GULF VIEW DRIVE

Rubicon Theatre Company treats Ventura audiences—and anyone else in search of a delightful, nostalgic, emotionally potent trip back to the Eisenhower ‘50s—to Gulf View Drive, the third and final installment of Arlene Hutton’s Ovation Award-winning Nibroc Trilogy.
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RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET

Shakespeare meets 1950s sci-fi meets ‘50s/‘60s rock ‘n’ pop in Bob Carlton’s outta sight outer space musical spoof Return To The Forbidden Planet, the latest from Rubicon Theatre and as fun an evening as you’re likely to have up Ventura way, or just about anywhere else for that matter.
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EVITA

Phenomenal performances by Cassandra Murphy and Marc Ginsburg and some particularly exciting dance sequences highlight Cabrillo Music Theatre’s big-stage revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1979 smash Evita.
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PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Theatrical magic doesn’t get much more magical than the magic being made at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center as Actors Repertory Theatre Of Simi enchants audiences of all ages with their supremely imaginative albeit scaled-down production of Broadway’s Peter And The Starcatcher.
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DISNEY THE LITTLE MERMAID

More than three dozen terrifically talented performers fill Thousand Oaks’ Kavli Theatre with an ocean’s worth of Under The Sea magic this weekend and next as Cabrillo Music Theatre gives Disney The Little Mermaid one of CMT’s biggest and best productions ever.
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THE WIZ

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For the next six weeks, The Emerald City can be found in Simi Valley as Actors Repertory Theatre Of Simi presents The Wiz, aka The Super Soul Musical “Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” a mixed bag of a production that nonetheless offers SoCal audiences the rarer-than-rare chance to see a bona fide Broadway groundbreaker, one that proved that a musical with an all-African-American cast could not only win Tonys (seven in all) but become one of the Top Forty longest-running musicals in Broadway history.
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IN THE HEIGHTS

In The Heights, the thrilling, entertaining, emotionally powerful Tony-winning Best Musical of 2008, has arrived at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in a production whose triple-threat performances rival the best of the multiple professional ITH stagings I’ve seen over the past six years.
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CHILDREN OF EDEN

An onstage cast of fifty multitalented musical theater performers, an absolutely exquisite production design, and above all what may well be Stephen Schwartz’s most gorgeous score (Wicked included) add up to a glorious Children Of Eden, now being given the kind of Grade-A professional staging you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere other than Cabrillo Music Theater.
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