The Group Rep presents the musical comedy PROMISES, PROMISES based on the 1960 film The Apartment written by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, with book by Neil Simon, music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David. The story concerns a junior executive at an insurance company who seeks to climb the corporate ladder by allowing his apartment to be used by his married superiors for trysts. Most of the play takes place at Christmas time and trouble starts at the annual office Christmas party. It originally opened on Broadway in 1968 and was revived in 2010. Includes the hits: “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,” “Promises, Promises,” “I Say A Little Prayer for You,” “A House Is Not a Home,” and more! The musical is directed by Brent Beerman, with musical direction by Kathi Chaplar, choreography by Paul Reid and Hisato Masuyama, and produced by Lloyd Pedersen for the Group Rep. Runs December 9, 2022 - January 15, 2023. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. After show talkbacks Sundays, 12/11 and 12/18. General Admission: $40. Seniors & Students with ID: $35. Parties 10+: $30. For Tickets, Low-Priced Season Subscriptions & Health/Safety protocols visit www.thegrouprep.com . For more information leave word at 818.763.5990. Lonny Chapman Theatre, Main Stage – First Floor, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, 91601. Free street parking.
SANTASIA - A Holiday Comedy written by Brandon Loeser and Shaun Loeser, directed by the Loeser Brothers and Tania Pearson-Loeser and produced in association with the Whitefire Theatre, the Los Angeles sensation and Off-Broadway New York hit returns to the Whitefire Theatre. The critically acclaimed musical sketch comedy show features Broadway musical parodies, heartfelt sentiment and classic Rankin and Bass inspired Claymation movies. The popular and celebrated live stage show has run in Los Angeles for past 23 years. SANTASIA - A Holiday Comedy will be performed various dates/times December 9 through December 25 at the Whitefire Theatre. 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. CA 91423. Ages 13 & up. Tickets $35. For tickets and information visit santasia.com
The year is 1958 and WKWA-TV, the local access television station in Indiana, has a very special guest performing on its live Christmas special this year. The crew, led by station manager Joan Davis, are working hard to produce the best broadcast the town has ever seen-- until a major mishap puts the whole show in jeopardy! If Joan and her ragtag team are going to save this show before air time, they will need to… improvise. Christmas chaos abounds in this new comedy. Holiday fun for the whole family!
A BYOB high energy stand up comedy showcase of the spectacular Gianmarco Soresi and his favorite comics from around the city.
Join us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of Disney's classic animation “Aladdin.” The legendary composer Alan Menken's magical soundtrack and award-winning songs will be performed live by New West Symphony with the film playing on the big screen in the Great Hall. The wonderful plot, amazing visual effects and charming characters not only are loved by the audience, but also won the Academy Award for Best Film Score and Best Original Song, and a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
Tenor titan, bandleader, and composer Charles Lloyd has played with countless legends from Cannonball Adderley to Howlin’ Wolf. In a rare appearance to celebrate his 85th birthday, he visits The Soraya with two of his trios featuring very special guests guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist Gerald Clayton, and bassist Thomas Morgan, among others. Jazz fans young and old will revel in seeing this legend perform with the energy of a young man.
Armenian-American pianist and CSUN alumna Kariné Poghosyan has been described as an “extraordinary” and “larger than life” musician, whose playing “goes to the heart of the music.” Following a successful performance at Carnegie Hall, she returns to her alma mater with a program rich with music from Armenia’s best-known composer, Aram Khachaturian, including two excerpts from his ballet works and his rarely performed Piano Sonata. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 150th birthday celebration continues with the 1931 re-written version of his Piano Sonata No. 2 played with the audience seated on-stage, just feet away from the piano.
The Sitkovetsky Trio kicks off our celebration of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 150th birthday with his Trio élégiaque, composed when he was only 18 years old as an homage to his elder friend and mentor Tchaikovsky. In addition to Ravel’s technically challenging trio and Mendelssohn’s richly harmonic trio No. 2, Sitkovetsky will premiere a new work by L.A. based composer Julia Adolphe whose music is described as “alive with invention.” This concert is part of our intimate, on-stage seating chamber series designed to place you in the very heart of the performance.
Experience a thrilling, high-energy and explosive interpretation of the centuries old Taiko tradition. Yamato, The Drummers of Japan, travels all over the word with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums, putting its very souls into the unusual instruments, whose sound stirs the hearts of people everywhere. Their virtuosity, strength, spirit, and sheer endurance are astonishing. This past season marked Yamato’s 25th anniversary, celebrating over 3,500 performances in 54 countries, and reaching 8 million fans young and old. Audience spirits are lifted to new levels with the drummers’ infectious sense of joy and entertainment.
Treelogy is a celebration and a call to action to save California’s beloved and iconic trees. Inspired by California’s epic wildfires chronicled by The New York Times journalist John Branch, The Soraya’s Executive and Artistic Director, Thor Steingraber, and artist in residence Etienne Gara, have created a musical response to the fires, and a tribute to these precious trees. Renowned composers Billy Childs, Steven Mackey, and Gabriella Smith — all with deep California roots of their own — have each composed original music for this three-part concert. Produced, commissioned, and presented by The Soraya, Treelogy will tour the state bringing together scientists, educators, activists & advocates along with its inspiring message to campuses across California. This unprecedented multi-disciplinary effort will emphasize the pride of our state and the memories of every family’s national park vacation.
Mozart’s Requiem is the jumping off point for MacArthur Genius Kyle Abraham and pioneering producer, composer, and EDM artist Jlin. Combining traditions and innovations in both dance and music, they explore folklore, death, and reincarnation in a powerful piece that demands the dancers have command of techniques ranging from ballet to to street dance.
Take a Journey to Historic Czechoslovakia. The pastoral landscape and folklore of Eastern Europe are brought to life through the music of three esteemed Czech composers – Dvořák, Janáček, and Martinů – performed by the Czech Republic’s own Brno Philharmonic. This authentic and memorable program recalls the spirit of the Czech people during its bucolic pre-World-War II empire.
In the award-winning A Very DIE HARD Christmas, a team of terrorists has seized a building, taken hostages, and declared war. One man has managed to escape. An off-duty cop hiding somewhere inside. He's alone, tired...and he doesn't like Christmas. Come get a little holiday cheer as Theatre Unleashed brings back one of its most popular shows with a brand new cast for a short but sweet holiday run. Action, humor, Professor Snape taking people hostage, singing, dancing, the guy from Family Matters, guns, puppets, explosions, the EPA guy from Ghostbusters getting punched in the face, Christmas miracles and familiar holiday friends galore. Maybe even an appearance by the legend himself, Santa Claus! This is much more than a stage version of the holiday classic Die Hard, its parody at its best. Yippee Ki-Yay, Father Christmas!