BY EMILY SUAREZ
Are you looking for something to do in the Long Beach area? If you are in the mood to try something different or go out for a night on the town, you could always see to a musical. Musicals and plays have been growing in popularity with the success of shows like “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen”. While finding a ticket to “Hamilton” may still be a challenge, there are many other great productions that you can see right here in Long Beach.
Whether having a date night or going out with the family, theater has something for everyone. Here is a list of the upcoming shows in the city.
In the Heights
Created by the Grammy and Tony-winning Lin Manuel Miranda, “In the Heights” is a musical that tells the story of a small community living in Washington Heights, New York City. The show won Best Musical at the 2008 Tony Awards as well as the Best Musical Show Album at the 2008 Grammy Awards. If you enjoy listening to “Hamilton”, you will most definitely love “In the Heights”. The score features the similar hip-hop sound that made “Hamilton” stand out in the show tune world.
“In the Heights” is playing at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, and playing from Oct. 20 to Nov. 5.
Tickets: $20 - $85, depending on the section
For more information: http://musical.org/in-the-heights/
For those more interested in old school musical theater, the Long Beach Playhouse will be featuring performances of the classic, “Cabaret”. This show tells the story of the many patrons of the Kit Kat Club in 1930s Germany. The most prominent of these patrons is cabaret dancer, Sally Bowles. The original production of “Cabaret” in 1967 won the Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Original Score. This musical is recommended for older audiences, and there is a discretionary warning for the production. “Cabaret” does contain nudity and some suggestive content.
“Cabaret” will be playing in the Studio Theater at the Long Beach Playhouse until Nov. 18. Shows are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 on Fridays, $24 on Saturdays and Sundays
For more information: http://www.lbplayhouse.org/show/cabaret/
WOKE! A Revolutionary Cabaret
You don’t have to look too far to find a good production. CSULB’s own theater department is putting on an original show this November. The production will feature Alexandra Billings from the Emmy Award-winning show “Transparent”. “WOKE! A Revolutionary Cabaret” tackles issues like racism, gender bias, and LGBTQ rights.
“WOKE!” will be playing at the Studio Theater on the CSULB campus this fall. Performances start Nov. 3 and continue until Nov. 12.
Tickets: $20 for individual tickets, $15 for students and staff, $17 for seniors and military
For more information: http://web.csulb.edu/colleges/cota/theatre/on-stage-now/index.html
Hansel and Gretel, A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat – 11/25 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
If you are in the mood for a show that the whole family can enjoy, look no further than “Hansel and Gretel, A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat.” This show takes the classic Grimm Brothers tale and adds a twist: a rock n’ roll soundtrack. This production is for all-ages, and is playing for just one day. “Hansel and Gretel, A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat” will be at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Tickets: $25 each
For more information: http://www.carpenterarts.org/2017-2018/hansel-and-gretel.html
A Christmas Carol
There is nothing like the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol” to get you into the holiday spirit. “A Christmas Carol” tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his encounters with the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future. Along the way Scrooge learns that material wealth is not all it’s cracked up to be, and that generosity can be even more rewarding. This show is another one for the whole family, so bring your cousins, kids, nieces, and nephews to it.
“A Christmas Carol” will be at the Long Beach Playhouse from Dec. 9 to Dec. 17. It will be performed on selected Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and on Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 on Fridays, $24 on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
For more information: http://www.lbplayhouse.org/show/christmas-carol-2017/