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GET HAPPY: A Judy Garland Celebration

“With a voice possessing power and an instinct informed by emotion, Jessica was a thrill-a-minute concert diva – inspiring gasps, sighs, and shouts of appreciations ...

Les Misérables
Les Misérables
9/19 - 10/1/2023

STILL THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR MUSICAL Cameron Mackintosh presents the acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon,  Les Misérables . ...

Les Miserables
Les Miserables
9/19 - 10/1/2023

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Miserables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to ...

Pacific Chorale Presents Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc, Performed Live to 1928 Silent Film Masterpiece

Pacific Chorale , led by Artistic Director Robert Istad and celebrated for its artistic innovation and compelling performances, launches its 56th season with Voices of ...

9/20 - 10/8/2023



FEATURED PERFORMERS Pablo Sáinz-Villegas,  guitar Isabel Leonard,  mezzo-soprano PROGRAM BIZET:  Près des remparts de Séville from Carmen MOZART:  Voi che sapete from Le nozze di ...

Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl

Directed by Gregg W. Brevoort In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers ...

Opera Chapman presents: FRIGHT NIGHT

Directed by Marc Callahan Opera Chapman presents a Halloween-themed evening of scenes from popular operas and musical theater in a semi-staged performance featuring our ghoulishly ...


Friday, October 27, 2023, 8pm FEATURED PERFORMERS: Alexander Malofeev,  piano PROGRAM: HANDEL:  Suite in B-flat major, HWV 434 PURCELL:  Ground in C minor, ZD 221 ...

Quixote Nuevo
Quixote Nuevo
9/30 - 10/28/2023

From one of the storytellers behind the film Coco comes a modern take on Don Quixote bursting with imagination and Tejano music. The valiant knight ...

Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations  is the electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from ...

Pageant of the Monsters “Maze of the Minotaur”

Returning after 5 years, the Pageant of the Masters' creative team of artists and technicians have reunited to conjure up the acclaimed Halloween Haunted House ...


FEATURED PERFORMERS Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble PROGRAM PURCELL (arr. Britten):  Chacony for Strings NIELSEN:   Serenata in vano Howard FERGUSON: ...

Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Being Alive with Adam Ben-David on Piano

Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend.  Mandy Patinkin in Concert:  BEING ALIVE , presents the acclaimed ...

Turn It Out with Tiler Peck
Turn It Out with Tiler Peck
11/4 - 11/5/2023

"The most magical dancer of our time” -  Vanity Fair "The ballerina who can stop time” -  The New York Times Award-winning  New York City ...

Mother Courage and Her Children by Betolt Brecht

Directed by Shinshin Tsai. A war-torn wasteland is the scene of Brecht’s Epic Theatre masterpiece, a powerful anti-war drama which follows the misfortunes and triumphs ...

A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun
10/22 - 11/12/2023

This groundbreaking drama changed the American theatre forever, breaking down barriers on and off stage.  Each of the Youngers, a Black family, has a different ...

Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation

"GUT-BUSTINGLY FUNNY! " -  New York Post “THERE’S NO BROADWAY LIKE ‘FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’! ” - Entertainment Weekly The Tony® Award-winning FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, Gerard Alessandrini’s hilarious ...

American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker

"… ravishing and clever enough to inspire multiple viewings.” – Los Angeles Times  “Jaw-droppingly beautiful!” – OC Register  SoCal’s favorite holiday tradition returns with American ...

The Holiday Gem
The Holiday Gem
11/9 - 12/17/2023

The Holiday Gem is a "fun for the whole family" original holiday musical! Backed by live musicians, stunning costumes, and a whimsical set, Santa Claus, ...

Megan Hilty
Megan Hilty
12/16 - 12/18/2023

Santa is making an early delivery this year (to all the good little Broadway-loving girls and boys): Center favorite Megan Hilty is returning with a ...

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
11/25 - 12/24/2023

Orange County’s favorite yuletide tradition continues! From the first “Bah humbug” to the final “Wassail,” this timeless classic is sure to rekindle your family’s holiday ...

Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theatres in New ...

Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theatres in New ...

Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theatres in New ...

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Latest Costa Mesa Reviews

Review: Thunderous LES MISERABLES Tour Storms Back into Segerstrom Center

by Michael Quintos - September 22, 2023

Don't let the show's overall over-the-top theatrics dissuade you from experiencing this visually-stunning, showstopper-filled production which continues at Segerstrom Center through October 1. A boisterous, grandiose spectacle of overtly expressed emotions and overtly belted show tunes, LES MISÉRABL...

Review: Remarkable New Production of RENT Takes Up Residence at Anaheim's Chance Theater

by Michael Quintos - August 02, 2023

Featuring distinctively intuitive direction from Matthew McCray, and an amazing, youthful ensemble cast that are consistently giving it their all, this latest OC iteration of Jonathan Larson's Tony-winning 1996 rock opera is much more impactful than even past stagings that have toured---and is one o...

Review: South Coast Repertory Brings LA HAVANA MADRID to Mission San Juan Capistrano

by Michael Quintos - July 28, 2023

While the play-with-music has its fair share of interesting and even poignant moments, SCR's overall production feels surprisingly low-stakes, and only really becomes much more lively when it reaches its celebratory music-filled finalé. With its stories delivered via monologues, it becomes difficult...

Review: TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL Pulsates at Segerstrom Center

by Michael Quintos - July 19, 2023

Now at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through July 23, 2023, the musical is mostly engaging and passionately performed. But a chaotic, sped-through first act only provides brief vignettes of a challenging life. The better second act focuses on Ms. Turner's comeback, concluding with a m...

Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ Drops Into Musical Theatre West in Long Beach

by Michael Quintos - July 14, 2023

Delightfully charming but also now slightly dated, MTW's expectedly family-friendly, colorfully saturated production is indeed a lovely, mostly entertaining stage recreation of the movie classic. But curiously, at times, the show feels subdued and tamed-down, and in dire need of an extra jolt of ene...

Review: Powerhouse Vocals Energize SIX - THE MUSICAL at Segerstrom Center

by Michael Quintos - June 21, 2023

A musical theater show disguised as a kick-ass pop-rock concert with some powerful vocals delivering catchy songs, SIX - THE MUSICAL is a surprisingly absorbing, historical musical comedy that manages to convey several fully-formed character-driven narratives that have depth, gravitas, and spunk. Ea...


by Michael Quintos - June 09, 2023

Joyful, dazzling, and an all-around delight, this fresh, smile-inducing new production---now on stage through June 25,2023---is a wonderful, pleasant surprise to say the least… and has easily become, hands down, this reviewer's absolute favorite iteration of this musical theatre staple ever....

Review: Emotionally Impactful World Premiere Play COLEMAN '72 Debuts at South Coast Repertory

by Michael Quintos - May 10, 2023

In between wiping tears from my eyes, what I witnessed was, by far, one of the most emotionally-impactful dramas I have seen this year, filled with heart-wrenching scenes, nuanced acting choices, and plenty of funny, incredibly relatable moments that pierced through the tension. A unique yet familia...

Review: Jason Robert Brown Shares His Gifts at OC's Segerstrom Center

by Michael Quintos - May 03, 2023

It's a rare treat when an actual living legend of musical theatre like Jason Robert Brown comes to our neck of the woods to talk about his work, let alone perform some of these works live in an intimate cabaret setting. But thanks to Segerstrom Center of the Arts, the composer gave us a spectacular ...

Review: New Production of THE KING AND I is Simply Glorious at the La Mirada Theatre

by Michael Quintos - April 28, 2023

Presented by McCoy Rigby Entertainment, this beautiful, mesmerizing, Broadway-caliber production of THE KING AND I has all the ingredients of a great revival done right, from its dazzling visual and technical components to the vibrant musical magic created by both its rousing orchestra and the talen...

Costa Mesa Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

The Broadway tours coming up in Costa Mesa are The Book of Mormon (Non-Equity) (September 12, 2023 to September 13, 2023), Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (July 11, 2023 to July 23, 2023), The Book of Mormon (Non-Equity) (September 5, 2023 to September 10, 2023), Les Miserables (September 19, 2023 to October 1, 2023), Aladdin (May 7, 2024 to May 12, 2024), MJ (March 19, 2024 to March 31, 2024), Peter Pan (August 6, 2024 to August 18, 2024), The Lion King (February 1, 2024 to February 25, 2024).

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