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Guide to Broadway in Los Angeles (2023)

Los Angeles is a city rich in entertainment, so it's no surprise that the city hosts some of the best Broadway shows. Theaters across Los Angeles County host shows from around the world, which means you'll always have something new to see. If you're looking for a night out on the town with friends or family, there are plenty of options for all types of audiences.



Mean Girls

Pantages Theatre (Jan 4- 29)

Segerstrom Hall (March 7 - 19)


It's the musical that everyone has been waiting for. Mean Girls, a new musical based on the 2004 film of the same name, will be playing at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles from January 4 to February 29. From there, its run will continue at Segerstrom Hall beginning March 7 until March 19.


In addition to writing and directing Mean Girls, Casey Nicholaw has also worked as an actor in other shows including The Book of Mormon and Aladdin on Broadway. He was nominated for Tony Awards for both productions!



Grease

La Mirada Theatre (Jan 20 - Feb 12)


Grease is a musical with music by Barry Gibb, lyrics by John Farrar and Warren Casey, and book by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The story is set in 1959 “suburbia” and focuses on teenager Sandy Olsson who is in love with her new greaser boyfriend Danny Zuko. His interest wanes as he becomes more involved in the T-Birds, a biker gang that includes Rizzo and Kenickie.

The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts (January 20 - February 12)



Disney's Frozen

Segerstrom Hall (Feb 1 - 19)


Disney's Frozen is a musical that is based on the Disney movie of the same name. The story was written by Jennifer Lee and based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen. The music and lyrics were written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (composers behind Avenue Q.


The Tony Award-winning show comes to Segerstrom Hall for a limited engagement from February 1 - 19, 2023!



Disney's The Lion King

Pantages Theatre (Feb 2 - March 26)


Based on the 1994 animated film, The Lion King is a musical based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. It follows the story of Simba, a young lion who must return to his home after his uncle takes over. Along the way, he meets friends who help him defeat his uncle and become king of his pride once again.


The show features songs like "Circle of Life" (which has been covered by pretty much everyone), "Hakuna Matata," and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," which were written by Elton John and Tim Rice (who also wrote Jesus Christ Superstar).



Fiddler on the Roof

Fred Cavil Theatre (Feb 9 - 12)

Fox Performing Arts Center (March 29 - 30)


Fiddler on the Roof is a 1964 musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein. It is based on several stories by Sholem Aleichem. The original Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 22, 1964; it ran for 3997 performances until July 9, 1972. The first London production opened in 1968 at the Phoenix Theatre and ran for 5 years.


A sad but ultimately uplifting story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, mothers-in-law...and one fiddler who just wants to keep his roof intact while he figures out what life has in store for him! From an era where tradition was revered above all else comes a story of how one family kept its traditions alive—even as they adjusted to life in America during World War I—while preserving their identity as Jews struggling to survive under Czar Nicholas II's rule over Russia's Pale of Settlement region (which covers most of modern-day Poland).



ON YOUR FEET! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan

Fox Performing Arts Center (Feb 21 - 22)


ON YOUR FEET! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan, based on the lives of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, is a Tony Award-winning musical. It has been seen by over 1 million people in the US alone and is currently running at Fox Performing Arts Center (February 21 - 22).


You’ve probably heard the song “Conga” before; it was popularized by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine. There are many more songs that have been written or co-written by Emilio Estefan, including “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "1-2-3" and "Get On Your Feet."



1776

Ahmanson Theatre (April 5 - May 7)


1776 is a musical about the American Revolution. It was written by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone, with music by Sherman Edwards and lyrics by Peter Stone. The show opened on Broadway in 1969 and ran 1,217 performances; it won Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Original Score.


It's no secret that 1776 is one of the most popular American musicals of all time (it even made the National Recording Registry). The show follows the debates over whether or not to declare independence from Britain at a time when many people feel that going to war would be a terrible idea for their country—but it also includes plenty of catchy songs like "Momma Look Sharp" and "Sit Down, John." In fact, if you've been following Broadway news lately then chances are good that you already knew this!


The Ahmanson Theatre will present 1776 from April 5 through May 7.



The King and I

La Mirada Theatre (April 21 - May 14)


The King and I is a musical based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. The show opened on Broadway in 1951 and was directed by Richard Rodgers, who also wrote the music with Oscar Hammerstein II. It starred Yul Brynner as Mongkut (The King) and Gertrude Lawrence as Anna Leonowens, with Theodore Bikel playing Kralahome (The Royal Page). The show won four Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Actress in a Musical (Gertrude Lawrence), Best Actor in a Musical (Yul Brynner) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Rita Moreno). The musical ran for over 3100 performances!


It was adapted into a film by 20th Century Fox in 1956 starring Deborah Kerr instead of Gertrude Lawrence.



Hairspray

Segerstrom Hall (April 18 - 30)

Pantages Theatre (May 2 - 21)


Hairspray is a musical based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name. It is set in 1962 Baltimore and tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, an overweight high school student who dreams of being a dancer on a local TV show. Her goal is complicated by the racial segregation laws of Baltimore at the time; she ultimately becomes an advocate for integration after her arrest for dancing with white people at The Corny Collins Show.



Anastasia

Fred Kavli Theatre (April 27 - 30)

Fox Performing Arts Center (May 2 - 3)


Based on the 1997 animated film of the same name, Anastasia is a musical with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. It's based on Russian folklore about Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, who may or may not have survived after she was thought to have been killed during World War II. The musical opened at Hartford Stage in Connecticut before it transferred to Broadway in 2017. It has received positive reviews from critics and has been nominated for several awards, including three Tony Awards (Best Musical Revival), two Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics), and two Outer Critics Circle Awards (Outstanding New Broadway Musical).


The show will play at the Fred Kavli Theatre from April 27-30 and at Fox Performing Arts Center May 2 - 3.



SIX

Pantages (May 9 - 10)

Segerstrom Hall (June 13 - 25)


Six is a British musical comedy with book, music, and lyrics by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. The musical is a modern retelling of the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII presented as a pop concert, as the Queens take turns singing and telling their story to see who suffered the most due to Henry and should, therefore, become the group's lead singer.



Chicago

Segerstrom Hall (May 16 - 21)


Chicago is a musical that was written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. It's based on a 1926 play of the same name and made into a movie in 2002 starring Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The show is about Roxie Hart, who gets locked up after murdering her lover, only to be pardoned when she becomes famous because of her one-woman show.


The show has won many awards including Best Musical at Tony Awards 2008, Outer Critics Circle Awards 2008 for Outstanding Musical Revival for Broadway (as well as Best Actress in a Musical), Drama Desk Awards 2008 (including Outstanding Actor In A Musical for Norbert Leo Butz), Drama League Award 2009 (Outstanding Revival Of A Musical).



Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

La Mirada Theatre (June 2 - 25)


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and book by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is based on the biblical story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis. The show was first performed as a concept album in 1970 and then opened in London's West End in 1972, winning several awards including Best Musical at both the Laurence Olivier Awards and Evening Standard Awards. The Broadway production premiered on April 7, 1982 at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre where it ran for 2,502 performances until May 28th 2004.


The story begins with Jacob (Joseph’s father) telling his family that he has dreamed that they would bow down before him; this dream comes true when Israel is forced into slavery by an Egyptian Pharaoh who demands that each Hebrew man give up one son to be killed as a sacrifice to God so they can leave Egypt. After many years pass by since Joseph was taken away from his family by an Egyptian guard named Potiphar, Joseph becomes an important official under Pharaoh’s rule with two wives (Zuleika & Asenath), three children (Ruthie/Simeon) & Benjamin).



Into the Woods

Ahmanson Theatre (June 27 - 30)


Into the Woods is a musical comedy about a Baker and his Wife, who wish for their children to have things they didn't have in their own childhoods. They learn that it's not as easy as they thought when they try to collect the items required by the witch of the woods. The musical is based on various fairy tales including Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, with Stephen Sondheim writing music and lyrics for this production. It originally opened in 1987 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA before being performed on Broadway where it ran from May 1989 through March 1991 at New York's Minskoff Theatre (now known as the Neil Simon). In 2014, Into the Woods won 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival or Reimagining!



Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

Pantages Theatre (Jun 13 - Jul 9)

Segerstrom Hall (July 11 - 23)


The Tina Turner Musical is the story of one of the biggest pop stars in history. It's a biographical musical that follows her life from childhood to stardom, with a focus on her marriage to Ike and their struggles as artists. The show was written by Katori Hall (The Mountaintop) and based on Tina’s autobiography. It premiered at London’s Aldwych Theatre in 2013 and opened at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in 2020; it won Best Musical at that year's Tony Awards.

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical will be performed at the Pantages Theatre from June 13 through July 9, then at Segerstrom Hall from July 11 through 23!



Beetlejuice

Pantages Theatre (July 11 - 30)


Beetlejuice is an iconic musical that follows the story of Lydia Deetz, an average teenager who moves into a home with her family. They soon discover that they are being haunted by Beetlejuice, an obnoxious and mischievous spirit who wreaks havoc on their lives. This production features all of your favorite characters from the film including Beetlejuice himself (played by Danny Gardner), Delia Deetz (played by Elizabeth Stanley), Charles Deetz (played by Jadyn Wieber) and Lydia Deetz (played by Sophia Costello). In addition to these familiar faces, this show also stars Brent Barrett as Betelgeuse and Peter Benson as Dr. Hfuhruhurr.


The show runs from July 11 through 30 at Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA.



The Book of Mormon

Segerstrom Hall (Sept 5 - 10)


The Book of Mormon is an American musical comedy by the creators of South Park. The show follows two young Mormon missionaries who are sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. Upon arrival, they learn that God has miraculously provided them with all they need to accomplish their mission: clear skin, good looks and excellent dance moves (but not necessarily in that order).


The Book of Mormon opened on Broadway in 2011 and won nine Tony Awards in 2012 including Best Musical. It has been performed in over 20 countries across five continents since then and was brought to Segerstrom Hall this summer by Center Theatre Group.


Los Angeles will be full of great shows in 2023.

In 2023, Los Angeles will be full of great shows on Broadway. You can see Mean Girls at Pantages Theatre, Grease at Paramount Theatre, Disney's The Lion King at Pantages Theatre and Fiddler on the Roof at Ahmanson Theatre. Plus there are two new shows that are opening! On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan is playing at Ahmanson Theatre while Chicago: The Musical is playing at Pantages Theater.


So, what are you waiting for? Buy your tickets and get ready to have a great time!

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