Family Theater Series at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical) ​- Tracy Lynn Olivera, Evan Casey and Erika Rose – Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Family Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is one of my favorite hidden gems in Orange County.  Tickets are only $20 and every show has free coordinating activities in the lobby an hour before curtain.  This is a great, low-stress way to introduce your children to theater and live entertainment.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Beep – Photo by Luke Cardew

These shows are in the smaller Samueli Theater (not the main big theater where the Broadway tours play).  This smaller theater setting offers parents a more casual atmosphere where kids are allowed to be kids.  The lighting is turned up and it is normal for kids to move around if necessary.  Most of the time, the actors will meet in the lobby after the show allowing kids a personal experience with the people on the stage.

 

BEEP (March 14 and 15)

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Beep – Photo by Luke Cardew

From Australia’s renowned Windmill Theatre Company comes a slightly sideways tale about unexpected friendship, finding where you fit and learning to mix it up a little featuring Beep: “the most endearing robot of them all” (The Adelaide Review). With Windmill’s trademark design, gentle storytelling, music and puppetry, Beep tells the story of what happens when someone new comes to town.

Friendship is a breeze with our Beep pre-show activities! Create your own puppet robot friend and test out your building skills with our Rigamajig playground. Learn all about wind power and take home your very own pinwheel to share with a friend! Make sure to charge up and join us an hour before showtime to join in on all the fun!

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Beep – Photo by Luke Cardew

WHEN: 

  • Saturday, March 14 at 10:00 a.m. (sensory friendly/relaxed) and 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 15 at 1:00 and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: 

  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theater
  • 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

TICKETS:  $20 (all seats)

  • Online at scfta.org
  • In Person – The Box Office, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Phone – (714) 556-2787
  • Group Sales –  (714) 755-0236

 

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical

pigeon-musical_TEMP-FINALSegerstrom Center for the Arts and The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour present Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical March 21 and 22 in Samueli Theater. With a script written by Mo Willems, the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling, Caldecott Honor award–winning “Pigeon” picture books, along with longtime collaborator and Disney Jr.’s Muppet Babies executive producer Tom Warburton, and music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, the composer behind Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!, this innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers comes fresh from its world premiere in Washington, DC.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical) – Christopher Michael Richardson and Evan Casey – Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Don’t let the Pigeon miss the pre-show activities! Fly on in to Samueli lobby to create your own Mo Willems style storybook. Be inspired with a pop up library of Mo Willems books provided by our friends at OC Public Libraries and be sure to hop on our bus themed photo op. Arrive an hour before show time to enjoy a busload of fun!

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical) – Christopher Michael Richardson, Felicia Curry, Hasani Allen, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Evan Casey and Erika Rose – Photo by Jeremy Daniel

 

 

WHEN: 

  • Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. (sensory friendly/relaxed) and 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 22 at 1:00 and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: 

  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theater
  • 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

TICKETS:  $20 (all seats)

  • Online at scfta.org
  • In Person – The Box Office, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Phone – (714) 556-2787
  • Group Sales –  (714) 755-0236

 

3-D Theatrical’s Production of Kinky Boots Coming to Cerritos Center for Performing Arts February 14-March 1

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The Cast of 3-D Theatricals’ Production of KINKY BOOTS performing at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Disclosure:  I received two comped media tickets in exchange for a review.

As 3-D Theatricals always says, Broadway is closer than you think!  3-D Theatricals is an Orange County Theater Non-Profit that is committed to bringing Broadway caliber theater to our own backyard.  What makes 3-D Theatricals so unique is that they use the original Broadway set design by David Rockwell and costume design by Gregg Barnes, with lighting design by Jean Yves Tessier, and sound design by Jack Hayback.

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LUKAS POOST and THE CAST of 3-D Theatricals’ Production of KINKY BOOTS February 14 – March 1, 2020 Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

KINKY BOOTS tells the tale of Charlie Price, who is struggling to save his family factory from closure, and Lola the entertainer who tries to help him with wild ideas. The unlikely pair create a snazzy line of stilettos that lights the world on fire, and in the course of it all both learn valuable lessons about compassion and accepting each other’s differences.

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CORNELIUS JONES JR. and THE CAST of 3-D Theatricals’ Production of KINKY BOOTS February 14 – March 1, 2020 Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Reasons Why You Need to see KINKY BOOTS with 3-D Theatricals

  • 👢 This cast could EASILY tour as a North American Broadway tour and it would sell out every single show.
  • 👢 Cyndi Lauper wrote the music to KINKY BOOOTS and Emily @emilygoglia (who plays Lauren) will have you CRACKING UP with her song “The History of Wrong Guys”
  • 👢 The Angels are the most amazing group of Drag Queens (one played by the one and only Jake @jakedupree) and if you’ve been to shy to go to a Drag Show, here is your chance.
  • 👢 This cast is part of our Orange County / Los Angeles community so we would be so blessed to support our fellow artists (hey Candice @candibeethatsme and Dayna @thedrpepperprincess you are amazing 🥰)
  • 👢 This show will teach you that the way you can change the world is by changing your mind. What a great way to learn diversity and inclusion 🌈
  • KINKY BOOTS is no longer playing in New York an it does not tour either, so basically THIS IS YOUR CHANCE to see this amazing show.
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LUKAS POOST in 3-D Theatricals’ Production of KINKY BOOTSFebruary 14 – March 1, 2020Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Ticket Information

WHEN:  February 14 – March 1

  • Friday, February 14, 8:00
  • Saturday, February 15, 8:00,
  • Sunday, February 16, 2:00
  • Friday, February 21, 8:00
  • Saturday, February 22, 2:00 and 8:00
  • Sunday, February 23, 2:00
  • Thursday, February 27, 7:30
  • Friday, February 28, 8:00
  • Saturday, February 29, 2:00 and 8:00
  • Sunday, March 1, 2:00

WHERE:  Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts: 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos, CA 90703

TICKETS:  start at $25 and can be purchased at 3dtheatricals.org

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3-D Theatricals’ 2019-2020 season will also include the two-time Tony Award-winning musical, Disney’s Newsies (May 1-17, 2020), and the West Coast regional debut of the sumptuous and award-winning Lincoln Center Theater physical production for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning classic, The King and I.

A Bronx Tale coming to Orange County March 10-22

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The Company of A BRONX TALE – Photo by Joan Marcus

Segerstrom Center for the Arts and NETworks Presentations are pleased to
announce that the North American Tour of A BRONX TALE, the new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater will play Segerstrom Hall March 10 – 22, 2020.

Reasons Why You Should See A BRONX TALE

  • Alen Menken, the musical genius behind Disney Classics like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Newsies wrote the music for A BRONX TALE
  • Robert Dinero was personally invested in this show
  • 2015 American Idol winner Nick Fradiani will be playing  Lorenzo in the North American Tour.
  • Critics also say this is like “West Side Story” meets “In the Heights”
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Alec Nevin as Calogero and Kayla Jenerson as Jane in A BRONX TALE – Photo by Joan Marcus

A BRONX TALE evolved from the one-man Off-Broadway play, A Bronx Tale, written and performed by Chazz Palminteri in 1989. During the original Off-Broadway and subsequent Los Angeles engagements, Robert De Niro came to see the show, and brought the story and star Palminteri to the screen in 1993, making his film directorial debut in the process. Following the success of the film, Palminteri performed the one-man show A Bronx Tale on Broadway in the 2007–2008 Season.

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The Company of A BRONX TALE – Photo by Joan Marcus a caption

Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical takes audiences to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.

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Jeff Brooks as Sonny, Trey Murphy as Young C and the Cast of A BRONX TALE – Photo by Joan Marcus

2015 American Idol winner Nick Fradiani will play Lorenzo, with Jeff Brooks as Sonny, Alec Nevin as  Calogero, Kayla Jenerson as Jane, Stefanie Londino as Rosina and George Vickers V as Tyrone. Anthony Cipolla and Trey Murphy will play Young Calogero.

Ticket Information

 March 10 – 22, 2020 

Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets –          Start at $26
In Person –      The Box Office
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

Online –            SCFTA.org
Phone –            (714) 556-2787
Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

Group Sales –  (714) 755-0236
Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

For tour dates and more, please visit BronxTaleMusical.com. Follow Bronx Tale on Twitter: @BXTaleMusical, Instagram: @BronxTaleMusical, or on Facebook: BXTMusical. 

Jurassic World Live Tour Coming to Orange County and Los Angeles This Summer

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Brace yourself for a new species of live entertainment 65 million years in the making!

Jurassic World Live Tour, an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans, will be debuting in SoCal this summer playing Honda Center in Anaheim from July 9–12 followed by STAPLES Center in Downtown LA from July 17–19.

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With unrivaled arena production quality, Jurassic World comes to life with dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus Rex more than 40 feet in length, taking center stage off the big screen onto the arena floor.  The production features more than 20 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, each custom built with the latest technology, scientific precision and Hollywood studio quality.  With scale, speed and ferocity, the animatronic and performer-operated dinosaurs deliver colossal, edge-of-your-seat excitement that brings the Jurassic World park right to your hometown.

Jurassic World’s unmistakable musical score combined with projection and practical scenery transforms the arena into the dense jungles of Isla Nublar, where real Gyrospheres roll through the valley…but then your trip to Isla Nublar takes a terrifying turn after the Indominus Rex escapes and causes chaos in the park!  The adventure continues as you join forces with a team of scientists to unravel a corrupt plan and save an all-new dinosaur named Jeanie from a terrible fate.

With pulse-pounding stunts and an original, authentic storyline that takes place between the Jurassic World and Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom movies, this all-new live adventure is guaranteed to to take fans on a larger-than-life immersive journey and make family memories that will last another 65 million years.

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A N A H E I M

WHEN:  July 9 – 12, 2020

  • Thursday, July 9, 7:00 PM
  • Friday, July 10, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 11,11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 12, 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

 WHERE:  Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

 TICKETS:  Ticket affordably priced for the whole family starting at just $20*

  • Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or in-person at the venue Box Office
  • *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

 L O S   A N G E L E S

WHEN:  July 17 – 19, 2020

  • Friday, July 17, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, July 18, 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 19, 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

 WHERE:  STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

TICKETS:  Ticket affordably priced for the whole family starting at just $20*

  • Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office
  • *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

For more show info please visit jurassicworldlivetour.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JurassicWorldLiveTour/

Twitter: @JWlivetour

Instagram: @jurassicworldlivetour

#JurassicWorldLive

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces Spring Lineup of Dance Programming

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Dancing with the Stars Live Tour 2020 – Photo by Geoff Burke

Four great dance tours are coming to Segerstrom Center of the Arts!

  • American Ballet Theatre’s Of Love and Rage (March 5-8)
  • Dancing with the Stars Live Tour 2020 (March 25)
  • Ailey II Alvin Ailey Amercan Dance Theater (April 11)
  • The Best of Dance: Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance (April 25)
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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Catherine Hurlin and Aran Bell in Of Love and Rage – Photo by Erin Baiano.

American Ballet Theatre: Of Love and Rage – World Premiere
Artistic Director: Kevin McKenzie
March 5 – 8, 2020
Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $26.

Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky, based on Chariton’s novel Callirhoe
Music: Aram Khachaturian, arranged by Philip Feeney, performed live by Pacific Symphony
Set and Costume Design: Jean-Marc Puissant
Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

Inspired by the earliest romance novel from Greek antiquity, this World Premiere created by Alexei Ratmansky, today’s foremost choreographer will be one of the dance world’s most important events of the year. Star-crossed lovers journey on the high seas in an enthralling tale of abductions, shipwrecks and mistaken identities as the exceptionally beautiful Callirhoe is reunited with her dashing hero. Drawing from the Greek ideals of beauty and harmony, the past connects to the present in a remarkable new production from “the most gifted choreographer in classical ballet today” (The New York Times).

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Dancing with the Stars Live Tour 2020 – Photo by Geoff Burke

Dancing with the Stars Live Tour 2020
March 25, 2020
Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $49.

America’s favorite dance show is going back on tour this year with Dancing with the Stars Live Tour 2020. The longest running tour to date will be dancing through Segerstrom Center for the Arts on March 25, 2020 in Segerstrom Hall. Celebrity contestant Kate Flannery (The Office) will be joining the show and wowing audiences across the country by performing fan-favorite routines from this past season.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Ailey II – Photo by Nir Arieli

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Artistic Director: Troy Powell
April 11, 2020
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25.

Founded by Alvin Ailey in 1974, Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the finest young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular dance companies in America under the leadership of Sylvia Waters from 1974 to 2012, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. With Artistic Director Troy Powell at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company.

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The Best of Dance: Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance
April 25, 2020
Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $39.

A one-night-only event, the top three dance shows on American television have joined forces to provide an incredible evening of entertainment! The stars of these amazing shows will perform along with some very special guests. Whether you enjoy ballet, Bollywood, ballroom or break dancing, you’ll experience a never-before-seen evening of your favorite artists from Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance!

 

How to Stage Door at Hollywood Pantages Theater

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I love the Hollywood Pantages Theater because it is so rich in history.  Located on Hollywood Boulevard (Hollywood and Vine), it is a classic tourist spot for anyone who is visiting Los Angeles.  The theater was designed by  B. Marcus Priteca in 1930 and it is known for the iconic Art Deco design.  It is now home to several Broadway National Tours that come through Los Angeles.

What is “Stage Door”

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The Stage Door is where the cast enter and exit.  Like all Broadway shows, you have the opportunity to meet some of the cast after the show at the Stage Door.  The public is invited to wait after the show for a chance to say hi, get autographs, and snap a quick picture.  I highly recommend doing this especially with kids because it turns a Broadway show into a personal experience.  This process is free and open to anyone.

Where is the Stage Door?

At the Hollywood Pantages Theater, the Stage Door is located on the side of the theater on Argyle Avenue.  If you’re exiting the theater, make a left, then another left before the intersection.  The Stage Door is right before the small parking lot.  You should see a Pantages employee, some portable barrier gates, and a sign painted on the wall that says “Stage Door” with an arrow pointing down.

Hollywood Pantages Stage Door

If you want to meet the cast, stay on the left side of the barrier gates.  The cast will come out of the doors about 15-20 minutes after the curtain call, so you need to get there quickly.  People will start filing in, and the closer you are to the wall, the closer you are to the front of the to meet the cast.  It is customary to be respectful of people’s space and honor the first come first serve rule.  I always like to give kids priority and give them a chance to stand in the front.  If there is no more room along the barrier, you can congregate on the sidewalk.

When the cast comes out, they will go down the line and sign playbills and take pictures.  As a tradition, I always buy the souvenir program book and my kids have them sign that.  I try to remember to bring sharpies with me, but the cast usually carries them with them, too.  This is a great opportunity for kids to ask questions about tour life, what it’s like to be on Broadway, or anything in between.

Broadway in Hollywood

Hollywood Boulevard Pantages

Did you know there are two locations that host Broadway tours?  Since Hamilton will be taking a long term residence at the Pantages Theater, there are going to be some Broadway shows that will be playing at the Dolby Theater.  The Dolby Theater is located about a mile down Hollywood Boulevard at Hollywood and Highland Boulevard.  It is across the street from the El Capitan movie theater.  Here are the shows that will be playing at the Dolby for the 2019-2020 season:

  • Escape to Margaritaville (February 18-March 8)
  • Spongebob the Musical (March 24-April 12)
  • Mean Girls (April 28-June 7)
  • My Fair Lady (June 12-July 5)
  • The Band’s Visit (July 7 – 26)

The 2019-2020 has already begun, but here is the complete lineup for the Pantages Theater:

  • Anasasia
  • Summer:  The Donna Summer Musical
  • Disney’s Frozen (December 4-February 2)
  • Hamilton (March 12-September 20)

How to get there and Where to Park

Both the Pantages Theater and the Dolby Theater are located on Hollywood Boulevard accessible off the 101 freeway.  I wrote an article about How to Discover Hollywood with kids which is where you would park for the Dolby Theater.  The Dolby Theater is actually connected to a large outdoor mall called Hollywood and Highland and offers very reasonable public parking prices.  This is also the same lot you would park in if you’re going to El Capitan Theater.  Other attractions around the Dolby are the TLC Chinese Theater (where you’ll find the famous and and footprints), Ghirardelli ice cream and soda shop, and El Capitan Movie theater.

When I go to the Pantages theater, I always park at the public parking lot next to Shake Shack.  Parking is typically a flat rate of $20 that is paid by cash or card upon entry.  If we get there in time for dinner, we love grabbing a burger and a shake at Shake Shack.  The Afters is another popular place to grab ice cream before or after a show.  Also nearby is the new Funko shop where you can take pictures with interactive larger than life Funko figures.  Entry is free and they also have really nice clean bathrooms if you forget to use the facilities in the theater.

For more of our Broadway stories, find us on instagram @littlegraythread.

Learning How to Say No: Why we turned down a chance at a National Broadway Tour

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It all started when I took my kids to see Miss Saigon at Segerstrom Center.  I know its an unconventional choice to take a 4 and 7 year old to see such a “mature” show, but I had good reasons for wanting my children to see this production.  In this day and age where Asians are largely unrepresented, I couldn’t pass up the change to show my daughters a stage full of talented Asian artists living their dreams.  Also, our friend Keila Halili @cupofkeila was in the cast and I COULD NOT miss that!

After the show, we met Keila at the stage door and she was able to take us on the Miss Saigon stage.  We also got to meet a lot of her cast mates, a couple of them who were casting people for the show.  They sort of eyed LittleSage since she matched the age and description of Tam, who is the child in the show.  I half joked that if they ever needed someone to go in as Tam, I have the perfect half-asian 4 to 6 year old child who loves the stage.  Not too much came after that, but I did submit my info to them on a whim.

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Fast forward to present day (months and months later), I got an email from Miss Saigon confirming my daughter’s name and if we are able to make it to the National Broadway Tour audition for Tam.  I stopped breathing for a good portion of a minute until I read that the audition was in New York.  In eight days.  I laughed it off and immediately texted a few of my close friends.  Surprisingly, EVERYONE was in support of us going to New York.  Even my best friend Jo, who is usually my voice of reason, said, “This could be her big break.  Of course you need to go.”  I texted all of my close friends with touring and musical theater experience and everyone encouraged us to at least audition.

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When I texted my husband, he calmly replied, “Let’s talk about this tonight.”  My brain shut off and I was unable to do anything the entire day.  I talked to Keila about it and she  let me know a little bit more about the role.  After talking to the casting people, I found out that they were looking for a quick replacement and that the contract would start within a month.  Since it is with the National Broadway Tour, we would be traveling with the company through the remainder of the tour.

We talked about the different options together as a family.  LittleSage was so excited about the idea of going on tour.  She said she wanted to be on stage and have her name in the program.  I asked her what she thought being on stage would be like, and she said “I run out on stage, and when the loud gun goes off, I fall down!” so she did have some loose recollection of the story.

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But then realistically, this was a logistical nightmare.  First off, we would have had to pay our own way to get to New York for the audition, and the role wasn’t even an guarantee (and last minute trips to New York are very expensive).  We thought of different options for big sister LittleGray.  Her initial reaction is that she would rather stay home with Dad then go on tour with LittleSage and me.  (I also want to add that there was not a silver of jealousy here.  She was excited for her sister and 100% understood that she was too old/tall for the role and it wasn’t even an issue).  After talking to our parents, my dad agreed that he could come and stay with her long term if this entire thing ended up happening.  But even so, it would be super difficult for my husband to basically be a single father while working a full time job and potentially flying out to see us every weekend.

We asked LittleSage if this is something she really wanted to do, and what she wanted to be when she grows up.  She was torn too, because while she really wanted to go on tour, she said she would miss her family, her dog, and her teachers and friends at school.  I asked her if she would want to do this forever, and she quickly said, “No, no, not forever.”  I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, and she said, “A doctor.”  Since this isn’t her passion in life, we ultimately decided not to go through with the audition. 

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This really got me thinking about passion and dreams.  Why do I work so hard to expose my children to the arts and live theater?  I am always drawn to Asian performers in particular because I know how hard it is to break away from the stereotypical mold.  While at Miss Saigon, we met Emily Bautista @em_bautista who is a powerhouse Kim at only 21 years old.  We met Jessica Fry @jesicafry_ who left Stanford University to tour with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  At Frozen, we met Marina Kondo @marinakondo who is helping break down sterotypes by playing Queen Iduna in a colorblind cast.  These stories are so fascinating to me.  I want my daughters to see Asian people in all walks of life so they can see that they are limitless.  

I have no idea why LittleSage wants to be a doctor.  LittleGray said she wants to be an Instagrammer like me, but that’s an entirely different story for a whole other post.  Maybe Asians are more drawn to fields like medicine?  Probably because both of my sisters are doctors?  I don’t know.  At any rate, I just know that I have to work extra hard to show them that they can be something outside of what is expected.

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Now let’s go back to why we had to say no to this once in a lifetime opportunity.  It wasn’t the right choice for our family at this time.  We should not pursue it unless 100% of the family was on board, and this was not the case.  While we were all supportive, deep down we knew it was not the right thing for our family.  Luckily, I found a local children’s theater within our budget (way less than what it would have cost to get us to New York) where both of the kids can perform together.  Have you ever had to say no to something that you really wanted to say yes to?

It’s an interesting thing having to say no to something you really wanted.  Even though I knew what the right decision was, I still had to grieve the opportunity that once was.  I was really sad for a couple of days.  It was the crippling type of sadness that made me want to crawl inside my skin, and for that I felt even worse because I knew that the alternative was the best choice for my family.  I felt bad for feeling sad.  But again, my best friend Jo talked me through my feelings and told me that my feelings were valid and that I’m allowed to grieve.  After about a day, I felt better and I was able to talk about this experience openly without breaking down. Now, I want to write about it so my daughters can look back at this and see what was going through my head and how we came to these decisions. 

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Meanwhile, I’ll continue to expose them to live theater and support Asian and minority performers.  By having them meet people who are living their dreams, we learn their stories and add to ours.  I hope that someday the kids will look back on their childhood and realize that their stories started at home.  No matter where the end up, I hope they end up living their passions, happy, full, and content.

Escape to Margaritaville Coming to Orange County February 4-9

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Where my Jimmy Buffett fans at?!  “Escape to Margaritaville” is coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa from February 4-9.  This North American tour is the inaugural tour for this show! 

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Jimmy Buffett was very involved in the creation of this tour.  “This talented cast has been hand-selected to share and celebrate the story, music and lifestyle of this show on its first national tour,” says Jimmy Buffett. “I am thrilled that this group of performers will transform theaters into Margaritaville each evening. Margaritaville started out as an idea, but now you can actually spend an evening there, and get your mind on island time.”

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“Escape to Margaritaville” features Jimmy Buffet classic songs like “Fins”, “Volcano” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise”.  The tour will feature Shelly Lynn Walsh @shellylynnwalsh as Tammy, Peter Michael Jordan @latifahpeter as Brick, Chris Clark @chrisclark55 as Tully, Sarah Hinrichsen @sare_hin as Rachel.

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My daughters and I attended opening night of Margaritaville at Segerstrom Center (our tickets were comped for this review).  Even though my kids were not familiar with Jimmy Buffett before the show (aside from Cheeseburger in Paradise), they loved the songs and are now singing them on repeat in the car.  Here is what we learned from Escape to Margaritaville:

  • It’s a heartwarming love story between two people who have to balance hard work, timing, and personal goals.
  • Never settle for someone who wants to change who you are.
  • If it’s not “right now”, it doesn’t mean “never”
  • Jimmy Buffett fans will LOVE how the intricacies of his songs are weaved into the storyline of this show.  “Where’s my saltshaker?!”

As always, we went to the Stage Door after the show.  This tour does not have an official souvenir program book, but almost the entire cast signed their Segerstrom program!  There are even photos from the show in the magazine. We even got to meet a few of the musicians after the show!  In this show, the musicians play on the stage instead of in the pit.  The entire cast is SUPER talented and I dare say that I preferred their performance to the original Broadway recording.

Ticket Information

February 4 – 9, 2020
Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.
The 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, February 8 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation.
Tickets – Start at $26
In Person – The Box Office
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

Online – SCFTA.org
Phone – (714) 556-2787

Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

Group Sales – (714) 755-0236

Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Official show site: www.EscapeToMargaritavilleMusical.com
Facebook: BuffettMusical
Twitter: @BuffettMusical
Instagram: @BuffettMusical

All photos courtesy of Segerstrom Center of the Arts and used with permission.

Blue Man Group is Coming to Orange County Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Kids can go for FREE on Select Days

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BLUE MAN GROUP is making it’s way to Segerstrom Center of the Arts in Orange County January 7 – 12, 2020!  This would make an excellent Holiday gift especially for families who are focusing more on experience based gifts instead of physical gifts.

Kids Night on Broadway–Kids ticket for FREE!

A special Kids Night on Broadway discount will be offered for two performances January 7 and 8. With the purchase of one full-price ticket, parents can receive a second ticket FREE for children. Ticket prices start at $26. Use code BLUEKID when purchasing. Children and families are also encouraged to arrive early and enjoy pre-show activities in the Segerstrom Hall lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m., including coloring stations, crafts, activities, photo opportunities and more!

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More than 35 million people around the world have experienced the smash hit phenomenon that is BLUE MAN GROUP, and the world renowned bald and blue trio are back on the road in a new North American tour. Under the helm of visionary director Jenny Koons, in her first-time collaboration with BLUE MAN GROUP, the tour features everything audiences know and love about BLUE MAN GROUP—signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and quirky comedy—the men are still blue, but the rest is all new! Including pulsing, original music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction and hilarious absurdity, audiences join the Blue Men in a joyful experience that unites audiences of all ages.

Tickets to BLUE MAN GROUP start at $26 and can be purchased at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. To take advantage of the Kids Night opportunity, use promo code BLUEKID. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 11 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more visit SCFTA.org/accessibilityinformation.

Fans can keep up with the Blue Man Group Tour through:

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/bluemangroup
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/bluemangroup
Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/bluemangroup/
YouTube:     https://www.youtube.com/bluemangroup

Holiday Shows coming to Segerstrom Center of the Arts

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Can you believe the Holidays are right around the corner?  It doesn’t feel like Christmas without taking in a live performance like the Nutcracker or Mannheim Steamroller.  I’m a huge fan of gifting experiences instead of physical presents, so tickets to a Holiday show at Segerstrom Center of the Arts is a great idea!  I love creating new family traditions and the kids look forward to revisiting things year after year.  There are so many options for Holiday shows right in our backyard!

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is pleased to announce a thrilling roster of performances and events that celebrate the holiday season.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
December 1, 2019 | Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $59.

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Join the celebration as Mannheim Steamroller makes history again – celebrating 35 years of holiday magic as they bring their annual holiday tour to fans throughout the country. Experience the performance of the #1 Christmas music artist in history and, for the first time ever, hear the entire album that started it all, LIVE – “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas!”

Dixie’s Tupperware Party
December 4 – 8, 2019 | Wednesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Samueli Theater. Tickets start at $39.

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Lift your spirits and perhaps even get some holiday shopping done with Dixie’s Tupperware Party. Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, returns for good ol’-fashioned Tupperware parties filled with outrageously funny tales, FREE giveaways and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage!

American Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
December 13 – 22, 2019 | Wednesday – Friday at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $29.

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American Ballet Theatre’s sumptuous production of The Nutcracker is Orange County’s must-see holiday tradition. Once again, audiences will be thrilled by ABT’s incomparable dancers and delighted with Alexei Ratmansky’s “cinematic creation” (Orange County Register). As the ballet unfolds to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, accomplished young students from Segerstrom Center’s American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School appear alongside ABT’s internationally acclaimed dancers to tell this family favorite tale.

Fiesta Navidad Mariachi Los Camperos
December 19, 2019 | Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $29.

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Join us for one of Orange County’s most beloved annual holiday traditions as the Grammy Award®-winning Mariachi Los Camperos returns to Segerstrom Center with Fiesta Navidad. Filled with music and dance, this colorful celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is perfect for the whole family.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Salsa Navidad
December 21, 2019 | Saturday at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Samueli Theater. Tickets start at $39.

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Celebrate the winter holidays with the Segerstrom Center debut of the two-time Grammy®-winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band that will make you want to stand up and dance. It simply doesn’t get any better when this Latin jazz powerhouse exudes energy on stage with musical precision that captivates audiences until the last note is played.

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert
December 28, 2019 | Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $49.

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Ring in the New Year with a glittery celebration of singing and dancing that will delight the senses. Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert recreates the beauty of Vienna’s golden era and its elegance charms audiences of every age. This year’s concert will feature a brilliant new program of Strauss Waltzes and sweeping melodies from beloved operettas performed by acclaimed European singers, champion ballroom dancers, the National Ballet of Hungary and the Strauss Symphony of America.

Tickets and Gift Certificates

To help take the stress out of year-round gift giving, the Center offers gift certificates that can be used for any of the many wonderful shows and performances. Gift certificates can be purchased through the Center’s website at www.SCFTA.org or by visiting or calling the Box Office.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.

All images courtesy of Segerstrom Center of the Arts.