Posts Tagged ‘live theater’
Big Music Buildings Impress Our Flying Tour Guests
As any of our guests will tell you when they arrange a helicopter tour of Los Angeles with us, seeing man-made structures from above is completely different from nature’s landscapes. They are really surprised when they see what we captured in this aerial photograph over downtown Los Angeles. The odd structure of Frank Gehry‘s Walt Disney Concert Hall across the street from the traditional architecture of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Both theaters host classical music concerts like the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as the L.A. Opera and ballet. However, the range of music hosted at these two venues far exceeds the confines of classical music. New symphonic works, jazz, world music – the range is considerable and there always will be something here for all musical tastes. The Walt Disney Concert Hall extends the opportunities for theatrical culture with its proximity to the Music Center which, besides the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, also includes the Broadway-style Ahmanson Theater and the more intimate Mark Taper Forum. The presence of these music and theater venues so near Grand Park create a wonderful focus of activity in the newly reinvigorated downtown. With this activity in the north part of the downtown area and L.A. Live occupying the southern portion there is so much more to see and do right in downtown Los Angeles there is almost no reason to leave…except maybe to visit Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the beach communities on our custom private Los Angeles tour.
What-to-Do in Los Angeles for Our Private Tour
Guests after Sightseeing
Our list is getting started of fun activities over the holidays to share with our private Los Angeles tour guests. Our passengers reliably inquire of their guides what L.A. has to offer in the way of entertainment and we like to be on top of all the latest calendar entries. For instance, beginning this evening is Ken Ludwig‘s witty whodunit The Game’s Afoot. This hilarious farce won the Mystery Writers’ Edgar Award several years ago for Best Play so we can all expect an exhilarating theatrical experience rife with gasps and guffaws. Set in 1936 in the castle of the actor renowned for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on a night of revelry with his fellow cast members there is a real murder to be solved. Can the man who plays the great detective on stage prove he truly knows the character enough to sift through the clues and determine Whodunit? Directed by Gene Franklin Smith you the audience will be in sure hands as the mystery unfolds. Are you looking for an evening filled with fun and mystery? Then follow our custom tour visitors in Los Angeles to the Pierson Playhouse of Pacific Palisades and get ready to laugh and think and laugh some more.
Our Private Tour Guide Plays Ernest Hemingway
Our guests on a Los Angeles private tour are always delighted to learn of the stage and film backgrounds of our guides and staff. Really, it should be not be a surprise in an entertainment industry city like Los Angeles that actors and writers would be drawn to a job with great flexibility and a daily opportunity to discuss their favorite subjects: movies, theater and themselves. What does surprise our guests is when they learn of the number of theatrical productions staged every year throughout Los Angeles. More than New York City….by far! Yes, small productions, black box theater we often call it, those store fronts whose walls and windows are painted black and a stage created at one end of the space. Small theaters with fewer than 99 seats. And when our very own people have a role in a production, film or stage, we all talk about it. All the time. Well, here we go again. Our tour guide Nic Forbes is starring as Ernest Hemingway in the world premiere of Don Nigro’s LOST GENERATION opening this Friday (May 8th) at the Sherry Theatre.
LOST GENERATION navigates the dark, funny and dangerous triangular friendship between F. Scott Fitzgerald, his destructive wife and muse, Zelda, and Ernest Hemingway. They were the rock stars of their day, as sophisticated and witty as they were brilliant, but evolving attractions, jealousies, madness and crippling artistic insecurities burned just beneath the glamorous exterior.
Get your tickets now and be even more impressed with our Elite Adventure Tours casting, uh we mean hiring, acumen.
Miss Your Office Party? See How We Do It in
Los Angeles Right after Your Private Tour
It is the last week of this show’s 19th season and a chance for regulars and curious theatergoers to enjoy an irreverent look at the traditional end of the year office holiday party. This unforgettable collection of characters, many of whom you will know from your own life experience, will have your sides splitting and your lips spitting in uproarious laughter. You will also recognize many of the actors from your favorite commercials and billboards and soon understand why these people do not want to work in an office. It is all in good fun and the characters, the actors and the audience will feel the holiday spirit and leave the theater uplifted and energized, ready to take on Christmas no matter what happens. They’ve already seen the worst. If our private Los Angeles tour is too highbrow and informative for you then Bob’s Holiday Office Party is the way back to ground level (and below).
Serious Theater in Malibu After a Fun Private Tour
Malibu Playhouse is producing the west coast premiere of David West Read‘s The Dream of the Burning Boy. The play opens this Friday, September 6th. This is the first production under the aegis of the theater company’s new artistic director, Gene Franklin Smith. Theater lovers visiting Los Angeles, like art lovers, often overlook the quality and quantity of our stage work believing us to be a “movie town” disinterested in theater. Ha! We have more small theater in constant production than New York. How is that? Lots of theatrically trained talent resides here: writers, directors, actors, designers, musicians, and on and on. What do they do between film and tv gigs in Hollywood? “Hey, kids, let’s put on a show!” So, like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, theater pops up all around the city, not just in formal theater spaces. The Malibu Playhouse has been around since 1990 staging award winning plays with familiar and honored talent. We expect The Dream of the Burning Boy to be as well received as it was in recent east coast and midwest productions. This play probes the effect of the unexpected death of a young man on his teacher, sister and fellow students, how loss brings insight and new life. Enjoy great theater in our oceanside community even if you are not visiting the city and enjoying a private Los Angeles tour experience.