“Witness” in the Escondido-born musical world, which took home the top prize at the San Diego Theater Critics Circle’s 2022 Craig Noel Awards in February, will return in June for a one-off performance in La Jolla.
Escondido musical producers, CCAE Theatrales, will participate in JFest reunion concerts at 2 p.m. June 4 at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.
Jordan Beck, “Witness” was conceived by the producer dealing with CCAE is a musical story about a real-life Jewish teenager in Europe who died in the Holocaust during World War II. The teenage diaries were used as the basis for a book by Robert L. Freedman and featured composers and lyricists Beck, Dean Carmel, Mindi Dickstein, Matt Gould, Adam Gwon, Anna K. Jacobs and Gerald Sternbach.
Libertus won the 2014 Tony Award for the book of the musical for the first-born Globe “Multiple Loves and Murders.” “Witness” was directed by CCAE art director J. Scott Lapp.
On June 4, the actors who appeared in the production in the first summer at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido: Giovanny Diaz De Leon, Austyn Myers, Kai Justice Rosales, Afra Sophia Tullius, Camille Umoff, Ian Dembek, Anna Frederick, David Landis, Katherina Paladichuk and Priya Richard
Tickets for the performance are $18 to $50. To order, visit my.lfjcc.org/12829/12830.
Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Corteo’ returns
Montreal’s Cirque du Soleil will return to San Diego in September with its touring circus show “Corteo,” which it first performed here in 2008.
Corteo is the Italian word for “cortege,” and tells the Fellini-esque story of an angelic digger caught between heaven and earth, watching his funeral procession. The funeral takes place in a carnival atmosphere and features eight performers in 16 different circus acts, including juggling, hand balancing, high wire, tumbling, trapeze, trampoline and more. Launched in Montreal in 2005, “Corteo” has toured twenty countries on four continents.
The results will be presented on Sept. 6 by 10 at Pechanga Arena. Tickets are now on sale at clubcircus.com.
Agni holds out ‘respect-T’ again
The Lamb Players Theater in Coronado has revived its third century production of “respect” musicals by American singers and songwriters of the 1960s. It will be playing now through June 4th.
The show by Kerry Meads and Wanda Eggington was originally scheduled to close on March 1. Last year Agni had another big musical hit in the hands of the “Million Dollar Quartet”, which has been running for about six months, thanks to a series of draws. visit agnini.org
Lederer celebrates Shakespeare
Wordsmith Richard Lederer, author of more than 50 books and longtime columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune, will present his tribute to the works of William Shakespeare later this month in Oceanside. Lederer will demonstrate the enduring nature of the Bard’s words through the stories and sounds of the stories.
Oceanside Theater presents “Living Will: A Guide to Shakespeare” at 7 p.m. on April 21 at the Riverside Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Tickets are $25. Call (760) 433-8900; oceansidetheatre.org.
Kragen writes about theater for the San Diego Union Tribune. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.