California Musical Theater and Broadway Sacramento are staged to present an energetic line-up of family friendly live theater this spring. Venues at the Sacramento Convention Center Complex and Memorial Auditorium join the Spring theater scene with their own live performances.

Million Dollar Quartet
The Community Center Theater
1301 L St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 557-1999

Price: From $19
Performances: April 17-22, Tue to Wed – 8 p.m., Thur to Sat – 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun – 2 p.m.

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In December 1956, legendary Sun Records founder Sam Phillips assembled four young musicians to collaborate in what would eventually be known as “the greatest jam session of all time.” A young Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins came together for one historic, unforgettable recording session. “Million Dollar Quartet” is the Broadway hit musical that tells the story of the night it all happened at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Expect to hear timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

Triple Espresso
The Cosmopolitan Cabaret
1000 K St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 557-1999


Price: From $33
Performances: June 1 – July 22, Wed – 7 p.m., Thur – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Fri – 8 p.m., Sat – 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 2 p.m.

“Triple Espresso” treats you to laugh-out-loud comedy, musical theater and a little magic in what is billed as a “highly caffeinated comedy,” on stage at Sacramento’s Cosmopolitan Cabaret. It took three guys only four minutes to do something that got them banned from show business – for life. Bring the whole family and find out for yourself in this rags-to-riches story.

The Community Center Theater
1301 L St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 557-1999

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Price: From $33
Performances May 23 – June 17, Tue to Wed – 8 p.m., Thur to Sat – 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 2 p.m.

This Broadway blockbuster tells the story-behind-the-story of two of the most memorable characters in the classic American fairy tale, “The Wizard of Oz.” Broadway’s “Wicked” is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Two girls meet in the mythical land of Oz, long before Dorothy blows in. One is beautiful, engaging and popular. The other is a green-skinned, fiery, precocious and troubled youngster. Predictably, one grows up to become the Wicked Witch of the West and the other becomes Glinda the Good. Family members from eight to 80 years will enjoy this riveting and engaging musical at Sacramento’s Community Center Theater.

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Related: Guide to the Sacramento Arts Festival

Celtic Woman
Sacramento Convention Center Complex, Memorial Auditorium
1515 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-5291


Price: $38, $50, $70
Performances: Wed., April 25 – 7:30 p.m.

The wildly popular musical ensemble from Ireland, “Celtic Woman,” appears in the capital city for a one-night-only performance in April. The all-female performance group returns to Memorial Auditorium to perform hauntingly beautiful and enchanting melodies from the 2012 “Believe” tour. Expect the musical repertoire to range from traditional Celtic music to modern favorites.

Related: Best of Sacramento Ballet 2012

Young Tom Edison
B Street Theatre
2711 B St., Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 443-5300

Price: $13 to $22
Performances: March 10 – April 15, Sat to Sun – 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Sacramento children get closer than ever to the live performance at Sacramento’s B Street Theatre for this historic tale of adventure of the man who eventually became America’s most famous inventor. “Young Tom Edison” tells the true story of a young, hard-of-hearing Tom Edison, and the difficulties he had growing up, including his challenges in school.  The educational live performance is the third installment of a four-show family series at the intimate Sacramento theater.

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