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BWW Review: Haunting World Premiere Play LITTLE BLACK SHADOWS Sees the Light at South Coast Repertory BWW Review: Haunting World Premiere Play LITTLE BLACK SHADOWS Sees the Light at South Coast Repertory
by Michael Quintos on April 24, 2018 in Costa Mesa

What our schoolbooks lack in historical accuracy, art can sometimes pick up the slack by being a reliable, more enthusiastic source to fill in those gaps. This becomes abundantly clear immediately upon experiencing the haunting yet beautifully-dramatized world premiere play LITTLE BLACK SHADOWS, Kemp Powers' captivating new drama under the astute direction of May Adrales, that is now continuing its final set of performances at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa through April 29. Visually striking and richly layered, the play piques the audience's curiosity with its riveting storytelling while educating them on a side of American slavery that most probably didn't know too much about before. (more...)
No Longer ONLY IN MY DREAMS! Debbie Gibson Receives A Star On The Palm Springs Walk Of Stars No Longer ONLY IN MY DREAMS! Debbie Gibson Receives A Star On The Palm Springs Walk Of Stars
by David Green on April 23, 2018 in Costa Mesa

On Friday, April 20, 2018, Chico's Angels were among the presenters for music icon, Debbie Gibson, who received her Star in Palm Springs, California. Gibson  was honored with the 425th Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, located at:130 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. For 30 years, Debbie Gibson has proven she's an entertainer of immeasurable talent. From singer, songwriter and musician to actress and dancer, she embodies what it truly means to be an entertainer. A music prodigy, Gibson burst on the Billboard Pop Charts at the tender age of 16 with the self-penned 'Only In My Dreams.' (more...)
Orange County School Of The Arts Musical Theatre Conservatory Presents The Cutting-Edge High School Premiere Production Of  JASPER IN DEADLAND Orange County School Of The Arts Musical Theatre Conservatory Presents The Cutting-Edge High School Premiere Production Of JASPER IN DEADLAND
by BWW News Desk on April 23, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Orange County School of the Arts Musical Theatre Conservatory is the first high school in the nation to present 'Jasper in Deadland,' the high-energy pop/rock musical by Hunter Foster and Ryan Scott Oliver recently seen Off-Broadway at The Prospect Theatre Company and in Seattle at The 5th Avenue Theatre. (more...)
South Coast Repertory Teen Players Present World Premiere Of CURSED. South Coast Repertory Teen Players Present World Premiere Of CURSED.
by BWW News Desk on April 20, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Cursed., by Kristina Leach, will be presented by South Coast Repertory's Teen Players in the Nicholas Studio, May 12-20. The play was commissioned by SCR for the students in its Theatre Conservatory. The show is directed by Hisa Takakuwa. Tickets are available at www.scr.org. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 4/20/2018 Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 4/20/2018
by BWW on April 20, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/20/2018 for Costa Mesa (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 4/20 - BRIGHT STAR, ALADDIN, THE MUSIC MAN and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 4/20 - BRIGHT STAR, ALADDIN, THE MUSIC MAN and More!
by BWW Special on April 20, 2018 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 BRIGHT STAR, ALADDIN, THE MUSIC MAN and More! (more...)
BWW Review: Nathan Gunn Aims High with FLYING SOLO at the Laguna Playhouse BWW Review: Nathan Gunn Aims High with FLYING SOLO at the Laguna Playhouse
by Michael Quintos on April 17, 2018 in Costa Mesa

One of America's most accomplished and in-demand Baritones today, Nathan Gunn has one of those deeply lush singing voices that can pierce your heart just as it can effortlessly command the room's attention. He does exactly both with his impressive world premiere one-man show FLYING SOLO which continues its remaining performances at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA through April 22. Written and directed by frequent musical biographer Hershey Felder---and inspired by Gunn's own real life story thus far---this leisurely paced yet still quite riveting autobiographical musical is a stunner both with its touching, relatable narrative and Gunn's entertaining, charismatic performing style. (more...)
Pacific Chorale Announces 2018-2019 Season Pacific Chorale Announces 2018-2019 Season
by BWW News Desk on April 16, 2018 in Costa Mesa

???????Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 season under the inspired leadership of Artistic Director Robert Istad. (more...)
BWW Review: Musical Theatre West Surprises with the Delightful NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT BWW Review: Musical Theatre West Surprises with the Delightful NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
by Michael Quintos on April 13, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Once in a while, you come across a stage show that, on paper, may not have had the buzz that other high-profile shows may have had initially, but then you see it … and it just completely surprises you in the best possible way. That pretty much sums up my recent experience with the oh-so delightful NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, Musical Theatre West's buoyant and sublime new regional production of the 10-time Tony Award-nominated 2012 musical comedy now on stage at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts in Long Beach, CA through April 22. An irresistibly silly and infectiously tuneful stage show that will have you smiling from start to finish, this roaring 20's throwback with modern sensibilities provides lots of zany antics, lots of witty one-liners, and lots of spectacular song-and-dance showstoppers that will have you wondering---where has this show been all my life? (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 4/12 - LOVE NEVER DIES, FINDING NEVERLAND, FUN HOME, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 4/12 - LOVE NEVER DIES, FINDING NEVERLAND, FUN HOME, and More!
by BWW Special on April 13, 2018 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 LOVE NEVER DIES, FINDING NEVERLAND, FUN HOME, and More! (more...)
BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Stages World Premiere of SHREW! BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Stages World Premiere of SHREW!
by Michael Quintos on April 12, 2018 in Costa Mesa

How do you "fix" the misogyny of Shakespeare's now antiquated THE TAMING OF THE SHREW? For playwright Amy Freed, it means injecting it with a noticeable dose of equality empowerment, and then shifting its characters' traits and motivations as if written from a female's perspective. That is the premise of South Coast Repertory's latest World Premiere production SHREW!-which continues performances in Costa Mesa through April 21. The results? A funny but flawed update with good intentions. (more...)
South Coast Repertory Wraps Up The Season With Wendy Wasserstein's THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG South Coast Repertory Wraps Up The Season With Wendy Wasserstein's THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG
by BWW News Desk on April 11, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Wendy Wasserstein's witty, award-winning comedy, The Sisters Rosensweig, wraps up the 2017-18 season at South Coast Repertory. The production, directed by Casey Stangl, runs May 5-June 2 on the Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are now available at www.scr.org. (more...)
BWW Interview: The McCallum's President/CEO Mitch Gershenfeld Talks Upcoming 2018-19 Season And More BWW Interview: The McCallum's President/CEO Mitch Gershenfeld Talks Upcoming 2018-19 Season And More
by David Green on April 10, 2018 in Costa Mesa

The McCallum Theatre recently announced its new lineup as it begins its fourth decade of presenting world-class artists and entertainers for Coachella Valley audiences. The new season includes McCallum debuts, iconic superstars, family-friendly entertainment, holiday sensations, and an outstanding roster of Broadway favorites including Jersey Boys, Spamalot and Something Rotten. I had the opportunity to catch up with McCallum President and CEO, Mitch Gershenfeld, to reflect on a very successful 2017-18 season and to get his thoughts on the blockbuster season ahead. (I will say at the start, I am a big fan of Mr. Gershenfeld for consistently bringing diverse and high-quality entertainment to desert audiences and for his constant optimism and positive energy.) Here are a few excerpts from our interview: (more...)
Breaking: COME FROM AWAY Tour Will Launch from Seattle in October; Full Schedule Announced! Breaking: COME FROM AWAY Tour Will Launch from Seattle in October; Full Schedule Announced!
by BWW News Desk on April 10, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Junkyard Dog Productions announces today that the North American Tour of the Tony Award-winning smash hit Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY will launch at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. The tour will go on to play more than 60 cities including Los Angeles, CA (The Ahmanson); Denver, CO (Buell Theatre); San Francisco, CA (Golden Gate Theatre); Vancouver, BC (Queen Elizabeth); Calgary, AB (Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium); Orlando, FL (Dr. Phillips Center); Cleveland, OH (Connor Palace); Ottawa, ON (National Art Centre) and many more across the United States and Canada. (more...)
Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces  2018–2019 International Dance Series Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces 2018–2019 International Dance Series
by BWW News Desk on April 07, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced its internationally and culturally rich 2018 - 2019 Dance Series, a season marked with important World, American, West Coast and Center premieres to be discovered by audiences throughout California and nationwide. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 4/6 - THE COLOR PURPLE, WAITRESS, WICKED and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 4/6 - THE COLOR PURPLE, WAITRESS, WICKED and More!
by BWW Special on April 06, 2018 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 COLOR PURPLE, WAITRESS, WICKED and more! (more...)
SCR Closes Theatre For Young Audiences Season With New Musical Tale, AMOS & BORIS SCR Closes Theatre For Young Audiences Season With New Musical Tale, AMOS & BORIS
by BWW News Desk on April 04, 2018 in Costa Mesa

South Coast Repertory concludes the 2017-18 Theatre for Young Audiences series with Amos & Boris, adapted from the classic children's book by William Steig. This theatrical retelling has been adapted for the stage by Sofia Alvarez with music and additional lyrics by Daniel Roland Tierney. The world premiere will be directed by Jessica Kubzansky on the Julianne Argyros Stage, May 19-June 3. Tickets are available now at www.scr.org. (more...)
The McCallum Theatre Announces A Blockbuster 2018-19 Season Including RENT, JERSEY BOYS, SPAMALOT, SOMETHING ROTTEN And More The McCallum Theatre Announces A Blockbuster 2018-19 Season Including RENT, JERSEY BOYS, SPAMALOT, SOMETHING ROTTEN And More
by David Green on April 02, 2018 in Costa Mesa

The McCallum Theatre announced today its new lineup as it begins its fourth decade of presenting world-class artists and entertainers for Coachella Valley audiences.  The new season includes McCallum debuts, iconic superstars, family-friendly entertainment, holiday sensations, with some mariachi, Bollywood, ballet, comedy and entertaining geography lessons all part of a very full and exciting season that also presents an outstanding roster of  Broadway favorites.  (more...)
Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Apr. 1 Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Apr. 1
by Audition Roundup on April 01, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, April 1, 2018 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 3/30 - PRETTY WOMAN, LES MIS, BOOK OF MORMON, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 3/30 - PRETTY WOMAN, LES MIS, BOOK OF MORMON, and More!
by BWW Special on March 30, 2018 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 PRETTY WOMAN, LES MIS, BOOK OF MORMON, and More! (more...)
BWW Review: 10 Reasons Why THE BOOK OF MORMON Tour at Segerstrom Arts Is Still a Hella Funny, Hella Good Show BWW Review: 10 Reasons Why THE BOOK OF MORMON Tour at Segerstrom Arts Is Still a Hella Funny, Hella Good Show
by Michael Quintos on March 28, 2018 in Costa Mesa

One thing is for certain about THE BOOK OF MORMON: this memorable, whip-smart, and downright gut-busting Broadway musical is still one of the funniest---if not the funniest---musical ever to exist in the 21st Century. The tour's return trip to Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa continues through April 1, 2018. (more...)
South Coast Repertory Premieres LITTLE BLACK SHADOWS By Kemp Powers South Coast Repertory Premieres LITTLE BLACK SHADOWS By Kemp Powers
by BWW News Desk on March 27, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Playwright Kemp Powers knew he'd found something incredible in the personal recollections of former slaves documented by a federal writers project during the Great Depression. Discovering the different voices and views in those first-person histories inspired him to learn more and write Little Black Shadows, which has its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, April 8-29, on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Directed by May Adrales, the show is part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. Tickets are available now at www.scr.org.   (more...)
100 Theaters Join Playwrights in The Nationwide Ticketing Initiative 100 Theaters Join Playwrights in The Nationwide Ticketing Initiative
by BWW News Desk on March 27, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Playwrights Welcome, the nationwide free ticketing initiative created by Samuel French for Dramatists Guild of America members, is thrilled to announce that over 100 theaters have joined the program. These Participating Theaters, located in 26 states, have joined Playwrights Welcome to invest in the success and artistic health of our industry writers, and by extension, the vibrancy of the American theatre. (more...)
Segerstrom Center For The Arts Presents The Australian Pink Floyd Show, 9/6 Segerstrom Center For The Arts Presents The Australian Pink Floyd Show, 9/6
by BWW News Desk on March 26, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes the biggest and most spectacular Pink Floyd show on the planet : The Australian Pink Floyd Show, arriving for one night only, September 6, 2018. Now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, " Aussie Floyd " has sold five million tickets worldwide and has been described by The Times as " The G old Standard " and The Daily Mirror as " The Kings of the Genre, " The Australian Pink Floyd Show gave its first ever concert in Adelaide, Australia in 1988. Since then, they have performed in more than 35 countries worldwide ; played at David Gilmour's 50 th birthday celebration and were even joined on stage by Rick Wright. TAPFS is the leading and biggest show of its kind in the world. (more...)
HELLO, DOLLY! Comes To The Historic Corona Civic Center Theater HELLO, DOLLY! Comes To The Historic Corona Civic Center Theater
by BWW News Desk on March 25, 2018 in Costa Mesa

This spring, Off Broadway Corona Theater (OBCT) is proud to present the Tony Award winning show, Hello, Dolly! for one week only at the Corona Civic Center, located near City Hall in downtown Corona. (more...)