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Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 3/26/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 3/26/2017
by BWW on March 26, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/26/2017 for Costa Mesa (more...)
BWW Feature: Broadway Couple Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard Launch MARRIED TO BROADWAY Masterclass Tour BWW Feature: Broadway Couple Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard Launch MARRIED TO BROADWAY Masterclass Tour
by Kyle Christopher West on March 25, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Between their two lofty resumes, Broadway husband-and-wife duo Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard have a grand total of 15 Broadway credits to their names. Adding in their multiple film/TV credits and cast recordings, the phrase 'triple threat' couldn't be a better fit to define their talents. And with the skills they've honed on 'the boards,' the couple is eager to support the next generation of Broadway gypsies through their new training program: 'Married to Broadway.' (more...)
BWW Review: ABSINTHE L.A. Brings Sin City to Los Angeles, and It's an Instant Hit BWW Review: ABSINTHE L.A. Brings Sin City to Los Angeles, and It's an Instant Hit
by Ellen Dostal on March 24, 2017 in Costa Mesa

It used to be true that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But not anymore. For the next five weeks, LA audiences will get a taste of Sin City right here in our own backyard, thanks to Spiegelworld's in-your-face adult-only production, ABSINTHE LA. (more...)
Lucas Hnath's Broadway-Bound A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 to Premiere at South Coast Repertory Lucas Hnath's Broadway-Bound A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 to Premiere at South Coast Repertory
by BWW News Desk on March 24, 2017 in Costa Mesa

South Coast Repertory is producing the world premiere of Lucas Hnath's A Doll's House, Part 2 on the Julianne Argyros Stage, April 9-30. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/24; SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/24; SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on March 24, 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 SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte, and BUS STOP in Denver, just to name a few. Check out our top features below! (more...)
The Palm Canyon Theatre Celebrates The Rhythm Of Life With Tony Winning Musical SWEET CHARITY The Palm Canyon Theatre Celebrates The Rhythm Of Life With Tony Winning Musical SWEET CHARITY
by David Green on March 21, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Originally directed and choreographed by directing and dancing legend Bob Fosse, Sweet Charity at the Palm Canyon Theatre is focused on bringing that Fosse style to Palm Springs. Choreographer Stephanie Eley, a stage veteran, is sharing her expertise with dancers from various studios across the valley and many College of the Desert students. Eley was in the original Broadway cast of Dreamgirls and My One and Only, and performed in the national and international tours of A Chorus Line from 1977-1980. With dance number after dance number, this is sure to be a show not to be missed as PCT winds down its 20th Anniversary Season. (more...)
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN'S Mary Bridget Davies Brings Her One Woman Show To The Copa Palm Springs A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN'S Mary Bridget Davies Brings Her One Woman Show To The Copa Palm Springs
by David Green on March 21, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Tony-nominated singer MARY BRIDGET DAVIES' journey began in her hometown of Cleveland, OH in 2001 when she first started singing in local bands, and she hasn't slowed down since. The powerhouse rock and blues singer's love of music was instilled by her parents, who raised her on a healthy diet of the Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Joe Cocker and, naturally, Janis Joplin. (more...)
She's An Overnight Success Half A Century In The Making. Jeanne Robertson Plays The McCallum She's An Overnight Success Half A Century In The Making. Jeanne Robertson Plays The McCallum
by David Green on March 21, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Humorist Jeanne Robertson is bringing her 'Fabulously Funny' tour to the McCallum Theatre on Monday, March 27, at 7:00pm. An overnight success nearly half a century in the making, Jeanne Robertson keeps audiences rolling on the floor with laughter.  At 71 years young, this former Miss North Carolina stands tall at 6'2' and has a personality, heart and sense of humor that soar just as high. For years, her witty speeches were mostly limited to conventions and meetings, but with the dawn of the digital age, the world became exposed to her infectious humor when her YouTube videos suddenly went viral.  (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 3/19/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 3/19/2017
by BWW on March 19, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/19/2017 for Costa Mesa (more...)
 A Starry Night At The McCallum! The Desert Symphony Celebrates Their 28th With Grammy Winner LeAnn Rimes A Starry Night At The McCallum! The Desert Symphony Celebrates Their 28th With Grammy Winner LeAnn Rimes
by David Green on March 16, 2017 in Costa Mesa

The Desert Symphony, under the direction of Music Director Gary Berkson, is celebrating its 28th Anniversary with a Gala and Concert starring the incomparable LeAnn Rimes. The event will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8pm at The McCallum Theatre. In addition, the Desert Symphony will be honoring Ruta Lee, whose career has included both stage and screen, with the Amadeus Award for her philanthropy and dedication to the Performing Arts. She is the first woman to receive this prestigious award and joins the ranks of Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, John Tesh, Jack Jones, Ted Giatas, and last year's recipient Harold Matzner. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/17; RAGTIME in D.C., HAMILTON Parody in Chicago, SWSX and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/17; RAGTIME in D.C., HAMILTON Parody in Chicago, SWSX and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on March 17, 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 RAGTIME at Ford's Theatre, SPAMILTON in Chicago, SWSX coverage in Austin and more. Check out our top features below! (more...)
Irvine Barclay Theatre Announces April Events Irvine Barclay Theatre Announces April Events
by BWW News Desk on March 14, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Irvine Barclay Theatre has announced its lineup of April events. See the full schedule below: (more...)
BWW Review: Not Man Apart's PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY Viscerally Recreates The Fall of Man BWW Review: Not Man Apart's PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY Viscerally Recreates The Fall of Man
by Ellen Dostal on March 15, 2017 in Costa Mesa

There's not a chance in hell that an audience member could fail to be engaged in Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble's latest new work, PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY. The company has found a tantalizing niche with its athletically rich dance, movement & sensory exploration of stories that literally leap off the stage into the stratosphere. This latest production pushes that unique concept to new heights as it invokes the mighty forces of good and evil in a struggle of epic proportions. (more...)
A Tale As Old As Time! Malandain Ballet Biarritz  Presents New Production Of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST At The McCallum A Tale As Old As Time! Malandain Ballet Biarritz Presents New Production Of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST At The McCallum
by David Green on March 14, 2017 in Costa Mesa

The McCallum Theatre presents the Malandain Ballet Biarritz and their performance of Beauty and the Beast on Monday, March 20, at 8:00pm. This new production of Beauty and the Beast, with music by Tchaikovsky, brings the brilliant Malandain Ballet Biarritz to the McCallum stage. The rich and complex symbolism of this tale known by all was a rich source of inspiration for choreographer Thierry Malandain. Malandain Ballet Biarritz is part of the National Choreographic Centre in Biarritz, France. (more...)
Breaking News: HAMILTON to Kick Off Second National Tour in the Pacific Northwest Breaking News: HAMILTON to Kick Off Second National Tour in the Pacific Northwest
by BWW News Desk on March 13, 2017 in Costa Mesa

A Second National Tour of the Broadway musical Hamilton will open in February 2018 in Seattle for a six week limited engagement before touring North America, it was announced today by producer Jeffrey Seller. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 3/12/2017 Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 3/12/2017
by BWW on March 12, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/12/2017 for Costa Mesa (more...)
A Star-Studded Homecoming! Suzanne Somers DIRECT FROM LAS VEGAS Lights Up The McCallum Stage A Star-Studded Homecoming! Suzanne Somers DIRECT FROM LAS VEGAS Lights Up The McCallum Stage
by BWW News Desk on March 11, 2017 in Costa Mesa

The McCallum Theatre presents Suzanne Somers today, March 11, at 8:00pm. Suzanne has played Las Vegas for 36 years and recently completed a two month residency at the Westgate Resort & Spa, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton, where she spent three years in the 80s. People who have never seen her on stage in Las Vegas have no idea that she sings, she dances and she's really funny. But, all you really have to know is that she was chosen to be "Las Vegas Female Entertainer of the Year," which means that every member of the audience comes away from Suzanne's show with a big smile on their faces. (more...)
Cal State Fullerton Opens Haunting Drama TALLGRASS GOTHIC Today Cal State Fullerton Opens Haunting Drama TALLGRASS GOTHIC Today
by BWW News Desk on March 10, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Cal State Fullerton is producing the explosive Melanie Marnich play Tallgrass Gothic, directed by Professor James R. Taulli and running March 10-April 9, 2017 in the Hallberg Theatre on campus. (more...)
USITT Announces 2017 Architecture Award Winners USITT Announces 2017 Architecture Award Winners
by BWW News Desk on March 10, 2017 in Costa Mesa

USITT's 2017 Architecture Awards feature three top honor award winners this year: Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University, The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen's University, and Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois. (more...)
Eccentricity Reigns! Palm Canyon Theatre Presents YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Eccentricity Reigns! Palm Canyon Theatre Presents YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
by David Green on March 09, 2017 in Costa Mesa

If you thought YOU'RE family was strange --- the Palm Canyon Theatre introduces audiences to an extremely eccentric family, the Vanderhof-Sycamore-Carmichael clan, as the regional repertory theatre presents You Can't Take It With You, March 16-19. The classic comedic play, by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 1938, the adapted film won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director, Frank Capra. (more...)
PS Underground Creates A Steamy, Sultry, Provocative LOST CHERRY CABARET At The Deserts Hottest New Entertainment Venue CLUB ROUGE!! PS Underground Creates A Steamy, Sultry, Provocative LOST CHERRY CABARET At The Deserts Hottest New Entertainment Venue CLUB ROUGE!!
by David Green on March 09, 2017 in Costa Mesa

A new collaboration between the one-of-a-kind culinary event company PS Underground and Pete's Hideaway has unveiled a new addition to the Palm Springs entertainment scene: CLUB ROUGE, a secret, underground nightclub and showroom.  The grand opening was last Saturday when PS UNDERGROUND presented the "Lost Cherry Cabaret," a late-night, sultry nightclub show patterned after the "Kit Kat Club" in the musical "Cabaret" and harkening back to the dark, provocative cabaret clubs of the 1920s and 30s.  The room was full to capacity and the performers received a well-deserved standing ovation as they dazzled the audience with music of many genres, each performed with a twist on the expected. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/10; THE NETHER in Rhode Island, THE LAST FIVE YEARS in Orlando and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/10; THE NETHER in Rhode Island, THE LAST FIVE YEARS in Orlando and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on March 10, 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 THE NETHER in Rhode Island, THE LAST FIVE YEARS in Orlando, and STOREFRONT CHURCH in Phoenix, just to name a few. Check out our top features below! (more...)
Cal State Fullerton Opens Haunting Drama TALLGRASS GOTHIC 3/10 Cal State Fullerton Opens Haunting Drama TALLGRASS GOTHIC 3/10
by BWW News Desk on March 07, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Cal State Fullerton is producing the explosive Melanie Marnich play Tallgrass Gothic, directed by Professor James R. Taulli and running March 10-April 9, 2017 in the Hallberg Theatre on campus. (more...)
SO ANYWAY ... John Cleese Share Life Stories And Big Laughs At The McCallum Theatre SO ANYWAY ... John Cleese Share Life Stories And Big Laughs At The McCallum Theatre
by David Green on March 06, 2017 in Costa Mesa

The McCallum Theatre presents John Cleese for two performances, Sunday, March 12, at 3:00pm and 7:00pm. Britain's living legend of comedy, John Cleese, hits the road for laughs and a leisurely walk through his life. Sharing stories from his autobiography So, Anyway…, the co-founder of Monty Python talks about how he became a celebrity despite having some talent. It's the life of Britain's most revered and ridiculous son, a not-to-be missed journey from impropriety to notoriety.  John Cleese is both a versatile comedic actor and a leading business motivator. With the legendary British comedy series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and "Fawlty Towers" and films, including The Holy Grail, The Meaning of Life, The Life of Brian and A Fish Called Wanda, he created a unique comedic style that has inspired countless writers and comedians. (more...)
BWW Interview: OC's Segerstrom Center Welcomes Charles Busch in THE LADY AT THE MIC BWW Interview: OC's Segerstrom Center Welcomes Charles Busch in THE LADY AT THE MIC
by Michael L. Quintos on March 06, 2017 in Costa Mesa

Making his Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut, Tony Award® nominee Charles Busch is bringing his unique and critically-acclaimed talents to the Samueli Theater March 9-11, 2017 as part of Segerstrom Center's Cabaret Series. Entitled THE LADY AT THE MIC, Busch will enchant audiences in this intimate evening of songs and stories which he originally created for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series. Busch will be accompanied by longtime musical director Tom Judson where the artists will be paying tribute to extraordinary and much-missed women. Before Busch sashays into Costa Mesa, he agreed to answer a few questions from BroadwayWorld's Michael L. Quintos about the upcoming OC cabaret concert. (more...)