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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF The Broadway hit about a Jewish milkman and his daughters, book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura; Wed., 2 & 7 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m.; through April 26. (805) 667-2900.

LOUIS & KEELY: LIVE AT THE SAHARA Vanessa Claire Smith and Jake Broder’s musical about a husband-and-wife lounge act, on- and offstage at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood; Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3:30 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; through April 26. (310) 208-5454.

THE SECRET GARDEN Musical take on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s novel, music by Lucy Simon, book and lyrics by Marsha Norman. Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; through April 11. (310) 828-7519.



DIVORCE! THE MUSICAL Erin Kamler’s witty and entertaining new musical satire (for which she wrote music, lyrics and book) takes apart almost every emotional phase of a marital breakup, including the horrors of dating and the hollows of rebound sex, and sets it to chirpy and wry songs that feature some sophisticated musical juxtapositions and harmonies. Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; through March 29. (323) 960-1056.

HANGIN’ OUT: THAT NAKED MUSICAL Conceiver-creator Robert Schrock works with 19 writers and musical director Gerard Sternbach, on keyboard, serving up a pastiche of almost two-dozen ballads and up-tempo musical-comedy standards on themes of nakedness, sexual awakening, sexual arousal, body image and self-esteem. These are performed by three men and three women who wear not a stitch. Macha Theatre, 1107 Kings Road, West Hollywood; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; through April 5. (323) 960-4443.

HOWLIN’ BLUES AND DIRTY DOGS The spirit of the blues pulsates resoundingly throughout this stirring musical based on the life of feisty, soulful singer Big Mama Thornton. Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 6 p.m.; through April 12. (310) 462-1439.

LITTLE WOMEN (THE MUSICAL) Based on Louisa May Alcott’s story of four sisters, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, book by Allan Knee. Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; through April 26. (323) 939-9220.

LOVELACE: A ROCK OPERA Anna Waronker and Charlotte Caffey’s dark and haunting musical is antipimp, not antiporn, about the life of Linda Boreman, a.k.a. Lovelace. Hayworth Theater, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; through March 29. (323) 960-4442 or

MAKIN’ HAY World-premiere musical about a wealthy cowboy by Matthew Goldsby, based on Moliere’s 1668 comedy George Dandin. Crossley Terrace Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St., L.A.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.; through April 5. (323) 462-8460.



A DON’T HUG ME COUNTY FAIR This crowd-pleasing cornball musical, by Phil and Paul Olsen, suggests a hometown talent show combined with a sort of Minnesota Folk Play, full of bad jokes, and set in a bar called The Bunyan. Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; through March 29. (818) 700-4878 or

ELOVE — A MUSICAL.COM/EDY This world-premiere musical by Wayland Pickard explores an online romance between an older man and woman who are newly single. NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; through March 29. (323) 822-7898. An Angry Amish Production.

IT’S THE HOUSEWIVES! Domestic divas rock out, music and lyrics by Laurence Juber and Hope Juber, book by Hope Juber and Ellen Guylas. Whitefire Theater, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; through March 29. (323) 960-5563.



THE BOURGEOIS GENTILHOMME (THE BOURGEOIS GENTLEMAN) Frédérique Michel and Charles Duncombe’s adaptation of Molière’s comedy-ballet. City Garage, 1340½ (alley entrance) Fourth Street, Santa Monica; Fri., 8 p.m.; through May 8. (310) 319-9939.

CINDERELLA: THE MUSICAL Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie’s family-friendly fairy tale. (Resv. required.) Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica; Sat.-Sun., 12:30 & 3 p.m.; indef. (310) 394-9779.

MADE ME NUCLEAR Singer-songwriter Charlie Lustman’s one-man musical about surviving cancer. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth Street, Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; through May 30. (866) 468-3399 or Produced by the Sarcoma Alliance.

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