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10 things to do in L.A., including the ‘Frozen’ musical at the Pantages

Caroline Bowman and Caroline Innerbichler in Disney’s “Frozen”
Caroline Bowman as Elsa, left, and Caroline Innerbichler as Anna in the national tour of Disney’s “Frozen.”
(Matthew Murphy / MurphyMade)

Cultural highlights for the coming weekend include the returns of “Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake” and Pacific Opera Project’s “La Bohème,” plus the long-awaited national tour of the Disney musical “Frozen.” We’ve got two distinct productions of “A Christmas Carol,” two presentations of “The Nutcracker” and two performances of Handel’s Messiah. And you’re invited to “Bob’s Holiday Office Party,” back for a 24th season.

Chill out and let it go

Direct from Brrr-oadway, “Frozen” officially launches its national tour in Los Angeles. A brave young woman and her companions go on a quest to break the wintry spell of her big sister in this stage adaptation of the hit 2013 animated musical featuring songs by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. New: A duet between Anna and Elsa that, for now, you can hear only in the touring production. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; other dates through Feb. 2. $39 and up. (800) 982-2787. hollywoodpantages.com

Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake”
“Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake” returns to the Ahmanson this weekend.
(Johan Persson)

Birds of a feather

An all-male corps de ballet is a central feature of “Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake,” the British choreographer’s acclaimed reimagining of the Tchaikovsky dance fable, back after having its American premiere here in 1997. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday; other dates though Jan. 5. $35-$145. (213) 972-4400. centertheatregroup.org

Pacific Opera Project’s “La Bohème: AKA ‘The Hipsters’”
Pacific Opera Project’s “La Bohème: AKA ‘The Hipsters’” is back for another year.
(Martha Benedict)
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What is hip?

Back for another year, it’s “La Bohème: AKA ‘The Hipsters.’” Pacific Opera Project’s update of Puccini’s tragic tale of struggling artists transposes the action from 19th-century Paris to present-day downtown L.A. Sung in Italian with projected English titles. Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 S. Avenue 57, L.A. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; other dates through Dec. 14. $15-$30; tables $60, $180. (323) 739-6122. pacificoperaproject.com

Hal Landon Jr. in “A Christmas Carol.”
Hal Landon Jr. reprises his role as Scrooge in South Coast Rep’s annual staging of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
(Jim Cox)

Double your ‘humbug’

In a spirit of generosity, we’re recommending not one but two productions of “A Christmas Carol”:

Hal Landon Jr. takes his 40th and final turn as Ebenezer Scrooge in South Coast Repertory’s annual presentation of the Dickens classic. South Coast Rep, Segerstrom Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, noon and 4 p.m. Sunday; other dates through Dec. 24. $38 and up. (714) 708-5555. scr.org

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Meanwhile, co-artistic director Geoff Elliott reprises his portrayal of the miserable miser in A Noise Within’s production. An L.A. Times Critics’ Choice. A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday; other dates through Dec. 23. $25 and up; student rush, $20. (626) 356-3100. anoisewithin.org

Emily Proctor in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
Emily Proctor in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker,” coming to the Soraya this weekend.
(Sharen Bradford)

Sometimes you feel like a ‘Nut’

And here are two noteworthy productions of “The Nutcracker”:

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is joined by Encino’s Los Angeles Youth Ballet plus a cohort of dancers from around the world for its staging of Tchaikovsky’s holiday tale. Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $49 and up. (818) 677-3000. thesoraya.org

Raven-Symone, Tichina Arnold and others join the Debbie Allen Dance Academy for “Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker,” the choreographer’s take of the holiday favorite, featured in this 2015 article. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 E. Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $40-$110. thehotchocolatenutcracker.com

Pacific Symphony
Pacific Symphony presents “Handel’s Glorious Messiah” on Sunday.
(Pacific Symphony)

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And two performances of Handel’s Messiah:

In Orange County, Robert Istad leads Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale and guest soloists for the annual presentation “Handel’s Glorious Messiah.” Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 3 p.m. Sunday. $25 and up. (714) 755-5799. pacificsymphony.org

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And in downtown L.A., conductor Daniel Suk’s Dream Orchestra performs Handel’s beloved oratorio with a little help from the Cathedral Choir, the Opera Chorus of Los Angeles and guest vocalists. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. 7 p.m. Sunday. $20-$40. dreamorchestra.org

Leave the kids at home

An insurance broker’s office in a small town in Iowa serves as the setting for “Bob’s Holiday Office Party.” The raucous seasonal comedy for ages 16 and up returns for a 24th year. An L.A. Times Critics’ Choice. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday; other dates through Dec. 22. $25, $35. (800) 838-3006. brownpapertickets.com


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