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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: From ‘Hamilton’ To The Marx Brothers

A 2017 photo of the cast of Cygnet Theatre's

Photo by Daren Scott

Above: A 2017 photo of the cast of Cygnet Theatre's "Animal Crackers."

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From 'Hamilton' To The Marx Brothers


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar


This weekend celebrates old and new Broadway, plus a look at one of San Diego's most prolific musicians.

Animal Crackers


Cygnet Theatre stages "Animal Crackers," the Marx Brothers Broadway hit and film classic.

When a celebrated painting goes missing from Mrs. Rittenhouse's fancy house party in honor of African explorer Captain Spaulding, her guests set out to find the thief in a series of madcap antics and exploits.

This adaptation will be packed with jokes, music and be prepared for audience participation.

Details: Runs July 7 through Aug. 13. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. $43 to $64; find tickets.

Photo credit: Courtesy of the San Diego Symphony

A promotional photo of performer Leslie Odom, Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr.


Tony Award-winning actor Leslie Odom, Jr. returns to San Diego for a concert with the San Diego Symphony.

Bayside Summer Nights welcomes the Broadway actor, best known for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in "Hamilton," for a two-night stand complete with fireworks.

Odom, Jr. recently released a solo album of re-imagined jazz favorites, and the concert will be a mix of those songs, as well as music from Broadway.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Parkway, Embarcadero. $25 to $90; find tickets.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Brian Karscig

A 2017 promotional poster for The Life of Brian concert.

The Life of Brian - Brian Karscig Performs the music of Convoy, Louis XIV and Nervous Wreckords


The Casbah presents The Life of Brian, a concert featuring prolific San Diego musician Brian Karscig.

Karscig is a founding member of popular bands Convoy, Louis XIV and The Nervous Wreckords and he will be performing songs from those bands plus be prepared for special guests.

Also on the lineup is Buckfast Superbee, Mittens, The Paragraphs and DJ Lou Niles.

Details: 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., $10 to $12; find tickets.

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