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THE WEDDING SINGER to Play Gig at The Gem Theatre THE WEDDING SINGER to Play Gig at The Gem Theatre
by BWW News Desk on June 24, 2017 in Costa Mesa

THE WEDDING SINGER, opens on June 29 at Garden Grove's historic GEM THEATRE presented by the award-winning One More Productions - one of Southern California's leading musical theater companies. (more...)
Theatre Conservatory Students present INTO THE WOODS Theatre Conservatory Students present INTO THE WOODS
by BWW News Desk on June 23, 2017 in Costa Mesa

South Coast Repertory's Summer Players will present the award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods on the Julianne Argyros stage, directed by Hisa Takakuwa, with musical direction by Erin McNally. Performances by SCR's Theatre Conservatory students run Aug. 12-20; tickets are on sale now at www.scr.org.  (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/22 - MATILDA, OKLAHOMA, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/22 - MATILDA, OKLAHOMA, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on June 23, 2017 in Costa Mesa

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature MATILDA, OKLAHOMA, CHICAGO, and more! (more...)
BWW Review: Geffen Playhouse Sets Its Course for Love in CONSTELLATIONS BWW Review: Geffen Playhouse Sets Its Course for Love in CONSTELLATIONS
by Ellen Dostal on June 16, 2017 in Costa Mesa

What a difference one decision makes. Turn a corner, say hello, say nothing, leave - even the smallest of choices has the power to alter our future. In CONSTELLATIONS, Nick Payne's exquisite play for two, now on stage at Geffen Playhouse, we watch the various stages of a couple's relationship play out as a series of overlapping alternate realities. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/15 - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, IN THE HEIGHTS and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/15 - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, IN THE HEIGHTS and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on June 16, 2017 in Costa Mesa

'BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, IN THE HEIGHTS, and More! (more...)
Kaskade Announces 'Sun Soaked' Outdoor Beach Party In Long Beach Kaskade Announces 'Sun Soaked' Outdoor Beach Party In Long Beach
by BWW News Desk on June 15, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Six-time Grammy® nominated singer, songwriter and producer KASKADE today announced Sun Soaked -- an outdoor beach party to take place on Saturday, July 15th in Long Beach, CA. (more...)
FREE MOVIE MONDAYS Return to Segerstrom Center for the Arts FREE MOVIE MONDAYS Return to Segerstrom Center for the Arts
by Michael Quintos on June 12, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Summer has once again returned to Orange County, California and with it, Segerstrom Center for the Arts' annual outdoor free-for-all movie screenings! The Center's popular FREE MOVIE MONDAYS---back for its 11th consecutive year in Costa Mesa---includes 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' on July 10, 'The Wiz' on July 17, 'Stand and Deliver' on July 24, 'Edward Scissorhands' on July 31 and, finally, 'School of Rock' on August 7. (more...)
John Bucchino, Bobbie Stovall and Debbi Ebert Set for Summer Cabaret Series at the Gem John Bucchino, Bobbie Stovall and Debbi Ebert Set for Summer Cabaret Series at the Gem
by BWW News Desk on June 09, 2017 in Costa Mesa

A SUMMER CABARET SERIES will be held for three, one-night performances between June 13 and July 26 at Garden Grove's historic Gem Theatre, presented by the award-winning One More Productions - one of Southern California's leading musical theater companies. (more...)
Charlie Zhang Named to Pacific Chorale Board Charlie Zhang Named to Pacific Chorale Board
by BWW News Desk on June 08, 2017 in Costa Mesa

???????The Board of Directors of Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, has unanimously elected philanthropist and business entrepreneur Charles (Charlie) Zhang to its Board of Directors. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/8 - THE MAN IN THE CEILING, JOSEPH, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/8 - THE MAN IN THE CEILING, JOSEPH, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on June 09, 2017 in Costa Mesa

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature FUN HOME, SOMETHING ROTTEN, BEAUTIFUL and More! (more...)
BWW Review: UPSTAIRS - A MUSICAL TRAGEDY Debuts at Hollywood Fringe Festival BWW Review: UPSTAIRS - A MUSICAL TRAGEDY Debuts at Hollywood Fringe Festival
by Michael Quintos on June 08, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Up until the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida a year ago, the deadliest known attack on a gay club in U.S. history happened more than 40 years before at the Up Stairs Lounge in New Orleans, Louisiana. The events prior to and following that deadly, still unsolved 1973 blaze make up the fact-based narrative of UPSTAIRS - A MUSICAL TRAGEDY, now having its Southern California debut at the Los Angeles LGBT Center through June 11. Featuring book, music and lyrics by Wayne Self, the new musical tries to piece together a timeline that led up to the tragic fire using both real and fantasy/speculative elements while shining a light on some of the real-life human inspirations that were lost or have been directly affected by what happened on that fateful day. (more...)
BWW Review: Stage Adaptation of THE BODYGUARD Makes OC Debut at Segerstrom Center BWW Review: Stage Adaptation of THE BODYGUARD Makes OC Debut at Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos on June 06, 2017 in Costa Mesa

First, let's get this out of the way: while sitting through the national tour production of THE BODYGUARD---the stage adaptation of the late Whitney Houston's 1992 film that boasts the best-selling soundtrack of all time---one thing is absolutely for certain: chart-topping recording artist Deborah Cox is unquestionably a spectacular singer. But sadly, it pains me to say, that Cox's musical contributions---and Houston's musical gems themselves---are pretty much where THE BODYGUARD itself excels. When Cox and company aren't singing or dancing up a storm, the audience is left with mostly cheesy, overly-exaggerated melodrama, flat, one-dimensional characters, and even at times over-done 'thrills' that make you laugh instead of feel any suspense. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 6/04/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 6/04/2017
by BWW on June 04, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/04/2017 for Costa Mesa (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/1 - FUN HOME, SOMETHING ROTTEN, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/1 - FUN HOME, SOMETHING ROTTEN, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on June 02, 2017 in Costa Mesa

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature FUN HOME, SOMETHING ROTTEN, BEAUTIFUL and More! (more...)
Critically Acclaimed Musical UPSTAIRS Brings Forgotten LGBT Tragedy to LA Pride & Hollywood Fringe Critically Acclaimed Musical UPSTAIRS Brings Forgotten LGBT Tragedy to LA Pride & Hollywood Fringe
by BWW News Desk on May 31, 2017 in Costa Mesa

In 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans, Louisiana, claiming 32 victims in what was, until the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, the deadliest mass murder of LGBT people in U.S. history. The arson remains unsolved and was largely forgotten in the intervening years. (more...)
VIDEO: Get A First Look At Broadway-Bound ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE VIDEO: Get A First Look At Broadway-Bound ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE
by BWW News Desk on May 30, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Escape to Margaritaville includes brand new music, specifically written for the musical by Jimmy Buffett, along with many of his hit songs that are near-and-dear to fans' hearts. The original story was created by co-book writers Greg Garcia ('My Name is Earl') and Mike O'Malley ('Survivor's Remorse,' 'Shameless'). Playhouse Artistic Director and three-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley directs, and the creative team also includes Tony Award-nominated Choreographer Kelly Devine, Scenic Designer Walt Spangler, Tony Award-winning Costume Designer Paul Tazewell, two-time Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer Howell Binkley, two-time Tony Award-winning Sound Designer Brian Ronan, Tony Award-nominee Christopher Jahnke as Music Supervisor. (more...)
BWW Review: East West Players presents Emotional NEXT TO NORMAL BWW Review: East West Players presents Emotional NEXT TO NORMAL
by Michael Quintos on May 30, 2017 in Costa Mesa

To close out its historic 51st season, East West Players is presenting a bold and emotionally-packed production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical NEXT TO NORMAL, which continues performances at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts through June 11, 2017. Featuring a deeply connected, all-Asian-American cast led by a stirring, awards-worthy performance by Deedee Magno Hall, EWP's top-notch production of NEXT TO NORMAL is one of the most impressive and important regional productions of this notable musical you will ever experience. No matter what your racial or ethnic background, this production will sear its way into you. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 5/28/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 5/28/2017
by BWW on May 28, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/28/2017 for Costa Mesa (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World 5/26 - DIRTY DANCING, LES MIS, WICKED, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World 5/26 - DIRTY DANCING, LES MIS, WICKED, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on May 26, 2017 in Costa Mesa

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature DIRTY DANCING, LES MISERABLES, WICKED and More! (more...)
Burlesque Icon DITA VON TEESE Adds Two Additional West Coast Shows Burlesque Icon DITA VON TEESE Adds Two Additional West Coast Shows
by BWW News Desk on May 22, 2017 in Costa Mesa

International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, will be thrilling fans by extending her highly anticipated tour of glamour and seduction in her critically acclaimed, "The Art of the Teese." The tour is set to kick off July 5th in San Diego, CA with two additional shows in San Diego and Anaheim, CA. Pre-sale ticket availability for each of these added shows are listed below. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 5/21/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 5/21/2017
by BWW on May 21, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/21/2017 for Costa Mesa (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World 5/18 - NEXT TO NORMAL, BEAUTIFUL, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World 5/18 - NEXT TO NORMAL, BEAUTIFUL, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on May 19, 2017 in Costa Mesa

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature NEXT TO NORMAL, HEDWIG, OKLAHOMA, BEAUTIFUL, and More! (more...)
Visual Artist Bernard Hoyes to Exhibit at Museum of African American Art This July Visual Artist Bernard Hoyes to Exhibit at Museum of African American Art This July
by BWW News Desk on May 15, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Visual artist Bernard Hoyes has accomplished yet another career defining feat. The master craftsman was recently commissioned by a private collector to recreate the divinely celebrated winged stallion Pegasus, one of the best-known creatures in Greek mythology. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World 5/12 - LA CAGE AUX FOLLES in Singapore, LITTLE SHOP in Burmingham, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World 5/12 - LA CAGE AUX FOLLES in Singapore, LITTLE SHOP in Burmingham, and More!
by BWW News Desk on May 12, 2017 in Costa Mesa

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature LE CAGE AUX FOLLES in Singapore, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS in Birmingham, IN THE HEIGHTS in Connecticut and More! (more...)
UCI Drama Closes Out Season with a Witty and Whimsical AVENUE Q UCI Drama Closes Out Season with a Witty and Whimsical AVENUE Q
by BWW News Desk on May 10, 2017 in Costa Mesa

UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama presents Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q as the final offering in its season - "THEM!" - an examination xenophobia, interpersonal alienation, and the voices of "the other." (more...)