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BARE: A ROCK MUSICAL at the Hayworth Theatre


Photo by Leigh Schindler


Les Spindle –  Frontiers L.A.

Following its aptly acclaimed 2000 world premiere run at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood, the groundbreaking bare: A Pop Opera (now retitled bare: A Rock Musical) met with success off-Broadway and in regional theaters, developing a strong cult following. The passionate and musically vibrant pop-rock piece returns to L.A. following some sad news. This musical’s prodigiously talented and award-winning composer/co-librettist Damon Intrabartolo recently died in his hometown of Phoenix, following a prodigious career as an orchestrator and conductor and the composer of music for theater and film. Director Calvin Remsberg’s well-cast and musically superb production serves as a fitting tribute to Intrabartolo’s distinguished legacy.
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Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

A closeted gay couple in a Catholic boarding school struggle with their secret love affair. Peter (a superb Payson Lewis) wants to come out to his mom and the world, but Jason (an equally outstanding Jonah Platt) refuses, dreading the fallout. Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo’s contemporary rock opera is uplifting despite its sorrowful elements…
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Now running through September 22.

JUST IMAGINE at the Hayworth Theatre

JustImagineDeborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Although the wow factor is missing, aficionados of John Lennon probably will appreciate this tribute to the iconic musician, which juxtaposes renditions of his most famous songs with a narrative of his life. Read more…


Melinda Schupman – ArtsInLA

Tribute band concerts have become more and more common, particularly when the band in question has aged or broken up. The performers generally have an ear for the melodies and mannerisms of their idols, but you are, by and large, aware that they are not the originals. In the case of Tim Piper playing John Lennon, that doubt vanishes immediately, as he projects the look, the mannerisms, the accent, and the talent.
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Now running through August 25.

Silence! The Musical, Hayworth Theatre

Photo Source: Michael Lamont.


Silence! The Musical by Jon and Al Kaplan (music and lyrics) and Hunter Bell (book).


David C. Nichols — Backstage

The impending Book of Mormon notwithstanding, it’s unlikely that Angelenos will see anything more scabrous or ham’s-holiday funny than Silence! The Musical at the Hayworth Theatre. This “unauthorized parody” of the Oscar-winning thriller is receiving a take-no-prisoners L.A. premiere and in the process decimates its source and the audience. Read more…


Terry Morgan – LAist

When Thomas Harris wrote his classic thriller The Silence of The Lambs, I don’t imagine he ever pictured a troupe of tap-dancing lambs. As Jonathan Demme and Anthony Hopkins collected their Oscars for the film version, it’s doubtful they thought about the story’s main characters doing a tango, complete with the glass partition between them held up as they dance. And yet here we are, decades later, presented with Silence! The Musical. And it’s a good thing, too, because it’s bloody hilarious. Read more…


Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Fans of Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, serial killers and musicals – look no further for a rollicking night of entertainment with Silence! The Musical, an over-the-top and ultra-broad spoof of the Oscar-winning high-brow horror movie Silence of the Lambs, all set to music.   Read more…


Bob Verini –

Watching Silence! The Musical can bring on a full-fledged case of déjà vu, flashbacks to the first time you saw Airplane! (1980) or, before that, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein in the ’70s. In each case, a recognizable property or genre was raked over the coals, its tropes and self-seriousness lampooned, its integrity interrupted by modern non sequiturs and general nonsense.  Read more…