Arts Preview: Broadway comes to the Southland in touring shows for ‘Cabaret,’ ‘Chicago,’ ‘Kinky Boots’ and more


The 2015 Tony-winning musical “Fun Home,” based on Alison Bechdel’s bestselling graphic novel about growing up in a dysfunctional family, won’t see its national tour touch down in Southern California until summer 2017 (Aug. 1-6, 2017, at Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa). Until then, here’s a list of other shows headed our way from the Great White Way in the coming months.

‘Beautiful — The Carole King Musical’

Tony-winning jukebox musical-bio charts the singer-songwriter’s life and career from 1960s Brill Building hit-making machine to solo success with her Grammy-winning 1971 album “Tapestry.” Read review >>


Hollywood Pantages Theatre, June 22-July 17. Also at Segerstrom Center, Costa Mesa, Oct. 4-16, and San Diego Civic Theatre, Aug. 2-7.


Roundabout Theatre Company mounts Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s blockbuster reimagining of the Kander & Ebb classic about the denizens of a seedy nightclub in pre-World War II Berlin.

Hollywood Pantages Theatre, July 19-Aug. 7. Also at Segerstrom Center, Costa Mesa, Aug. 9-21, and San Diego Civic Theatre, Aug. 23-28.

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‘Chicago: The Musical’

Brandy Norwood stars in the national touring production of the Kander & Ebb tale of Jazz Age femme fatales who find tabloid fame. Read review of Brooke Shields show >>

Hollywood Pantages Theatre, April 26-May 1

‘42nd Street’

Come and meet those dancing feet … again: The national tour of the ultimate backstage musical is back for an encore, with a small-town gal and her big-city dreams.

Hollywood Pantages Theatre, May 31-June 19


‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder’

The 2014 Tony winner for best musical follows a scheming heir trying to get his hands on the family fortune. Read review >>

Ahmanson Theatre, L.A., March 23-May 1. Also at Segerstrom Center, Costa Mesa, Feb. 28-March 5.

‘Grey Gardens’

Tony winners Rachel York and Betty Buckley star in the L.A. premiere of this musical based on the Maysles brothers’ 1975 documentary about an eccentric mother and daughter living in a decaying Long Island mansion.


Ahmanson Theatre, L.A., July 6-Aug. 14

‘Kinky Boots’

Return engagement of this Tony-winning musical, co-created by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, about the owner of a failing shoe factory and the drag performer who helps turn the business around. Read review >>

Hollywood Pantages Theatre, April 13-24



Tony-winning Disney musical based on the 1992 film about paperboys who go on strike in turn-of-the-last-century New York. Read review >>

Segerstrom Center, Costa Mesa, May 17-29. Also at San Diego Civic Theatre, May 31-June 5.

‘Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella’

The touring production of the Tony-winning 2013 revival swings back through Southern California. Read review of Ahmanson show >>

Segerstrom Center, Costa Mesa, April 19-May 1


‘Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music’

This revival of the musical about a postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess also is back. Read review of Ahmanson show >>

Segerstrom Center, Costa Mesa, July 19-31. Also at San Diego Civic Theatre, Nov. 15-20.


Theatrical works to see: From ‘A Gentleman’s Guide’ to John Leguizamo to ‘Shakespeare 400’


Art exhibits featuring Marilyn Minter, Roman mosaics and Agnes Martin highlight the Spring

Classical works from Montreal, New York and L.A. orchestras, plus cello and Ojai festivals, are in the mix