Theatre Talk: Plays are up and running


Last updated 5/5/2022 at 3:41pm

Portraying the staff of Las Chicas del Salon in "In the Heights" are, from left, Adrianna Vila, Lena Ceja. Liliana Rodriguez and Vanessa Orozco. Village News/Kristi Weaver photo

Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal

Special to the Village News

As spring breaks through, so does Broadway San Diego with the musical "Come From Away" running May 17-22. It is based around the true story of when 38 plane loads of international passengers were rerouted to the obscure airfield in Gander, Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001. All shows are at the Civic Theatre, 3651 4th. For ticket information, email [email protected]

The Cygnet Theatre in Old Town San Diego opens with "Mud Row" the multigenerational story about two black sisters, May 18 – June 19 at 4040 Twiggs St. For ticket information, call 619-337-1525 or visit

Meanwhile, Diversionary Theatre hasn't listed events for May yet, but by the time this hits, they'll no doubt be listed online. For more information, call 619-220-0097 or visit www. The theatre which provides LGBTQIA+ stories is located at 4545 Park Blvd., 92116.

If you only see one show this year, make it "Million Dollar Quartet" at Lambs' Playhouse at 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado. Arrive early to find free on street parking. It's just been extended again to July 3. For tickets, visit or call 619-437-6000.

La Jolla Playhouse introduces another new show June 14, "Lampicka." It's a musical exploring the Russian revolution through the eyes of an aspiring portraitist who escapes to Paris. Located at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, be sure to watch the signs to the temporary parking lot. For more information, call 858-550-1010 or visit

Moonlight Amphitheater Stage opens this year with the Tony Award winning musical "Memphis" on Wednesday, May 11, running through May 28 at the outdoor stage in Vista. For tickets, call 760-724-2110 or visit

New Village Arts just closed "Into the Woods" and will be opening at the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch again this summer, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, 92008 Their annual Gala is planned for July 17 at the Flower Fields. Visit for updates.

North Coast Repertory is still running with "Forbidden Broadway," the delicious-musical parody covering famous shows like "Phantom," "Wicked," and "Chicago." It's located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach; for more information, call 858-481-1055 or email [email protected]

Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park is in the middle of "Bob Fosse's Dancin'" which continues until May 29. Simultaneously, the Spanish speaking play "Mala" will open May 7 and will run through June 12. Summer brings Shakespeare and this year "The Taming of the Shrew" will kick off the season. For more information, call 619-234-5623 or visit

Roustabouts Theatre takes a big step out of its comfort zone with "Iron" by Scottish author Rona Munro. It's about a woman imprisoned for brutally killing her husband. Runs June 5-25 at the Moxie Theatre in San Diego. For more information, call 619-568-5800 or email [email protected]

San Diego Repertory opens later this month with San Diego's Ali Viterbi's "In Every Generation," a family saga covering centuries of tradition in a Jewish family. Runs May 25 to June 19 downtown at 79 Horton Plaza San Diego; 619-544-1000 or

San Diego Musical Theatre hits the rails with runaway favorite "In The Heights" running May 6 until June 5 at 4650 Mercury St. in San Diego, just off the 163South. Visit or call 858-560-5740 for more information. Free parking is available.

Scripps Ranch Theatre introduces "I Hate Hamlet," a winsome tale of a TV actor being haunted by John Barrymore. Looks like fun, May 27 – June 12 at 10755 Scripps Poway Parkway, 92131. To order tickets, visit or call 858-395-0573.

The Welk Resort nearby in Escondido is playing "Fortunate Son: The Ultimate Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute" through May 25, followed by "The Long Run – Experience the Eagles," "Hard Day's Night," "Never Die Young: A Musical Celebration to James Taylor." For tickets, visit or call 760-749-3448.

That's all for now folks!

In "Million Dollar Quartet, set in 1956, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis come together in Memphis at Sam Phillips' Sun Records for a night that changed American music forever. Village News/Ken Jacques photo

Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal can be reached at [email protected]


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