(Credit: Matthew Murphy)

(Credit: Matthew Murphy)


There is just something about musicals. Maybe it’s the idea that you can sing along while you watch a story unfold. Maybe it’s the fact that the songs can be incredibly catchy. In any case, a musical can be an enjoyable experience for the whole family. If you’re a fan of musicals, check out these upcoming productions.
(Credit: Matthew Murphy )

(Credit: Matthew Murphy )


“The Sound Of Music”
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787
www.scfta.org
Dates: July 26, 2016 – July 31, 2016

“The Sound of Music” is not only a classic film, but also a family favorite for generations. Here you’ll find a stage musical that will take you back to all the times you’ve watched the movie. Beyond that, you’ll likely find yourself singing along with all your favorite songs during this show. “The Sound of Music” runs from July 26-31 with a nightly show at 7:30 and two shows each on the 30th and 31st. Bring the whole family, and you just might have a new favorite way to enjoy the story of Maria and the Von Trapps.

(Credit: RMA photography)

(Credit: RMA photography)


“Cabaret”
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787
www.scfta.org
Dates: August 9, 2016 – August 21, 2016

Berlin in 1931 doesn’t really seem like the sort of setting that would lend itself to a musical. After all, people there didn’t have a lot to sing about. Still “Cabaret” is a classic musical which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. You have plenty of opportunities to see this during the two-week run at the Segerstrom. This show runs from the 9th through the 21st with nightly shows at 7:30 and two shows on Saturdays and Sundays.

(credit: Michael A./Yelp)

(credit: Michael A./Yelp)


“All Shook Up”
Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road 
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-2787
lagunaplayhouse.com
Dates: July 27, 2016 – August 7, 2016

Elvis left an indelible mark on the world of music. In this musical, a girl learns the power of rock and roll after a visit from a stranger in a leather jacket. The story of this play is based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Shakespeare was never as fun as in this musical that features several of The King’s hits. “All Shook Up” runs for a month through August 7. Visit the Laguna Playhouse website for showtimes.

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(credit: Rimi K./yelp)

(credit: Rimi K./yelp)


“Menopause the Musical”
Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-2787
lagunaplayhouse.com
Dates: August 31, 2016 – September 11, 2016

Menopause doesn’t seem a likely topic for a group of songs, but it definitely is in the case of this musical. Four women in a department store come to terms, through song, with hot flashes, mood swings and other things that go along with menopause. Whether or not you’ve experienced menopause, this musical will make you laugh. “Menopause the Musical” runs at Laguna Playhouse.

(credit: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall)

(credit: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall)


“Elf”
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787
www.scfta.org
Dates: December 20, 2016 – January 1, 2017

“Elf” has become a holiday favorite for a lot of people, and with good reason. It’s a charming and silly fish-out-of-water story that provides a lot of laughs while addressing the true meaning of Christmas. This musical is sure to have you laughing as much as the movie. You’re also likely to find that the songs will get stuck in your head, and that’s not a bad thing. “Elf” runs during the holiday season, so be sure to make this a part of your holiday celebration this year.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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