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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR BENJAMIN SCHEUER’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED MUSICAL MEMOIR THE LION, DIRECTED BY SEAN DANIELS

Photo Credit:  Christopher Boudewyns

SAN DIEGO (September 19, 2016)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and complete creative team for the highly acclaimed musical memoir The Lion, written and performed by award-winning songwriter Benjamin Scheuer and directed by Sean Daniels. The Lion will play September 29 – October 30, 2016, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run September 29 – October 5. Opening night is Thursday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29, and are on sale now to the general public.

The Lion, the Drama Desk Award-winning piece written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, has redefined the genre of musical theatre. Directed by Sean Daniels, the staging keeps the focus on Scheuer, a “mesmerizing guitarist,” whose songs are “awfully well-constructed and exactingly played; there’s a hint of Paul Simon in Scheuer’s easy, knowing lyrics and disciplined musicianship” (The Washington Post). Throughout the production Scheuer plays six different guitars, including a 1929 Martin, a Les Paul, and a Froggy Bottom H-12. Tracing his quest to better understand the emotional intricacies of his father, Scheuer “gets to the heart of the matter” (The New York Times), leading the audience on his heartfelt journey to manhood, sharing the ups and downs of his life through beautifully poignant melodies in an autobiographical 15-song cycle. Much like its hero, The Lion roars.

The creative team is comprised of Neil Patel (Scenic Design), Jennifer Caprio (Costume Consultant), Ben Stanton (Lighting Design), Leon Rothenberg (Sound Design), Dom Ruggiero (Production Supervisor), Mind the Gap Productions (Technical Supervisor), and Maximum Entertainment Productions (General Management).

“I first saw The Lion two years ago, and it knocked me out,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Ben Scheuer is one of the most winning, charismatic performers I’ve seen.  He can do it all: a wizardly guitarist and brilliant singer-songwriter, he’s put together a theatrical memoir that is unique, moving, and hugely uplifting.  He’s performed the play in many cities since its acclaimed New York run, and Ben has won hearts everywhere he’s gone.  I’m so happy to share this special and unforgettable show with San Diego.”

For more details on The Lion, click here! To buy tickets, click here!

Photo Credit: The Lion written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer and directed by Sean Daniels, running Sept. 29 – Oct. 30, 2016 at The Old Globe. Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

GLOBE GUILDERS Host Annual Couture Fashion Show to Raise Funds for THE OLD GLOBE: CELEBRATING COUTURE 2016, Presented by Globe Guilders and Neiman Marcus Featuring Fall Collections from Top Fashion Designers

SAN DIEGO (August 15, 2016)—The Globe Guilders are pleased to announce their annual fashion show and luncheon, Celebrating Couture 2016, presented by Neiman Marcus,to benefit The Old Globe’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Each year, the Globe Guilders Fashion Show features couture expertly selected by Neiman Marcus from the elite designers they represent, including Gucci, Etro, and Tom Ford; runway samples from Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa; and a compelling collection from Naeem Khan. Celebrating Couture 2016 will take place on Monday, August 22, 2016 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina.

This year’s exclusive runway show will feature the Fall 2016 collections of select celebrated couture and prêt-à-porter designers. Think gorgeous fall looks that graced the runway in New York: blush tones, new florals, and opulent embellishments. Lush velvets and capes will also be part of the mix, and a new feature this year will be the inclusion of show-stopping shoes and on-trend handbags. Greg Collard, Neiman Marcus’s Senior Fashion Producer from Dallas, will be joined by the San Diego Neiman Marcus team to bring together these exquisite fashions for local fashionistas.

Guests will be greeted with a champagne reception at 10:00 a.m., and will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items. Beginning 12:00 noon, there will be a live auction followed by a delicious luncheon. There will also be couture shopping presented by Neiman Marcus following the show in the Grand Foyer. Former Guilder President Linda Van Vark is the Celebrating Couture 2016 Chair; Honorary Chairs are Barbara and Dick Enberg with Stacey and Robert Foxworth. Over 600 supporters of The Old Globe from the San Diego community are expected to attend, including prominent philanthropists, heads of corporations, and representatives of major organizations.

All of San Diego is invited to support this annual event, now a can’t-miss staple on San Diego’s fashion calendar. Tickets start at $115. For information on reserving a table or a seat at the Fashion Show, please call Barbara Bolt at (619) 889-7121 or visit www.globeguilders.org/celebrating-couture-2016. The San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is located at 333 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.

Van Vark commented, “I am honored and privileged to be Chair of the annual Couture Fashion Show and to help raise funds for The Old Globe.”

As the Globe’s volunteer auxiliary, the Globe Guilders have a long-standing tradition of supporting the diverse programs of this unique theatre, San Diego’s largest performing arts institution, and its year-round programming on three stages and strong presence throughout San Diego’s communities. This dedicated membership of women and men utilizes its collective talents and strengths to benefit The Old Globe’s artistic and arts engagement programs. These include Behind-the-Scenes and Follow the Bard Tours, Community Voices, Free Student Matinee Series, Grinch Children’s Initiatives, seminars and forums, program translations, Summer Shakespeare Studio, professional development for teachers, technical center internships and programs, and The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.

For the full press release on the Globe Guilders Fashion, click here!

Photo: The 2015 Fall Couture Collection by Naeem Khan. The 2015 Globe Guilders Fashion Show, featuring fashions by Naeem Khan and benefitting The Old Globe, will be held on May 12. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.

THE OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES THE DEPARTURE OF MANAGING DIRECTOR MICHAEL G. MURPHY

SAN DIEGO (August 8, 2016)—The Board of Directors of The Old Globe today announced the departure of Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, who has accepted an appointment as the President and CEO of Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, New York.  The Globe congratulates him on this new position, where he will replace Anthony Conte, retiring after 15 years at the helm. Mr. Murphy will leave the Globe on September 26, 2016, and take over his new leadership role in the first week of October, 2016.

Vicki L. Zeiger, Chair of the Globe’s Board of Directors, commented, “The Board is sorry to see the very talented Michael go, but at the same time we are so proud and happy about the tremendous career opportunity he is embarking upon as President and CEO of Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Michael has done extraordinary work over the thirteen years he has been with the theatre helping to take it to the level it is today. His relationships with the Board, supporters, artists, staff and patrons of the Globe have been productive and immensely rewarding, and he has set a high standard in representing the unique needs of the theatre in our beautiful and historic Balboa Park setting.” Zeiger added “The Executive Committee of the Board met immediately to develop a plan to find his replacement, and Senior Management is developing a transition plan until that replacement can be named.”

“I will miss San Diego and The Old Globe, especially the dedicated and creative staff who dare to tackle any challenge, raising the bar time after time,” said Managing Director Michael G. Murphy.  “Talented and hard-working production, artistic, and administrative teams are at the core of creating powerful and transformative theatre and, thanks to them, the Globe is unparalleled in its achievements.  In the thirteen years I’ve been here I’ve watched the Globe continue to grow in its national prominence and deepen its service to San Diego and I’m so proud to have made a contribution to that growth.  I’m grateful to the artists, board members, donors, staff, and audiences who each play an important part making the Globe the flagship arts organization of San Diego. Under the artistic leadership of Barry Edelstein, which builds upon the Globe’s historic legacy and broadens its impact, the theatre will have a bright and flourishing future.” 

“Michael Murphy’s departure from The Old Globe is bittersweet. We're thrilled by this exciting new opportunity for him and wish him well, and yet we will miss him dearly,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Shea’s Performing Arts Center is a wonderful institution poised for real growth, and Buffalo is Michael's home. Both aspects of this move are exciting for him.  At The Old Globe he will leave a legacy that will endure for generations, and that's exciting for us.  His thirteen years here have brought institutional growth and stability, and his leadership has been wise and warm.  Everyone in the institution will miss his sense of humor and gentleness, and on a personal level I will miss our daily interactions and friendship.  The Globe’s Board is launching a national search for Michael’s successor, and while his shoes will be very difficult to fill, the great work he’s done here will help us attract a superstar. This theater and the wider San Diego arts community will draw inspiration from everything that Michael has achieved and taught us, and we’ll be watching him go from success to success even as we continue our own great work.  With tremendous optimism, I look forward to what’s next for us and also for him.”

For more details on Michael G. Murphy's departure, click here!

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Cast and Creative Team Announced as THE OLD GLOBE Opens Its 2016–2017 SEASON With the WEST COAST PREMIERE of the New Musical OCTOBER SKY

SAN DIEGO (July 29, 2016)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of the West Coast premiere of October Sky, which will blast off the Globe’s 2016–2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. Inspired by the beloved 1999 Universal Pictures film and Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr., October Sky features a book by Drama Desk nominee Brian Hill (Broadway’s The Story of My Life) and Aaron Thielen (Hero) and a score by Michael Mahler (Diary of a Wimpy Kid). October Sky is directed and choreographed by Joseph Jefferson Award winner Rachel Rockwell (Brigadoon, American premiere of Ride the Cyclone)and produced in association with Universal Stage Productions (Wicked, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Bring It On: The Musical).

Starring as Homer Hickam is Kyle Selig, a rising star in the theatre world who recently took on the role of Elder Price in the smash Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. Playing his father, John Hickam, is San Diego local Ron Bohmer, whose extensive credits include the Broadway musicals A Little Night Music, Ragtime, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Les Misérables, as well as originating the role of Percival Glyde in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White. Taking the stage as Elsie Hickam, Homer’s mother, is Kerry O’Malley, a stage and screen veteran whose Broadway credits include On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Billy Elliot, and the Baker’s Wife in the acclaimed 2002 revival of Into the Woods directed by James Lapine, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.

Also featured in the stellar cast of October Sky are Rebecca Bellingham of San Diego (A Child’s Christmas in Wales Off Broadway) as Mary Bykovski, Joel Blum (two-time Tony Award nominee, Kiss Me, Kate at the Globe) as Ike Bykovski, San Diegan Will Branner (Music Theatre Wichita’s Jesus Christ Superstar and Mamma Mia!)as Buck, James Royce Edwards of San Diego (creator and star of That Bachelorette Show Off Broadway) as Jake, North County native Steve Gouveia (Jersey Boys original Broadway cast) as Earl, Kevyn Morrow (current Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple) as Ken, San Diego native Austyn Myers (Les Misérables on Broadway, Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Globe) as O’Dell, Destan Owens (Rent, Chicago, Smokey Joe’s Café on Broadway) as Bathtub Amos, Eliza Palasz (Rob Ashford’s Carousel at Lyric Opera of Chicago) as Dorothy, Liam Quealy (Off Broaday’s Dear Edwina) as Jim, Patrick Rooney (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Rent in Chicago) as Roy Lee, Connor Russell (world premiere of Disney’s Aladdin) as Quentin, San Diego actor Lance Arthur Smith (over a dozen San Diego regional credits) as Otis, Betsy Stewart (Ilse in Marriott Theatre’s Spring Awakening) as Emily Sue, Nick Sullivan (original Broadway companies of Newsies and Footloose) as Mr. Turner, and Ensemble members Nicolette Burton of San Diego(Putting the Pieces Together at 54 Below), John Cardoza (Seymour in Summer Rep’s Little Shop of Horrors), San Diegan Clay Stefanki (Miss Saigon internationally, The Grinch at the Globe), Scott Wakefield (Globe’s Bright Star, Broadway’s Hands on a Hardbody), and Angela Wildflower (Motown on Broadway). Final casting will be announced shortly.

The design team is comprised of Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Garth Helm (Sound Design), Shawn Sagady (Projection Design), Charlie Alterman (Music Director), Bruce Coughlin (Orchestrations), Courtney Cerny (Assistant Director and Associate Choreographer), Howie Cherpakov, CSA (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Stage Manager). Due to a scheduling conflict, Marsha Norman, previously announced to join the creative team, has instead served as a creative consultant to the Old Globe production.

October Sky will run September 10 – October 23, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 10 – September 21. Opening night is Thursday, September 22. Tickets start at $36 and go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 12 at 12:00 noon. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

The Old Globe’s 2016–2017 Season launches into orbit with the new musical October Sky, inspired by the beloved 1999 movie, which itself was based on a true story. In the sleepy town of Coalwood, West Virginia, school is just something you do until you’re old enough to work in the coal mines. After the Soviets launch the Sputnik rocket, a local high schooler named Homer decides to enter a rocketry competition against the wishes of his domineering, practical-minded dad. With the help of his friends and the local community, he just might light up the night. October Sky is a musical slice of small-town Americana packed with youthful exuberance that will send your heart soaring and inspire you to reach for the stars.

“I’m very happy to open our 2016–2017 Season with this inspiring, heartwarming, and altogether lovely new musical,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “October Sky is a great American story of small-town values and the triumph of the iconoclast. Its beautiful score and music by Michael Mahler are memorable, and Brian Hill and Aaron Thielen tell a beguiling story. I’m proud to welcome Rachel Rockwell to the Globe with a show I know San Diego audiences will adore.”

For the full press release on October Sky casting, click here! For more details on October Sky, click here!

Photo: Kyle Selig will star as Homer Hickam in October Sky at The Old Globe Theatre.

Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced for the 2016 SUMMER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL’s Intoxicating Romantic Comedy LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST, Directed by Tony Award winner KATHLEEN MARSHALL

Photo Credit:  Christopher Boudewyns

SAN DIEGO (July 27, 2016)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of the final offering in the 2016 Summer Shakespeare Festival: William Shakespeare’s unabashed celebration of innocence, idealism, and the sweet folly of young love, Love’s Labor’s Lost, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall. This delightful romantic comedy will run August 14 – September 18, 2016, in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Previews run August 14 – 19. Opening night is Saturday, August 20 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29 and are now on sale.
 
The King of Navarre and his three schoolmates vow to embrace their studies—and not embrace girls—for three whole years. But the instant they take that vow, the Princess of France arrives with her three beautiful attendants, and all bets are off. Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall makes her Old Globe directing debut with this intoxicating classic under the San Diego stars.
 
Love’s Labor’s Lost features Pascale Armand (Tony Award nominee for Eclipsed, La Jolla Playhouse’s Ruined) as Rosaline, Kevin Cahoon (Broadway’s The Wedding Singer, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Lion King, Off Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch) as Boyet, Kieran Campion (Broadway‘s The Heiress, The American Plan, and Journey’s End) as Berowne, Kristen Connolly (Othello at the Globe, “House of Cards,” “Zoo”) as Princess of France, Greg Hildreth (the Globe’s Arms and the Man, Off Broadway’s The Robber Bridegroom, Broadway’s Cinderella and Peter and the Starcatcher) as Costard, Patrick Kerr (the Globe’s Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors, La Jolla Playhouse’s Hollywood, Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It with You) as Sir Nathaniel, Jonny Orsini (the Globe’s Othello, Broadway’s The Nance and Fish in the Dark) as Ferdinand, King of Navarre, Triney Sandoval (the Globe’s The Merchant of Venice, Broadway’s Macbeth, A Free Man of Color, A Man for All Seasons, Frost/Nixon) as Don Adriano de Armado, and Stephen Spinella (two-time Tony Award winner for Angels in America, The Velocity of Autumn, Spring Awakening) as Holofernes.
 
Joining them are actors from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, including Amara James Aja as Dumaine, Amy Blackman as Maria, Ally Carey as Ensemble, Ajinkya Desai as Lord, Talley Beth Gale as Katherine, Kevin Hafso-Koppman as Forester, Lorenzo Landini as Marcadé, Makha Mthembu as Jaquenetta, Jake Millgard as Dull, Christina A. Okolo as Ensemble, Suzelle Palacios as Ensemble, Daniel Petzold as Moth, and Nathan Whitmer as Longaville.
 
The creative team is comprised of John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Michael Krass (Costume Design), Jason Lyons (Lighting Design), Sten Severson (Sound Design), Peter Golub (Original Music), Taylor Peckham (Music Director), Ursula Meyer (Voice and Text Coach), Jim Carnahan, CSA (Casting), and Pamela Salling (Production Stage Manager).
 
“Love’s Labor’s Lost has always been one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and it is, to me, the perfect, perfect play for a gorgeous night of theatre under the stars,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “And I’m thrilled to welcome one of the country’s finest directors to shepherd this charming, romantic play to our Festival Theatre. Kathleen Marshall is a giant of the American musical theatre, and her remarkable career as a choreographer and director exhibits a gracefulness of touch and a suppleness of sensibility that are ideally matched to this bewitching play.”

For more details on the Love's Labor's Lost cast, click here! To buy tickets, click here!

Photo Credit: (from bottom left, clockwise) Kristen Connolly appears as the Princess of France, Kieran Campion as Berowne, Pascale Armand as Rosaline, and Jonny Orsini as Ferdinand, King of Navarre in William Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost, directed by Kathleen Marshall, running August 14 - September 18, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.

LAST CHANCE for Tickets for the SOLD-OUT RUN! METEOR SHOWER Has EXTENDED AGAIN by POPULAR DEMAND for ONE FINAL WEEK through SEPTEMBER 18! Tickets Go On Sale at NOON on TUESDAY, JULY 26!

SAN DIEGO (July 25, 2016)—The Old Globe today announced that, due to popular demand, another additional week has been added to the world premiere run of Steve Martin’s new play Meteor Shower, which will now play July 30 – September 18, 2016, with opening night on August 7! Meteor Shower, an adult comedy, marks Martin’s welcome return to the Globe following the great success of Bright Star. It will be directed by Gordon Edelstein in a co-production with Long Wharf Theatre, where Edelstein serves as Artistic Director (and no, he is not related to Barry). Meteor Shower runs in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Single tickets begin at $49. Tickets for the additional week’s performances start at $55, and go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, July 26 at 12:00 noon. As part of Long Wharf Theatre’s 2016–2017 Season, their performances are scheduled for September 21 – October 16, 2016 (dates and cast subject to change).

Get ready for the unexpected when Norm and his wife Corky invite another couple to their Ojai backyard to watch a meteor shower in the night sky. As the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, cocktails flow, tempers flare, and sparks fly—literally. Steve Martin’s surprising new comedy takes an offbeat and absurdist look at the comic anxiety lurking just beneath the surface of modern marriage.

Meteor Shower features Jenna Fischer (Emmy Award nominee as Pam Beesly on “The Office,” Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story with John C. Reilly, Reasons to Be Happy Off Broadway) as Corky, Greg Germann (SAG Award winner for “Ally McBeal,” “Once Upon a Time,” Broadway’s Boeing-Boeing, original production of Assassins) as Norm, Alexandra Henrikson (Fish in the Dark and The Snow Geese on Broadway, Helen Hayes Award nominee for Ironbound, “Funny Or Die”) as Laura, and Josh Stamberg (series regular on “The Affair,” “Parenthood,” and “Drop Dead Diva,” Off Broadway’s Distracted) as Gerald.

The creative team is comprised of Michael Yeargan (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), Kathy Snyder (Production Stage Manager), and Annette Elena Nixon (Stage Manager).

Meteor Shower continues Steve Martin’s exciting and fruitful relationship with The Old Globe. Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical Bright Star premiered at the Globe in 2014, played a limited engagement at The Kennedy Center, and received acclaim in its Broadway run at the Cort Theatre. In addition to five Tony Award nominations, Bright Star received Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. And in February, as part of the 2016-2017 Season, the Globe will mount a production of Martin’s international hit comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile, directed by the Globe’s very own Barry Edelstein. Tickets for that show, which will run February 4 – March 12, 2017, are available now by subscription; single tickets will go on sale at a late date.

“Steve Martin’s return to The Old Globe with this hugely funny and very insightful play is happy news,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “That we will now be able to share Meteor Shower with many, many more San Diegans is an extra delight. I look forward to the sound of raucous laughter echoing off the walls of the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre this summer, and to an extended Balboa Park stay for Steve, my namesake Gordon, and a truly remarkable company of major actors.”

For more details on Meteor Shower, click here! To buy tickets for Meteor Shower, click here!

Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe. 

THE 2016 GLOBE GALA ~ A NIGHT OF REVELS ~ TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

The Black-Tie Event Will Feature a One-Night-Only Performance by LESLIE ODOM, JR., the Tony Award-Winning Star of Broadway’s Smash Hit Hamilton

Photo Credit:  Christopher Boudewyns

SAN DIEGO (July 14, 2016)—The Old Globe will celebrate A Night of Revels at the 2016 Globe Gala on Saturday, September 24, in support of the theatre’s arts engagement and artistic programs. The annual event will feature an exclusive, one-night-only cabaret performance by Leslie Odom, Jr., the Tony Award-winning star of the Broadway smash hit musical Hamilton. Karen Cohn, Nina Doede, Laurie Mitchell, and Sheryl White serve as Co-Chairs, and Darlene Marcos Shiley as Honorary Chair, of the 2016 Globe Gala.

The black-tie event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, followed by Leslie Odom, Jr.’s performance at 7:00 p.m. on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. After the performance, dinner and dancing to the music of Play will commence on Copley Plaza until midnight. The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina will cater the reception and dinner. Valet parking is included in the price of the ticket.

Tickets are $800 (regular seating) and $1,000 (VIP seating) each and include the reception, performance, dinner, and dancing. Tables are also available starting at $8,000. Underwriting levels, which include tickets for the Gala, begin at $4,500 per couple. To purchase tickets or a table, or to become an underwriter, contact Events Director Eileen Prisby at (619) 684-4146 or eprisby@TheOldGlobe.org.

"Every year the Globe Gala is one of the great celebrations in San Diego, and it's always a night I look forward to with great excitement," said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein.  "This year the Gala leaps to a whole new level, thanks to the appearance of Broadway's most incandescent star, Leslie Odom, Jr.  He's going to put on an electrifying and unforgettable show, and we're thrilled to have him.  Our Gala co-chairs, four terrific and elegant women who are pillars of the arts in San Diego, are planning a superb night, and I thank them and encourage everyone to support the Globe at this fabulous party."

For more details on the 2016 Globe Gala, click here!

Photo Credit:  Christopher Boudewyns

Cast and Creative Team Announced for Meteor Shower

SAN DIEGO (July 5, 2016)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of the world premiere of Steve Martin’s new play Meteor Shower, an adult comedy, marking his welcome return to the Globe following the great success of Bright Star. It will be directed by Gordon Edelstein in a co-production with Long Wharf Theatre, where Edelstein serves as Artistic Director (and no, he is not related to Barry). Due to popular demand, an additional week has been added; Meteor Shower will now play July 30 – September 11, 2016, with opening night on August 7, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Single tickets begin at $29 and are on sale to the general public now. As part of Long Wharf Theatre’s 2016-2017 Season, their performances are scheduled for September 21 – October 16, 2016 (dates subject to change).
 
Get ready for the unexpected when Norm and his wife Corky invite another couple to their Ojai backyard to watch a meteor shower in the night sky. As the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, cocktails flow, tempers flare, and sparks fly—literally. Steve Martin’s surprising new comedy takes an offbeat and absurdist look at the comic anxiety lurking just beneath the surface of modern marriage.
 
Meteor Shower features Jenna Fischer (Emmy Award nominee as Pam Beesly on “The Office,” Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story with John C. Reilly, Reasons to Be Happy Off Broadway) as Corky, Greg Germann (SAG Award winner for “Ally McBeal,” “Once Upon a Time,” Broadway’s Boeing-Boeing, original production of Assassins) as Norm, Alexandra Henrikson (Fish in the Dark and The Snow Geese on Broadway, Helen Hayes Award nominee for Ironbound, “Funny Or Die”) as Laura, and Josh Stamberg (series regular on “The Affair,” “Parenthood,” and “Drop Dead Diva,” Off Broadway’s Distracted) as Gerald.
 
The creative team is comprised of Michael Yeargan (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), Kathy Snyder (Production Stage Manager), and Annette Elena Nixon (Stage Manager).
 
Meteor Shower continues Steve Martin’s exciting and fruitful relationship with The Old Globe. Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical Bright Star premiered at the Globe in summer 2015, played a limited engagement at The Kennedy Center, and received acclaim in its Broadway run at the Cort Theatre. In addition to five Tony Award nominations, Bright Star received Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. And in February, as part of the 2016-2017 Season, the Globe will mount a production of Martin’s international hit comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile, directed by the Globe’s very own Barry Edelstein. Tickets for that show, which will run February 4 – March 12, 2017, are available now by subscription; single tickets will go on sale at a late date.
 
“Steve Martin’s return to The Old Globe with this hugely funny and very insightful play is happy news,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “That we will now be able to share Meteor Shower with many, many more San Diegans is an extra delight. I look forward to the sound of raucous laughter echoing off the walls of the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre this summer, and to an extended Balboa Park stay for Steve, my namesake Gordon, and a truly remarkable company of major actors.”

For more details on Meteor Shower, click here! To buy tickets for Meteor Shower, click here!

Photo: (from left) Jenna Fischer, Greg Germann, Alexandra Henrikson, and Josh Stamberg. The world premiere of Steve Martin's Meteor Shower, an adult comedy, directed by Edelstein, runs July 30 – September 11, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.

Run Extended! Tickets Go On Sale at Noon on Friday, June 24, as Steve Martin Returns to the Globe with a World Premiere Play: Meteor Shower

SAN DIEGO (June 21, 2016)—The Old Globe today announced further news about its 2016 Summer Season, which will feature new and familiar works directed by four major American stalwarts. Due to popular demand, an additional week has been added for the welcome return of Steve Martin (Bright Star) with the world premiere of his new play Meteor Shower, an adult comedy. It will be directed by Gordon Edelstein, in a co-production with Long Wharf Theatre, where Edelstein serves as Artistic Director (and no, they are not related). Meteor Shower will now play July 30 – September 11, 2016, with opening night on August 7, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets are currently available by subscription only. Single tickets begin at $29 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 24 at 12:00 noon. As part of Long Wharf Theatre’s 2016-2017 Season, their performances are scheduled for September 21 – October 16, 2016 (dates subject to change).

Get ready for the unexpected when Norm and his wife Corky invite another couple to their Ojai backyard to watch a meteor shower in the night sky. As the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, cocktails flow, tempers flare, and sparks fly—literally. Steve Martin’s surprising new comedy takes an offbeat and absurdist look at the comic anxiety lurking just beneath the surface of modern marriage.

The cast and creative team will be announced at a later date.

Meteor Shower continues Steve Martin’s exciting and fruitful relationship with The Old Globe. Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical Bright Star premiered at the Globe in summer 2015, played a limited engagement at The Kennedy Center, and received acclaim in its Broadway run at the Cort Theatre. In addition to five Tony Award nominations, Bright Star received Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. And in February, as part of the 2016-2017 Season, the Globe will mount a production of Marin’s international hit comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile, directed by the Globe’s very own Barry Edelstein. Tickets for that show, which will run February 4 – March 12, 2017, are available now by subscription; single tickets will go on sale at a late date.

"Steve Martin's return to The Old Globe with this hugely funny and very insightful play is happy news," said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein.  "That we will now be able to share Meteor Shower with many, many more San Diegans is an extra delight.  I look forward to the sound of raucous laughter echoing off the walls of the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre this summer, and to an extended Balboa Park stay for Steve, Gordon Edelstein, and a talented team of artists."

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Cast and Creative Team Announced for Sense and Sensibility

SAN DIEGO (June 21, 2016)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of the West Coast premiere of Paul Gordon’s delightfully romantic new musical Sense and Sensibility, developed with Rick Boynton and presented in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where it was commissioned and had its world premiere in April 2015. CST Artistic Director Barbara Gaines returns to the show as director of the Globe production. Sense and Sensibility will play July 6 – August 14, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run July 6 – 13. Opening night is Thursday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $39 and are on sale now to the general public.

Jane Austen’s beloved, emotional novels inspire readers’ imaginations. Now Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon (The Old Globe’s Emma, Broadway’s Jane Eyre) and director Barbara Gaines refashion Austen’s timeless classic Sense and Sensibility into a gorgeous, thrillingly romantic musical. After their father’s untimely death, sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood lose their fortune, their home, and all their prospects for love. But fortunes can turn again. As the plucky heroines face their situation with courage and resolve, audiences will fall in love with the classic story in a whole new way, enchanted by the lush tones of Gordon’s ravishing new musical score. The Chicago Sun-Times called Sense and Sensibility “flawless,” and The Wall Street Journal dubbed it “a winner, full of wit and romance—a show as light on its feet as the novel from which it derives.”

The cast includes Megan McGinnis (Off Broadway’s Daddy Long Legs, seven Broadway shows) as Marianne Dashwood and Sharon Rietkerk (Gunmetal Blues at North Coast Rep, two-time Bay Area Critics Award winner) as Elinor Dashwood, along with Emily Berman (world premiere of Days Like Today in Chicago) as Lucy Steele, Sean Allan Krill (Broadway’s Honeymoon in Vegas, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Mamma Mia!) as Colonel Brandon, Colin Morgan (Pericles and Twelfth Night at CST) as Mr. Harris, Brian Ray Norris (Pride & Prejudice the Musical) as Lord Middleton, Peter Saide (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella international tour) as Mr. Willoughby, David Schlumpf (Jeff Award for Sweet Smell of Success) as John Dashwood, Paula Scrofano (Jeff Award for Lifetime Achievement) as Mrs. Jennings, Elizabeth Telford (My Fair Lady and Guys and Dolls with Chicago’s Light Opera Works) as Miss Grey, Jill Van Velzer (Craig Noel Award for The Great American Trailer Park Musical at San Diego Rep) as Fanny Dashwood, and Wayne Alan Wilcox (Bright Star at the Globe, Drama Desk Award for Broadway’s The Normal Heart) as Edward Ferrars; Ensemble members Berman, Matthew Keffer (Sideshow and Sondheim on Sondheim in Chicago), Megan Long (CST’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Willy Wonka), Morgan, Norris, Schlumpf, Scrofano, Telford, and Van Velzer; and Swings Melinda Gilb (The Grinch, Suds, and The Robber Bridegroom at the Globe), James Rank (The Merry Widow and Oklahoma! At Lyric Opera of Chicago, Jeff Award winner), Connor Sullivan (The Metromaniacs and When It Comes at the Globe), and Kelsey Venter (The Grinch at the Globe, Craig Noel Award for Les Misérables).

The creative team includes Laura Bergquist (Music Director), Matt Raftery (Choreographer), Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design), Susan E. Mickey (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Ray Nardelli (Sound Design), Tony Award winners Larry Hochman and Bruce Coughlin (Orchestrations), Curtis Moore (Music Supervisor and Additional Arrangements), Harrison McEldowney (Original Production Choreographer), Bob Mason and Dale Brown (Original Casting), and Peter Van Dyke (Production Stage Manager).

"Paul Gordon's musical approach to Jane Austen yielded theatrical gold when Emma played The Old Globe," said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein.  "His return here is a cause for celebration.  Sense and Sensibility is a very special show: lush, beautiful, romantic, and very entertaining.  The eminent director Barbara Gaines has assembled a team of musical theatre performers who are as good as it gets, and I know that San Diego will delight to watch them do their thing.  I can't wait to share this wonderful company with our audience."

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Photo: (from left) Megan McGinnis as Marianne Dashwood and Sharon Rietkerk as Elinor Dashwood in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s 2015 production of Sense and Sensibility. The Old Globe’s production of Sense and Sensibility, with book, music, and lyrics by Paul Gordon and directed by Barbara Gaines, runs July 6 – August 14, 2016. Photo by Liz Lauren, courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theater.