Curtain calls: June performing arts performances


Performances taking the stage this June in San Diego include Once, School of Rock, Mamma Mia! and Bring It On—The Musical!

6.1-7.22: Once

The Tony Award-winning, movie-based musical about the complex bond between two lost-soul musicians lands at Lamb’s — complete (we hope) with its trademark onstage pub.

Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000,

6.1-15: Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival

The Rep is HQ for the 25th edition of this sprawling and fertile fest, which brings music, drama and more to venues all around the county.

San Diego Rep, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000,

6.2: The Empire Strips Back: A Burlesque Parody

Luke, we hardly knew ye. This Australian import, which is pretty much just what it sounds like — a bawdy takeoff (so to speak) on Star Wars — brings its “sexy stormtroopers” and an androgynous Skywalker to town on a tour stop.

Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown, 800.745.3000,

6.5-7.8: The Squirrels

Robert Askins sledgehammered funny bones and seared sensibilities of playgoers with his dark-horse (and just plain dark) puppet comedy, Hand to God. Now the Playhouse puts up the world premiere of his piece about politics and mayhem in the animal kingdom.

La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010,

6.12-17: School of Rock

The Andrew Lloyd Webber-composed Broadway musical, based on the hit movie starring Jack Black, brings its crew of instrument-playing kids to the Civic to tell a story of misfits making some major noise.

Broadway/San Diego, San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.564.3000,

6.13-30: Mamma Mia!

Italian title, Greek-island setting, music by a bunch of Swedes: The Abba-centric musical comedy may be all over the map, but the giddiness will have a Vista zip code in this Moonlight season-opener.

Moonlight Stage Productions, Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, 760.724.2110,

6.16-23: Bring It On — The Musical!

SDMT’s original production of this youth show last March was such a success that the company is staging an encore of the musical about rival cheer squads; it features songs co-written by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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

6.17-7.22: The Tempest

The Globe opens its renowned summer Shakespeare festival with the Bard’s grand fantasy about shipwrecks, spells and supernatural happenings on a strange island, all unfurling on the outdoor Davies stage.

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

6.26-7.1: The King and I

The 1951 Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, which introduced such now-standards as “Getting to Know You” and “Shall We Dance,” returns in a touring version of former San Diegan Bartlett Sher’s Broadway revival.

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

6.27-8.5: Monty Python’s Spamalot

It’s got a renegade comic spirit that just won’t be toppled — not even with a herring. Cygnet revives this Broadway-musical version of the Pythons’ inspired madness.

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