Can’t-Miss Events in Orange County This Month (January 2019)

James Whiteside in Harlequinade. Photo credit: Rosalie O’Connor

“DEAR EVAN HANSEN”
JAN. 1 THROUGH 13
This Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of a high schooler with social anxiety whose life turns upside down after a letter he’d written to himself turns up in an unexpected place. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, known for “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman,” wrote the music and lyrics. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“SWEENEY TODD”
OPENS JAN. 19
Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece tells the story of a murderous barber who, while plotting revenge on a judge who wronged him, strikes up an unusual deal with the owner of a struggling bakery. The dark comedy won several Tony Awards when it first opened on Broadway in 1979 and features memorable songs such as “Not While I’m Around.” South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org

AMERICAN BALLET THEATER PRESENTS “HARLEQUINADE”
JAN. 17 THROUGH 20
Using famed choreographer Marius Petipa’s archival notes, ABT artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky re-created this comedic ballet in which Harlequin falls for and woos Columbine, whose father doesn’t approve. The set and costume design epitomize the colorful exuberance of commedia dell’arte. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“DRIVING MISS DAISY”
JAN. 9 THROUGH 27
Michael Learned, known for her role on “The Waltons,” and Lance Nichols of HBO’s “Treme” star in this staging of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the friendship that develops between a wealthy Jewish woman and her black chauffeur. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO
JAN. 24
This critically acclaimed contemporary dance troupe presents commissioned works from master choreographers such as Twyla Tharp and Nacho Duato on stages around the world. Known for its innovative repertoire, the ensemble has been performing for 41 years. Musco Center for the Arts, 1 University Drive, Orange, 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org

LUCE PUPPETS: ZOMO THE TRICKSTER RABBIT
JAN. 13
Using handcrafted puppets, Luce Puppet Co. transforms Casa Romantica’s Main Salon into the world of Zomo the Rabbit, who thinks he is the fastest, smartest rabbit in Africa. He gains wisdom about himself and his community when he embarks on an adventure with Cow, Crocodile, and Leopard. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

NEWPORT BEACH RESTAURANT WEEK
JAN. 14 THROUGH 27
More than 50 restaurants across Newport Beach, from fast-casual favorites to fine-dining establishments, offer two- or three-course prix fixe menus for lunch ($10, $15, $20, or $25) and dinner ($20, $30, $40, or $50) over the course of two weeks. Various locations in Newport Beach, visitnewportbeach.com

MARC ANTHONY
JAN. 24
The Grammy Award winner kicks off the second leg of his Legacy Tour in Anaheim. A Guinness World Record holder as the best-selling tropical salsa artist of all time, the Latin singer will perform songs such as “Vivir Mi Vida” and “Contra La Corriente.” Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2400, hondacenter.com

“THE SURVIVAL PROJECT”
JAN. 25 THROUGH 27
Written and directed by Romanian director Mihai Maniutiu, this dance-theater performance piece exploring exclusion and survival was inspired by the “Green Book,” a travel guide for black motorists published annually between 1936 and 1966. Robert Cohen Theatre, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine, 949-824-2787, arts.uci.edu/boxoffice

HANNA ROSIN
JAN. 25 AND 26
Co-host of the NPR show “Invisibilia,” a regular contributor to The Atlantic and Slate, and author of “The End of Men and the Rise of Women,” Rosin is known for her thoughtful and funny examinations of gender dynamics. In this lecture, she’ll discuss how men and women can work and live together in the #MeToo era. Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949-717-3890, nbplfoundation.org

LA PHIL WITH JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET
JAN. 20
The Los Angeles Philharmonic makes its annual Orange County visit with principal guest conductor Susanna Mälkki at the helm. Celebrated pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will perform with the symphony in the Orange County premiere of “Trans” for harp and orchestra by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and Olivier Messiaen’s “Turangalîla Symphony.” Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, philharmonicsociety.org

BERNADETTE PETERS
JAN. 26
The three-time Tony Award winner—fresh off her run as the lead in the Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!”—performs highlights from her illustrious career. Expect interpretations of Stephen Sondheim and Rodgers and Hammerstein classics as well as a few surprises. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-755-5788, scfta.org

JERRY HERMAN: THE BROADWAY LEGACY CONCERT
JAN. 12
Broadway veterans including Jason Graae, Debbie Gravitte, and Ron Raines perform the music of composer-lyricist Jerry Herman, who created the scores for musicals such as “La Cage Aux Folles,” “Mame,” and “Hello, Dolly!” Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

Comedian Gregory Popovich performs with more than 30 trained pets. Photo credit: Courtesy of Gregory Popovich

POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER
JAN. 19

In this popular, family-friendly show, comedian and champion juggler Gregory Popovich performs with more than 30 trained pets, including house cats, dogs, parrots, geese, and mice. A finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” Popovich uses animals rescued from shelters for his crowd-pleasing act. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

“MURDER ON THE NILE”
OPENS JAN. 18
This stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous murder mystery features all the suspense and drama of the novel. It follows wealthy, beautiful Kay Ridgeway as she and her new husband embark on their honeymoon trip down the Nile River. When a fellow passenger is murdered, everyone on board becomes a suspect. STAGESTheatre, 400 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714-525-4484, stagesoc.org

ELVIN BISHOP AND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE DUO
JAN. 27
The roots of Chicago blues get the royal treatment in this performance, with Bishop on guitar and Musselwhite on harmonica. Between them, the two members of the Blues Hall of Fame have more than 100 years of experience playing the blues. Musco Center for the Arts, 1 University Drive, Orange, 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org

VIOLIN & PIANO DUO: SIMONE PORTER & HSIN-I HUANG
JAN. 27
Emerging classical musicians Porter, on violin, and Huang, on piano, have toured across the nation and internationally. In this intimate concert, they’ll team up to play selections from Mozart, Ravel, and Prokofiev. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949-480-4278, soka.edu

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