LIZARD BOY

For everyone who’s ever felt excluded, rejected, or less than human for being “different” (and for anyone who simply goes gaga for thrillingly original musicals), Lizard Boy has made its way south from Seattle to San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre. Let the buzz begin!
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OCTOBER SKY

The sky’s the limit, and not just for the rocket boys of The Old Globe’s October Sky but so too for the tuneful, uplifting musical adaptation of the 1999 Universal Pictures family classic, a West Coast Premiere that could well prove to be Broadway-bound.
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THE ADDAMS FAMILY

They’re creepy. They’re kooky. They’re mysterious. They’re spooky. And down Vista way, they sing, dance, and above all entertain like their deaths depended on it as Moonlight Stages treats SoCal audiences to the Broadway treat that is (snap, snap) The Addams Family.
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TITANIC

Titanic sails again, and breathtakingly so, as Moonlight Stage Productions gives Peter Stone and Maury Yeston’s Titanic the kind of production that might have transformed the 1997 Broadway money-loser into the box office bonanza it deserved to be.
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SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

The Dashwood Sisters sing, and gloriously so, in Paul Gordon’s charming, witty, heartstrings-tugging musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense And Sensibility, Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s gift, not just to San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and Jane Austen lovers across the Southland, but to anyone in the mood for music, laughter, tears, and romance-with-a-capital-R.
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STUPID FUCKING BIRD

San Diegans can rejoice at the arrival of Aaron Posner’s supremely theatrical, deliciously meta, hilariously scabrous take on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. As for Angelinos who missed Stupid Fucking Bird at The Theatre @ Boston Court a couple years back, or who simply want the chance to re-experience it with exhilaratingly fresh direction and a daringly diverse cast, Cygnet Theatre is just a road trip away.
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THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR

As the centuries-old Afghan tradition of Bacha Bazi (i.e. selling boys from poor families to wealthy masters to serve as their private entertainment) continues well into the present day, a couple of teenage dancers fall into first love in Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne’s gorgeous and powerful The Boy Who Danced On Air, the latest World Premiere musical from San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre.
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IN YOUR ARMS

Dance and romance reign supreme in In Your Arms, as thrilling an Old Globe World Premiere as I’ve seen in a good long while and one that most definitely deserves to be Broadway-bound.
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