Oldies, newcomers and the 25th anniversary revival of arguably the greatest musical of all time dot the calendar of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for its upcoming 2011-12 season — which, coincidentally, also is the center's 25th season.
The anniversary production is "Les Miserables," ticketed for June 12-24, 2012, and, according to those who've witnessed it, it's not just another revival. The New York Times described it as "an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish."
Television viewers were given a taste of the new production in a concert version on PBS Sunday evening, and if those performers' spectacular voices are present when the national tour pulls into Costa Mesa, theatergoers are in for a rare treat.
Starting things off, however, will be a show aimed somewhat lower on the viewing age scale. It's "Shrek the Musical," opening Oct. 4 for a two-week engagement. The swamp-dwelling ogre out to reclaim the deed to his land is joined by a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess.