Broadway’s Back: ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Tootsie’ & More Will Premiere in Costa Mesa

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts - Pictured (L-R): Danielle Wade (Cady Heron), Megan Masako Haley (Gretchen Wieners), Mariah Rose Faith (Regina George), and Jonalyn Saxer (Karen Smith) in the National Touring Company of Mean Girls - Credit: © 2019 Joan Marcus

The bright lights of Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts stage are scheduled to shine once again after over a year of canceled Broadway musicals due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

SCFTA has announced that Broadway shows will be back on the Segerstrom Hall stage beginning in the fall of 2021. The series will include Center premieres of “Mean Girls,” “Tootsie,” “Pretty Woman: The Musical” and “Hadestown,” as well as new productions of “My Fair Lady,” “The Band’s Visit” and a returning run of “Wicked.”

The annual Curtain Call Series will be announced soon, expanding the list of Broadway blockbusters coming to Orange County. Center President Casey Reitz said show producers and presenting colleagues across the country feel “the promise of effective COVID-19 vaccines will make it safe for companies to tour safely and audiences to return to theaters to enjoy their favorite shows once again.”

SCFTA is staying creative with creating a safe environment for patrons, including air ventilation, circulation filtering systems, hands-free restroom fixtures, box office ticket purchasing and door check-ins, and hand sanitation dispensers throughout. Anxious to bring back Broadway and other notable stage productions, the theater says they will continue to monitor and evaluate progress and implement protocols for a safe return.

Backstage SoCal will feature Q&A’s for each show as the dates get closer. In the meantime, pull out your calendars, here are the dates:

2021 – 2022 BROADWAY SERIES

MEAN GIRLS – CENTER PREMIERE
October 26 – November 7, 2021

MY FAIR LADY – NEW PRODUCTION
NEW PRODUCTION
January 11 – 23, 2022

TOOTSIE – CENTER PREMIERE
May 31 – June 12, 2022

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL – CENTER PREMIERE
July 5 – 17, 2022

HADESTOWN – CENTER PREMIERE
August 9 – 21, 2022

BONUS OPTIONS

WICKED
February 9 – March 6, 2022

THE BAND’S VISIT – CENTER PREMIERE
March 22 – April 3, 2022

For more info, visit scfta.org

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