Preview: What to See in San Diego Theater This Fall - NBC 7 San Diego

Preview: What to See in San Diego Theater This Fall

From world premiere productions to an immersive theater festival to Broadway favorites, there's plenty to see this fall in San Diego.

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    Preview: What to See in San Diego Theater This Fall
    Francesco Scavullo/The Old Globe
    On the left, a photo of Donna Summer, the subject of a new La Jolla Playhouse musical. On the right, part of a promotional poster for The Old Globe's world premiere musical "Benny & Joon."

    It's going to be a busy fall theater season in San Diego. From world premiere productions to an immersive theater festival to Broadway favorites, there's plenty to see (and love!) this fall in San Diego. 

    Here's a round up of some of the season's hottest tickets. 

    An American in Paris
    Sept. 5 - 10, Broadway San Diego (Civic Theatre)

    "An American in Paris"
    Photo credit: Courtesy of Broadway San Diego

    The magic of Paris strolls into San Diego this September with the national tour of the new Tony Award-winning musical "An American in Paris." The show follows an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and their adventures in Paris in the aftermath of war. Award-winning Director/Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon brings the George and Ira Gershwin show to life. 

    Benny & Joon
    Sept. 7 to Oct. 22, The Old Globe

    "Benny & Joon", a new world premiere musical at The Old Globe.
    Photo credit: The Old Globe

    The Old Globe's 2017 - 2018 season kicks off this fall with "Benny & Joon," a delightful new world-premiere musical based on the beloved 1993 offbeat romantic comedy. The musical, with a book by Kirsten Guenther ("Breaking Through"), music by Nolan Gasser and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein ("Little Women"), follows auto mechanic Benny(his sister's sole caretaker) and his eclectic sister Joon.


    Roz & Ray
    Sept. 7 to Oct. 1, San Diego Rep.
    This time-bending story -- set in San Diego -- shares a profound story of love, trust and sacrifice as it explores a little-known chapter in American history. The story follows Ray, a devoted single parent who works to keep his twin sons alive, and Roz, the doctor who offers him a cutting-edge miracle treatment. The play is written by Karen Hartman, an award-winning playwright and native San Diegan. 

    Lin-Manuel Miranda's In The Heights
    Sept. 13 to Sept. 30, Moonlight Stage Productions, Moonlight Amphitheatre

    North County's Moonlight Productions is putting on Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In The Heights." The Broadway hit, from the creator of "Hamilton", tells the unique stories of residents in the vibrant New York City neighborhood, Washington Heights. The Tony-winning show's book was written by Quiara Alegria Judes, who co-penned the La Jolla Playhouse world premiere show "Miss You Like Hell." 

    The Little Mermaid
    Sept. 19  -24, Broadway San Diego (Civic Theater)

    "The Little Mermaid" on tour comes to San Diego this fall.
    Photo credit: Courtesy of Broadway San Diego

    The classic Disney tale of mermaid Ariel swims into San Diego in this musical perfect for the whole family. The show features music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, including the well-known classics "Under the Sea," "Kiss The Girl" and "Part of Your World."

    Billy Elliot
    Sept. 22 to Oct. 8, San Diego Musical Theatre

    This regional production of Billy Elliot is a special treat for San Diego audiences: it features a unique collaboration between The California Ballet Company and San Diego Musical Theater. The Broadway musical, with music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, follows one boy's journey to follow his dreams to dance amid challenging times. 

    Without Walls Festival
    Oct. 19 - 22, Downtown San Diego (through La Jolla Playhouse)
    A weekend of immersive theater, dance and music returns to San Diego this fall with La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival. The festival includes a variety of new works, including "Model Home" from Tony Award-winning scenic designer and MacArthur "Genius" fellow Mimi Lien, and "Incoming: Sex, Drugs, and Copenhagen" by the storytelling group So Say We All, to be performed at Border X Brewing. It's a weekend of original, barrier-defying theater, and it's affordable -- performances range from free to $29. Learn more by clicking here

    SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical
    Nov. 7 to Dec. 17, La Jolla Playhouse

    "SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical" at the La Jolla Playhouse.
    Photo credit: Francesco Scavullo

    The Queen of Disco makes her debut at The La Jolla Playhouse this fall in this highly anticipated musical from the team behind "Jersey Boys." The original musical will chart the life of Donna Summer - the voice of a generation. The score will feature more than 20 of Summer's classic hits and electric dance songs. "Jersey Boys" director Des McAnuff, who worked on the La Jolla Playhouse-bred hit musical, will helm the show, and Sergio Trujillo ("Jersey Boys", "Memphis", more) will choreograph. 

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