Top Performances and Plays in Los Angeles this April

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“Stomp” takes the stage at Hollywood Pantages this April. Photo by Steve McNicholas.

From stories of boundless love to top-charting artists, check out the top performances and plays in Los Angeles this April.

Edited by Christina Wiese.


“Significant Other”
Opens Apr. 3. After a successful Off-Broadway and Broadway run, playwright Joshua Harmon’s comedy about love and 20-something urban life arrives in L.A. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454.


“Love Never Dies’”
Apr. 4-22. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera is a story of boundless love, passion and drama. This new touring production reflects an extensive reworking of the material by an Australian creative team. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.


Mahler’s Song of the Earth
Apr. 5-8. Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the L.A. Phil, tenor Russell Thomas and mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford as they take on Mahler’s penultimate work at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Th-Sa 8 p.m., Su 2 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown.


Opening Night: Cole Swindell 
Apr. 7. The iconic The Greek Theatre, nestled in L.A.’s Griffith Park, opens its 2018 season with the chart-topping country singer-songwriter Cole Swindell, joined by special guests Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina. Doors at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. $35-$75. 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A.


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Sell/Buy/Date takes its final bow this month at Geffen Playhouse. Photo by Chris Whitaker

Through Apr. 15. In her new solo show, Tony Award-winning writer/performer/comedian Sarah Jones brings to life characters who provide commentary on gender, sex and modern times. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454.


Apr. 18-May 13. The official State Theater of California welcomes a new thriller to the stage this month. Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog, this Hitchcock-style drama follows a young American couple living in what appears to be the perfect ex-patriot life in Paris. But when Abby finds Zack at home one afternoon when he’s supposed to be at work, their marriage begins to show cracks as an ordinary night becomes not so ordinary. See website for showtimes. $25+. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529.


Dance Theatre of Harlem
Apr. 20-21. Founded nearly 50 years ago, the Dance Theatre of Harlem brings a thrilling and eclectic program of neo-classical and contemporary ballet for a special two-night performance at The Broad Stage. Program highlights include Brahms Variations, choreographed by Robert Garland (2016), Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, choreographed by Ulysses Dove (1993) and Vessels, choreographed by Darrell Grand Moultrie (2014). F 7:30 p.m., Sa 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $60+. The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200.


Apr. 24-29. See what all the noise is about when this percussive hit returns with new surprises, like updated and restructured sections of the show and the addition of two new full-scale routines that utilize props like tractor tires, inner tubes and paint cans. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.


Justin Timberlake
Apr. 28-29. The global superstar and pop icon returns to the Forum for two nights to promote his new album, Man of the Woods. 8 p.m. $80+. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. Tickets


Art Garfunkel 
Apr. 29. The Grammy-winning singer takes the stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall to perform both solo hits and Simon & Garfunkel favorites from his half-century career. 7:30 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown.


Block Party 
All month. This celebration of the L.A. theater scene spotlights three encore productions from outstanding local theater companies. Bloodletting plays through April 8 while Ameryka plays April 19-29. See website for showtimes and pricing. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.

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