Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 5/11/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 5/11/2014 THE RADIO HOUR
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
5/18-5/18/2014
John Alexander leads Pacific Chorale and the John Alexander Singers in the world premiere performance of Jake Heggie's "The Radio Hour", a semi-staged choral opera that celebrates the power of music in our lives.
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Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 5/11/2014 AMERICAN IDIOT
California Theatre of the Performing Arts
5/19-5/19/2014
A critical smash on Broadway and in London, the two-time Tony Award winning hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season. Based on Green Day's GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum album, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. The result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares "thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I've seen this year!" Featuring the hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the blockbuster title track, AMERICAN IDIOT features the music of Green Day and the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, direction by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Black Watch), music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), Tony Award winning set design by Christine Jones and Tony Award winning lighting design by Kevin Adams.
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Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 5/11/2014 THE BOOK OF MORMON
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segestrom Hall
5/13-5/25/2014
From the creators of South Park and winner of nine Tony Awards®, The Book of Mormon will play a limited 2-week engagement at Segerstrom Center. The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century" and Entertainment Weekly says it's "the funniest musical of all time." Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century." Entertainment Weekly says it's "the funniest musical of all time." From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it's The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry." Contains explicit language.
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Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 5/11/2014 THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
The Laguna Playhouse
4/29-5/25/2014
The Year of Magical Thinking will star stage, movie and television veteran actor Linda Purl. Adapted for the stage by Joan Didion from her memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking is both a love letter to her daughter, who died just before the book was published in 2005, and a tribute to an extraordinary marriage Directed by Jenny Sullivan, this stunning tour-de-force one-woman show will be the multi-talented Ms. Purl's first appearance at the Laguna Playhouse. Didion's piece is a haunting and lyrical story of one woman coming to grips with loss, laced with Joan Didion's particular brand of humor and wit, the The New York Times called the play "moving and elegiac."
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Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 5/11/2014 THE BOOK OF MORMON
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
5/13-5/25/2014
THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, 'South Park.' Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python's Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical. THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.
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Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 5/11/2014 TARTUFFE
South Coast Repertory
5/9-6/8/2014
They banned it in Paris. But that was in 1664. Three hundred years later, it would be the play to put SCR on the map. Now, celebrate the landmark 50th Season with a revival of this classic comedy about the man who gave the word "hypocrite" a bad reputation. A family watches in astonishment as the head of the household falls under Tartuffe's spell. While they scheme to get rid of the false prophet, he does himself in, proving that when your thoughts are supposed to be turned heavenward, it's a good idea not to reveal earthly desires, especially when someone is hiding in the closet-or under the table.
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