With Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the campus at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and little theaters, Southern Nevada offers productions with resident and touring companies including drama, musicals and original works that will connect audiences with the characters. Live performances in Las Vegas have been part of the city since 1978, showcasing the importance of theater in Las Vegas. Here are some of the best upcoming performances that you’ll want to put on the calendar.
‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Dates: Jan. 20-25, 2015
Their first musical to be performed on stage, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is about the trials and triumphs of Israel’s favorite son. With very little dialogue, the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors is told through song and dance. The touring production features Broadway star Ace Young (“Grease,” “Hair”) as Joseph and Broadway/television star Diana DeGarmo (“Hairspray,” “Hair”) as The Narrator.
Las Vegas Little Theater
3920 Schiff Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Dates: Jan. 9-25, 2015
“Rumors” by Neil Simon was written as a farce while Simon was going through his own personal troubles. The play revolves around a couple attending a 10th anniversary party of the Deputy Mayor of New York and his wife. Shots are heard and someone is wounded as more guests arrive for the party. The plot explores what is perceived rather than facts using dark humor and how people accept what is said rather than trusting their own experience.
1025 S. First St. #110
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Dates: Jan. 16 – Feb. 1, 2015
“Bug” tells the story of two lonely people in a trashy motel room in Oklahoma City and how paranoia and love binds them. The man is shy, retiring and mysterious. The woman is middle aged and lonely. As the plot develops, the audience discovers the woman works as a waitress and blames herself for the kidnapping of her child in a grocery store a decade earlier. She also suffers abuse by her ex-husband and allows it due to her ongoing guilt. The man has a military past and shows signs of being mentally ill. The two are drawn together and are dependent on each other whether it is true love, fear or a combination of both.
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‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Nevada Conservatory Theatre in Black Box Theater
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5036
Dates: Feb. 20 – March 1, 2015
Written by Luigi Pirandello, “Six Characters in Search of an Author” breaks the fourth dimension as it examines relationships between the author, characters on stage and audience. The main character is crippled by his emotions despite his talent and creativity. While considered strong, the main character must understand his vulnerability in the context of the play and its other characters and how it transcends into real life.
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
315 S. 7th St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Dates: Feb. 19 – March 7, 2015
A pop-rock musical that won a Tony and Grammy for its score written by Elton John and Tim Rice, “Aida” is the story of a Nubian princess, now a slave, who falls in love with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris. Aida is forced to choose between forbidden live or her responsibility as leader of her people. Still, Aida and Radames’s love for one another overcomes cultural differences and might help bring peace between two nations at war.
Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.