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The Gardens of Anuncia

September 10 – October 17, 2021
(Opening night: Friday, September 17, 2021)

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 Globe’s Rain, Broadway’s The Wild Party). 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 (original productions of Ragtime and Once on This Island). 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 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 Conrad Prebys Foundation
The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund

Terry Atkinson and Kathy Taylor
Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander
Hal and Pam Fuson

Additional Support from
Peter Cooper and Erik Matwijkow
Sue and Edward "Duff" Sanderson

Production Sponsors
The Estate of Richard Ford
Gillian and Tony Thornley

Artist Sponsor for Graciela Daniele (director and choreographer)
Jeanette Stevens

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

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 theaters and has earned 10 Tony Award nominations and six Drama Desk nominations. Her Broadway Director/Choreographic 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 Game. Directed and choreographed Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again and Marie Christine and Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Dessa Rose and The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center). She has Musical Staged/Choreographed such shows as Ragtime (Astaire, Ovation [L.A.], NAACP, and Callaway Award), The Goodbye Girl, Zorba with Anthony Quinn, The Rink starring Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She choreographed the New York Shakespeare Festival production of The Pirates of Penzance on Broadway, Los Angeles and London, the motion picture of Pirates, and three Woody Allen films including Mighty Aphrodite, for which she won the 1996 Fosse Award, and Everyone Say I Love You, for which she won the 1997 Fosse Award. Ms. Daniele directed and choreographed A New Brain, which enjoyed an extended run in the summer of 1998 at Lincoln Center Theatre. She is recipient of the 1998 “Mr. Abbot” Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Director/Choreographer. Ms. Daniele directed and choreographed the Michael John LaChuisa’s Little Fish (Second Stage) and Bernarda Alba (Lincoln Center Theatre) along with the Lincoln Center Theatre production of William Finn’s Elegies, A Song Cycle. Most recently, she has choreographed The Visit on Broadway. She is a member of the Theater Hall of Fame.


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.