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Welk Resort Theatre Opens 2019 Season with ‘Menopause The Musical’

Starring San Diego Theatre Royalty Anise Ritchie, Eileen Bowman, Melinda Gilb and Bets Malone

The 29th season also features the Tony-award winning ‘The Addams Family,’ plus weekly variety shows and holiday spectacular ‘Welkome Home for the Holidays!’

Escondido CAWelk Resorts Theatre has opened its 2019 season with San Diego theatre royalty starring in ‘Menopause the Musical.’ The 29th season of the famed Welk Theatre, which underwent a lobby remodel in 2018, also features Tony Award-nominated ‘The Addams Family,’ which will run Sept. 6 to Nov. 10, and Larry Raben’s new ‘Welkome Home for the Holidays!’ running Nov. 22 to Dec. 29.  Weekly variety shows featuring popular classic rock tribute bands (The Eagles, Beatles and Neil Diamond) round out the season.

“We’re excited to open our 2019 season with a powerhouse cast of San Diego theater stars Anise Ritchie, Eileen Bowman, Melinda Gilb and Bets Malone,” said Sean Coogan, artistic director of Welk Theatre. “We also have Natalie Nucci directing the production, so this is one show San Diego theatre lovers cannot miss. We’re also bringing the Tony Award-winning ‘The Addams Family’ musical to our audience this Fall.  And we’re bringing back a holiday musical celebration this year with the Larry Raben written and directed “Welkhome Home for the Holidays!” It’s going to be an amazing season and we invite the San Diego theatre-loving community to join us and experience the vibrant and award-winning North County theatre scene.”
Now – June 2 (Sat and Sun)
Menopause The Musical‘ is set in a Bloomingdale’s where four women meet while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing their similarities, they joke about and bond over their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and celebrate that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.” The Welk Theatre production runs now to June 2 and features a powerhouse cast of Anise Ritchie, Eileen Bowman, Melinda Gilb and Bets Malone, directed and choreographed by Natalie Nucci.
Sept. 6 – Nov. 10 (Thurs, Sat and Sun)
‘The Addams Family,’ running from Sept. 6 to Nov. 10, is a new musical comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by Academy Award winner Marshall Brickman and Tony Award winner Rick Elice. The show is based on The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre.
Nov. 22 – Dec. 29 (Thurs, Sat and Sun)
Welkome Home for the Holidays!‘ is a musical celebration written and directed by Welk Theatre alum Larry Raben. The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with swinging sounds of traditional songs blend with newer influences, making the perfect entertainment for the whole family. Full of heart, humor and amazing performances, this show is a must-see to put a smile on your face, get your toes tapping, and put everyone in the holiday spirit. Performances will be Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 22 to Dec. 29.
The 2019 season also includes variety shows, performed by different acts throughout the year, every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. The Long Run, an Eagles tribute band featured on Mark Cuban and Ryan Seacrest’s hit TV show “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands,” perform March 20 to May 29. Hard Day’s Night, Southern California’s number one Beatles tribute show, will take the reins June 5 to Aug. 28. The Alley Cats, America’s favorite Doo-Wop group serving up a perfect blend of 1950s & 60s hits and hilarious comedy, will play Sept. 11-Oct. 30 and Next to Real Neil, a Neil Diamond tribute act performed by tribute artist Jason Lohrke, closes out the season Nov. 6, 13, 27 and Dec. 4, 11 and 18.
This season will be the first full-year of shows since the Theatre closed for lobby renovations in January of 2018 and reopened in July. The remodeled lobby features a new bar and concession area, modern lounge seating, updated box office reception area and a new tribute to Lawrence Welk’s long-spanning career.
The Lawrence Welk Resorts Theatre is located at 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive in Escondido, California. For tickets and more information, visit For complete ticket information, visit or contact the Welk Resort Theatre Box Office at 760-749-3448 or toll-free at 1-888-802-7469. For group reservations of 15 or more, call 760-749-3182 ext. 22154.

About Welk Resorts
Welk Resorts was founded in 1964 by famed television bandleader Lawrence Welk. Since then, the Welk legacy has matured into an international hospitality brand, developing or investing in high-quality resorts featuring over 1,200 luxury vacation ownership accommodations in the San Diego, Palm Springs, Lake Tahoe, Scottsdale, Carlsbad, Kauai, Branson, Missouri, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico areas.
Welk Resorts has been recognized as one of the most respected independent brands in the vacation ownership industry. Current president and CEO Jon Fredricks, CHA & Registered Resort Professional – grandson of the founder – guides Welk Resorts, partnering with approximately 1,800 team members. Welk Resorts is a family- and employee-owned company that has won numerous industry awards, including American Resort Development Association’s Circle of Excellence (ACE) Innovator Award, Management and Administration award for its INSPIRED FOR YOU activities program, Project of the Year, and Employer of the Year.
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