L.A.’s Dramatic Comeback: Theater Shows You Need to Catch This Winter

From the jukebox musical ”Head Over Heels,” to an iteration of the classic fairy tale ”Cinderella,” and more

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.

Photo courtesy of “Head Over Heels”

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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