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San Diego’s Top Weekend Arts Events: Disney Princesses And Death

A 2019 photo of California Ballet's

Credit: California Ballet

Above: A 2019 photo of California Ballet's "Cinderella."

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Cinderella, Mulan and Jasmine' this weekend is all about Disney princesses, from three different Cinderella ballets to a concert by Lea Salonga. Plus a new musical at the Old Globe that explores the death of a father.

GUEST: Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

Aired: April 5, 2019 | Transcript

Cinderella, Mulan and Jasmine, this weekend is all about Disney princesses from three different Cinderella ballets to a concert by Disney Legend Lea Salonga. Plus a new musical at the Old Globe that explores the death of a father.

"Cinderella"

Dance

This month, three ballet companies will be putting on ballet versions of Cinderella:

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet presents an all-student version of the classic fairy tale, featuring dancers from preschool to age 18. The ballet is at Casa del Prado Theatre in Balboa Park this weekend. Find tickets and details here.

Southern California Ballet stages the show featuring new choreography by Martha Leebolt and Toby Batley, and starring David Ward as The Prince. The show features a mix of professional and student dancers. It will be performed this weekend at Poway Center for the Performing Arts, find tickets and details.

California Ballet's version of "Cinderella" features new choreography by artistic director Jared Nelson. You can hear Nelson discuss his interpretation at a pre-show lecture an hour before every performance. This professional version will be staged next weekend at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Find tickets and details.

Photo by Jeremy Daniel

A 2019 photo of (from left) Livvy Marcus and Sophie Hearn in The Old Globe's "Life After."

"Life After"

Theater

The Old Globe stages the United States premiere of "Life After," a new musical by Britta Johnson.

The musical, staged without an intermission, is about a 16-year-old girl dealing with her father's sudden death.

Because it's told from a teen perspective, it's equal parts melancholy, moody and snarky. As she pieces together what happened to her father, she discovers complicated truths about her father and her family dynamic.

Details: "Life After" plays through April 28. Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. $39 to $100; find tickets to "Life After."

Photo credit: Courtesy of San Diego Symphony

A promotional photo of singer Lea Salonga.

An Afternoon With Lea Salonga

Music, Theater

The San Diego Symphony presents a concert by Broadway legend Lea Salonga.

Salonga was first seen in the United States when she starred in the original cast of "Miss Saigon," a role that garnered her the first-ever Tony Award for an Asian woman. Salonga was also the first Asian woman to play Eponine from "Les Miserables" on Broadway.

The actress spent time in San Diego in 2012 when she starred in "Allegiance," a musical by actor George Takei inspired by his time spent at a World War II internment camp with other Japanese Americans. Salonga later performed in that musical on Broadway.

In 2011, she was recognized as an official Disney Legend for voicing the characters of Jasmine in "Aladdin" and Fa Mulan in "Mulan."

Details: 2 p.m. Sunday. Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown. $20 to $76; find tickets to Lea Salonga.

Reported by Roland Lizarondo

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