New Year, New Performancesby Jacqueline Bull November 27, 2017
“The Last Wife” is a “contemporary re-imagining” of the relationship between Henry VIII and his last wife. His wife, Katherine Parr finds herself in battle with the most dangerous man in England. The show deals with sexual politics, women’s rights and fighting for autonomy. The drama runs from Jan. 17-Feb. 11.
What does a sophisticated lady do when her lovers and their wives show up for a weekend in the country? “A Little Night Music” follows the tangled threads with style and humor. “A Little Night Music” plays from March 7-April 22.
The self-appointed best emcee in town is taken by surprise when his mentees challenge him in “The Wind and the Breeze.” The play runs May 16-June 10 and deals with the idea of place, the expectations of friendship and reckoning with change.
La Jolla Music Society
“Paul Taylor Dance Company” will perform Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. This dance company is considered one of the best in the U.S and the world. They are characterized by high energy, powerful movements and emotional musicality.
The “Rolston String Quartet” will play on Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. As part society’s discovery program, this string quartet features classical works and a contemporary Canadian composer, Sophia di Castri.
Pianist “Daniela Liebman” will tickle the ivories on April 8 at 3p.m. The 15-year-old is an award-winning Mexican musician. Her La Jolla Music society debut will have a program of Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert and Prokofiev.
The “Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland” will perform on May 12 at 8 p.m. This show is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Enjoy live chamber music and a colorful performance.
San Diego Rep
Experience the music and life of the beloved and prolific songwriter Irving Berlin in “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin. ” His work includes “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “White Christmas.” Enjoy the whirlwind on piano until Jan. 7.
“Vietgone” recounts a family’s true history of fleeing Vietnam with ninjas, motorcycles, sex, profanities and lots of love and laughs. The play details this love story with a vibrant comic book and pop culture sensibility. The show plays from Jan. 25-Feb. 18.
As a citizen of Beachtown, you and your neighbors are invited to participate in deciding what will go inside the town’s Time Capsule to best represent the beautiful town. “Beachtown” is an interactive and immersive play that wants the audience to experience democracy in action. No two shows are alike. “Beachtown” runs Mar. 22-Apr. 15.
“Nathan Gunn Flying Solo” features a true story of one of America’s great baritone voices. He sings selections from classic American musicals, a little opera and some contemporary songs as well. Nathan Gunn will be performing from May 23- June 10.
North Coast Rep
North Coast Repertory Theatre’s season starts in January and they have a full season for audiences to look forward to in 2018.
They start with “Around the World in Eighty Days” Jan. 10-Feb. 4. This funny and high-speed adventure circles the globe in the original “Great Race.”
“This Random World” is a show that follows intersecting lives. This play investigates the “serendipity of life” Feb. 21-Mar. 18.
Follow three very different British marriages in a modern comedy. “How the Other Half Loves” depicts these couples with clever dialogue and wit. The show will be on Apr. 11-May 6.
“The Father” displays 80-year-old André who is still wearing his pajamas and can’t find his watch. The show sees André wonder if he is still in control. The play runs from May 30-June 24.
“A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” is a seriously funny musical comedy by Sondheim. The musical is fun, upbeat and with classic Sondheim songwriting. “Forum” arrives this summer and plays July 11-Aug. 12.
San Diego Musical Theatre
San Diego Musical Theatre kicks off 2018 with the smash hit “The Full Monty.” The musical will light up the Horton Grand Theatre from Jan. 26-Feb. 25. “The Full Monty” was the inaugural production of SDMT and follows steelworkers coming up with a wild idea to make some quick cash.
“South Pacific” enters the world of WWII and the tension between intercultural love stories and duty and prejudice. The show is based on the anecdotes of a real U.S. Navy commander who was stationed on the island. “South Pacific” runs from April 27-May 27.
Aug. 3-Sept. 2, SDMT is presenting their take on the beloved and classic “Hairspray.” “Hairspray” brings color and life to the ‘60’s with bubbly music, while grappling with the serious themes of racism and belonging.
“Young Frankenstein” hits this coming fall with the musical based on the cult classic film. The strange and silly comedy runs from Sept. 28-Oct. 28. Watch young doctor Frankenstein travel to Transylvania to try to bring a corpse to life.
“BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)” follows a family in 1960 New Jersey reckoning with whether to stick to etiquette or rebel. The play performs Jan. 28-Feb. 25.
Three generations of women in the “Dirty War” in Argentina 1979 are searching for their missing loved ones in the show “The Madres.” The play is based on the true story “Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.” The show will be playing at the Moxie Theatre May 13-June 10.