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Articles by Lynda Lacayo

The American debut of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies” is touring with an all-star cast. The long-running Broadway sensation “Phantom of the Opera” is considered among Lloyd Webber’s finest work, so how does the sequel compete with a masterpiece? Or, in this case, continue the spellbinding love story filled with intrigue, obsession and romance? It does so brilliantly, according to critics.

Be prepared to laugh until your tummy aches when those mismatched missionaries, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, return to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts March 20-April 1. This is the third go-round for “The Book of Mormon” at the Segerstrom Center and yes, it is still as unconventionally funny, quirky, outrageous, and shocking as it was back in 2011 when it won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Audiences will be whistling a happy tune, even after all the 65-plus years since “The King and I” debuted on Broadway. Its New York run earned the show four Tonys, including the 1952 Best Musican honor.

The 2013 Tony Award-winning Musical “Kinky Boots” arrives at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Feb. 6 – 11, 2018, just in time for a pre-Valentine celebration. The engaging musical has all the razzmatazz of Broadway paired with Cyndi Lauper’s infectious red-hot musical score and a book based on a real life story of a “sole”-searching shoe factory heir, Charlie Price, and a decorously tall drag queen, Lola. 

Big girls won’t cry when the award-winning, smash musical “Jersey Boys” arrives at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Jan. 19-21.

At first glance, this may seem like another jukebox musical with a string of chart-topping hits from the 1960s. Scratch that first impression because Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have a very real, if little known, story that should be told.

Hallelujah, it’s raining divas at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts with not one but two of the cabaret world’s leading singer/songwriters sharing the stage in the Center’s Samueli Theater October 5-7, 2017. “Divalicious,” showcases Ann Hampton Callaway and Amanda McBroom singing classics from the Great American Songbook and original pieces of their own. Bette Midler, the Divine Miss M., would surely agree that Divalicious is indeed divine.

The halls of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts are alive with the “The Sound of Music,” which runs through July 31. The beloved musical will delight audiences as always with a few of “Our Favorite Things” such as the Tony, Grammy and Oscar award winning score by Rogers and Hammerstein. In the touring show, director Jack O’Brien has gone back to “The Sound of Music’s” classic 1959 stage roots, giving audiencesa fascinatingly complex look at the characters inspired by the true story of the VonTrapp Family Singers.

“Book of Mormon,” playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, March 22 – April 3, is exactly what audiences would expect from its non-conformist creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone of “South Park” who teamed with “Avenue Q’s” Robert Lopez.

What do you get when you combine Las Vegas magic with Broadway pizzazz? An electrifying magic show on steroid’s combining seven legendary Illusionists with high tech extravaganza. This isn’t your Uncle Joe’s magic show; it’s a mix of comedy, magic, danger and acts of awe-inspiring wonder. The magical sensation “The Illusionists,” running at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Feb. 2 -7, will render patrons spellbound. It is no hocus, pocus that the roster of “The Illusionists” reads like a gang of comic book superheroes.

Following a short but sweet Broadway run, the season’s hot ticket item, “If/Then,” which critics are billing “Best New Musical of the Year” will be at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Jan. 19 -24. And as an added bonus for theater buffs, in seven select cities only, the touring company features a star studded company that includes four of the original Broadway cast members.