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.

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,