Disney On Ice, Taj Express, Stuttgart Chorus, Pink Floyd, Lila Downs, Michael Feinstein and much more

Looks like a busy week of shows and entertainment at local venues. So let’s get to it!

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Opening tonight at 8 p.m. is the International City Theater production UNCANNY VALLEY in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. It runs through May 7.

Drawing on current research in artificial intelligence and robotics, UNCANNY VALLEY charts the relationship between Claire, a neuroscientist, and Julian, a nonbiological human.

As Julian is “born” a few body parts at a time over the course of the play, Claire teaches him how to be as human as possible. UNCANNY VALLEY explores the painful divide between creator and creation, and how we are redefining what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.

  • Previews on Apr 19-20 at 8pm
  • Thu. – Sat. at 8pm
  • Sun. at 2pm
Ticket Prices

  • Previews: $35
  • Thu., Fri.: $47
  • Sat., Sun.: $49
  • Opening Night: $55

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Hans-Christoph Rademann conducts the International Bach Academy Stuttgart Chorus and Orchestra 8 p.m. tonight, April 19, in Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa.

Composed for Good Friday Vespers in Leipzig in 1724, Bach’s St. John Passion is one of Bach’s most extravagant and dramatic masterworks, depicting the trial and execution of Jesus, drawing from the Gospel of John interspersed with arias and hymns.

Since their inception, a particular focus of the International Bach Academy Stuttgart Chorus and Orchestra has been the interpretation of the vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach. The International Bach Academy Stuttgart Chorus and Orchestra have performed at numerous festivals, including the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival and the Prague Spring International Music Festival.

A pre-concert lecture will be given by Dr. Burton Karson at 7 p.m.

Tickets start at $30, but seniors 65 and older may get half off rush tickets at the box office, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big at the Long Beach Arena Thursday through Sunday.

Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves.

Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all.

Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget.

Apr 20, 2017 07:30PM (English)
Apr 21, 2017 07:30PM (English)
Apr 22, 2017 11:00AM (English), 03:00PM (English), 07:00PM (English)
Apr 23, 2017 11:00AM (English), 03:00PM (English), 07:00PM

Tickets start at $15 for Thursday.

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The cult favorite Pink Floyd LaserSpectacular returns by demand after five sold out appearances in the Carpenter Center for the Arts at Cal State Long Beach.

Experience two hours of thrilling visuals choreographed to one of the greatest bands of all time, Pink Floyd. at 8 p.m. Friday! With vivid multi-screen video projections, cutting edge laser technology, and the theatre’s state-of-the-art sound system—it’s got all the excitement of a live concert!

Tickets are $35.

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Michael Feinstein performs 8 p.m. Saturday in the Carpenter Center. Hailed as “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” the multi-platinum-selling entertainer offers exceptional interpretations of the world’s most beloved songs—from legends such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and of course, George and Ira Gershwin…delivering a dazzling show that will leave you cheering!

Feinstein’s 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.

Tickets are $75.

Proceeds from this benefit performance support the theatre’s Arts for Life program.

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Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa. The show captures the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations.

Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.

Ms. Vaibhav Merchant (Director of Choreography) has been the Director of Choreography for over 75 Bollywood films and is known for her smashing hits such as Dhol Baaje, Jhoom Barabar, Kajra Re, Kamli, and Dhoom3. She has received numerous awards for her choreography, including the prestigious National Award for Choreography, IIFA, and the American Choreography Award.

Shruti Merchant, (Director/Producer) is also amongst the top choreographers in the industry. For two seasons, she was a judge on India’s leading dance reality show, “Dance India Dance.”

Tickets begin at $29, but check for $20 senior rush tickets after noon on the day of the performance.

Also on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Segerstrom Concert Hall are two great singers. With stunning voices and booming Broadway careers, award-winning Broadway superstars Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell bring fresh insight to a program of Broadway hits and unforgettable melodies that have become timeless standards — including music from Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin — all backed by the lush sound of Pacific Symphony!

When Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell headlined the LA Philharmonic’s opening night gala this season with a similar program, they received rave reviews.

[Note: Hilty & Stokes Mitchell replace the previously announced Jason Alexander who was forced to cancel due to an unforeseeable scheduling conflict.]

Tickets begin at $35.

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Known for her soaring emotive voice and compelling stage presence, world renown Mexican American singer, Lila Downs’ will perform Sunday at 7 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall . The multiple Grammy-Award winning artist blends traditional Mexican, Latin, and Mesoamerican music with a broad range of other musical influences to create a vibrant, dramatic, and culturally rich performance.

Backed by her longtime band, La Misteriosa, comprised of international multi-instrumentalist musicians, Lila’s offering will include cumbias, boleros, perhaps a bit of jazz, new music from her forthcoming album, and traditional favorites from the vast repertoire cultivated throughout her illustrious career.

Colombia’s Monsieur Periné opens, bringing the quirky blend of swing, alternative and pop that earned the band a 2015 Latin Grammy for Best New Artist.

Tickets start at $29.

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