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Curtain calls: July performing arts performances

Performances taking the stage this July in San Diego include Dr. Seuss’s The LoraxDisney’s NewsiesLegally Blonde the Musical and On Your Feet! 

7.1: That 24-Hour Thing

It’s drama on fast-forward in this Fringe favorite, as playwrights get 24 hours to write brand-new works, and then the actors and crew get just another eight to rehearse before curtain.

San Diego International Fringe Festival, Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., downtown,

That 24-Hour Thing

That 24-Hour Thing.

(Ron Logan)

7.2-8.12: Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax

Even greener than the Grinch: Dr. Seuss’s lovable environmental hero makes his U.S. musical debut in this family-minded show based on the beloved children’s book.

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

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax
(from left) Steven Epp as The Once-ler, Meghan Kreidler, Rick Miller, and H. Adam Harris as The Lorax in Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, running July 2 – August 12, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by Dan Norman.
(Dan Norman / Dan Norman Photography)

7.3-29: Queens

The fast-rising playwright Martyna Majok, a 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner, heads to the Playhouse with the West Coast premiere of her latest piece about the lives and struggles of immigrants.


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




7.11-8.12: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Stephen Sondheim’s 1962 show about the antics of ancient Romans doesn’t get staged much these days, but now NCRT gives the classic musical comedy a go.

North Coast Rep, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach, 858.481.1055,

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

(Aaron Rumley / )

7.13-15 and July 20-22: Out on a Limb: New Plays From America’s Finest City

It’s the seventh edition of this unique one-act play festival, which celebrates homegrown dramatists in style.

Scripps Ranch Theatre, 9783 Avenue of Nations, Scripps Ranch, 858.578.7728,

7.18-8.4: Disney’s Newsies

The movie-based musical about dauntless young paper-peddlers in 1899 New York City is known for its high-flying choreography; Moonlight gives the Tony Award-winning show its San Diego regional premiere.


Moonlight Stage Productions, Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1250 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista, 760.724.2100,

7.20-9.9: Legally Blonde the Musical

Omigod, you guys! Carlsbad is about to play host to that legal-eagle sorority sister Elle Woods in this musical take on the 2001 movie.

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

Legally Blonde the Musical

Legally Blonde the Musical.

(Courtesy photo)

7.21: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Live Starring Rachel Bloom

The star of the CW network’s musical dramedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend takes the show on the road — with castmates in tow — to showcase songs from the TV hit.

Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619/858/760.570.1100,

7.28-8.24: Barefoot in the Park

It’s “Park” in the park, as the Globe revisits Neil Simon’s 1963 rom-com about a newlywed couple who discover they don’t always see eye to eye — and wind up going toe to toe.

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


7.31-8.5: On Your Feet! 

It’s not just a song title, it’s something like a command, as the high-energy musical built around the songs (and story) of Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine brings that conga beat to town.

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

On Your Feet!

On Your Feet!

(Matthew Murphy)

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