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IF/THEN at the Pantages Theatre

Idina Menzel and James Snyder in If Then photo by Joan Marcus  40r

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Since it premiered on Broadway in March 2014, a number of theater writers have commented on how the range and power of lead diva Idina Menzel transforms Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s so-so musical into a show well worth seeing. Read more…

Bob Verini  -   Stage Raw

The Pantages is playing happy host to Idina Menzel in the national tour of If/Then, the latest crest in a really remarkable career to date.

She first came to prominence in 1996 by creating the role of Maureen in Rent, and copping a Tony nomination for her work. A few years later she brought home the Tony as the very first Elphaba in Wicked, then tore up the soundtrack of Disney’s Frozen as Elsa the Ice Queen, and scored another Tony nomination and a year’s run for If/Then on Broadway. Read more…

Dany Margolies – The Daily News

“If/Then” posits the astounding revelation that if each of us had taken a different path, our lives would be different. Running for a month at Pantages Theatre, the musical’s national tour also brings along its Broadway stars, for better or worse. Read more…

Now running through January 3.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Pantages Theatre

Photo by Joan Marcus

Photo by Joan Marcus

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

Is there a more critic-proof title out there than Motown the Musical? Not only does it indicate exactly what it is (an overview of the recording powerhouse founded by Berry Gordy) and what it contains (three decades’ worth of soulful hits), but the audience at which it’s aimed couldn’t possibly be deterred by anything negative anyone said. Read more…

Now running through June 7.

NEWSIES at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Charles T. Erickson

Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

A good rule of thumb for movie-to-musical adaptations is—and this isn’t original with me; I’ve heard it from many of my buddies in the tuner biz—if you’re dealing with a great movie, do something to keep it great, but do so in a distinctly different way.  Read more…

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Unbridled zeal and nonstop zest propel “Newsies” in Hollywood. The North American tour of Alan Menken, Jack Feldman and Harvey Fierstein’s adaptation of the 1992 film about the Manhattan newspaper boys’ strike of 1899 sailed into the Pantages Theatre on Wednesday, and the walls may still be vibrating as you read this. Read more…

Now running through April 19.


KINKY BOOTS at the Pantages Theatre

Photo by Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times

Photo by Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Would you believe that in the Broadway juggernaut “Kinky Boots,” which has just arrived at the Pantages Theatre, nobody even wears boots?

Of course you wouldn’t. I’m kidding. The show, which won six Tonys last year, including awards for musical, choreography and score, fulfills half of the promise of its title: boots, and plenty of ‘em. By the end of the evening, the stage has become a forest of colorful, thigh-high, stiletto-heeled, feathered and tasseled and sequined contraptions that look as though they could snap a badly planted ankle like a twig. Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Please, if you can’t tolerate disco music and you loathe musicals about accepting people for who they are, skip this one. If, however, you appreciate the propulsive glory of that musical genre, and if the theme of acceptance cheers you, this show is worth your while. Read more…


Now running through November 30.

PIPPIN at the Pantages Theatre


Photo by Terry Shapiro

Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

Diane Paulus’ circus-themed Pippin revival is every bit as good as you’ve heard, and then some. It invests the famously thin libretto (crafted by Roger O. Hirson in 1972) with so much conviction, and so bathes it in an overlay of gorgeous lighting (many thanks, Kenneth Posner), acrobatics, juggling, and gymnastics, that it actually sustains the illusion, over two and a half hours, that something meaningful is going on. This is no small feat. Read more…

Now running through November 9.


GHOST at the Pantages Theatre


Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

If I pale at writing this review, it’s because I’ve just seen a Ghost. Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin won an Oscar for the 1990 film as did Whoopi Goldberg, supporting Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. The film was also nominated for best picture back when there were only five a year. But all that star power and the sub-Borzage skills of director Jerry Zucker helped to camouflage the flimsy clunkiness of the story’s material… Read more...


Now running through July 13.


Photo by Daniel A. Swalec

Photo by Daniel A. Swalec

Bob Verini  -  Arts In LA

“So that’s where American Idol contestants go to die: non-Equity tours and Indian casinos.” So sniffed my companion as we approached the Pantages Theatre and its proud marquee announcement of Ace Young (seventh place, Season V) and Diana DeGarmo (second place, Season III) in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The skepticism was understandable. Doesn’t the whole idea of packaging reality competition runners-up in an old-warhorse musical seem…well…tacky? Read more…

Now running through June 22.


SISTER ACT at the Pantages Theatre

Sister Act Tour

Photo by Joan-Marcus

Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA

From the moment the curtain goes up and our diva is belting out a song (in a nightclub setting) while flanked by two smooth back up singers, you know you are in good hands and are heading for a fun time. Sister Act stars Ta’Rea Campbell, whose voice is a powerhouse—and she’s not the only great voice in the show, not by a long shot.
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Mayank Keshaviak – LA Weekly

Sister Act’s story of a murder witness hiding out in a convent is similar to a summer blockbuster in that it viscerally excites despite a flimsy premise and plot points advanced through coincidences of convenience.
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Now running through July 28.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Pantages Theatre

Photo by Joan Marcus





Bob Verini – ArtsinLA

Anyone who thinks national tours are always done on the cheap need only take a quick gander at the Pantages’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the musical version of the 1994 cult cineclassic whose title begins The Adventures of….
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Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Pantages Theatre

Photo by Michael Lamont.


Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN

Music by Moose Charlap, with additional music by Jule Styne.

Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, with additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie.


Pauline Adamek –

The girl who refuses to grow old is playing the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Former Olympic gymnast (circa 1968 & 1972) and Broadway musical star, Cathy Rigby has been starring as Peter Pan (on and off) for the past 23 years and is still going strong! Once you let go of the fact that it’s a 60-year-old woman portraying a mischievous and fearlessly cocky little orphan, you can immerse yourself in the world of this delightful and magical musical. Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN is now playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for two weeks only; running from January 15 – 27, 2013.   Read more…



The Book of Mormon, Pantages Theatre

Photo by Joan Marcus.


The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone.


David C. Nichols – Backstage

With a subversive chortle and a heart bigger than the Great Salt Lake, The Book of Mormon hits Los Angeles and triumphantly becomes the hottest attraction in town. The joyous West Coast premiere of Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone’s Tony-winning gusher doesn’t just meet expectations; it tramples them. Neither Broadway musicals nor tuner devotees will ever be quite the same. Read more…


Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

It’s funny, it’s outrageous and the company’s energy is off the charts. Whatever you may have heard about The Book Of Mormon, check your preconceived notions at the door and surrender to an evening of laughter and song. Written by the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, in collaboration with Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), The Book Of Mormon is a super fun and clever musical satire that looks lavish and expensive and is extremely well staged. Yes, it’s a mild send-up of the more wacky beliefs of the Mormon faith (and religion in general) and the storyline also touches on some seriously dark themes (such as AIDS, forced female circumcision, poverty and the brutality wrought by militia-run dictatorships), but the writers have also created a story that is brimming with heart and sweetness.  Read more…


Memphis, Pantages Theatre

Production photo by Paul Kolnik.


Memphis by David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book).


Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Kicking off with a frenetic pace that never lets up, Memphis is a high energy, original musical about the explosion of black musical artists into the mainstream during the late 1950s.  Read more…


Bob Verini – Variety

The sleek, stylish Memphis exemplifies the Broadway show tour done very right indeed. Having assembled a first-rate cast, original helmer Christopher Ashley and original choreographer Sergio Trujillo skillfully bring out the musical and thematic strengths of the surprise 2010 Tony winner while rendering its weaknesses mostly negligible. With no dollar visibly unspent, this fable of rock ‘n’ roll’s birth serves up plenty of melody and heart along with enough energy to light up its titular city.  Read more…