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Magically Educational : Matilda @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

When I decide to take a child to the theater, there are two basic things I look for in the show –entertainment  and education.  Will they enjoy themselves, and will they learn something from the experience?  It has been awhile since I’ve seen a show meeting these criteria as successfully as Matilda.  This Tony Award winning musical is now playing over at Segerstrom in Costa Mesa, but there are only three more shows –so hurry. Continue Reading

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

We live in a world where comedians make big bucks to roll their eyes over the antics of politicians and “new” movies with recycled plots, sarcasm is almost reflexive.  So it was very tempting for me to scorn the arrival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts simply because of how NOT new it is.  Then I watched the actual show, and all of the cynicism and snark melted away. Continue Reading

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Orignal Cast Members Perfom IF/Then : A New Musical @ Segerstrom Center of The Arts in Costa Mesa – News

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Tony Award winning actress Idina Menzel (critically acclaimed for her roles in productions like Rent, Wicked) will begin her reprisal of If/Then at Segerstrom Theater tonight, January 19th, and it will go until the 24th. The show was written and created specifically for Menzel, and centers on her character Elizabeth’s time in New York, as well as all the options that exist in one person’s life. A rare reunion with many of the castmates from the original broadway production. 

“I’m so thrilled to launch the show’s national tour and send it off across the country and around the world,” Menzel said. “I am very much looking forward to sharing this original musical with Broadway fans who weren’t able to travel to New York and see it there.”  – Idina Menzel

JANUARY 19 – 24, 2016

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Disney’s The Lion King @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Right before Segerstrom Theater’s curtain rose for Disney’s famed stage classic The Lion King, the suspense was palpable.  Why wouldn’t it be?  In 1994 the Disney film of the same name shattered records as the highest-grossing animated feature of all time.  It debuted as a Broadway musical in 1997 and in 1998 was nominated for and won a myriad of Tony Awards –including Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design.  With over a decade of historic nostalgia preceding it, the current touring company is doubly pressed to turn out a great performance for lovers of both the movie and the original Broadway show.  How does this production measure up?  The answer is pretty well. Continue Reading

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