Show Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL at Segerstrom Center Jan 17-29

MATILDA THE MUSICAL is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl and tells the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Matilda uses her sharp mind and vivid imagination to take a stand and change her fate. MATILDA THE MUSICAL is directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus, with a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Dennis Kelly, and music and lyrics by musician and composer Tim Minchin.

Review: RENT 20th Anniversary Tour – Segerstrom Center January 6-8, 2017

RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven young bohemians following their dreams, while struggling to survive addiction, discrimination, and poverty in the AIDS epidemic of the late 1980s. It is an emotional, exciting and eclectic show of timeless themes and inspirational songs. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

Review: ELF THE MUSICAL at Segerstrom Center

ELF THE MUSICAL tells the hilarious tale of Buddy the Elf. As a young orphan, he crawls into Santa’s bag and ends up in the North Pole. Buddy is raised as an elf, never suspecting, in spite of his enormous size, that he is actually a human. Once his failure at toy-making force him to face the truth, he embarks on a journey to the magical New York City to find his birth father and find out who he really is.

Laguna Playhouse – SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT

Coming back to Laguna Playhouse for the holidays is SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT! Broadway and TV stars perform in this interactive musical fairy tale with comedy, magic and pop music sure to delight children of all ages! Previews begin on Wednesday, December 7th and performances will open on Friday, December 9 at 7:30 pm and continue to run until Friday, December 30, 2016 at the Laguna Playhouse. www.lagunaplayhouse.com Ticket prices range from $30 – $70 and can be purchased online or by calling the box office. PERFORMANCES: Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 11:30am; 3:30pm & 7:30pm; Sundays at 11:30am & 3:30pm. Additional performances on Tuesday, … READ MORE

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Show Review

Most recently, we attended a media preview of Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales in Long Beach at the Terrace Theater. With our little princesses-in-training in tow, we were in for a magical afternoon with Disney Princesses and their Prince. The Evil Queen transforms herself to set out to destroy Snow White to be once again “the fairest in the land”. Snow White is awoken by True Love’s First Kiss. Beauty and the Beast is a “Tale as Old as Time” as Belle accepts the Beast for who he is, and they fall in love. For more information or to find tickets near you, please visit their website at www.disneylive.com.

Segerstrom Center - Mariinsky Ballet's Raymonda - Photo by Valentin Baranovsky

Segerstrom Center: Mariinsky Ballet’s RAYMONDA

Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet, one of the world’s most important and historically rich dance companies, opens the Segerstrom’s 30th Season with RAYMONDA. Performing with the Mariinsky Orchestra, this will be the company’s eighth visit to the Center and the first time this masterpiece from the Golden Age of Russian classical ballet.  RAYMONDA has been called the “last grand ballet” of the 19th century. The choreography by Marius Petipa to Alexander Glazunov’s atmospheric and dramatic score is filled with dazzling solos and beautiful duets. The ballet is set in medieval Hungary and tells the story of a beautiful young noblewoman who is conflicted by her love for her betrothed, the crusader knight Jean de … READ MORE

Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge Themed Menu featuring Phantom of the Opera

My husband and I attended media preview night for The Phantom of the Opera which is now performing at Segerstrom Center for the Arts until August 16th. We were in for a night full of beautiful singing. I was delighted the moment they lit up that chandelier. Chris Mann (The Phantom), Katie Travis (Christine), Storm Lineberger (Raoul), and Jacquelynne Fontaine (Carlotta) delivers a powerful performance to a timeless classic. My favorite scene was when The Phantom takes Christine across the foggy lake as they sang their theme song, The Phantom of the Opera. I also loved their performance to All I Ask of You and Wishing You Were Somehow Here … READ MORE

Segerstrom Center: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Cameron Mackitosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA arrives at Segerstrom Center for the Arts August 5 through 16th! With new staging and scenic designs, this new version is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52 making it one of the largest productions on tour in North America! Chris Mann will perform as The Phantom with Katie Travis as Christine Daaé, Storm Lineberger as Raoul, Jacquelynne Fontaine as Carlotta Giudicelli, David Benoit as Monsieur Firmin, Edward Staudenmayer as Monsieur André, Anne Kanengeiser as Madame Giry, Frank Viveros as Ubaldo Piangi and Morgan Cowling as Meg Giry. Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “It’s wonderful to have a new … READ MORE