Is Chicago’s Hamilton Coming to LA?


Chris De’Sean Lee, José Ramos, Wallace Smith, and Miguel Cervantes (Joan Marcus)

It has been revealed on Playbill that the Chicago production of Hamilton will be coming to a close after a 3-year run at the CIBC Theatre. Final performance is scheduled for January 5, 2020.

When the Pantages Theatre announced their 2019-2020 Broadway Season earlier in the year, they showed us that Hamilton will be returning to the Pantages in March 2020. Will this Chicago company/production be coming to Los Angeles? I did tweet at them today. Still waiting for a reply. I might just be onto something.

I haven’t seen the Chicago production of Hamilton. I haven’t even been to Chicago. But from what I read on Twitter and Instagram from people who have seen it, some say that it is the greatest version of Hamilton that they have ever seen.

Aladdin’s OC Debut

Last night I went to go watch Aladdin at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. This was show number four in Segerstrom’s 2018-2019 Broadway Season and my second time watching it. I saw it last year while it was at the Pantages.

There was a change in the main cast compared to the Los Angeles stop. Clinton Greenspan, who was in the ensemble last year, is now Aladdin. Lissa deGuzman, formerly a swing, is Jasmine. In LA, we got the original Broadway Aladdin and Jasmine, Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed. Greenspan and deGuzman’s performance were just as amazing. I loved it and enjoyed just as much as the first.

Speaking of firsts, this was the first time I saw a show that experienced technical difficulties. A backdrop being raised got stuck about 1/8th of the way up. An announcement was made over the speaker that the show was experiencing technical difficulties and the audience cheered. I saw a few phones getting pulled out. There’s probably pictures of it on Instagram.

Go see the show while you still can. It runs through March 23. Buy your tickets at scfta.org.

Broadway San Diego

Since “SoCal” is in my tagline, I might as well include this too. I don’t live in San Diego. I have been there a few times. First was an 8th grade field trip where we sailed down there. The last few times in my adult life was for San Diego Comic-Con. I shall return one of these days.

If you live down in SD and don’t want to deal with the 100+ mile drive to Los Angeles or Orange County, then the San Diego Civic Theatre‘s got your back. Missing from the picture is Rent and Blue Man Group. I’m assuming those shows will be add-ons when purchasing or renewing your season package.

If you don’t plan on getting a season package, I recommend you watch Dear Evan Hansen and Come From Away. You can’t go wrong with a Tony Award winner for Best Musical and nominee. Believe me, they will not disappoint.

Segerstrom’s 2019-2020 Broadway Season Revealed

Finally. SCFTA has revealed their lineup for the 2019-2020 Broadway Season and it looks to be a good one. They were killing me the past 10 days with their haiku clues. Some were show specific. Some were puns. We even had a geographical one. There are 7 or 8 of the 10 shows that I am interested in seeing. So heck yeah, I’m going to renew Anyway, here it is.

As usual, there are shows here that are or were in Pantages Theatre’s current season. For example, A Bronx Tale, Miss Saigon, and Les Miserables. So if you have the patience and don’t want to deal with LA traffic, SCFTA in Costa Mesa is a great option. They do have more seats than the Pantages, they don’t use Ticketmaster, and you don’t need to be a season subscriber to exchange tickets. Although, I do wish they use Playbill for their programming.

If you head over to their Season Packages page, you’ll find that SCFTA breaks up their shows into two categories, Broadway and Curtain Call. Missing from this is The Lion King. It’ll most likely be a bonus add-on during checkout. All six shows under Broadway are ones I want to see. Unfortunately, I’ll have to purchase Chicago separately.

Aladdin Back in SoCal

Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, makes its return to southern California on March 6, 2019. Prince Ali Ababwa, or Abubu if you’re Jafar, will be doing 23 performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA. Tickets are available for purchase now starting at $26.50 if you want to sit in the back and/or the edge. I have my ticket ready for the 2pm matinee on March 7th. Am I crazy enough to see two performances in one day? Hmm…

Aladdin was the first animated Disney movie I saw in theaters. This will be my second time seeing the touring Broadway musical. I saw it last year at the Pantages Theatre where we were treated to the original Broadway Aladdin and Jasmine (Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed). I was super excited to see that it was part of SCFTA’s 2018-2019 Broadway Season package so I’ll be looking forward to revisiting the streets of Agrabah.