A new adaptation for a new generation, this version of The Diary of Anne Frank contains newly uncovered writings from Anne Frank's diary. This is the unforgettable true story of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic from 1942 to 1944. The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence -- their fear, their hope, their laughter and their grief. Watch as Anne confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty and determination, when this powerful show takes to the stage of San Diego's MOXIE Theatre.
Based on the modern cinema classic, Elf the Musical Jr. is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This youth production of the modern Christmas favorite is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf as it ice skates into the Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center in San Diego.
Falling reminds us that family isn't just the most important thing in life -- it's everything. This powerful play by Deanna Jent follows the struggles of a mother trying to hold on through the teenage years of her two children: a typical daughter and a severely autistic son. Seventeen-year-old Josh's frequent violent outbursts throw everything out of balance on even a normal day, so when a relative comes to visit, the entire family is thrown off kilter as they each try to do what's best for the family while still staying true to what's best for themselves. See this InnerMission Productions presentation of the brave and bold drama Falling when it comes to San Diego's Diversionary Theatre.
With a non-traditional, charming and catchy score, this darkly comic rock-fable portrays a melancholy sandwich maker's humdrum life and how it is intersected by two entrancing sisters, weaving into its overlapping love stories a resonating message about how the "invisible universe" connects us all. A sweeping ode to young love set against the backdrop of the northeast blackout of 1965, Fly By Night is an original and enchanting tale about making your way and discovering hope in a world beset by darkness. Experience the San Diego premiere of Fly By Night at the Coronado Playhouse.
It's Christmas Eve, and New York copywriter Andy Gorski has returned home to Pittsburgh to introduce his new fiancee Randi to his family. Much to the chagrin of Andy's conservative, Catholic parents, their soon-to-be daughter-in-law turns out to be a Jewish atheist. Hilarious one-liners are slung and conflict breaks out between parents and children -- until a miraculous occurrence brings everyone together in an exploration of love, religion, personal truths and the very nature of reality. Greetings!, written by Tom Dudzick, is a quirky and touching farce offering its own signature cure for holiday angst and insensitivity. Check it out when it comes to the Patio Playhouse in Escondido.
Love drama? How about babies switched at birth, kidnapping, poisoning, witches burned at the stake and civil strife? That's just the tip of the iceberg in Il Trovatore, Giuseppe Verdi's action-packed opera featuring some of the legendary Italian composer's most melodious music. The stakes couldn't be higher as bitter enemies Manrico and Count di Luna battle for the love of Leonora without the knowledge that they are actually brothers. A bounteous choral feast, this Pacific Lyric Opera production is led by acclaimed tenor Luis LIma, who has sung at Met Opera of New York and Covent Garden. Sung in Italian with English narration, Il Trovatore brings powerful vocals, vibrant costumes and evocative set design to the Center Theater at California Center for the Arts in Escondido.
When a demanding diva discovers that her larger-than-life maestro husband has become enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his largely fictional autobiography, she hires a handsome young scribe of her own. Sparks fly, silverware is thrown and romance blossoms in the most unexpected ways in this delightful and hilarious romantic comedy making its San Diego area premiere at The Broadway Theater.
Miracle on 34th Street gets even more miraculous when San Diego Musical Theatre performs it live in the style of an old-time radio play, complete with onstage sound effects. When a man named Kris Kringle agrees to serve as a last-minute replacement for Santa in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, he's so convincing that he's offered a job as the department store's in-house Claus. But how can he convince the doubters, including a cynical single mother and her eight-year-old daughter who yearns for something to believe in? Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Hour Broadcast, this charming production perfectly captures the spirit of the season at The Horton Grand Theatre.
Among the bleakest of moors, two spinster sisters dwell in their aggressively gloomy mansion with their brother, their mastiff and their maid-in-waiting. When a governess arrives, her presence threatens to unleash lethal secrets and raging desires in a home held together by lies and etiquette. A radical riff on 19th century romantic novels and the sisters who conceived them, The Moors is a riotous and wild comedy pulsating with vivid, macabre glee that has more in common with the present than the period. Enjoy the West Coast premiere of The Moors at San Diego's Diversionary Theatre.
On a windswept moor in an old haunted house in England, a lonely widower still grieves the death of his wife 10 years ago. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who's come to live with her uncle. She discovers a locked garden that's been left to grow wild and uncared for -- much like Mary herself. With the help of her friend and cousin, the little girl brings new life to both the garden and her uncle in the enchanting musical The Secret Garden, a story of hardship turned into hope, of beauty discovered in unlikely places, the power of a child's imagination and the wisdom that accompanies growing up. Written by Pulitzer winner Marsha Norman (The Color Purple) with music by Lucy Simon (Doctor Zhivago), the New Village Arts Theatre's production of this lush musical delivers a magical theatrical experience in Carlsbad.