Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

May 12 – June 17, 2023
by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Marcus S. Daniel
Produced by Alison Boole and Elizabeth Bouton Summerer
RENT is a rock musical loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s 1896 opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural young artists struggling to survive and create a life in Lower Manhattan’s East Village in the thriving days in bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. On Broadway, the musical gained critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production ran for 12 years, making it one of the longest-running shows to be performed there. Its success and popularity have led to productions worldwide, and in 2005, it was adapted into a motion picture featuring most of the original cast members.
RENT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
July 21 – August 12, 2023
Moon Over Buffalo
by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Gail Bernardi
Produced by Susan Weisbarth
MOON OVER BUFFALO centers on Charlotte and George Hay who are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac (the “revised one-nostril version”) and Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Charlotte has grandiose dreams of becoming a Hollywood film star, while George, on the other hand, is quite satisfied as a stage actor and sees live theater as being superior to film. But when they receive word that they might have one last shot at real stardom since Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, with the couple’s marriage on the rocks due to drinking and cheating getting in their way, how will they be able to take advantage of this golden opportunity? Hilarity ensues with numerous mistaken identities, much slapstick humor, and sexual innuendo filling their back-and-forth backstage banter!
MOON OVER BUFFALO is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.
September 15 – October 7, 2023
An Inspector Calls
by J.B. Priestley
Directed by Jesse Saywell
AN INSPECTOR CALLS is set in the drawing room of the well-to-do Birling family: patriarch Arthur, a self-made businessman, his wife Sybil, their daughter Sheila and son Eric. They are joined by Sheila’s new fiancé Gerald Croft, son of Sir George Croft, heir to one of the most successful family businesses in England. As the family allow themselves to luxuriate in their good fortune and position in society, they are suddenly interrupted by an unexpected visitor when their maid, Edna, announces that Police Inspector Goole has come speak with them about investigating the death of a young, working-class woman, Eva Smith. Slowly but surely the Inspector’s questions get to the truth of the matter, revealing that each family member has secrets linking them to the tragic suicide. His startling revelations not only shatter their lives, but also raise profound questions about social conscience and class values that cannot be ignored, even today. Welcome the 2023 Halloween Season with this social commentary mystery.
AN INSPECTOR CALLS is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
November 10 – December 9, 2023
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman
Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Directed by Catherine Rahm
GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is the knock-'em-dead, uproarious hit and the most-nominated show of the 2014 season. With ten Tony nominations and four wins, including Best Musical, Book, Direction and Costumes, it also earned seven Drama Desk Awards (including Best Musical), four Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Best Musical) and one Drama League Award (Best Musical). When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he's eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D'Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn't the only thing on Monty's mind.... A murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and a scene-stealing role for one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways.
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
January 19 – February 10, 2024
Private Lives
by Noël Coward
Produced by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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8301 Hindry Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
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