The curtain is finally rising again on L.A.’s theater scene as local venues debut poignant new dramas along with campy musical revivals. A nineteenth-century romance set to the go-go? We’ve got your ticket.
Head Over Heels
> This jukebox musical may be inspired by the Broadway production, but its score is pure L.A., courtesy of our own ’80s pop quintet, the Go-Gos. Hits like “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips are Sealed” spice up a plot based on the sixteenth-century pastoral romance The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia. November 9 to December 12, Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, pasadenaplayhouse.org.
The Band’s Visit
> An itinerant Egyptian band shakes the dust off an isolated Israeli desert town, and an unexpected love blossoms between a local café owner and one of the musicians. The original Broadway production won ten Tony Awards and a Grammy. November 30 to December 19, Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, dolbytheatre.com.
> Two of opera’s emerging stars, Serena Malfi and Levy Sekgapane, star in this iteration of Rossini’s adaptation of the classic fairy tale, which features a fantastical bright-pink palace and costumes to match. November 20 to December 12, L.A. Opera, 135 N. Grand Ave., laopera.org.
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