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Weekend Preview: Music and Theater

A Country Legend To A Robot Hedda Gabler

Above: (from left) Kyle Harris stars as George Emerson, Ephie Aardema as Lucy Honeychurch and Will Reynolds as Cecil Vyse in the World Premiere of A Room with a View, a new musical with book by Marc Acito, music and lyrics by Jeffrey Stock, additional lyrics by Acito, directed by Scott Schwartz, March 2 - April 8, 2012 at The Old Globe. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

Aired 3/1/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:
George Varga, U-T San Diego Pop Music Critic

James Hebert, U-T San Diego Theater Critic

Transcript

This weekend it's all about theater and music as the Weekend Preview guests look to the best in upcoming San Diego stage productions and music.

Country and music legend Merle Haggard plays this Thursday at the Balboa Theater. His latest album is "Working in Tennessee." Read George Varga's interview with him.

"A Room With a View," a new musical based on the E.M. Forster novel, has previews beginning this Friday and the show opens March 10 at The Old Globe. Read James Hebert's review.

Third Story has an album release party on Friday at The Back Room at 98 Bottles. The young jazz band's lineup features El Cajon piano phenom Joshua White (who last fall won second place honors in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition at the Kennedy Center).

"The Car Plays" has been extended a week at the La Jolla Playhouse parking area, yes the parking area. This unique collection of plays takes place in cars. Read James Hebert's review.

The Aristocrats perform this Friday at Brick by Brick. The genre-leaping band features Imperial Beach-based drummer Marco Minnemann and will be joined by San Diego guitar great Mike Keneally (best known for his tenure in Frank Zappa's band).

An finally, "Heddatron" opens Tuesday at Ion Theater. You can read the review of the New York City premiere. The play runs March 10 through 31.

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