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An American in Paris transforms the timeless story of love in a city rebuilding from the heartbreak of World War II into a new Broadway musical of romance, redemption and hope.
Hooray for Captain Spaulding! When a celebrated painting goes missing from Mrs. Rittenhouse's fancy house party in honor of African explorer Captain Spaulding, her guests set out to find the thief in a series of madcap antics and exploits. Based on the original Marx Brothers Broadway hit and film classic, this adaptation of Animal Crackers is an outrageous, rollicking, laugh-out-loud musical comedy complete with audience participation!
Each summer the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse offers a variation of one- to five-week acting and production experiences for grade school students. The curriculum is designed to prepare emerging theatre artists with a multitude of performing arts experiences wither they are auditioning for BFA college programs or are just yet discussing their love for performing. From our conservatory where eight hours a day, five days a week, students study acting, scene study, voice and speech, ensemble-devised performance, movement and yoga alongside some of the most exciting theatre professionals in the field to our workshops for younger students where expert teaching artists inspire and provide a fun-filled, nurturing place for young performers to reach for the stars. Or for our behind the scenes creators of tomorrow, our Tech Theatre class teaches on costumes, lighting, props, scenic design and painting sets.
In her mid-40s and facing a breaking point, a literature professor returns to her childhood home in Virginia only to discover two young people camped out on her lawn. This keenly observed, intimate new play about the search for the roads not taken is directed by La Jolla Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castañeda, who helmed the theater's recent acclaimed productions of Tiger Style! and Guards at the Taj.
With an iconic score from music legend Elton John, Billy Elliot is a powerful story of one boy's journey to follow his dreams and inspire his community to find solidarity in the midst of challenging times. Based on the heartwarming and award-winning film, 11-year-old Billy stumbles from the boxing ring into a ballet class. After discovering his extraordinary gift and passion for dance, Billy struggles to find acceptance from his coal-mining father.
A Co-Production with California Ballet Company.
Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown. She heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother's best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della's cakes are legendary, even earning her a spot as a contestant on the Great American Baking Show. Della is overjoyed at Jen's request — until she realizes there's not just one bride but two, forcing her to reexamine some of her deeply held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Faith, family, and frosting collide in this touching and timely new play.
Note: This show contains adult language and content.
More than a musical. It's a way of life.
Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the ocean's warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of. Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer named Tully who thinks he's got life all figured out. Until a beautiful, career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.
This glamorous annual event will feature a one-night-only cabaret performance by Jane Krakowski, the Tony Award-winning star of the Broadway musicals She Loves Me and Nine and the hit television series 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Ally McBeal. Karen Cohn, Nina Doede, and Sheryl White serve as co-chairs. The black-tie event begins at 6pm with an elegant reception of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the Globe's Copley Plaza, followed by the performance by Krakowski and her five-piece band at 7pm on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre. After the performance, dinner and dancing to the music of the Cowling Band will light up Copley Plaza until midnight.
Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego's finest food trucks, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting!!!!
Nathan Detroit needs some serious dough to keep his "oldest established permanent floating crap game" going. He's also got his hands full with his marriage-minded girlfriend Adelaide. But when Nathan makes a bet with high-roller Sky Masterson, his problems appear to be solved. Based on Damon Runyon's famous tales of small-time hoods and showgirls, Guys and Dolls is filled with some of the most wonderful showtunes ever, including "Luck Be a Lady," "I've Never Been in Love Before," and the irrepressible anthem "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat." Guys and Dolls will put a spring in your step and a smile on your face and remind you how much fun it is to see a top-notch Globe revival of a classic American musical!
Revenge thriller, ghost story, psychological drama, political epic, family saga. Packed with unforgettable characters, theatrical masterstrokes, and world famous lines, Hamlet is one of the greatest plays ever written. The Prince of Denmark comes home from college to find his father dead, his mother remarried to his uncle, and a spine-chilling apparition roaming the palace grounds. Barry Edelstein returns to the outdoor stage, with a cast featuring some of the nation's finest classical actors, to bring Shakespeare's exhilarating tragedy to life under the San Diego stars.
Inventive comic genius Ken Ludwig, whose Baskerville brought Sherlock Holmes to the Globe, is back with a brand-new Globe-commissioned world premiere comedy about another icon: Robin Hood! Packed with thrills, romance, laughs, and great characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, Robin Hood! tells the timeless story of a hero of the people who takes-on the powers that be. So get ready to duck a quarterstaff or two — you won't want to miss a moment of the swashbuckling fun!
Sheila and her sister Abigail work for their mother's small family business. Sheila's job used to be a source of joy and exhilaration; now she's questioning everything. But when you're an assassin, being uninspired means getting sloppy, and getting sloppy means getting killed. Kill Local, by UC San Diego M.F.A. playwriting graduate Mat Smart, is a pitch-black comedy about blood ties, revenge, and trying to get unstuck — especially when your life is dedicated to ending others'.
Note: This show contains adult language and content.
Diversionary Theatre is producing the San Diego premiere of Well and the San Diego revival of 2.5 Minute Ride, both by Tony Award winner Lisa Kron. The two plays are being presented for the first time in repertory.
2.5 Minute Ride, an inventive solo show, is a roller-coaster adventure through the playwright's family album, focusing on her relationship with her father, a Holocaust survivor. It swirls through three disparate yet strikingly resonant experiences: a trip to Auschwitz, a Brooklyn wedding, and an annual outing to an Ohio amusement park. A disarming story about the ties that bind a family emerges, as does a compelling portrait of an honorable man.
Well is a pioneering Broadway comedy that begins as a reverent study of the playwright's chronically ill mom and her extraordinary ability to heal a racially divided community despite her inability to make herself well. But when the playwright's carefully crafted characters start having opinions of their own, theatrical hell breaks loose and threatens to unravel the entire story. This uproariously funny and magical memoir reveals that the way we heal ourselves is not always the best medicine for those we love.
From the creators of the long-running hit Mixtape comes Pump Up the Volume: A 90s Palooza. Seven strangers escape from the grind of 2000-now into the 1990s and relive the pimpin' pop culture, phat fads and stylin' fashion of the eclectic decade. Join them as they grunge, swing, vogue, rave, do the Carlton, and rediscover their voice in a world longing to connect on the precipice of a new millennium.
This vibrant, world premiere musical charts the incomparable life of Donna Summer — the undisputed queen of disco. La Jolla Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) directs this musical extravaganza featuring more than 20 of Summer's classic hits and electric dance in a tribute to the voice of a generation.
A North Korean defector who has left her family behind and a lonely South Korean father start an unlikely online romance as they each attempt to allay their fears and alienation in this inventive, lyrical, and darkly humorous piece directed by Tony Award-nominated and Drama Desk-winning Leigh Silverman (Violet).
La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls (WoW) Festival showcases immersive and site-based work. Like previous WoW Festivals, the 2017 edition features multiple performances by acclaimed local, national, and international artists, along with a selection of family-friendly offerings. Confirmed projects include Super Night Shot by the Berlin-based Gob Squad, which takes place at the San Diego Public Library, and a Playhouse-commissioned performative installation titled Model Home by 2017 Tony Award-winning scenic designer and MacArthur "Genius" Grant winner Mimi Lien (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), which takes place at Horton Plaza Park. The WoW Festival also features projects by such local companies as Sledgehammer Theatre and the storytelling group So Say We All, as well as a new version of the 2015 WoW Festival's popular interactive family adventure, The Quest 3.0.