BWW's Top Costa Mesa Theatre Stories of 2012

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BroadwayWorld brings you the Best of Costa Mesa in the year 2012. Check out the Top Theatre Stories from each month during in the year 2012. We look forward to another exciting year of theatre in 2013!

January

BWW's Top Costa Mesa Theatre Stories of 2012

BWW Reviews: Powerful Performances Elevate SCR's 'TOPDOG/UNDERDOG'


Both history and literature are peppered with intense stories of sibling rivalry--the most contentious of which often recount the environmental and circumstantial forces that pit them against one anot... (read more...)
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BWW Reviews: King of Pop is 'IMMORTAL' in Cirque du Soleil Arena Tour


It seems eerie yet fitting that the Los Angeles stop of Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR took place over the weekend at none other than the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It... (read more...)
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California Central Coast Mid Month Matinees - and MORE!


As we come to the middle of January, I hope your recreational entertainment plans include attending some live entertainment at one of the several theatre and live performance establishments that make ... (read more...)

February

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Pacific Symphony Welcomes Hector Olivera, 3/11


Hector Olivera performs the final organ recital of Pacific Symphony's 2011-12 "Pedals and Pipes" series showcasing the 4,322-piped William J. Gillespie Concert Organ. Born in Buenos Aires, Olivera ... (read more...)
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BWW Reviews: OC's 3D Theatricals Revisits Classic THE SOUND OF MUSIC


While watching 3D Theatricals' largely pleasing stage production of the enduring Rodgers/Hammerstein Broadway classic THE SOUND OF MUSIC--now playing at the Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, CA through... (read more...)
BWW's Top Costa Mesa Theatre Stories of 2012

BWW Reviews: 'ELEMENO PEA' is How SCR Spells Funny


While laughing fairly consistently throughout Molly Smith Metzler's funny new American play ELEMENO PEA--now having its West Coast premiere engagement at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa through Fe... (read more...)

March

BWW's Top Costa Mesa Theatre Stories of 2012

BWW Interviews: Shannon Mullen of ROCK OF AGES Answers Our Silly Query


Now back in Los Angeles where it all began, the five-time Tony Award nominated 80's musical ROCK OF AGES is once again rockin' the stage of the Pantages Theatre for a strictly limited one-week engagem... (read more...)
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BWW Interviews: GLEE's Lindsay Pearce Answers Our Silly Query


Singer/actress Lindsay Heather Pearce--who as a finalist on THE GLEE PROJECT won a two-episode arc as the bubbly 'Harmony' on GLEE this season--can currently be seen filling the shoes of a different k... (read more...)
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BWW Reviews: La Jolla Playhouse parks THE CAR PLAYS in San Diego


Produced by L.A. troupe Moving Arts from a concept by Paul Stein, THE CAR PLAYS is seriously one of the most thrilling theater experiences you will ever witness--or rather, get stuck in (and in a good... (read more...)

April

BWW's Top Costa Mesa Theatre Stories of 2012

BWW Reviews: Rousing Billy Elliot Earns Worthy Cheers in L.A.


Charming and unabashedly buoyant, Billy Elliot--which danced away with 10 fairly well-deserved Tony Award wins including Best Musical back in 2009--is a smile-inducing, pleasingly-staged musical based... (read more...)
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BWW Interviews: Derek Keeling of 'Million Dollar Quartet' Answers Our Silly Query


Now traveling the country playing real-life legend Johnny Cash ('The Man in Black') for the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET--finally landing in Southern California... (read more...)
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BWW Reviews: SCR Stages Funny Debut Play THE PRINCE OF ATLANTIS


In THE PRINCE OF ATLANTIS, Steven Drukman's funny new play set in the heavy-accented neighborhood of Nonantum, Massachusetts, the characters all seem to believe that the key to good relations with oth... (read more...)

May

BWW's Top Costa Mesa Theatre Stories of 2012

BWW Reviews: Elaine Stritch Sings All-Sondheim Show at Walt Disney Concert Hall


On May 19, 2012 the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles hosted Elaine Stritch's hilarious, anecdote-heavy Stephen Sondheim tribute concert Elaine Stritch: SINGIN' SONDHEIM...ONE SONG AT A... (read more...)
BWW's Top Costa Mesa Theatre Stories of 2012

BWW Reviews: La Mirada Presents Impressive MISS SAIGON Revival


If you're looking for a good example of what great hidden gems are being produced at Southern California regional theaters these days, then look (and listen) no further than the enjoyable revival of t... (read more...)
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BWW Reviews: OC's 3D Theatricals Revives A CHORUS LINE


Orange County, CA-based 3D Theatricals presents a fine, top-notch revival of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning A CHORUS LINE, now playing at the Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton through May 27. Buoye... (read more...)

June

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BWW Reviews: Epic 25th Anniversary Production of LES MISERABLES Shakes Up Costa Mesa


One of the most popular, highly-regarded stage musicals of all time, LES MISERABLES is, to put it simply, a moving, overtly theatrical epic. In this rich-looking--and rich-sounding--tour production, t... (read more...)
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BWW Reviews: Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT Musical Rocks Costa Mesa


While watching the super-charged, though slightly frustrating Tony-nominated alt-rock musical AMERICAN IDIOT--whose national touring company recently spent a brief week at the Segerstrom Center for th... (read more...)
BWW's Top Costa Mesa Theatre Stories of 2012

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - Costa Mesa & Orange County!


Ah, summer! While the weather in Southern California gets warmer, the cooler interiors of local theaters in Orange County will offer their final shows to close out their 2011-2012 season. Read on for ... (read more...)

July

BWW's Top Costa Mesa Theatre Stories of 2012

BWW Reviews: MTW Serves Up Hilarious Regional Production of SPAMALOT


Musical Theatre West's latest top-notch production is the hilarious regional premiere of the Tony-winning musicAl Monty Python's SPAMALOT. Full of silly humor and absurdist gags that will have you lau... (read more...)
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BWW Reviews: Sieber Draws Big Cheers in Smaller-Scaled LA CAGE AUX FOLLES


As presented in its current iteration, the current national tour of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, for the most part, remains a genuinely entertaining enterprise--a cheeky farce filled with super silly situation... (read more...)
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BWW Reviews: Sondheim Shares First-hand Insights in Retrospective Concert


Making good on his promise to eventually show up in Orange County to speak about his enduring career in the theater, legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim finally made his long-awaited appearan... (read more...)

August

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BWW Reviews: OC's Chance Theater Stages Reworked WEST SIDE STORY


Once again making the audacious gamble to re-work one of musical theater's most sacred properties, the little award-winning theater company with big visions, the Chance Theater, is currently staging a... (read more...)
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BWW Reviews: High-Energy MEMPHIS Tour Says 'Hock-a-doo!' to L.A.


While overly melodramatic and a bit cliched, MEMPHIS--the winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical now performing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through August 12--is, overall, a rousing, ... (read more...)
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South Coast Repertory Tickets Now On Sale


Dive into a season of comedy, romance, re-imagined classics, and regional and world premieres with South Coast Repertory in 2012-13. Tickets for SCR's upcoming season are now on sale, ranging from $20... (read more...)

September

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BWW Reviews: BATMAN LIVE Stays True to Comics, Makes a Good Time for Kids and Fans


Fitting three performances in one day can come at a cost depending on where you're playing. And though Batman Live World Arena Tour was only in San Jose for four short days (heading to Los Angeles nex... (read more...)
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NEVA World Premiere and More Set for South Coast Rep's Studio SCR Series, Dec 2012-June 2013


South Coast Repertory, in partnership with six Southland theatre groups, will present Studio SCR, a series of eclectic, Contemporary Theatre productions at SCR in December, February, May and June.... (read more...)
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BWW Reviews: SCR Revives Brit Comedy ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR


British playwright Alan Ayckbourn's amusing 1972 comedy ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR--which celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year--is currently eliciting chuckles through October 7 at South Coat Reperto... (read more...)

October

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BWW Reviews: STOMP Tour Brings Lots of Noise, Lots of Funk


What kind of stage show do you get when you take random everyday objects--from plastic bags and basketballs, to brooms and garbage cans--and strike them every which way to create a symphony of percuss... (read more...)
BWW's Top Costa Mesa Theatre Stories of 2012

BWW Reviews: Joyful HAIRSPRAY Revival Gets Hold of O.C.


Orange County, CA- based 3D Theatricals presents an eye-popping, high-energy production of eight-time Tony Award-winner HAIRSPRAY at the Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton through October 28 before trans... (read more...)
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South Coast Repertory Presents HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE, 10/19-11/18


Bill Cain's 'How to Write a New Book for the Bible,' an autobiographical tale about family, a son's devotion, and a mother's love comes to South Coast Repertory from October 19 through November 18. It... (read more...)

November

BWW's Top Costa Mesa Theatre Stories of 2012

BWW Reviews: TEATRO ZINZANNI Orders Up an Awesome Buffet of 'Love, Chaos, and Dinner'


The three-hour-plus extravaganza of food, frolic, and fun is so thoroughly entertaining, that it's hard to point out which of its many features is the best. It's no wonder, then, that this big hit tha... (read more...)
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THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Starring Douglas Sills and Sara Gettelfinger, Creeps into Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 12/18-30


Full casting has been announced for the upcoming national tour of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams,... (read more...)
BWW's Top Costa Mesa Theatre Stories of 2012

BWW Reviews: MTW Opens 60th Season with Tap-Tastic 42ND STREET Revival


To high-kick-start its 60th anniversary season, Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, CA is presenting a glossy, high-energy revival of what could be the Great Grand-Daddy of all backstage musicals: 42N... (read more...)

December

BWW's Top Costa Mesa Theatre Stories of 2012

AMERYKA, SMOKEFALL and More Set for South Coast Rep's Dec 2012-March 2013 Season


South Coast Rep has announced its schedule of performances from December 2012-March 2013.... (read more...)
BWW's Top Costa Mesa Theatre Stories of 2012

BWW Reviews: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE Among The Best of Arena Shows


As far as theatrical arena shows go, Dreamwork's "How To Train Your Dragon Live" makes the top of the list for those worth seeing, and arena shows are growing in number (case in point, the rather bori... (read more...)
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War Horse Comes to Segerstrom Center, 1/22-2/3


Producers Bob Boyett and The National Theatre of Great Britain are proud to announce full casting for the upcoming Orange County engagement of the 2011 Tony Award-winning Best Play, War Horse. The com... (read more...)

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