November Entertainment: Musicals! Comedy! Comedic Musicals!

November Entertainment: Musicals! Comedy! Comedic Musicals!

The stages of Melrose are LIT this month! From award-winning musicals to competitive comedy, we’ve got everything you need for a complete night out. Even better, some of these shows are FREE!

So, check your schedule, make your reservations (and don’t forget dinner!), and treat yourself to a magical, musical time.
Here is what’s on stage, on Melrose, in November:

THE COLOR PURPLE @ GREENWAY COURT THEATRE

The Tony Award-winning musical based on Alice Walker’s novel is coming to Melrose! L.A. native and award-winning director/choreographer Jeffrey Polk is at the helm to tell the epic story of Celie over the course of 40 years of her life. It’s a story of strength through adversity, hope through darkness, and of course, has an unforgettable soundtrack that pulls from jazz, blues, gospel, and African music. The Color Purple previews November 9 and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8p and Sundays at 4p until December 9.
The country’s largest open mic night, Da Poetry Lounge, takes over the stage every Tuesday at 9p. See one of the best poetry/spoken word events in the city.

GREENWAY COURT THEATRE
544 No. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles 90036
323.673.0544
www.greenwaycourttheatre.org

TAYLOR’S TALK SHOW @ THE GROUNDLINGS

Taylor’s Talk Show returns to the Gary Austin Stage at the Groundlings just one time this month. It’s a “comedy circus of ridiculous ridiculousness” starring Taylor Williamson (America’s Got Talent), Groundlings superstars, and celebrity guests (which have included Tig Notaro, Dr. Drew, and Tony Cavalero). See for yourself on Sunday, November 11, at 8p. This show sells out, so don’t get stuck having to watch another lame episode of The Walking Dead.

Also check out the holiday edition of Cookin’ with Gas at 8p and 10p on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24. The Groundlings Main, Alumni, and Sunday Companies plus special guests are getting together for an all-improv night of satire and song.

THE GROUNDLINGS THEATRE
7307 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.934.4747
www.groundlings.com

COMEDY COMPETITION @ SAL’S

Nothing ups the ante on jokes quite like competition. Every Tuesday at 8p, Sal’s Comedy Hole is the place to watch 10 (or more) comedians vie for cash and praises. For them, it means bringing their A+ game; for you, it means bringing money for great food and awesome drinks because the comedy is FREE if you get there by 7:45p (only $5 after).
The jokes fly on other nights of the week, too, so stop by Sal’s when it’s time to laugh.

SAL’S RESTAURANT AND COMEDY CLUB
7356 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.651.3822
salslosangeles.com

WIN/LOSE/DRAW @ ZEPHYR THEATRE

Written by Mary Gallagher and Ara Watson, off-Broadway hit Win/Lose/Draw weaves three different stories into one powerful show. Though the characters in each story are from different social and intellectual backgrounds, a common theme runs through each one. Delivering everything from high comedy to near tragedy are Andrea Dantas, Nikki Findel, and Anne Schmidt. Win/Lose/Draw runs Thursday – Saturday, November 8 – 10 at 8p and Sunday, November 11 at 7p.

ZEPHYR THEATRE
7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
www.zephyrtheatre.com

RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL @ ZEPHYR THEATRE

Ruthless! is an award-winning music from 1992 that spoofs lady drama like Gypsy, The Bad Seed, and All About Eve – to music. It tells the story of Judy Denmark, a naive, talentless housewife, and her charming 8-year-old daughter, Tina. Encouraged by her overwhelming manager, Sylvia, Tina auditions for her school play, and she will do ANYTHING to play the lead role…she’d even kill for it! Ruthless! is must-see satire. It runs Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at 8p. AND IT’S FREE (though do consider a donation)!

ZEPHYR THEATRE
7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
www.zephyrtheatre.com

Deborah Brosseau

About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the '80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.