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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: A Big Musical, A Small Musical And A Potter Musical

A 2018 photo of Moonlight's production of

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Above: A 2018 photo of Moonlight's production of "Newsies."

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Three new musicals open this weekend, one based on a Disney movie, another based on an Irish indie film and the third inspired by the Harry Potter series.



Moonlight Stage presents the San Diego regional premiere of "Newsies."

"Newsies" tells the story of poor newsboys taking on publishing magnates Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst (read about it here). Moonlight's production is packed with great dance numbers, and those alone are worth the ticket. But you'll also find an enthusiastic ensemble that brings heart and authenticity to songs like "King of New York" and "Once And For All."

Details: 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Through Aug. 4. Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. $17 to $57; find tickets to "Newsies."

Turning Tydes Theatre Company Presents "Wicked Wizards"


Turning Tydes is a theater group that puts on mash-ups of pop culture favorites and beloved musicals like "The Phantom of the Empire" ("Phantom of the Opera" and "Empire Strikes Back") and "Into the Walker Woods" ("Into the Woods" and "Walking Dead.")

This year's show is "Wicked Wizards," a musical that combines the Harry Potter series with "Wicked." Some songs you'll hear include "No One Names the Wizard," "Azkaban Life," and "A Wizard Am I."

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown. $30; find tickets to "Wicked Wizards."

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A 2018 photo from Coronado Playhouse's "A Man of No Importance."

"A Man of No Importance"


Coronado Playhouse presents "A Man of No Importance," a musical based on the 1994 indie film.

Set in 1964, the show is about a Dublin bus driver Alfie who recites Oscar Wilde poems to his passengers and stages plays in his church meeting hall.

When Alfie decides to stage Wilde's "Salome," the church finds it inappropriate and the scandal forces him to reveal who he truly is: a gay man who has been hiding his identity from the community.

This intimate show was the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award winner for Best Musical, and was written by Tony-winning "Ragtime" creators Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Details: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursdays. Through Aug. 26. $20 to $27; find tickets to "A Man of No Importance."


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