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Articles by Lynda Lacayo

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.

It’s a long established tradition for ballet companies to pay tribute to the season with full length productions of “The Nutcracker.” The classical ballet premiered in Saint Petersburg in 1892 and it wasn’t until 1934 in England that it pirouetted onto foreign shores. In 1944, the renowned San Francisco Ballet company presented “The Nutcracker” on Christmas Eve.

Take your dancing feet down to “42nd Street” playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Nov. 10 – 22. “42nd Street” tapped its way into the hearts of 80’s audiences winning the 1981 Tony for “Best Musical” and “Best Choreography.” Until then precision tapping with big kaleidoscopic numbers hadn’t been popular since the depression era Warner Brothers films. Broadway’s “42nd Street” bought back Busby Berkely’s style of musical extravaganza.

It’s magnificent. It’s awe-inspiring. It’s “The Lion King,” playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Oct. 6 through Nov. 1. With visual artistry, “The Lion King” brings to life the African Savanna, where graceful gazelles leap, exotic giraffes glide and lion cubs tumble in play. It’s little wonder that this magical musical created by Director Julie Taymor has gathered more than 70 global theatrical awards.

“What’s Going On” is the magical production “Motown: The Musical.” The monstrous Broadway hit arrives at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts June 16 - 28. Audiences will be “Dancing in the Streets,” as well as into the aisles, with the best beats of six decades (1957-1983) from the Motown movement going full throttle.

The sun comes out “Tomorrow” and continues every evening (with several matinee performances for the younger set) from May 13 to 24, as the ever optimistic Musical “Annie” brings a smile, because “You’re Never Dressed Without a Smile” to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.