Located in Costa Mesa, CA., the celebrated Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents a wide range of programming for audiences of all ages artistic interests. Each season The Segerstrom features national and international dance companies, national tours of top Broadway shows, jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, and a variety of classical music performances. These performance take place throughout its beautiful campus, including free performances on its plaza, such as outdoor movie screenings, concerts, community and cultural festivals. In addition to its six performance venues, Segerstrom Center is also home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and Studio D: Arts School for All (previously named School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities).
It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year like none other in recent history and the Covid pandemic has brought about challenges to everyone, including the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Many of its 2019 – 2020 season performances were either cancelled or postponed, and others were presented virtually.
In a recent press release, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts announced the return of The Broadway Series on the Segerstrom Hall stage starting in the fall of 2021. The series will include Center premieres of Mean Girls, Tootsie, Pretty Woman: The Musical and Hadestown, a glorious new productions of My Fair Lady and two bonus options, The Band’s Visit and the Broadway powerhouse, Wicked. The annual Curtain Call Series will be announced after the first of the year, expanding the list of Broadway blockbusters coming to Orange County.
Center President Casey Reitz said, “I am thrilled to be able to confirm that our beloved Broadway shows will return with this spectacular line-up. Show producers and our presenting colleagues across the country feel strongly the promise of effective COVID-19 vaccines will make it safe for companies to tour safely and audiences to return to theaters to enjoy their favorite shows once again. To our patrons, the Center extends its deepest thanks who have been so patient during the past nine months. I cannot tell you how eager we are to welcome them back to the Center.”
The Center also stated that “in order to create an environment in which patrons, artists, crews, students, Center volunteers and staff all feel protected, confident and relaxed, the Center continues to roll out a comprehensive, safe practices plan that meets and even exceeds guidelines prescribed by the government and health agencies. These include optimal air ventilation and circulation filtering systems, hands-free restroom fixtures, ticket purchasing at the box office and check-in at the doors, conveniently located hand sanitation dispensers throughout the Center. And the Center will continue to monitor and evaluate progress, implementing protocols and safeguards as needed that will maintain a risk-free environment when we return.”
Here are the dates for The Broadway Series
TOOTSIE (Center Premiere)
May 31 – June 12, 2021
MY FAIR LADY (New Production)
January 11 – 23, 2022
PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL (Center Premiere)
July 5 – 17, 2022
HADESTOWN (Center Premiere)
August 9 – 21, 2022
February 9 – March 6, 2022
THE BAND’S VISIT (Center Premiere)
March 22 – April 3, 2022
For current season subscribers, no action is required at this time. Existing tickets and seats will be automatically transferred into the new series performances. In the new year, subscribers will have the first opportunity to add additional tickets and purchase bonus options Wicked and The Band’s Visit. Packages will be available for sale in early 2021.
The Band’s Visit was rescheduled to March 22 – April 3, 2022. Current ticket holders will have new tickets issued for a comparable day in the new period. Exchanges to another performance date can also occur.
More information will be shared on the Curtain Call Series productions in the new year.
For more information on this and other productions at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts, click HERE.
By Jeff Slayton for LA Dance Chronicle.
Featured image: Pretty Woman: The Musical – Hamburg Production – Photo by Morris Mac Matzen