Theater

‘The Music Man’ at Welk through July 30

Deets What: “The Music Man” plays through July 30; Where: Welk Resort Theatre San Diego, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido; When: Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm; Thursday and Saturday at 8 pm; How: Tickets: (888) 802-7469 or welkresorts.com. Classic musical at Welk Resort, Escondido through July 30. I’ll grant that “Oklahoma!” is a pretty good opening song for a musical, but for my…


Review: ‘The Man Who Came To Dinner’

Details “The Man Who Came To Dinner” plays through April 30, 2017 at Welk Resort Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm Tickets: (888) 802-7469 A nightmare? Yes. Funny? No, hilarious. Never invite Sheridan Whiteside to dinner. That imperious radio wit just might fall, injure something and refuse to leave, demanding service in…


Welk Theater Review: ‘My Fair Lady’

Welk Resorts brings a classic to the stage, and it’s just as fun as ever. Oh, that Henry Higgins. What a prig. What a jerk. What a genius! (Just ask him.) Yep, George Bernard Shaw’s favorite linguist is back to amuse and annoy us with his smart-alecky and soulless use of poor Eliza Doolittle as a guinea pig to showcase his great ability to transform…


New season set at Cal Center for the Arts

California Center for the Arts, Escondido this week announced its most ambitious season ever, set to hit the resurgent landmark’s stages beginning Aug. 11. To name but a few of the stars alighting Escondido’s cultural horizons through June 2017: Kathy Griffin, Keith Sweat, Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Montgomery Gentry, Garrison Keillor, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Pink Martini, Shaping Sound, The Midtown Men,…


Welk Theatre: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

“Superstar” began as a concept album in 1970; the Broadway musical (with lyrics by Tim Rice) opened in 1971. If you’re like me in thinking “Jesus Christ Superstar” by far the best musical Andrew Lloyd Webber ever wrote, I have great news for you: Welk Resorts Theatre has a smashing production on the boards as we speak, directed and choreographed by Ray Limón. I suggest…


Walt Disney’s 31st film, Aladdin Jr., comes to life at Patio Playhouse Youth Theater

The heck with the Walt Disney animated feature, Patio Playhouse Community and Youth theater brings Aladdin Jr. to the stage. “Aladdin, a kind but wily street urchin, finds himself unexpectedly falling in love with beautiful Princess Jasmine, just as her Sultan father decrees that she must select a royal husband,” Aladdin Jr. director Geoffrey Cox said. “Jasmine rejects various wealthy suitors and eventually it is…


Welk Theater Review: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

It’s almost a waste to time to review “Fiddler On The Roof,” because I’ve never seen a bad production of it. How can you go wrong with story inspired by Sholem Aleichem, a book by Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock’s unforgettable music and Sheldon Harnick’s wonderful lyrics? You can’t, and Welk Resorts Theatre is proving that once again with a lovely production headed by Rudy Martinez…


The Fabulous Lipitone’s at Patio Playhouse

Modern society meets barbershop quartets in the new Patio Playhouse Community theater presentation of The Fabulous Lipitones playing through March 13. The rollicking musical has generated great reviews since its 2013 premiere. “This a cappella musical works just fine without much glitter or glamour,” New York Times theater reviewer Ken Jaworski said. “It’s greatest pleasures spring from the simplest of intentions.” The barbershop quartet of…


Patio Playhouse presents Obie Award winning Circle Mirror Transformation

Genuine encounters between people as they learn, grow, and challenge themselves are at the core of Circle Mirror Transformation. Running at Patio Playhouse through Jan. 31, this comic drama takes an intimate look at the attendees of a Vermont Drama Class as they interact with – and learn about – one another through theatrical exercises. Performances are at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees….


Welk Theater productions among theater critic Jean Lowerson’s ‘Best of 2015’

Either this was a great year for theater or I’m getting soft in my old age: I gave my highest rating to a full 25 of the 120 plays I saw this year. Could it be that theater is just that good? Ten of the best shows are musicals — and that’s not counting the musical solo and near-solo shows. Musicals Excellent productions of old…