MISS YOU LIKE HELL
Oct. 25-Nov. 27. Featuring compelling original songs that are as diverse and eclectic as the U.S., this new musical exudes the joy, love and frustration of being a family in a changing country.
Mandell Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Nov. 15-20. This brand-new production of the beloved story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will delight audiences with its Tony-, Grammy- and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.
THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX
Nov. 25-Dec. 24. Traversing years, shifting relationships and unexpected outcomes, this provocative Southern Gothic romantic comedy peeks behind the curtain of sexuality and race to illuminate secrets of the heart and the fabric of a family. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097.
THE DYBBUK FOR HANNAH & SAM’S WEDDING
Nov. 23-Dec. 18. World-renowned performer Ron Campbell is joined by Klezmer musician Yale Strom in this immersive retelling of the most celebrated play in Yiddish literature, S. Ansky’s The Dybbuk. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Nov. 29-Dec. 4. This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing, Tony Award-winning musical sensation tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage, and features an electric rock score. Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: A LIVE MUSICAL RADIO PLAY
Through Dec. 24. Experience the heartwarming holiday classic, presented by the locally renowned San Diego Musical Theatre, retold as a live 1940s-era radio broadcast—with live foley effects and a score of timeless holiday songs. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., downtown, 858.560.5740.
FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS
Dec. 2-24. This year, Lamb’s Players presents The Angel’s Arms, a festive, family-friendly show—featuring dancing and classic holiday songs—set in 1860. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Through Dec. 24. Expect 19th-century tradition with a 21st-century twist in this completely reimagined Dickens classic—now a new musical, featuring an original score, puppetry and live sound effects. Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525.
DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
Through Dec. 26. For spirited kids young and old, experience this annual holiday production of a Dr. Seuss classic. (Fun spoiler: It “snows” inside the theater.) Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.
A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS
Dec. 2-24. This updated, interactive version of the classic tale—told in the style of a British Panto—features family-friendly magic, comedy, dancing and contemporary pop music. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.
AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS
Dec. 14-24. Step back to 1916 for a memorable feast! Lamb’s Players Theatre presents this delectable four-course holiday meal in a unique setting of dance and song for the evening. Guests are encouraged to dress up in festive attire. The US Grant, 326 Broadway, downtown, 619.437.6000.
Jan. 6-Feb. 12. Sarah’s parents are delighted she is engaged to a charming doctor. Only thing is, she’s not. When they arrive in town for a dinner party, she hires an actor to keep the fiction alive—hilarity and romance ensue in this riveting production. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000.
Jan. 10-15. Catch the 20th anniversary touring production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning rock musical—originally premiered in 1996—that reimagines Puccini’s La Bohème. Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.
Jan. 11-Feb. 5. This smart, thought-provoking play about memory takes place in the near future, when artificial intelligence has reached new heights, and lifelike robots provide companionship for the lonely. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.
Jan. 12-Feb. 12. The night after their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal battle royale over a family heirloom in this savage comedy about family, faith and legacy. Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525.
OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY
Jan. 12-Feb. 12. Hershey Felder takes audiences on a time-bending journey exploring the mystery around some of the greatest music ever composed by one of the greatest composers of all time: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL
Jan. 31-Feb. 5. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, the award-winning musical tells the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.
Jan. 31-March 12. When a mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding, in this new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel and hit Disney films. Mandell Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
Feb. 4-March 12. Steve Martin returns to the Globe with this clever and crowd-pleasing comedy hit set in Paris 1904 about a chance encounter between two soon-to-be legends—Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein. Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.
2.5 MINUTE RIDE
Feb. 9-March 19. This inventive solo show is a roller coaster adventure through the playwright’s family album, focusing on her relationship with her father, a Holocaust survivor, and the ties that bind a family. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097.
Feb. 10-March 19. This comedy begins as a reverent study of the playwright’s chronically ill mother and her extraordinary ability to heal a racially divided community despite her inability to make herself well. A funny and magical memoir, Well reveals how we heal ourselves is not always the best medicine for those we love. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097.
Feb. 22-March 19. Renowned playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) gives us a wildly inventive tour de force, which celebrates the magic and illusory nature of theater. It’s an entertaining tale of passion, regret, love and magic. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.
SEX WITH STRANGERS
Feb. 23-March 19. This sensuous and provocative comedy about fame and cyber identity explores the timely question: what transpires when our online and offline identities intersect and our private lives become public domain? Contains strong language. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.
Feb. 23-March 26. Developed in The Old Globe’s 2016 New Voices Festival, this world-premiere play is a compassionate and moving look at the power of familial bonds in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Contains strong language. White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.