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BWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at Cygnet Theatre Brings the Glitter Back to The Stage Photo BWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at Cygnet Theatre Brings the Glitter Back to The Stage
by E.H. Reiter - Sep 29, 2021

Cygnet Theatre offers to return theatre audiences what they truly want from a show - a fun, frothy musical, with heart and lots of glitter.  They deliver on this with LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, which is playing through November 7th.

BWW Review: JUKEBOX HERO at San Diego Musical Theatre Photo BWW Review: JUKEBOX HERO at San Diego Musical Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - May 4, 2021

JUKEBOX HERO is the new fun and frothy concert fundraiser streaming from San Diego Musical theatre.

iNTO THE WOODS In Concert Comes To Moonlight Amphitheatre, October 5 Photo iNTO THE WOODS In Concert Comes To Moonlight Amphitheatre, October 5
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 25, 2019

a?oeInto the Woods,a?? the Stephen Sondheim musical that catapulted the reputation of the Moonlight Amphitheatre in 1990 when it was the first regional theatre in the United States to be granted the production rights to the show, will be presented in a concert version for one night only on Sat., October 5 at 7:30 p.m.

VICTOR/VICTORIA Closes Moonlight Stage Productions' Summer Season Photo VICTOR/VICTORIA Closes Moonlight Stage Productions' Summer Season
by Julie Musbach - Aug 20, 2019

Moonlight Stage Productions concludes its 39th summer season with the San Diego Regional Premiere of a?oeVictor/Victoria,a?? September 11 - 27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, priced $17 - $57, are on sale now online at moonlightstage.com or by phone by calling VisTix at (760) 724-2110.

Review Roundup: MATILDA THE MUSICAL at Moonlight Stage Productions Photo Review Roundup: MATILDA THE MUSICAL at Moonlight Stage Productions
by Alan Henry - Jul 23, 2019

Matilda the Musical is now open at Moonlight Stage Productions! What did the critics have to say? Read all the reviews!

Photo Flash: MATILDA THE MUSICAL Gets San Diego Regional Premiere At The Moonlight Am Photo Photo Flash: MATILDA THE MUSICAL Gets San Diego Regional Premiere At The Moonlight Amphitheatre
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 17, 2019

Audiences young and old alike are in for a treat this summer when Moonlight Stage Productions produces the San Diego Regional Premiere production of Roald Dahl's “Matilda The Musical” July 17 – August 3, 2019 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre. 

MATILDA THE MUSICAL Announced At The Moonlight Amphitheatre Photo MATILDA THE MUSICAL Announced At The Moonlight Amphitheatre
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 1, 2019

Nine revolting children take center stage in the San Diego Regional Premiere production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical at the Moonlight Amphitheatre July 17 through August 3 at 8 p.m. The Tony Award-winning musical is inspired by the twisted genius of British author Roald Dahl (novels Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG among others; and the screenplays of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and is brought to life on The Moonlight stage by the creative team of Director Jamie Torcellini, Choreographer Colleen Kollar Smith, and Music Director and Conductor Elan McMahan

GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION Comes to The Drama Factory Photo GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION Comes to The Drama Factory
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 27, 2018

This evocative and witty play explores the extraordinary relationship between American modernist author and poet Gertrude Stein and lifelong partner Alice B. Toklas who rejected the conservative values of middleclass America in the early nineteen hundreds and found refuge in the bohemian decadence of Paris… and in each other. Stein drew artistic genius to her salon like a magnet, numbering among her close friends Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Klee and Scott Fitzgerald among other artists, writers and poets.

BWW Review: Seize the day and see NEWSIES at moonlight before it's gone Photo BWW Review: Seize the day and see NEWSIES at moonlight before it's gone
by E.H. Reiter - Aug 4, 2018

Extra! Extra read all about it! NEWSIES, playing at the Moonlight Amphitheatre through Sunday August 5th is a high energy, song and dance filled evening that has the audience leaving while humming a tune and doing a dance to their vehicles.

Moonlight Stage Presents Disney's NEWSIES Starring Dillon Klena and More Photo Moonlight Stage Presents Disney's NEWSIES Starring Dillon Klena and More
by Julie Musbach - Jul 9, 2018

On the very day that the newsboy strike began on July 18, 1899, Moonlight Stage Productions will open its second show of its summer season, DISNEY'S NEWSIES. The San Diego Regional Premiere production will run July 18 - August  4 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre.

OnStage Playhouse Concludes Season with SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE: THE SONGS OF LEIBER & STOL Photo OnStage Playhouse Concludes Season with SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE: THE SONGS OF LEIBER & STOLLER
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2018

OnStage Playhouse concludes its 2017-18 season with the Grammy and Tony Award-nominated smash that made history as Broadway's longest running musical revue and celebrates the best songs of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs climbed the Billboard charts and provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters and The Drifters. With themes of love won, lost and imagined, their songs touched global audiences with wit and slice-of-life emotions. Audiences will be treated to more than 30 show stopping tunes including classics like 'On Broadway,' 'Yakety Yak,' 'Charlie Brown,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Hound Dog,' 'Love Potion #9,' 'Spanish Harlem,' and 'Stand by Me.'

OnStage Playhouse Concludes Season with SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE: THE SONGS OF LEIBER & STOL Photo OnStage Playhouse Concludes Season with SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE: THE SONGS OF LEIBER & STOLLER
by Julie Musbach - May 17, 2018

OnStage Playhouse concludes its 2017-18 season with the Grammy and Tony Award-nominated smash that made history as Broadway's longest running musical revue and celebrates the best songs of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs climbed the Billboard charts and provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters and The Drifters. With themes of love won, lost and imagined, their songs touched global audiences with wit and slice-of-life emotions. Audiences will be treated to more than 30 show stopping tunes including classics like 'On Broadway,' 'Yakety Yak,' 'Charlie Brown,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Hound Dog,' 'Love Potion #9,' 'Spanish Harlem,' and 'Stand by Me.'

Coronado Playhouse presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Photo Coronado Playhouse presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 8, 2017

Coronado Playhouse presents Little Shop of Horrors, opening Friday September 8th running until Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at Coronado Playhouse. Little Shop of Horrors is an horticultural horror story: sci-fi spoof musical with a hilarious and fearsome plot and a collection of great songs. Seymour Krelborn, the assistant at Mushnik's Flower Shop in downtrodden Skid Row, becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it Audrey Two in order to impress glamorous Audrey, the colleague he's secretly in love with. Audrey Two quickly starts to wilt, putting Seymour's job and dream future with Audrey at risk. Accidentally pricking his finger, Seymour discovers Audrey Two needs a little more than plant food to thrive. The plant grows into a bad-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore whose voracious appetite becomes increasingly difficult to satisfy. 

BWW Review: South Coast Premiere of BIG FISH Is Indeed Heroic
by Don Grigware - Sep 13, 2015

Based on Daniel Wallace's 1998 novel and Tim Burton's 2003 film of the same name, Big Fish, with a few minor changes in plot, becomes quite an imaginative musical...with Andrew Lippa, composer of some of the best songs written for a Broadway show in a long time. So, it is hard to imagine why its Broadway run ended after a mere three months. Now in its south coast California debut, Big Fish comes to Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista with a divine cast directed stylishly by Steven Glaudini and choreographed vibrantly by Karl Warden with sets and costumes from the original New York production. It's a real charmer and another big hit for Moonlight's winning season.

Photo Flash: First Look at Moonlight Stage Productions' BIG FISH, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2015

Moonlight Stage Productions presents BIG FISH based on the celebrated Daniel Wallace novel and the acclaimed Tim Burton film. BIG FISH overflows with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft. BIG FISH runs tonight, Sept. 9, through Sept. 26, 2015 under the stars at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, Calif. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

BWW Reviews: Bartlett Brings DEATH OF A COLONIALIST to Vivid Life at the Baxter
by David Fick - Feb 12, 2014

DEATH OF COLONIALIST is a good play with a stellar central performance from Jamie Bartlett. But is the next 'great' South African play?

First Chance for Cape Town to Catch Award-Winning Death of a Colonialist
by Robert Diamond - Jan 13, 2014

For the first time, Cape Town audiences have the chance to see the multiple-award-winning Death of a Colonialist when the Baxter Theatre Centre presents the show in the Golden Arrow Studio. It will run from 31 January to 1 March.

Photo Flash: Mo Rocca Visits Dicapo Opera Theatre
by Kelsey Denette - Jun 30, 2012

The Most Happy Fella returns to Dicapo Opera Theatre from June 14th to July 8th, 2012. Mo Rocca joined the June 14th opening night cast will play a singing chef.

Photo Flash: The Dicapo Opera Children's Chorus Concert
by Kelsey Denette - Jun 8, 2011

The Dicapo Opera Theatre ends the season with the Dicapo Opera Children's Chorus Concert. The concert included songs of many styles, showcasing the gifted voices of the children's chorus lead by Artistic Director, Diane Martindale. Founded in 1982 by Ms. Martindale, the Dicapo Children's Chorus offers talented children the opportunity to perform in several Dicapo Opera Theatre productions throughout the season. This season the children's chorus was featured in the productions of Puccini's 'La Boheme' and Menotti's 'The Saint of Bleeker Street'.