Top Orange County Performances and Plays in November 2018

"Waitress"-photo-by-Joan-Marcus

Have a laugh watching “Waitress” at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa.

From Broadway vocalists and book-to-stage adaptations, check out the top performances and plays in Orange County this November.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.

Lea Michele and Darren Criss
Nov. 2. Actors and vocalists Lea Michele and Darren Criss come to Segerstrom Center as they continue their wildly successful LM/DC Tour on the West Coast. 7:30 p.m. $39+. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

 

Quartetto di Cremona
Nov. 4. International chamber ensemble Quartetto di Cremona takes center stage in the Salmon Recital Hall at the Musco Center for the Arts. The quartet is an ambassador for the international “Friends of Stradivari” project and plays the Stradivarius “Paganini Quartet” with instruments on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation, which includes the same violin played by famed virtuoso violinist Henri Temianka. 4 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Chapman University, 415 N. Glassell, Orange, 844.626.8726. muscocenter.org

 

Honey County at THE RANCH Saloon
Nov. 7. Praised by Rolling Stone, female country trio Honey County is heading to THE RANCH Saloon for the Crossroad Country Wednesday live music showcase. The evening will also include free dance lessons by Dev, plus food and drink specials. Doors 5:30 p.m. $15 for ages 18-20, $5 for ages 21+. 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714.817.4200. theranch.com

 

Mikhailovsky Ballet’s “Don Quixote”
Nov. 9-11. Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ tale of romance and chivalry, St. Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra returns with a premiere of the dazzling Don Quixote. This tale is about the knight-errant of la Mancha Don Quixote and his devoted squire Sancho Panza are heroic when it comes to aiding the spirited village maiden Kitri and her charming amour, the besotted barber Basilio. F 7:30 p.m., Sa 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Su 1 p.m. $29+. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

 

“The Wonderful Music of Oz”
Nov. 9-10. Follow the yellow brick road on a musical journey with the Pacific Symphony, featuring vocalists Kelli Rabke, Law Dunford, Scott Coulter and pianist John Boswell. The orchestra will play selected songs from each of the productions, including some of the beloved classics such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Defying Gravity.” Doors open 6:45 p.m., show 8 p.m. $45+. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center, Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.755.5799. scfta.org

 

"Kings"-photo-by-Tania-Thompson-South-Coast-Repertory

Grab your tickets to see the comedic, political play “Kings” at South Coast Repertory.

“Kings”
Through Nov. 10. Fresh from New York, this incisive comedic play takes an unflinching look at how things get done in Washington. The story follows new Congresswoman Sydney Millsap, who’s determined to drain the swamp, but then she meets whip-smart lobbyist Kate, who gets her clients what they want—whatever they want. See website for show times and prices. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555. scr.org

 

“Legally Blonde”
Nov. 10-18. Based on the book and hit movie of the same name, this award-winning musical packs more than fabulously fun songs and visual delight. Everyone underestimates Elle Woods (herself included), but when she achieves admission to Harvard Law in order to win back her boyfriend, she is surprised to find much more in store for her future. See website for show times and prices. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, 949.854.4646. thebarclay.org

 

“Waitress”
Nov. 13-25. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, Waitress tells the story of expert pie maker and waitress Jenna as she dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. This new hit features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Dangereuse Liasons, Waiting for Godot) and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. See website for show times. $29+. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

 

Daniel Bonte at THE RANCH Saloon
Nov. 14. Rock-country artist Daniel Bonte is bringing his tunes to THE RANCH Saloon for the Crossroad Country Wednesday live music showcase. The evening will also include free dance lessons by Dev, plus food and drink specials. Doors 5:30 p.m. $15 for ages 18-20, $5 for ages 21+. 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714.817.4200. theranch.com

 

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Engage your senses at Pilobolus: “Come to Your Senses” in Musco Center for the Arts.

Pilobolus: “Come to Your Senses”
Nov. 14. Dive into Pilobolus’s multi-sensory experience featuring live performances of onstage Pilobolus works alongside transmedia digital creations. In this brand new repertory show, audiences will come back to their senses and explore the connection between the human body and the analog world around us. 7:30 p.m. $22-$55. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University, 415 N. Glassell, Orange, 844.626.8726. muscocenter.org

 

Violinist Sarah Chang
Nov. 18. Already a renowned star by age eight, Sarah Chang will make her Musco Center for the Arts debut accompanied by pianist Julio Elizalde. In addition to her performance, Sarah Chang will work with Chapman University students during a Musco Master Class. 4 p.m. $35-$65. Chapman University, 415 N. Glassell, Orange, 844.626.8726. muscocenter.org

 

Justin Timberlake
Nov. 20. Grammy award-winning singer Justin Timberlake is bringing his charisma and catchy tunes to Anaheim for the tour of his fourth studio album, The Man Of The Woods. At every U.S. tour stop, there will be a VIP Verizon Up section, putting customers up close and personal to the stage. 7:30 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500. hondacenter.com

 

“Waitress” photo by Joan Marcus. “Kings” photo by Tania Thompson/South Coast Repertory. Pilobolus: “Come to Your Senses” photo courtesy Musco Center for the Arts.

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