May 2020

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Missing the theatre? Problem solved. Introducing BroadwayHD, the premier streaming service for stage to screen content. There are so many shows – contemporary and classic – and stellar performances from Broadway, the BBC, Lincoln Center and highlights from local regional theaters. And it’s so easy to navigate – their catalogue is broken down into categories from musicals, comedy and drama to Shakespeare, family-friendly and vintage.

I recently asked three-time Tony Award-winning producer Bonnie Comley, co-founder of BroadwayHD, for her top streaming recommendations. “I love everything about our Trailblazers rail. It’s a special row of content that features underrepresented voices in the theater. Women composers, playwrights, directors or LGBTQ creators get a chance to be highlighted,” said Comley. “[This month], we will showcase our mothers – good and bad! Gypsy, Falsettos, Ruthless.” Theatre fans can also check out the best of Broadway like Kinky Boots42nd StreetThe King and I, and Cats, which Comley adds “have huge casts, amazing talent, sets, and costumes.”

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Comley shared, “content is already in place for the next six months with shows that were already filmed…discussions are happening to ensure a steady flow of new shows for [BroadwayHD] subscribers.”

For the schedule and all things, click here.


Center Theatre Group’s Art Goes On



The local LA theater scene is alive and well just in a different format. Thanks to Center Theatre Groups’ Art Goes On project (), we can experience theatre scenes, talks with artists, and much more. The Art Goes On project has many parts including:

Scenes from the Vault presents a curated collection of video clips from favorite moments from performances at CTG’s three venues: the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. Per CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, “I hope these videos will spark memories of the plays you loved, give you a glimpse of the shows you missed and remind you of the power of theatre.” Artists Create lets viewers get to know members of the artistic community on a personal level.  Each episode showcases a CTG artist who talks about their work, the role theater has played in their life and, in some cases an actual monologue from one of their shows. LA Theatre Speaks offers a bi-weekly live streamed discussion engaging artists from all aspects of theatre life as they share ideas and give support to all those interest in keeping the stage alive and well during this challenging time.

“The world may be changing but our passion and love for the theater has not,” added Ritchie.

For more details, click here.


Geffen At Home’s The Present



This month the Geffen Playhouse has infused its new stay-at-home theater experience with a little bit of magic. Directed by Frank Marshall (Jurassic World), their debut production is called The Present, and it will not only be streamed live; it will also be interactive.

Such an inventive show comes from the clever mind of the world famous magician and master of illusions Helder Guimarães. Known for his exceptional sleight of hand, Guimarães will use every trick up his sleeve to reveal his own personal story about living through a quarantine when he was a child and the unexpected life lessons he has learned. For his performance to work, each live stream will be limited to twenty-five households, and prior to the show, audience members will receive a mysterious present in the mail. As the story unfurls, so do the secrets hidden inside the packages, which will allow each participant to witness Guimarães’ impossible illusions right before their very eyes. But the true magic is actually Guimarães himself as he proves to be an enchanting storyteller with a quick wit and a quirky charm that will make you smile and leave you in absolute awe. The magic only lasts for forty-five minutes, but the experience is one of a kind. The Present opens May 14th.

For tickets to “The Present,” click here.


LATW At Home



With local theaters closed, I was thrilled to see L.A. Theatre Works, the world’s leading producer of audio theater, stepping up with an exciting schedule of state-of-the-art recordings of contemporary and classic plays performed by leading actors of stage and screen. Their May offerings feature some of my favorites: Kathleen Turner and Matthew Rhys star in The Graduate; up next is George Bernard Shaw’s social critique Misalliance; Alan Alda leads the cast in Six Degrees of Separation; Act One based on the autobiography by Moss Hart debuts on May 16th; and the end the month brings the Neil Simon classic, The Goodbye Girl. Two critically-acclaimed LATW classics – Kindertransport and Judgement at Nuremberg – can now streamed until June 1st via the LA Museum of the Holocaust website.

My LATW podcast pick this month is Mizlansky/Zilinsky, a hilarious comedy about two Hollywood conmen hatching one last grand scheme starring the incomparable Nathan Lane and featuring Harry Shearer. For something with a scientific tone, I recommend the company’s Relativity Series. These plays, like Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, bring to life the people and stories behind the research and invention that shape and change our world.

So give your eyes a rest, put on your headphones or Airpods, and turn up your imagination and listen to the wonderful world of L.A. Theatre Works.

What's Hot!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve adjusted our content this month.

LAArtsOnline now features two NEW pages: BOOKS and EXTRA! We’ll look at what’s hot in the world of books and reading along with some suggestions of EXTRA! things to check out, read about, and do!

Stay positive, stay safe.

Paige Petrone
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