Curtain Calls: August performing arts performances


Performances coming to San Diego this month include All Shook Up, Romeo and Juliet, Camelot and West Side Story.

8.1-25: 33 1/3: House of Dreams

The Rep gives the very first spin to this ambitious homegrown musical about Gold Star Studios, the legendary L.A. recording mecca that hosted sessions by rock greats from Ritchie Valens to Buffalo Springfield to the Go-Go’s.

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

8.2-9.1: All Shook Up

Elvis is in the building (or at least his songs are). And so, by the way, is Shakespeare, in this lightweight but fun musical mashup that sets such tunes as Love Me Tender to a circa-1950s saga of romance and adventure, drawn playfully from the Bard.

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

8.9-25: A Weekend With Pablo Picasso

Playwright, actor and Culture Clash co-founder Herbert Siguenza steps into the shoes (and dons the distinctive striped shirt) of the maverick artist for this reprise of a snappy solo show that has him both acting and painting.

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

8.11-9.15: Romeo and Juliet

Globe artistic chief Barry Edelstein takes on the Bard’s ageless romantic tragedy for the first time as a director, in this Shakespeare Festival closer on the outdoor Davies stage.

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

8.12-13: Camelot

Cygnet has put together a cast of area favorites for this concert staging of the Lerner and Loewe musical classic about King Arthur and Co.; the two-night event benefits the Old Town theater’s artist-advocate program.

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

8.14-31: West Side Story

The Sharks and Jets get set to rumble once again, as Moonlight artistic chief Steven Glaudini directs the groundbreaking 1957 musical, with that matchless score by Leonard Bernstein.

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

8.15-25: Tenderly – The Rosemary Clooney Musical

The actress and jazz singer (and aunt to George Clooney), renowned for such songs as Come On-a My House and Tenderly – not to mention the movie White Christmas – is at the center of this musical tribute, a San Diego premiere.

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

8.17-9.15: Dance Nation

Moxie gives San Diego its first look at this piece about a group of young and tough-minded competitive dancers; the play was both a Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for female dramatists.

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

8.20-9.15: The Coast Starlight

Suspense and humor share an armrest in Keith Bunin’s Playhouse-commissioned, world-premiere play about a very consequential rail journey along the California coast. The work was inspired by Bunin’s own travels on the work’s namesake train.

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