Curtain calls: August performing arts performances


Performances taking the stage this August in San Diego include Hairspray, Latinx New Play Festival, Seize the King and The Phantom of the Opera.

8.3-9.2: Hairspray

Good morning, Baltimore! The movie-based musical about a plus-sized heroine who fights to integrate the 1962 airwaves brings all its John Waters-ian charms to SDMT.

San Diego Musical Theatre, Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., downtown, 858.560.5740,

8.3-5: Latinx New Play Festival

The Rep rolls out the second edition of this event, a series of staged readings celebrating new work by Latinx writers — including the theater’s own resident playwright, Herbert Siguenza.

San Diego Repertory Theatre, Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000,

8.12-9.16: Much Ado About Nothing

Three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall returns to the Globe to direct Shakespeare’s sharply funny tale of those epic frenemies Beatrice and Benedick.

Old Globe Theatre, Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623,

8.12-9.9: Voyeurs de Venus

The provocatively titled play by Lydia Diamond, whose adaptation of The Bluest Eye had an arresting production at Moxie a few years back, is inspired by a real-life episode of racially charged exploitation from the early 19th century.

Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Rolando District, 858.598.7620,

8.12: Musical Paella

Musical theater meets opera meets traditional Spanish zarzuelas (not to mention preshow bites of paella) in this one-performance-only cultural mashup.

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

8.15-9.1: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Disney movie-based musical that had its U.S. premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in 2014 hits the outdoor Moonlight stage with its bell-ringer of a story about love and tragedy in a Paris cathedral.

Moonlight Stage Productions, Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1250 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista, 760.724.2110,

8.21-9.16: Seize the King

The boundary-busting playwright Will Power, whose hard-hitting The Seven brought hip-hop beats to Greek tragedy at the La Jolla Playhouse a decade ago, returns with this riff on Shakespeare’s Richard III.

La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858.550.1010,

8.22-9.16: Every Brilliant Thing

Ro Boddie, named a local actor of the year in 2017 by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, stars in Duncan Macmillan’s solo show about finding beacons of light amid depression.

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

8.23-9.2: The Phantom of the Opera

Those songs! That mask! That chandelier! You might’ve heard a bit about this one, which is only the longest-running show in Broadway history. Yes, Phantom is heading back to town on a brand-new North American tour.

Broadway/San Diego, San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619/858/760.570.1100,