Theater

Whacking Welk: Et tu theatre, time shares

The year of no Welk Resort Theatre For nearly four decades, Welk Resort Theatre has showcased all manner of live stage shows at a 309-seat showcase. That tradition comes to an end with the final performance of “A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 31. Following the Dickens of a show, the string of live dinner shows at the north Escondido resort dating to 1981 comes to an…


Welk Theater: ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

This is the 2006 winner of five Tonys… “Oh dear God, please let it be a good show. I just want a story and a few good songs,” says Man in Chair at the top of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and I was silently saying “amen” to that right up front. The Man (Vincent Pasquill), a shy depressive in a shapeless brown cardigan, plays an LP…


‘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…