Comedian Bill Engvall will get Palos Verdes Performing Arts’ new season started with lots of laughs

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International City Theatre’s ‘Silent Sky’ blends science, heart in Long Beach

Just as the 2016 film “Hidden Figures” highlighted the accomplishments of female mathematicians who worked for NASA in the 1960s, a Long Beach theater company is also looking at the stars, going back decades further to shine a light on a...

By Richard Guzman|

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    Paul Robeson Theatre Festival celebrates the Harlem Renaissance and LA’s Central Avenue

    When actor and director Ben Guillory came to Los Angeles in 1983, there were more than 200 theaters. There was also a notable lack of diversity, with few Latino, Asian or African-American companies, he said. It took nearly a decade, but in 1994 Guillory and his friend actor-and-producer Danny Glover launched the Robey...

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  • Education

    ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda brings a message — and music — to LA students

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” visited Panorama City Thursday to drop a little knowledge about the arts on area high school students and to share a few thoughts on his creative process. Miranda took the stage at Panorama High School after he was introduced by Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Panorama City). It didn’t take long for the Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award winner, who was at the school for a town hall on civic engagement, to...

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  • Theater

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    Anyone in the vicinity of the Pantages Theatre on Wednesday afternoon got the message, big time: the “Hamilton” juggernaut has hit Southern California. Hours before the monster-hit musical’s official local debut, its creator and Broadway leading man, Lin-Manuel Miranda, sang for a huge, excited crowd in front of the venue in what’s called #Ham4Ham, a ticket lottery and impromptu performance that’s been a regular feature of the show. The line-up for...

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  • Plays

    ‘Shout Sister Shout’ is not much to scream about at the Pasadena Playhouse

    If you love classic rock ’n’ roll and have never heard of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, shame on you. Raised in gospel, this woman was a superstar in the 1930s and ’40s, playing the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall and inventing a stage presence and guitar style that inspired the likes of Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and even Elvis. She wrote a lot of her own songs, mixing gospel with a beat considered the precursor of...

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  • Musical theater

    Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of ‘Hamilton’ perform outside the Pantages in Hollywood

    The musical juggernaut, “Hamilton,” is hosting its opening night tonight at the Pantages in Hollywood and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda stopped by Los Angeles for an iconic Ham4Ham. Cast and other guests joined Lin-Manuel onstage before they announced the Ham4Ham lottery ticket winners. They gave fans a little musical surprise and gave California some love with a fitting mashup. And, of course, fans joined in and sang tracks from the musical...

    Maria Cavassuto Los Angeles Daily News|

  • Musical theater

    Here’s who won $10 ‘Hamilton’ tickets at today’s #Ham4Ham event

    Daisy Aparicio couldn’t believe her luck. The 18-year-old Whittier teen, who wore a red heart that read “I Love LMM” on her left cheek, not only got to meet Lin-Manuel Miranda outside the Hollywood Pantages Theatre before Wednesday’s “Hamilton” ticket lottery and surprise performance, but she was the first name pulled in the $10 front-row seat lottery sale. “It’s just a complete honor,” she said, scrolling through...

    Sandra Barrera
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  • Musical theater

    Say ‘Amen’ to the heavenly ‘Sister Act’ by Torrance Theatre Company

    When she was in first grade, Doris Carter was told to shut up and sit down. Since then she has been doing her best to recover. She may have gone overboard. She changed her name to the fancier Deloris Van Cartier. She set herself up as a lounge act. She dresses in flashy, attention-grabbing garb. And of course she has a married boyfriend who treats her appallingly. She sounds like people we know in real life. But she is the heroine of “Sister Act,” the stage musical...

    By Dany Margolies|

  • Theater

    ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will host a live #Ham4Ham ticket lottery outside the Pantages

    Lin-Manuel Miranda won’t be onstage at the Hollywood Pantages for the opening day of the LA run of his musical “Hamilton,” but he’ll be on the sidewalk selling the show (whose stars we talked to a few days ago). Video:

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  • Entertainment

    ‘Hamilton’ stars and creative team reveal the musical’s secrets before Pantages opening

    “Hamilton” is one of those rare shows that don’t need an introduction. No matter where it goes, “Hamilton’s” producers don’t have to worry about trying to sell it. Tickets to the most successful musical in a generation have been as hard to snag as unicorn horns. Even before it landed 11 Tony Awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s creation was a genre-busting phenomenon that had worked its way into many different corners of the...

    By Paul Hodgins phodgins@scng.com @octheaterguy on Twitter|

  • Musical theater

    How to get ‘Hamilton’ tickets for only $10 each

    A digital lottery for “Hamilton” tickets will begin today in conjunction with the Los Angeles dates of the touring production of the Broadway mega-hit. For each performance through the end of the show’s run at the Pantages Theatre, 40 tickets have been set aside to be sold by lottery for $10 each. Seat locations vary for each performance. To enter, register at HollywoodPantages.com or

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