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The Hit List: Song and Dance

What’s summer without a little nighttime entertainment? Let the music move you! Here’s our top-five list of must-see performances for the coming week.

Fleetwood Mac

1. Taiwan Talent
The Taipei Folk Dance Theatre is unlike any other performance group you’ve seen. As the first professional ethnic dance company, its members are experts at providing a truly unique experience for all audiences. The troupe’s newest show, Dances Over Taiwan, features the beautiful folk dances of the region, and it connects modern movements with traditional choreography. The performers take over the stage May 23. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646, thebarclay.org

2. Yee-ha!
Saddle up for a Western extravaganza on May 24. The Country Megaticket fest kicks off the summer concert season with the genre’s chart-topping artists, including Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and Tim McGraw. It’s so good, even country naysayers are sure to come along for the ride. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 800.745.3000, livenation.com

3. Concert Landslide
The ’70s may be long gone, but Fleetwood Mac never packed up their instruments—and fans old and new couldn’t be happier. The rock heroes are celebrating the 35th anniversary of their 1977 album, Rumours, with a 34-city tour that stops on our shores on May 28. All four members are on the marquee, making this a truly monumental moment for Fleetwood Mac. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500, hondacenter.com

4. Noteworthy
May 29 through June 9, do not miss The Pianist of Willesden Lane. The WWII-era production tells the deeply moving tale of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who must cling to her craft for survival while living under the Nazi regime. The production is accompanied by beautiful live music, and it is based on performer Mona Golabek’s true story. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

5. Bag of Tricks
Half magic act, half thrilling play—that’s the perfect description of The Fantasticks, a classic musical reimagined by Amanda Dehnert. Onstage through June 9, the all-new performance follows a pair of star-crossed lovers who are kept apart by their scheming fathers. The adaptation’s visual effects and fantastic elements give the original show quite a jolt. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555, scr.org