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They say NYC is the capital of Musical Theater. Is it? Really? When you think of nearly 30 Musicals running currently in LA and surroundings you might ask yourself – what does it take to be a capital? Below only a taste of what you might come across this month if you felt like looking at the people singing and dancing the stories of their lives.
Fiddler on the Roof, The Tony Award winning musical that has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its universal appeal, embarks on its National Tour. In what is a huge theatrical feat, audiences will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the original Tevye, Chaim Topol, perform the role that made him legendary with. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof has been lauded by critics again and again. Filled with a rousing, heartwarming score, which includes “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” the show is a timeless classic. No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience. At Pantages Theatre (6233 Hollywood Blvd.) through August 9th.
Louis & Keely is a love story musical set in the 1920's during the rise of the casinos and Vegas strip. Louis and Keely is based on true events of the late Louis Prima, a New Orleans jazz musician who took his act to Las Vegas with his songbird wife, Keely. Struggling to balance family and work life the pair had their shares of ups and downs. Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara is performing at the Geffen Playhouse (Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, 10886 Le Conte Avenue) in Los Angeles until August 30, 2009.
Festival’s of New American Musical offering, Bubble Boy will hold 2 Free Performances @ Frank Wells Theater at Disney Studios on August 25th & 26th. The workshop performances of a fantastic new musical, Bubble Boy will sport Cinco Paul’s music&lyrics and are directed by Scott Schwartz. Based on the Jake Gyllenhaal film, it is the odyssey of Jimmy Livingston, a boy born without immunities and confined to a plastic bubble room. When he discovers the love of his life Chloe is getting married, he builds a bubble suit, breaks out and travels cross-country to stop the wedding, dealing with cults, bikers, an Indian ice cream man, and the greatest obstacle of all, his controlling mother.
A world premiere, Broadway-bound musical, The First Wives Club, is a funny, moving and empowering new musical based on the smash-hit movie comedy and Olivia Goldsmith's bestselling novel. Former college friends reunite at middle-age and soon discover they share the same unhappy story - their ungrateful husbands careened into midlife by dumping them for younger women. Inspired by their renewed friendship, the three women band together and take back their lives in style. Captivating and destined to be the theatrical event of 2009, The First Wives Club will run @ Old Globe Theatre through August 25th.
She's ditzy, she superficial, but most of all, she's a blonde - one whose incredible lightness of being blinds others to her true brilliance. Legally Blonde the Musical will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway's brightest new heroine (and of course, her chihuahua, Bruiser). At The Pantages Theatre, August 12th through September 6th.
The surreal and darkly comedic musical, Assassins produced by the Still Hungry Theatre Company, follows nine individuals who assassinated or attempted to assassinate a President of the United States. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us into limbo where assassins from different historical periods meet in the name of the American Dream. Featuring a cast of Los Angeles' boldest performers, director James Larsen brings a Tim-Burton-esque design concept to the show, promising an all-new look to enhance this haunting story. NoHo London Music Hall (10620 Magnolia blvd, 2 doors West of Cahuenga). Show runs August 21 through 23.
SH-BOOM! From the "marvelous" mind of creator Roger Bean, comes another trip to Springfield where we meet the "Crooning Crabcakes," the boy group banned from the Springfield High School prom which made it possible for "The Marvelous Wonderettes" to perform there. Now in an era before "American Idol," and "Star Search," the guys get one more chance at fame and fortune as Denny and his friend Eugene form a singing group so they can enter and win the local radio contest on Big Whopper Radio and realize their dreams of making it to the big time! With the help of their best friend Wally and their new friend Skip, this is the best quartet of singers since, well, you know who! Trouble comes in the form of Lois, who arrives to help put some polish on the group but who also broke Eugene's heart many years before at their Junior Prom. As Eugene falls apart, Skip, Wally and Denny fall in love - and hilarity and heartaches ensue! Will Lois and one of the boys find true love? Will these delightfully goofy guys be able to pull it together and win the contest? Featuring such classic songs as "Stay" (Just a Little Bit Longer)," "Runaround Sue," "The Great Pretender," "Tears On My Pillow," "Unchained Melody," "Earth Angel," "Little Darlin'," "The Glory of Love," and of course the title song, Life Could Be A Dream is another musical trip down memory lane that will leave you laughing, singing and cheering - let's hear it for the boys! Hudson Mainstage Theatre (6539 Santa Monica Boulevard), August 7th through September 27th.