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The latest news on live theatre in Costa Mesa from Broadway shows on tour to regional theatre.

THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON Comes to South Coast Repertory Next Month
by Stephi Wild - June 11, 2024

South Coast Repertory will return for a final summer at Mission San Juan Capistrano with The Old Man and The Old Moon, book, music and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co.  The Outside SCR offering, which performs outdoors under the stars, runs July 20-Aug. 11.

Irvine Theater Co. Presents MY (UNAUTHORIZED) HALLMARK MOVIE MUSICAL This Summer
by A.A. Cristi - June 10, 2024

Irvine Theater Co. presents MY (UNAUTHORIZED) HALLMARK MOVIE MUSICAL and Dr. Love's Rom-Com.

Review: Disney's Enchanting THE LITTLE MERMAID Swims Back to the La Mirada Theatre
by Michael Quintos - June 10, 2024

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts' mesmerizing, visually-stunning 2016 production of Disney's stage adaptation of THE LITTLE MERMAID has returned for a limited engagement continuing through June 23, 2024. Filled with colorful costumes and sets and soaring mermaids, this spectacular show will enchant both new and repeat audiences alike.

American Coast Theater Company Presents CHESS THE MUSICAL
by A.A. Cristi - June 04, 2024

American Coast Theater Company presents CHESS THE MUSICAL at the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus from June 6th to June 16th, 2024. Directed by Susan K. Berkompas.

Review: Katerina McCrimmon's Star Shines Bright in FUNNY GIRL Revival at Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos - June 04, 2024

This 2022 revival of the 1964 musical is quite enjoyable, not because of its new changes (via director Michael Mayer and Harvey Fierstein's new book) but thanks mostly to its lead star McCrimmon, who is reason enough to see this touring iteration. The show continues at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (with co-star Melissa Manchester) through June 9.

Review: Seth Rudetsky presents Tony Winner Lillias White at OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos - May 31, 2024

To close out their 2023-2024 Series, Segerstrom Center welcomed theater aficionado Seth Rudetsky to serve as an interviewer/pianist for Tony Award winner Lillias White for three shows May 16-18, 2024 in one of the most incredibly wonderful, fan-favoring shows that the OC arts campus has ever hosted at the intimate Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa, CA.

Cast Set for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Rose Center Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 30, 2024

Experience the magic of live theater this summer with Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Rose Center Theater. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Review: Tony Award Winner Matt Doyle Makes Segerstrom Center Cabaret Debut
by Michael Quintos - May 20, 2024

Matt Doyle—the 2022 Tony Award winner for his gender-bent role of Jaime in the Broadway revival of COMPANY—made his Segerstrom Center for the Arts Cabaret Series debut over a three-night engagement that began on May 2, 2024 with an incredible set that showcased his amazing vocal talents and his charming, witty ability for personal storytelling.

DR. GLAS Comes to North Coast Repertory Theatre
by Stephi Wild - May 14, 2024

Following its premiere during North Coast Repertory Theatre's acclaimed streaming productions in 2021, the theatre will welcome back DR. GLAS live!

Cantabile Youth Singers Will Perform WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A WOMAN TAKES POWER?
by Stephi Wild - May 09, 2024

On Saturday, May 18th at 1:00pm, Cantabíle’s award-winning advanced choirs (Aria, Vocalise, Bravi, and Con Brio) will present “What Happens When A Woman Takes Power?” as they share a preview of the eclectic and advanced repertoire that will be performed during Cantabíle’s summer tour to Australia and New Zealand.

South Coast Repertory Announces LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS And More For 2024-25 Season
by A.A. Cristi - May 08, 2024

Discover the exciting lineup for SOUTH COAST REPERTORY's 2024-25 Season, featuring three world premieres: JOAN by Daniel Goldstein, THE STAIRCASE by Noa Gardner, and a surprise play yet to be announced.

Pacific Chorale Will Honor Artistic Director Emeritus John Alexander with Lifetime Achievement Award at Spring Gala
by Stephi Wild - May 08, 2024

Capping its season with a grand flourish, Pacific Chorale fetes one of its own – Artistic Director Emeritus John Alexander – at its Spring Gala on Saturday, June 1, 2024, 4 pm, at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.

Lloyd Suh Wins 2024 Steinberg/ATCA Award For THE HEART SELLERS
by A.A. Cristi - May 06, 2024

Playwright Lloyd Suh has won the 2024 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award for his play The Heart Sellers.

Review: South Coast Repertory Presents World Premiere Play GALILEE, 34
by Michael Quintos - May 05, 2024

Eleanor Burgess’ brilliant, thoughtful, and often bitingly funny GALILEE, 34—currently having its impressive world premiere production at South Coast Repertory through May 12, 2024—is a humorously insightful, beautifully-performed new play that offers an unreliably revisionist examination of supposed events following Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.

Pacific Chorale Wraps Season With Frank Ticheli World Premiere And More
by A.A. Cristi - May 03, 2024

Join Pacific Chorale for their season finale featuring the world premiere by Frank Ticheli, Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered, and works by Holst & Bernstein at Segerstrom Concert Hall on June 1.

Video: First Look at GALILEE, 34 by Eleanor Burgess at South Coast Rep
by Joshua Wright - May 03, 2024

Get a first look at South Coast Repertory's world premiere of Galilee, 34 by Eleanor Burgess. Directed by Davis McCallum, the story exploring the disciples in the aftermath of the Crucifixion, runs through May 12, 2024 on the Julianne Argyros Stage.

Video: Watch a Clip of 'Never Really There' from PRELUDE TO A KISS, THE MUSICAL
by Blair Ingenthron - April 28, 2024

Watch Hannah Corneau, Caroline Pernick, DeAnne Stewart, and the Ensemble perform 'Never Really There' from the world premiere of Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical in the video here!

Pacific Chorale Announces 2024-25 Season
by A.A. Cristi - April 25, 2024

The GRAMMY-winning Pacific Chorale has announced a broad slate of thought-provoking programming for its 2024-25 season.

Video: First Look at PRELUDE TO A KISS, THE MUSICAL at South Coast Repertory Theater
by Stephi Wild - April 25, 2024

All new clips have been released from the world premiere of Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical. The musical features lyrics by Sean Hartley and Daniel Messé, music by Daniel Messé and a book by Craig Lucas. Check out the video here!

Pianist Gabriela Montero And Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Perform Mozart, Schubert, And More In May
by A.A. Cristi - April 24, 2024

Experience the season finale concert of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County with Grammy-winning pianist Gabriela Montero and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Video: 'Love in the Age of Anxiety' from PRELUDE TO A KISS, THE MUSICAL
by Joshua Wright - April 23, 2024

Watch Hannah Corneau and Chris McCarrell performing Love in the Age of Anxiety from the world premiere of Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical. The musical has Lyrics by Sean Hartley and Daniel Messé, Music by Daniel Messé and book by Craig Lucas.

Review: PRELUDE TO A KISS Returns to South Coast Repertory as a World Premiere Musical
by Michael Quintos - April 23, 2024

Based on Craig Lucas' 1988 play and 1992 film adaptation of the same name, PRELUDE TO A KISS - THE MUSICAL is an admirable first attempt of a new musical that is, clearly, still a work-in-progress. In its current state, this genuinely charming but disjointed musical could use a sharp refocus and some more magical and narrative clarity.

Review: Wildly Over-the-top BEETLEJUICE - THE MUSICAL Spooks Laughs at OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos - April 22, 2024

Adapted from the 1988 Tim Burton cult classic, BEETLEJUICE - THE MUSICAL is an over-the-top, chaotic, and wildly unhinged reimagining that amps up the kooky-ness of its source material a thousand-fold. Mostly funny and entertaining despite its tonal shifts and forced outlandishness, the show elicits lots of laughs thanks to its title character.

Review: Musical Theatre West Brings MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Back to Life in Long Beach
by Michael Quintos - April 19, 2024

More like one elongated impromptu jam session than a typical musical, Musical Theatre West's new production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET doesn't involve a complex storyline, but instead focuses on imagining what it must have been like to be in the room where music history happened. The resulting concert-like jukebox musical is a rollicking good time.

Musical Comedy Hit HAIRSPRAY Is Coming To The Fox Performing Arts Center!
by A.A. Cristi - April 17, 2024

 The American Theatre Guild is pleased to present Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon, HAIRSPRAY. This new North American tour, helmed by original director Jack O'Brien and original choreographer Jerry Mitchell, will close out the 23–24 BROADWAY AT THE FOX IN RIVERSIDE Series at the Fox Performing Arts Center May 8–9, 2024.


Prints and Pinots Art Classes at Festival of Arts in Costa Mesa Prints and Pinots Art Classes at Festival of Arts
Festival of Arts (7/11 - 8/22)
Siempre Selena LA: A Tribute to Selena
Phantom Projects Theatre at La Habra Depot (6/22 - 6/22)
& Juliet in Costa Mesa & Juliet
Segerstrom Center for the Arts (9/9 - 9/21)
Ray Chen & Julio Elizalde in Costa Mesa Ray Chen & Julio Elizalde
Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (10/27 - 10/27)
Pageant of the Masters 2024 Production - “À La Mode: The Art of Fashion” in Costa Mesa Pageant of the Masters 2024 Production - “À La Mode: The Art of Fashion”
Festival of Arts (12/4 - 8/30)
London Philharmonic Orchestra Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich in Costa Mesa London Philharmonic Orchestra Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich
Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (10/11 - 10/11)
Kimberly Akimbo in Costa Mesa Kimberly Akimbo
Segerstrom Center for the Arts (1/21 - 2/2)

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