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Curtain calls: March performing arts

Taking the stage in San Diego this month are shows including Kinky Boots, Peter Pan, The 39 Steps and Red Velvet.

Taking the stage in San Diego this month are shows including Kinky Boots, Peter Pan, The 39 Steps and Red Velvet.

3.4-5 Peter Pan

Flying through town for two days only, California Ballet Company revives the story about a boy who never grows up in a faraway place called Neverland.

San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100,

Peter Pan. (Courtesy photo)


3.9-4.30 On the Twentieth Century

In this musical comedy, a bankrupt theater producer riding on a train bound for New York tries to convince his old flame, a Hollywood starlet, to be the lead in his next, yet-to-be-written drama.

Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525,

On the Twentieth Century. (Courtesy photo)


3.10-12 Kinky Boots

As he struggles to fill his father’s shoes in the family footwear business, Charlie fills a game-changing order for one strapping performer’s pair of stilettos. Music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper.

San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100,

Kinky Boots. (Courtesy photo)


3.10-12 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

This on-stage youth adaptation of the Disney classic tells the tale of a good-looking, good-hearted girl’s effort to break through a prince’s ghastly guise by showing him how to love and be loved.

California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800.988.4253,

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. (Courtesy photo)


3.10-12 Tragedy of Carmen

Chaos ensues when a soldier falls for the Gypsy Carmen, the seductress, leaving his hometown sweetheart in the dust.

Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100,

Tragedy of Carmen. (Courtesy photo)


3.17-4.2 Emma

Jane Austen’s page-turner becomes an immersive, live experience over high tea, as Emma tries to play cupid for the entire village of Highbury.

The Grand Tea Room, 145 W. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760.233.9500,

Jane Austen’s Emma. (Courtesy photo)


3.17-4.16 Awake & Sing!

Comedy and drama unfold as three generations of a lower-middle-class Jewish family eke out a version of the American Dream during the Depression.

New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St., Carlsbad, 760.433.3245,

Awake and Sing. (Courtesy photo)


3.18 Malandain Ballet Biarritz

The French dance troupe returns to San Diego with an adult-oriented interpretation of Beauty and the Beast.

San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100,

Malandain Ballet Biarritz. (Courtesy photo)


3.24-4.23 The 39 Steps

Thrill and humor collide when, in 1930s Britain, Richard Hannay falls for a spy who divulges secrets that compel him to flee to Scotland after she dies.

Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, 619.435.4856,

The 39 Steps. (Courtesy photo)


3.25-4.30 Red Velvet

Get a backstage view of Theatre Royal in the 1800s, when an understudy steps up as Othello, becoming the first black man to play this role on an English stage.

The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623,

Red Velvet. (Courtesy photo)


3.30-4.23 Into the Beautiful North

As bandidos threaten to take over her village in Mexico, Nayeli sets out on a 1,000-mile journey to San Diego so she can smuggle back into the country the only men who can protect her town.

Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000,

Into the Beautiful North. (Courtesy photo)


3.31-4.29 The Geeze & Me

Aging is no joke — except when it’s yapped and crooned about in this musical celebrating the good, the bad and the ugly of getting gray.

Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 10th Ave., downtown, 858.437.9850,

The Geeze & Me. (Courtesy photo)


3.31-5.7 First Date

Two blind daters, whose initial meetup is peppered with perplexing passers-by and other hilarious distractions, discover that going out on a limb for love can be an uncomfortable undertaking.

The Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619.347.6000,

First Date. (Courtesy photo)

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