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Costa Mesa Playhouse
at Rea Elementary School 661 Hamilton Street Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 43 members
Review from Ira T.
248 events 92 reviews

I'm not a big fan of SPELLING BEE. It's cute, nothing more. But I'm a big fan of Costa Mesa Playhouse. The production was excellent, from the talented cast to the simple and effective set. Would that the Playhouse used live music, if only...continued

reviewed Oct 15 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Jay
99 events 48 reviews

A pleasant entertainment with uniformly fine performances. Note that it's verbatim the Broadway book, including sexual innuendos, so it's not appropriate for youngsters.

reviewed Oct 22 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Rachel Smith
132 events 47 reviews

Had a great live theater experience. Lots of fun and very talented cast.

reviewed Nov 06 2010 report as inappropriate
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Ready to have some F-U-N? Then come to the Costa Mesa Playhouse this fall when the theater presents the hit Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Music & Lyrics are by William Finn, with a book by Rachel Sheinkin. The play is directed by David Anthony Blair with musical direction of Stephen Hulsey.

This charming Tony Award-winning one-act musical celebrates the triumph of doing the best you can. Six nerdy teenagers from Putnam Valley Middle School, in the midst of adolescent angst, discover themselves while struggling to win the school’s spelling bee, run by three equally-quirky grownups.

The Broadway production opened in April 2005 at New York’s Circle in the Square Theater, where it is still playing. An unusual aspect of the show is that four real audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six young characters.

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