Everyone knows Los Angeles and Hollywood as Tinseltown, better yet as home of the stars. People come from far and wide to get a glimpse of Hollywood Boulevard and maybe walk the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Still, Los Angeles is much more than this, and an underrated facet of the nightlife and cultural scene here is the theater scene, which is alive, active and healthy. Where do actors cut their teeth? How do they learn the essence of acting for the big screen? On the small stage, of course.
Many aspiring and well-known names line the billboards of Los Angeles’ theater halls, as well as many big production groups: The Blue Man Group, Wicked, Sting on stage, Cirque du Soleil, Bring It On: The Musical – all these and many, many more are currently in rotation in the Los Angeles area. So though you may not think of it, theater should definitely be on your list when visiting L.A., no matter what you might be into.
The show aside, the theaters themselves are magnificent. The Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theater, and the Pantages all receive phenomenal reviews and were built by famed architects. So see the red carpet, watch the actors dance, feel the magic of live acting, and discover some of Los Angeles’ under-appreciated art.