Costa Mesa Playhouse

2017-2018 Season

Costa Mesa Playhouse celebrates its 53rd season with a bold, diverse selection of plays and musicals - the kind of electrifying theater that has become our signature.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (in Concert)

May 19 - May 27 2017 Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film's Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell's new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo's gothic novel.

Dinner With Friends

Jul 21 - Aug 13 2017 Two inseparable couples share vacations and countless dinners together, but when one marriage unexpectedly crumbles, their lives veer into opposite directions. This engrossing drama about marriage and betrayal won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Real Women Have Curves

Sep 8 - Oct 1 2017 Set in a tiny sewing factory in East Los Angeles, Josefina López's play explores the issues of gender politics and the immigrant experience. This heartfelt and timely comedy celebrates the strength of the Latina spirit.

Yankee Tavern

Oct 27 - Nov 19 2017 A young couple in a crumbling New York tavern find themselves caught up in an intriguing 9/11 conspiracy theory. A uniquely funny and mind-bending work of theatrical power that will leave you questioning what you know and don't know.

Mr. Burns

Dec 1 - Dec 16 2017 What will endure when the cataclysm arrives–when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we're faced with the task of rebuilding? The Simpsons of course! A celebration of live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

A New Brain

Feb 2 - Mar 4 2018 While undergoing emergency brain surgery, a songwriter with writer's block hallucinates a surrealistic musical-within-a-musical starring the people in his life. Based on William Finn's own experience with a life-threatening neurological disorder.

Sister Act

Apr 6 - May 6 2018 Hiding out in a convent from gangsters, a disco diva blows her cover when she transforms the struggling choir into a hit sensation. This heavenly, uplifting musical is based on the 1992 film comedy of the same name.

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