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Best Los Angeles Musicals Running in 2024 & Coming in 2025

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Published on: Mar 12, 2024
Last Updated on: Apr 12, 2024
By: Kathryn Willingham
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Best Los Angeles Musicals Running in 2024 & 2025

New York may be synonymous with Broadway musicals, but Los Angeles and the nearby cities of Costa Mesa and Pasadena have flourishing musical theater scenes as well. Many touring Broadway shows play at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre while theaters like Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory, and Pasadena Playhouse create brilliant new works attracting both local and national talent. Other popular venues include the Geffen Playhouse, A Noise Within, and the Fox Performing Arts Center. Here are the some of the best musicals running in 2024!

Musicals Currently Running in Los Angeles

Funny Girl North American Tour

Funny Girl

Welcome to musical comedy heaven! Featuring one of the most iconic scores of all time by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, an updated book from Harvey Fierstein based on the original classic by Isobel Lennart, tap choreography by Ayodele Casel, choreography by Ellenore Scott, and direction from Michael Mayer, this love letter to the theater has the whole shebang! The sensational Broadway revival dazzles as it travels across the United States with celebrated classic songs, including “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “People.” This bittersweet comedy is the story of the indomitable Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreamed of a life on the stage. Everyone told her she’d never be a star, but then something funny happened—she became one of the most beloved performers in history, shining brighter than the brightest lights of Broadway.

Running April 2 to April 28, 2024 at the Ahmanson Theatre. 

Prelude to a Kiss the Musical

Prelude to a Kiss the Musical

Prelude to a Kiss the Musical, with music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Sean Hartley and Daniel Messé, book by Craig Lucas, and direction from Craig Lucas, comes to South Coast Rep’s Segerstrom Stage. “For better or worse” takes on new meaning when a mysterious guest requests a kiss at Peter and Rita’s wedding—and their lives are forever changed. Originally a South Coast Repertory world premiere, the Tony Award-nominated play returns as a musical. Refreshed, reimagined and elevated by a breathtaking score, this modern fable soars through the peaks and valleys of love—the perfect salve for our disconnected times.

Running from April 5 to May 4, 2024 at South Coast Rep’s Segerstrom Stage.

Upcoming Musicals

Beetlejuice on tour

Beetlejuice the Musical

He earned his stripes on Broadway… now the ghost-with-the-most is coming to Orange County. It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set, and a score that’s out of this Netherworld, BEETLEJUICE is “SCREAMINGLY GOOD FUN!” (Variety). And under its uproarious surface (six feet under, to be exact), it’s a remarkably touching show about family, love, and making the most of every Day-O!

Running April 16 to April 28, 2024 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

Aladdin on Tour

Aladdin

Discover a whole new world at Disney’s ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” ALADDIN features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).

Running May 7 to May 9, 2024 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

Come From Away

Come From Away

Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner all across North America! This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, directed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley and musical staging by Tony-nominee Kelly Devine. The tour is directed by Daniel Goldstein with musical staging by Richard J. Hinds, based on the original Broadway direction and choreography.

Running May 7 to May 12, 2024 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. 

Girl From the North Country at CIBC Theater

Girl From the North Country

Written and directed by celebrated playwright Conor McPherson and featuring Tony Award-winning orchestrations by Simon Hale, GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY reimagines 20 legendary songs of Bob Dylan as they’ve never been heard before, including "Forever Young," "All Along the Watchtower," "Hurricane," "Slow Train Coming," and "Like A Rolling Stone." It’s 1934 in Duluth, Minnesota. We meet a group of wayward travelers whose lives intersect in a guesthouse filled with music, life and hope. Experience this "profoundly beautiful" production (The New York Times) brought to vivid life by an extraordinary company of actors and musicians.

Running May 14 to June 2, 2024 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. 

Jelly's Last Jam

Jelly's Last Jam

When legendary musician Jelly Roll Morton’s soul is forced to face the music, the self-proclaimed “inventor of jazz” is left at the ultimate crossroads. Follow Jelly from the back alleys of New Orleans to the sparkling stages of New York, as his remarkable journey unfolds in a stunning display of song, dance, and music. With soulful melodies, electrifying tap dancing, and fiery tunes that will leave you breathless, get your groove on with this dazzling musical masterpiece.

Running May 29 to June 2, 2024 at the Pasadena Playhouse.

A Strange Loop

A Strange Loop

The ground-breaking and critically acclaimed winner of every ‘Best Musical’ award on Broadway, and the Pulitzer Prize, bursts onto the stage for a limited engagement, direct from Broadway. Hell-bent on breaking free of his own self-perception, Usher, a young, gay, Black writer who hates his day job, writes a musical about a young, gay, Black writer who’s writing a musical about a young, gay, Black writer...a strange loop. Usher grapples with desires, identity, and instincts he both loves and loathes, all brought to life on stage by a hilarious, straight-talking ensemble. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards, Michael R. Jackson’s blisteringly funny, “audacious and uproarious” (The Guardian) show is a heartfelt and thought-provoking masterwork that uses humor and honesty to explore themes around race and sexuality.

Running June 5 to June 30, 2024 at the Ahmanson Theatre. 

Mrs. Doubtfire Musical on Tour

Mrs. Doubtfire

MRS. DOUBTFIRE: Everyone’s favorite Scottish nanny is headed to San Diego! Rob McClure will reprise his Tony-nominated Broadway performance on tour alongside co-star (and real wife!) Maggie Lakis in this internationally acclaimed hit musical critics call “a feel-good, family-friendly comedy that delivers” (The Hollywood Reporter). Based on the beloved film and directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks, MRS. DOUBTFIRE tells the hysterical and heartfelt story of an out-of-work actor who will do anything for his kids. 

Running June 11 to June 30, 2024 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. 

Company on tour

Company

It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, Why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and isn’t it time to settle down and start a family? As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married, and being alive in 21st-Century New York could drive a person crazy. Three-time Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott (War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Angels in America) helms this revelatory new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s groundbreaking musical comedy, at once boldly sophisticated, deeply insightful, and downright hilarious. COMPANY features Sondheim’s award-winning songs You Could Drive a Person Crazy, The Ladies Who Lunch, Side by Side by Side and the iconic Being Alive. Let’s all drink to that.

Running July 30 to August 18, 2024 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. 

Hamilton

Hamilton

HAMILTON, with book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and orchestrations and co-arrangement by Alex Lacamoire, is based on the book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow. Following the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, this musical has become a global blockbuster and won 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Running September 4 to October 13, 2024 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

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Kimberly Akimbo

KIMBERLY AKIMBO features Tony Award-winning book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), a Tony Award-winning score by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), choreography by Danny Mefford (Dear Evan Hansen) and direction by Tony-nominated director Jessica Stone. Kimberly is about to turn 16 and recently moved with her family to a new town in suburban New Jersey. In this “howlingly funny heartbreaker of a show” (The New Yorker), Kim is forced to navigate family dysfunction, a rare genetic condition, her first crush…and possible felony charges. Ever the optimist, she is determined to find happiness against all odds and embark on a great adventure.

Running October 15 to November 3, 2024 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

Back to the Future the Musical

Back to the Future

Great Scott! The multi-award-winning Back to the Future the Musical is set to change musical theatre history. When Marty McFly finds himself transported back to 1955 in a time machine built by the eccentric scientist Doc Brown, he accidentally changes the course of history. Now he’s in a race against time to fix the present, escape the past and send himself... back to the future. Experience this high-voltage comedy as the iconic story is adapted for the stage by the movie’s creators Bob Gale (Back to the Future trilogy) and Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) and is directed by the Tony Award-winning John Rando. Back to the Future the Musical features original music by multi-Grammy winners Alan Silvestri (Avengers: Endgame) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror), alongside hit songs from the movie including The Power of Love, Johnny B. GoodeEarth Angel and Back in Time. When BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL hits 88mph, you’re gonna see some serious… entertainment.

Running November 5 to December 1, 2024 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

Wicked on Tour

Wicked

This musical theatre juggernaut looks at what happened in the land of Oz – but from a different angle. There is a young woman, born with emerald-green skin – smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships until the world decides to call one good and the other wicked. The Los Angeles Times called it “the official girl-power show of the millennium.”

Running December 4, 2024 to February 2, 2025 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

A Beautiful Noise

A Beautiful Noise: the Neil Diamond Musical

Created in collaboration with Neil Diamond himself, A BEAUTIFUL NOISE is the uplifting true story of how a kid from Brooklyn became a chartbusting, show-stopping American rock icon. With 140 million albums sold, a catalogue of classics like “America,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” and “Sweet Caroline,” an induction into the Songwriters and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and sold-out concerts around the world that made him bigger than Elvis, Neil Diamond’s story was made to shine on stage. Like Jersey Boys and The Carole King Musical before it, A BEAUTIFUL NOISE THE NEIL DIAMOND MUSICAL is an inspiring, exhilarating, energy-filled musical memoir, that tells the untold true story of how America’s greatest hitmaker became a star, set to the songs that defined his career.

Running July 8 to July 27, 2025 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

Plays in Los Angeles

If you’re looking to buy tickets to a play, check out our article about the Best Plays Running in Los Angeles to learn more about what’s on stage right now, and what is coming up soon. And if you’re travelling a bit further south, read our articles about the Best Plays in San Diego and Best Musicals in San Diego!

Kathryn Willingham

Head of Creative Development at Jean Doumanian Productions

Kathryn Willingham has worked in entertainment for over ten years, and recent credits include: Co-producer of SHRINK currently streaming on Peacock, Associate Producer of the independent film UNA, and Creative Executive on multiple theatrical productions including HANGMEN by Martin McDonagh on Broadway, NASSIM by Nassim Soleimanpour Off-broadway and Associate on productions EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe and THE EFFECT by Lucy Prebble. She was Producer of Todd Almond’s musical travelogue “Wyoming and Parts of Kansas” and Production Coordinator for Karen O and KK Barrett's “Stop the Virgens.”

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Education: B.A. in English, Literature & Creative Writing from Rhodes College
Knowledge: Theatrical Production

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May 24, 2024

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