Arts Are Essential | What’s Happening in Arts & Entertainment May 28 – June 4

PHOTO: courtesy of the artists | South Pasadena News | "The Super Villainz" Dormeshia, Jason and Derick in performance

Live performances return to The Music Center for the first time in 14 months! Leading the way for the reopening of the performing arts complex, The Music Center launches its new outdoor dance series, Dance at DuskFollowing all L.A. County Public Health guidelines, The Music Center’s Dance at Dusk starts with the debut of “The Super Villainz: A Tap Dance Act for the Modern Age,” featuring top international hoofers Dormeshia, Jason Samuels Smith and Derick K. Grant (May 26–30, 2021). Artists will perform on a new outdoor stage built on Jerry Moss Plaza and guests will sit in socially distanced pods. Since tickets are limited, the Sunday evening performance will be streamed free for the public at musiccenter.org.

PHOTO: Will Tee Yang | The Music Center opens The Super Villainz Tap Dance Park this week for everyone to enjoy the art of tap dancing.

The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza becomes The Super Villainz Tap Dance Park! The public is invited to create their own personal beat with their feet. Guests can tap dance outdoors on with five different types of tap boards creating a new and unique dance playground. Tap guides, sourced by local tap schools, will be on hand to help deepen the tap park experience for participants. Timed-entry participation in The Super Villainz Tap Dance Park must be reserved in advance; free reservations for a 30-minute experience are available at musiccenter.org/tapdancepark*Free parking in Lot 14 (Main Music Center Garage) for tap dance participants with reservations. Through Sunday, May 30: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Geffen Stayhouse production of The Door You Never Saw Before: A Choosical Musical. Artwork by Shawn Lee.

Geffen Playhouse presents “The Door You Never Saw Before: A Choosical Musical”. Part musical, part adventure, this inventive new play is designed to take frustrated kids in quarantine on an outrageously fun journey. After entering a door they’ve never seen before, the kids are tasked with saving a faraway city from a villain known only as “The Stench.” Kids will receive a suitcase full of surprises to aid in their quest, and will get to choose where their Zoom story takes them. Filled with musical whimsy and quirky characters, this show is sure to delight kids and parents alike. Kids will be shipped a suitcase filled with puzzles and special items with which they will interact during the show. For households with multiple kids, additional suitcases may be purchased for $25 each. All suitcases will be shipped together in one box. The shipping box can be opened, but the suitcase is not to be opened until instructed during the show.

The Door You Never Saw Before Adventure Suitcase. Courtesy Geffen Playhouse.

Regular tickets are currently priced at $55.00 per household. Add-on adventure suitcases may be purchased for an additional $25 each. Family/Friends viewing-only tickets for separate households are available for $30 each and must be purchased alongside a regular family household ticket. Available by phone at 310.208.2028 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.org.  Recommended for children ages 6 through 9 years.

PHOTO: Joan Marcus | South Pasadena News | Hamilton National Tour starring Joanna A. Jones, Sabrina Sloan, and Taylor Iman Jones.

Great news for L.A. theatre goers! HAMILTON will begin performances at Hollywood Pantages Theatre on August 17, 2021.  Commencement of these performances will officially mark the end of what will be a 17-month intermission – which began on the production’s original start date, March 12, 2020. Tickets are now on sale for all performances between August 17, 2021 and January 2, 2022. There is a maximum purchase limit of eight (8) tickets per household for the engagement. When tickets go on sale, prices will range from $55-$195 with a select number of premiums from $369. There will be a lottery for a limited number of $10 Orchestra seats for all performances. Tickets may be purchased at www.BroadwayInHollywood.com/HamiltonLA and www.Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (800) 982-2787. The Hollywood Pantages Theatre Box Office is currently closed. To inquire about groups of 10 or more, visit www.BroadwayInHollywood.com/Groups.

Producer Jeffrey Seller says, “We are thrilled to welcome back Los Angeles audiences to Hamilton.  After suspending performances on the eve of our return over a year ago, we are grateful to reassemble our cast, musicians, and crew back to the magnificent, and safe, Hollywood Pantages Theatre.” Hollywood Pantages Theatre & Broadway in Hollywood General Manager Jeff Loeb states, “After holding our curtain for an unprecedented 523 days, Broadway is coming back to Hollywood and we couldn’t imagine a bigger celebration than hosting Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Our staff has been hard at work over the past 14 months to make sure our community of theatergoers, actors, stagehands, and ushers can safely return and sit shoulder to shoulder in our grand auditorium. With guidance from the LA County Department of Public Health, our plans are to open at 100% capacity. While none of us can perfectly predict the future, the County has been a fantastic partner in helping us prepare for our successful reopening. As we all emerge from the challenges of this past year, we look forward to once again joyously welcoming everyone into The Room Where it Happens.”

HAMILTON” is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, “HAMILTON” is the story of America then, as told by America now.

PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | South Pasadena News | A scene from Alice In Wonderland at A Noise Within

A Noise Within will release its second high-quality film of a stage production this week: “Alice in Wonderland”, remounting the beloved production from Spring 2020—written by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus and originally directed and conceived by Stephanie Shroyer. ‘Alice in Wonderland’ will be available from May 27 – June 20 with a special opening night Zoom afterparty with the artists for people who purchase May 27 tickets. From the comfort and safety of home, audiences can enjoy the same artistry and production elements from ANW’s live performances.

Crash through the looking-glass with Alice on her zany adventure to an upside-down magical dreamland where imagination defies reality and madness makes logic. Weaving a whimsical poem of hilarious and colorful eccentrics, Lewis Carroll’s fractured fairy tale creates a prism through which we can again experience the mystery and effervescent wonder of growing up. Tickets are $25 for individuals and $40 for a family. Opening night tickets with a Zoom afterparty with the artists are $50 for individuals and $75 for families. Tickets are available at anoisewithin.org.