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.

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.

Pre-Show Photo Adventure?

I mentioned in my last post about seeing Aladdin at 2pm on March 7. I’m starting to reconsider that decision. I’m thinking of exchanging my ticket to the evening performance instead. As of right now, there are still plenty of tickets available for that time slot.

Orange County has two museums that I’ve always wanted to visit and photograph, the Marconi Automotive Museum and the Lyon Air Museum. These two museums are only 4 miles apart. The Lyon Air Museum is 2 miles away from Segerstrom Center. So I can start my day off at Marconi, make my way down to Lyon, and end my day with a Broadway show. The problem, of course, is that both museums close rather early. Marconi closes at 4pm. They close even earlier if they’re hosting a private event. Lyon closes at 4:30. Now I’ll be left with 3 hours. Ugh. I can’t even watch Captain Marvel. Maybe I should take my laptop and edit some photos at a nearby Starbucks to pass the time.