A New Season in Full Swingby Eileen Sondak September 30, 2011
By Eileen Sondak
The sound of music will ring out in Symphony Hall this month, joining a full slate of theatrical offerings coming our way in October.
The Old Globe’s production of Richard O’Brien’s “Rocky Horror Show” launched the season on the Main Stage recently. This enduring musical phenomenon will continue to add to its cult following through Nov. 6.
“Somewhere,” a world premiere, infused with dance, tells the story of a family of dreamers whose home is headed for demolition. The show has made its home in the Globe’s White Theatre, where it will remain through Oct. 30. The outdoor Festival Stage will wind down its brief staging of “Odyssey,” a new work to celebrate the Globe’s 75th anniversary, Oct. 2.
The San Diego Symphony kicked off its winter season Sept. 30 with a program titled “Thibaudet Plays Ravel Concertos.” That concert, conducted by Jahja Ling, will be repeated Oct. 2. The most exciting event on this opening weekend will take place Oct. 1, when Maestro Ling conducts the symphony’s annual gala, starring Kathleen Battle and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. This stellar evening also includes pre- and post-concert activities.
A special event comes to Symphony Hall Oct. 2. It’s the National Acrobats of China, and they’re ready to deliver an eye-popping spectacle for audiences of all ages. “Zukerman Plays and Conducts” will entertain music lovers Oct. 14-16, with Pinchus Zuckerman conducting and showing his virtuosity on the violin. The program includes works by R. Strauss, Schumann, Mozart and Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major.
Winter Pops will make its debut Oct. 28-29 with “Stayin’ Alive: Music of the Bee Gees,” conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. “Halloween Silent Film Night: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” returns Oct. 30, with Russ Peck accompanying the film on the organ.
The San Diego Repertory Theatre continues its season at the Lyceum Space with the West Coast premiere of “Walter Cronkite is Dead,” an intimate and insightful comedy about two very different women stranded in an airport. The show will run through Oct. 16.
North Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of the farcical “Lend Me a Tenor” closes Oct. 2. “Heroes,” a show translated by Tom Stoppard, is next on the boards for the Solana Beach theater. This poignant comedy of camaraderie among three aging veterans, directed by David Ellenstein, plays Oct. 22-Nov. 13.
Broadway-San Diego is gearing up for the revival of “Hair,” a show that reflects the ‘60s generation. The explosive musical will take up residency at the Civic Theatre Oct. 18-23. The Balboa Theatre is offering “Kenny G in Concert” Oct. 14, “An Evening with Howie Mandel” Oct. 23 and “k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang” Oct. 24.
Cygnet Theatre will take on Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” this month. From Oct. 19-Nov. 13, Cygnet will stage this brilliant classic on its Old Town stage. Sean Murray will direct a cast headed by Rosina Reynolds and Francis Gercke.
The La Jolla Playhouse winds down its “Without Walls” program at the Botanic Gardens in Encinitas Oct. 2. The site-specific “Susurres” is an audio-play that has popped up in various gardens around the world.
The Lamb’s Horton Grand Theatre is still jumping with “MixTape,” the 1980s musical. That popular long-running show was extended again through Nov. 6. The Lamb’s Coronado home will unveil a world premiere musical comedy Oct. 7. “Servant of Two Masters,” based on a classic Italian comedy, is typical of the genre, with its mistaken identities and hilarious physical comedy. The show will remain in Coronado through Nov. 20.
Poway Center for the Arts has two offerings this month. “Max Weinberg 7+” is in town for one night only Oct. 1, with a career-spanning concert by the legendary musician. “Street Beat,” a theatrical drum and dance show with high energy urban rhythms, acrobatics and street dance, will perform Oct. 22.
Lyric at the Birch launched its 32nd season with a production of “Mame.” The musical will complete its run after performances Oct. 1-2. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” closes the summer season for Moonlight Amphitheatre Oct. 3.
SDSU kicked off its fall theater season with “The Boy Friend.” The roaring ‘20s musical will remain on stage through Oct. 8.
J*Company’s production of “Disney’s Mulan” will end its stay at the JCC in La Jolla Oct. 2.
The Oceanside Museum of Art will showcase “It’s Not My Fault: Everett Peck,” an exhibition that spans 30 years in the artist’s evolution, through January. “Transitions,” an exhibition of works by Francoise Gilot, will continue to be on view through Nov. 13.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps has more than a dozen species of seahorses on display for an extended period. The Birch also features a comprehensive exhibition titled “Boundless Energy,” a show that is delighting children and adults alike. Beginning Oct. 15, you can explore hands-on energy activities and projects for kids of all ages. Stephanie Schroeder will lecture on “The Limpet Circus: Behavioral Ecology of the Owl Limpet” Oct. 10 at the Birch.
The Museum of Man is featuring “Strange Bones: Curiosities of the Human Skeleton.” The show focuses on the changes and manifestations of bones during the course of a human life. “Race: Are We So Different?” examines race from biological, cultural and historical perspectives. Modern Day Mummy: The Art and Science of Mummification” will be exhibited through next March. Gary Jules performs a benefit concert at the museum Oct. 21.