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8 weekend picks: Kristin Chenoweth, Company Wayne McGregor, ‘Lenny Bruce’ and more

LOS ANGELES, ET- Emmy and Tony award winner and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee Kristin Chenoweth wa
Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth returns to the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday night.
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Your performing arts options this weekend include Kristin Chenoweth at the Bowl, the dance-travaganza “Adès & McGregor” at the Music Center and the return of a solo show about comedy legend Lenny Bruce. Meshell Ndegeocello gets down and funky at the Ford Theatres, “The Phantom of the Opera” sets up shop in the O.C., California Philharmonic gets its Bastille Day on, and a Beatles tribute band plays in DTLA. And last but not least, a legendary lover comes to West Hollywood courtesy of Classical Theatre Lab.

Big voices come in small packages

The celebratory outing “Kristin Chenoweth in Concert: Pint-Sized and Half-a-Century” finds the Tony winner (“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”) and TV star (“Glee,” “Pushing Daisies”) belting out show tunes, standards and more backed by conductor Thomas Wilkins and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $14-$201. (323) 850-2000.

All hands — and feet — on deck

The relationship between music and movement is explored in “Adès & McGregor: A Dance Collaboration.” This supersized program combines the talents of composer-conductor Thomas Adès, choreographer Wayne McGregor, dancers from Company Wayne McGregor as well as the Royal Ballet of London, plus the mighty L.A. Phil with guest soloists. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $34-$125. (213) 972-0711.

Company Wayne McGregor Outlier
Company Wayne McGregor will perform “Outlier” and other works as part of “Adès & McGregor: A Dance Collaboration” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this weekend.
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A real stand-up guy

Last seen ’round these parts in the summer of 2018, “I Am Not a Comedian … I’m Lenny Bruce” is back on the boards for a very limited engagement. Writer-performer Ronnie Marmo portrays the fearless and foul-mouthed 1960s comic in this solo bio-drama directed by Joe Mantegna. For mature audiences. An L.A. Times Critics’ Choice. Theatre 68, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday. $40.

Writer-performer Ronnie Marmo in the 2017 solo show I’m Not a Comedian… I’m Lenny Bruce. Photo
Writer-performer Ronnie Marmo stars in the solo drama “I Am Not a Comedian … I’m Lenny Bruce.”
(Nicola Tombacco)

Getting her groove back

Music veteran Meshell Ndegeocello returns to SoCal to perform an array of funky favorites including selections from “Ventriloquism,” the singer-bassist’s recent album that cleverly reworks classic 1980s and ’90s tracks by the likes of Prince, George Clinton and Sade. Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. 8 p.m. Saturday. $30-$55. (323) 461-3673.

Meshell Ndegeocello brings her soulful sounds to the Ford Theatres on Saturday.
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Lost in a masquerade

Fresh off a monthlong engagement at the Pantages, the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning musical “The Phantom of the Opera” arrives in Orange County for a somewhat shorter stay. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; other dates through July 21. $35.75 and up. (714) 556-2787.

The Phantom of the Opera
The national tour of “The Phantom of the Opera” arrives at Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa this week.
(Alastair Muir)

Vive la France!

Maestro Victor Vener and California Philharmonic celebrate Bastille Day with a French-themed program that includes Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, “Organ Symphony,” plus Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” and selections from the hit musical “Les Misérables.” Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 2 p.m. Sunday. $37.50-$140. (323) 850-2000.

Victor Vener California Philharmonic
Victor Vener, center, leads California Philharmonic in a concert marking Bastille Day on Sunday.
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Remembering the lads from Liverpool

“Downtown Stage,” Pershing Square’s annual summer series of Saturday night concerts, returns with “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.” 532 S. Olive St., downtown Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Saturday. Free; reservations required; 21 and over only.

Rain The Beatles Experience
The Beatles tribute band Rain performs Saturday at Pershing Square in downtown L.A.
(Joan Marcus)

Death of a ladies’ man

The tale of a legendary seducer is retold in “The Last Days of Don Juan.” Classical Theatre Lab stages an English-language adaptation of this Golden Age drama written by 17th-century Spanish playwright Tirso de Molina. Kings Road Park, 1000 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; other dates through Aug. 11. $15 suggested donation. (323) 960-5691.

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