Top Five Friday: The Best Musicals to See this Summer

1. The Phantom of the Opera

Dates: July 12-July 21
Location: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall
600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Show Description: “Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will make a triumphant return to Orange County as part of its North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.” Trailer: Watch Here

Key Cast Members: Derick Davis (The Phantom), Eva Tavares (Christine Daae), Jordan Craig (Raoul), Trista Moldovan (Carlotta Giudicelli)
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 27 minutes with an intermission

The Phantom of the Opera National Tour
Derrick Davis and Eva Tavares in the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Box Office Phone Number: (714) 556-2787
Box Office Website: Click Here
Box Office Hours:  Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It remais open on show nights until the latest performance begins.
Pricing: Tickets start at $35.75, Web sales incur an 11% service fee. Phone sales incur a 13% service fee
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Discounted Ticket Options: Goldstar
There is usually a merch table on the Orchestra Terrace level or you can buy it online. Souvenir programs are $20

2. Into the Woods

Dates: Fri. July 26th 8pm, Sat .July 27th at 8pm & Sun. July 28th at 7:30pm
Location: Hollywood Bowl
2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
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Show Description: “The Hollywood Bowl becomes an enchanted world of magic beans, towering giants, and handsome princes as the setting for our annual fully staged musical – the darkly humorous and hauntingly beautiful masterpiece by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Into the Woods. As the Baker and his Wife travel through the forest trying to reverse a witch’s curse, they come across Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and other famous storybook characters all in search of their own wishes…but “happily ever after” turns into a tale of “be careful what you wish for” when granted wishes have unexpected effects. This is Sondheim at his finest, with such memorable songs as “Children Will Listen” and “No One Is Alone.””

Key Cast Members: Skylar Astin as “The Baker”, Sierra Boggess as “Cinderella”, Sutton Foster as “The Baker’s Wife”, Chris Carmack as “Rapunzel’s Prince”, Cheyenne Jackson as “Cinderella’s Prince / the Wolf”, Gaten Matarazzo as “Jack”, Patina Miller as “The Witch”

Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes

Into The Woods Hollywood Bowl Summer 2019
Photo: Broadway World, Sutton Foster, Skylar Astin, Sierra Boggess, Cheyenne Jackson

Box Office Phone Number: (323) 850-2000
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Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-6pm
Pricing: Tickets start at $14
Seating Chart:
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Discounted Ticket Options: TodayTix , Save up to 30% off tickets offered

3. Miss Saigon

Dates: July 12-July 15 at Broadway San Diego
July 16- August 11 at Hollywood Pantages
6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Show Description: “Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. just before the fall of Saigon. That encounter will change their lives forever. Featuring stunning spectacle, a sensational cast of 42, and a soaring score including Broadway hits like “Last Night of the World,” “The Movie in My Mind,” and “American Dream,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget.”

Key Cast Members: Red Concepcion as “The Engineer”, Emily Bautista as “Kim”, Anthony Festa as “Chris”, Stacie Bono as “Ellen”
Creative Team: Cameron Mackintosh (Producer), Alain Boublil (Book & Lyrics), Laurence Connor (Director)

Box Office Phone Number: Through Ticketmaster 24 Hours (800) 982-2787
Box Office Website: Click Here
Box Office Hours Through August 11: Monday | 10am – 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday | 10am – 8:30pm, Sunday | 10am – 7pm
Pricing: Tickets start at $49
Seating Chart:
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Discounted Ticket Options: Goldstar, TodayTix
Found Online or usually in the front of the lobby. Souvenir Program: $20

4. Matilda

Dates: July 17-August 3, San Diego Regional Premiere!
July 17 – 21 at 8pm Wednesday through Sunday night
July 24 – 28 at  8pm Wednesday through Sunday night
July 31 – August 3 at 8pm Wednesday through Saturday night
Location: The Moonlight Amphitheatre
1250 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084
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Show Description: “Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace! Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.”

Key Cast Members: Charity Rose as “Matilda”,Ashley Fox Linton as “Miss Honey”, Randall Hickman as “Miss Trunchbull”

Run Time: Approx 2 hours and 35 minutes

Moonlight Amphitheatre
Photo: Moonlight Stage Website

Box Office Phone Number: (760) 724-2110
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Box Office Hours Through August 11: Monday through Friday, Noon to 5 pm, Box Office Opens 6pm on nights of performance
Pricing: $17-$57
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Gates to The Moonlight Open: 6:30pm night of show
Picnicking: Outside food and drink (not alcohol) are permitted/ Pre-Show Dining: Luna Cafe
Lawn Seating Patrons: Lawn Chairs are included in your ticket price, outside chairs are not permitted.

Discounted Ticket Options: Goldstar

If you miss seeing this production of Matilda you can go in the fall (Oct 25-Nov 17) to see La Mirada Theatre’s Production

5. The Little Mermaid

Dates: July 12- July 28
Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, Sundays at 1pm and 6pm (except 7/14. There is only a 1pm show)
Location: Carpenter Performing Arts Center
6200 E Atherton St, Long Beach, CA 90815
Parking: Safe and convenient parking in front of the theatre in Lot G12 – $10. (CSULB operated – Exact change recommended.)

Show Description: “Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.””

Key Cast Members: Katharine McDonough as “Ariel”, David Burnham as “Prince Eric”, Jalon Matthews as “Sebastian”, Cynthia Ferrer as “Ursula”
Creative Team: Daniel Pelzig (Director), Daniel A. Smith (Choreographer), John Glaudini (Musical Director)

Run Time: Approx 2 Hours and 30 minutes

The Little Mermaid Musical Poster
Photo: Musical Theatre West, The Little Mermaid

Box Office Phone Number: (562) 856-1999
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Box Office Hours: Tue – Sat: 12pm – 6pm
Tickets starting at $20 
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Discounted Ticket Options: Goldstar, TodayTix

Enjoy a summer musical!
Mamma Mia! Laguna Playhouse
Mamma Mia! Laguna Playhouse

Mama Mia
July 5 – August 4, 2019
Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Discount Tickets: Goldstar

The Tale of Despereaux
Photo: The Old Globe, The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux
July 6-August 11
The Old Globe Theatre
1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
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Hugh Jackman Tour, The Man. The Music. The Show.
Hugh Jackman Tour, The Man. The Music. The Show.

Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show (Musical Concert)
Friday, July 19th at 8pm
Saturday, July 20th at 8pm
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
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