Much more than just a concert, In the Mood is a fully staged musical tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and all the big band greats of the '40s. Complete with costumes and choreography, In the Mood pays homage to America's greatest generation, when people boogied to up-tempo big band rhythms and swayed to intimate ballads. Many of the musical arrangements were written by Vic Schoen, the conductor and arranger for The Andrews Sisters, and music director for both Universal and Paramount Pictures. Experience the swing, the rhythm and the jazzy, brassy, sentimental music of this pivotal time in America's history at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. The songs and cast are updated regularly, so even if you've seen the show before, expect a few surprises.
Based on The Who's classic 1969 double album, The Who's Tommy is an influential rock opera that follows the adventures of Tommy, a "deaf, dumb and blind kid" who transcends the cruelty of the modern world to become a pinball wizard and then a prophet. The original Broadway production ran for nearly 900 performances, earning guitarist-composer Pete Townshend the Tony Award for Best Original Score, for hits like "Amazing Journey," "See Me, Feel Me," "Tommy, Can You Hear Me?" and "I'm Free." Earning high scores from audiences since its debut and now appearing at the Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center in San Diego, the groundbreaking The Who's Tommy has lost none of its power to inspire and amaze.
There are no more men in the sleepy Mexican town of Tres Camarones -- they've all gone to the United States to look for work. When a group of vicious bandidos threaten to take over the defenseless town, 19-year-old Nayeli comes up with an idea to save the day. Inspired by the movie The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli joins up with her best friends Vampi, a goth, and Tacho, who is gay, to embark on an epic quest to America so they can find the town's best fighters and smuggle them back across the border to protect Tres Camarones. Based on the bestselling novel, Into the Beautiful North at San Diego's Lyceum Stage is a funny and heartwarming look at shared dreams on both sides of the border.
In Seussical the Musical, cats wear hats and audiences wear smiles -- both two sizes too large. It's almost impossible not to start grinning when this all-ages musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss' stories plunges you into the whimsical world of Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The stories are linked together by a young boy who is a "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks," and Horton the Elephant, who's out to prove that "a person's a person, no matter how small." Seussical's cast of favorite characters, including the Whos of Whoville, the Grinch and the Cat himself, brings a sense of wonder and fun to this colorful family fave at the California Center for the Arts, Center Theater in Escondido.
Directed by visionary Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to ind inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie's classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is "far and away the best musical of the year!" (NPR).
Famous (and famously arrogant) radio lecturer Sheridan Whiteside gets invited to dine at the house of a rich factory owner in a small town, but slips and injures himself before making it inside in the beloved farce The Man Who Came to Dinner. What follows is a tumultuous confinement, during which time the convalescing curmudgeon riotously takes over the Stanley household -- running up huge phone bills, monopolizing the servants, filling the house with exotic animals and meddling in the lives of everyone involved. Pulitzer Prize-winning duo George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart wrote many comic masterpieces, including You Can't Take It With You and Merrily We Roll Along, but their greatest effort might be The Man Who Came to Dinner. The secret behind the play's numerous revivals is simple: It's very, very funny. See this classic Broadway comedy at the Welk Resort Theatre San Diego, starring San Diego theater veteran Randall Hickman as Sheridan Whiteside.
Suspenseful new drama Margin of Error deals in earth-shattering secrets, both intellectual and emotional. A world-renowned scientist is about to receive the Nobel Prize and ascend to new heights of fame -- but not before his once-trusted, beautiful young research assistant plays a clever game of King of the Hill, seeking to reveal details that will stain his life and legacy. He looks to his long-suffering wife for moral salvation but her patience is at an end, further threatening his fall. New San Diego theatre company the Roustabouts Theatre Co. brings the world premiere of Will Cooper's high-stakes high wire act to the Lyceum Space.
A hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal new musical based on the classic 1989 film. Westerberg High is ruled by shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing mean girls: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place - six feet under.
A period drama about feminism, scientific advancement and the fight to cement one's legacy in the face of adversity, Silent Sky is set in the early 1900s and follows real-life Cambridge astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, an aspiring scientist who joins the Harvard Observatory's all-female "human computer" team. The women are kept behind the scenes and are told to keep their ideas and theories to themselves. As Henrietta navigates these impossible waters, she tries to keep her personal life and family obligations in focus. Presented by First Folio Theatre, Silent Sky examines a woman's place in professional society during a time of both historic discovery and endless oppression, when a woman's ideas were dismissed until a man could claim credit for them. See it now at the Lamb's Players Theatre in Coronado.
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.
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."
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.
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 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."