After three weeks of nonstop travel, we’re back home in SoCal and excited for upcoming local events. Starting tonight, I have an amazing line-up of musicals, ballet, and extravagant shows. Here’s what’s to come in SoCal:
Choré is a full-length ballet of epic scope that casts a fresh, provocative light on Hollywood musicals by setting their evolution against a turbulent historical backdrop. Tears and laughter, hope and fear, war and peace are evoked in a ballet that stirs the mind as well as the heart.
Producers for Odysseo, the new theatrical adventure by the internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia, are thrilled to announce Irvine as the host city for the Orange County debut of the largest touring production on earth. Odysseo begins Wednesday, February 3, 2016 under the White Big Top in Irvine – the largest touring tent on the planet!
Odysseo is a $30 million extravaganza that expands the definition of performance into an epic and soulful experience. It’s a show unlike any other featuring 65 horses and 48 riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians in a soulful and touching journey around the globe, celebrating the bond between the two species.
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. Find out how these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
Wicked The Musical has won over 100 international awards and is the best musical production I’ve ever seen. I could see it a dozen times and never get sick of it. It will be at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa from February 17, 2016 – March 6, 2016, which gives me plenty of time to book a ticket.
The Book of Mormon – CharlotteThe 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 musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the good word.
If any production rivals Wicked The Musical for the best of the best, it would be The Book of Mormon. It’s quite naughty, but I was falling on the floor laughing the last time I saw it. It will be at Segerstrom Center for the Arts from March 22, 2016 – April 3, 2016, but I’m already planning my international travel around those dates. I want to be certain I don’t miss it.
Festival Ballet Theater’s heart-warming production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, Sleeping Beauty, brings to life fabled storybook favorites Princess Aurora, Puss ‘n Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf…characters that remind us that good always triumphs over evil.
Performances are limited to March 19th and 20th but you can guarantee that it will be part of my March schedule.
Which ones have you seen? Are any on this year’s bucketlist? I love travel and experiencing new adventures, but I feel like performances like these bring the world to me and shape my list into a daily adventure.
I’ve seen Wicked and really enjoyed it, but I’d love to see The Book of Mormon. I’ve heard it’s hilarious!
It was absolutely fall out of your seat laughing hilarious. You should pit it on your list this year. Wicked was one of my favorites as well. I can’t believe I get to see both in the same month.
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Great updates, thanks!
I’ve seen Wicked twice. Love it!! We’re going to see The Book of Mormon in a few weeks. Saw Sleeping Beauty (ABT Production) last year, and then the Princess’ studio danced a good chunk of it at their summer recital. Have an amazing time on all these adventures!
Love Wicked! I saw that at The Grand when I was in London 🙂
SoCal.. SoCool! Haven’t seen any of those shows yet, but Wicked and Book of Mormon are on my list. (I’d see all the others except for Cavalia, I’m not a fan of circuses any longer, or shows that use animals either.. love ’em too much). Enjoy!!
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I’m not a fan of circuses either. I wrote in my comment below that I’d love to see Odysseo, but I should have added the caveat: only if the horses are treated well. If not, then any show like that would be a definite no-no for me.
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I’ve seen Wicked and The Book of Mormon and I enjoyed both. I am very lucky to live in London, England and to be able to see a lot of great theatre. For me, the best musical I’ve seen recently is Memphis. It’s a very moving story. But Beautiful, Gypsy and Mrs Henderson Presents are all terrific. Thank you Lesley for letting us know what’s going on in southern California.
I saw Wicked in London almost a decade ago, and it was good fun!
I’d love to see Odysseo — it sounds amazing. Enjoy!
Cavalia is amazing. Worth every penny of its awe inspiring riding
I saw Cavalia twice when they were last here 2 years ago, going again next weekend. The horses are treated like royalty and lead wonderful lives. If you go to the Cavalia website you can read all about them. We have VIP tickets which means we can visit the horses afterwards. It’s pricy, but if you sign up on their mailing list you get notified of discount tickets, especially towards the end of the run (no pun intended). Groupon also has discounted tickets for certain nights. It’s a wonderful experience!
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I was actually in the Royal Ballet’s touring production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. I was a stage extra. What a profoundly interesting experience that was!
Looks good! Especially that Odysseo one… Take lots of pictures, if you can, please!