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The Old Globe Theater’s 2017-2018 season continues with the world premiere of José Cruz González’s American Mariachi, a comedy with live music. American Mariachi runs March 23–April 29, 2018. American Mariachi is a heartwarming world premiere about family, progress and a girl’s freedom to dream big. The show includes a wave of vibrant, infectious live music. During its 2018 season, The Old Globe will show the U.S. premiere of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, adapted for the stage, this musical was originally produced at The Old Vic theater in London. The Lorax includes puppet design and choreography, and performances run July 3–Aug. 12, 2018 as part of the Globe’s 2018 Summer Season. (Lorax since 3/17 & AM 1/18)

La Jolla Playhouse, with two of Time Magazine’s “Top 10 Plays and Musicals of 2017,” announces its sixth show that has been sent to Broadway: The Donna Summer Musical arrives on Broadway in spring 2018. For its 2018-2019 season, La Jolla Playhouse features three world-premieres and one west coast premiere including a world-premiere musical to be directed by the Playhouse’s own Tony® Award winner Christopher Ashley and based on the life of the UK’s Princess Diana. Other shows in the upcoming season include The Squirrels, by Tony® Award nominee Robert Askins (Broadway’s Hand to God); Seize the King, by Will Power (Playhouse’s The Seven); The Year to Come, by Lindsey Ferrentino (Ugly Lies the Bone), and queens, by Martyna Majok (Ironbound). Continuing a tradition of new play development, this season marks the fifth in a row to showcase primarily new work. (1/18)

The Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world’s largest collections of historic vessels from sail to steam to submarine, will sail the tall ship Californian on San Diego Bay for the 30th Annual America’s Schooner Cup charity regatta on April 7, 2018. Californian will race against schooners of all sizes and types and the public are welcome to join the sail crew. No sailing experience is required but tickets should be purchased in advance. Guests to the museum can take their own Tall Ship Adventure on the Californian by purchasing tickets for a weekly three-hour Sunday sail. Visitors can also now sail aboard the replica San Salvador to experience what it was like to sail a historic Spanish galleon just like Explorer Juan Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay in 1542. San Salvador public sailing trips for spring include Saturday, Feb. 24, March 10 and 24, 2018. These four-hour sailing adventures range from $49 for children to $99 for adults. No sailing experience required, space is limited, and tickets can be purchased in advance online. Guests board at Maritime Museum of San Diego at 11:30 a.m. and embark on a four-hour day sail adventure through San Diego Bay, and sail into the Pacific Ocean. The museum also presents season three of Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime, a quarterly concert series featuring the Hausmann Quartet performing aboard the Berkeley, a National Historic Landmark 1898 steam ferryboat docked in downtown San Diego. Concerts will be held on Sundays at 4 p.m. This season's programs include Early Years (Feb. 25), Anniversaries (May 6), Form and Texture (Sept. 16), and Journeys on the Voyager (Nov. 11).  (1/18)

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