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During Feb. 19–April 7, 2019, La Jolla Playhouse presents Diana, a world-premiere musical based on the life of the UK’s Princess Diana and directed by the Playhouse’s Tony® Award-winner Christopher Ashley. Facing an entrenched monarchy and unprecedented media scrutiny, Princess Diana surprises everyone―including herself―as she grows into a global phenomenon and manages to change the world. Diana is a highly-anticipated musical featuring an epic and sweeping contemporary score.

The Old Globe Theater’s 2019 season kicks off with Familiar by Danai Gurira, a new comic drama about tradition, marriage and family (Jan. 26–March 3), followed by the West Coast premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed (Feb. 9–March 10). Adapted for the stage by Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), the play follows the relationships between an anonymous advice columnist named Sugar and the many real-life readers who pour out their hearts to her. The Old Globe also presents the U.S. premiere musical Life After by Britta Johnson, a story about 16-year-old Alice who grieves the recent loss of her famous father and begins to question the events surrounding his death (March 22–April 28). Audiences follow Alice’s journey as she sets out to uncover what really happened on the night that changed her family forever. Life After is a bittersweet, witty and life-affirming new musical that explores the mess and beauty of loss and love.

The San Diego Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) performs new and proven classics in concert in spring 2019. On March 1-2, famed conductor Edo de Waart returns for Mahler’s song-driven Fourth Symphony. Guest soprano Joélle Harvey, in her SDSO debut, will also sing Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a haunting and nostalgic snapshot of early 20th century Tennessee. On March 31, the beloved Prokofiev classic, Peter and The Wolf, is performed for the whole family. This musical fairy tale tells the story of a young boy who outsmarts a wolf, and each character is portrayed by a different instrument. Children will recognize the bird's flute, the wolf's three horns and the cat's clarinet during this must-see classic. On April 4 and 6, Lord Voldemort is back in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert, and the rebellion begins when the Ministry of Magic tries to keep a lid on the truth. Audiences can experience the groundbreaking Harry Potter film as never before: projected in HD with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra performing the magnificent score live with the film.

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