Theater Previews – 12/19/19

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Holiday theater is officially in San Diego! Check out these great shows that are sure to fill your holiday with joy.

Broadway/San Diego (Civic Theatre – Downtown)
December 28 (ONE NIGHT ONLY!)
The producers of Broadway’s smash hit “The Illusionists” have brought together the world’s greatest entertainers for a spell-binding and incredible new holiday production – A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS! Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family.
• Tickets: or (619) 570-1100

Diversionary Theatre (University Heights)
Through December 22
From the brilliantly twisted mind of David Sedaris comes a classic tonic for the holidaze. Out of work and options, The Santaland Diaries finds David as he begins his career as an elf in Macy’s Santaland during the holiday crunch. Battling throngs of rabid families clamoring towards a drunken Santa to get their Christmas fix, David makes do with some hilarious observations on human nature, and an unexpected connection to the holiday spirit.
• David Sedaris has written over 25 books, articles and plays and has won multiple awards for his comedic genius, often working with his sister, actor/writer Amy Sedaris.
• Add On just for the Holidaze: Linda Libby’s HoliGay Storytime -Join the indomitable theatre icon Linda Libby after hours for some queer holiday cheer! Grab a drink in Fritz’ lounge and saddle up with Linda fireside as she regales us with readings of holiday stories and songs that put the holly in your holigay!
• Tickets: or 619.220.0097

The Old Globe (Balboa Park)
Through December 29
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based on the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 22nd incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.
• Directed by San Diego’s very own James Vasquez
• Now in its 22nd year! It’s a San Diego Tradition!
• Tickets: or (619) 234-5623

San Diego Civic Theatre (Downtown)
December 31 – January 12
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.
• The Washington Post says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.”
• The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.”
• NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”
• DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).
• Recommended for ages 13+
• Tickets: or (619) 570-1100

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