Ten Must-See Broadway Shows To Catch This Fall!

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You Can’t Take It With You STARRING: James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford, Kristine Nielsen, Fran Kranz, Elizabeth Ashley, Johanna Day, Byron Jennings, and Reg Rogers WHEN: Now through January 4, 2015 WHERE: Longacre Theatre / youcanttakeitwithyoubroadway.com WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: In her dazzling Broadway debut, Rose Byrne (Damages) continues to show off the comedic chops she displayed in Bridesmaids and Neighbors. With a cast MORE

Catch ‘Marjorie Prime’ at DTLA’s Mark Taper Forum

Marjorie Prime

Last weekend I attended the official opening night for the world premiere of Brooklyn-born playwright Jordan Harrison's new play, Marjorie Prime (directed by Les Waters). It was held at Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum (playing now through October 19) located in downtown Los Angeles' Music Center–the Taper is easily one of the most intimate venues in Southern California. The cast of four was lead by the incredible Lois Smith–who MORE

‘We Will Rock You’ electrifies Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre

We Will Rock You

Recently I attended the Los Angeles premiere of We Will Rock You, which is playing at downtown's Ahmanson Theatre (now through August 24th), and to be honest my expectations were quite low. The show had been running for over a decade in London's West End theatre district, and some of the reviews I found were not exactly kind. Yet by the end of We Will Rock You (featuring the legendary music of Queen), the extravagant and over the top production MORE

Don’t miss Michael Urie in ‘Buyer & Cellar’ in LA!

Buyer & Cellar

I had only heard fab things about the off Broadway play, Buyer & Cellar, starring cutie Michael Urie (of Ugly Betty fame–who else misses that show?), so I was thrilled to hear Michael would be reprising his role here in Los Angeles. Last weekend I attended the official opening night at Center Theatre Group's intimate Mark Taper Forum, and I'm happy to report that show was everything I thought it would be–and more! Buyer & Cellar tells the MORE

Don’t miss Audra McDonald in ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t the slightest bit skeptical when I heard that Audra McDonald had been cast as Billie Holiday in the Broadway premiere of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. While the five-time Tony Award winner is unarguably a living stage legend and colossal talent, McDonald is a Juilliard-trained soprano whose many opera credits made me wonder if she could reel her enormous voice in to pull off the husky and distinct MORE

‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ was incredible!

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

The other night I attended the opening night of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess at Center Theatre Group's downtown Ahmanson Theatre. The very same Broadway production that nabbed the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical back in 2012. Being a huge musical aficionado, I've always wanted to see a production of Porgy and Bess which was first performed almost eighty years ago back in 1935. With music by the legendary George Gershwin and lyrics by MORE

‘Pushing Daisies’ might be coming back … as a musical!

Pushing Daisies

About five years ago, Pushing Daisies was canceled after the writers' strike, and I swore never to become emotionally invested in another television show again. I have not upheld that promise, but still, it stings. Anyway, there's a bit of good news! Half a decade later, Pushing Daisies may be returning as a Broadway musical! Broadway World reports ... A stage musical adaptation of the short-lived but beloved cult TV series Pushing Daisies is MORE

Don’t miss Christine Ebersole in ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Last weekend I was attending the opening night of the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Christopher Durang's comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, here in Los Angeles at the Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum. I had already heard great things about the play when it was running on Broadway last year, so I was really excited to finally check it out for myself. Already being a fan of Durang's work, I had a feeling I would enjoy MORE

‘Twist Your Dickens’ this holiday season!

Twist Your Dickens

If you're looking for something fun to do this holiday season, you simply can't miss improvisational comedy group The Second City's A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens! which is now playing at Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre (an awesome and intimate venue) through December 29th, presented by the Center Theatre Group. I attended the official opening night this past week and had a total blast with my good pal Tina. I saw the show (which takes MORE

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ is pure magic!

Peter and the Starcatcher

I've been dying to see Peter and the Starcatcher ever since it took home five Tony Awards in 2012, and this past week I finally had my chance when it opened at downtown Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre. I heard such great things about the play (sprinkled with some clever musical elements), billed as a grownup's prequel to Peter Pan, based on a 2006 novel, and I was not disappointed at all, it was just as amazing and joyful as I had hoped! The MORE

Don’t miss Matthew Bourne’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Sleeping Beauty

The other night I finally got to experience my very first ballet, Sleeping Beauty, which was re-imagined by award-winning visionary director / choreographer Matthew Bourne. It was the opening night at the Center Theatre Group's downtown Los Angeles Ahmanson Theatre, and there was literally magic in the air. I was absolutely blown away by what transpired on stage, the production was simply exquisite from the detailed costumes to the lavish sets, MORE

World Premiere Musical: The Black Suits

The Black Suits

Last weekend I attended the official opening night of the brand-new musical, The Black Suits, down at Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre (operated by the Center Theatre Group). Of course being a huge fan of musicals, I simply had to see this, plus the book and lyrics are by Joe Iconis, whose songs were featured on the second season of SMASH (which I absolutely loved). The show, set in Long Island's Garden City, centers around four childhood MORE

Don’t miss Neil Simon’s ‘The Sunshine Boys’

The Sunshine Boys

Last week I attended the Center Theatre Group's official opening night of Neil Simon's classic 1972 play, The Sunshine Boys (first produced on Broadway, then adapted for both film and television). Of course, Mr. Simon is without a doubt one of America's best playwrights / screenwriters and he's still kicking at age 86! The play stars two of the most hilarious actors around, Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch (who starred together in the classic TV MORE

On Broadway: Let It Be

Let It Be

In Lady Gaga’s new single, “Applause,” she claims that she’s overheard a theory that “nostalgia’s for geeks.” Well if that’s true, Broadway is full of these aforementioned geeks. Whether it’s a revival of a show that hasn’t seen the lights of the Great White Way for years or a jukebox musical that pays homage to the works of legends like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (Jersey Boys), ABBA (Mamma Mia), Elvis Presley (All MORE