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COME FROM AWAY at the La Jolla Playhouse

Photo by Kevin Berne

Photo by Kevin Berne

Bob Verini  -   Variety

Any qualms about the propriety or taste of a “9/11 musical” prove unfounded in the case of “Come From Away,” the superb new show premiering at La Jolla Playhouse. Out of the true story of a small Newfoundland community playing host to 38 commercial aircraft after the World Trade Center attacks, Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein have forged a moving, thoroughly entertaining tribute to international amity and the indomitable human spirit. Read more…

Now running through July 12.

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at the La Jolla Playhouse

Photo by Kevin Berne

Photo by Kevin Berne

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

When Disney Theatricals launched an epic musical version of the 1996 animated film in Berlin in 1999, The Hunchback of Notre Dame was the first Disney production to open outside the United States. With additional songs by the original writers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz and a book and direction by the acclaimed James Lapine, the show broke box-office records and ran for three years. Now the producers have mounted the first U.S. production at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse but with a new book by Peter Parnell and direction by Scott Schwartz. Read more…

 

SIDE SHOW at the La Jolla Playhouse

Les Spindle – Frontiers L.A.

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“Come look at the freaks!” sings a grotesque carnival barker, introducing a bizarre contingent of sideshow performers—hardly a typical opening scene for a Broadway musical. The adventurous Side Show, which bowed in New York in 1997 to critical acclaim and four Tony nominations, closed following a three-month run. It was apparently too edgy for Broadway audiences whose idea of a sufficiently envelope-pushing musical at that time was probably Victor/Victoria.
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Now running through December 15.