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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: All About Musicals … And Blues

A photo from the musical

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Above: A photo from the musical "An American in Paris."

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A collection of award-winning musicals opens in San Diego this week, plus a popular blues festival returns.

'An American in Paris'

Theater, Dance

Directed and choreographed by famed dancer Christopher Wheeldon, this show blends the romance of Paris with beloved songs by George and Ira Gershwin.

The story follows a group of friends trying to find their passion after World War II, only to be derailed by a mysterious French woman. The talented actors, the gorgeous sets and costumes transport the audience to another time and place. But it's the final ballet, one that looks as if it's straight from New York City Ballet's repertoire, that really elevates this show

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Details: 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 3rd Ave., downtown. $22.50 to $175; additional information.

Photo by Ken Jacques

A 2017 photo of the cast of Coronado Playhouse's "Little Shop of Horrors."

Little Shop of Horrors


Coronado Playhouse stages a fun version of "Little Shop of Horrors," a 1950s-inspired musical about a carnivorous plant.

A shy salesman becomes a neighborhood hero thanks to his unique plant. The secret, though, is that this plant needs blood to stay alive. Keep an ear out for that plant, Audrey II, who is voiced by KPBS TV personality BJ Robinson, host of Spectrum.

Details: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursdays. Through Oct. 15. Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado. $20 to $27; find tickets.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Moonlight Amphitheatre

A promotional graphic for Moonlight Amphitheatre's "In the Heights."

'In the Heights'


If you're counting the days until "Hamilton" opens in San Diego, this will tide you over for a while.

Moonlight Amphitheatre stages Lin-Manuel Miranda's first musical, "In the Heights." It tells the story of a vibrant Hispanic community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood as it goes through gentrification.

"In the Heights" won the 2008 Tony for Best Musical and features a soundtrack of rap, salsa and Latin pop.

Details: Opens 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Continues 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Sept. 20. Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. $10 to $55; find tickets.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Mavis Staples for PBS

Mavis Staples performs in this celebration of Memphis Soul.

San Diego Blues Festival


The popular San Diego Blues Fest returns to downtown's waterfront.

Legendary gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples headlines the seventh annual festival. The afternoon also features blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker and rising soul band, California Honeydrops.

Along with music, there will be arts vendors, food booths and beer and spirits for sale. The San Diego Blues Festival is an all-ages event and children ages 12 and younger are admitted free (with adult ticket purchase).

Details: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Embarcadero Marina Park North, 500 Kettner Blvd., downtown. $20 to $250; find tickets.


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