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Actor Gregory Peck started the original La Jolla Playhouse in 1947, bringing with him the likes of Ginger Rogers and Charlton Heston to San Diego.
Peck originally desired to bring the experience of theatre from Broadway to Hollywood but he could never find enough support for theatre among the residents of Los Angeles. However, he found plenty of support for theatre in his native San Diego.
Since then, San Diego has not only produced many of Hollywood’s most famous stars – Cliff Robertson, Raquel Welch, Dennis Hopper, Whoopi Goldberg, Kelsey Grammar, and Robin Wright – but also dozens of Tony Award winning Broadway Productions, including the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Musical – Memphis.
You see, San Diego provides a nice lifestyle for actors, a quiet place for producers to perfect their works outside of the limelight, and great community support for the performing arts.
But, theatre is not the only place where San Diego excels. Consider the San Diego Symphony, which is one of the few symphonies in the world to own its performance hall. (It is an original Fox Theatre where Walt Disney would premier his movies.) Today, it offers over 100 performances a year with the help of a $120 million gift.
San Diego also has a vibrant opera company, a number of ballet companies, and several visiting artists series that attract the top jazz musicians and classical performers in the world.
Start learning more about the upcoming performances in San Diego by selecting each of the pictured venues above to learn more.
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