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The Hit List: Stage Presence

We all love a good show, and the week ahead has more than just one must-see. Here’s our list of top five picks.

Midtown Men

1. Sixties Sounds
If you loved the Broadway smash Jersey Boys, then you’ll adore The Midtown Men. June 13-15, four of the original stars from the production join the Pacific Symphony to perform hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, the Jackson 5, The Four Seasons and more. That’s music to our ears. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.755.5799,

2. Ace of Spades
David Spade is a humorous household name. After all, he’s starred in blockbuster comedies and was a riot on Saturday Night Live. The best part: He still brings his particular brand of hilarity to comedy club stages, and you can see this master of the laugh June 14-15. Irvine Improv, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455,

3. Gambling for God
Through June 23, Laguna’s favorite nun plans a Sin City casino soiree for Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice! Hopefully God is on her side, because the convent needs a new roof. Expect to hear topics such as showgirls, magicians and drive-through marriage chapels. Holy hilarity. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787,

4. Big Band
Hipsters may run the music scene today, but in the ’80s and ’90s, They Might Be Giants was the alt-experimental band to watch. Sixteen albums and two Grammy Awards later, the group is still experimenting with music. On June 15, they’re performing tunes from their latest album, Nanobots, along with some of their other chart-topping hits. House of Blues, 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.778.2583,

5. Criminal Intent
Jack Nicholson made One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest famous in 1975, but the story continues to captivate audiences today. Watch criminal Randle McMurphy mingle with the mentally ill and stand up to a strict nurse in this new rendition of the famous tale, onstage through June 30. Even sans Nicholson, the story is insanely exciting. Cabrillo Playhouse, 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,