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Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater

1. San Diego Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize

Dance competitions have pirouetted into pop culture, thanks to TV’s Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. This month, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater will present its second annual dance-off at the Neurosciences Institute. Audience members get to help judges choose the winners. The top prize is $3,000 and two runners-up will each receive $1,000. March 25, sandiegodancetheater.org

2. Don Pasquale

Ready for high notes and hijinks? Donizetti’s 1843 comic classic has both. John Del Carlo portrays Don Pasquale, the egotistical old bachelor who discovers that his trophy bride (Danielle de Niese) isn’t what he expected. San Diego Opera’s production marks the return of the company’s popular “Wild West” version, complete with cowboys and potted cacti. March 10-18 at the Civic Theatre, sdopera.com

3. Sandra Bernhard’s I Love Being Me, Don’t You?

This cabaret-style engagement shows the lighter side of La Jolla Playhouse. Bernhard—who’s part diva, part wild woman, and all entertainer—will mine material from her new album, accompanied by a rock band. March 14-17; lajollaplayhouse.org

4. A Room With A View

World premiere musical at the Old Globe! E.M. Forster’s classic story follows Lucy Honeychurch, an English girl in Tuscany whose life changes forever when she meets unconventional George Emerson. The Globe welcomes back Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba, who will play Lucy’s chaperone. March 2-April 8, theoldglobe.org

5. The Second City’s Laugh Out Loud Tour

The iconic sketch comedy troupe that helped shape the careers of performers ranging from Bill Murray to Tina Fey is still entertaining audiences more than 50 years after its founding in Chicago. Nothing second-rate about that. March 21-24; lajollaplayhouse.org

6. Bravo! Balanchine

City Ballet of San Diego can’t get enough of George Balanchine, New York City Ballet’s legendary choreographer. This year’s love fest features three contrasting ballets: Who Cares?, accompanied by Gershwin tunes, Donizetti Variations set to music by the opera composer, and Agon, inspired by Stravinsky. March 2-4 at the Spreckels Theatre, cityballet.org

7. Rock Of Ages

The musical The New York Times called “absurdly enjoyable” is a rockin’ tribute to the ‘80s. Fueled by the songs of Pat Benatar, Journey, and REO Speedwagon, it blasts into the Civic Theatre for a Broadway/San Diego engagement. Get ready for big hair, sizzling guitar solos, and over-the-top romance. March 27-April 1, broadwaysd.com

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