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Theater, classical music, dance and cultural stage events: Muppets 'Can't Stop Singing' in Sesame Street Live show in T.O.

May 23, 2013

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May 23--'Sing a song ... make it simple'

Sesame Street Live in Thousand Oaks, L.A. and Long Beach

Sure, your kids know that Bert from "Sesame Street" has only one eyebrow. But do they know that in Denmark, Bert is called "Bent," and his sidekick Ernie is known as "Erik"?

Here's some other Muppet trivia to wow your toddler, preschooler or spouse with when you go see Sesame Street Live's newest Broadway-style live musical, "Can't Stop Singing," in Thousand Oaks this weekend, or L.A. and Long Beach in the weeks ahead:

1. All the Sesame Street Muppets have four fingers except Cookie Monster (he's got five).

2. In India, "Sesame Street" is called "Galli Galli Sim Sim."

3. Hoots, the jazz-loving owl Muppet, plays sax and sings scat at -- where else? -- Birdland.

Sesame Street Live's "Can't Stop Singing," in which Elmo wants everyone to sing with him, features such tunes as the familiar "Sunny Days" and "Sing" (made simple, to last your whole life long), "Yummy Porridge," "It's Raining Cookies" (sung by you-know-who to the tune of "It's Raining Men"), "Number of the Day" "and "You Can't Stop the Music."

You know all the stars: Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Ernie, Bert, Oscar, Zoe, Telly, Baby Bear, Grover, Rosita, Cookie, Count von Count, Big Bird, Hoots and Murray.

Arrive one hour before each show to check out the Play Zone, which offers activities for kids (and photo opportunities for parents).

"Can't Stop Singing" will be at the Civic Arts Plaza's Kavli Theatre from today through Sunday, at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live from May 31 through June 2, and Long Beach's Terrace Theater from June 7-8.

Thousand Oaks showtimes are 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets, $15-$100, are available in person at the box office, or through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit http://www.sesamestreetlive.com.

THEATER

Ventura County

"The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds": An all-woman cast will perform Paul Zindel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a widow and her two daughters. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, through June 16, Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. $15-$18. 640-8797; ojaiact.org.

"In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)": The Santa Paula Theater Center presents Sarah Ruhl's comedy exploring female sexuality in the Victorian era and the early history of the vibrator. 8 p.m. May 24-25, 2:30 p.m. May 26, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. $15-$18. 525-4645; santapaulatheatercenter.org.

"A Streetcar Named Desire": Conejo Players Theatre presents Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 1, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. $18. 495-3715; conejoplayers.org.

Up North

"The Lonesome Traveler": Subtitled "A Musical Journey Down the Rivers and Streams of American Folk," this musical event at the Lobero Theatre (first presented at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura) features nine artists performing the music of Pete Seeger, Woodie Guthrie, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, The Carter Family, Lead Belly and others. A barbecue dinner will be held before each performance. 7:30 p.m. May 27-28, Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara. $29.50-$79.50. 963-0761; lobero.com.

Down South

"Dulce Rosa": Placido Domingo will conduct the world premiere of this new opera by composer Lee Holdridge and librettist Richard Sparks as part of Los Angeles Opera's "Off Grand" series of eclectic works. Through June 9, The Broad Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $20-$150. 310-434-3200; thebroadstage.com.

"Joe Turner's Come and Gone": Directed by Phylicia Rashad, the play is the second installment in August Wilson's "The Century Cycle." Through June 9, Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 213-628-2772; centertheatregroup.org.

"Marriage of Figaro": The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents this fully staged production by librettist Lorenzo da Ponte and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Through May 25, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 323-850-2000; laphil.com.

"The Scottsboro Boys": This Tony Award-winning musical based on a famous court case in the 1930s tells the story of nine teenage African American boys unjustly accused of rape. Through June 30, Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. $20-$115. 213-972-4400; centertheatregroup.org.

"Tosca": Los Angeles Opera presents Giacomo Puccini's classic opera. Through June 8, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. $19 and up. 213-972-8001; laopera.com.

And Dance

Ventura County

"Romeo and Juliet": As part of the Ballet in Cinema series, Roxy 11 Cinemas and Emerging Pictures present a ballet adaptation of the Shakespearean play, broadcast from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. 1 p.m. May 26, 6:30 p.m. May 29, Roxy 11 Cinemas, 5001 Verdugo Way, Camarillo. 388-7908; srentertainmentgrp.com.

Culture and More

Ventura County

The Young Dubliners: The Ojai Concert Series' summer season at Dancing Oak Ranch kicks off with the Young Dubliners performing Celtic rock. Santa Barbara band The Indian Trading Furs is the opening act. Guests are encouraged to bring a low-back chair, blanket, flashlight and a dish for an optional potluck before the show. 6 p.m. May 25 (gates open at 5 p.m.), 4585 Casitas Pass Road, Ventura. $20 general admission, free for children younger than 15. ojaiconcertseries.com.

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