MATTHEW BOURNE’S CINDERELLA

The world’s favorite step-daughter once again meets her Prince Charming (but this time the man in question is an injured WWII pilot, the setting is London circa The Blitz, and their romantic tale-as-old-as-time is told entirely in dance as only Sir Matthew Bourne can choreograph it) in the thrillingly performed, apty retitled Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella (Music By Prokoviev), now paying a return visit to the Ahmanson Theatre twenty years after it first captivated L.A.
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COME FROM AWAY

Heroism, humanity, and heart triumph over terror in Come From Away, the 2017 Broadway Tony winner that turns the most unlikely of subject matters into the most feel-good of musicals. (That it’s also the best-directed, most powerfully performed show now touring the country is icing on the cake.)
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DEAR EVAN HANSEN

A socially challenged teen experiences unexpected life changes when a well-intentioned self-esteem-building exercise backfires in the extraordinary, multiple Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen, now bringing audiences to tears (and to their feet) at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
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WAITRESS

Broadway aficionados with a thing for romantic comedies will be in musical romcom heaven this week and next as the Segerstrom Center For The Arts welcomes Waitress, the winningest Broadway musical romcom since Elle Woods stole hearts in Legally Blonde.
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THE WOMAN IN BLACK

There’s no better month for a ghost story than October and no better place for Halloween chills this year than the City Of Roses as Pasadena Playhouse trick-or-treats audiences to the The Woman In Black, the West End smash comedy thriller staged just as Londoners have been eating it up nonstop since 1989.
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BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

You’d swear it was the real Carole up there singing hit after hit after hit, so spot-on is Sarah Bockel’s star-making performance as the 1960s/70s songwriting legend in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, this week’s best entertainment bet down Orange County way.
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ON YOUR FEET!

Love and family, tragedy and triumph, and música, música, música propel the immigrant American dream as lived by the one-and-only Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet!, now evoking justified cheers at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
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SCHOOL OF ROCK

Rob Colletti doing his best Jack Black opposite a dozen of the most multi-talented tweens ever to burn up a stage add up to the fun-for-all-ages Broadway musical delight that is Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes’ School Of Rock, now playing at Orange County’s Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
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