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Beer and Ballet Apr 28 - Apr 29, 2017  
David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre Beer and Ballet
If you think ballet's uptight and stuffy, think again. California Ballet Company's Beer & Ballet lets you grab a beer with acclaimed dancers in a rare chance to get to know what they're like off-stage. Set in La Jolla's David and Dorthea Garfield Theater, this unique hang session offers up local craft beers and snacks after an intimate performance featuring in-your-face choreography. Could it get any more San Diegan than that? You'll see talent by S.D. choreographers Jared Nelson and California Ballet dancers Trystan Merrick and Jeremy Zapanta. When the dancing's done, you can chat with the artists while sipping on some delicious brews. To make the deal even sweeter, your first beer is on the house.
Picnic May 5 - May 21, 2017  
Brooks Theatre Picnic
On a balmy Labor Day in the 1950s, a seductive stranger ambles into a small Kansas town while its citizens are busy preparing for their annual picnic. But when this young drifter awakens the desire of a local young woman, it ends up forever changing this tight-knit community. Now presented at the Brooks Theatre in Oceanside, William Inge's Pulitzer- and Tony-winning classic Picnic is about the desire to lead a more fulfilling life ... and the chances we're willing to take in order to achieve it.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? May 5 - May 28, 2017  
Patio Playhouse Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
A biting dark comedy and gut-wrenching psychological portrait of the breakdown of a marriage, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? sees one of theater's most notoriously dysfunctional couples draw a younger pair into their bitter, twisted games. As cocktails flow on the campus of a small New England college, the younger couple find themselves caught in the crossfire of a savage marital war. Featuring razor-sharp dialogue, Edward Albee's equally hilarious and harrowing masterpiece won the 1963 Tony Award and went on to become a classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Now this devastating tale comes to the Patio Playhouse in Escondido.
Ten Minute Madness X May 5 - May 21, 2017  
North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe Ten Minute Madness X
There's only one thing better than seeing a play, and that's seeing eight of them all in one place. With Ten Minute Madness X, you'll get to enjoy eight brand new shorts from playwrights around the country. Featuring a talented cast of 14 performers, this program at San Diego's North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe includes harrowing dramas, hilarious comedies and plays with thought-provoking messages.
Jersey Boys May 9 - May 14, 2017  
San Diego Civic Theatre Jersey Boys
JERSEY BOYS returns home to SAN DIEGO! "TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!" raves the New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history and features their hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "Oh What a Night" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You."
A Year With Frog and Toad May 12 - May 28, 2017  
Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center A Year With Frog and Toad
Nominated for three Tony Awards in its Broadway production, A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of the friendship between two dissimilar pals. The cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad adventure through the seasons: sledding down snowy hills, planting spring flowers, splashing in summer swimming holes and piling autumn leaves. Along the way, they'll learn to accept one another, warts and all. This youth production of the fun, family musical -- adapted from Arnold Lobel's classic children's books -- enchants youngsters while also entertaining adults with a jazzy, upbeat score. The inventive, exuberant musical provides a charming show for the whole family at San Diego's Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center.
Carmen May 12 - May 14, 2017  
Spreckels Theatre Carmen
San Diego presents the tale of a beautiful, hot-tempered gypsy who seduces a soldier and a bullfighter, creating a passionate love triangle that soon turns deadly. Also on the program for this performance at the Spreckels Theatre is the world premiere of choreographer Geoff Gonzalez's athletic and etherial new take on Vivaldi's famous concerto The Four Seasons. The City Ballet Orchestra provides the music for this dramatic dance performance.
Ragtime May 12 - May 21, 2017  
David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre Ragtime
Famous historical characters and a rich score propel Ragtime through a spectacular re-creation of turn-of-the-century New York. Based on E.L. Doctorow's acclaimed novel, this 13-time Tony-nominated musical paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of three diverse families whose fates become unexpectedly intertwined. With music and lyrics by the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the show boasts a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally and such iconic songs as "Getting Ready Rag," "Wheels of a Dream," "Till We Reach That Day" and "Make Them Hear You." Now the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture's talented youth company brings the show to life at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre with accompaniment from a live 24-piece symphonic orchestra.
The Young Matador May 12 - May 13, 2017  
Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center The Young Matador
After collapsing with remorse while staring into the eyes of El Sinaloense, "The Bull That Has Killed 100 Horses," disgraced bullfighter Todopoderoso "Todo" Topar embarks on the journey of a lifetime, vowing not to return home until his honor has been restored. Full of music, dancing and plenty of physical comedy, The Young Matador is a crowd-pleasing spectacle that'll whisk you away from Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center in San Diego on a whirlwind adventure to Mexico, Colombia and beyond. Produced by Teatro Gusto Fino, The Young Matador features live accompaniment by Trio Gadjo members Aaron Mahn and Jeremy Eikam, fantastic costuming, hilarious farce -- and even a fire-breathing bull!
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story May 18 - Jul 2, 2017  
Horton Grand Theatre Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story
Three years was all it took for Buddy Holly to change rock music forever, achieving seven Top 40 songs between 1957 and 1958 in the golden days of rock 'n' roll. Now the hit musical Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story charts the musician's life from his Texas upbringing to his meteoric rise with The Crickets and his tragic early death -- all set to a soundtrack of some of rock 'n' roll's biggest hits. One of the first "jukebox musicals," the show features "That'll Be the Day," "Not Fade Away," "Peggy Sue" and "Oh, Boy!" among other timeless Holly tunes. This high-energy show has delighted audiences across the nation and beyond, and now you can see it live at San Diego's Horton Grand Theatre.
The Revolutionists May 25 - Jun 25, 2017  
MOXIE Theatre The Revolutionists
Putting her own spin on the national motto of France, "Liberte, Egalite, Sororite," Helen Hayes-nominated playwright Lauren Gunderson has written yet another gripping tale of women in history. The Revolutionists follows four real women who lived very boldly in Paris during the French Revolution: a playwright, an assassin, a free woman of color and a former French Queen. It's a period piece with some modern kick-ass female sensibilities thrown in, as these heroines try not to lose their minds, or their heads, during the insanity of the Reign of Terror. The Revolutionists can't stay in town for long, so catch them while you can at San Diego's MOXIE Theatre.
Minor Fall / Major Lift Jun 1 - Jun 3, 2017  
Lyceum Theatres Minor Fall / Major Lift
Minor Fall / Major Lift is a bi-coastal collaboration of live music and dance, featuring all-new choreography by iconic San Diego Choreographer John Malashock and co-produced with Art of Élan, which specializes in reinvigorating classical music. The NOW Ensemble performs live, which has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered for their infusion of classical music with indie rock and pop influences. The program features five choreographic works, connected by the theme of change, set to music by four different composers. The varied composers defy genre and push aesthetic boundaries to create a program full of contrasting and complementary elements. The NOW Ensemble shares the stage with the Malashock Dance Company, pushing past their creative comfort zones for a dynamic performance at The Lyceum Stage in San Diego
Damn Yankees Jun 2 - Jun 18, 2017  
Spreckels Theatre Damn Yankees
Faust meets professional baseball in this Tony-winning Broadway sendup of love and America's favorite pastime. Joe Boyd is a die-hard fan who sells his soul to the devil to become a star player for his beloved Washington Senators. Joe quickly becomes a sensation, but his success is hard-won, and as the Senators' stats soar, Joe realizes he's losing his wife. As Joe tries to get close to her, the Devil uses the skills of a seductive temptress named Lola to try and keep him away. Damn Yankees features a memorable Richard Adler and Jerry Ross score, including audience favorites like "Whatever Lola Wants," "Shoeless Joe From Hannibal, Mo" and "(You Gotta Have) Heart." Cheer on this home run of a musical at Spreckels Theatre in San Diego.
The Bodyguard Jun 13 - Jun 18, 2017  
San Diego Civic Theatre The Bodyguard
Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musicalwill star Grammy Award-nominee and R&B superstar DEBORAH COX!Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar RachelMarron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don't expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics includingQueen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I HaveNothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time - I WillAlways Love You.
The Book Of Mormon Jul 25 - Jul 30, 2017  
San Diego Civic Theatre The Book Of Mormon
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the Winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of "South Park," and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century."
Peppa Pig Live! Surprise! Dec 7 - Dec 7, 2017  
Balboa Theatre Peppa Pig Live! Surprise!
Surprise! Peppa Pig is hitting the road for her all new theatrical tour, Peppa Pig's Surprise! The brand new production features Peppa, George, and all their friends in an all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises!