Tony, Tony, Tony winners

The Music Circus season features a handful of award-winning and popular musicals

<p><b>A photo from a 
previous year's production of <i>My Fair Lady</i>, which opens this season’s Music Circus.</b></p>

A photo from a previous year's production of My Fair Lady, which opens this season’s Music Circus.

Photo by Charr Crail

When California Musical Theatre’s Music Circus opens its 2015 season with My Fair Lady on Tuesday, June 9, it will introduce a lineup of Tony Award-winning musicals. Each show won Broadway’s highest honor either as Best Musical or Best Revival in a subsequent production.

My Fair Lady (running through June 14) and West Side Story (August 4 through August 9) are among the summer musical theater company’s most-produced offerings.

“Our audiences really appreciate a good, solid My Fair Lady and West Side Story,” Richard Lewis, president and CEO of California Musical Theatre, said. “My Fair Lady is one of the most beautiful examples of musical theater. … On the other hand, Big River [June 23 through June 28] is a totally different kind of musical and hasn’t played at Music Circus in 20 years.”

Bye Bye Birdie (July 7 through July 12) and Peter Pan (July 21 through July 26) round out the five-show subscription season.

For the first time this year, Music Circus will offer one show that is an option to the season: Hair, the so-called American tribal love-rock musical, which introduced rock ’n’ roll to Broadway, paving the road for Spring Awakening and Rent, among others. The musical, with its peace-and-love sentiment—and brief nudity—created a sensation when it debuted on Broadway in April 1968. This will be the first time it has played at Music Circus since 1976. Hair will be performed August 18 through August 23.

All shows run Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., with the exception of Hair, which won’t let the sun shine in and has no Sunday matinee.

For more information or to buy tickets, call (916) 557-1999 or go to www.californiamusical