LA Theater Scene April & May 2016

THE AMAZING ACRO-CATS – April 22 to May 1, at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood


The Amazing Acro-Cats features more than a dozen fabulous felines in a show that’s “the cat’s meow,” playing on the El Portal’s Main Stage from April 22 to May 1.

The unbelievable hour-long show stars the ultra-talented Tuna and the Rock Cats, all are former orphans, rescues, and strays that have been turned into fabulous entertainers. You’ll see the cats walking tightropes, pushing carts, skateboarding, jumping through hoops, ringing bells, balancing on balls and turning on lights.  One new member of the troupe, NOLA, is sure to delight and amaze with her energy and ability. There’s also the celebrated Alley, who was just awarded Guinness Book World Records title for longest jump made by a cat. Tuna, the star of the show, is the leader of the ONLY CAT BAND IN EXISTENCE – The Rock Cats.  With Oz on guitar, Dakota on drums, Nue on keyboards, and Sookie on chimes – Tuna (who plays cowbell) and her backing band really strut their stuff with their own style of original music. Cluck Norris, a chicken on cymbal and  tambourine, isn’t “kitten” around – she usually steals the show. Cat lovers will be happy that a portion of every shows’ ticket sales go toward cat and kitten rescue! For tickets for The Amazing Acro-Cats show visit #



 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the joyful Biblical musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice. The LACHSA presentation is the Old Testament tale of Joseph and his coat of many colors coming to life in a vibrant musical parable. It features an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, with the story emerging as both timely and timeless. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is playing May 27 and 28. For tickets visit The historic El Portal Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood’s NoHo Arts District. #

CHICAGO THE MUSICAL, April 26 to May 1 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood


It’s a big WOW! The sensational Grammy Award-winner Brandy Norwood adds some R&B style and a lot of sass to the show as she stars along with NFL Legend and Heisman Trophy Winner Eddie George in the musical Chicago, playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Brandy plays “Roxie Hart,” a bored housewife and would-be entertainer who is hell-bent on getting away with murdering her lover. Show-stopping song and dance numbers follow as Roxie desperately tries to avoid conviction, and dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly. Eddie George plays Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer “Billy Flynn” who transform’s Roxie’s crime into a barrage of sensational headlines. It’s a sensational show that feels like it’s just been ripped from today’s tabloid headlines. Visit #






THE CITY OF CONVERSATION, May 17 to June 4 at The Wallis in Beverly Hills

The City of ConversationThe City of Conversation is the West Coast premiere of Anthony Giardina’s timely political play presented by The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills for a limited run May 17 to June 4. It features a stellar cast: Christine Lahti, Jason Ritter, Steven Culp, Michael Learned, Deborah Offner, Nicholas Oteri, Johnny Ramey, David Selby, and Georgia King, who populate the divisive world of Washington D.C. politics. Directed by Michael Wilson, it is a new production of Giardina’s inside-the-Beltway searing comic drama about politics in family—and families in politics. It delves into the ever-changing tapestry of U.S. Government and the people who shape it off the senate floor.

“Presenting the West Coast premiere of The City of Conversation is both exciting for The Wallis and quite timely,” says Paul Crewes, The Wallis’ new Artistic Director. “Tony’s play brilliantly expresses both sides of political discourse in a way that reflects the current heated presidential election cycle. Michael Wilson’s vision coupled with his incredible cast will elevate this political drama to a new level surely to resonate with our audiences and throughout our community.”  Visit #

Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years.