Los Angeles Events: Winter/Spring 2017

Your guide to the best and biggest events in the city.  Theatre, parties, premieres…check out what the season has in store for you!

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Venture back Into The Woods with the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production that the Associated Press called ingenious and bewitching. Unanimously praised and extended twice at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theater, the Tony Award®-winning musical classic by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine has been mounted with boundless imagination.  Ahmanson Theatre.

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Archduke is the astonishing new play from Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Rajiv Joseph, one of the most exciting playwrights of our time. Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Guards at the Taj) returns to the Taper with this World premiere, Center Theatre Group commission that poetically traces a group of young men along their unlikely path to terrorism at the onset of World War I. Belgrade, 1914.  Mark Taper Forum. 

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The 2006 Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons is “Too Good to Be True!” (New York Post). Jersey Boys features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” The Crowd Goes Wild! cheers The New York Times.  Ahmanson Theatre.

THE TALES OF HOFFMAN The sensational Vittorio Grigolo returns to LA Opera as poet E.T.A. Hoffmann, whose boozy recollections of the women he has loved and lost set the plot in motion. The cast also features Kate Aldrich, Kate Lindsey and superstar Diana Damrau in her company debut. Marta Domingo’s staging captures the half-remembered, half-fantasy dreamworld of Offenbach’s final masterpiece. March 25 – April 15 LA Opera, DTLA 

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TOSCA A fiery prima donna is forced to play a role she never imagined when she becomes trapped between her allegiance to her rebel lover and the scheming of a treacherous police chief who will stop at nothing in his lust for her. The explosive conflict between these three unforgettable characters comes to a hair-raising conclusion in one of opera’s bloodiest, most intense dramas. April 22 – May 18 LA Opera, DTLA 

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THE BODYGUARD is an award–winning musical based on the smash–hit film of the same name.  Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron, played by GRAMMY Award-nominated and multi-platinum recording artist Deborah Cox, from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don’t expect is to fall in love.  May 2 – May 27 Hollywood Pantages.

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THE BOOK OF MORMON This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language. May 30 – July 9 Hollywood Pantages.

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THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE After years of struggling at a small-time club in the Florida Panhandle, Casey realizes it’s now or never for his career as an Elvis impersonator. Enter Miss Tracy Mills, a self-proclaimed grand dame of drag who guarantees Casey’s life is about to get “all shook up.” Matthew Lopez’s hip-shakin’, heartwarming tale explores what happens when one man trades in his blue suede shoes for platform pumps and discovers he ain’t nothing but a drag queen.  Through May 14th at the Gil Cates Theatre.

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ACTUALLY “Every single thing leads to everything else…” Amber and Tom, finding their way as freshmen at Princeton, spend a night together that alters the course of their lives. They agree on the drinking, they agree on the attraction, but consent is foggy, and if unspoken, can it be called consent? A playwright The New York Times calls “newly (and justly) hot,” Anna Ziegler investigates gender and race politics, our crippling desire to fit in and the three sides to every story.  May 2 – June 11 at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theatre.

screen-shot-2017-02-03-at-8-44-49-amJEFFREY SANKER PRESENTS WHITE PARTY The biggest gay dance party festival returns to Palm Springs from May 5 – 8 this year and boasts an impressive lineup of DJs including DJs Aron, Dan Slater and Suri.  Theme nights, poolside parties and the favorite, Sunday T-Dance promise to make this another memorable extravaganza. www.jeffreysanker.com