L.A. theater openings, Dec. 28-Jan. 4: 'Kinky Boots' and more

The Tony-winning musical "Kinky Boots" opens at Segerstrom Center

After a stint at the Pantages, the Tony-winning musical "Kinky Boots" sashays on down to Segerstrom Center. Also, Rita Rudner rings in the new at Laguna Playhouse, and Glendale Centre Theatre stages Ken Ludwig's "Lend Me a Tenor."

The World Is My Home — The Life of Paul Robeson Writer-performer Stogie Kenyatta portrays the African American singer-actor-activist in this solo show. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Sun., 7 p.m. $20, $25. (310) 394-9779.

Ghost Light Vocal Jam Holiday edition of the Broadway-themed open-mike night hosted by Molly Mahoney. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills. Tue., 7 p.m. $10, $15. (714) 777-3033.

Kinky Boots National touring production of Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein’s Tony-winning musical about the owner of a struggling shoe factory and the drag performer who helps turn his business around. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tue.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends Jan. 11. $29 and up. (714) 556-2787.

Donny Most: Sings and Swings The former “Happy Days” co-star shares songs and stories. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Tue., 8 p.m. $20. (323) 669-1550.

The Annual All-New One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Musical Revue Family-friendly show features comedy, sing-alongs, dancing and more. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Wed., 6 and 9 p.m. $12-$59.50. (310) 394-9779.

Lend Me a Tenor Ken Ludwig’s backstage farce about an opera company. Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. Wed., 6 and 9:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; ends Feb. 7. $18-$40. (818) 244-8481.

Rita Rudner: Out With the Old, In With the Rita The veteran comedian performs a special New Year’s Eve show with her daughter, singer-songwriter Molly Bergman, as the opening act. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Wed., 7 p.m. $90. (949) 497-2787.

A Rocky Horror New Year’s Eve Cabaret show celebrates the sci-fi/horror musical comedy. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. Wed., 7 and 10 p.m. $80-$175. (323) 669-1550.

One Day Play Performance of a new full-length play created within a 24-hour period. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Wed., 8 and 10 p.m. $15, $20. (818) 508-3003.

Wit Benefit performances of Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer-winning one-act about an English professor diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Sat.-next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends Jan. 18. Donation. (323) 469-9988.

LA’s Next Great Stage Star 2015 Twenty young performers vie for the title in the ninth-annual edition of this musical-theater competition. Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Next Sun., 11 a.m.; ends Feb. 8. $15 cover plus $10 food and drink minimum; tickets at www.BrownPaperTickets.com.

Carney Magic John Carney mixes comedy and sleight of hand; for ages 8 and up. Grove Theater Center, 1111-B W. Olive Ave., Burbank. Next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends Jan. 25. $15. (800) 838-3006.

 

 

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