Before the Marx Brothers became film comedy legends, they got their start on the stage. Now you can see the show that helped launch their careers, Animal Crackers, just as audiences first saw it: live! Later adapted for film, this musical comedy made a Broadway sensation of the Marx Brothers' anarchic lunacy, from Groucho's wit to Chico's schemes and Harpo's impulsive pantomime. The wealthy Mrs. Rittenhouse throws a glamorous weekend gathering in honor of the famous explorer Captain Spalding, but Spalding isn't your typical guest of honor, and with the arrival of shady characters the Professor and Mr. Ravelli, the hoity-toity party might not survive the weekend. With a book by George S. Kaufman (You Can't Take It with You) and Morrie Ryskind (My Man Godfrey), plus countless improvised additions by the show's original stars, Animal Crackers is a comedy classic. Now you can relive all the laughs live at Cygnet Theatre in San Diego.
The massively popular adult puppet musical Avenue Q comes to the Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center in San Diego. Full of humor and hummable tunes, Avenue Q is a hilarious look at life in New York, featuring a fantastic mixed cast of people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, Avenue Q scored the "Triple Crown" of Tony wins, grabbing honors for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The lovable cast of characters, both flesh and felt, includes recent college grad Princeton, who moves to Avenue Q full of hope for the future, Kate (the girl-monster next door), and the colorful collection of neighbors who help Princeton discover his true purpose in life. While the show draws inspiration from a certain beloved children's show, you'll definitely want to leave the kiddos at home for this one -- these puppets have quite the potty mouths on them, and there's even some "full puppet nudity" involved.
Adapted from Tim Burton's celebrated film, Big Fish follows the enchanting, touching story of a teller of tall tales and his son, who wants to know who his father really is. After a lifetime of spinning yarns about his epic adventures, Edward Bloom has entered his final chapter, compelling his grown son Will to embark on an adventure of his own -- to unravel his real dad from the myths he's created. With spine-tinglingly music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, the Lamb's Players Theatre production of Big Fish is a magnificent "big fish" of a tale itself -- spectacular, fantastical and overflowing with love.
Just three years -- that's how long it took for rocker Buddy Holly to change music history. The hit Broadway musical Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story charts the musician's life from his Texas upbringing with a group of high-school friends who'd become The Crickets, to his meteoric rise to fame, 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, plus Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" and the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace." This high-energy show has delighted audiences across the nation and beyond, and now you can see it live at the New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad.
Featuring a cast of talented student actors, High School Musical Jr. comes to musical life on the ENCORE! Theatre stage in Spring Valley. Full of singing and dancing, Disney's fun movie musical is an adaptation of the timeless love story Romeo and Juliet. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Although basketball star Troy and intellectual Gabriella come from different cliques at school, they join together to audition for the school musical. Will the couple's alliance open doors for others to shine as well?
In 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved into a cabin he had built in the woods by Walden Pond, where he would proceed to pen one of the masterpieces of American letters. Two-hundred years later, the groundbreaking essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist and historian returns as the one-man show Ripples from Walden Pond brings Thoreau to life at Lamb's Player Theatre in Coronado. Celebrate the birthday of one of history's great literary minds at this stirring, insightful tribute presented by Write Out Loud.
Nobody can dish out heaps of Southern charm quite like Alan Bailey, creator of Smoke on the Mountain, one of the world's most produced plays. And as far as folksy charm goes, Bailey's comedy Wedding Belles has plenty. Four garden-club ladies turn their little Texas town upside down when they meet a young girl set to marry an infantryman before he ships off for World War II. Friendships will be tested as these ladies frantically race to put together an elaborate wedding in a single afternoon. Ronnie Claire Edwards, best known as Corabeth Godsey on TV's The Waltons, co-wrote Wedding Belles, which comes to life at San Diego's North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe.
West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose in epic fashion on the streets of 1950s New York. Two idealistic young lovers caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, tell a story more relevant than ever. The famed 1961 film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and the story has enjoyed many Broadway revivals, the latest in 2009. Written by the dream creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features the treasured songs "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America." Don't miss this iconic musical love story at the Star Theatre in Oceanside.
Divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz's new dentist boyfriend. He may look a bit creepy, but is there really anything to worry about? The fact that his oral hygienist was recently murdered could just be a coincidence ... right? Imaginations run wild as these would-be sleuths trade wine glasses for spy glasses and set off on a hilarious off-road adventure to learn the truth in Women in Jeopardy. This romp from The House of Yes playwright Wendy MacLeod now comes to the Lamplighters Community Theatre in La Mesa, bringing with it some serious Thelma and Louise-meets-The First Wives Club fun.