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LACKAWANNA BLUES

Lackawanna Blues plays at the Mark Taper Forum (March 5-21st) starring Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Photo Benedict Evans)

LACKAWANNA BLUES

  • By Deborah Behrens
  • Photo By Benedict Evans

Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson brings more than 20 colorful characters to life at the Mark Taper Forum in a highly personal tale of his 1950s boarding house upbringing in the prosperous mill town of Lackawanna, New York along the banks of Lake Erie. Written, performed and directed by Santiago-Hudson, this solo work pays homage to Rachel “Nanny” Crosby who ran the establishment and raised young Ruben from infancy due to unavailable parents. First performed at The Public Theatre in 2001, the piece later became a highly honored 2005 HBO movie earning a Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy Award for S. Epatha Merkerson as Nanny and a Humanitas Award for writing.

Besides being a multi-hyphenate theatre artist, Santiago-Hudson is also well known to television audiences for his roles on such shows as Billions, The Quad, Public Morals and Castle among many others. In Lackawanna Blues, he deftly re-creates the eccentric world of his youth via shape-shifting impersonation, songs and music accompanied on-stage by Grammy-winning blues guitarist, composer and actor Chris Thomas King.

“Delivering anecdotes and testimonials from Miss Rachel’s boarders and friends…he passes from one identity to the next so fluidly that you barely notice the flip of the switch.” – New York Times

Plays March 5 – April 21. For more information, click here.

Head to The Wallis

The Old Man and The Old Moon plays The Wallis (March 2-17th)

Head to The Wallis

  • By Ken Werther
  • Photo Courtesy of The Wallis

This month, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills (affectionately known as the ‘Wallis’) is presenting The Old Man and The Old Moon, a ‘A New Musical Folktale’ created and performed by what has to be the best moniker I’ve ever heard, PigPen Theatre Company. Who keeps the moon shining bright? In this delightful tale, The Old Man charged with that task embarks on an epic adventure of land, sea, and sky in search of his missing wife. The performance is accompanied by a live indie-folk band! This endlessly imaginative spectacle elevates traditional storytelling to high art. The critics have been unanimous in their praise. The Huffington Post said, “Just because kids can have fun, don’t confuse this with a children’s show. The Old Man and The Old Moon would also fit right in on Broadway.” And from the New Yorker, “It’s like watching child geniuses at play.” Intrigued? Me, too!

Other events at The Wallis this month include Nick Kroll and John Mulaney in a live reading of My Dinner with Andre, the legendary Judy Collins with her show A Love Letter to Sondheim, triple Grammy Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, and in a rare Southern California appearance, Cuba’s renowned Malpaso Dance Company. Their engagement includes the opportunity to attend a master class with Malpaso choreographers and dancers. My advice? Head to the Wallis!

For all things happening at The Wallis, click here.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

Catch Me If You Can The Musical plays Musical West in Long Beach (March 29-April 14th)

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

  • By Deborah Behrens

What do a substitute French teacher, commercial airline pilot, pediatrician and lawyer have in common? All were fake identities assumed from ages 15-21 by notorious con man and check forger Frank Abagnale, Jr. whose true-life story became a 2002 Steven Spielberg film starring Leo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks as the FBI agent who tracked him down. Catch Me if You Can the musical made its Broadway debut in 2011 with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime), theatrical score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Mary Poppins Returns) and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) garnering four Tony Award nominations and a Best Actor win for Norbert Leo Butz as Special Agent Hanratty.

Now this rollicking 1960s cat-and-mouse tale makes its Musical Theatre West debut starring MTW alumni Jacob Haren (Young Frankenstein, Cats) and Jeff Skowron (White Christmas, Big Star) as Abagnale and Hanratty guided by director Larry Raben, choreographer Peggy Hickey Dennis and musical director Dennis Castellano, the trio behind last year’s hit Nice Work If You Can Get It. Come swing to the smooth cocktail lounge Rat Pack-era tune styling from the on-stage band and catch yourself secretly wishing Frank got away with it all.

Plays March 29 – April 14.  For more information, click here.

Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory plays Pantages Theatre (March 27-April 14th)

Chocolate Factory

  • By Arlene Winnick

Hey Los Angeles your “Golden Ticket” has arrived. The beloved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, an over the top feel good show, is coming to Hollywood’s famed Pantages Theatre this month. The production fresh from Broadway is an adaption on Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel, but if you’re like my family, the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder was our go to favorite (and still is).  The heartwarming tale of impoverished young Charlie Bucket who wins a contest and joins four children on a once in a lifetime tour of the chocolate factory led by the outrageous master candy-maker himself, Willy Wonka. The competition is fierce as only one child will win the grand prize – the heir to the Wonka empire.

It is remarkable to watch the stage transformed into the Wonka factory filled with so many treats for the eyes and ears: an edible room, incredible inventions, giant candy displays, a glass elevator, and, of course, the colorful Oompa-Loompas. The songs include old favorites from the original film like “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” plus a host of new songs and dance numbers created for the show from the songwriters of Hairspray. Noah Weisberg is outstanding as the complex and totally unpredictable Willy Wonka. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a treat for the entire family.  The show runs March27-31 at the Pantages Theatre.

For more details and to purchase tickets, click here.

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