Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

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
Produced by Jeremy Palmer and Grace O'Neill

GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is the Tony Award-winning knock-'em-dead, uproarious hit and the most-nominated show of the 2014 season. 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... It’s 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.

Casting will be posted shortly.
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
Directed by Richard Perloff
Produced by Rhonda Yeager-Hutchinson and Gail Bernardi
PRIVATE LIVES is a uniquely humorous comedy of manners about Amanda and Elyot, a divorced couple who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, discover that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. Despite a perpetually stormy relationship, they realize that they still have feelings for each other. It soon becomes clear they cannot live with each other, but also cannot live without each other in this fast-paced, witty, delightful, and passionate Noel Coward comedic romp.
Produced by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals
March 15 – April 6, 2024
Steel Magnolias
by Robert Harling
Directed by Jon Sparks
Produced by Alison Boole and Kirk Larson
STEEL MAGNOLIAS follows the trials and tribulations of six sassy and formidable women in 1980's Chinquapin Parish, Louisiana. Truvy’s Beauty Salon is where all the ladies who are anybody in town meet every Saturday to have their hair done and exchange news and gossip. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to Ouiser, the town’s rich curmudgeon; Miss Clairee, an eccentric millionaire with a raging sweet tooth; and M’Lynn, the local social leader whose daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town, is about to get married. Filled with hilarious repartee and humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play takes a dark turn when the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) goes against the advice of her mother and doctor and risks her life to have a baby. The play draws the women together to deal with life, love and loss, drawing on their underlying strength and devotion to each other in good times and bad.
STEEL MAGNOLIAS is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
May 10 – June 8, 2024
Once On This Island
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Directed by Cece Suazo
The Tony Award-winning musical ONCE ON THIS ISLAND tells the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods, Erzulie, Asaka, Papa Ge, and Agwe, on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. Bursting with Caribbean colors, rhythms and dance, the story transforms the reality of a tropical village devastated by a storm into a fantastical world alive with hope.
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
July 19 – August 10, 2024
by Neil Simon
Directed by Jeremy Palmer
Produced by Catherine Rahm
FOOLS is the comic tale of Leon, an enthusiastic young schoolteacher who seeks to cure the Ukrainian village of Kulyenchikov from the curse of chronic stupidity from which they have been suffering for 200 years. Hired to educate Sophia Zubritsky, the daughter of the town doctor, Leon falls in love with her at first sight, even though she just recently learned to sit down. Dr. Zubritsky is hopeful that this teacher will be the one to break the curse since the vendor sells fish instead of flowers, the shepherd is always losing his sheep, and the postman keeps all the mail.
FOOLS is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.
September 13 – October 5, 2024
by William Goldman, based on the novel by Stephen King
Directed by Kathy Dershimer
MISERY is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
November 15 – December 14, 2024
The Producers
by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan
Directed by Susan Weisbarth
THE PRODUCERS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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Westchester Playhouse
8301 Hindry Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
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