(credit: Jeremy Daniel)

(credit: Jeremy Daniel)


One of the more desirable perks about living in or visiting metro Los Angeles is that its hills and valleys are always alive with the sound of music. From local stage productions to touring Broadway musicals, theatergoers have a slew of sensational events to place on their calendars. Of L.A.’s many selections, here are a few top musicals you won’t want to miss.

(credit: Jane L./Yelp)

(credit: Jane L./Yelp)


Rent
Saban Theater
8440 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(323) 655-0111
www.sabantheatre.org
July 16, 2015 – July 26, 2015

Set in New York City’s East Village, the hugely popular musical, ‘Rent’, returns to Los Angeles for just a few nights this July. The musical, which has been the winner of several TONY Awards, and Pulitzer Prize awards, is a pop culture phenomenon and is perfect for kids and adults. The musical, which is based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, follows a year in the life of a group of poor artists and musicians in New York City under the unfortunate shadow of HIV/AIDS. Set to rock songs, it’s truly an emotional and uplifting story you won’t want to miss.

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(credit: centertheatregroup.org/theatres/ahmanson)


The Sound Of Music
Ahmanson Theatre
at the Music Center
135 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-4444
www.centertheatregroup.com
September 20, 2015 – November 1, 2015

As the last show written by the legendary duo Roger and Hammerstein, ‘The Sound of Music’ is one of those iconic musicals that one must see in their lifetime. Featuring famous tunes, and a captivating story, the play is inspired by the Oscar winning movie which gripped the world when it first came out. Set in the Austrian Alps, Maria is working to become a Nun before World War II. Ultimately the story captures a life of hope and growth during the terrible time of the war.

(credit: Joan Marcus)

(credit: Joan Marcus)


Annie
Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 468-1770
www.hollywoodpantages.com
October 13, 2015 – November 1, 2015

Playing at the historic Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, this is one musical/play most know the name of. ‘Annie’ tells the heart-warming story of an orphan (Annie) and her orphan friends in New York City during the depression. Although Annie must live under the evil Miss Hannigan, she is eventually invited to stay at a mansion for the Christmas holidays which changes everything. Since 1977, this musical has captivated audiences with its terrific story, production value and of course, it’s memorable songs, including ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Hard Knock Life’.

(Credit: Courtesy of Los Angeles Philharmonic Association)

(Credit: Courtesy of Los Angeles Philharmonic Association)


Monty Python’s Spamalot
The Hollywood Bowl
2301 Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000
www.hollywoodbowl.com
July 31, 2015 – August 2, 2015

An adaption of the hilarious 1975 classic film ‘Monthy Python and the Holy Grail,’ this musical is all about laughing and having a great time. Playing at the Hollywood Bowl for just a few nights, the show follows the adventures of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table on their journey to find an ancient artifact, making references to almost every Broadway show and musical along the way. Full of the typical Python comedy, terrible French accents, and surreal skits, this musical has become a cult classic and has received high praise with 3 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

(credit: Johanna Siegmann)

(credit: Johanna Siegmann)


The Phantom Of The Opera
Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 468-1770
www.hollywoodpantages.com
June 11, 2015 – August 2, 2015

As Broadway’s longest running show, The Phantom Of The Opera has some serious street-cred when it comes to musicals. Based on Gaston Leroux’s 1920 book of the same name, the musical has gone on to capture the public’s imagination and become a pop culture phenomenon. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical revolves around a young soprano who becomes obsessed with a mysterious and disfigured musical genius. Boasting new choreography and staging, this spectacle promises to be more extravagant in scope than previous expositions. With state-of-the-art special effects, the legendary chandelier scene will leave audiences gasping for air. The beloved story, which is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, is one of the largest productions currently on tour. The show’s assembly of superlative performing artists represents musical theater at its absolute finest.

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