Don Grigware's Top 5 Summer Theatre Recommendations in LA!
The Hollywood Bowl is always a fun adventure with concerts in the open air (picnic suppers available to preorder for some events) from June through September, this year including The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour on June 2, Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour on June 24th, and Fireworks on July 2, 3 and 4 with Special Guest Barry Manilow. This year's Broadway show The Producers with Richard Kind and Jesse Tyler Ferguson will play July 27-29.
Magnificent open air theatre on Topanga Canyon in Woodland Hills, the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is a top notch ensemble led by Ellen Geer and specializing in Shakespeare’s works. This summer as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Measure for Measure, there’s George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House plus a couple of surprises. Check their website for schedule, as plays run in rep.
Independent Shakespeare Co
For those of you that cannot get enough Shakespeare, there’s the Independenat Shakespeare Co in Griffith Park which operates from June 28 – September 2.
The Hollywood Fringe Festival
This year’s Fringe Festival runs from June 14-24 and promises more unique excitement than ever, with one-person shows, storytelling, drama, cabaret and a special family/children’s show from the brilliant Four Clowns called That Beautiful Laugh on June 8, 16, 21 and 23. Check the following link for schedule:
Judy Garland's 90th Birthday
This June would have been Judy Garland’s 90th birthday, and to celebrate, Peter Mac is presenting a show that takes Judy at various ages and stages of her life, through vaudeville, concerts and MGM. Mac is a fabulous tribute artist that does Judy Garland like no other. At the new Peter Mac Supper Club inside the French Market in WeHo.