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Hot Broadway Show ‘Hadestown’ Hits Segerstrom Center Aug. 9-21

How many Broadway musicals can you name that feature Greek mythology characters and plots? Probably only one: the Broadway musical “Hadestown” that hits town Aug. 9-21 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album,...

Pacific Symphony Perseveres, Thrives During Pandemic

It’s been an impressive 12 months for the Pacific Symphony. The pandemic has been hard on arts organizations that depend on audiences – and donors – to succeed and thrive. When everything shut down in March 2020, arts income all but stopped. For more than a year, Segerstrom Center and other...

Local Choreographer Molly Lynch Brings her National Dance Initiative Back to Irvine Barclay Theatre July 30

Ever since Ballet Pacifica closed its doors in 2007, Orange County has relied on a handful of local dance troupes and touring professional companies to provide the county with quality dance programs. And then there is National Choreographer’s Initiative, founded in 2004 by Corona del Mar resident Molly Lynch, former...

Billy Joel Tribute Band Performs Sunday July 17 at Newport Beach Civic Center

Billy Nation, a Billy Joel tribute band, performs classic pop songs by the “piano man” on Sunday, July 17from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center as part of the annual Summer Concerts Series on the Green, presented by the Newport Beach Arts Commission. Billy Nation gives...

Annual Eric Marienthal and Friends Jazz Concert Returns to Hyatt Regency Newport to Support High Hopes Brain Injury

Prepare to enjoy a sensational jazz concert that benefits a great cause when the 23rd annual Eric Marienthal and Friends Jazz Concert returns to the Hyatt Regency Newport’s intimate amphitheater on Sunday, July 17. The concert benefits the High Hopes Brain Injury Program, which is dedicated to helping individuals recover...

Newport Theatre Arts Center Stage Renamed to Honor Guiding Light Rae Cohen

By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy Rae Cohen was a key mover and shaker when Newport Theatre Arts Center was founded in 1979. She was appointed board president when NTAC opened its doors and was the company’s guiding light for nearly four decades. So the current board and...

OC Museum of Art Commissions Monumental Sculpture for Museum’s Opening This October

The Orange County Museum of Art is nearing its goal of opening a beautiful new museum facility at Segerstrom Center for the Arts this October, and it has just announced the commission of a monumental sculpture by artist Sanford Biggers that it plans to have installed when the museum...

Paul McCartney Finally ‘Got Back’ on Tour

By Simone Goldstone | NB Indy Soundcheck Columnist “It’s like I brought John on tour with me,” Paul McCartney joked on May 13 during his concert at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium. Director Peter Jackson, the genius behind the Beatles documentary “Get Back,” ensured the Beatles “got back” together for Sir Paul...

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort Hosts Independence Day on the Back Bay July 4

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina is hosting a Fourth of July holiday celebration filled with activities for the whole family to enjoy. Celebrate Independence Day on the Back Bay with a weekend full of games, watersports, movies on the beach, food and drinks, live entertainment, and one of Southern...

Dazzling Musical ‘Pretty Woman’ Comes to Segerstrom Center July 5 – 17

Remember “Pretty Woman,” the 1990 romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall, and starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts? It was the third highest grossing movie of 1990, and Roberts received a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award Best Actress nomination for her as a down-on-her-luck Hollywood prostitute...