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Curtain call: September performing art performances

Taking the stage in San Diego this month are shows including The Little Mermaid, An American in Paris, In the Heights and Billy Elliott.

Taking the stage in San Diego this month are shows including The Little Mermaid, An American in Paris, In the Heights and Billy Elliott.

9.5-10: An American in Paris

Inspired by the Oscar-winning 1951 film classic starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, this four-time Tony Award-winning production tells the story of an American soldier and a mysterious French woman in Paris figuring out life post-war.

San Diego Civic Theatre: 1100 3rd Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100, sandiegotheatres.org

9.5-10.1: Wild Goose Dreams

The world-premiere play — by playwright Hansol Jung, directed by Leigh Silverman and starring Yunjin Kim (ABC’s Lost) — is the story of a North Korean defector and a lonely South Korean father who start an online romance.

La Jolla Playhouse: 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858.550.1010, lajollaplayhouse.org

Wild Goose Dreams. (Courtesy photo)

9.7-10.1: Roz & Ray

A time-bending story of love, trust, healing and sacrifice set in America’s Finest City shines the spotlight on a little-known anecdote (or is it antidote?) in medical history.

Lyceum Space: 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000, sdrep.org

Roz & Ray. (Courtesy photo)

9.7-10.22: Benny & Joon

Based on the quirky 1993 romantic comedy film starring Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson and Aidan Quinn, Benny & Joon is a world-premiere musical about a mentally ill woman who falls in love with an eccentric man.

The Old Globe Theatre: 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623, theoldglobe.org

Benny and Joon. (Courtesy photo)

9.10; 9.16-17; 9.19-20; 9.25-26: September With Trinity

Trinity Theatre Company offers a slate of month-long productions at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center that includes children’s classic (Alice in Wonderland, 9.10) and three staged readings (Becoming Dr. Ruth, 9.16-17; Completely Hollywood, 9.19-20; and Not About Heroes, 9.25-26).

Tenth Avenue Arts Center: 930 10th Ave., downtown, 619.920.8503, tenthavenuearts.com

 

9.13-30: In the Heights

Before achieving superstardom with Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda had a Broadway hit with this four-time Tony Award-winning musical about New York’s vibrant Washington Heights neighborhood.

Moonlight Stage Productions: 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista, 760.724.2110, moonlightstage.com

 

9.19-24: Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Based on Disney’s 1989 modern classic, mermaid Ariel yearns to be part of the human world. Eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken’s beloved music includes “Kiss the Girl,” “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World.”

San Diego Civic Theatre: 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100, sandiegotheatres.org

The Little Mermaid. (Steve Wilson)

9.22-10.8: Billy Elliot

Eleven-year-old Billy trades his boxing gloves for ballet slippers in this 10-time Tony Award-winning musical that features a score by Elton John and is based on the 2000 hit film.

Spreckels Theatre: 121 Broadway, Suite 600, downtown, 619.235.9500, spreckels.net

Billy Elliott. (Courtesy photo)

9.30-10.29: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

An acclaimed, one-man tour de force about a New Jersey detective unraveling a complex case that changes his life forever.

The Old Globe Theatre: 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623, theoldglobe.org

 

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. (Courtesy photo)

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