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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 4/06/2014 CATS
North Park Theatre
San Diego Musical Theatre "The Local Way to See Broadway", Presents "CATS" March 21 - April 6, 2014 at the North Park Theatre. Directed by James Vasquez, CHorepgraphy by Janet Reslow and Musical Direction by Don LeMaster. With Matthew Novotny as Lighting Designer; Janet Pitcher as Costume Coordinator; and Stanley Cohen as Stage Manager. Book by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot. Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London's New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. CATS's London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Wintergarden Theatre for just over 18 years. "It's a musical that transports the audience into a complete fantasy world that could only exist in the theater and yet rarely does. CATS believes in purely theatrical magic, and on that faith it unquestionably delivers."- Frank Rich, The New York Times Single tickets for SDMT's production of CATS are $26.00, $36.00, $46.00 and $56.00. Children 16 years and under receive a $10 discount. Seniors 65 years and older receive a $5.00 discount. Equity and Actor's Alliance may purchase up to 2 tickets at half price. Groups of 10 or more receive a 25% discount. For individual or group tickets contact the Administrative Office at 858-560-5740 or visit SDMT online at SCHEDULE: CATS show times are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.. The North Park Theatre, 2891 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104. There is street and a parking structure across the street from the theatre. For more information and tickets call the San Diego Musical Theatre Administrative Office at 858-560-5740. The San Diego Musical Theatre Administrative Office is located at 4652 Mercury Street, San Diego, CA 92111. Box Office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed from 1pm-2pm), Monday through Thursday. Open 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Fridays. San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) is an award-winning, nonprofit theater company that seeks to bring vibrant musical theatre to the San Diego community. The mission of SDMT is to impact audiences by producing a range of classic and contemporary musical productions that engage and enhance the overall theatre experience. By partnering with professional actors, musicians, and technicians SDMT infuses momentum and energy into one of the only true American art forms. SDMT's vision is to create an environment where high-quality musical theatre thrives in San Diego for generations to come. San Diego Musical Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. "Like" SDMT on Facebook: San Diego Musical Theatre; or "follow" on Twitter: @SDMTmusicals.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 4/06/2014 DON QUIXOTE
San Diego Opera
ACT I - A square in front of Dulcinea's house A festival is being celebrated, as four hopeful admirers of Dulcinea serenade her. She explains philosophically that being adored is not enough. She withdraws as the crowd acclaims the arrival of the eccentric Knight and his squire, Sancho. Don Quixote is riding on his horse Rosinante, and Sancho is on a donkey. Delighted by the attention of the crowd, Quixote tells a reluctant Sancho to throw them money. After the crowd disperses, Quixote himself serenades Dulcinea, but is interrupted by Juan, a jealous admirer of Dulcinea. A sword fight follows, interrupted by Dulcinea herself. She is charmed by Quixote's antique attentions. The old man offers her his devotion and a castle. She suggests instead that he might retrieve a pearl necklace of hers stolen by Tenebrun, a bandit chief. He undertakes to do so as, to his surprise, Dulcinea rejoins her men friends. Recovering his composure, and convinced she loves him, Quixote stands guard outside her window. ACT II - In the countryside On a misty morning, Don Quixote and Sancho enter, the Knight composing a love poem. Sancho delivers a grand tirade against their expedition, against Dulcinea and against women in general. As the mists disperse, Quixote sees windmills which he mistakes for giants. To Sancho's horror, Quixote attacks them, crying out the name of Dulcinea. ACT III - In the mountains Don Quixote and Sancho are searching for the bandits, who, Quixote is convinced, are nearby. Sancho goes to sleep while Quixote stands guard. The bandits suddenly appear and after a brief fight take the knight prisoner. Sancho escapes. Surprised by the defiance of the old man, the bandits give him a beating and intend to kill him, however Quixote's reply moves Tenebrun, the bandit chief, to mercy. Quixote explains his mission and the necklace is returned to him. The bandits ask for the blessing of the noble knight before he leaves. ACT IV - A garden A party is in progress, but Dulcinea is melancholy. Rousing herself, she snatches a guitar and sings and leaves. Sancho and Don Quixote arrive. While waiting for Dulcinea, Sancho asks for his reward to which Quixote responds with vague promises of an island, a castle and riches. Dulcinea and her party greet the Knight who returns the necklace to universal acclaim. However when he asks Dulcinea to marry him, Quixote is greeted with laughter. Taking pity, Dulcinea tells the others to leave, apologizes and explains that her destiny and her way of life are different from his. She kisses him on the forehead and leaves. When partygoers make fun of the old man, Sancho vigorously reproaches them, and takes his master away. ACT V - A mountain pass On a clear starry night, Don Quixote is dying. He remembers having promised Sancho an island as his reward, and offers him an isle of dreams. As he dies, Quixote sees a star shining brightly above, and believes he hears the voice of Dulcinea beckoning to him.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 4/06/2014 DON QUIXOTE
San Diego Civic Theatre
In the magical world of Don Quixote's Spain, the eccentric knight pursues his impossible dream of capturing the heart of Dulcinea, his idealized woman, who sends him on a quest to recover her stolen necklace. With his loyal sidekick Sancho, he tilts at giant windmills, confronts bandits, and is nearly killed, but achieves his goal. However, when he returns with the prize, he is mocked, scorned and rejected. In one of the most emotional scenes in opera, the delirious Quixote dies believing he hears Dulcinea's voice calling to him from a distant star. Pulsating with Spanish rhythms, dances and color, Don Quixote welcomes the return of the brilliant Ferruccio Furlanetto, who has conquered opera houses from New York to Moscow, Vienna to Paris and Madrid to Budapest. The great Italian bass is reunited with Eduardo Chama as Sancho Panza, a role he has sung to acclaim in Madrid, Palermo and Buenos Aires. Singing the seductive Dulcinea for the first time is the beautiful Anke Vondung, praised here as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, coming fresh from performances at Dresden Opera, Palermo, Munich and Hamburg. Karen Keltner, a specialist in French repertoire, conducts the opera once more and Keturah Stickann directs this emotional and moving production.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 4/06/2014 FLOYD COLLINS
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
Get up close & personal with the new ONSTAGE series at La Mirada Theatre! A new, intimate theatre experience has been created by placing 199 audience seats on the stage. The stage will be filled with and incredible award-winning musical AND the audience. Seating is VERY limited so get you tickets early! With a large cast and live musicians, feel the adventure of Floyd Collins's dream of fame and fortune as he is trapped in a narrow cave 200 feet below the surface. See how his goal of creating a tourist attraction becomes a reality, with him as the main attraction. With music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza) and book and lyrics by innovative theatre artist Tina Landau, this haunting musical, which won a Lucille Lortel Award, a Drama Desk Award, and an Obie Award when it premiered in New York, tells the transcendant tale of a true American dreamer.
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The Pasadena Playhouse
Pasadena Playhouse:Noel Coward; dir: Art Manke.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 4/06/2014 RED
San Diego Repertory Theatre
John Logan's scripts for "The Gladiator" and "The Aviator" were both nominated for Academy Awards. He won a Golden Globe with Tim Burton for his film version of the musical Sweeny Todd. He co-wrote the recent James Bond film "Skyfall" and is slated to write the next two Bond films. Inspired by the work of legendary artist Mark Rothko, Logan has returned to his first love - playwriting - and the result is triumphant. In 2010, RED won six Tony Awards®, including Best Play! This larger-than-life portrait of an angry and brilliant artistic mind is a fearless piece of work that dares to reveal the mysteries of the creative process. Logan invites you to feel the shape, texture, and emotional color of Mark Rothko's demons and muses. The story is set in 1958 at a critical point in the career of the superstar abstract expressionist painter. Rothko has been challenged to create a definitive work of art for the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. His problem: the threatening presence of a neophyte assistant, a voice of a new generation of artists that question Rothko's theories and label him a sell-out. Surrounded by massive black and red canvases that pulsate with color, the result is an exhilarating and combative battle between student and master in search of the very highest art possible.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 4/06/2014 TIME AND THE CONWAYS
The Old Globe
Yorkshire, 1919: The Great War is over and it's a new Golden Age. The six Conway siblings gather for a birthday celebration filled with laughter and hope, and they dream of the shining futures awaiting them. Same house, same room, 1937: the world is a darker place and things haven't quite panned out. Perhaps 1919 wasn't as bright as it seemed? English stage giant J.B. Priestley (An Inspector Calls) bends time and space in a powerful family drama that is a theatrical exploration of how past, present and future are finally all one.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 4/06/2014 RAVENSCROFT
Long Beach Playhouse
Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote house to investigate the headlong plunge of Patrick Roarke down the main staircase. He becomes involved in the lives of five alluring and dangerous women: Marcy, Viennese governess with a past; Mrs. Ravenscroft, flirtatious lady of the manor; Gillian, charming but demented daughter; Mrs. French, formidable and passionate cook, and Dolly, the terrified maid. They lead him through a bewildering labyrinth of contradictory versions of Patrick's demise and that of the late Mr. Ravenscroft.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 4/06/2014 WATER BY THE SPOONFUL
Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre
After serving in Iraq, wounded soldier Elliot Ortiz returns home to reconnect with his family and start a new life. At the same time, four lonely souls with wounds of a different sort reach out across the internet to an online support group in search of healing connections of their own. Soon the real world and the virtual one come together in ways neither could ever have foreseen. The Hartford Courant proclaimed Water by the Spoonful "a very funny, warm and, yes, uplifting, play with characters that are vivid, vital and who stay with you long after the play is over."
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The Old Globe
Quiara Alegria Hudes; dir: Edward Torres.
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