L.A. theater openings, Dec. 6-13: Cirque du Soleil's 'Kurios' and more

This week: Cirque du Soleil pitches its tent in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium, Idina Menzel's "If/Then" plays the Pantages, and Pasadena Playhouse presents "Peter Pan," panto-style.

Cabaret Noel Gigi Birmingham sings holiday favorites in English and French. Skylight Theatre, N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Sun., 7 p.m. $20. (213) 761-7061.

Cash on Delivery! British comic-actor Ray Cooney stars in son Michael Cooney's farce about a social-security scam. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sun., next Sun. 3 p.m.; Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 20. $46, $56. (818) 508-4200.

A Christmas Carol Brand-new adaptation of Dickens' classic holiday fable. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Sun., next Sun., 2 p.m.; Wed., 2 and 7 p.m.; Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 20. $35-$64. (805) 667-2900.

Shakespeare's Last Night Out (or What? You, Will??) Writer-performer Michael Shaw Fisher portrays the Bard of Avon in this solo musical. Three Clubs Lounge, 1123 N. Vine St., Hollywood. Sun., next Sun., 6 p.m.; ends Dec. 13. $10, $20. (800) 838-3006.

The MistleTones Holiday show features traditonal tunes, song parodies and more. Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut, Fullerton. Mon.-Tue., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 15. $20. (714) 526-7070.

Image Reading of Jack Rushen's drama about a publicist trying to buy the image rights of a teen idol who's on death's doorstep. Theatre 40, Reuben Cordova Theater, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. Tue., 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Reservations at playwrightworks@aol.com.

Amanda McBroom: Let's Fall in Love The singer-songwriter who wrote the Bette Midler hit “The Rose” performs in this cabaret show. Lovelace Studio Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills. Wed., 7 p.m. $50-$75. (310) 746-4000.

If/Then Tony winner Idina Menzel (“Wicked”) stars in this new fantasy-musical about a woman leading parallel lives. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Jan. 3. $25 and up. (800) 982-2787.

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell: A Pirate Christmas J.M. Barrie's classic tale is reimagined in this family-friendly panto-style musical comedy; with “Seinfeld's” John O'Hurley as Captain Hook and “Pitch Perfect 2's” Chrissie Fit as Tinkerbell. The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Wed.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., noon and 4 p.m.; ends Jan. 3. $25-$77; premium seating available. (626) 356-7529.

The Bridges of Madison County Broadway musical based on Robert James Waller's bestseller about a brief romance between a married Iowa woman and a visiting National Geographic photographer. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Jan. 17. $25-$130. (213) 972-4400.

A Christmas Carol Thousand Oaks Repertory presents the holiday classic. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Thu.-Fri., Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 13. $29. (800) 745-3000.

A Christmas Carol With Charles Dickens Independent Shakespeare Co.'s David Melville re-creates a performances of the holiday favorite by the author himself. Independent Studio, 3191 Casitas Ave., #168, Atwater Village. Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 20. $20, $35; limited number of free tickets available. (818) 710-6306.

The Fruit Cake Follies 2015 Send-up of 1970s-era holiday TV specials. Cavern Club Theater, 1920 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 3 and 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 20. $30. (800) 838-3006.

Jane Eyre L.A. Theatre Works records Christina Calvit's adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Gothic novel for its radio program. James Bridges Theater, UCLA, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Westwood. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m.; ends Dec. 13. $15-$60; student discounts available. (310) 827-0889.

Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities Cirque du Soleil's new Victorian era-themed, steampunk-inspired show arrives in Los Angeles. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave, L.A. Thu., 8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4:30 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 5 p.m.; ends Feb. 7. $50-$165. (877) 924-7783.

Love Is Good: An Evening With Christine Andreas The singer and her husband, pianist Martin Silvestri, perform in this cabaret show. Lovelace Studio Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills. Thu., 7 p.m. $50-$75. (310) 746-4000.

Nunsense A group of nuns stages a variety show/fundraiser in this musical comedy. Crown City Theatre, St. Matthew's Church, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m; Jan. 17. $20, $30. (818) 605-5685.

Alice Ripley: All Sondheim The Broadway star salutes the award-winning composer of “Sweeney Todd,” “Into the Woods,” etc. Lovelace Studio Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills. Fri., 7 p.m. $50-$75. (310) 746-4000.

The Groundlings Holiday Show Sketch comedy and improv. Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 and 10 p.m.; ends Dec. 19. $20. (323) 934-4747.

Jack and Jill Robert Standley and Tanna Frederick play the title characters in Jane Martin's romantic drama. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Feb. 28. $20, $25. (323) 960-1055.

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Motown Troubadour Theater Company's tune-filled spoof retells the story of Kris Kringle. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr., Burbank. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 4 and 7 p.m.; ends Jan. 17. $29-$59. (818) 955-8101.

That Lovin' Feelin' West Coast premiere of this musical saluting 1960s-era vocal duo the Righteous Brothers. The Group Rep, Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Jan. 24. $20, $25. (818) 763-5990.

A Christmas Carol Dickens' classic fable. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 20. $14-$24. (562) 494-1014.

Colors of Christmas Holiday show features Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., and BeBe Winans. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Sat., 8 p.m. $55-$100. (562) 467-8818.

Freda Payne: A Tribute to the Ladies of the Great American Jazz Songbook The singer performs in this cabaret show. Lovelace Studio Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills. Sat., 7 p.m. $50-$75. (310) 746-4000.

It's Magic! Holiday Edition Award-winning magicians and illusionists perform. Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Palos Verdes Peninsula. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $48-$58. (310) 544-0403.

Dear Mr. Sinatra, A Swinging Centennial Broadway's Cheyenne Jackson, singer Monica Mancini and guitarist John Pizzarelli salute the Chairman of the Board. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Sat., 8 p.m. $45-$100. (818) 677-3000.

Upperclassmen The sketch comedy troupe performs. The Studio at Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m. $10. (562) 494-1014.

Cabrillo's 2015 Holiday Family Celebration! Cabrillo Music Theatre's annual variety show. Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $25. (800) 745-3000.

The Christians West Coast premiere of Lucas Hnath's drama about an evangelical pastor inspired to chart a new course for his congregation; features a live choir comprised of local singers. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Jan. 10. $25-$85. (213) 628-2772.

Fritz Coleman's Defying Gravity The local weatherman/comic salutes the baby-boomer generation. Monroe Forum at El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 27. $30. (818) 508-4200.

Spirits, Anyone? David Trudell puts a gay spin on “A Christmas Carol” in this satirical show. Skylight Theatre, N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $20. (213) 761-7061.
 

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