What’s Goin On, May 2017

by Eileen Sondak April 26, 2017


ljp_jimmy-buffetLa Jolla Playhouse

The La Jolla Playhouse will present the world premiere of a new musical with songs by Jimmy Buffett. Aptly titled “Escape to Margaritaville,” the show is about a bartender/singer and his adventures in paradise. Buffett’s classic hits will be joined by some new songs written especially for the show. The musical will inhabit the Playhouse from May 9 through June 25. before going on to other stops (including its final destination, Broadway, in 2018).

Broadway-San Diego

Broadway-San Diego is ready to unwrap the touring production of “Jersey Boys,” a musical sensation that had its roots in La Jolla. This Tony Award-winning musical is about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most successful groups. The show will be ensconced at the Civic Theatre May 9-14.

The Old Globe Theatre

The Old Globe will deliver the West Coast premiere of “The Old Man and the Old Moon” on May 13. The plot of this clever work involves time and the tides, and is described as a “fable on which mythologies and religions are founded.” This fusion of theatrics and music will remain on the Globe’s Main Stage through June 18.

Meanwhile, the Globe’s White Stage continues to showcase “Skeleton Crew” through May 7. The play, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, takes place in 2008 in an auto plant in Detroit. The dramatic work explores a moral dilemma and has been described as “in the tradition of Arthur Miller” – high praise indeed!

Next on tap for the White Theatre is “The Imaginary Invalid,” a Moliere farce adapted by the Fiasco Theatre. This madcap romp (based on an enduring masterpiece) will keep audiences rolling in the aisles May 27 through June 25.

Cygnet Theatre 

Cygnet Theatre is offering the West Coast regional premiere of “Shock Headed Peter,” a musical that is both silly and sinister, and has been labeled as “cabaret punk.” If you’re ready to immerse yourself in a world of Victorian steam-punk nightmares, you can head over to the Old Town Theatre May 18 through June 18. Rob Lutfy is directing this wildly eccentric musical.

roustabouts_ruff-yeager-kate-rose-reynolds-2Roustabouts Theatre Company

The Roustabouts Theatre Company launched its first season with the world premiere of Will Cooper’s “Margin of Error.” This high voltage drama abounds with twists and turns to keep audiences enthralled. You can see the show at the Lyceum Theatre through May 7.

Lamb’s Players Theatre

The Lamb’s Players is presenting “Silent Sky” through May 28. The fascinating show, penned by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Robert Smyth, takes its inspiration from an early 20th century female astronomer who succeeded in the world of science, despite societal limitations and few opportunities for women in the field.

North Coast Repertory Theatre

North Coast Repertory Theatre is highlighting “Travels with My Aunt,” adapted from a story by Graham Greene. David Ellenstein directs this critically-acclaimed play about an eccentric aunt and her bourgeois nephew. Four actors take on more than 20 roles in this off-beat adventure, and it sounds like a trip worth taking. You can come along for the ride, extended until May 14.

Next, NCR will follow that adventure with “The Spitfire Grill,” a musical that tells a heartfelt story of redemption and fortitude. The soaring score abounds with inspirational melodies, as the narrative unfolds in this all-American musical. You can tune into its charms May 31 through June 25.

Moxie Theatre

Moxie Theatre is ready to unmask a dark comedy about four tough women who lived and died during the French Revolution. Written by Lauren Gunderson, “The Revolutionists” will be on stage at
Moxie May 21 through June 18.

City Ballet

City Ballet will dance Elizabeth Wistrich’s one-act version of “Carmen” and Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” (a mix of fleet-footed athleticism and ethereal elegance) the weekend of May 12-14. The program will be performed with live music from the City Ballet Orchestra.

Malashock Dance

Malashock Dance will hold its First Annual Spring Gala – Art of Dance – on May 13 at The Abbey. The fundraising event, designed to explore art, dance, and community impact, will include a cocktail hour, and performances by the crackerjack modern dance troupe.

San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony will perform Mahler’s “Symphony No. 3” May 5-7. Maestro Jahja Ling will conduct the orchestra, with mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford performing with the women of the San Diego Master Chorale and St. Paul’s Cathedral Choristers. Matthias Pintscher will be on the podium May 12-13 for “Spring and Summer,” a concert featuring works by Webern, Bartok, and Schumann. Pianist Kirill Gerstein will perform Bartok’s “Piano Concerto No. 3.” 

Charles Dutoit will conduct a program that includes works by Ravel, Beethoven, and Stravinsky, along with Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 3” (performed by violinist Simone Porter May 19-21. Chucho Valdes, considered the pre-eminent Cuban jazz pianist in the world, will perform at Symphony Hall May 21. “Brahms with Bronfman” is set for May 24, when the pianist will tackle the famous “Piano Quintet in F Minor.”

Jahja Ling will perform his final concerts with the San Diego Symphony May 26-28. The program will include Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 2 and Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No. 2,” with Yefrim Bronfman on the keyboard.

La Jolla Music Society

La Jolla Music Society is featuring pianist Jeremy Denk at Sherwood Auditorium on May 12 to complete its 48th season. Denk’s program, “Medieval to Modern,” spans the history of Western music, with works by Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Cage and other giants of the music world.

San Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art has two interesting exhibitions: “Richard Deacon: What You See is What You Get” and “Modern Japan: Prints from the Taisho Era.” The Deacon show is the first major survey of the artist’s work and includes 40 pieces. It will be on view through July 25. The Japanese exhibit encompasses work from 1912-26 and includes some very rare prints. You have until Aug. 13 to check them out.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The downtown facility continues showing off “Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie” – a digital video animation inspired by   the artist’s research into atomic energy – through Aug. 27. “Dimensions of Black: A Collaboration with the San Diego African American Museum of Art” is on view downtown through next January.

Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium is featuring a new installation on light by scientist Michael Latz. You can also enjoy an exhibition that helps you understand Scripps’ expeditions to discover and protect the planet. “Expedition at Sea” immerses you in the experience by highlighting the sights and sounds of life and work aboard the Sally Ride research vessel. It includes a 33-foot long projected triptych and hands-on learning opportunities.

Fleet Science Center 

The Fleet has two special exhibitions. “Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery” is an interactive murder mystery that tests your powers of observation and deductive reasoning, and “So Moved: The Art & Science of Motion” is a hands-on exhibit that explores movement as presented by San Diego artists.

The newest IMAX film is “Dream Big: Engineering our World” – a first-of-its-kind film that will transform the way we think about engineering. “National Parks Adventure,” narrated by Robert Redford, takes us to the most stunning spots in the country, and “Extreme Weather” shows us something we rarely experience first-hand in San Diego.


The Natural History Museum is featuring “Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science.” Among the items on view in this exhibition are rare books, art, and historical documents. “Ultimate Dinosaurs” features dinosaurs from the Southern Hemisphere. They include many we have never seen or heard of before, based on new groundbreaking research.

Mingei International Museum 

Mingei International Museum is showcasing fiber necklaces and other jewelry by Sandy Swirnoff, through June 4. The exhibition includes 30 necklaces. Its newest exhibition, “Kanban: Traditional Shop Signs of Japan,” features a variety of forms and mediums.

Timken Museum

The Timken Museum is featuring “Witness to War,” an exhibition highlighting the works of Goya, Bellows and Callot. This show, on view through May 28, puts the spotlight on the battlefield – from the 17th through the 20th centuries. Timken has 30 notable Russian Icons on display. They include 12 never before exhibited.


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