“An American in Paris” continues its run at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. It opened Tuesday and will end on May 7.
The new Tony Award-winning musical is about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.
Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014/15 season.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. There is also a 6:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, April 30.
As usual check their website for senior rush tickets for that day’s performances. Tickets begin at $29, but Thursday’s senior rush is only $20 cash only. Rush is available starting at 6:30 p.m. 1 ticket per valid ID, you must be senior 65 or older.
Also performing Thursday at the Segerstrom Center is Steve Tyrell at 7:30 p.m. in Samueli Theater. His legendary career has brought him acclaim as a songwriter and a Grammy-winning record producer, but Center audiences know him best as one of today’s most uniquely gifted vocalists.
Tyrell returns to the Cabaret Series with his acclaimed show, “A New Standard”, featuring his iconic performances of classics from the Great American Songbook, including tunes by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Sammy Cahn, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and many more.
He will also perform 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets begin at $79, there were no rush tickets available when we checked.
Two of Canada’s brightest classical music stars perform a program that celebrates the spirit of France. Concerts are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in Segerstrom Concert Hall.
Mozart composed his Symphony No. 31 specifically to please and impress Parisian audiences. Chopin called “The City of Lights” home for most of his adult life, and Debussy and Ravel are two of France’s greatest composers.
BBC Music Magazine commented on Louis Lortie’s gifts as an interpreter of Chopin: “Lortie is a model Chopinist: eloquent but never sentimental, elegant without ever sounding effete, dramatic but never exaggerated, harmonically luminous, structurally immaculate—and surprising.”
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Louis Lortie, piano
Mozart: Symphony No. 31, “Paris”
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2
Ravel: La Valse
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
Finally, the U.S. Naval Academy’s Chapel organist Monte Maxwell performs Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Segerstrom Concert Hall. Maxwell has played for diplomats and national leaders from around the world.
Hear this outstanding virtuoso on a wide-ranging program from Baroque and beyond. Tickets are only $10.
Meanwhile, the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts at Cal State Long Beach has a full schedule of shows to choose from. Thursday at 7 p.m., you can hear Broadway star David Burnham.
The star of Wicked and A Light in the Piazza returns with a strong, confident baritone that soars into the tenor range, and a charm that’s undeniably magnetic!
Tickets start at $45.
The Jason Bishop Show takes the Carpenter stage 8 p.m. Saturday. See America’s hottest illusionist as he mystifies with stunning and original state-of-the art magic. Bishop offers award-winning sleight of hand, and one-of-a-kind grand illusions delivered with a totally modern energy and an outstanding rock soundtrack.
From exclusive grand illusions to close-up magic projected onto a huge screen—no other touring illusionist showcases such a diverse array of talents and virtuosity!
Tickets are $35.
Last but not least, see a stellar cast of four sensational entertainers perform the hits from four of the most iconic musical styles in pop music history on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Carpenter Center. Enjoy this tribute to The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees and Motown.
This Vegas style revue is complete with fun costumes, and choreographed production numbers like “Twist and Shout,” “Stop in the Name of Love,” “Surfin’ USA, “Stayin’ Alive.”
Tickets are $40.