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Performing Arts

The San Diego Symphony has announced an impressive lineup of artists for its 2018 Bayside Summer Nights series under the stars on the Embarcadero Marina Park South (June 29–Sept. 2, 2018). The program includes Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert on Aug. 22 accompanied by a live performance of the award-winning John Williams score led by conductor Sarah Hicks. Also appearing for the summer series are vocal powerhouse Patti LaBelle; Broadway star Megan Hilty; Cuban-born jazz trumpet phenom Arturo Sandoval; country music artist Clint Black; ’80s favorite Rick Springfield; Motown classics The Temptations and The Four Topsand additional films accompanied by live orchestra including Oscar®-winning West Side Story and Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire™ .

The Mainly Mozart Festival will run June 1-24, 2018, at the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego and other regional venues. The festival offers a diverse line-up of events illustrating the third chapter in Mozart’s life and career. Music Director Michael Francis continues the six-year exploration of Mozart’s life with year three, “Brave New World: From Rebel to Entrepreneur” and has programmed signature and boundary-breaking works by Mozart and other classical composers during this period.

The San Diego International Fringe Festival returns June 21–July 1, 2018, to venues in San Diego and Tijuana. The non-profit festival brings 500 performances by more than 90 different local, national and international artists ranging from the beautiful to the bizarre and the unexpected. The festival is one of more than 200 Fringe Festivals produced worldwide and provides 100 percent of the tickets sales to artists. In addition to tickets to a performance, guests purchase a one-time $5 Fringe Tag to raise money to market and operate the festival.

The La Jolla Playhouse announced four world premiere productions for its 2018/2019 season.The Squirrels will have its world premiere at the Playhouse on June 5–July 8, 2018. Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) directs Tony Award nominee Robert Askins’ (Hang to God) ambitious, outlandishly funny new play, which tells the story of two groups of warring squirrels, showing the animal instincts driving us all. Queens (July 3-29, 2018) In 2017, a young immigrant arrives at a tenement in Queens, New York. She is met by her new landlord, who stood on the same doorstep 16 years earlier. The old brownstone reverberates with the voices of the fierce and proud women who preceded them. Seize the King (Aug. 21–Sept. 16, 2018), by Will Power, debuts a five-person, full-throttle reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard III. A world-premiere musical, Diana (Feb. 19–March 31, 2019), charts the life of Princess Diana of Wales following her fairytale royal wedding, chronicling her modern perspective and compassion that galvanized a nation, even as it threatened the royal family’s hold on England. This highly anticipated musical, created by Christopher Ashley and the writers behind Memphis, features an epic and sweeping contemporary score.

The Old Globe theater in Balboa Park will open its 2018 summer season with Shakespearean classic, The Tempest (June 17–July 22, 2018) and will end the season with Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (Aug. 12–Sept. 16, 2018). From July 2–Aug. 12, 2018, The Old Globe will show the U.S. premiere of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. Based on the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, adapted for the stage, this musical was originally produced at The Old Vic theatre in London. The Lorax includes puppet design and choreography to tell the enchanting and beloved story of Seuss’s big-hearted, mustachioed hero, brought to life with eye-popping colors and infectious music. The critically-acclaimed and Olivier Award-nominated production is a musical event the entire family can enjoy.

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