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Press Release: The Heart of Rock & Roll Cast and Creative Announcement

THE OLD GLOBE Announces CAST for 2018–2019 SEASON Opener:
the Electrifying WORLD PREMIERE Musical Comedy
THE HEART OF ROCK & ROLL,
Inspired by the Music of HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS

Performances Run SEPTEMBER 6 – OCTOBER 21, 2018
with Opening Night on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

 

PHOTO EDITORS: Advance photos for The Heart of Rock & Roll are available by clicking here.

SAN DIEGO (July 20, 2018; updated July 30)—The Old Globe today announced casting as its 2018–2019 Season kicks off with the world premiere of The Heart of Rock & Roll, inspired by the music of Huey Lewis and the News, featuring a book by Jonathan Abrams and story by Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Abrams. It will be directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Lorin Latarro and music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Brian Usifer. The Heart of Rock & Roll will be presented by special arrangement with Tyler Mitchell, W. Leo Kiely, Bill Kiely, Whitney Kiely Moehle, and Tamar Climan.

The Heart of Rock & Roll will run September 6 – October 21, 2018 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 6 – September 13. Opening night is Friday, September 14, 2018. Tickets are currently available by subscription only and will go on sale to the general public on Sunday, August 5, 2018, beginning at 12:00 noon. Tickets start at $39.00 and 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.

An electrifying world premiere musical comedy inspired by the songs of one of the most beloved and iconic acts in music history, Huey Lewis and the News. Mainstays on the Chicago dive bar circuit, Bobby and his band are hustling for their big break. But after their latest rejection, Bobby decides it’s “Hip to Be Square,” trades in his guitar, and starts “Workin’ for a Livin’” in corporate America. His boss, Cassandra, has struggles of her own, having sacrificed her personal life for the company. When they both get a shot at their dreams—for Bobby, another crack at rock stardom, and for Cassandra, a chance to become CEO—they must decide “If This Is It” for their careers, or if “The Power of Love” triumphs over all. The Heart of Rock & Roll celebrates the classic songs of Huey Lewis and the News in this heartwarming and hilarious new musical.

The Broadway veterans in the cast include Matt Doyle as Bobby (Sweeney Todd, The Book of Mormon, War Horse, Spring Awakening), Katie Rose Clarke as Cassandra (Miss Saigon, Allegiance, Wicked, The Light in the Piazza), Lindsay Nicole Chambers as Nina (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Patrice Covington as Roz (The Color Purple, Motown The Musical, The Book of Mormon), John Dossett as Stone (the Globe’s The First Wives Club; Newsies, Chicago, War Paint, Tony nominated for Gypsy), Paige Faure as Paige (played the title role in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, How to Succeed, Bullets Over Broadway), F. Michael Haynie as Glenn (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wicked, Holler If Ya Hear Me), Orville Mendoza as Fjord (Peter and the Starcatcher, Pacific Overtures; The Wiz and The Orphan of Zhao at La Jolla Playhouse), Lucas Papaelias as JJ (Once, Cyrano de Bergerac, “The Knick”), Zachary Noah Piser as Eli (Wicked, Off Broadway’s Sweeney Todd), Christopher Ramirez as Wyatt (Icon Off Broadway, Freaky Friday at La Jolla Playhouse), and Billy Harrigan Tighe as Tucker (revivals of Sweeney Todd and Pippin, The Book of Mormon on the West End). The ensemble includes Nicolette Burton, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, James Royce Edwards, Oyoyo Joi, Robert Pendilla, Christopher Ramirez, MiMi Scardulla, Salisha Thomas, and Josh Tolle, as well as swings Bryan Banville and Katie Banville.

The creative team includes Tony Award winner Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Tony winner Paloma Young (Costume Design), Tony winner Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), David Patridge and Tony winner John Shivers (Sound Design), Matt Doebler (Music Director), Tara Rubin Casting/Eric Woodall, CSA (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager).

“Everyone at the Globe is beyond excited to have Huey Lewis’s thrilling songs open our 2018–2019 Season in this rocking and rollicking new musical,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Full of laughter and joy, The Heart of Rock & Roll tells a sweet story of how our wildest dreams sometimes do come true, only in slightly different ways than we imagined. Huey Lewis and the News’s songs—one monster hit after another—deliver jolts of joy and surges of energy, all perfectly suited to the musical theatre stage in Brian Usifer’s amazing arrangements. Huey’s talent has drawn a brilliant team of theatrical visionaries together, led by the witty and imaginative director Gordon Greenberg, and they’ve made a musical that’s about as great a night out as I can imagine. I can’t wait to share it with San Diego’s audiences.”

Huey Lewis is the iconic front man of the Multi-Platinum, Grammy Award–winning, and Academy Award–nominated rock-and-roll band Huey Lewis and the News. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, Huey Lewis and the News has sold over 30 million albums that produced nineteen Top 10 and three No. 1 hits, including the global smash “The Power of Love,” which was nominated for an Academy Award. Their landmark 1983 album Sports sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. alone and features four Billboard Top 100 hits: “If This Is It,” “Heart and Soul,” “I Want a New Drug,” and “The Heart of Rock & Roll.” Their follow-up album, Fore!, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 with five singles on Billboard’s Top 10 singles chart, two of which were No. 1 hits: “Stuck with You” and “Jacob’s Ladder.” All five albums released by the band between 1982 and 1991 have been certified either Gold, Platinum, or Multi-Platinum. The band continues even now to thrill audiences worldwide.

Jonathan Abrams (Book, Story) is a film and television writer and producer. He most recently wrote an original pilot, “Bishop,” for A&E Network and has developed dramas for FOX, ABC, NBC, and The CW. In feature films, he most recently wrote his original idea Diplomats for 20th Century Fox with Chernin Entertainment producing. He has sold or optioned numerous screenplays, including Relativity Media’s romantic comedy The Wedding Doctor and Dichotomy Entertainment’s Juror #2.He was also a credited producer on Summit Entertainment’s Escape Plan franchise. He is a graduate of University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Tyler Mitchell (Story) has over two decades of experience in film and television as a producer, writer, and executive. His producing credits include The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey; Lucky Number Slevin starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Ben Kingsley, and Morgan Freeman; The Angriest Man in Brooklyn starring Robin Williams and Mila Kunis; and most recently the critically acclaimed film Maudie starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. Mr. Mitchell’s television credits include NBC’s “Kidnapped” and “My Own Worst Enemy,” both of which he produced and wrote. As a production executive, Mr. Mitchell has overseen the development, production, and financing of many films, including The Butterfly Effect starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart and The Rum Diary starring Johnny Depp and Aaron Eckhart. Mr. Mitchell is currently Senior Vice President of Imagine Entertainment, an award-winning film and television production company.

Gordon Greenberg (Director) has recent and upcoming credits that include directing Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory), co-writing and directing the forthcoming Broadway stage adaptation of The Secret of My Success (Universal Stage Productions), directing The Angel and the Sparrow (Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Mirvish Theatre), writing the new book for Meet Me in St. Louis (The Muny), directing and co-writing Mystic Pizza (MGM On Stage/The Araca Group), co-writing The Curse of Dracula! (Maltz Jupiter Theatre),and co-writing Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big [your town here] Christmas Show! (Bucks County Playhouse). Mr. Greenberg co-wrote and directed the Broadway stage adaptation of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Roundabout Theatre Company/Universal Stage Productions, PBS’s “Great Performances”) and directed the acclaimed West End revival of Guys and Dolls, which starred Rebel Wilson and received six Olivier Award nominations (Savoy Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre). His other credits include Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); Working (The Old Globe, Broadway in Chicago, 59E59 Theaters; Drama Desk Award); the stage adaptation of Disney’s Tangled; co-writing original movie musicals for Disney Channel and Nickelodeon; and regional work at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, Huntington Theatre Company, Signature Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, New York Stage and Film, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and more. He attended Stanford University, New York University, and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and he is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Writers Guild of America, and The Dramatists Guild of America.

The Heart of Rock & Roll is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. The Heart of Rock & Roll at The Old Globe is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Terry Atkinson, Elaine and Dave Darwin, HM Electronics, Inc., Viasat, Pam Wagner and Hans Tegebo, and Sheryl and Harvey White; as well as Artist Sponsors Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust (for Music Director Brian Usifer). Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.

 

Additional events taking place during the run of The Heart of Rock & Roll include:

VICKI AND CARL ZEIGER INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

An opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons  in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatregoing experience. Reception at 5:00 p.m. FREE.

SUBJECT MATTERS: Saturday, September 15, 2018 following the 2:00 p.m. matinee.

Explore the ideas and issues raised by a production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts, such as scientists, artists, historians, and scholars. Subject Matters will ignite discussion, bring the play’s concerns into sharp focus, and encourage you to think beyond the stage! FREE.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesdays, September 18 and 25, and Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Join us after the show for an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast, crew, and/or Globe staff members. Get the inside story on creating a character and putting together a professional production. FREE.

Tickets to The Heart of Rock & Roll are currently available by subscription only and will go on sale to the general public on Sunday, August 5, 2018, beginning at 12:00 noon. Tickets start at $39.00 and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623], or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military members, and groups of 10 or more.

Performances begin on Thursday, September 6, 2018 and continue through Sunday, October 21, 2018. Opening night is Friday, September 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Regular performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There will be no matinee or evening performance on Saturday, September 22, and no matinee performance on Saturday October 13; there will be an additional matinee performance on Wednesday October 10.

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CALENDAR: The Tempest (6/17–7/22), Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax (7/2–8/12), Barefoot in the Park (7/28–9/2), Much Ado About Nothing (8/12–9/16), AXIS: Island Flair (8/21), The Heart of Rock & Roll (9/6–10/21), AXIS: Mexican Independence Day Celebration, Featuring Las Colibrí in Concert (9/15), 2018 Globe Gala featuring Andra Day (9/22), M.F.A.: Julius Caesar (10/20–10/28), AXIS: Day of the Dead Celebration (10/28), Globe for All Tour: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (10/30–11/18), Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/3–12/29), Looking for Christmas: The New Clint Black Christmas Musical (11/11–12/16), Familiar (1/26–3/3/2019), Tiny Beautiful Things (2/9–3/10), Life After (3/22–4/28), They Promised Her the Moon (4/6–5/5), Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy (5/11–6/16), What You Are (5/23–6/23).

PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.theoldglobe.org/press-room.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Meteor Shower, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

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HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS TOP 10 BILLBOARD SINGLES

Title                                                                 Year                   Peak

“The Power of Love”                            1985                 #1

“Stuck with You”                                      1986                 #1

“Jacob’s Ladder”                                     1987                 #1

“But It’s Alright”                                        1994                 #1

“Hip to Be Square”                                 1986                 #3

“Perfect World”                                        1988                 #3

“The Heart of Rock & Roll”                 1984                 #6

“If This Is It”                                                  1984                 #6

“Doing It All for My Baby”                    1987                 #6

“Do You Believe in Love”                   1982                 #7

“Heart and Soul”                                      1983                 #8

“Workin’ for a Livin’”                               1982                 #9

“I Know What I Like”                               1987                 #9

 

CAST and CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

Bryan Banville (Swing) is thrilled to return to The Old Globe, where he was previously seen in Camp David and Anna Christie. He most recently joined The FlyBoys for their debut American tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. His other select credits include the workshop of Untitled Hunter S. Thompson Project (La Jolla Playhouse), Violet (San Diego Repertory Theatre), the world premiere of Tarrytown (Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company; Craig Noel Award nomination), Spamalot, Animal Crackers, On the Twentieth Century, The Rocky Horror Show, My Fair Lady, Assassins, and Man of La Mancha (Cygnet Theatre, also a Resident Artist), The Producers and Ragtime (San Diego Musical Theatre), Titanic, The Music Man, Spamalot, Mary Poppins, and Catch Me If You Can (Moonlight Stage Productions), the workshop of The Artificial Woman (City Ballet of San Diego), Plaid Tidings (Welk Resort Theatre, twice at New Village Arts), Forever Plaid (Farmers Alley Theatre), Songs for a New World (The Barn Stage Company), and Passion (ion theatre company).

Katie Banville (Swing) is delighted to be returning to The Old Globe, where she previously worked on the world premiere of Benny & Joon and A Doll’s House. Her recent performance credits include Disney’s Freaky Friday and the world premiere of Escape to Margaritaville (La Jolla Playhouse). Her recent choreographic credits include the world premiere of Tarrytown (Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company; Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Musical), Beachtown (San Diego Repertory Theatre), and Spamalot (Cygnet Theatre Company, also a Resident Artist). She received her M.F.A. in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University and her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. katiebanville.com.

Nicolette Burton (Ensemble) last appeared at The Old Globe in October Sky. Her select credits include Hair, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Nine, Songs for a New World, and Kiss Me, Kate, as well as cabaret performances at Feinstein’s/54 Below and other venues in New York City. A San Diego native, Ms. Burton represented The Old Globe in 2012 and was a runner-up at the Jimmy Awards at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. She was also featured in the three-part documentary series Broadway or Bust on PBS. Ms. Burton studied at Theatre Academy London and holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Montclair State University. nicoletteburton.com, @nicolettejburton on Instagram.

Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Nina, Ensemble) can be seen online as Gail Liner in “Submissions Only.” Her Broadway and tour credits include Lauren in Kinky Boots, Jovie in Elf, Robin in Lysistrata Jones, Legally Blonde, and Hairspray. Her Off Broadway and regional credits include Nessie in Loch Ness; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Miss Scarlet in Clue: On Stage; Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors; Robyn in Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man; various theatre legends in Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking; Velociraptor of Science in Triassic Parq; and Natalie and Ed in All Shook Up. She also has various commercial and voice-over credits. lindsaynicolechambers.com, @heyitslnc on Twitter and Instagram.

Katie Rose Clarke (Cassandra) has appeared on Broadway as Ellen in Miss Saigon, Hannah Campbell in Allegiance, Glinda in Wicked, and Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza. She was also seen in the national tours of Wicked and The Light in the Piazza. In addition to her other regional credits, she appeared at Long Wharf Theatre as Cathy Hiatt in Last Five Years (2014 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical) and as Marianne Noone in the East Coast premiere of Craig Lucas’s play Prayer for My Enemy directed by Bartlett Sher. Ms. Clarke appeared as Mrs. Phagan in the staged concert of Parade conducted by Jason Robert Brown at Lincoln Center. His television and film credits include the national broadcast of The Light in the Piazza for “Live from Lincoln Center,” “The Good Wife,” and the upcoming independent film Maybe There’s a Tree.

Patrice Covington (Roz) is an Emmy Award winner who recently appeared as Squeak in the Grammy and Tony Award–winning revival of Broadway’s The Color Purple. Her other credits include Motown The Musical, The Book of Mormon, Effie in Dreamgirls (international tour),Armelia in Ain’t Misbehavin’ (national tour), Alice in Big River (City Center Encores!), and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors (Fulton Theatre). She is also a national voice-over and recording artist for numerous radio and television commercials and jingles, and she is a coach and speaker. TheGalaxyMethod.com, @sangtrice.

John Dossett (Stone) is happy to return to The Old Globe after being seen in The First Wives Club. He has appeared in 17 Broadway productions, including Fifth of July, Prelude to a Kiss, Ragtime, Gypsy (Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations), Dinner at Eight, The Constant Wife, Newsies, Pippin, Chicago, and War Paint. His Off Broadway and regional credits include Dear Evan Hansen (Second Stage Theatre), Sylvia (Cape Playhouse), Grand Hotel (City Center Encores!), Giant (The Public Theater; Drama Desk nomination), Saved (Playwrights Horizons), How I Learned to Drive (Philadelphia Theatre Company), The Clean House and Hello Again (Lincoln Center Theater), A Little Night Music (The Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration), Captains Courageous and Elmer Gantry (Ford’s Theatre), and Dinner with Friends (Variety Arts Theatre). As a company member of Circle Repertory Company, Mr. Dossett has appeared in Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, The Diviners, Childe Byron, Dalton’s Back, Sunshine, El Salvador, and others. His television and film credits include “Madam Secretary,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Sex and the City,” Little Manhattan, and HBO’s John Adams.

Matt Doyle (Bobby) was recently seen as Anthony in the hit revival of Sweeney Todd at Barrow Street Theatre in New York City. His Broadway credits include Elder Price in The Book of Mormon, Billy Narracott in War Horse, Hanschen in Spring Awakening, and Hugo Peabody in Bye Bye Birdie. He also played Melchior in the national tour of Spring Awakening. His Off Broadway credits include Georgie in A Clockwork Orange, Trey in Brooklynite, and Jasper in Jasper in Deadland. He has been seen regionally as Tony in West Side Story (‪Paper Mill Playhouse), Jasper in Jasper in Deadland (The 5th Avenue Theatre), and Jordy Jr. in Giant (Dallas Theater Center). Mr. Doyle’s film and television credits include the recurring role of Jonathan on “Gossip Girl” and Glenn in ‪Private Romeo. He can be heard as Peter on the cast recording for Bare. He has performed in concert at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, The Phoenix Symphony, and Houston Symphony. Mr. Doyle’s solo album, Uncontrolled, co-written by Will Van Dyke, is available on iTunes.

James Royce Edwards (Ensemble) previously appeared at The Old Globe in October Sky and as Young Max in the 10th anniversary production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Mr. Edwards’s Broadway and national tour credits include Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, All Shook Up, Pippin, and The Grinch. His Off Broadway credits include Altar Boyz, Matthew Passion, Wandas World, and That Bachelorette Show. Mr. Edwards starred as Tarzan in the regional premiere of Disneys Tarzan and as Prince Eric in the regional premiere of The Little Mermaid (Tuacahn Center for the Arts). His recent regional credits include Che in Evita, Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages,and Rico in the world premiere of Pump Up the Volume at the Horton Grand Theatre. He also appears around the world as the superhero Sportacus from the children’s television show “LazyTown.

Paige Faure (Paige) appeared on Broadway as Cinderella in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Hedy La Rue in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Bullets Over Broadway, and Miss Saigon. She was also seen Off Broadway as Joan in A Taste of Things to Come (York Theatre Company). Her national tour credits include Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Women, and Aida. Ms. Faure’s regional credits include Robin and the 7 Hoods (The Old Globe), Lorene in the U.S. premiere of From Here to Eternity and Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival), Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Eileen Evergreen in Nice Work If You Can Get It (Broadway at Music Circus), Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone (North Carolina Theatre), Honeymoon in Vegas and On the Town (Paper Mill Playhouse), and Chess (The Kennedy Center). She also appeared on the television series “Search Party.” @paigefaure on Instagram.

F. Michael Haynie (Glenn) has appeared on Broadway in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wicked, and Holler If Ya Hear Me. He has been seen Off Broadway in Carrie (MCC Theater), Dogfight (Second Stage Theatre), and others. His regional credits include Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ogunquit Playhouse), Found (Philadelphia Theatre Company), and others. His television and film credits include Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC), Peter Pan Live! (NBC), and Not Fade Away (Paramount Pictures). @fmichaelhaynie.

Oyoyo Joi (Ensemble) is happy to be making her Old Globe debut. A New York City native, she studied Music Dance Theatre at Brigham Young University and was most recently seen in the national tour and Broadway productions of The Book of Mormon. @oyoyojoi.

Orville Mendoza (Fjord) is making his Old Globe debut. San Diego audiences may have seen him at La Jolla Playhouse in The Wiz directed by Des McAnuff and The Orphan of Zhao directed by Carey Perloff (co-production with American Conservatory Theater). He has appeared on Broadway in Peter and the Starcatcher and the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Pacific Overtures. Most recently, he was on tour with the Ars Nova production of Small Mouth Sounds directed by Rachel Chavkin. His Off Broadway credits include Found (Atlantic Theater Company), Passion directed by John Doyle (Classic Stage Company), and Romeo and Juliet directed by Michael Greif, Timon of Athens directed by Barry Edelstein, and Road Show directed by John Doyle (The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival). Mr. Mendoza’s regional credits include Kansas City Repertory Theatre, East West Players, Goodspeed Musicals, and The Muny. He has also done some television shows, several cast albums, and many commercials. Mr. Mendoza is a Drama Desk Award nominee and a Barrymore Award winner. orvillemendoza.com.

Lucas Papaelias (JJ) has appeared on Broadway in Once and Cyrano de Bergerac, and Off Broadway in This Flat Earth (Playwrights Horizons), Once (New York Theatre Workshop), Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) and Romeo and Juliet (The Public Theater), Walk Two Moons (Lucille Lortel Theatre), Jack’s Precious Moment (Page 73 Productions), U.S. Drag (the stageFarm), Essential Self-Defense (Playwrights Horizons; Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Music in a Play), Cyclone (Studio Dante), and Cellini (Second Stage Theatre). Mr. Papaelias has been seen regionally at Vineyard Arts Project, American Repertory Theater, New York Stage and Film, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geva Theatre Center, and Huntington Theatre Company. His film credits include School of Rock, Art Machine, WTC View, Hungry Ghosts, What Alice Found, Brother to Brother, The Cake Eaters, and the upcoming Geezer. His television credits include the principal role of Eldon Pouncey on “The Knick,” as well as “How to Make It in America,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Blue Bloods,” and “Avenue Amy.” roadporn.net.

Robert Pendilla (Ensemble) is making his Old Globe debut. He was most recently seen on Broadway in the original company of the Tony Award–winning Kinky Boots. He also appeared in the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon, and he spent five years in Oz in the Broadway company of Wicked. San Diego audiences may have seen him many years ago as Pepper in the national tour of Mamma Mia! He is also a SoulCycle instructor. RobertPendilla.com.

Zachary Noah Piser (Eli) is thrilled to make his Old Globe debut with this world premiere. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he comes to San Diego fresh off his run as Tobias in the acclaimed Off Broadway production of Sweeney Todd. Previously, he was seen as Boq in Wicked on Broadway. His other Off Broadway and regional credits include Mad Libs Live! (New World Stages), Godspell (The Marriott Theatre), and The Fantasticks (Willows Theatre Company). He has performed at various venues throughout New York City, including Feinstein’s/54 Below, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, The Green Room 42, and Joe’s Pub. Mr. Piser is a 2015 Northwestern University graduate. @zach_piser.

Christopher Ramirez (Wyatt, Ensemble) appeared Off Broadway in Icon (The Duke on 42nd Street) and regionally in Disney’s Freaky Friday (La Jolla Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Alley Theatre), Lookingglass Alice (Baltimore Center Stage), Man of La Mancha (Barrington Stage Company), The Count of Monte Cristo (Pioneer Theatre Company), In the Heights (SpeakEasy Stage Company), and Violet (Clarence Brown Theatre Company). Recently he took part in the developmental lab of Bhangin’ It (New York City Ballet) and appeared on “Instinct” (CBS). He studied at Boston Conservatory and the William Esper Studio. @c_rambrothaman.

MiMi Scardulla (Ensemble) is excited to be making her Old Globe debut. She was most recently seen as Lydia the Goth and Dance Captain in the Off Broadway production of Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre). She also served as Assistant Choreographer for Be More Chill (Signature Theatre Company) and Associate Choreographer for Sleeping Beauty (Theatre Under The Stars). Ms. Scardulla is a founding member and the Associate Artistic Director of the Create. Inspire. Change. Theater Company, a not-for-profit company that focuses on giving theatre education and experience to children and families who would not normally have the means. She is also a proud faculty member for Broadway Dreams. She attended Boston Conservatory’s Musical Theater division. @mimidulla on Instagram.

Salisha Thomas (Ensemble) is proud to make her Old Globe debut. She graduated with a B.A. from CSU Fullerton and was formerly a vocalist at Disneyland and California Adventure in Mickey and the Magical Map and Five & Dime. Her other credits include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (first national tour), Spring Awakening (La Mirada Theatre), Once on This Island (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Hairspray (3-D Theatricals), and the world premiere of Trevor the Musical (Writers Theatre). Ms. Thomas is a former Miss California World (2016) and most recently played the lead Shirelle in Beautiful on Broadway. @salishathomas on Instagram.

Billy Harrigan Tighe (Tucker) is making his Old Globe debut. He most recently played Anthony in the acclaimed Off Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd. He also appeared in the Broadway revival of Pippin and the West End production of The Book of Mormon as Elder Price. San Diego audiences may recognize him from his national tour roles of J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland and Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. His other national tour credits include Fiyero in Wicked, Jean-Michel in La Cage aux Folles,and Dirty Dancing. Mr. Tighe’s favorite regional credits include Ben in the world premiere of Back Home Again (Lesher Center for the Arts), Link in Hairspray (The Marriott Theatre), and Potsie in Happy Days (Goodspeed Musicals). In addition to theatre, he has performed as a guest soloist with a variety of symphonies all over the country and internationally. @billyharrigantighe on Instagram, @BillyTighe on Twitter.

Josh Tolle (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his debut at The Old Globe with this incredible show. He played Harry and understudied Charlie Price in the first national tour of Kinky Boots, traveling throughout North America and Japan. His favorite credits include A-Rab in West Side Story (The Philadelphia Orchestra), Matthew in Altar Boyz (Lake Dillon Theatre Company), and Gabe in Next to Normal (Syracuse Stage, Drury Lane Theatre; Joseph Jefferson Award nomination). As a songwriter and pop vocalist, Mr. Tolle recently debuted his collection of original music in Tolle: Volume I at Feinstein’s/54 Below. He also featured as a soloist with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, toured the country with The Broadway Boys, and gained YouTube notoriety with the smash-hit Feinstein’s/54 Below concert series Broadway Loves. He is a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. @josh.tolle on Instagram.

Lorin Latarro (Choreography) recently choreographed Broadway’s Waitress, Les Liaisons Dangereuse with Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber, and Waiting for Godot with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, and she is the Associate Choreographer of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and American Idiot. Her additional choreography includes Chess (The Kennedy Center), Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street for “This American Life” (Brooklyn Academy of Music), The Public Theater’s Twelfth Night and The Odyssey (Delacorte Theater), Queen of the Night (Diamond Horseshoe), Assassins, Fanny, and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (City Center Encores!), Between the Lines (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Beaches (Drury Lane Theatre), and A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre Center). Ms. Latarro is a Bucks County Playhouse Artistic Associate and a Juilliard School graduate. Her upcoming work includes La Traviata at The Metropolitan Opera. lorinlatarro.com.

Brian Usifer (Music Supervision, Arrangements, and Orchestrations) is a New York City–based music director, pianist, orchestrator, arranger, producer, and composer. He is currently the Music Director of Disney’s Frozen, which made its world premiere in Denver in summer 2017 before its opening on Broadway last season. He is also currently the Associate Music Supervisor of The Book of Mormon on Broadway and on tour, which won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. Previously, Mr. Usifer was the Music Director of Kinky Boots on Broadway, which won six Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score; the cast recording won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. He was also the show’s Associate Music Supervisor for the national tour and the productions in Toronto and on the West End, where it won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. brianusifer.com.

Derek McLane (Scenic Design) has designed over 350 productions on Broadway, Off Broadway, internationally, regionally, and on television. He was last at The Old Globe with In Your Arms. His Broadway credits include The Price, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Fully Committed, Noises Off, Gigi, Anything Goes, Ragtime, 33 Variations, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Heiress, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Follies, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Million Dollar Quartet, The Pajama Game, and I Am My Own Wife. His Off Broadway credits include If I Forget, Love Love Love, The Night of the Iguana, Sweet Charity, Buried Child, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Spoils, Into the Woods, Ruined, Macbeth, and Hurlyburly. Mr. McLane’s television credits include the Academy Awards (2013–2018) and the live NBC musicals The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, and Hairspray. He has received Tony, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and Art Directors Guild Awards. He is on the board of directors at The New Group and Fiasco Theater and has been a mentor for Theatre Development Fund’s Open Doors program for the past 15 years.

Paloma Young (Costume Design) previously designed The Old Globe’s 2006 Summer Shakespeare Festival production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She designed the Broadway productions of Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony Award), Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Tony nomination), and Bandstand (Drama Desk Award nomination). Her Off Broadway credits include The Great Comet (Kazino, Lucille Lortel Award), Fly by Night (Playwrights Horizons), Recall (Colt Coeur), Permission (MCC Theater), and Brooklyn Babylon (Brooklyn Academy of Music). She has designed regionally at American Repertory Theater, Dallas Theater Center, South Coast Repertory, Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hand2Mouth, and Mixed Blood Theatre, among others. palomayoung.com.

Howell Binkley (Lighting Design) designed the Broadway productions of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Come from Away (2017 Tony nomination), A Bronx Tale The Musical, Hamilton (2016 Tony Award, 2018 Olivier Award), After Midnight (2014 Tony nomination), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2011 Tony nomination), West Side Story (2009 Tony nomination), In the Heights (2008 Tony nomination), Jersey Boys (2006 Tony Award), Avenue Q, Parade, and Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993 Tony nomination). He is the Co-Founder and Resident Lighting Designer at Parsons Dance. He received the 1993 Olivier and Dora Awards for Kiss of the Spider Woman, as well as the 2006 and 2016 Henry Hewes Design Awards for Jersey Boys and Hamilton.

David Patridge (Co-Sound Design) designed theBroadway productions of Holler If Ya Hear Me and Soul Doctor, and the U.S. tours of Flashdance, Mamma Mia!, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His regional credits include The Muny’s 2015–2018 seasons, First Wives Club, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Sammy, Ace, Beauty and the Beast, Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, and Miss Saigon. Off Broadway he designed Gigantic, and internationally he designed Das Wunder von Bern. He was also Associate Sound Designer on Pretty Woman, Paramour, Kinky Boots, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Leap of Faith, Bonnie & Clyde, We Will Rock You, Sister Act, Come Fly Away, 9 to 5, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!, Tarzan, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,and In My Life. Mr. Patridge is a recipient of the Kevin Kline and Suzi Bass Awards for Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical.

John Shivers (Co-Sound Design) designed, with David Patridge, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Sammy, and Ace at The Old Globe. His recent and upcoming credits include Pretty Woman, The Sting, and Gettin’ the Band Back Together. His other credits include Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, The Muny’s 2015–2017 seasons, Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award), Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Bonnie & Clyde, Sister Act, 9 to 5, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, In My Life, and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays. His international credits include The Secret, Tarzan, Das Wunder von Bern, and The Lion King (Shanghai and Singapore). His other regional credits include Hood, Born for This, Moonshine, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, and Tales of the City, as well as work with Savion Glover, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Gregory Hines, and Electric Lady Studios.

Matt Doebler (Music Director) has conducted and played keyboards for the Broadway hits Wicked and The Book of Mormon, as well as their national tours. Most recently he served as Associate Music Director for the new musical Jagged Little Pill, based on Alanis Morissette’s iconic album at American Repertory Theater. Prior to that, Mr. Doebler was Associate Conductor and Accordion-meister for Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. His other recent Broadway shows include Kinky Boots, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, She Loves Me, and Les Misérables. He is a student and faculty alumnus of Penn State’s music and theatre programs. As a native-born Californian, he is thrilled to be making his Old Globe debut.

Tara Rubin Casting/Eric Woodall, CSA (Casting) has cast the Globe’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Guys and Dolls, Othello, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Dog and Pony, A Room with a View, and others. Their select Broadway credits include King Kong (upcoming), The Band’s Visit, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Prince of Broadway, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale The Musical, Cats, Falsettos, Disaster!, School of Rock, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, Les Misérables, The Heiress, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Shrek The Musical, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, and The Phantom of the Opera. Their Off Broadway credits include The Band’s Visit, Here Lies Love,and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. They have also cast regionally for Yale Repertory Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager) has previously worked on The Old Globe’s world premiere musical productions of Benny & Joon, October Sky, Bright Star, Dog and Pony, Allegiance, A Room with a View, and Kingdom. Some of her additional credits include The Tempest; The Wanderers; The Importance of Being Earnest; King Richard II; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Kiss Me, Kate; The Twenty-seventh Man; The Winter’s Tale; Be a Good Little Widow; and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. Ms. Nero worked on the Broadway production of Bright Star and launched the first national tour last fall. Her selected La Jolla Playhouse credits include Sideways directed by Des McAnuff, Ruined directed by Liesl Tommy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Christopher Ashley, and Herringbone directed by Roger Rees and starring BD Wong. Ms. Nero has worked with several prominent regional theatres including The Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson and Kirk Douglas Theatres), Hartford Stage, SITI Company, Huntington Theatre Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, to name a few, including having toured both nationally and internationally with several dance and music companies.

World Premiere

The Heart of Rock & Roll

Inspired by the music of Huey Lewis and the News

Book by Jonathan Abrams

Story by Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Abrams

Directed by Gordon Greenberg

Choreography by Lorin Latarro

Music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Brian Usifer

Presented by special arrangement with Tyler Mitchell, W. Leo Kiely, Bill Kiely, Whitney Kiely Moehle, and Tamar Climan

RUNS: September 6 – October 21, 2018

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $39.00.

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SYNOPSIS: An electrifying world premiere musical comedy inspired by the songs of one of the most beloved and iconic acts in music history, Huey Lewis and the News. Mainstays on the Chicago dive bar circuit, Bobby and his band are hustling for their big break. But after their latest rejection, Bobby decides it’s “Hip to Be Square,” trades in his guitar, and starts “Workin’ for a Livin’” in corporate America. His boss, Cassandra, has struggles of her own, having sacrificed her personal life for the company. When they both get a shot at their dreams—for Bobby, another crack at rock stardom, and for Cassandra, a chance to become CEO—they must decide “If This Is It” for their careers, or if “The Power of Love” triumphs over all. The Heart of Rock & Roll celebrates the classic songs of Huey Lewis and the News in this heartwarming and hilarious new musical.

CAST: Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Nina), Katie Rose Clarke (Cassandra), Patrice Covington (Roz), John Dossett (Stone), Matt Doyle (Bobby), Paige Faure (Paige), F. Michael Haynie (Glenn), Orville Mendoza (Fjord), Lucas Papaelias (JJ), Zachary Noah Piser (Eli), Christopher Ramirez (Wyatt), Billy Harrigan Tighe (Tucker). Ensemble: Nicolette Burton, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, James Royce Edwards, Oyoyo Joi, Lucas Papaelias, Robert Pendilla, Christopher Ramirez, MiMi Scardulla, Salisha Thomas, Josh Tolle. Swings: Bryan Banville, Katie Banville.

CREATIVE TEAM: Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Paloma Young (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), David Patridge and John Shivers (Sound Design), Matt Doebler (Music Director), Tara Rubin Casting/Eric Woodall, CSA (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager).

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

PREVIEW PERFORMANCES:

September 6 THU 8:00pm

September 7 FRI 8:00pm

September 8 SAT 8:00pm

September 9 SUN 7:00pm

September 11 TUE 7:00pm  (Zeiger Insights Seminar)

September 12 WED 7:00pm

September 13 THU 8:00pm

OPENING NIGHT: September 14 FRI 8:00pm

September 15 SAT 2:00pm  (Subject Matters)

September 15 SAT 8:00pm

September 16 SUN 2:00pm

September 16 SUN 7:00pm

September 18 TUE 7:00pm  (Post-Show Forum)

September 19 WED 7:00pm

September 20 THU 8:00pm

September 21 FRI 8:00pm

September 23 SUN 2:00pm

September 23 SUN 7:00pm

September 25 TUE 7:00pm  (Post-Show Forum)

September 26 WED 7:00pm

September 27 THU 8:00pm

September 28 FRI 8:00pm

September 29 SAT 2:00pm

September 29 SAT 8:00pm

September 30 SUN 2:00pm

September 30 SUN 7:00pm

October 2 TUE 7:00pm

October 3 WED 7:00pm  (Post-Show Forum)

October 4 THU 8:00pm

October 5 FRI 8:00pm

October 6 SAT 2:00pm

October 6 SAT 8:00pm

October 7 SUN 2:00pm

October 7 SUN 7:00pm

October 9 TUE 7:00pm

October 10 WED 2:00pm

October 10 WED 7:00pm

October 11 THU 8:00pm

October 12 FRI 8:00pm

October 13 SAT 8:00pm

October 14 SUN 2:00pm

October 14 SUN 7:00pm

October 16 TUE 7:00pm

October 17 WED 7:00pm

October 18 THU 8:00pm

October 19 FRI 8:00pm

October 20 SAT 2:00pm

October 20 SAT 8:00pm

October 21 SUN 2:00pm

October 21 SUN 7:00pm

 

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