marriage in the U.S. dates all the way back to the early 1970s. In 2004, Massachusetts (my home state!) became the first state (and sixth jurisdiction in the world) to legalize it. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all remaining state bans on same-sex marriage, legalized it in all 50 states, and required states to honor out-of-state same-sex marriage licenses. But then came the problem of the wedding cake. A baker in Colorado, siting his religious beliefs, refused to bake a cake for a gay couple’s wedding. The couple sued, and the case went all the back to the Supreme Court. In a narrow decision, the baker won.

Last year, the Echo Theater Company here in LA presented the world premiere of The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter, a writer/producer on NBC’s hit series This is Us. The play is about Della, a baker and devout Christian whose best friend’s daughter is planning her wedding to another woman and wants Della to bake her a cake. What’s a mother’s best friend to do? The show is now being presented at the Geffen Playhouse where Debra Jo Rupp (That 70s Show) is reprising her critically acclaimed, award-winning performance as Della. The story is equal parts hilarity and drama, which I’d have to say matches the subject matter! I’m on my way to the Geffen.

For tickets and more details, click here.

Quack!

Quack plays the Kirk Douglas Theatre October 21-November 18th

Quack!

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo Courtesy of Center Theatre Group

Don’t miss, QUACK, the very funny and all too realistic new play by Eliza Clark having its world premiere at the Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre this month.  QUACK stars Dan Bucantinsky (Emmy winner for his role as James Novak on the hit TV show “Scandal”) as Dr. Irving Baer, the beloved host of a popular daytime TV talk shows and the person millions of women across America turn to for advice every day.  When a journalist publishes a damaging expose on Baer, his world is suddenly turned upside down and the hilariously funny crisis management shenanigans begin to unfold.   Alas if Irving Baer is going down, he’s bringing everyone else with him!

Clark’s comedy touches many familiar areas:  the fleeting nature of fame; the questionable aspects of the wellness industry, the strength of a marriage, and, of course, the nature of powerful men who give advice and the women who receive it.

Directed by Center Theatre Group’s Associate Artistic Direct Neel Keller, QUACK also stars Jackie Chung, Nicholas D’Agosto, Jessalyn Gilsig and Shoniqua Shandai.  The play was developed in CTG’s L.A. Writers’ Workshop.  Other plays by Clark include “Edg3ewise,” “Recall” and “Future Thinking.”

For tickets and more details, click here.

Silence MUSICAL!

Silence The Musical plays Let Live Theater October 11-November 3rd

Silence MUSICAL!

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo By Peter Flanigan

Welcome back SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, an unauthorized parody of the iconic film, The Silence of the Lambs, returns to Los Angeles to the delight of its rabid cult following.  Opening October 11, the play which shattered every box office record at the 2005 Fringe NYC Festival where it won the Best Musical Award; was on Time Magazine’s Top 10 Plays and Musicals in 2011 and won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Musical Score in 2012 is presented by the Bucket List Theatre at the Let Live Theatre.

We are all familiar with the story of Rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling who must match wits (and chase her demons) with the brilliant but insane Dr. Hannibal Lecture in order to catch serial killer Buffalo Bill.  It’s hard to imagine such a dark plot being turned into a funny and raunchy musical but it works thanks to sharp smart dialogue, shocking songs, and hysterical staging (a chorus of singing and dancing lambs who serve as a Greek chorus moving the play along).

Original Los Angeles cast member Jesse Merlin stars as Lecter and performs a show stopping number as the doctor reveals the life he’d lead outside the prison walls.  With Music & Lyrics by Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan, SILENCE! also stars the multi-talented Amanda Conlon, who directed and choreographed the production, as Clarice, and Nick Dothée as Buffalo Bill.

For tickets and more details, click here.

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