Entertainment & Arts

L.A. theater openings, May 10-17: ‘Annie the Musical’ and more

Issie Swickle in “Annie the Musical”
Issie Swickle stars in “Annie the Musical” at Segerstrom Center.
(Joan Marcus)

Everyone’s favorite orphan returns in “Annie the Musical,” the “Peter Pan” prequel “Peter and the Starcatcher” is back on the boards, and that deaf, dumb and blind boy sure plays a mean pinball in “The Who’s Tommy.”

Momentum Place Mother’s Day celebration features circus acts, dancers and musicians. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. Sun., 2 p.m. $10-$30. (310) 455-2322.

Annie the Musical Hit show about the irrepressible, redheaded Depression-era orphan. Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Wed., 8 p.m.; Thu., 1 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.; ends May 24. $29 and up. (714) 556-2787.

Tiny Dangerous Fun Variety, cabaret and open-mike performances. Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. Wed., 8 p.m. $10. (818) 508-3003.


The Who’s Tommy Stage adaptation of the rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy turned pinball wizard turned spiritual leader. East West Players, David Henry Hwang Theater, 120 Judge John Aiso St., L.A. June 7. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends June 7. $43-$58; discounts available. (213) 625-7000

Accomplice Rupert Holmes’ mystery thriller about a woman looking to dispose of her businessman husband. Theatre 40, Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. Thu., Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends June 14. $13, $26. (310) 364-0535.

Arms and the Man George Bernard Shaw’s comedy about a woman torn between two soldiers. Old Globe Theater, San Diego, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; ends June 14. $29 and up. (619) 234-5623.

Big Shot: a.k.a. this is not The Godfather Theatre Movement Bazaar’s vaudeville-style reimagining of the mafia saga. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd, L.A. Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; ends June 6. $15-$20. (213) 389-3856.


Boxes World premiere of Jule Selbo’s psycho-sexual thriller about a female med student assisting with a doctor’s unusual experiments. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., L.A. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 31. $15-$25. (323) 851-7977.

Don’t Tell My Mother! Mother’s Day edition of the comedy series. Busby’s East, 5364 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $16-20. (323) 525-2615.

An Evening of SeriousFun Celebrating the Legacy of Paul Newman Benefit features performances and appearances by Jamie Foxx, Michael Keaton, Carole King, Jay Leno and others. Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $40-$200. (800) 745-3000.

Passages Theatre Unleashed’s 2nd-annual festival of one-act plays written and directed by company members. Belfry Stage, Upstairs at the Crown, 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends May 23. $10. (818) 849-4039.

You Never Can Tell L.A. Theatre Works records George Bernard Shaw’s comedy 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 May 17. $15-$60. (310) 827-0889.

4000 Miles Kentwood Players stages Amy Herzog’s comedy-drama about a twentysomething and his grandmother. Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends June 20. $18, $20. (310) 645-5156.

Go Figure! The Randy Gardner Story The Olympic skater tells all in this autobiographical solo show. NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends June 14. $30. (818) 508-7101.

The Journals of Osborne P. Anderson Abolitionist John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry is seen from the perspective of a black compatriot in Ted Lange’s historical drama. Theatre/Theater, 5041 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends June 28. $25. (800) 838-3006.


The King and I Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical about a British woman hired as tutor for the children of the king of Siam. Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 3 p.m. $18-$28; ends July 3. (818) 244-8481.

Love Again The Group Rep presents this world-premiere musical featuring three tales of people facing tough choices in their relationships. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends June 28. $15-$25. (818) 763-5990.

The Comedy of Errors New take on Shakespeare’s tale of mistaken identities features the original text plus belly dancing. T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7:30 p.m.; ends June 28. $20. (310) 366-5505.

The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams’ classic drama about a struggling writer, his domineering mother, his fragile sister and her gentleman caller. Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m.; ends June 14. $25-$34. Tickets at

The Many Adventures of Don Juan New adaptation of Moliere’s satirical tale of romance and manipulation. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat., 8:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 24. $15. (818) 202-4120.

Peter and the Starcatcher Tony-winning musical prequel to “Peter Pan.” Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; ends June 7. $22 and up. (714) 708-5555.

Pink Floyd LaserSpectacular Featuring selections from the British band’s classic albums “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall.” Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Cal State Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. Sat., 8 p.m. $35 and up. (562) 985-7000.

Rodgers & Hart & Hammerstein Tune-filled salute to two legendary musical-theater songwriting duos. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $49.50, $69.50. (805) 667-2900.


Sing-A-Long with The Muppet Movie A screening of the 1979 comedy is accompanied by live puppetry and more. Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia. Sat., 2 p.m. $15. (626) 821-1781.

I See You Made an Effort Annabelle Gurwitch performs her solo comedy based on her bestseller about life as a middle-aged woman. Skylight Theatre Skylab, 1816 N. Vermont, Los Feliz. Next Sun., 3 p.m.; ends June 8. $25. (213) 761-7061.

SHINE Storytellers explore the topic of motherhood. Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd St., Santa Monica. Next Sun., 7 p.m. $10. (310) 452-2321.

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