“CRITIC’S CHOICE… a rocking, relevant good time” — Los Angeles Times *
“PICK OF THE WEEK… [a] warm and embracing celebration of Los Angeles’s R&B music scene of the 1950s…evocation of the time as well as a kind of inspirational hymn to black aspiration and self-reliance… buoyant” — Stage Raw *
“Brilliantly recounts the career of L.A. music visionary John Dolphin… directed with heart and soul… a rocking score [and] raucous period perfect choreography… the most remarkably talented cast...” — BroadwayWorld *
“FIVE STARS… one of the best new musical shows of the decade.” — Examiner.com *
“WOW!... sensationally entertaining… snap up your tickets fast because this is sure to be one red-hot ticket indeed.” — Stage Scene LA *
“The music is infectious, the harmonies are glorious, and the dancing is dynamic… a five star show… a musical journey not to be missed.” – Discover Hollywood *
“A MUST SEE… Music buffs and historians will love this musical… superb… an amazing cast” — LA Splash *
“Very entertaining… an infectious joy” — Los Angeles Post *
“A rousing salute to legendary black music producer John Dolphin… wonderfully energetic songs and dances by a multi-talented cast… vigorous direction… dynamic choreography… lively musical direction” — Theatre Spoken Here *
“Thrilling… worthy and entertaining” — TotalTheater.com
Runs Fri, Jul 08 – Sun, Aug 07 Thursdays at 8 pm
Fridays at 8 pm
Saturdays at 2 pm & 8 pm
Sundays at 2 pm & 7 pm Show Calendar
Special Show Info Running time: 120 minutes. There will be an intermission.
Kirk Douglas Theatre 9820 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Special Theatre Info The theatre has concessions.
The new musical RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD returns from its sold-out, critically acclaimed, 2015 engagement, with additional songs and scenes in an all-new production. This LA Times Critics pick tells the true and fascinating love, life, and times of 1950’s Los Angeles entrepreneur and activist John Dolphin--the trailblazing black businessman who made his mark on the national music scene long before Motown ever existed. Dolphin opened Dolphin’s Of Hollywood Record Shop on legendary Central Avenue in 1948 and, along with his regular radio broadcasts and four record labels, he launched and helped to build, the careers of some of the biggest names in music. Facing police opposition, the shop and its broadcasts were a gathering place for music lovers from every race and background and became “the place to be” in LA in the 50’s. Dolphin played a real role in integrating the Los Angeles music scene and through his music helped bring R&B into the mainstream for all time. Based on the book The John Dolphin Story by Jamelle Dolphin, RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD features 16 new songs as well as hits from the Rhythm and Blues and early Rock and Roll era.