"Los Feliz, one of the crown jewels of L.A. hipsterdom, has long been known as a hotbed of underground music, film and art, but not so much for its blithe way with musical theater. Which is likely why a new series of dinner shows at Vermont Kitchen & Bar is playing weekend after weekend to a sold-out room.
The series, called "For the Record," is a mixture of cabaret and dinner theater but doesn't fall easily into either category. That's because each show is tailored around the music, and bare-bones plots, of films by a particular director. Through the first weekend in June, that director is Baz Luhrmann.
The show, created by producer-director Shane Scheel and musical director Chris Bratten, features talented performers (many with Broadway résumés) singing songs from "Romeo + Juliet," "Strictly Ballroom" and "Moulin Rouge." And since Luhrmann specializes in bringing edgy, unexpected modernity to classic tales, the entertainment is very pop 'n' roll."
—Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times