Shows Opening in Los Angeles this July
July is a busy month for theater in Los Angeles. With World Premiere plays, classic revivals, historical dramas and musical comedies all around town, there’s something for everyone at every corner of the city.
Check out these new shows around town, and escape the hot summer days at one of these productions.
Recorded in Hollywood
Kirk Douglas Theatre, July 8 – August 7
Check out the new musical Recorded in Hollywood after its returns from a sold-out, critically acclaimed, 2015 engagement. Experience the true and fascinating love, life, and times of 1950’s Los Angeles entrepreneur and activist John Dolphin—the trailblazing black businessman who made his mark on the national music scene long before Motown ever existed.
Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre, July 6 – August 14
Broadway’s daring musical sensation based on the cult classic documentary Grey Gardens arrives at the Ahmanson Theatre starring the fabulous Rachel York (City of Angels) and the legendary Betty Buckley (Tony Award-winning Grizabella in Cats).
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Musical Theatre West, July 8 – July 24
The con is on! From the composer/lyricist of The Full Monty comes this hilarious, and often risqué musical based on the Steve Martin and Michael Caine film. Two con artists working on the French Riviera decide that the first to swindle “America’s Soap Queen” out of $50,000 can stay in town and the loser has to beat feet.
3D Theatricals, July 15 – August 7
Before dating apps and online matches, there was Dolly Levi. It only takes a moment to fall in love with this wonderfully charming musical, based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker. Put on your Sunday clothes and join this unique cast of characters, as they take to the streets of 19th century New York, looking for love, only to discover it was within reach the entire time.
right left with heels
City Garage Theatre, July 8 – August 14
right left with heels recounts the story of the Holocaust and post-war Poland from the ironic perspective of a pair of high heel shoes that once belonged to Magda Goebbels, wife of Nazi Germany’s Minister of Propaganda. The shoes, who may have inherited her racist point of view, tell their own story: from their manufacture in Auschwitz to their tragic end on the feet of a transvestite murdered by contemporary Polish “patriots.”
Four Chords and a Gun
Bootleg Theatre, July 3 – August 1
Four Chords and a Gun tells the true story of the Ramones. In 1978 the pioneering punk band, desperate for a hit, enlisted legendary (and legendarily … eccentric) producer Phil Spector to produce their 5th album. In the ensuing months guns were drawn, hearts were broken, and an incredible record was created. An exciting portrayal of the lunacy of creative endeavors, Four Chords and a Gun was written by John Ross Bowie and directed by Jessica Hanna.
All Shook Up
Laguna Playhouse, July 6 – August 7
One girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll in this all Elvis musical, loosely based on William Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night. It’s the perfect summertime musical. Featured songs include hits like All Shook Up, Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender, Don’t Be Cruel, and Can’t Help Falling in Love.