On With the Show!

The Coachella Valley's diverse and dynamic stages serve up a season of music, dance, and laughter

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The Annenberg Theater inside the Palm Springs Art Museum has a season of stars lined up.
Photo courtesy of the Annenberg Theater


From the international musical juggernaut known as Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to intimate poetry readings in theaters with a capacity of fewer than 50 people, the many stages in Greater Palm Springs serve up an incredible menu of entertainment all year.


photo courtesy of the mccallum theatre

Jane Lynch appears at The McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.


McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert packs its schedule with world-class acts — Broadway shows, jazz, dance, symphony, and more — from fall to spring. Highlights include performances by Jane Lynch, Al Jerreau, the Kingston Trio, The Peking Acrobats, Under the Streetlamp, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Pink Martini with China Forbes and Storm Large, Judy Collins, Gordon Lightfoot, The Von Trapps, Rita Rudner, Shirley MacLaine, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Michael Feinstein, and Igudesman & Co. Other productions include 42nd Street, The Ten Tenors, Riverdance, Jersey Boys, The Producers, and The Pink Floyd Experience.

Broadway and jazz singers dominate the season at the Annenberg Theater, located at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Performers include Maureen McGovern, Marilyn Maye, Christine Andreas, Jane Monheit, and the husband-and-wife team of Jarrod Spector and Kellie Barrett. Norm Lewis and Laura Osnes headline the theater’s 13th Annual Opening Night Benefit Concert on Nov. 14, 2015.

Rancho Mirage’s Coachella Valley Repertory Theater’s season theme is “Identity: Lost and Found,” with four productions exploring the complex subject of personal identity: Happy Hour, A Class Act, I Am My Own Wife, and 4000 Miles.


The Nutcracker Ballet at McCallum Theatre.


Dezart Performs enters its eighth season with a schedule of four productions: The Receptionist, Suicide Dogs, On the Air! A Gala Evening of Live Radio Show Classics, and The Outgoing Tide.

Palm Canyon Theatre serves up an exciting season that includes productions of Broadway musicals including Cats, The Addams Family, A Christmas Story, Anything Goes, The Full Monty, Sugar (Some Like It Hot), Cabaret, and Footloose, as well as classics including A Streetcar Named Desire and local favorite Sordid Lives.

Helene Galen Center for the Performing Arts features Gypsy in Concert, In the Heights, The Drowsy Chaperone, American Miss, and Les Misérables.

Arthur Newman Theatre stages Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Steel Magnolias, A Christmas Carol, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Clue: The Musical, and Other Desert Cities. www.joslyncenter.org

And Mozart and Motown (www.californiadesertchorale.org) highlights the season at Indian Wells Theater at CSUSB Palm Desert Campus.

Theater lovers should also check the performance schedules for Coyote Stageworks (www.coyotestageworks.org) and Indio Performing Arts Center (www.indioperformingartscenter.org).

Visit www.palmspringslife.com for performance schedules.

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