Segerstrom’s 2012-13 season: ‘War Horse,’ Mariinsky, Barbara Cook


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The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa will offer a typically eclectic lineup for its 2012-13 season, which was announced Thursday. Among the highlights will be the Mariinsky Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, Broadway legend Barbara Cook and touring productions of ‘War Horse,’ ‘Billy Elliot, the Musical’ and ‘Anything Goes.’

The season will be relatively low-key compared with the center’s current 25th anniversary season. But there will be a number of local premieres.


‘The Little Mermaid,’ an updated dance adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story choreographed and directed by John Neumeier for the Hamburg Ballet, will have its local debut. The company’s last visit was in 2007 when it presented ‘Death in Venice.’

The Trey McIntyre Project will unveil a new piece commissioned by the center. The work will be a site-specific piece that brings together American and Asian dance influences. Two Russian companies -- the Mariinsky and Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg -- round out the dance schedule.

The Eifman Ballet will present the West Coast premiere of ‘Rodin,’ choreographed by Boris Eifman, the company’s artistic director.

Nine theatrical touring shows will pass through the center: ‘Memphis,’ ‘The Addams Family,’ ‘War Horse,’ ‘Billy Elliot, the Musical,’ ‘Wicked,’ ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ ‘Anything Goes,’ ‘Flashdance’ and ‘Sister Act.’

Cook will perform a cabaret show in celebration of her 85th birthday. As part of the show, she will also engage in a conversation about her singing and Broadway career. In addition to Cook, the season’s cabaret series will feature several familiar names, including Michael Feinstein, Betty Buckley, Marin Mazzie and Lea Salonga.

Classical-music groups will include the Emerson String Quartet, Takács Quartet and Szymanowski String Quartet. The Elias Quartet will makes its center debut with pianist Jonathan Biss in a recital of music by Purcell and Schumann as well as a new piece by Timothy Andres.


Jazz offerings will include Ahmad Jamal Quartet, Ninety Miles, Charlie Haden and Quartet West, and more.

A date has not yet been announced for when tickets will go on sale.

Here’s a list of dates for the upcoming season’s major events:

International dance series: Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra (Oct. 2–7); Trey McIntyre Project (Nov. 23–25); Hamburg Ballet (Feb. 8–10); Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg (May 3–5, 2013). Broadway series: ‘Memphis’ (Nov. 6–18); ‘The Addams Family’ (Dec. 18–30); ‘War Horse’ (Jan. 22 – Feb. 3); ‘Billy Elliot, the Musical (April 16–28, 2013); ‘Flashdance’ (May 7–19, 2013); ‘Sister Act’ (Aug. 6– 18, 2013).

Curtain Call series: ‘Wicked’ (Feb. 19–March 17, 2013); ‘Catch Me If You Can’ (June 25–30, 2013); ‘Anything Goes’ (Sep. 10–15, 2013).

Cabaret series: Jane Monheit and John Pizzarelli Quartet (Oct. 5); Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project (Oct. 27); Lea Salonga (Jan. 19); Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley (Feb. 14-16); Barbara Cook (April 13, 2013); Betty Buckley (May 16-18, 2013).

Classical concert series: Emerson String Quartet (Oct. 6); David Finckel, Wu Han and Philip Setzer (Nov. 2); Takács Quartet (Jan. 18); Szymanowski String Quartet with Adam Golka (Feb. 7); Elias String Quarter, with pianist Jonathan Biss (March 28, 2013).

Jazz series: Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez and Ben Williams (Sep. 28); Charlie Haden and Quartet West (Nov. 3); Ahmad Jamal Quartet (Nov. 24); Ninety Miles (Dec. 14-15); Monterey Jazz Festival 55th Anniversary Concert (Jan. 13); Blues at the Crossroads II: Muddy and the Wolf (March 13, 2013).


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-- David Ng