1. See Jane Sing
Don’t ask Jane Lynch to talk slowly. It’s not in her nature. No, this statuesque actress and singer delivers comedic zingers that light the room with laughter but still smolder hours later. That’s not surprising for a gal who discovered her love of performing while playing a candle. (“It was a Christmas show in first grade,” notes Lynch.) Want to feel the burn? You can Jan. 12, when she and her band, including sidekicks Kate Flannery (The Office) and Tim Davis (Glee), set the Irvine Barclay Theatre ablaze with their eclectic cabaret show (Gold seats $175) packed with tunes from Irving Berlin to Nicki Minaj. It’s what she calls a “medley of love songs that make fun of how ridiculous [they] are.”
2. Shakespeare in Love
The South Coast Repertory stage adaptation of the lauded film takes cues from its big-screen counterpart, spinning a comedic tale of the young bard battling a bout of writer’s block. First Night VIPs have access to the cast party following a preview show Jan. 19. (Want to know just how exclusive that offering is? It’s only available with a $1,400 Golden Circle membership.)
3. Jersey Boys
The crooning falsetto of frontman Frankie Valli thrust four boys from Jersey into the national spotlight in the 1960s. Follow the rise of The Four Seasons in a jukebox musical (tickets $40.75 to $120.75) of hits, including “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” all performed onstage at Segerstrom Hall Jan. 19 to 21.
4. Rent 20th Anniversary Tour
How do you measure a year? The restaged Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical celebrates its many “Seasons of Love” in an anniversary tour (tickets $55 to $85) that follows seven struggling artists as they face love, hope, fear and mortality in 1990s New York. And you can see it Jan. 20 and 21 at City National Grove of Anaheim.