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The 2024/2025 Theatrical Season

Every Brilliant Thing

San Diego Regional Premiere

July 5th - 21st, 2024

“Ice cream.” “Water fights.” “Peeing in the ocean and nobody knows.” A boy’s handwritten list to cheer up his despondent mom becomes a surprisingly funny and poignant ode to humanity. This surprising and immersive theatrical experience speaks openly about depression, mental illness and suicide. With poignant humor and joy, Every Brilliant Thing takes us on a journey through grief, healing, falling in love, and rediscovering all that life has to give.

Jersey Boys


September 13th - 29th, 2024

They had a look, an attitude, and a sound like no other. Sure, they were born in Jersey. But they were made in America.​ Jersey Boys is the international musical phenomenon that takes you behind the scenes - and behind the music - of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. No wonder that for over 15 years, New York's favorite musical is the one about the boys from Jersey. 

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The Piano Men: Beatles Edition

November 15th, 16th & 17th, 2024

CCAE Theatricals’ hit show, The Piano Men return to the California Center for the Arts with their Billy Joel & Elton John Edition. Join Allen, Jake, Benny and Jack as they bounce back and forth between two grand pianos, backed by their live on stage band. “Benny & The Jets”, “Uptown Girl”, “Rocket Man” and “Piano Man” are just a few of the many hits you will hear. You won’t want to miss this spectacular night of theatrical showmanship, bringing the songs of these two iconic Piano Men to life like you’ve never experienced before!

Big Broadway Bingo: A Theatrical Fundraiser

November 24, 2024

CCAE Theatricals is excited to bring back Big Broadway Bingo, our one-of-a-kind rapid fire musical theatre event! Putting the FUN in fundraiser, this hilarious and random night of Broadway Show Tunes will support our current season of in-house theatrical productions. 5 Singers. 75 Possible Songs. 1 Unforgettable Evening. Come and play BINGO and be entertained by our incredible cast of performers, all while supporting CCAE Theatricals’ mission to bring the best of live theatre to Escondido!

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Cocktail Hour: The Songs of the Ratpack

December 2024

Celebrate in style! Cocktail Hour: The Songs of The Rat Pack celebrates the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Featuring the vocal stylings of Patrick Barnitt, Joshua Cavanaugh, Matt Forbes and Michael Washington and a live 10-piece big band orchestra, under the direction of Duane Benjamin. Expect to hear tunes like “All Of Me,” “Ain’t That A Kick,” “That’s Life,” “Under My Skin,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “My Funny Valentine,” and many more! Get your tickets today!


Rising Stars: 13th Annual Showcase

January 12th at 6p, 2025

CCAE Theatricals will bring this annual showcase of some of the area’s brightest Rising Stars back to Escondido in 2025! Now in its 13th year, the show features the best up and coming talent from all over Southern California singing some of the most exciting songs ever written! This is definitely a show you don’t want to miss! With songs from mainstream radio and Broadway, come see why the future of Theatre is in good hands with these exciting young artists!


Peter and The Starcatchers

February 14th - March 2nd, 2025

Hailed as a grownup prequel to Peter Pan, this Tony Award–winning, swashbuckling production explores the Neverland you never knew. Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old legend of Peter Pan with a wildly theatrical reboot of how a nameless orphan came to be The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. A dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters, employing ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination.


Motown: The Groove that Changed America

March 7th & 8th, 2025

After multiple sold out runs in the Center Theater, CCAE Theatricals’ Motown: The Groove that Changed America will move to the Center’s 1,500 seat Concert Hall in March 2025. The D. Ben-Jamin’ Band will be adding a live string section to the mix. We’ll be adding more performers, new songs and of course bringing back all of your favorites too! You won’t want to miss our annual celebration of Motown when it returns bigger than ever before!


Azul, the musical


July 11th - July 27th, 2025

Azul, is a joyful celebration in a world of magic realism. Set in a world of magic realism, It follows an ambitious young woman, Blue Bird, who leaves her homeland behind and travels to the New World in hopes of making a living and a life as a poet. In present-day New York City, Blue Bird's daughter Rita, is a coming of age tale following Rita, a composer, writing an album about a mother and motherland she has never known. When attempting to make her music more authentic, Rita uncovers a family secret that debunks the stories she heard as a child. Rita must now reimagine her parents’ past, as well as her own artistry. Driven by a constellation of songs rooted in Latin American folklore, Azul is a spectacle driven, book musical and intergenerational immigrant story.

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