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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Broadway Season for Kids at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Original company, North American tour of NEWSIES - Copyright Disney - Photo by Deen van Meer
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is celebrating its 30th Season beginning with the 2015 – 2016 Broadway line-up, an exciting family friendly run down of legendary shows! It will be a year of extraordinary artists, beloved shows and world renowned companies presenting great dance and Broadway hits, jazz, cabaret and classical music, family entertainment plus many special guests and events.

The Center’s 2015 – 2016 Broadway and Curtain Call series includes one Broadway historical show after another, each which has made an indelible mark on theatre history. Coming to the Center for the first time are Disney’s Newsies, If/Then and The Illusionists. In all new productions (not seen at the Center before) are 42nd Street, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and The Sound of Music.

Back by popular demand are Roundabout Theatre Company’s  delicious Cabaret and Broadway superpowers Disney’s The Lion King and The Book of Mormon. Two bonus shows include the dance blast Riverdance and, returning to Orange County, Wicked. The Center will continue its pre-show activities for most shows. Fun and informative Talk Backs with the artists will follow each Thursday evening performance.

See below for a show-by-show breakdown!


Disney's The Lion King | October 6 – November 1, 2015 

The entire Serengeti comes to life as the music soars and Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical,  featuring music by Elton John and Tim Rice, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway.

Tshidi Manye as Rafiki in the opening number “The Circle of Life”
THE LION KING national tour - Copyright Disney - Photo by Joan Marcus

42nd Street | *New Production | November 10 – 22, 2015

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re in the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle off to Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and, of course, “42nd Street.” Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the star breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star.

Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella | *New Production |  April 19 – May 1, 2016

This Tony Award- winning Broadway musical, with its contemporary take on the classic tale, features an incredible orchestra, breathtaking transformations and all those favorite moments – the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball  – plus some surprising new twists!

Andy Jones, Paige Faure and the cast of the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella - Photo by Carol Rosegg

Disney's Newsies | Center Premiere
May 17 – 29, 2016

They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography.

Dan DeLuca (Jack Kelly), center, and the original North American tour
company of 
NEWSIES - Copyright Disney - Photo by Deen van Meer

The Sound of Music | *New Production | July 19 – 31, 2016

The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again inspire audiences with its Tony, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

What good is sitting alone in your room? Come here the music play! 

Cabaret | August 9 – 21, 2016

Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Costa Mesa! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Sam Mendes (SkyfallAmerican Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of Cabaret. Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.”

Original 2014 Broadway cast of Roundabout Theatre Company's CABARET - Photo by Joan Marcus


IF/Then | *Center premiere | January 19 – 24, 2016

If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today – and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this “fascinating, ambitious and original new musical” (New York Post) simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.

Andrew Basso (The Escapologist) of THE ILLUSIONISTS –
- Photo by Joan Marcus, 2014

The Illusionists | Center Premiere
February 2 – 7, 2016

This mind-blowing (or mind-bending) showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, The Illusionists is sure to please all ages.

The Book of Mormon | March 22 – April 3, 2016

Back by popular demand! Hailed by The New York Times as "the best musical of this century" and the winner of nine Tony Awards, The Book of Mormon is the blockbuster Broadway smash from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and the Oscar-winning composer of Disney's Frozen and Avenue Q, Bobby Lopez. This outrageous (by all accounts - contains explicit language) musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.

Monica L. Patton, David Larsen and Cody Jamison Strand in THE BOOK OF MORMON national tour - Photo by Joan Marcus, 2014
A scene from RIVERDANCE - Photo by Clark James Mishler - © Abhann Productions
Riverdance | January 1 – 3, 2016

The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song.

And what Broadway line up would be complete without fan favorite...

The national touring company of WICKED - PHoto by Joan Marcus, 2015
Wicked | February 16 – March 6, 2016

Winner of over 100 international awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, to say Wicked is back by popular demand may be an understatement. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the Land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for a musical that has captured audiences around the globe. 

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