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"A Charlie Brown Christmas" With Archie Andrews Radio

at Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 21
Sat, December 22
FULL PRICE: n/a
OFFER PRICE: Sold Out

Originally broadcast in 1947 as part of the Archie Andrews radio show, join Archie and his pals Jughead, Veronica and Betty in another comic adventure from Riverdale, performed as a live radio broadca... [more+]

Originally broadcast in 1947 as part of the Archie Andrews radio show, join Archie and his pals Jughead, Veronica and Betty in another comic adventure from Riverdale, performed as a live radio broadcast as a preview before the main show. Then join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree and uncover the true meaning of Christmas in "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Charles M. Schulz's Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning story has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television more than 50 years ago. The classic television special comes to life at San Juan Capistrano's Camino Real Playhouse in a stage adaptation featuring Vince Guaraldi's timeless score. [less-]

Tony-Winning Musical Brings History to Life

at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, La Mirada
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Wed, January 23
Thu, January 24
Fri, January 25
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FULL PRICE: $60
OFFER PRICE: $24

If "Hamilton"'s mix of hummable tunes and fascinating history has left you itching to learn more about our nation's founding, then this Tony-winning Revolutionary musical drama just might be the ticke... [more+]

If "Hamilton"'s mix of hummable tunes and fascinating history has left you itching to learn more about our nation's founding, then this Tony-winning Revolutionary musical drama just might be the ticket. "1776" takes you behind the scenes of the historic signing of the Declaration of Independence, as John Adams tried to persuade his fellow forefathers to vote for freedom from British rule. Also making appearances are colonial superstars like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock and Abigail Adams, along with a variety of crabby drunks, befuddled secretaries and assorted sycophants who also populate the proceedings. Pairing a funny, insightful story with a striking score, "1776" is a triumphant celebration of the American spirit that'll stir romance, comedy and conflict into a musical melting pot at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. [less-]

"Singin' in the Rain" Makes a Splash On Stage

at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, La Mirada
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Wed, May 01
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FULL PRICE: $60
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The 1952 MGM song-and-dance classic that immortalized Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds -- and umbrellas and lampposts -- also has its share of comedy and romance, cementing its status as one of the grea... [more+]

The 1952 MGM song-and-dance classic that immortalized Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds -- and umbrellas and lampposts -- also has its share of comedy and romance, cementing its status as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time. Adapted for the stage in 1985 by the film’s legendary creators Betty Comden and Adolph Green, "Singin' in the Rain" comes to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, thanks to a splashy new production. With glorious dance sequences, riotous comedy routines and unforgettable songs -- including "Make 'Em Laugh," "Good Morning" and the show-stopping title song -- this stage spectacular takes you on an entertaining trip back in Hollywood history, as silent films transform into talkies. [less-]

"The Dinner Detective": Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show

at Four Points by Sheraton Anaheim, Anaheim
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 12
Sat, January 26
FULL PRICE: $92
OFFER PRICE: $59

Could you be dining with a killer? Named "Best Dinner Show" in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, "The Dinner Detective" makes its way to Orange County to serve up a tasty whodunit along w... [more+]

Could you be dining with a killer? Named "Best Dinner Show" in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, "The Dinner Detective" makes its way to Orange County to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a four-course dinner. And since this comedic murder mystery is set in the present day and actors are dressed just like everyone else, you'll have no way of knowing whether someone at your table is just another guest or one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect ... including you! The event starts out with a reception featuring plated hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes fresh rolls and butter, salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights. [less-]

ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival 2018

at Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 11
Sat, January 12
Sun, January 13
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FULL PRICE: $27
OFFER PRICE: $13.50

ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival is a Camino Real Playhouse fan-favorite, with drama, comedy, intrigue and the variety that comes from seeing seven short plays and a wonderful extra in Read... [more+]

ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival is a Camino Real Playhouse fan-favorite, with drama, comedy, intrigue and the variety that comes from seeing seven short plays and a wonderful extra in Reader's Theatre! As the audience you only see the top seven and nightly you will also hear one of the runner-up plays read as a Reader's Theater. It's seven different directors and seven different plays. This event is suitable for teenagers and adults. [less-]

Comedy of Manners: "The Long Weekend"

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
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Fri, January 11
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FULL PRICE: $22
OFFER PRICE: $11

Laugh along as the truth and lies of a friendship come to the surface, along with plenty of surprises. In this comedy of manners, Max and Wynn invite their friends Roger and Abby up for a weekend at t... [more+]

Laugh along as the truth and lies of a friendship come to the surface, along with plenty of surprises. In this comedy of manners, Max and Wynn invite their friends Roger and Abby up for a weekend at their country home. These couples are old friends, the kind with plenty of troublesome baggage. Fresh, funny and full of sharp writing, "The Long Weekend" can be enjoyed at the Westminster Community Playhouse. [less-]

Classic Adventure Tale "Around the World in 80 Days"

at Lyceum Theater, Costa Mesa
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Fri, April 12
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Sat, April 13
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FULL PRICE: $16
OFFER PRICE: $8

Long before "The Amazing Race" hit TV screens, master of adventure and steampunk founding father Jules Verne dreamt up the original madcap globetrotting race: "Around the World in 80 Days". Packed wit... [more+]

Long before "The Amazing Race" hit TV screens, master of adventure and steampunk founding father Jules Verne dreamt up the original madcap globetrotting race: "Around the World in 80 Days". Packed with stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains, this action-packed tale comes alive onstage, as five actors play dozens of characters in a race against time and treachery. With his resourceful servant, Passepartou, at his side, fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg sets out from Victorian London and into a world bursting with danger, romance and comic surprises as he endeavors to traverse the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he's a robber on the run. Buckle up and get ready for a trip like no other when "Around the World in 80 Days" comes to the Lyceum Theater in Costa Mesa. [less-]

March Magic

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
OFFER DATES:
Fri, March 29
Sat, March 30
Sat, March 30
FULL PRICE: $28
OFFER PRICE: $14

Magic at its best performed by professionals from Ring 96 of Seal Beach! Come join us and let the child in you experience the wonder.... [more+]

Magic at its best performed by professionals from Ring 96 of Seal Beach! Come join us and let the child in you experience the wonder. [less-]

"The Pirates of Penzance": Gilbert & Sullivan's Rollicking Musical

at Lyceum Theater, Costa Mesa
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Thu, February 21
Fri, February 22
Sat, February 23
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FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $13

Lovably wacky and filled with catchy tunes, "The Pirates of Penzance" has all the ingredients for the perfect operetta farce: a damsel in distress, sentimental pirates, an adorably dopey Major-General... [more+]

Lovably wacky and filled with catchy tunes, "The Pirates of Penzance" has all the ingredients for the perfect operetta farce: a damsel in distress, sentimental pirates, an adorably dopey Major-General, and a series of delightfully absurd mix-ups. Expecting to be released from servitude on his 21st birthday, the orphaned pirate apprentice Frederic falls for the beauteous young Mabel. But due to a leap-year technicality, the poor lad soon discovers that he must be away from the love of his life and continue his apprenticeship for another 63 years. Will he ever be free? Will he win the hand of his beautiful Mabel? Find out as the Vanguard University Theatre Department brings this fun musical to Costa Mesa's Lyceum Theater. [less-]

"South Pacific": See the Broadway Musical Fave

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 10
Sat, May 11
Sun, May 12
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FULL PRICE: $25
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

With its hothouse of emotions, lush melodies and ever-timely commentary on racial tolerance, "South Pacific" steams up the stage as both a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama. As Americans statio... [more+]

With its hothouse of emotions, lush melodies and ever-timely commentary on racial tolerance, "South Pacific" steams up the stage as both a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama. As Americans stationed on an island paradise during World War II, a nurse and a GI both fall in love with island residents, but a culture clash threatens their relationships. Ultimately love wins out, but the dangers of war threaten their happy endings. The unforgettable Rodgers & Hammerstein score is filled with all-time faves like "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" and "Bali Ha'i." Both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony winner, this Broadway classic now comes to the Westminster Community Playhouse. [less-]

"Oliver!" Stars "Phantom"'s Davis Gaines

at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB, Long Beach
OFFER DATES:
Fri, February 08
Sat, February 09
FULL PRICE: n/a
OFFER PRICE: Sold Out

Davis Gaines ("The Phantom of the Opera") takes on the famed role of Fagin in this Musical Theatre West production of the long-time fave "Oliver!" at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach... [more+]

Davis Gaines ("The Phantom of the Opera") takes on the famed role of Fagin in this Musical Theatre West production of the long-time fave "Oliver!" at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. Lionel Bart brought Charles Dickens' unforgettable characters to vivid new life with this lively, heel-kicking classic about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of double-dealing thieves and con men of 19th-century London. Overflowing with jubilant songs like "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two," "Consider Yourself," "I'd Do Anything" and "Food, Glorious Food," this Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to also win an Academy Award for Best Picture. [less-]

Classic Dramedy "Old Acquaintance"

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
OFFER DATES:
Fri, March 08
Sat, March 09
Sun, March 10
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FULL PRICE: $22
OFFER PRICE: $11

"Old Acquaintance" is a Hollywood classic that tackles the boundaries of friendship and the true meaning behind the word "frenemy." This dramedy is about two childhood best friends who, as adults, are... [more+]

"Old Acquaintance" is a Hollywood classic that tackles the boundaries of friendship and the true meaning behind the word "frenemy." This dramedy is about two childhood best friends who, as adults, are now dealing with success and love on their own terms. Simmering rivalry brings their long-time friendship to a test as old forgotten memories rise to the surface. A runaway 1943 Bette Davis hit film, John van Druten's "Old Acquaintance" can now be enjoyed on the stage of the Westminster Community Playhouse. [less-]

"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder": Hilarious Broadway Musical

at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
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Fri, February 15
Sat, February 16
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FULL PRICE: $65 - $85
OFFER PRICE: $20 - $42.50

Getting away with murder can be so much fun -- and there's no better proof than the 2014 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder". This knock-'em-dead Broadway hit te... [more+]

Getting away with murder can be so much fun -- and there's no better proof than the 2014 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder". This knock-'em-dead Broadway hit tells the story of a distant heir to a family fortune who tries to jump forward in the line of succession by eliminating the eight relatives ahead of him. Along the way, he also has to juggle his mistress, his fiancée and the constant threat of landing behind bars. One actor plays all eight of the doomed heirs in this uproariously funny show that "The Hollywood Reporter" raves "restores our faith in musical comedy." Grab your tickets now for this delightful musical courtesy of 3-D Theatricals at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. [less-]

"Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical"

at Ernest Borgnine Theater, Long Beach
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 21
Sat, December 22
Sun, December 23
FULL PRICE: $30
OFFER PRICE: $12.50 - $15

The hilarious Little Sisters of Hoboken return with this seasonal musical spectacular that follows the action as the Reverend Mother and her flock get ready to tape a cable-access Christmas special ou... [more+]

The hilarious Little Sisters of Hoboken return with this seasonal musical spectacular that follows the action as the Reverend Mother and her flock get ready to tape a cable-access Christmas special out of their convent basement. With its typical "Nunsense" of humor, favorite holiday carols, "Secret Santa" audience participation and parody songs like "Twelve Days Prior to Christmas," "We Three Kings of Orient Are Us" and "Santa Ain't Comin' to Our House," "Nuncrackers" is high-spirited holiday fun for all. [less-]

"It's a Wonderful Life -- A Live Radio Play"

at STAGEStheatre, Fullerton
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 21
Sat, December 22
FULL PRICE: n/a
OFFER PRICE: Sold Out

"It's a Wonderful Life" has become a holiday staple for many families. What better way to kick off the season than to see the old favorite in a whole new way -- live on stage. This show-within-a-show ... [more+]

"It's a Wonderful Life" has become a holiday staple for many families. What better way to kick off the season than to see the old favorite in a whole new way -- live on stage. This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WSTG Radio, where a cast of actors is preparing to present "It's a Wonderful Life" live to the listening audience. With the help of a pianist and a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who has given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge on Christmas Eve, ready to end it all. A guardian angel intervenes and shows him all the lives he's touched throughout the years without even realizing it. This is STAGEStheatre's 12th year presenting "It's a Wonderful Life" and the smiles and tears at every show in Fullerton proves that the story is every bit as powerful on the stage as on the screen. [less-]

"A Christmas Carol": Alan Menken's Broadway Musical Adaptation

at Rose Center Theater, Westminster
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 21
Sat, December 22
FULL PRICE: $27
OFFER PRICE: $13.50

The Rose Center Theater ushers in the holiday season with Alan Menken's "A Christmas Carol". Menken ("The Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast", "Little Shop of Horrors") and Tony-winning lyricist L... [more+]

The Rose Center Theater ushers in the holiday season with Alan Menken's "A Christmas Carol". Menken ("The Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast", "Little Shop of Horrors") and Tony-winning lyricist Lynn Ahrens ("Seussical", "Ragtime") seamlessly blend unforgettable tunes into this Broadway-style telling of the beloved and familiar tale. Join Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future in Charles Dickens' classic tale of redemption and forgiveness that captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season for the whole family. [less-]

Pulitzer-Winning Tragicomedy "Crimes of the Heart"

at Costa Mesa Playhouse, Costa Mesa
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 26
Sun, January 27
Fri, February 01
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FULL PRICE: $22 - $25
OFFER PRICE: $11 - $12.50

The three Magrath sisters have gathered in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, where they await news of the family patriarch, who's living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny is unmarried at 30 and h... [more+]

The three Magrath sisters have gathered in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, where they await news of the family patriarch, who's living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny is unmarried at 30 and her marital prospects are bleak. Meg's lamenting a failed singing career. Meanwhile, Babe is out on bail after having shot her husband. Their troubles are grave and yet, somehow, hilarious. Warm-hearted and irreverent, this 1981 Pulitzer Prize- and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning show teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young sisters betrayed by their passions. Watch as "Crimes of the Heart" dissects this dysfunctional Southern family at The Costa Mesa Playhouse in Orange County. [less-]

NY Drag Legend Lady Bunny's "The Stockings Were Hung"

at Velvet Lounge, Santa Ana
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 21
FULL PRICE: $49.99 - $79.99
OFFER PRICE: $29.99 - $69.99

NYC drag legend Lady Bunny brings her new holiday show, "The Stockings Were Hung", to Velvet Lounge. A talented comedienne, actress and singer, Ms. Bunny has graced your TV screen on shows like "Sex a... [more+]

NYC drag legend Lady Bunny brings her new holiday show, "The Stockings Were Hung", to Velvet Lounge. A talented comedienne, actress and singer, Ms. Bunny has graced your TV screen on shows like "Sex and the City" and "RuPaul's Drag U", and she is the emcee and creator of Wigstock, the outrageous drag festival of drag and music which electrified New Yorkers every Labor Day for over 20 years. For "The Stocking Were Hung", expect a hilarious night of comedy, storytelling and song, which is the perfect addition to your naughty list this holiday season. Armed with her glitzy outfits, sky-high wigs and razor sharp wit, Lady Bunny will have you laughing uproariously, in Santa Ana. [less-]

"South Pacific": Broadway Musical Fave

at Attic Community Theater, Santa Ana
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Fri, March 29
Sat, March 30
Sun, March 31
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FULL PRICE: $15 - $35
OFFER PRICE: $7.50 - $17.50

As Americans stationed on an island paradise during World War II, a nurse and a GI both fall in love with island residents, but a culture clash threatens their relationships. Ultimately love wins out,... [more+]

As Americans stationed on an island paradise during World War II, a nurse and a GI both fall in love with island residents, but a culture clash threatens their relationships. Ultimately love wins out, but the dangers of war threaten their happy endings. The unforgettable score of this timeless musical is filled with all-time favorites like "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "There is Nothing Like a Dame" and "Bali Ha'i." See for yourself why this Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning musical has melted the hearts of audiences for over 60 years at the Attic Community Theatre in Santa Ana. [less-]

Historical Drama "The Lion in Winter"

at Attic Community Theater, Santa Ana
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Fri, January 11
Sat, January 12
Sun, January 13
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FULL PRICE: $15 - $35
OFFER PRICE: $7.50 - $17.50

The fascinating historical drama "The Lion in Winter" became an instant classic when it premiered on Broadway in 1966, and was then turned into an Academy Award-winning movie. It’s Christmas in 1183... [more+]

The fascinating historical drama "The Lion in Winter" became an instant classic when it premiered on Broadway in 1966, and was then turned into an Academy Award-winning movie. It’s Christmas in 1183, and Henry II, King of England, is locked in a battle of wits with his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, over which of their sons will succeed him as king. A titanic struggle ensues, pitting king against queen, and prince against prince, with the future of England hanging in the balance. Find out who prevails at the Attic Community Theater in Santa Ana. [less-]

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