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Performing Arts

The Old Globe theater in Balboa Park debuts the world premiere musical Almost Famous on stage Sept. 13–Oct. 20, 2019. Written by Academy Award-winner Cameron Crowe and based on his iconic 2000 film, Almost Famous is set in San Diego in 1973 and follows a 15-year-old aspiring music journalist hired by Rolling Stone magazine to go on the road with an up-and-coming band. Based on Crowe’s own experience, the story is about a young man finding his place in the world and the indelible characters he meets along the way.

During Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 4-6, 2019, guests can purchase a special ticket to ride the San Diego Trolley and be treated to site-specific choreographed dance performances along the route. Celebrating their 21st year, the San Diego Trolley Dances takes inspiration from the trolley stations’ architectural elements and environs, using public spaces such as the new iconic San Diego Public Library downtown to showcase modern dance. Acclaimed local choreographer Jean Isaacs created the dances as an exciting alternative to the artificial formality of conventional stages and the hierarchy of space imposed on dancers when viewed straight on.

Broadway San Diego continues to offer touring shows of popular plays and musicals at San Diego’s Civic Theater in downtown. The 2019 season includes Anastasia (Oct. 1-6), Jesus Christ Superstar (Nov. 12-17) and Dear Evan Hansen (Dec. 31, 2019–Jan. 12, 2020).

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