'Peter and the Starcatcher'

John Sanders, right, and the cast of "Peter and the Starcatcher." (Jenny Anderson / November 25, 2013)

"Peter and the Starcatcher" alights at the Ahmanson, Bette Midler portrays super-agent Sue Mengers, and Brian Dennehy is "The Steward of Christendom." Plus, a stocking stuffed full of seasonally -themed shows.

Celebrating the Holidays with The Lion King Cast members from the hit musical perform seasonal favorites in this benefit show. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Mon., 8:30 p.m. $35, $50. (323) 466-2210.

City of Light Concert reading of this Paris-set romantic-comedy musical. Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third St., Burbank. Tue., 7:30 p.m. $10. (818) 558-7000.

La Virgen De Guadulupe, Dios Inantzin The Virgin Mary’s appearance to peasant Juan Diego in 16th-century Mexico is reenacted in this Latino Theater Company presentation; in Spanish with English supertitles. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. Wed.-Thu., 7:30 p.m. Free; reserved seating, $35. (866) 811-4111.

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Over the Rainbow: The Songs of Harold Arlen Musicologist Rob Kapilow celebrates the songwriter behind such classics as “Over the Rainbow,” “Get Happy” and “Stormy Weather.” Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $50. (562) 467-8818.

Bob’s Holiday Office Party Seasonal satire set in an insurance office in small-town Iowa. Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. Opens Wed. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 22. $20-$25. (800) 838-3006.

Peter and the Starcatcher Tony-winning musical prequel to “Peter Pan,” based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson; Roger Rees and Alex Timbers direct. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Wed.-Thu., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Jan. 12. $20-$110. (213) 972-4400.

A Christmas Carol with Charles Dickens The holiday tale is presented as a reading by the author himself; for ages 8 and up. Independent Shakespeare Co. in the Studio, 3191 Casitas Ave., #162, L.A. Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 22. $15, $20. (818) 710-6306.

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Surrey Sings Shakepeare: A Theatri-Chorale Musical revue celebrates the Bard of Avon. Met Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., L.A. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $15. (323) 960-5773.

A Christmas Carol Dickens’ classic tale of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge. Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 1 p.m.; ends Dec. 24. $25-$30. (818) 244-8481.

Don’t Tell My Mother! The storytelling series returns with dysfunctional holiday-themed tales. Cafe-Club Fais Do-Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd., L.A. Thu., 8 p.m. $15, $20. (323) 931-4636.

Eat Your Words Monthly storytelling series focuses on food-themed tales. The Standard Hotel, 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Thu., 8 p.m. Free.

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues Tony winner Daisy Eagan is featured in this off-color comedy about a scandal in Santa’s workshop. Complex Theatre, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 21. $20. (323) 596-1648.

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I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers Bette Midler portrays the legendary Hollywood talent agent in the West Coast premiere of Tony winner John Logan’s one-character play. Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends Dec. 22. $87-$325. (310) 208-5454. Story on Page E1

KAWL Presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play for the Stage A struggling 1940s-era radio station offers its own take on the Frank Capra classic in this holiday tale. Upstairs at the Crown, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 21. $20. (818) 849-4039.

Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel Tony winner Paul Sand and company celebrate the songs of the German composer in this cabaret show. West End Theatre, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 21. $20. (310) 425-8308.

Caburlesque Christmas: Holidays at the Knock Shop Musical revue features sultry singers and exotic dancers. Archway Studio/Theatre, 305 South Hewitt St., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 22. $15. (213) 237-9933.