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Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 2/20/2018 Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 2/20/2018
by BWW on February 20, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/20/2018 for Costa Mesa (more...)
Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces Public On Sale for HAMILTON Feb 26 Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces Public On Sale for HAMILTON Feb 26
by BWW News Desk on February 19, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Producer Jeffrey Seller and Segerstrom Center for the Arts are pleased to bring HAMILTON to Orange County audiences for the first time May 8 - 27, 2018 in Segerstrom Hall. Single tickets for HAMILTON will go on sale to the public on Monday, February 26 at 9:00 AM at SCFTA.org and at the Box Office. (more...)
Segerstrom Center Presents Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Chick Corea, 3/25 Segerstrom Center Presents Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Chick Corea, 3/25
by BWW News Desk on February 16, 2018 in Costa Mesa

 Innovator, music pioneer, composer and pianist Chick Corea pairs with the incomparable king of American jazz orchestras, Jazz at Lincoln Center Or chestra in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for a powerhouse concert on March 25, 2018. Since embarking on a solo career in 1966, Corea has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground as an innovative electric ke yboardist with his acoustic jazz bands Return to Forever, the Elektric Band, and now, the electro / acoustic Vigil. (more...)
Something's Coming!!! Ewoldt, Hydzik, Cortez And More Star In WEST SIDE STORY: IN CONCERT At The McCallum Something's Coming!!! Ewoldt, Hydzik, Cortez And More Star In WEST SIDE STORY: IN CONCERT At The McCallum
by David Green on February 16, 2018 in Costa Mesa

The McCallum Theatre presents WEST SIDE STORY: IN CONCERT for five performances Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11. This classic musical is being exclusively produced by the McCallum Theatre as part of its Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration.  The March 9 performance of West Side Story: In Concert is presented through the generosity of Annette Bloch.  The March 10 performance is presented through the generosity of Richard and Julia Heyman.  The March 11 performance is presented through the generosity of Edeltraud and Patrick M. McCarthy. With a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins, West Side Story is one of the most beloved and celebrated musicals in Broadway history.  The original 1957 Broadway production ran for 732 performances and was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical, winning for Best Choreography and Best Scenic Design.  The 1961 musical film, directed by Robert Wise and Robbins, won ten Academy Awards including Best Picture. (more...)
Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Shares an Incredible Recording Session in Rock and Roll History Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Shares an Incredible Recording Session in Rock and Roll History
by Shari Barrett on February 15, 2018 in Costa Mesa

It ended too soon is all I can say. I could have kept dancing for hours to the music being celebrated from the stage in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, now being presented by 3-D Theatricals in Redondo Beach and Cerritos. For those like me who have always been a fan of wild child Jerry Lee Lewis and the sexy performance style of Elvis Presley, or the music of the man in black Johnny Cash or rock and roll pioneer Carl Perkins, get your tickets ASAP for an evening of theatre you will never forget as you act like a fly on the wall as you experience one night that changed rock and roll forever. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/16 - HUNCHBACK, HAMILTON, FRANKENSTEIN, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/16 - HUNCHBACK, HAMILTON, FRANKENSTEIN, and More!
by BWW Special on February 16, 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 HUNCHBACK, HAMILTON, FRANKENSTEIN, and More! (more...)
BWW Review: OC's Chance Theater presents Touching Musical VIOLET BWW Review: OC's Chance Theater presents Touching Musical VIOLET
by Michael Quintos on February 15, 2018 in Costa Mesa

A quieter, more down-to-earth musical-but done so with a bellowing musical prowess thanks to book writer and lyricist Brian Crawley and composer Jeanine Tesori-VIOLET explores the multiple layers of feelings associated with being and living life as an 'other' within an environment that promotes (and unfairly rewards) societal normalcy and uniformity-and all the baggage that comes with it. The delicate yet still poignantly powerful 1997 award-winning off-Broadway musical continues its regional premiere production (based on the 2014 Broadway revival) at Orange County's Chance Theater in Anaheim through March 4, 2018. (more...)
The Start Of Something Big! The McCallum Celebrates Jack Jones Milestone Birthday With 'JACK @ 80!' The Start Of Something Big! The McCallum Celebrates Jack Jones Milestone Birthday With 'JACK @ 80!'
by David Green on February 12, 2018 in Costa Mesa

The McCallum Theatre presents "Jack @ 80: Jack Jones' 80th Birthday" on Saturday, March 3, at 8:00pm. Jack promises a show reflecting his long and illustrious career. Jack Jones was born in Hollywood on the night his singer/movie star father, Allan Jones, recorded his hit 'Donkey Serenade." He would make his famous parents (his mother was the elegant actress Irene Hervey) proud for the diversity and breadth of his talent. Jack attended University High School in West Los Angeles, studying drama and singing with private teachers. A young athlete, he gave up track and football to devote himself to the arts. (more...)
Both Sides Now! Judy Collins Brings Her Iconic Vocals To The McCallum Theatre Both Sides Now! Judy Collins Brings Her Iconic Vocals To The McCallum Theatre
by David Green on February 12, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Through the generosity of Sue and Artie Buerk, the McCallum Theatre presents Judy Collins on Thursday, March 1, at 8:00pm. The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" from her landmark 1967 album Wildflowershas been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Judy's dreamy and sweetly intimate version of "Send in the Clowns," a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, won 'Song of the Year" at the 1975 Grammy Awards. (more...)
South Coast Repertory Premieres Cambodian Rock Band, Lauren Yee's Look At Forgotten History South Coast Repertory Premieres Cambodian Rock Band, Lauren Yee's Look At Forgotten History
by BWW News Desk on February 09, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Part comedy, part mystery and part rock concert, playwright Lauren Yee's Cambodian Rock Band explores an overlooked chapter of history-1970s Cambodia with its vibrant surf-rock music scene and then under the Khmer Rouge regime. The play features songs by the Long Beach-based band Dengue Fever. The world premiere of this South Coast Repertory commission is directed by Chay Yew on the Julianne Argyros Stage, March 4-25. Tickets are available at www.scr.org. (more...)
BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Tour Struts Into Segerstrom Center for the Arts BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Tour Struts Into Segerstrom Center for the Arts
by Michael Quintos on February 09, 2018 in Costa Mesa

For the most part, the brief Orange County return of the Tony Award-winning musical smash KINKY BOOTS---which continues its quick week-long stop at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through February 11---pretty much preserves its hard-to-escape fabulousness. Its current incarnation as a non-Equity bus-and-truck tour---now presented by Troika Entertainment, but retains many of the original's main elements---only feels slightly different from previous productions you've likely seen. The musical's endearing narrative, its vibrant main characters, and the ear-candy confections concocted by pop superstar Cyndi Lauper all combine to showcase a fun and genuinely lovable musical that celebrates living one's authentic self… triumphantly. (more...)
Segerstrom Center's School For Dance And Music For Children With Disabilities Welcomes Students For Spring Segerstrom Center's School For Dance And Music For Children With Disabilities Welcomes Students For Spring
by BWW News Desk on February 08, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Segerstrom Center for the Arts ' School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities is welcoming children ages 4 through 1 3 for the 10 - week spring class schedule, which runs from February 26 - May 12. Enrollment deadline is February 16. These classes are designed for all children, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, hearing and visual impairments and other complex needs, as well as siblings and children without disabilities. The class es help the children to explore their full physical, creative, and social potential through dance, creative movement, music and sensory tools. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/9 - DOGFIGHT, MOTOWN, WAITRESS and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/9 - DOGFIGHT, MOTOWN, WAITRESS and More!
by BWW Special on February 09, 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 DOGFIGHT, MOTOWN, WAITRESS and More! (more...)
The Time Of My Life!! DIRTY DANCING- THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE Dances Its Way Into The McCallum Theatre The Time Of My Life!! DIRTY DANCING- THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE Dances Its Way Into The McCallum Theatre
by David Green on February 06, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this timeless love story features the hit songs "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and the heart-stopping "(I've Had) the Time of My Life." The dazzling new production will make its way to The McCallum Theatre for five performances, Friday, February 16, through Sunday, February 18. (more...)
Truly 'Back By Popular Demand' PINK MARTINI Returns To The McCallum With China Forbes And Storm Large Truly 'Back By Popular Demand' PINK MARTINI Returns To The McCallum With China Forbes And Storm Large
by David Green on February 06, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Pink Martini, a McCallum favorite returns for eight great shows Friday, February 9, through Thursday, February 15. In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, with the intention of eventually running for office. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun, but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world, crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the "little orchestra" Pink Martini in 1994 to provide beautiful and inclusive musical for political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, the environment and affordable housing. (more...)
BWW Review: Tony-winning Superstar Kristin Chenoweth Triumphantly Returns to OC's Segerstrom Center BWW Review: Tony-winning Superstar Kristin Chenoweth Triumphantly Returns to OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos on February 06, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Luckily for some of us who don't have the luxury or the time to simply catch every show that Tony Award-winning musical superstar Kristin Chenoweth does in New York City, she is a prolific touring artist, opting often to bring her sweet and sassy singing self to audiences around the world via enjoyable solo concerts that beautifully showcase her vocal chops and her charming persona. Playing to a packed house this past Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, it is no wonder that her new-to-Orange-County show, simply titled AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH KRISTIN CHENOWETH was met with expected enthusiasm. Mixing material old and new from her diverse and personally-curated repertoire of Broadway, classic standards, hilarious cabaret, and Christian gospel music, Chenoweth once again delivered. Armed with effortless comic timing, superb musical acting, and a voice that can make grown men cry, Chenoweth is a treasure and remains to be so in these 'intimate' concerts. (more...)
Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Feb. 4 Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Feb. 4
by Audition Roundup on February 04, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, February 4, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)
Pacific Symphony presents 2018 Gala, ON THE TOWN Pacific Symphony presents 2018 Gala, ON THE TOWN
by BWW News Desk on February 01, 2018 in Costa Mesa

New York, New York! Start spreading the news! This year, Pacific Symphony's Gala, "On the Town," takes a bite out of the Big Apple with a splashy big-city night overflowing with champagne and elegance celebrating a major event in the orchestra's life-its prestigious Carnegie Hall debut in April, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. Guests of this gala extravaganza will step out of their New York taxis and right onto the red carpet. A horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park is just the beginning of an evening no one will ever forget. Once inside their final destination, Carnegie Hall, all the glamour and glitz of the 1940s awaits, as attendees are transported back to the sights and sounds of a bygone era-in anticipation of the orchestra's milestone event! (more...)
BWW Contest: Enter to Win Tickets to See Kelsey Grammar and Christine Ebersole in LA Opera's CANDIDE BWW Contest: Enter to Win Tickets to See Kelsey Grammar and Christine Ebersole in LA Opera's CANDIDE
by Contests - Broadway on February 02, 2018 in Costa Mesa

It's the Best of All Possible Worlds! Due to popular demand LA Opera's star-studded production of CANDIDE has added a performance on Sat. Feb 17 at 2pm! Tickets on sale now. Enter today for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Saturday, February 17th performance. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/2 - WAITRESS, LES MIS, PRISCILLA, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/2 - WAITRESS, LES MIS, PRISCILLA, and More!
by BWW Special on February 02, 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 LES MIS, WAITRESS, PRSCILLA, and More! (more...)
BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Stage Adaptation Romances at South Coast Repertory BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Stage Adaptation Romances at South Coast Repertory
by Michael Quintos on February 01, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Witty, enchanting, and joyously self-referential, the original film version of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE fantasizes a story involving a young, virile William Shakespeare in his prime, who quells a bout of writer's block by secretly romancing an engaged lady named Viola---which apparently becomes the inspiration for the Bard's infamous star-crossed tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet.' The plot of the film remains fairly intact in Lee Hall's mostly delightful if slightly diluted stage adaptation, now continuing performances in a gorgeous-looking new regional production at Orange County's Tony Award-winning theater South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa through February 10, 2018. This spunky love letter to the theater is chockfull of stagecraft-insider amusements and fun-to-find Shakespearean Easter Eggs that both aficionados and casual fans will appreciate. But, shockingly, despite the spectacular production values and the beguiling, gusto-bathed performances of its large ensemble cast, this stage adaptation somehow loses some of the inescapable romanticism that is so much more prevalent in the original film. (more...)
BWW Review: THE HOT LIST! What's Hot on Stage Now BWW Review: THE HOT LIST! What's Hot on Stage Now
by Ellen Dostal on January 30, 2018 in Costa Mesa

So many productions are happening all over the city. Here's what made the Hot List: Bugaboo & the Silent One, The Hothouse, Cabaret, Pirates of Penzance, Shakespeare in Love, Disney's Aladdin. Go see a show! (more...)
Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jan. 28 Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jan. 28
by Audition Roundup on January 28, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, January 28, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)
BWW Review: THE CAR PLAYS Makes Its Highly-Anticipated Return Trip to Segerstrom Center BWW Review: THE CAR PLAYS Makes Its Highly-Anticipated Return Trip to Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos on January 26, 2018 in Costa Mesa

Still one of the most the most unique and thrilling live theatrical offerings you will ever experience, THE CAR PLAYS has once again parked themselves at the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts for another highly-anticipated round of claustrophobic, stopped-in-traffic high drama or amusing hilarity. Produced by Moving Arts under Creator/Artistic Producer Paul Stein, THE CAR PLAYS is again presented as part of Segerstrom Center's annual popular 'Off Center Festival,' its celebration of unique and avant-garde musical and theatrical acts. Because 'seating' is literally limited, there are only so many spots available to take in this incredible site-specific theater experience, which explains why it has been extended an additional weekend---through February 3, 2018---to meet the high demand. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 1/26 - HAMLET, CABARET, CHICAGO, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 1/26 - HAMLET, CABARET, CHICAGO, and More!
by BWW Special on January 26, 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 HAMLET, CABARET, CHICAGO, and More! (more...)