VIOLET

A physically scarred young woman takes a road trip towards healing and redemption in Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s New York Drama Critics’ Circle-winning 1997 off-Broadway musical Violet, streamlined for Broadway in 2014 and now opening Chance Theater’s 20th-anniversary 2018 season in an intimate staging that is as imaginatively directed as it is powerfully performed.
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KINKY BOOTS

The 2013 Tony–winning Best Musical Kinky Boots is back in town at Orange County’s Segerstrom Center For The Arts, crowd-pleasing, transformative, and packing enough emotional punch to bring even the hardest-hearted theatergoer to tears and cheers.
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SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Shakespeare’s got the hots for Viola, only this time round it’s not on the silver screen but live and on stage as South Coast Repertory enchants audiences with Billy Elliot screenwriter Lee Hall’s theatrical adaptation of Marc Norman and legendary playwright Tom Stoppard’s 1998 seven-Oscar-winning Shakespeare In Love.
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JERSEY BOYS

Jersey Boys (aka The Story Of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons) is back in town in a streamlined staging that may trim its cast by 21% but stints hardly an iota on entertainment value, its new-for-2017/18 National Tour stopping this weekend only at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
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MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL

Twenty-five years of Motown history and nearly five-dozen Top 40 hits performed by twenty-two triple-threats to rival Broadway’s best make for one fabulous Motown: The Musical, now playing at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
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ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH

Aladdin rubs his lamp and holiday magic gets made as Laguna Playhouse presents its third-annual Lythgoe Family Panto, the absolutely fabulous Aladdin And His Winter Wish.
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CRY-BABY

Cal State Fullerton Theatre & Dance is putting on quite a show this month, a rarer-than-rare big-stage production of Cry-Baby, aka The other John Waters Musical, and what a delightfully nostalgic, deliciously twisted, not-quite-for-all-ages alternative to Hairspray it turns out to be, especially as performed by CSUF’s Musical Theater BFA program triple-threats.
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GEM OF THE OCEAN

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson sheds informative, compelling light on early twentieth-century African-American life in Gem Of The Ocean, now being given an absolutely spectacular production at South Coast Repertory.
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