From comedy superstars to concerts under the stars, check out the best performances and plays in San Diego this July.
Edited by Eva Scattergood.
“Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax”
July 2-Aug. 12. Dr. Seuss’s beloved story has been enchanting adults and children alike for generations, and now his irresistible, big-hearted, mustachioed hero comes to life in this joyous new musical. See website for show times. $40+. The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623. theoldglobe.org
July 3-29. A young immigrant arrives at a tenement in Queens, New York, where she is met by her new landlord, who stood on the same doorstep 16 years earlier. As their friendship forms, the old brownstone reverberates with the voices of the strong women who preceded them. See website for show times. $41+. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858.550.1010. lajollaplayhouse.org
July 7. Laugh with comedian and actor Kevin Hart as he brings his international Irresponsible Tour to San Diego. Doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. $39+. Viejas Arena, 5500 Canyon Crest Dr., San Diego, 619.594.0429. Tickets
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”
July 11-Aug. 12. Stephen Sondheim’s timeless musical comedy delivers sheer joy and classic songs such as “Comedy Tonight,” “Lovely” and “Everybody Ought to Have a Maid.” See website for show times. $45+. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach, 858.481.1055. northcoastrep.org
July 13-14. With hits like “Jessie’s Girl,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and more, Rick Springfield brings his performance to the San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights. 7:30 p.m. $27+. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, Embarcadero, 619.235.0804. sandiegosymphony.org
July 17. Enjoy the sounds of Chris Isaak’s rock and roll music at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay while you watch the sunset at this 1,400-seat outdoor theater. 7:30 p.m. $85+. 2241 Shelter Island Dr., Shelter Island, 800.745.3000. Tickets
Through July 22. Thrown out of power by his wicked brother Prospero, Duke of Milan now lives in exile on an island with his daughter Miranda, and uses magic to plot revenge on his enemies in Shakespeare’s class comedy. See website for show times. $30+. The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623. theoldglobe.org
“Monty Python’s Spamalot”
Through Aug. 12. This highly irreverent and hysterical parody—winner of three Tony Awards—follows King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. See website for show times. $35+. Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525. cygnettheatre.com
“Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax” photo by Dan Norman.