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‘Hamilton’ brings the revolution to LA: Here’s our review

By Paul Hodgins phodgins@scng.com @octheaterguy on Twitter|

Here’s who won $10 ‘Hamilton’ tickets at today’s #Ham4Ham event

Daisy Aparicio couldn’t believe her luck. The 18-year-old Whittier teen, who wore a red heart that read “I Love LMM” on her left cheek, not only got to meet Lin-Manuel Miranda outside the Hollywood Pantages Theatre before W...

By Sandra Barrera|

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  • Musical theater

    What made ‘Hamilton’ such a monster hit?

    “Hamilton” was nobody’s idea of a box-office bonanza. When you consider the elevator pitch, it’s lucky to have been staged at all: Imagine a musical based on a wordy biography about one of America’s less well-known founding fathers, an immigrant whose career high was serving as Treasury secretary. The score will include a lot of rap music, and performers of color will play most of the major roles. We’ll cover many arcane historical...

    By Paul Hodgins phodgins@scng.com @octheaterguy on Twitter|

  • Entertainment

    Funny ‘Rainbow Bridge’ doesn’t fully connect at Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica

    When the audience enters Ruskin Group Theatre at Santa Monica Airport, onstage is an examining table bearing a Jack Russell terrier snuggled in a soft little towel. Oh, dear. Are we going to be laughing or crying? There’s cause for both throughout “The Rainbow Bridge” by Ron Nelson, who filled his play with funny lines — and there’s quite a bit of life’s truths in there. But the work needs a rethink. It can and should be...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Entertainment

    Silence is golden in ‘Cigarettes & Chocolate,’ ‘Hang Up’ at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice

    In their West Coast premieres, two one-act radio plays by Anthony Minghella grace the smaller stage at Pacific Resident Theatre. Though the two are produced as radio plays, the actors speaking from music stands, Michael Peretzian directs with enough subtext and reactions to start the audience’s imagination moving and filling in any blanks. Minghella (writer-director of “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “The English Patient”) wrote “Hang Up” in...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Entertainment

    ‘Sequence’ is a complex exploration of belief, science at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills

    Imagine writing a play in the hopes of creating as complex a double helix as a strand of DNA. That appears to be the intent of Arun Lakra, whose “Sequence” is at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills. Complex it is, at least in volume though not necessarily in nuance. Still, the play proves artfully directed enough that the script’s overt nature is, to some extent, overcome. Essentially, two strands of story take place on the same stage at the same time. In one, a man...

    By Frances Baum Nicholson|

  • Performing arts

    ‘Tarzan’ opens at the Redlands Bowl Thursday night

    REDLANDS >> Explore Disney’s take on “Tarzan” at the Redlands Bowl as the show opens tonight. The production — produced and directed by Paul Jacques — stars Jimmy Saiz and Melissa Smith in the roles of Tarzan and...

    Kristina Hernandez
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  • Musical theater

    How a gift store find led to the creation of ‘Shout Sister Shout!’ at Pasadena Playhouse

    Sister Rosetta Tharpe was fierce. A singer and guitarist, Tharpe blended her gospel roots with jazz, blues and R&B, creating her own style, and is credited with helping create rock ’n’ roll. Her hits include “Down by the Riverside,” “This Train” and “Strange Things Happen Every Day,” and she influenced many musicians, including Elvis Presley,

    Michelle Mills
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  • Plays

    ‘King of the Yees’ reigns as a funny, insightful family history exploration at LA’s Kirk Douglas Theatre

    There is a moment toward the end of a favorite documentary where people who grew up in the then-segregated African-American neighborhood around Central and Slauson in L.A. talked about the loss of that neighborhood with regret. Entrance into the mainstream was great, they say, but they lost those close-knit community ties. I could not help but think of this while watching Lauren Yee’s funny, insightful “King of the Yees” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

    By Frances Baum Nicholson|

  • Entertainment

    ‘Rhinoceros’ makes its point at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice

    How can people be rhinoceroses? Ask that in the literal and figurative senses and you have Eugene Ionesco’s 1959 landmark play, “Rhinoceros.” The Romanian-French playwright wrote it in response to politics in his native Romania, where he watched Fascism and Nazism lure friends and neighbors into despicable thoughts at best, sickeningly inhuman behavior at worst. The play has lost none of its meaning and potency. Witness its run at Pacific Resident Theatre,...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Musical theater

    Junior University’s “Peter Pan” to land at Perris Hill Park

    Are you looking for some magical “high flying” entertainment for the whole family? First, you’ll need to get a seat at Junior University’s musical theater experience under the stars at Roosevelt Bowl in San Bernardino’s Perris Hill Park. Then, you’ll need that sprinkling of Pixie Dust. Before you know it, you’ll be transported to the land of Captain Hook, Pirates, Lost Boys and Indians — and of course the forever boy,...

    Michel Nolan
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  • Plays

    ‘Mary Poppins’: Music, skillful performances lift Musical Theatre West production

    If there’s one thing avid theater fans might wish for, it’s that Mary Poppins could swoop down on the 2004 stage musical that bears her name and use her magic to repair all that’s convoluted and contradictory in Julian Fellowes’ script. Fellowes worked wonders in writing the PBS series “Downton Abbey,” but a visit to Carpenter Center reveals the flaws in the script whose story he patched together from the 1964 Disney film and P.L.

    By Eric Marchese|

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