Fall for Theatre in San Diego this 2012 Autumn

Allegiance starring George Takei at the Old Globe Theater

It’s a musical fall in San Diego’s theater lineup, and big names are the big news. From a whimsical Broadway favorite to a melancholy reflection of American history to giant robots and contemporary indie rock music, these productions offer a theatre experience for just about every theatregoer’s taste.

Allegiance – A New American Musical

Allegiance starring George Takei at the Old Globe Theater

Allegiance at the Old Globe Theater stars George Takei.

Running now through Oct. 21, The Old Globe presents Allegiance – A New American Musical. This new production is an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese-American internment of World War II. The star-studded cast includes Lea Solanga, winner of the 1990 Tony Award® for her role in Miss Saigon, and George Takei, the veteran actor best known for playing Dr. Sulu on the original Star Trek series.

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Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots at the La Jolla Playhouse

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, based on the album by the Flaming Lips, debuts at the La Jolla Playhouse.

On November 6, the world-renowned La Jolla Playhouse will debut Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, a new musical featuring a story by The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff (director of The Who’s Tommy and Jersey Boys). Based on the album of the same name by the indie rock band The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi tells the story of a young Japanese artist facing a battle for her life in a fantastical robot-world. This world-premiere production runs through December 16.

> Get Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Tickets Now

Peter Pan

Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan at Broadway San Diego

A classic childhood tale and Broadway smash hit comes to San Diego as Broadway/San Diego presents Peter Pan, Nov. 13-18. Peter Pan stars Cathy Rigby, the Olympic gymnast turned thespian, in the role that she made famous. Rigby’s high-flying theatrics will have everyone in the audience believing they will never grow up.

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Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a spectacular show and catch one of these big-name shows before it’s too late!

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Theater Thursday: Wicked Broadway Shows in San Diego

The Company of Wicked

In the theater world, San Diego is known for the La Jolla Playhouse sending new shows to the Great White Way, while Broadway San Diego brings the greatest hits to Downtown‘s Civic Theatre.

Broadway San Diego is finishing off its 2011-2012 season with three great shows that cover everything from family relationships to southern rock and roll to the physics of defying gravity.

The Adams Family

The Adams Family is Coming to Broadway San Diego. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Daniel

The Adams Family

May 29 – June 3, 2012
The favorite odd-ball family is back to deal with every parent’s nightmare – their princess of darkness is dating a “normal” boy…oh the horror! How will Gomez and Morticia deal with this unfortunate situation? Find out how during this magnificently macabre new musical comedy from the creators of the hit Jersey Boys, Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice.

Get The Adams Family tickets now…

The Company of Wicked

The Company of Wicked. Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus


June 20 – July 15, 2012
This is a show everyone has to see! With over 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is Broadway’s biggest blockbuster.

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 “the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time” (USA Today).

Get WICKED tickets now…
(Warning, this show will sell out, so get your tickets ASAP)

Cast of Memphis

Travel to Memphis with Broadway San Diego


July 24-29, 2012
Travel back in time to 1950s Memphis, Tennessee with the hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love between a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Join this incredible journey, based on true events, to the end of the airwaves.

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Can’t make it to one of these great shows? Don’t worry, the 2012-2013 season is just around the corner with even more great hits including: Chicago – Starring Christie Brinkley (May 8-13, 2012), La Cage Aux Folles (August 7-12, 2012), Les Miserables (August 28 – September 2, 2012), Jekyll & Hyde (October 2-7, 2012), Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan (November 13-18, 2012), Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles (January 4-6, 2013), Billy Elliot (April 30 – May 5, 2013), American Idiot (May 28 – June 2, 2013) and Sister Act (July 30 – August 4, 2013).

Tell us in the comments below, what is your favorite Broadway show of all time?


5 to Try This Weekend

San Diego Asian Film Festival

1. San Diego Asian Film Festival: From October 20-28, International film fanatics will have the opportunity to partake in one of the largest exhibitions of Asian international and Asian American cinema in North America. Along with narrative features, the Festival also showcases documentaries, short films and animation.

Harvest Festival

2. Harvest Festival: The 39th Annual Harvest Festival is kicking off of at the Del Mar Fairgrounds October 21 and running through the 23rd. The festival features more than 300 artists and craftspeople showcasing unique American handmade works, including Halloween and Christmas decor, handmade wearable art, photography, garden decorations, hand-turned wood, ceramics, jewelry, children’s toys and more!

La Jolla Gallery Wine Walk and Taste

3. La Jolla Gallery, Wine Walk and Taste: On Thursday, October 20th, experience an evening of breathtaking coastal views, exquisite art, fresh cuisine and savory wines as you stroll through the beautiful La Jolla Village and visit over 15 of La Jolla’s most prominent galleries showcasing internationally celebrated art, while enjoying various samples of crisp white and bold red wines at each gallery. As you stroll along the streets of downtown La Jolla you will satisfy your appetite with tastings of flavorful cuisine from over 20 of La Jolla Village’s finest restaurants. Tickets to the La Jolla Gallery, Wine Walk & Taste are $40 in advance and $45 on the day of the event.

Broadway San Diego: Hair

4. Hair: From October 18-23, Broadway San Diego brings the Tony-winning musical Hair to the Civic Theatre. This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. HAIR features an extraordinary cast and dozens of unforgettable songs, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning, Starshine” and “Easy To Be Hard.”

Borrego Springs

5. Borrego Days Desert Festival: The 46th Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival is a three-day local tradition that is just abounding with colorful attractions, family fun and exciting events. This free festival takes place on Friday, October 21 and continues through Sunday, October 22. Activities include a parade, local artists, food court, mini-carnival, games, rides and much more. A fun way to enjoy the picturesque desert landscape!