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THE OLD GLOBE Announces Its 2020 SUMMER SEASON:

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Directed by SHANA COOPER;

Followed by HENRY V, Directed by DANIEL SULLIVAN;

HAIR, the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, with Book and Lyrics by GEROME RAGNI and JAMES RADO and Music by GALT MACDERMOT, Directed by JAMES VÁSQUEZ, Choreographed by RICKEY TRIPP;

And a Globe-Commissioned World-Premiere Adaptation of FREDERICK KNOTT’s DIAL M FOR MURDER, Adapted by JEFFREY HATCHER, Directed by STAFFORD ARIMA

SAN DIEGO (December 6, 2019)—The Old Globe’s 2020 Summer Season brings to Balboa Park an extraordinarily talented group of artists who will delight audiences with their unique takes on four great works of theatre. The season incudes a classic American musical, a new adaptation of a 20th century thriller, and two of Shakespeare’s masterworks on our outdoor stage.

“The Globe’s 2020 summer lineup has something for everyone,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Passionate and vivid, Hair has one of the great scores in the modern musical theatre, and tells a universal story of young people dreaming of a better world and daring to bring it to life. James Vásquez brings his special wit and energy to a bold new look at the show. Thrillers are one of my favorite genres in the theatre, and it’s been a while since the Globe has done one. Dial M for Murder is a masterpiece of the form, and in Jeffrey Hatcher’s new version, it makes for an exhilarating, white-knuckle night at the theatre. Shana Cooper has made the best The Taming of the Shrew I’ve ever seen: funny, smart, and surprising, and with a beguiling modern take that opens up the play in remarkable ways. And Daniel Sullivan, an American master who is arguably the most important Shakespeare director in our country, returns to the Globe to stage a play that is heart-poundingly exciting. Henry V is Shakespeare at his most electrifying. This is a season of shows that captures what makes theatre so unique and so much fun, and what makes the Globe the major American institution it is. Great stories about big ideas told by great artists: this is theatre that matters. I am thrilled to share it all with our audiences.”

The 2020 Summer Shakespeare Festival kicks off with director Shana Cooper’s daring and contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s masterful comedic take on the battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew, which turns everything we think about love, marriage, and gender on its head. Performances will run June 14 through July 19, with opening night on Sunday, June 21, 2020. The Bard’s thrilling history play Henry V follows, under the aegis of one of the most important Shakespeare directors working today, Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (The Old Globe’s Julius Caesar). This unflinching look at warfare and power is a rousing portrait of courage against all odds, and it will run August 11 through September 13, with opening night on Sunday, August 16, 2020. Both will play outdoors under the stars in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

Indoors, the Age of Aquarius will dawn again with Hair, the American tribal love-rock musical, with book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. Directed by James Vásquez (the Globe’s American Mariachi, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Tiny Beautiful Things) and choreographed by Rickey Tripp (associate choreographer for Choir Boy and Once on This Island; appeared in Broadway’s Hamilton, Motown The Musical, and In the Heights), performances of this legendary rock musical, with its Grammy Award–winning score, will run July 2 through August 9, with opening night on Friday, July 10, 2020, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Prepare for thrills and chills with Dial M for Murder, a new version of the celebrated murder mystery by Frederick Knott (Wait Until Dark) that inspired Hitchcock’s masterpiece! Acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (Scotland Road) brings us an edge-of-your-seat, Globe-commissioned world-premiere adaptation of this modern classic, directed in high style by Globe veteran Stafford Arima (the Globe’s Allegiance, Red Velvet) in our most intimate performance space. Performances will run July 25 through August 23, with opening night on Thursday, July 30, 2020, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

For the full press release on the Summer 2020 Season, click here! For the press page for the Summer 2020 Season, click here!

 

THE OLD GLOBE’s WEST COAST PREMIERE of EBENEZER SCROOGE’S BIG SAN DIEGO CHRISTMAS SHOW,Written by GORDON GREENBERG and STEVE ROSEN,Directed by GORDON GREENBERG

Performances Run NOVEMBER 23 – DECEMBER 24, 2019; Opens TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2019

SAN DIEGO (October 23, 2019)— The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show, a hilarious family-friendly Scrooge parody set in San Diego. Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, it is written by Gordon Greenberg (Globe’s The Heart of Rock & Roll and Working, London’s Guys and Dolls and Barnum) and Steve Rosen (The Other Josh Cohen, The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula!), and directed by Greenberg. Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show begins performances November 23, 2019 and runs through December 24 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run November 23–25, with Opening Night on Tuesday, November 26 (note change in opening date from Season Announcement). Single tickets on sale now, starting at $30.00, and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623], or at the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

San Diego has a new show for its Christmas stocking with this fast, funny, and highly theatrical reimagining of one of the most beloved holiday stories ever told. All the traditional elements of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol are intact—including the iconic ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future—but with a comic local twist! Audiences of all ages will cheer Ebenezer Scrooge’s rediscovery of the Christmas spirit in this riotous Dickens mash-up filled with music and laughter—all set in “wintery” San Diego!

The cast includes Broadway veteran Robert Joy as Ebenezer Scrooge (the Globe’s Twelfth Night, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s King Charles III, and Socrates, Girl From The North Country and Head Of Passes at The Public, “CSI: NY”); Orville Mendoza as Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Charles, Mr. Fezzi, etc. (the Globe’s The Heart of Rock & Roll, The Wiz and The Orphan of Zhao at La Jolla Playhouse, Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher and Pacific Overtures); Dan Rosales as Fred, Young Scrooge, Medium Scrooge, Tiny Tim, etc. (Off-Broadway’s Dogman and Spamilton playing Lin-Manuel Miranda—NYC, London and National Tour); Cathryn Wake as Gertrude Saint, Lavinia, Ghost of Christmas Present, Archibald, etc. (Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812; The Other Josh Cohen, The Fantasticks, and The Hello Girls Off-Broadway); and Jacque Wilke as Prudence Saint, Ghost of Christmas Past, Mrs. Cratchit, Jennie, etc. (extensive local credits include Pride and Prejudice at Cygnet Theatre; Craig Noel Award-winner for Honky at San Diego Repertory Theater; Yoke and The Car Plays at La Jolla Playhouse).

The creative team includes Adam Koch (Scenic Design; extensive regional credits include immersive outdoor Carousel, Miss Saigon, and Titanic, Dreamgirls in Seoul), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design; Obie Award–winner for Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More in NY/Shanghai, the Globe’s As You Like It, The Tempest, The Wanderers, manymore), Amanda Zieve (Lighting Design; Globe’s Tiny Beautiful Things, Native Gardens, The Wanderers, and Rich Girl, Put Your House in Order at La Jolla Playhouse), Bart Fasbender (Sound Design; Broadway’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Soft Power at The Public), The Other Josh Cohen Off Broadway), David Huber (Dialect Coach), Tara Rubin Casting (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager).

“As Dr Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas warms the hearts of San Diegans for the 22nd straight holiday season, The Old Globe this year adds Yuletide laughter and delight with a brand-new Christmas show,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “With Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show, Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen take Dickens’s classic story of Christmas kindness to a new level of madcap fun. The show gives us everything we love about the story of Scrooge, from ‘Bah Humbug’ to the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, to Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family. But this time there’s a local San Diego angle, full of music and energy, and I know our audiences have never seen anything like it. I am so happy to put it under the Globe Christmas tree and share it with our audiences this season.”

For the full press release on Ebenezer Scrooge's BIG San Diego Christmas Show, click here! For the Ebenezer Scrooge's BIG San Diego Christmas Show press page, click here! To buy tickets to Ebenezer Scrooge's BIG San Diego Christmas Show, click here!

Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM announced for THE OLD GLOBE’S 22ndANNUAL PRODUCTION of DR. SEUSS’S HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!

Broadway veteran EDWARD WATTS returns as The Grinch,TOMMY MARTINEZ rejoins himas Young Max, with JOHN TREACY EGAN making his Globe debut as Old Max, with a great cast of San Diego favorites, and old and new Whos too!

Performances begin SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2019

The Old Globe’s 14th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, with performances from the cast, will take place on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 at 6:00 p.m.

The Globe will present a SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE and Free AXIS Event on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 at 10:30 a.m.

SAN DIEGO (October 18, 2019)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe’s 22nd annual production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!The holiday musical will run November 10 – December 29 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run November 10 – November 14. Opening night is Friday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. The Grinch isdirected by James Vásquez, with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin. The original production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was conceived and directed by Jack O’Brien with additional lyrics by Theodor S. Geisel, additional music by Albert Hague, and original choreography by John DeLuca.

Tickets start at $29.00 for adults and $19.00 for children (17 years and under). Children under the age of three will be admitted to 11:00 a.m. performances only, which are open to all ages. At the 11:00 a.m. performances only, children under the age of two are free but must occupy the same seat and sit on the lap of a parent or guardian in attendance. Regardless of age, each audience member, including babes in arms, must have a ticket to be admitted into the theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office.

Dr. Seuss’s
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 22nd incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze),” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

Edward Watts returns to the Globe after receiving critical acclaim and delighting audiences as The Grinch in 2017 and 2018. Watts recently starred as Harold Hill in The Music Man at Goodspeed Musicals and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at Broadway Sacramento/Music Circus (with wife Sarah Meahl, who is also returning to Grinch). His Broadway and New York credits include Scandalous, Finian’s Rainbow, It’s a Bird...It’s a Plane...It’s Superman, The Fantasticks, The Most Happy Fella, and the acclaimed PBS “Live from Lincoln Center” Show Boat with the New York Philharmonic. Tommy Martinez will once again scale Mt. Crumpit as Young Max. He has been seen in NBC’s Hairspray Live!, on the national tour of Kinky Boots, and on Broadway in Newsies. Old Max will be played by Broadway veteran John Treacy Egan, whose credits include My Fair Lady (Lincoln Center Theater), Casa Valentina (Manhattan Theatre Club), Nice Work If You Can Get It, Sister Act, The Little Mermaid, The Producers, Jekyll & Hyde, and Bye Bye Birdie.

Alternating in the role of Cindy-Lou Who are Escondido resident Sophia Adajar, featured in the Little Who Ensemble last year, and Chula Vistan Leila Manuel, returning for her second year in the role.

Rounding out the cast of The Grinch are San Diego mainstays Kevin Hafso Koppman (Papa Who), Katie Sapper (Mama Who), Larry Raben (Grandpa Who), and Bets Malone (Grandma Who), who are joined by Lindsay Mains and Hannah Roby (Annie Who), Arya Bosworth and Isabella Burer (Betty-Lou Who), Jonah Orona and Jaydn Washington (Boo Who), and Bobby Chiu and Alexander Ikizyan (Danny Who).

The ensemble consists of Reanne Acasio, Joelle Dana Advento, Nicholas Alexander, Juliette Cutugno, Elisa Guerra, Kyrsten Hafso Koppman, Ava Harris, Teagan Kirby, Sarah Meahl, Sara Minuto, Arden Pala, Amare Phillips, William BJ Robinson, Lance Arthur Smith, Stella Grace Wahl, and Audrey Simone Winters, as well as James Vásquez (Swing).

This season’s production features Additional Choreography by Bob Richard and Musical Direction by Elan McMahan. The Grinch creative team also includes John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Robert Morgan (Costume Design), Pat Collins (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Anita Ruth (Orchestrator), Joshua Rosenblum (Vocal Arrangements and Incidental Music), David Krane (Dance Music Arranger), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager).

“The Grinch is once again returning to the heart of Balboa Park! All of us at The Old Globe are delighted to welcome him back,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “For more than two decades, this magical show has been a San Diego institution, introducing young people to the joys of theatre and bringing families together for the heartwarming rush of good cheer that only live theatre can provide. We are thrilled to reunite our beloved Who family old and new with the brilliant Ed Watts, who is returning as The Grinch. Many of these extraordinary actors return year in and year out, and we love watching the littlest Whos grow up onstage along with our audience members. For many San Diegans, the Grinch Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off the holiday season, and we’re looking forward to it. This year’s sensory-friendly performance will offer additional surround events created by artists on the spectrum, including Grinchy AXIS workshops and performances! This is a special time of year at the Globe, touched with the genius of Dr. Seuss, the continuing generosity of Audrey S. Geisel, and surprise, entertainment, and joy.”

For the full press release on the cast and creatives for Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, click here! For the press page for The Grinch, click here! To buy tickets to The Grinch, click here!

Edward Watts and Tommy Martinez in Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, 2018. Photo by Ken Howard.

THE OLD GLOBE Presents Three Additional coLAB Productions This Fall: South Bay, City Heights, and Veterans Village of San Diego

First Set of Performances Include Pasajes/Passages, a Play by Globe Teaching Artist Crystal Mercado Rosure and the Members of the South Bay Community on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the Chula Vista Public Library


Día de los Muertos Celebration and Performances to Follow on October 26 and November 3

SAN DIEGO (October 2, 2019)—The Old Globe continues to make theatre matter to more people by inviting everyone to enjoy three unique productions of original work developed through coLAB, a program developed by the Department of Arts Engagement. coLAB unites community and artists to develop unique participatory theatre. Having the perspective of participants at the forefront of the storytelling experience is central to this artistic collaboration. Community members work with an artist over several months developing stories. The culmination of the work is a presentation with a community partner organization of a public performance and celebration. These productions take on many forms but always feature the stories and perspectives of the participants.

This year—after the 2019 Juneteenth Celebration at The George L. Stevens Senior Center, with the premiere of I Love Ruby written by Karen Ann Daniels—coLAB will celebrate three additional premieres! Pasajes/Passages will kick off the array of new work at the Chula Vista Public Library on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, both at 6:00 p.m. Written by Globe Teaching Artist Crystal Mercado Rosure and members of the South Bay Community, and directed by Ramón Verdugo, Pasajes-Passages is a bilingual play that interweaves the stories of four women from the South Bay who are tested by the forces of humanity as they look to better themselves and their community. There is a suggested donation of $20.00 at the door.

For the fourth consecutive year, two of the Globe’s signature arts engagement programs—coLAB and AXIS—unite to celebrate the great Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) with a weekend full of unique activities and artistic expression, as well as the premiere of Hermanas (Sisters), written by Daniel Jáquez and directed by Ramón Verdugo,taking place atSAY San Diego’s City Heights Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Celebration (3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, 92105) onSaturday, October 26. The event will include dancing, singing, music, Aztec dancers, and other performances, as well as a display of community altars, face painting, mask making, and prizes for the best Catrina and Catrin costumes. It will run from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a performance of Hermanas at 2:00 p.m.

The free AXIS Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Celebration will take place on Sunday, November 3 on the Globe’s Copley Plaza in Balboa Park. This participatory event for the whole family will touch upon some of the traditions that encompass this celebration of deceased loved ones. It will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with Hermanas at 12:00 noon (en Español) and 1:00 p.m. (in English).

The last set of performances will be at Veterans Village of San Diego. With a play written by Old Globe Teaching Artist Gill Sotu and directed by Arts Engagement Programs Manager Katherine Harroff, on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, both at 7:00 p.m. at the Jack Lyons Auditorium (4141 Pacific Highway, San Diego, 92110). There is a suggested donation of $20.00 at the door.

For the full press release on the upcoming coLAB presentations, click here! For more on Arts Engagement, click here!

Day of the Dead AXIS event, 2017. Photo by Rich Soublet II.

THE OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES CAST FOR THE WINTER’S TALE,THE 2019 SEASON’S GLOBE FOR ALL FREE SHAKESPEARE TOUR, Directed by DANIEL JÁQUEZ, OCTOBER 29 Through NOVEMBER 17, 2019

Touring Free Shakespeare to 19 Community Partner Venues; Five New Venues Will Participate This Year! Culminating with Low-Cost Public Performances on the Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre Stage

SAN DIEGO (September 27, 2019)—The Old Globe invites your attendance and coverage as Globe for All celebrates six years of making theatre matter to more people! Our talented Globe for All company of professional actors will bring a stirring production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale to a variety of economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities throughout San Diego County. The free-admission Globe for All Tour kicks off on Tuesday, October 29 and will visit 19 Community Partner venues from San Ysidro to Oceanside.

Director Daniel Jáquez returns to The Globe to helm this production of The Winter’s Tale. His previous work at The Globe includes the 2017 direction and co-creation of the bilingual piece La Muerte Descansa en Paz (Death Rests in Peace), which was presented as part of one of The Old Globe’s signature arts engagement programs, coLAB, and he was a participant in this year’s The Old Globe Classical Directing Fellowship, led by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein.

Rediscover one of Shakespeare’s most enticing and moving romances. King Leontes suspects his wife of infidelity with his best friend from youth, Polixines, the king of Bohemia. After he explodes in rage, only time and forgiveness can bring healing to his family and his wounded land. The Winter’s Tale sweeps from tragedy to comedy—along the way visiting the royal court, dancing shepherds, a most extraordinary statue, and one notoriously hungry bear.

The cast features Carlos Angel-Barajas (Leontes, Young Shepherd), Yadira Correa (Paulina, Mopsa), Sofia Jean Gomez (Hermione, Dorcas), Anthony Green (Antigonus, Shepherd), Eric Hagen (Polixenes, Dion, Shepherd’s Son),Jersten Seraile (Florizel, Cleomenes), Morgan Taylor (Emilia, Time, Attendant), Wenona Truong (Perdita, Mamillius, Lord 2), and Jared Van Heel (Camillo, Officer, Lord 1).

The creative staff includes Yi-Chien Lee (Scenic Design), Charlotte Devaux (Costume Design), ErdisMaxhelaku (Composer and Creative Musician), DavidHuber (Voice and Text Coach), Chandra R.M. Anthenill (Production Stage Manager), and HannahMay (Assistant Stage Manager).

The Winter’s Tale is my very favorite Shakespeare play, and so it’s a special pleasure to see it tour our region as the 2019 production of our thrilling Globe for All series,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Full of feeling, music, magic, and wonder, the play is about the power of second chances in life, and I know that in Daniel Jáquez’s inventive and energetic production it will touch audiences deeply, even as it fills them with laughter and joy. Globe for All is central to this theatre’s commitment to serving San Diego and helping make theatre matter to more and more people. I couldn’t be more proud to share this work, nor happier to invite our neighbors to be
part of it.”

For the full press release on the cast and creatives for Globe for All's Tour of The Winter's Tale, click here! For more information on The Winter's Tale, click here!

Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, THE OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES A ONE-WEEK-ONLY EXTENSION FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ALMOST FAMOUS, a New Musical with Book and Lyrics by Academy Award Winner and San Diego Native CAMERON CROWE, Based on His Iconic Film; with Music and Lyrics by Pulitzer Prize and Two-Time Tony Award Winner TOM KITT; Directed by Tony Award Nominee JEREMY HERRIN

Performances Will Now Run SEPTEMBER 13 – OCTOBER 27, 2019; Tickets for Extension On Sale FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 at 12:00 Noon

SAN DIEGO (August 27, 2019)—Due to popular demand, The Old Globe announced today a one-week-only extension—through Sunday, October 27—of Almost Famous, a world-premiere musical with book and lyrics by Academy Award winner and San Diego native Cameron Crowe (films Jerry Maguire, Say Anything…, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), based on his iconic film. Almost Famous is directed by Tony Award nominee Jeremy Herrin (Noises Off, Wolf Hall, National Theatre Live’s All My Sons), and features songs that span the range from classic hits to new songs, with original music and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, American Idiot, The SpongeBob Musical). Almost Famous is presented by special arrangement with Lia Vollack, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson.

Performances now run September 13 – October 27, 2019 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, with opening night on Friday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the extension week are now available for new Old Globe season-ticket purchasers, current subscribers, and donors; single tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 30 beginning at 12:00 noon. Single tickets start at $70.00. 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.

It’s all happening… San Diego, 1973. Led Zeppelin is king, Richard Nixon is President, and idealistic 15-year-old William Miller is an aspiring music journalist. When Rolling Stone magazine hires him to go on the road with an up-and-coming band, William is thrust into the rock-and-roll circus, where his love of music, his longing for friendship, and his integrity as a writer collide. Written by Academy Award winner Cameron Crowe based on his iconic film, Almost Famous is about a young man finding his place in the world and the indelible characters he meets along the way. This joyous world premiere is a celebration of community and the power of music.

The cast includes Matt Bittner as Larry Fellows, Chad Burris as Vic Nunez, Gerard Canonico as Dick Roswell, Julia Cassandra as Estrella, Rob Colletti as Lester Bangs, Brandon Contreras as Silent Ed Vallencourt, Colin Donnell as Russell Hammond, Drew Gehling as Jeff Bebe, Sam Gravitte as Dennis Hope, Van Hughes as David Felton, Katie Ladner as Sapphire, Anika Larsen as Elaine Miller, Storm Lever as Polexia, Casey Likes as William Miller, Solea Pfeiffer as Penny Lane, Emily Schultheis as Anita Miller, Daniel Sovich as Darryl, Libby Winters as Leslie, Matthew C. Yee as Ben Fong-Torres, and swings Danny Lindgren and Alisa Melendez.

The multiple award-winning design team, with a combined 11 Tony Awards and 32 Tony nominations, includes choreographer Lorin Latarro (Globe’s The Heart of Rock & Roll, Broadway and West End’s Waitress), scenic designer Derek McLane (Tony and San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Awards for 33 Variations, multiple Emmy, Drama Desk, and Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards for Sustained Achievement); costume designer David Zinn (two Tony Awards, for The Humans and SpongeBob SquarePants); lighting designer Natasha Katz (Springsteen on Broadway, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, All My Sons, Burn This, The Prom, Frozen; six Tony Awards, for Long Day’s Journey Into Night, An American in Paris, The Glass Menagerie, Once, The Coast of Utopia, and Aida); sound designer Peter Hylenski (Grammy, Olivier, seven-time Tony Award nominee, including for Beetlejuice and King Kong in 2019), Tom Kitt (Orchestrations and Arrangements; Next to Normal received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and two Tony Awards), Bryan Perri (Music Director), AnnMarie Milazzo (Vocal Designer; Spring Awakening, Next to Normal, If/Then, and Finding Neverland), Daniel Green (Associate Music Director), Campbell Young Associates (Hair, Wig, and Makeup Design; King Lear, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Waverly Gallery), Jim Carnahan, CSA and Jillian Cimini, CSA (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager).

“Everyone at the Globe is hugely excited to welcome an uncommonly gifted company to Balboa Park for what we know will be the musical theatre event of the season,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Cameron Crowe, Tom Kitt, and Jeremy Herrin have assembled a group of actors blessed with extraordinary talent and incendiary energy, and together they will transform a beloved movie—which is also, of course, a local San Diego tale—into an unforgettable new work for the American stage. I am proud to have Almost Famous at this theatre, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with our audiences.”

For the full press release on the cast and creatives for Almost Famous, click here! For more information on Almost Famous, click here! To buy tickets to Almost Famous, click here!

THE OLD GLOBE Announces the Cast and Creatives for the WORLD PREMIERE of ALMOST FAMOUS,A New Musical with Book and Lyrics by Academy Award Winner and San Diego Native CAMERON CROWE, Based on His Iconic Film; with Music and Lyrics by Pulitzer Prize and Two-Time Tony Award Winner TOM KITT, Directed by Tony Award Nominee JEREMY HERRIN

Performances Run SEPTEMBER 13 – OCTOBER 20, 2019; Single Tickets Go On Sale FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 at 12:00 Noon

SAN DIEGO (August 1, 2019)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for Almost Famous, a world-premiere musical with book and lyrics by Academy Award winner and San Diego native Cameron Crowe (films Jerry Maguire, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything…), based on his iconic film. Almost Famous is directed by Tony Award nominee Jeremy Herrin (Noises Off, Wolf Hall, National Theatre Live’s All My Sons), and features songs that span the range from classic hits to new songs, with original music and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, American Idiot, SpongeBob SquarePants). Almost Famous is presented by special arrangement with Lia Vollack, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson, and will run September 13 – October 20, 2019 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, with opening night on September 27. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 2, 2019, beginning at 12:00 noon. Single tickets start at $50.00. 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 cast includes Matt Bittner as Larry Fellows (Broadway’s Present Laughter and School of Rock, Up Here at La Jolla Playhouse), Chad Burris as Vic Nunez (The Book of Mormon national tours), Gerard Canonico as Dick Roswell (Broadway’s Be More Chill, Groundhog Day, American Idiot, Spring Awakening), Julia Cassandra as Estrella (Mamma Mia! farewell tour), Rob Colletti as Lester Bangs (Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, School of Rock national tour), Brandon Contreras as Silent Ed Vallencourt (City Center Encores! Road Show, Off Broadway’s Jerry Springer: The Opera), Colin Donnell as Russell Hammond (Broadway’s Anything Goes, Jersey Boys, Follies, and Meet Me in St. Louis, “Arrow,” “Chicago Med”), Drew Gehling as Jeff Bebe (Broadway’s Waitress, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Jersey Boys), Sam Gravitte as Dennis Hope (Broadway’s Wicked), Van Hughes as David Felton (Broadway’s Deaf West Spring Awakening, American Idiot), Katie Ladner as Sapphire (Broadway’s Wicked, Sunset Boulevard), Anika Larsen as Elaine Miller (Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Avenue Q, All Shook Up), Storm Lever as Polexia (Duckling Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway and at La Jolla Playhouse), Casey Likes as William Miller (2019 Jimmy Awards finalist, film Everything Must Go, “American Blackout”), Solea Pfeiffer as Penny Lane (Hamilton national tour, Camelot concert at Lincoln Center Theater, Sondheim on Sondheim at the Hollywood Bowl), Emily Schultheis as Anita Miller (Wicked and Bat Out of Hell national tours), Daniel Sovich as Darryl (Off Broadway’s Downtown Race Riot), Libby Winters as Leslie (Broadway’s American Idiot), and Matthew C. Yee as Ben Fong-Torres (Cambodian Rock Band, Vietgone); and swings Danny Lindgren and Alisa Melendez.

The multiple award-winning design team, with a combined 11 Tony Awards and 32 Tony nominations, includes scenic designer Derek McLane (Tony and San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Awards for 33 Variations, multiple Emmy, Drama Desk, and Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards for Sustained Achievement); costume designer David Zinn (two Tony Awards, for The Humans and SpongeBob SquarePants); lighting designer Natasha Katz (Springsteen on Broadway, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, All My Sons, Burn This, The Prom, Frozen; six Tony Awards, for Long Day’s Journey Into Night, An American in Paris, The Glass Menagerie, Once, The Coast of Utopia, and Aida); sound designer Peter Hylenski (Grammy, Olivier, seven-time Tony Award nominee, including for Beetlejuice and King Kong in 2019), Tom Kitt (Orchestrations and Arrangements; Next to Normal received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and two Tony Awards), Bryan Perri (Music Director), Daniel Green (Associate Music Director), AnnMarie Milazzo (Vocal Designer; Spring Awakening, Next to Normal, If/Then, and Finding Neverland), Campbell Young Associates (Hair, Wig, and Makeup Design; King Lear, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Waverly Gallery), and production stage manager Anjee Nero. Lorin Latarro (Globe’s The Heart of Rock & Roll, Broadway and West End’s Waitress) was previously announced as choreographer.

It’s all happening… San Diego, 1973. Led Zeppelin is king, Richard Nixon is President, and idealistic 15-year-old William Miller is an aspiring music journalist. When Rolling Stone magazine hires him to go on the road with an up-and-coming band, William is thrust into the rock-and-roll circus, where his love of music, his longing for friendship, and his integrity as a writer collide. Written by Academy Award winner Cameron Crowe based on his iconic film, Almost Famous is about a young man finding his place in the world and the indelible characters he meets along the way. This joyous world premiere is a celebration of community and the power of music.

“Everyone at the Globe is hugely excited to welcome an uncommonly gifted company to Balboa Park for what we know will be the musical theatre event of the season,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Cameron Crowe, Tom Kitt, and Jeremy Herrin have assembled a group of actors blessed with extraordinary talent and incendiary energy, and together they will transform a beloved movie—which is also, of course, a local San Diego tale—into an unforgettable new work for the American stage. I am proud to have Almost Famous at this theatre, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with our audiences.”

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Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced as THE OLD GLOBE’s 2019 SUMMER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Continues with the Greatest Love Story of All Time: ROMEO AND JULIET, Directed by BARRY EDELSTEIN

Performances Run AUGUST 11 – SEPTEMBER 15, 2019, Opening Is Saturday, August 17

SAN DIEGO (July 17, 2019)—As The Old Globe’s 2019 Summer Shakespeare Festival continues, the theatre today announced the cast and creative team of the love-filled tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein returns to direct the greatest love story of all time, after helming a smash-hit production of Othello and a sales-record-breaking production of Hamlet. Performances will run August 11 – September 15 outdoors under the stars in the Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Tickets start at $30.00 and are on sale to the general public now. Previews run August 11–16, with opening night on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”


Verona’s Montague and Capulet families have been feuding for ages, and whenever they meet, violence breaks out. But when Romeo glimpses Juliet across a crowded dance floor, something different happens. Can star-crossed love survive in a world of rivalry and rage? With a plot featuring a masqued ball, sleeping potions, and all-out brawling in the street, wrapped in a text full of soaring poetry, it’s no wonder Romeo and Juliet has inspired countless adaptations, from ballets to movies to musicals like West Side Story. Young love has never been as dangerous or delightful as it is in Shakespeare’s romantic masterpiece, brought to vivid life on our outdoor stage under the stars. Edelstein, one of America’s leading Shakespeareans, recently created a unique version of The Tempest, combining Shakespeare, dance, and classical music, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and oversaw the Globe’s inaugural Classical Directing Fellowship program.

“What a gift it is to direct one of the great masterpieces in world literature, and what an extra joy to do so on our Festival Theatre stage, one of the most beautiful Shakespeare venues in this country,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Romeo and Juliet contains multitudes. It’s a work of sublime and uplifting romance, and also a warning about how hatreds held fast by one generation can cause terrible destruction to the next. It is a justly famous play that truly has in it everything we love about Shakespeare. As always, the Globe has attracted an extraordinarily talented cast and design team, and I am so looking forward to sharing their work with San Diego audiences.”

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Aaron Clifton Moten appears as Romeo and Louisa Jacobson as Juliet. Photo by Jim Cox.

THE OLD GLOBE Announces the Cast and Creative Team for STEVE MARTIN’s Hilarious Comedy THE UNDERPANTS, Directed by WALTER BOBBIE, an Adaptation of DIE HOSE by CARL STERNHEIM

Performances Originally Scheduled to Run July 27 – August 25, 2019; EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND Through SEPTEMBER 1; Opening Is Thursday, August 1

SAN DIEGO (July 3, 2019)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of a sparkling comedy rounding in our summer season, The Underpants, by the Globe’s second-most-popular playwright-in-residence, Steve Martin. Directed by multiple-award winner Walter Bobbie (Globe and Broadway’s Bright Star, Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Chicago) and adapted from Die Hose by Carl Sternheim, the play was originally commissioned by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein when he ran New York’s Classic Stage Company. This is the fourth Martin work in recent seasons at the Globe, from 2014’s world premiere musical Bright Star, which went on to Broadway and five Tony Award nominations, to 2016’s twice-extended, world-premiere comedy Meteor Shower, to 2017’s smash-hit revival of Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

The Underpants begins performances July 27 and has already been extended by popular demand to run through September 1, 2019 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run July 27 – July 31. Opening night is Thursday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $30.00 and are on sale now. 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.

A riotous farce adapted from a playwright often dubbed “the German Molière.” Newly married Louise is bored with her demanding and uptight bureaucrat husband. Then one day at the royal parade, she jumps up on a bench to see the king go by, and oops!—her bloomers come loose and fall down around her ankles, right in front of everyone. Her husband is frantic with worry about losing his job and their reputation. But suddenly the room they’ve been trying to rent out has plenty of takers, and it just might have something to do with…the underpants. Legendary comedian and writer Steve Martin, who gave Globe audiences world premiere hits like Bright Star and Meteor Shower, makes Carl Sternheim’s “racy” German comedy a hilarious look at female empowerment, sudden fame, and the idiocy a beautiful woman inspires in the men who love her. The New York Times calls it “an amalgam of comic book and social commentary made out of sex jokes, slamming doors, and sophisticated repartee. The Underpants is often laugh-out-loud funny!”

The cast includes Jeff Blumenkrantz as Klinglehoff (Globe’s Damn Yankees, Broadway’s Bright Star, Off Broadway’s Murder for Two, Fosse/Verdon), Michael Bradley Cohen as Benjamin Cohen (Henry V, Twelfth Night for The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit, Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More), Regina De Vera as Louise Maske (The Merchant of Venice for Tanghalang Pilipino Actors’ Company, Into the Woods, Three Sisters, Mother Courage and Her Children at The Juilliard School), Joanna Glushak as Gertrude Deuter (Broadway’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and War Paint, Gloria: A Life, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Eddie Kaye Thomas as Theo Maske (Broadway’s The Diary of Anne Frank and Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, American Pie, Harold & Kumar, “Scorpion”), Luis Vega as Frank Versati (The Humans national tour, As You Like It at Guthrie Theater, Seize the King at La Jolla Playhouse), and Kris Zarif as King (Globe’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Triad Productions, tempOdyssey at Teatro ALTO).

The award-winning Broadway veterans on the creative team include John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design; Globe’s Much Ado About Nothing, King Richard II, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile,Broadway’s Venus in Fur, The Color Purple, and Rabbit Hole), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design; Globe’s Familiar, Allegiance, and Brighton Beach Memoirs,Broadway’s Allegiance and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Design; Broadway’s Pretty Woman: The Musical, The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design; Globe’s The Tale of Despereaux and Bright Star, Broadway’s Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, Tony Award winner for Hadestown), James Calleri and Paul Davis, Calleri Casting (Casting), and Marie Jahelka (Production Stage Manager).

The Underpants is a play that’s been in my life for nearly 20 years, and it’s brought me enormous laughter and joy over that time,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Back in 2000, when I was running Classic Stage Company in New York City, I asked Steve Martin to adapt Carl Sternheim’s play. He turned this strange comedy from Germany in 1910 into a fresh and riotous farce that’s suffused with Steve’s very particular brand of highbrow-lowbrow hilarity. It’s about how we don’t think straight when we fall in love, it’s about how a marriage grows, it’s about fame, and most of all it’s about the consequences of a wardrobe malfunction. It’s also about the happy return of Steve Martin to the Globe. Our audiences love him, and it’s a pleasure to round out his wonderful body of stage plays—Picasso at The Lapin Agile, Meteor Shower, and Bright Star—with this sparkling comedy. Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie continues his own collaboration with Steve Martin, and he’s brought an astonishing team of Broadway veterans to collaborate with him and a stellar cast of actors to make a production that will enchant Globe’s audiences. I can’t wait to share it with San Diego!”

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THE OLD GLOBE Has Been Awarded FIVE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL Grants: for Artists in Communities, Arts Education Exposure, JUMP StArts, Veterans in the Arts, and Youth Arts Action

As Well as Funding for Arts in Corrections

California Arts Council Invests $24.5 Million in Arts Programming Statewide; More Than 1,300 Grants in Support of Strengthening California by a Spectrum of Art and Artists

SAN DIEGO (July 2, 2019)—The Old Globe is honored to receive five California Arts Council grants for the work it is doing to make theatre matter to more people, to both support existing programs and expand into new areas. The grant awards to the Globe total $91,855 for the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The Artist in Communities program granted $16,200 to the Globe for its coLAB community new-work-creation program; Arts Education Exposure granted the Globe $16,200 for Free Student Matinees; JUMP StArts awarded the Globe a $2,500 planning grant to pilot Reflecting Shakespearein which inmates create original theatre pieces based on works by the Bard—in the juvenile justice system; Veterans in the Arts awarded $16,200 for the Globe’s Technical Center Apprentice Program for Military Veterans; and Youth Arts Action provided $16,200 for the 2019 Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio, the Globe’s summer program for high-school students.

The Globe was also awarded a contract totaling $24,555 from Arts in Corrections to train Globe Teaching Artists to work in correctional facilities and to adapt Reflecting Shakespeare for individuals with physical and mental disabilities experiencing incarceration at San Diego’s Donovan State Prison.

“The Old Globe believes that theatre matters, and in our commitment to make it matter to more people, we rely on the California Arts Council’s extraordinary support,” said The Old Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “These newly announced grants will help us make our arts engagement programs matter to thousands and thousands of San Diegans, including students, veterans, and homeless and incarcerated individuals. Our programs are enriching, educational, and inclusive, and we couldn’t be more honored that their power and impact are recognized and enhanced by the CAC. We are grateful for this funding.”

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