On Stage: ‘Almost Famous,’ Countess Luann and other September theater highlights


Performances coming to San Diego this month include Almost Famous, Swan Lake and Intimate Apparel.

9.3-10.13: ‘Kiss My Aztec!’

John Leguizamo’s cheekily titled musical hits the Playhouse — one of the prolific writer-comic-actor’s favorite creative homes — with its sharply satirical look at the Aztec people’s faceoff against Spanish conquistadores in the 16th century.

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

9.11-28: ‘Victor/Victoria’

Moonlight puts up the long-time-coming local premiere of the 1995 musical (based on the 1982 Julie Andrews movie) about a singular Paris entertainer: a woman posing as a man impersonating a woman.

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

9.11-10.6: ‘The Virgin Trial’

In her follow-up to The Last Wife, which received a bracing Cygnet staging last year, playwright Kate Hennig explores the intrigue surrounding the young British princess who will one day be known as Queen Elizabeth I.

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

9.12-10.13: ‘Girlfriend’

Matthew Sweet’s 1991 alt-rock album (with its killer title track) forms the score for the versatile theater talent Todd Almond’s new musical about two young men drawn to each other in early-1990s Nebraska.

Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.220.0097,

9.13: ‘Countess Luann and Friends’

Money can’t buy you class, but it can buy you a ticket to see Countess Luann de Lesseps (of The Real Housewives of New York fame) as she brings her cabaret act to San Diego.

The Magnolia, 210 E. Main St., El Cajon, 619.494.5620,

9.13-10.20: ‘Almost Famous’

To borrow a catch phrase from Almost Famous, the movie: It’s all happening. The Globe is hosting the much-buzzed-about, world-premiere musical adaptation of hometown hero Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film about the adventures of a teenage rock journalist.

Old Globe’s Shiley Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623,

9.13-29: ‘Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin’

Felder, the formidable pianist-actor-writer, returns to a key artistic home with this Rep reprise of his 2006 solo piece about the influential French-Polish composer Frédéric Chopin.

San Diego Rep’s Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000,

9.19: Russian Ballet Theatre’s ‘Swan Lake’

The esteemed touring company hits Escondido to revisit the beloved Tchaikovsky piece about a princess who’s turned into a swan; the large-scale production includes 150 hand-sewn costumes.

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

9.20-10.20: ‘Noura’

Ibsen’s theatrical classic A Doll’s House inspired this loose adaptation, set in the Chaldean Christian community. The playwright is Heather Raffo, a graduate of the nationally renowned Old Globe/University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.

Old Globe’s White Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623,

9.20-10.20: ‘Intimate Apparel’

NVA opens its 19th season with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s breakthrough 2003 play, which tells of the struggles and small victories of a black seamstress in early-1900s New York City.

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

9.27-10.27: ‘Man of La Mancha’

Put the windmills on high alert; SDMT revives the prized 1965 musical about an idealistic knight vying to live an Impossible Dream.

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