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"Love Never Dies": Sequel to Broadway's "Phantom"

at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall, Costa Mesa
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The ultimate love story continues in "Love Never Dies", Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera". Ten years after disappearing from the Paris Opera House, the Phantom ha... [more+]

The ultimate love story continues in "Love Never Dies", Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera". Ten years after disappearing from the Paris Opera House, the Phantom has a new life in New York where he lives amongst the joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. Christine Daaé, now one of the world's finest sopranos, is coming to perform in New York. In a final bid to win back her love, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband Raoul and their young son to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island, where anything could happen. See this epic sequel to one of the most spectacular musicals ever to grace Broadway, as "Love Never Dies" brings its thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. [less-]

"South Pacific": Rodgers & Hammerstein's Romantic Musical

at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, La Mirada
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With its hothouse emotions, lush melodies and commentary on racial tolerance, Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" is both a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama. As Americans stationed on an i... [more+]

With its hothouse emotions, lush melodies and commentary on racial tolerance, Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" is 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 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 La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. [less-]

Broadway Musical With Gershwin Tunes

at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB, Long Beach
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Everything that made the Jazz Age so jazzy -- flappers, bootleggers and the music of George and Ira Gershwin -- comes together in "Nice Work If You Can Get It", the hilarious musical comedy and homage... [more+]

Everything that made the Jazz Age so jazzy -- flappers, bootleggers and the music of George and Ira Gershwin -- comes together in "Nice Work If You Can Get It", the hilarious musical comedy and homage to the Roaring '20s. Joe DiPietro, Tony-winning writer of "Memphis" and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change", weaves the Gershwins' most beloved hits, along with extravagant dance numbers and glittering costumes, throughout the story of lovable playboy Jimmy and the beautiful bootlegger Billie. Experience songs like "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Fascinating Rhythm" in new ways that will make you laugh and marvel. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards during its Broadway run, this sparkling, feel-good show can be seen at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. [less-]

"Always ... Patsy Cline": Country Musical Tale of Friendship

at The GEM Theater, Garden Grove
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Based on the true story of legendary country singer Patsy Cline's friendship with her most devoted fan, Louise Seger, "Always ... Patsy Cline" is a heartwarming hit that's been delighting audiences si... [more+]

Based on the true story of legendary country singer Patsy Cline's friendship with her most devoted fan, Louise Seger, "Always ... Patsy Cline" is a heartwarming hit that's been delighting audiences since 1988. Meeting outside of Houston at the Esquire Ballroom, Patsy and Louise first became friends over a pot of strong coffee, forming a bond so unique that this unlikely duo remained in touch until Patsy's untimely death in 1963. This musical tribute written by Ted Swindley includes many of Cline's most unforgettable hits, such as "Crazy," "Anytime," "She's Got You" and "Walkin' After Midnight." Experience "Always ... Patsy Cline" at Orange County's GEM Theater. [less-]

Youth Production of "Disney's The Little Mermaid"

at Rose Center Theater, Westminster
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"Disney's The Little Mermaid" invites your family on a magical journey "Under the Sea" with Ariel, a teen mermaid who's tired of flipping her fins aimlessly in the aquatic kingdom ruled by her father.... [more+]

"Disney's The Little Mermaid" invites your family on a magical journey "Under the Sea" with Ariel, a teen mermaid who's tired of flipping her fins aimlessly in the aquatic kingdom ruled by her father. Ariel dreams of living in the fascinating world of dry land and will go to great lengths to get there -- even making a dangerous deal with sea witch Ursula to become human for three days in order to be with the handsome Prince Eric. But things go very awry, and even her bestie sidekick Sebastian the Crab might not be able to save her. Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale and the classic animated film, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this youth production of the fishy fable will capture your heart with irresistible songs like "Kiss the Girl," "Part of Your World" and more at the Rose Center Theater courtesy of Orange County Children's Theatre. [less-]

"Dirty Blonde", Mae West-Inspired RomCom

at Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach
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Nominated for five Tony Awards in 2000, this sparkling romantic comedy (with music) revolves around a guy, a gal, and their mutual admiration for one voluptuous actress, otherwise known as the delight... [more+]

Nominated for five Tony Awards in 2000, this sparkling romantic comedy (with music) revolves around a guy, a gal, and their mutual admiration for one voluptuous actress, otherwise known as the delightfully risque bombshell Mae West. Dubbed a "cunningly written, raffish, elegant play" by "The New Yorker", Claudia Shear's "Dirty Blonde" also manages to weave stories and songs from West's remarkable life and career into the proceedings, from her beginnings in vaudeville to her starring role in the perfectly-titled hit movie "I'm No Angel" and way beyond. Come up and see it some time at the Laguna Playhouse. [less-]

"Elvis '68" Captures a Pivotal Moment in the Icon's Life

at Maverick Theater, Fullerton
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It was Elvis Presley at his most charismatic, and only a small group of fans had the privilege of being there... until now. With actor Casey Ryan as Elvis, the musical tribute show "Elvis '68" relives... [more+]

It was Elvis Presley at his most charismatic, and only a small group of fans had the privilege of being there... until now. With actor Casey Ryan as Elvis, the musical tribute show "Elvis '68" relives a historic moment in music history, leather suit and all. This stage re-creation of the crooner's 1968 live comeback special explores a pivotal moment in the life and career of Elvis Presley. At the time, Elvis hadn't played a live show in seven years and his popularity was fading. But what was meant to be a safe Christmas concert turned into an intimate jam session, as Elvis and friends intercut rock 'n' roll hits with storytelling and audience interaction. [less-]

Feel-Good Family Musical Tells the Noah's Ark Tale

at Musical Theatre Village, Irvine
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Aren't you ever curious as to what Noah and his family went through on the Ark? "Get in the Boat" answers these questions through a boatload of great music and comedy! Come laugh with Noah and his sid... [more+]

Aren't you ever curious as to what Noah and his family went through on the Ark? "Get in the Boat" answers these questions through a boatload of great music and comedy! Come laugh with Noah and his sidekick angel Murphy as they attempt to survive the flood in this quirky, feel-good musical that's full of memorable tunes like "Because of You," a love ballad between Noah and his wife, and "I Do Believe," in which brothers Shem, Ham and Japheth examine their own hearts and figure out how they fit into this whole scheme. Presented at the Musical Theatre Village in Irvine, "Get in the Boat" may be billed as a kids' show and feature a cast of all ages, but grownups love it too! [less-]

Comedy, Music, Acrobatics and More at Teatro Martini Dinner Cabaret

at Teatro Martini, Buena Park
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Teatro Martini's sizzling dinner spectacular features an edgy combination of cabaret, comedy, music and cirque-style aerials and acrobatics. The Teatro Martini experience comes complete with a four-co... [more+]

Teatro Martini's sizzling dinner spectacular features an edgy combination of cabaret, comedy, music and cirque-style aerials and acrobatics. The Teatro Martini experience comes complete with a four-course meal. As you dine on your gourmet entree, you'll be captivated by an energetic show of non-stop comedy, daring acrobatic acts, live music and more. Teatro Martini's performers come from across the globe to provide you with a captivating and tantalizing getaway from the ordinary. [less-]

Engaging Kids' Classic "A Little Princess"

at Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach
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The sweet, smart Sara wins friends and influences others through her vivid imagination, even after a tragic turn of events turns her from a prize student at the prestigious Miss Minchin's boarding sch... [more+]

The sweet, smart Sara wins friends and influences others through her vivid imagination, even after a tragic turn of events turns her from a prize student at the prestigious Miss Minchin's boarding school to a lowly servant there. But her kind heart and unbridled optimism sustain her until another happier twist of fate comes along. In this faithful and funny adaptation of the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Sara's goodwill and courage demonstrate what being a princess is truly all about. This Laguna Playhouse production is recommended for all ages. [less-]

Tony-Winning Musical Based on a Real-Life Murder

at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
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This Tony Award-winning musical is based on the true story of one of the most controversial trials in U.S. history. Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager, is charged with an unthinkable crime in early 2... [more+]

This Tony Award-winning musical is based on the true story of one of the most controversial trials in U.S. history. Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager, is charged with an unthinkable crime in early 20th-century Georgia. As the press whips the public into a frenzy, Leo's only hope lies in a brave crusade for justice led by the Southern wife he never understood, among people that never understood him. With a rousing score by Jason Robert Brown ("The Last Five Years") and a powerful script by Alfred Uhry ("Driving Miss Daisy"), this transformational story is part murder mystery and part exploration of the endurance of love and hope against all odds. Don't miss this 3D Theatricals production of "Parade" at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. [less-]

Family Classic "Annie! The Musical"

at Attic Community Theater, Santa Ana
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Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Little Orphan Annie has been a superstar in any medium, becoming a worldwide phenomenon in print, on stage and in film. "Annie! The Musical" was the wi... [more+]

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Little Orphan Annie has been a superstar in any medium, becoming a worldwide phenomenon in print, on stage and in film. "Annie! The Musical" was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners,Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical hits ever written, including "Tomorrow." Join Annie on her adventure to find a family at the Attic Community Theater in Santa Ana. [less-]

Modern Update of Shakespeare Classic: "SHREW!"

at Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa
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In Shakespeare's battle of the sexes, "The Taming of the Shrew", Petruchio wins. But, what if a 16th-century woman had written it? In "SHREW!", Amy Freed's clever and wickedly funny spin on the classi... [more+]

In Shakespeare's battle of the sexes, "The Taming of the Shrew", Petruchio wins. But, what if a 16th-century woman had written it? In "SHREW!", Amy Freed's clever and wickedly funny spin on the classic, Kate triumphs, too. When her unstoppable force meets his immovable object (or is it the other way around?), the impact is red-hot and oh, so sexy! From the author of "The Beard of Avon" comes a love story for our time. Experience the world premiere of "SHREW!" in Costa Mesa at South Coast Repertory's Segerstrom Stage. [less-]

West Coast Premiere of "Holmes and Watson"

at Maverick Theater, Fullerton
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Three years after the mysterious death of beloved detective Sherlock Holmes off Reichenbach Falls, Dr. John H. Watson receives a telegram that suggests his old friend may still be alive. The mysteriou... [more+]

Three years after the mysterious death of beloved detective Sherlock Holmes off Reichenbach Falls, Dr. John H. Watson receives a telegram that suggests his old friend may still be alive. The mysterious wire was sent from a doctor who states that three patients in his asylum's care have each claimed to be the late Sherlock Holmes. Watson embarks on a journey to disprove these claims. Could Sherlock Holmes really be alive after all this time? Enjoy "Holmes and Watson" -- a riveting new adventure from award-winning writer Jeffrey Hatcher -- at the Maverick Theater in Fullerton. [less-]

"Lord of the Flies": A Savage Theatrical Experience

at Lyceum Theater, Costa Mesa
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Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding's provocative, dystopian novel "Lord of the Flies" shocked and challenged audiences in 1954, and it's lost little of its edginess in the decades since. "Lord... [more+]

Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding's provocative, dystopian novel "Lord of the Flies" shocked and challenged audiences in 1954, and it's lost little of its edginess in the decades since. "Lord of the Flies" finds a group of schoolchildren -- the only survivors of a plane crash on a remote island -- splitting into two factions in a fight for control of their new environment that rapidly descends into madness. Now, the intimate setting of the Lyceum Theater in Costa Mesa transforms into the barbarous site of this theatrical adaptation of Golding's unforgettably savage tale. [less-]

Wickedly Funny Satire "Urinetown"

at STAGEStheatre, Fullerton
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In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single me... [more+]

In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company. If the poor don't obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they'll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious "Urinetown." After too long under the heel of the malevolent Caldwell B. Cladwell, the poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee "wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like and with whomever you like." A brilliant satire modeled off the plays of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, "Urinetown" is a wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp. See it now at STAGEStheatre in Fullerton. [less-]

Tony-Winning Musical About Jackie O's Eccentric Fam

at Lyceum Theater, Costa Mesa
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As "The New York Times" put it, "Grey Gardens" is "an experience no passionate theatergoer should miss." Now this Broadway sensation comes to the Lyceum Theater in Costa Mesa. In this musical based on... [more+]

As "The New York Times" put it, "Grey Gardens" is "an experience no passionate theatergoer should miss." Now this Broadway sensation comes to the Lyceum Theater in Costa Mesa. In this musical based on the 1975 documentary about a pair of aging mother-and-daughter aristocrats (an aunt and first cousin of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) living in a dilapidated East Hampton mansion, you'll first see a re-creation of the women's early years as stylish socialites, moving on to 32 years later as they continue to live in a time capsule of finery while their mansion crumbles to pieces around them. Their majestic 42-room home, Grey Gardens, is overrun by cats, lacks running water and has been cited for repeated health code violations that threaten to have it condemned. Presented by American Coast Theater Company, this otherworldly musical captures all the turmoil and nostalgia of their lives, and features songs that earned the Broadway original cast recording a Grammy nomination. [less-]

"Good People": A Witty, Gritty Dramatic Comedy

at Chance Theater, Anaheim
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The haves and the have-nots come face-to-face in this Broadway hit by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire. This Tony-nominated dramatic comedy finds struggling single mother Margie Walsh coming... [more+]

The haves and the have-nots come face-to-face in this Broadway hit by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire. This Tony-nominated dramatic comedy finds struggling single mother Margie Walsh coming to terms with the reality that her South Boston neighborhood offers the same lack of opportunity it always has. For most people, it's a place where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills -- and church bingo is a big night out on the town. Facing eviction, Margie's forced to turn to an old high school flame for help. But he's now a successful physician living in the suburbs and Margie is way out of her element there. With a keen eye for character and an uncanny sense of humor, "Good People" explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hope that comes with having next to nothing in America. Enjoy this witty and gritty dramatic comedy at Anaheim's Chance Theater. [less-]

"Peter Pan": The Broadway Classic

at Walker Hall Auditorium, Orange
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Just like Peter Pan never grows old, neither does the beloved Broadway musical telling of his adventures. Come along with the Darling children as they fly away to Neverland for a magical journey with ... [more+]

Just like Peter Pan never grows old, neither does the beloved Broadway musical telling of his adventures. Come along with the Darling children as they fly away to Neverland for a magical journey with the menacing pirate Captain Hook, Peter's gang of Lost Boys and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell. This beloved family classic includes unforgettable songs like "I Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," "I'm Flying" and "Neverland," which are sure to awaken your inner child. The Walker Hall Auditorium will provide the pixie dust; you come with your happy thoughts and get ready to take flight from Orange. [less-]

Hershey Felder Channels Beethoven in Musical Bio

at Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach
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Award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder has previously used his unique blend of character study and piano virtuosity to portray and pay homage to musical icons like George Gershwin, Irving Ber... [more+]

Award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder has previously used his unique blend of character study and piano virtuosity to portray and pay homage to musical icons like George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Chopin and Tchaikovsky. Now he brings Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who spent a portion of his boyhood by the Maestro's side during his last years. Featuring some of the composer's greatest works, from "Moonlight Sonata" to his 9th Symphony and the "Emperor" Concerto, this intense, illuminating, and unforgettable journey through time will immerse you in the astounding life and genius of the famous composer. See in on stage now at Laguna Playhouse. [less-]

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