Theatre Preview – August 9, 2018
TODAY’3 3 SHOWS:
1) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
2) LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL
3) THE WIZARD OF OZ
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Broadway San Diego
August 23 – Sept 8
Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and demanding Christine be given lead roles. Things get worse when Christine meets back up with her childhood acquaintance Raoul and the two fall in love. The Phantom decides to kidnap her and imprison her with him in his lair. Raoul is now the only one who can stop him.
This production by Cameron Mackintosh features many exciting special effects, including the legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. 52 cast members and musicians will perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved story and thrilling score.
• Winner of 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical
• It is the longest running show in Broadway history by a wide margin
• Popular songs include “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask of You,” and “Masquerade”
LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL
New Village Arts
Through September 9
Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.
• Nominated for 7 Tony Awards
THE WIZARD OF OZ
STAR Repertory Theatre AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE
Through August 12
Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.
• The Hollywood premiere of the movie was on August 15, 1939
• The movie “Wizard of Oz” lost more than $1 million in its initial release, becoming profitable only after a 1949 re-release.
• The movie was shot for under $3 million. More than $25 million was spent just on advertising an IMAX 3D re-release in 2013