Moonlight Amphitheater was once just a concrete stage with no amenities such as electricity, running water, or bathrooms! It was believed that the small stage and grassy tiers could be home to musical theatre under the Vista sky. A meeting set in motion the development of musicals jointly produced by the city and the school district. In 1984, the “Vista Summer Theatre Festival” was brought under the umbrella of the city and the theatre was renamed the Moonlight Amphitheater.
Moonlight Stage Productions is recognized as one of San Diego County’s major theaters and is critically acclaimed for its Broadway-quality musicals. Led by Producing Artistic Director Steven Glaudini the Moonlight is experiencing an exciting period of audience growth and artistic vigor. Combined with Glaudini’s artistic direction and buoyed by the re-construction of the Moonlight Amphitheater in 2008/09 with a state-of-the-art stage house, the Moonlight Amphitheater welcomes its audiences to experience Broadway’s Best Under the Stars.
Here are a few options to make your Moonlight experience even more enjoyable:
- Picnicking: bring your own picnic supper to the Amphitheater and enjoy some social time with family and friends. Gates open 1.5 hours before each show so that you can enjoy picnicking under the summer sky.
- Dining: the on-site restaurant, the Luna Café, opens two hours before every summer musical.
- Concessions: the Luna Café also runs two concessions stands at the Amphitheater. A wide-variety of food and drinks are for sale before the show and during intermission.
- Alcohol: outside alcohol may not be brought into the Amphitheatre. The Luna Café sells a variety of wines and beers.
- Free parking is available adjacent to the Amphitheater within Brengle Terrace Park. Look for the directional signs as you drive into the park. They operate a free shuttle in the main grass parking lot before and after the show.
Come have the time of your life at the ultimate feel-good musical that has entertained more than 54 million people worldwide! This smash hit combines ABBA’s greatest hits, from Dancing Queen, S.O.S., Super Trouper, Take a Chance on Me, The Winner Takes It All and more into an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship. Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past to the island they last visited 20 years ago. What unfolds is a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! June 13-June 30
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines! Newsies is a high-energy explosion of song and dance based on the popular 1992 film which became a hit Broadway musical in 2012. It features an incredible score by Alan Menken and is based on the thrilling true story of the Newsboy strike in 1899, when a bunch of rag tag orphans took on the mighty Joe Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, nearly bringing down the city of New York. The musical features many of the beloved songs from the movie while introducing eight new songs. July 18- August 4.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
From the Oscar-winning team of Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) comes the lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance, and what it means to be a hero. The sweeping story follows deformed bell ringer Quasimodo and his adventures during the annual revels of the Feast of Fools, where he is treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. She alone sees the beauty beneath his exterior, and her kindness lays the foundation for a redeeming friendship that brings its own rewards. August 15-September 1.
Making its long-awaited Moonlight debut, Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great:
knockout dancing, a ripped-from-the-headlines story about fame and scandal, and one show-stopping song after another. Winner of six Tony Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations worldwide, Chicago is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. The story of fame, fortune, and acquittal features sizzling lyrics by Fred Ebb and a dazzling score by John Kander which sparked the original immortal staging by Bob Fosse. Chicago always delivers. September 12-September 29.