"NEXT TO NORMAL": It is a rare and special run when the person who won the Tony for a role is in that role in a different city. But actor Alice Ripley is that rare person, and the play she won for -- and that took Broadway by the heart -- is on for just a few more days at the Ahmanson. And if family has been much on your mind these past few weeks, this could be just the evening you need.
"WEST SIDE STORY": And speaking of soon to wrap theatrical events, and a different tale of family and relationships. The Pantages-based production is also ending on Sunday, Jan. 2, so when we say see this "Tonight, Tonight," we're not merely referencing one of the show's famous songs.
SMILODON FATALIS: We marveled last week at the huge, 73-pound, person-inside saber-toothed cat puppet that was appearing at the Natural History Museum through early January. If you're tempted -- and a little brave -- he'll be at Ice Age Encounters at the Natural History Museum. That's today, not tonight, at 1:30 p.m.