The arts scene in Los Angeles is vibrant and diverse. Those who love the theater can attend shows of all different genres and styles throughout the year. These are some of the most anticipated acts of 2016 that can be enjoyed throughout the Los Angeles area.

Vicuña

In this new satire written and performed by Jon Robin Baitz, we follow a tailor who has been given the unfortunate task of serving a real estate tycoon and reality TV star as he attempts to run for president. After becoming a party nominee, the audience looks on as the election spirals out of control. In this saga, the tailor and his apprentice must reconsider their roles as image-makers for the man thrust into the spotlight.

Where: Kirk Douglas Theatre, Culver City

When: Sunday, October 23rd – Sunday, November 20th

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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In a unique glam-rock musical, we watch the struggles of German singer-songwriter Hansel (played by Darren Criss). We are there when he finds love with an American soldier and transitions to Hedwig, after an unsuccessful gender altering operation. After this experience she finds herself alone in Kansas City and the rock ‘n’ roll journey of self-discovery begins. Songwriter Stephen Trask created glam-rock winners, with tunes like “Tear Me Down”, “Wicked Little Town” and “Origin of Love.”

Where: Pantages Theatre, Hollywood

When: Tuesday, November 1st – Sunday, November 27th

Butterfly

This David Henry Hwang compilation was inspired by Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly and inspired by actual events. A French diplomat falls in love with a songstress at the Peking Opera and engages in a decades long love affair, only to discover that she is in fact a he. Throughout the show we watch as the perceptions and notions are shaken when you look at who people truly are on the inside.

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Where: Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena

When: Thursday, October 27th – Sunday, November 20th

Wicked Lit

The stage is set in a spooky cemetery, as the viewer watches scary literature come to life. Some of the featured acts include H.P. Lovecraft’s From Beyond, adapted by Trey Nichols; Anansi and the Demons, adapted by Jonathan Josephson from Anansi stories and Ashanti proverbs; and Ellen Glasgow’s The Shadowy Third, adapted by Paul Millet.

Where: Mountain View Mausoleum, Altadena

When: Thursday, October 13th – Saturday, November 12th

Bars and Measures

This new show features a set of musically inclined brothers: Eric, a classical pianist and Christian, and Bilal, is a jazz bassist and Muslim. When Bilal is accused of involvement in terrorism he finds himself imprisoned and on trial. Brother Eric works on a unique bond with his imprisoned brother by learning to play jazz, just like his brother. While the two are separated by prison and religion, they stay connected through their love of music. Throughout the trial, Eric struggles with his older brothers guilt or innocence.

Where: The Theatre @ Boston Court, Pasadena

When: Thursday, September 29th – Sunday, October 23rd

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