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The Gardens of Anuncia

May 8 – June 14, 2020
(Opening night: Friday, May 15, 2020)

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

Globe-commissioned world premiere musical
Book, music, and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
Directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele

A Globe-commissioned world premiere musical by five-time Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa. The Gardens of Anuncia is inspired by the life story of an icon of the American stage who directs and choreographs the show at the Globe: Broadway legend Graciela Daniele. Anuncia tends the garden of her country house as she reflects on her life, looking back on her girlhood in Juan Perón’s Argentina and paying homage to the family of women whose sacrifices allowed her to become an artist. This funny, poignant, and beautiful musical features a beguilingly romantic and tango-infused score filled with the exuberant sounds of women reveling in the joys of being alive.

Principal Underwriters
Paula and Brian Powers

Lead Underwriters
Diane and John Berol
The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund

Production Sponsors

Artist Sponsor for Graciela Daniele (director and choreographer)
Jo Ann Kilty

Artist Sponsor for Michael John LaChiusa (book, music, and lyrics)
Jordine Von Wantoch


Publicity Photos

Michael John LaChiusa
Michael John LaChiusa. Photo by Warren Abbott.
Graciela Daniele
Graciela Daniele. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
The Gardens of Anuncia
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

Cast and Creative


Michael John LaChiusa (Book, Music, and Lyrics) made his Globe debut in 2016 with the world premiere musical Rain. He is a five-time Tony Award–nominated composer, lyricist, and librettist for his Broadway productions of The Wild Party, Marie Christine, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. LaChiusa’s acclaimed Off Broadway musicals have been seen at The Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Second Stage Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and Transport Group, among many others, and include First Daughter Suite, Giant, Queen of the Mist (Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical), Bernarda Alba, See What I Wanna See, Little Fish, Hello Again, and First Lady Suite. His work has been produced by many notable regional theatres, including Los Otros, with book and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh (Everyman Theatre). LaChiusa has been commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among others, and he has penned Lovers and Friends (Chautauqua Variations) at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Send (who are you? I love you) written for Audra McDonald at Houston Grand Opera. LaChiusa’s revues of his own work include La La LaChiusa (Joe’s Pub), Hotel C’est l’Amour conceived by Daniel Henning (The Blank Theatre), and Heartbreak Country: Michael John LaChiusa’s Stories of America (Jazz at Lincoln Center). LaChiusa’s awards include an Obie Award, a Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Award, a Kleban Prize, and 2008 and 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards. LaChiusa teaches at New York University and is a resident of New York City.

Graciela Daniele (Director and Choreographer) has directed on Broadway, at Lincoln Center and The Public Theater, and at regional theatres, and she has earned 10 Tony Award nominations and nine Drama Desk Award nominations. Her Broadway director/choreographer credits include Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Annie Get Your Gun, Marie Christine, Once on This Island, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and Dangerous Games. She has musical-staged/choreographed such shows as Ragtime (Astaire, Ovation, NAACP Theatre, and Joseph A. Callaway Awards), The Goodbye Girl, Zorba with Anthony Quinn, The Rink starring Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She choreographed The Pirates of Penzance on Broadway, in Los Angeles, and in London; the motion picture of Pirates; and three Woody Allen films, including Mighty Aphrodite (1996 Bob Fosse Award) and Everyone Says I Love You (1997 Bob Fosse Award). Daniele directed and choreographed A New Brain, which enjoyed an extended run in the summer of 1998 at Lincoln Center Theater. She is a recipient of the 1998 “Mr. Abbot” Award for outstanding achievement by a director/choreographer. Daniele directed and choreographed Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish (Second Stage Theater) and LaChiusa’s Bernarda Alba and William Finn’s Elegies: A Song Cycle (Lincoln Center Theater). Most recently, she choreographed The Visit on Broadway, the world premiere of Sousatzka at Elgin Theatre in Toronto, and Pamela’s First Musical at Two River Theater. 


Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminars

This series provides Old Globe patrons with 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 theatre going experience. Each Insights Seminar takes place 90 minutes before curtain time on the Tuesday after performances begin, and includes an informal reception 30 minutes before the start. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.


Post-Show Forums

Join us after the show for an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast members. Get the "inside story" on creating a character and putting together a professional production. Post-show forums are scheduled after select Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Wednesday, June 3, 2020


Subject Matters

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! Subject Matters discussions follow select Saturday matinee performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Saturday, May 16, 2020


Open Caption Performance

Open captioning is live text displayed simultaneously to the performance and does not require the user to have any special equipment for viewing the text. Please contact our Ticket Services Department at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623) or Tickets@TheOldGlobe.org to purchase tickets within view of the captioning screen. Tickets for open-caption performances go on sale on the single-ticket on-sale date and are subject to availability. Support for open captioning is provided in part by TDF. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.