Theater Notebook: San Diego Musical Theater, Welk and OnStage Playhouse Announce Live Shows Return


The San Diego Musical Theater will return to live entertainment at the Horton Grand Theater in August with four weekends of musical tribute concerts from across the country.

“Piano Men: Generations” will take place on August 6th and 7th. Father and son pianist-singers Terry and Nick Davies will present a tribute show tracing four decades of music by Billy Joel and Elton John.

ABBAFAB, a tribute to the Swedish pop group of the 1970s-80s, ABBA, will perform on August 13th and 14th. “Not Fade Away: Rock ‘n’ Roll Reignited,” a tribute featuring Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper will take place August 20-21. And “Britain’s Finest: The Complete Beatles Experience” will take place on August 27-28.

SDMT will return to live theater performances on October 1 with a “pre-professional” production of “Rent” by Jonathan Larson. And on November 20, the theater will open its annual production “A Christmas Story”.

Show times, ticket prices and more information about the shows will be published in the coming months. For updates, visit

OnStage returns inside for ‘Sheepdog’

OnStage Playhouse in Chula Vista has announced plans to return to indoor theater starting June 4 with Kevin Artigue’s two-character drama “Sheepdog”.

The tense drama involves two enamored Cleveland cops, one white and one black. When the white officer shoots and kills a black man in the line of duty, it has a profound effect on his relationship with his girlfriend, who is black. James P. Darvas, artistic director of OnStage, said the play was the right way to resume the show because of its timeliness.

“I believe the change comes from exposure to different points of view,” Darvas said. “When I read ‘Sheepdog’ I was impressed with how he chose to approach such a polarizing subject in such a human and understandable way.”

The piece will be shown indoors under all required COVID-19 social distancing restrictions at that time. Updates will be posted on the theater website. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 4 p.m. on Sundays, through June 27 at 291 Third Ave., Chula Vista. Visit

Welk reopens for concerts

The Welk Resort Theater will return to live performances on June 3, but for the remainder of 2021 all shows will be concerts and variety shows. Live theater productions will resume in 2022. Tickets start at $ 25 for concerts and variety numbers, and theater tickets in 2022 will start at $ 60 for adults and $ 35 for children. Tickets are now on sale at

Fortunate Son: Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band: 7 p.m. on June 16, 23 and 30; July 7, 14, 21 and 28.
Anthony the Magic: Magic and Illusions: 7 p.m. June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.
Venice, American pop quartet: 7 p.m. on August 28.
Scot Bruce: A rock tribute to Elvis Presley: 7 p.m., Sept. 1, 15, 22 and 29
“Walking Man Tribute: A Tribute to the Music of James Taylor: 7 p.m. on October 6, 13, 20 and 27.
Hard Day’s Night: Tribute to the Beatles: 7 p.m. Nov. 3, 10 and 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
“Nunsense: a musical”: January 14-March 27, 2022.
“Bodyguard: The Musical”: April 8-June 19.
“Monty Python Spamalot”: 9 Sep-Nov 6.
“Elf: The Musical”: Nov 18-Jan 1, 2023.

June a great month for announcements

While many theaters have announced plans to return in recent weeks, many other San Diego theater executives say they are waiting until June to unveil their plans.

The Lamb’s Players Theater will announce its season on June 1. Cygnet Theater aims to announce that during the first week of June the San Diego Repertory Theater will be running for the second week of June, Moxie Theater hopes to reveal its plans from mid-June to the end of June. and the San Diego Opera House will announce its plans in late June.

The North Coast Repertory at Solana Beach announced its next season in early May, and New Village Arts launched a six-month residency on an outdoor stage at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad in early April, and the Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse will announce their plans this weekend.

Kragen writes in theater for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Email him at [email protected]


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