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."
Buried treasure, pirates, swashbuckling adventure on the high seas -- Treasure Island has it all. Now Robert Louis Stevenson's beloved childhood favorite swings onto the stage with even more excitement in this new musical adaptation from the talented students of The Grossmont College Summer Theatre Arts Conservatory program. At the center of this grand tale is young Jim Hawkins, a boy who longs for adventure -- and finds plenty of it when he sets sail with the infamous Long John Silver. Audiences of all ages have loved Treasure Island for over 100 years, and this fun take -- which uses a mixture of contemporary and classic pop songs -- at the Stagehouse Theatre in El Cajon will remind the whole family why it's still the ultimate pirate adventure.
Shakespeare's rowdy, screwball comedy The Taming of the Shrew follows the treacherous road to romance for a strong-willed pair of lovers who've met their ultimate match in one another. Until Kate has a husband, her sweet younger sister, Bianca, cannot marry -- but feisty, fiery-tongued Kate rejects every suitor who tries to woo her. Along comes Petruchio, willing to take a chance...and her sizable dowry. His efforts to tame her remain a controversial aspect of this tale, reminding us of the expected gender roles of 400 years past, and how far we have and haven't come since. Packed with timely and provocative points regarding gender politics, this show on the rooftop of San Diego's Tenth Avenue Arts Center is sure to send the sparks flying.
Bursting with one showstopping number after another, Pippin is the hip, anachronistic fairy tale featuring fabulous music from three-time Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked). The musical follows the son of Charlemagne, leader of the Holy Roman Empire, as he struggles to find meaning in his life. On his journey, Pippin samples the glories of the battlefield, the wisdom of a grandmother, the intrigues of political power, the pleasures of the flesh and simple farm life -- all as part of his quest to find where he fits in. It's a magical, musical fairy tale that is just as entertaining and thought-provoking as when it debuted 40 years ago. Get swept away in the fanciful, moving Pippin when it descends on the Casa del Prado Theatre in Balboa.
A vibrant and original musical, Adam Gwon's Ordinary Days focuses on four New Yorkers struggling to navigate the concrete jungle in search of satisfaction. One of the theater's most acclaimed and exciting new voices, Gwon has crafted a series of related songs and vignettes that begin to intertwine when a student loses the notes to her graduate thesis. This incident brings her into the orbit of an aspiring artist and a couple who've just moved in together -- all trying to find fulfillment, happiness, love and ever-elusive cabs. Ordinary Days is a witty, refreshing and affecting reminder that it's possible to change the lives of people who, due to our increasingly anonymous world, we may never even meet. Catch this San Diego premiere from InnerMission Productions on the Black Box stage at Diversionary Theatre.
Oh, snap! The '90s are back! Produced by San Diego Musical Theatre, this all-new musical revue from the creative minds behind the beloved hit Mixtape tracks a group of modern strangers who somehow find themselves trapped back in the Dot-Com Decade, when NSYNC and The Spice Girls ruled the airwaves, and you had your pick of musical crazes, from grunge and swing to pop-punk, alt-rock, electronica and beyond. This high-energy show features stylin' fashion, phat fads, nostalgia and a fantastic soundtrack of top '90s music, including U2, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Bjork, Britney, Hootie, Shania, Alanis, Mariah, Tupac, Garth, Boys II Men and more. So lace up your Doc Martens and get ready to party hearty, '90s-style, at the Horton Grand Theater.
With a stunning score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by the famed Tim Rice, the compelling true story of Eva Perón -- the controversial first lady of Argentina -- comes to vivid life in San Diego Repertory Theatre's production at San Diego's Lyceum Stage. Filled with showstoppers like "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," Evita follows a peasant girl as she uses her considerable smarts to rise from the slums of Argentina to become the wife of the president and a powerful advocate for the working class. Though beloved by her people as the voice of the poor, her inevitable downfall came through her unwavering ambition and a devastating illness, making her one of history's most tragic and dramatic figures. The musical's haunting score fuses dramatic chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, to create an extraordinary theatrical portrait that burns as bright as Evita herself did.
Sure to have you seeing pink, this bright and bubbly production from Young Actors' Theatre brings all the fun and excitement of the Tony Award-nominated musical Legally Blonde (and the smash-hit film starring Reese Witherspoon) to the stage. Follow sweet sorority sister Elle Woods, whose unlikely plan to win back her Ivy League boyfriend involves putting down her credit cards, picking up the books and setting out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. This unlikely academic not only ends up teaching the intellectual elite a thing or two, but she finds true love along the way. Get ready to bend and snap when Legally Blonde: The Musical comes to The Lyceum Space in San Diego.
People may come and go, but felines are forever -- which is why Hannah, a 30-something cat lady (who also happens to be a skilled cat burglar), is willing to do just about anything for them. Facing impending eviction and a growing pile of debts, Hannah must marry the revolting Marv Lothario in order to keep feeding her beloved cats. That is until she meets the handsome and quirky Julian, a professor who hires her for one final heist. Filled with plenty of comedy and romance, The Cat Lady is sure to steal your heart when it takes the stage of Tenth Avenue Arts Center in San Diego.
Created by a dream team of musical-theater superstars -- including an original story by Tony winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), music by Pulitzer and Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity) -- Bring It On: The Musical was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Choreography. Now this Center Stage production pops up at the California Center for the Arts, featuring a talented youth cast. Showcasing the intense rivalries and amazing athletics of the world of competitive cheerleading, this original story (inspired by the movie of the same name) centers on a perky high school girl named Campbell, a cheerleading captain who's forced to move to a new school. While struggling to define herself in an unfamiliar crowd of kids that look and act nothing like her, Campbell teams up with the hip-hop crew and starts a completely original cheer squad.
A fresh, sophisticated spin on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods interweaves several classic fairy tales into one epic story that shows what happens when things get real in the fairy-tale world. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant them their wish if they're successful. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. All the storybook characters discover that wishes often come with a steep price. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards and the cast recording took home a Grammy. Come see this production when it enchants and astounds at the Kit Carson Park Amphitheatre in Escondido.
Hollywood noir meets Broadway razzle-dazzle in Sunset Boulevard, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical adaptation of Billy Wilder's classic film. The play brings to life the dramatic story of Norma Desmond, a fading star of the silent film era who has retreated to her decaying mansion to live in the past. When the ambitious young screenwriter Joe Gillis stumbles into her world, she sees an opportunity to make her big comeback, and he sees an opportunity to make a quick buck. As their relationship becomes increasingly complicated, Joe finds himself on a crash course to disaster that can only end in murder and madness. The original Broadway production claimed seven Tony Awards in 1995, including Best Musical, and features memorable songs such as "With One Look" and "As If We Never Said Goodbye." See it when it takes the stage of the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista.
Marvel fans, assemble for this live, action-packed, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Spider-Man, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki's hands. This ancient artifact holds immeasurable mystical power and would allow Loki to achieve his eternal quest to crown himself ruler of Asgard and Earth. This all-new show unites some of Marvel's greatest Super Heroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow against some of the most threatening villains. Their journey sparks new feuds with old foes, pitting student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection in this incredible adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family ... LIVE!
Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season!
In the Heights made a huge splash on Broadway, scoring the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical and winning over audiences with its fresh-faced charm and vibrant music. With incredible hip-hop dancing, a contemporary Latin-flavored score and a story from Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of the hit Broadway show Hamilton), In the Heights is an exhilarating journey into the lives of the residents of the Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City -- a place where the coffee from Usnavi's corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the scent of impending change. Like many in his community, Usnavi struggles to decide which traditions to keep and which to leave behind. Catch this vibrant musical at Vista's Moonlight Amphitheatre.
In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, it's a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Come fall in love with the magic for the first time-or all over again with classics such as "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl, "Part of Your World" and more!
Set to what the New York Post called Elton John's "best score yet," and named "Broadway Musical of the Decade" by Time magazine, the explosive Billy Elliot the Musical fills San Diego's Spreckels Theatre with inspiring songs and high-energy dance. Based on the hit film of the same name, this heartwarming show is about a motherless boy in a small, poverty-stricken mining town who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes and fights against social stereotypes to achieve his dream of becoming a dancer. Cheer along as his talent and ambition become symbols of hope for a town that's enduring more than its fair share of hardship.
Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is the Tony Award- winning Broadway musical that's delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale returns to San Diego. This lush production from the creators of THE SOUND OF MUSIC and SOUTH PACIFIC features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love. There's the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more-plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible" and "Ten Minutes Ago." It's a hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who's ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.
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!
It began as one man's story... became everyone's music... and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as "My Girl" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is a record-breaking live theatre sensation, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. London's Sunday Express says "This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!" The show features the hit songs, "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do you Love Me?" and the heart stopping "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," which you will, when you come see it!
Returning to the Balboa Theatre stage for the first time in seven years, STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique-an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
LOVE NEVER DIES is Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to one of the most successful musicals of all time - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Ten years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House, the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York... where he has finally found a place for his music to soar. The only thing missing is Christine. But the Phantom will stop at nothing to win back her love. Witness the next chapter in one of the greatest love stories to ever hit the stage, in LOVE NEVER DIES.
Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISERABLES, is headed back to San Diego direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. The epic and uplifting story features such beloved songs as "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," and "One Day More." Cameron Mackintosh's breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck by its new staging and re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Come see one of the most celebrated shows in the history of musical theatre -LES MISERABLES.
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.
The 2015 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Revival, THE KING AND I, will soon be "getting to know you," San Diego. The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, directed by Bartlet Sher, is set in 1860's Bangkok. It tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and the British schoolteacher he brought in to teach his many wives and children. Come see the show New York Magazine called "too beautiful to miss"...
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantome de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.