Audra McDonald, Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim, ImaginOcean Will Play Segerstrom Center

News   Audra McDonald, Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim, ImaginOcean Will Play Segerstrom Center
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA, has announced its 2011-2012 season.

Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald Photo by Michael Wilson

The center's Broadway Series will feature the national touring productions of Shrek the Musical (Oct. 4-16), Blue Man Group (Nov. 8-20), White Christmas (Dec. 13-Jan. 1, 2012), Million Dollar Quartet (April 24-May 6, 2012), Les Miserables (June 12-24, 2012) and La Cage aux Folles (July 24-Aug. 5, 2012). The Curtain Call Series will welcome Come Fly Away (Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 2012), Traces (Feb. 28-March 4, 2012) and American Idiot (May 29-June 3, 2012), and subscribers will receive bonus offers for two additional shows, Riverdance (Oct. 28-30) and Cats (Jan. 17-22, 2012). All performances will take place in Segerstrom Hall.

The Cabaret Series will feature an eclectic lineup of stage talent, including four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Oct. 15 at 8 PM, Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall); Stephen Sondheim and Friends, an evening with the legendary composer featuring ASCAP's Michael Kerker and guest performances of Sondheim's songs (Oct. 29 at 8 PM, Segerstrom Hall); two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera (Nov. 10-13, Samueli Theater); Tony Award winner Paulo Szot (Dec. 15-18, Samueli Theater); Grammy Award winner Steve Tyrell (Jan. 5-8, 2012, Samueli Theater); and Tony Award winner Andrea Martin, with Seth Rudetsky (Feb. 16-19, 2012, Samueli Theater).

John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean, the unique black-light puppet show currently playing at New York's New World Stages, will appear at the Samueli Theater as part of the center's Discovery Series, an off-shoot of the Family Series, Feb. 4-5, 2012. The series will also feature Muckheap (Oct. 8-9); Magic School Bus (Nov. 4-5); Dream Carver (April 14-15, 2012); and Farfalle (April 28-29, 2012). All performances will take place in the Samueli Theater, except for Farfalle, which will perform in Founders Hall.

The Family Series will also offer the off-shoot Explorer Series, which will include Shopping for Shoes (Feb. 25-26, 2012), Zorro (March 17-18, 2012), and The Man Who Planted Trees (May 6 and 12, 2012). Shopping for Shoes will perform in Founders Hall; the other two shows will perform in the Samueli Theater.

The Segstrom Center is located at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information and tickets, visit

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