Event Listings

Our upcoming events are listed below:


For over thirty years, DanceBrazil has thrilled audiences across the United States and throughout the world with its dazzling artistry, which is inspired by the cultural tapestry of Brazil. Whether in the streets or on stage in the most prestigious theaters, the dancers of DanceBrazil never fail to enthrall audiences with the company’s unique fusion of Afro-Brazilian movement, contemporary dance and Capoeira, a traditional dance form that originated in Africa and evolved in colonial Brazil. “Gorgeously full physicality of movement allied to music…a treat to the senses.” – The New York Times

100 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission

Enter Laughing - The Musical
Enter Laughing - The Musical

In Association with Carl Reiner

Book by Joseph Stein

Music & Lyrics by Stan Daniels

Directed by Stuart Ross

David Kolowitz wants to be a Broadway star – is that so much to ask? But, oy vey, his parents have plans for him to be a pharmacist! Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by iconic writer-comedian Carl Reiner, Enter Laughing – The Musical centers on the journey of a stage-struck errand boy from the Bronx with dreams of making it big. Along the way, he encounters the madcap eccentrics that inhabit the Great White Way in this tuneful adaptation.
The New York Times

“An honest-to-God musical comedy!” – New York Magazine

"The funniest tuner to hit town since The Producers.” – New York Post

“You can’t pack more laughter and fun into a finite space and time.” – Jerry Seinfeld

Patti LuPone: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda...played that part
Patti LuPone: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda...played that part
Patti LuPone: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda...played that part

Conceived and directed by Scott Wittman
Musical Arrangements by Dick Gallagher
Musical Direction by Joseph Thalken

Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone in her new concert COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA….played that part performs songs from musicals which she could have played, should have played, did play and will play. The list of shows includes Hair, Bye, Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story and Peter Pan and, of course, from her Tony Award-winning performances in Evita and Gypsy.

“A singular stage force…many try, but few have the knockout punch of LuPone.” - The Washington Post

Gene Kelly: The Legacy
Legendary actor, dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly brought astonishing grace, athleticism and masculinity to the big screen – yet we know little about him. Patricia Ward Kelly – his widow, biographer and the person who knew him best – presents an intimate portrait of this dynamic and innovative artist who created some of the most memorable and iconic scenes in film history. This unique Special Event combines rare and familiar film clips, personal memorabilia and insights culled from Kelly’s hours of interviews and conversations with her husband.

The Wallis and The Library Foundation's<br>
ALOUD Series Present:<br><br><br>
David Axelrod with Michel Martin</br>
The Wallis and The Library Foundation's
ALOUD Series Present:

David Axelrod with Michel Martin
David Axelrod, the great strategist who masterminded President Barack Obama’s historic election campaigns, sits down with Emmy Award-winning NPR anchor Michel Martin to discuss his years as a young journalist, political consultant, and ultimately senior adviser to the president. From a young journalist in 1970s and 80s Chicago--where he reported on the dissolution of the last of the big city political machines-- to his twenty-year friendship with Obama, to serving during two wars and an economic disaster.

Ticket levels: Reserved Seating ($25) and Premier ($75) which includes pre-program author reception, copy of Axelrod's book, and premier seating.

David Axelrod is a 35-year veteran of American politics and journalism. Prior to becoming a political consultant, Axelrod spent eight years as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune, including a stint as the City Hall bureau chief. As a political consultant, Axelrod has managed media and communications strategy for more than 150 local, state and national campaigns. Axelrod most recently served as Senior Strategist to President Obama's successful re-election campaign. He served in that same role in then-Senator Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, before going on to serve in the White House as Senior Advisor to the President. After the 2012 campaign, Axelrod founded the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.

Michel Martin is heard across NPR programs bringing her 25+ years of journalistic experience to coverage of education, families, faith, race and social issues. She also hosts NPR Presents, Michel Martin, a national live event series. From 2007- 2014, Martin hosted Tell Me More, a daily news/talk show that dipped into thousands of conversations taking place in corridors of power and around kitchen tables alike.

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff

Playing to sold-out houses all over the world, the Olivier Award nominated POTTED POTTER – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you do not know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, POTTED POTTER will make you roar with laughter. Created by two-time Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, POTTED POTTER is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).

“CRITICS’ PICK! The duo casts the perfect spell over the audience.” – The New York Times

“A fabulously funny parody. Will tickle the funny bone of every age group.” – The London Daily Telegraph

“CRITICS’ CHOICE! Gloriously irreverent!” – Time Out London

“The single funniest thing I’ve seen in ages. You’re gonna love this show.” – Toronto Star

Catherine Wheels Theatre Company’s


By Nicola McCartney

Directed by Gill Robertson

Lifeboat is the extraordinary true story of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings. Set during the beginning of World War II, it is a story of courage, a story of survival and a story of enduring friendship. In September 1940, a ship, The City of Benares, set sail from Liverpool for Canada. On board were 90 evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war-torn Britain. Four days into its journey, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only eleven of the evacuees survived, including two fifteen-year-old girls, who spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat through a pounding storm. Through their will to survive, they endured to tell their story.

Recommend age 9+ / Running Time 70 minutes, no intermission

The Soloists of La Scala and Nazzareno Carusi
The Soloists of La Scala and Nazzareno Carusi

Two of the most renowned principal clarinet and first viola soloists of the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala and the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra join a pianist with a unique personality for a concert dedicated to the masterpieces of chamber music by Mozart, Schumann and Schubert. The three musicians are: Danilo Rossi, who at the age of twenty became the youngest principal violist in the history of the prestigious theater in Milan; Fabrizio Meloni, who has played the role of principal clarinet for almost thirty years; and Nazzareno Carusi, an exceptional pianist who performs internationally and teaches at some of the most prestigious music academies in the country. Together they represent the best tradition of Italian music in the world. The evening’s program includes Schubert’s Arepeggione Sonata D. 821 for viola and piano; Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen op.132 for piano, clarinet and viola; Poulenc’s Sonata FP 184 for clarinet and piano; and Mozart’s Trio in E flat major K 498 “dei birilli.”

The National Theatre of Scotland and The Royal Shakespeare Company Production of


By David Greig

Directed by Roxana Silbert

Macbeth is dead, long live the King! Under cover of night, an English army has swept through the landscape, killed the tyrant and taken the seat of power. While attempting to restore peace and install a new ruler, commanding officer Siward is beset by a brutal guerrilla uprising. Increasingly isolated from his own men and Scottish allies, his efforts to restore order become futile as the situation spins out of control. Dunsinane is a vision of one man’s attempt to restore peace in a country ravaged by war. "David Greig gleefully seizes on Shakespeare's tragedy and writes a thrilling sequel that has more to do with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than with 11th-century Scotland," states The Sunday Times.

"If it's riveting spectacle, challenging ideas and human drama you want, this is the show to see…a triumph!" – The Times

"A work of compelling intelligence, provocation and wit." – The Guardian

"A gripping first-rate drama" – Evening Standard

Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
Back by Popular Demand!


Following sold-out performances at The Wallis this past season, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (BJM) returns with a new program, featuring “Zero in On” and “Kosmos.” An internationally-renowned repertory company led by Artistic Director Louis Robitaille, BJM has continued to grow with their signature energy and spirit of exploration since their formation in 1972. While preserving the essence of the company, BJM works today with some of the most prestigious figures in the world of dance and contemporary ballet. Displaying its radiant and expressive style, BJM explores the creative side of contemporary trends while firmly committing to classical aesthetics in a unique style that often has an uplifting effect on the soul.

“BJM pushes boundaries — emotional, physical and the limits of the art form.” – The Chronicle Herald

100 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission

SFJAZZ Collective<br>The Music of Joe Henderson & Original Compositions
SFJAZZ Collective
The Music of Joe Henderson & Original Compositions
SFJAZZ Collective

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest jazz performer/composers at work today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective has quickly become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the American and international jazz scenes. As soloists, composers and bandleaders, they represent all that is happening now in jazz. Hailing from Puerto Rico, New York, Venezuela, Philadelphia, New Zealand, and Israel, the Collective's multi-cultural lineup mirrors the explosion of jazz talent around the globe. SFJAZZ Collective’s debut at The Wallis will pay tribute to legendary saxophonist and composer Joe Henderson, with a repertoire that spans Henderson’s illustrious career from the early Blue Note years through his resurgence on Verve Records in the 1990s. The New York Times raves that SFJAZZ Collective is "A reliably superb all-star confab…a superbrain for what serious jazz sounds like now."

The Wallis and Neiman Marcus Present Ken Downing
The Wallis and Neiman Marcus Present Ken Downing

Designer As Dramatist — The Intersection Of Fashion And Theater

In partnership with Neiman Marcus, The Wallis presents Designer As Dramatist — The Intersection Of Fashion And Theater with Ken Downing, Fashion Director for Neiman Marcus, and guest panelists to be announced. Ken Downing is credited for re-inventing Neiman Marcus of Beverly Hills, and has appeared as a fashion industry expert on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Rachel Zoe Project” and “Project Runway All-Stars.”

NOTE: The final date for this event is to be determined as Mr. Downing assembles his guest panel.

Igor Levit: An Evening of Beethoven Sonatas
Igor Levit: An Evening of Beethoven Sonatas

Igor Levit began playing piano at age three, and had his first successes on the concert stage as a child in his hometown of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. At age eight, his family moved to Hannover, Germany, where he completed his piano studies at Hannover Academy of Music, Theatre and Media in 2009 with the highest academic and performance scores in the history of the institute. Levit has appeared in major concert halls and music festivals throughout the world, and has won several international awards, amongst them second prize at the International Maria Callas Grand Prix, Athens (2004), first prize at the International Piano Academy Competition in Hamamatsu (2004), silver medal and three awards at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv (2005) and the Luitpold Prize for young artists in Bad Kissingen (2009). For his Wallis debut, Igor Levit will perform an evening of Beethoven sonatas.

Brentano String Quartet
Brentano String Quartet

Named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” the Brentano String Quartet (Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello) was founded in 1992, and has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the London Independent; The New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism…a gripping performance;" and The Times (London) opines, “the Brentanos are a magnificent string quartet…This was wonderful, selfless music-making.” The quartet has worked closely with some of the most important composers of our time, including Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Chou Wen-chung, Steven Mackey, Bruce Adolphe, and György Kurtág. For their engagement at The Wallis, the Brentano String Quartet will perform Haydn’s Quartet in B?-Major, Op. 50, No.1; Bartok’s Quartet No. 3; and Debussy’s String Quartet.

Spring Awakening
Spring Awakening
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts,
Deaf West Theatre & Cody Lassen present

Spring Awakening

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Directed by Michael Arden

Based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 expressionist play and featuring an electrifying score, Spring Awakening follows the lives of a group of adolescents as they navigate their journey from adolescence to adulthood in a fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. Deaf West Theatre’s innovative new production of the Tony Award-winning musical - performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English by a cast of 25 - was heralded as an “emotional triumph” by the Los Angeles Times and enjoyed a sold-out engagement at downtown L.A.'s Rosethnal Theatre in the fall of 2014.

“It's hard to enumerate all the ways in which the Deaf West's “Awakening” is so very, very good. The signing in this production does more than simply translate; it ennobles. Spencer Liff's choreography incorporates signing and movement into perfectly coordinated sequences that seem completely organic to the narrative, while music director Jared Stein exploits the show's young singers to spine-tingling effect. Yet the real star of the evening is director Michael Arden, whose staging involves a mind-bogglingly intricate meld of the show's many disparate elements. Compositionally spectacular and emotionally truthful, his ‘Awakening’ awakens us to the dormant possibilities of this musical, with all the goosebumps and teardrops to prove it.” - Los Angeles Times

Satchmo at the Waldorf
Satchmo at the Waldorf
The Long Wharf Theatre and Shakespeare & Company Production of

By Terry Teachout

Directed by Gordon Edelstein

Starring John Douglas Thompson

It's March 1971 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and Louis Armstrong has just played one of the final performances of his extraordinary career. Unwinding backstage, he recounts events that transformed him into the world-famous "Satchmo." With no-nonsense manager Joe Glaser at his side, Armstrong kept steady through an era of enormous social change…but at what cost? This is Satchmo at the Waldorf, an absorbing and uplifting new play about the music, struggles and triumphs of the man who invented jazz. Starring Obie-winner John Douglas Thompson as both Armstrong and Glaser in a tour de force performance, this exhilarating production arrives in Los Angeles following smash-hit, sold-out engagements at the Long Wharf Theatre and Shakespeare & Company.

“One of the most compelling actors of his generation…a top-notch performance,” – The New York Times

“Extraordinary! Riveting!...Tour de force would be an understatement.” – The Boston Globe

“Masterful performance!” – Hartford Courant

Running Time 90 minutes with no intermission

ATTENTION: This show contains strong language and is recommended for mature audiences.