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"Pageant of the Masters": Paintings Come Alive

at Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach
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See a work of art come to life at the "Pageant of the Masters". This one-of-a-kind production, an Orange County tradition, uses real people to recreate classical and contemporary paintings down to the... [more+]

See a work of art come to life at the "Pageant of the Masters". This one-of-a-kind production, an Orange County tradition, uses real people to recreate classical and contemporary paintings down to the finest detail. As you take in the visual marvel, a narrator guides you through the story behind each work while a live orchestra sets the tone. This year's presentation, "The Time Machine", takes inspiration from science fiction and steampunk fantasies to take you around the world and into the past, present and future in search of great art and amazing stories. [less-]

Pulitzer-Winning Comedy "Harvey"

at Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach
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French Stewart ("3rd Rock from the Sun", "Mom") and real-life wife Vanessa Stewart (Laguna Playhouse’s "Keely” in "Louis and Keely, Live at the Sahara") star in Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winni... [more+]

French Stewart ("3rd Rock from the Sun", "Mom") and real-life wife Vanessa Stewart (Laguna Playhouse’s "Keely” in "Louis and Keely, Live at the Sahara") star in Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy that has everyone questioning what exactly is real, and who is really crazy? It is a spring afternoon at the Dowd family home when Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot tall rabbit, to guests at his sister Veta’s society luncheon. Horrified that the embarrassing family secret is now exposed, Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium, but a mistake is made when Veta is committed rather than Elwood. See "Harvey" in Laguna Beach. [less-]

Sondheim's Musical Fairytale

at STAGEStheatre, Fullerton
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FULL PRICE: $34
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Before Lin-Manuel Miranda came along, Stephen Sondheim was Broadway's rappingest wordsmith. "Into the Woods" works its considerable magic through his exhilarating rhymes and occasional grim wisdom. Th... [more+]

Before Lin-Manuel Miranda came along, Stephen Sondheim was Broadway's rappingest wordsmith. "Into the Woods" works its considerable magic through his exhilarating rhymes and occasional grim wisdom. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Don't miss this fun production at STAGEStheatre in Fullerton. [less-]

Iconic Musical of Rivalry & Romance "West Side Story"

at The GEM Theater, Garden Grove
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From the first notes to the final breath, "West Side Story" is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely ... [more+]

From the first notes to the final breath, "West Side Story" is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written. Shakespeare's timeless classic story, "Romeo and Juliet", is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the American “Jets” and the Puerto Rican “Sharks.” In this production at The GEM Theater in Garden Grove, their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice proves to be one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. [less-]

Kim Rosenstock's "Tigers Be Still"

at Chance Theater, Anaheim
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This ferociously funny play from "New Girl" writer Kim Rosenstock centers around the infinitely-trying-to-be-optimistic Sherry Wickman, who has earned her art therapy degree and promptly moved back in... [more+]

This ferociously funny play from "New Girl" writer Kim Rosenstock centers around the infinitely-trying-to-be-optimistic Sherry Wickman, who has earned her art therapy degree and promptly moved back in with her family. Matters take a turn for the better once she gets hired as a substitute art teacher. Now if only her mother would stop hiding upstairs, her sister would stop watching "Top Gun" from the couch, her petulant patient would do one of his assignments, her boss would leave his gun at home, and someone would catch the tiger that escaped from the local zoo, everything would be just perfect. [less-]

"South Pacific": See the Broadway Musical Fave

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
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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-]

"Fellowship! The Musical": A Parody of "Fellowship of the Ring"

at Maverick Theater, Fullerton
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The Maverick Theater presents the Orange County premiere of "Fellowship! The Musical", a musical parody of "The Fellowship of the Ring". This Broadway style musical is a hilarious jaunt through Tolkie... [more+]

The Maverick Theater presents the Orange County premiere of "Fellowship! The Musical", a musical parody of "The Fellowship of the Ring". This Broadway style musical is a hilarious jaunt through Tolkien’s fantasy world, with all your favorite characters from the films and novels, with one big difference: They're funny. "Fellowship! The Musical" features 12 original songs, from the over-the-top opening number with barefoot dancing Hobbits, to an elf-on-human ‘80s power ballad. In another song, the Balrog (a terrifying creature of shadow and flame) performs a sequin-studded New York cabaret number. For its premiere in 2005, "Fellowship!" won Musical of the Year and Best Comedy Ensemble at the "LA Weekly" Awards. The show was recognized by many papers in and around the LA area with such honors as Critic's Pick, Best Bet and Pick of the Week. [less-]

"Shrek": A Musical With Layers

at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
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Everyone's favorite ogre comes to the stage in this musical adaptation of the beloved animated film "Shrek". The fun family affair tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing ... [more+]

Everyone's favorite ogre comes to the stage in this musical adaptation of the beloved animated film "Shrek". The fun family affair tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, the unlikely hero Shrek fights a fearsome dragon, meets a feisty princess who's anything but a damsel in distress, and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t found only in fairy tales. Featuring music by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire and 3-D Theatricals Executive Producer T.J. Dawson in the title role, "Shrek The Musical" is fun for the whole family at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. [less-]

Kenny Metcalf Stars in Musical "Elton: The Early Years"

at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, La Mirada
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Sat, June 29
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More than just a tribute show, "Elton: The Early Years" is a pitch-perfect look at the life of a musical legend. Kenny Metcalf stars as Elton in this showcase, which has appeared on the AXS show "The ... [more+]

More than just a tribute show, "Elton: The Early Years" is a pitch-perfect look at the life of a musical legend. Kenny Metcalf stars as Elton in this showcase, which has appeared on the AXS show "The World's Greatest Tribute Bands". This electric concert at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts features a technically accurate Vegas-style production with the wildly popular music, costumes and antics of one of music's most flamboyant personalities. [less-]

"The Dinner Detective": Interactive Murder Mystery

at Four Points by Sheraton Anaheim, Anaheim
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Sat, May 25
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FULL PRICE: $118
OFFER PRICE: $59

Named the best show of its kind across the country, "The Dinner Detective" comes to Anaheim's Four Points by Sheraton to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a delicious four-course dinner. And since ... [more+]

Named the best show of its kind across the country, "The Dinner Detective" comes to Anaheim's Four Points by Sheraton to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a delicious four-course dinner. And since this comedic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by the meal, which includes a salad, 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-]

"High School Musical"

at Musical Theatre Village, Irvine
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The Disney Channel's original movie event "High School Musical" was so successful it received its own stage adaptation, and now the Wildcats are coming to Musical Theatre Village in Irvine. The musica... [more+]

The Disney Channel's original movie event "High School Musical" was so successful it received its own stage adaptation, and now the Wildcats are coming to Musical Theatre Village in Irvine. The musical updates the timeless love story "Romeo and Juliet" to a modern day high school romance. Singing and dancing to classics like "You Are the Music in Me" and "Bop to the Top," these lovable youths deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Although Troy plays ball and Gabriella sticks to the books, they find common ground -- and romance -- auditioning for the school musical, but will the couple's alliance allow them to "Stick to the Status Quo?" [less-]

Bernstein's Iconic Musical of Rivalry & Romance

at Peppertree Park, Tustin
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One of the most groundbreaking and romantic musicals ever written, "West Side Story" sets Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" in the turbulent and passionate streets of New York’s West Side during th... [more+]

One of the most groundbreaking and romantic musicals ever written, "West Side Story" sets Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" in the turbulent and passionate streets of New York’s West Side during the 1950s. Tony is a dreamer, ready to leave his street gang behind and face the future head-on; Maria is idealistic and looking to explore womanhood and the world beyond her family’s dress shop. When the two meet, their worlds stop -- and cultural divides and societal expectations give way to star-crossed love. Featuring a live orchestra performing one of the most exciting scores ever written for the stage, and a story that tackles topics of prejudice, street violence, and the need for compassion between communities, this outdoor production at Tustin's Peppertree Park will rumble in your heart long after the final note is sung. [less-]

"Rock on Broadway!" — Musical Faves Under the Stars

at The Plaza at Ehlers Event Center, Buena Park
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"Rock on Broadway!" is a musical "rock-umentary" featuring smash hit songs from some of the greatest rock musicals ever to hit Broadway. Hear songs from "Rent", "Hair", "Tommy", "Hairspray", "Rocky Ho... [more+]

"Rock on Broadway!" is a musical "rock-umentary" featuring smash hit songs from some of the greatest rock musicals ever to hit Broadway. Hear songs from "Rent", "Hair", "Tommy", "Hairspray", "Rocky Horror", "Godspell", "Xanadu", "Pippin", "Grease", "Footloose", "Saturday Night Fever", "Fame", "Mama Mia!" and many more! See it all under the stars at The Plaza at Ehlers Event Center in Buena Park. [less-]

"Leading Ladies"

at Whittier Center Theatre, Whittier
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Two down-and-out actors without the fare back to England learn of a wealthy dowager seeking her long-lost English relatives in order to leave them her fortune. It sounds like an opportunity to act and... [more+]

Two down-and-out actors without the fare back to England learn of a wealthy dowager seeking her long-lost English relatives in order to leave them her fortune. It sounds like an opportunity to act and get rich, but of course, the kink in the plan is that would-be heirs are women. And so begins a couple of wild hours of madcap action as our heroes slip in and out of costume, find romance (!), and attempt to evade the ever-watchful eye of other family members who would like the fortune for themselves. This is another fast-paced farce from Ken Ludwig, author of "Lend me a Tenor" and "The Fox on the Fairway," and is sure to deliver a rollicking good time to all. [less-]

"Wizard of Oz" -- Young Performers Edition

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
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This Young Performers’ Edition is a one-hour adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz," specially tailored for elementary, middle, and high school-aged actors. This classic tale, in which a Kansas farm girl ... [more+]

This Young Performers’ Edition is a one-hour adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz," specially tailored for elementary, middle, and high school-aged actors. This classic tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. [less-]

Crazy Antics Abound in "Murder Runs in the Family"

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
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Heather Pallfeather is a damsel in distress whose stepfather just kicked the bucket. Or did somebody kick it for him? With this crazy family it’s hard to tell. To get to the truth she hires a privat... [more+]

Heather Pallfeather is a damsel in distress whose stepfather just kicked the bucket. Or did somebody kick it for him? With this crazy family it’s hard to tell. To get to the truth she hires a private eye named Jack Sparks to act as her fiancé for the reading of the will. Sparks thinks of himself as a pretty shrewd cookie … until the lights go out and he starts to crumble. Throw in the mother who gets lost in her own house, a cousin who’s married to a known convict, interchangeable twins, a stepsister, and a butler with the personality of a tongue depressor and the hilarity begins. Enjoy the antics of "Murder Runs in the Family" at the Westminster Community Playhouse. [less-]

Saucy Sassiness Served Up at the "Lipstick and Lashes Drag & Dinner Show"

at Velvet Lounge, Santa Ana
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Thu, May 23
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If you're looking for Las Vegas glamour, divas and fun without leaving Orange County, head to Velvet Lounge in historic downtown Santa Ana for a dinner theater-style drag extravaganza worthy of the St... [more+]

If you're looking for Las Vegas glamour, divas and fun without leaving Orange County, head to Velvet Lounge in historic downtown Santa Ana for a dinner theater-style drag extravaganza worthy of the Strip. "Lipstick and Lashes" is hosted by television star and female impersonator Pandora Boxx from RuPaul's hit shows "Drag Race" and "All-Star Drag Race". Along with a delicious three-course dinner in an intimate atmosphere, expect sparkle, feathers, incredible costumes, comedy, impersonations, sexy backup dancers ... and lashes for days. [less-]

"An Inspector Calls"

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
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In an English industrial city, a young girl commits suicide and an inspector calls on an eminently respectable British family, subjecting them to a routine inquiry in connection with the death. The fa... [more+]

In an English industrial city, a young girl commits suicide and an inspector calls on an eminently respectable British family, subjecting them to a routine inquiry in connection with the death. The family is straight-laced and closely knit. But what lurks beneath are brought to the surface when all members of the group are implicated in the girl’s undoing. "An Inspector Calls" is an effective presentation of how humans react and what they will do for self-preservation. [less-]

NTL Screening: "All About Eve"

at Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine
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Fri, July 12
FULL PRICE: $22
OFFER PRICE: $17

Broadcast in HD from the Noël Coward Theatre in London’s West End, this NTL screening of "All About Eve" — starring Gillian Anderson ("X-Files") and Lily James —can be enjoyed at the Irvine Bar... [more+]

Broadcast in HD from the Noël Coward Theatre in London’s West End, this NTL screening of "All About Eve" — starring Gillian Anderson ("X-Files") and Lily James —can be enjoyed at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. "All About Eve" tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you? Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world's most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove (NT Live: "A View from the Bridge"), asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old. "All About Eve" is adapted by Ivo van Hove from the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and the play "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr. Ivo van Hove directs this new stage version with set and lighting design from Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys and music from double Mercury Prize winner PJ Harvey, alongside Tom Gibbons’ sound design. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG. [less-]

"Bad Seed"

at Westminster Community Playhouse, Westminster
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Fri, July 12
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FULL PRICE: $22
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A small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Little Rhoda, who is the focus of the story. While on the surface she is sweet, charming, and full of old-fashioned ... [more+]

A small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Little Rhoda, who is the focus of the story. While on the surface she is sweet, charming, and full of old-fashioned graces, her mother couldn't help but have this uneasy feeling about her. Alarm bells go off when one of Rhoda’s schoolmates mysteriously drowns at a picnic. Did Sweet Rhoda have anything to do with this tragedy? It will be up to you to decide. [less-]

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