David Bowie's fourth album, Hunky Dory, was a more light-hearted effort after the heavy rock assault of his previous The Man Who Sold the World. With its cover of Bowie in full-on palm-to-head Marlene Dietrich pose, Hunky Dory is like a musical Easter basket of enchanting, shimmering melodies — “Changes,” “Kooks,” “Life on Mars,” “Fill Your Heart.” It was arty but folky, with plenty of potential for theatrical interpretations. Which brings us to Hunky Dory — The Album (Side 1 & Side 2), a colorful stage version with full band, platformed, glammy backup singers, assorted featherboa'ed Warholian time-warpers and projections to match the hallucinations you've had sitting in your room with headphones. The ensemble cast features Katrina Lenk (who was brilliant in Lovelace: A Rock Musical) plus a topnotch band with Gordon Bash (piano, guitar, trumpet, vocals), Davey Meshell (bass), Steve Kefalas (drums), Colin McGuinness (guitar), Natasha Cox (mellotron, guitar) and Dave Bass (saxophone, flute). Says Meshell, musically, “So you pretty things, come drive your mamas and papas insane, see Andy Warhol singing a song for Bob Dylan; go a bit kooky as you think, 'Is there life on Mars'? Write an eight-line poem about quicksand as you and your queen bitch have a drink with the Bewlay Brothers. Fill your heart as time may change me, but you can't not come to see this!” King King, 6555 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Mon., Feb. 27 & Wed., Feb. 29, 9 p.m.; $20-$200. (323) 960-5765.

Mon., Feb. 27, 9 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 29, 9 p.m., 2012

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