Chocolate, Oranges, and Season Packages

Next week will be the Orange County premiere of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA. I’ve got my golden ticket ready for opening night, May 28. Well, it’s actually white and orange with a few other colors. There’s no gold on this thing at all.

It won’t just be a normal opening night either. SCFTA will be hosting an event in the lobby called “Kids Night on Broadway.” When you buy one adult ticket at full price, you’ll get one child’s ticket FREE. Use code OOMPA when purchasing. At the time of this writing, there are only 40 seats left so I wish you good luck. Starting at 6pm, there will be fun activities for kids (hopefully for adults too) including coloring stations, crafts, activities, photo opportunities and more.

The musical is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book of the same name and made its debut in 2013 in London’s West End. It was reworked for a Broadway production in 2017 and ended its nearly 9-month run in January 2018. This is also the last show in my Season Package. I didn’t purchase a bonus add-on this year. What a sweet way to end the season.

If you’re wondering, I did purchase another Broadway Season Package for next season. Tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory can be purchased here.

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.

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.

Broadway Haiku – Day 4

It is Day 4 of SCFTA‘s daily haiku clue. These things are getting harder to figure out. The first two were really easy. The third clue, I didn’t know until I read the comments. Today’s clue seems to be much more difficult. For the first time in their haiku clue, I am seeing more than one answer. So far, answers I’ve seen have been Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Mean Girls, and Neverland. I can see it being Les Mis with the unhappy part. As for the reclining part, I don’t know. I personally want to say it’s Escape to Margaritaville because, well, beaches and reclining. I’m also basing that off of it stopping in LA. Most shows that tour through LA tend to make their way to Costa Mesa.