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The Gardens of Anuncia

September 11 – 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 co-choreographed by Graciela Daniele

“Entertaining, melodic, funny, warm, and packed with star performances!”

The San Diego Union-Tribune

“A lovely, funny, and heartfelt musical.”

—BroadwayWorld

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.

Open Caption Performance: Saturday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Principal Underwriters
Paula and Brian Powers
Anonymous (2)

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

Underwriters
Terry Atkinson and Kathy Taylor
Nikki and Ben Clay
Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander
Hal and Pam Fuson

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

Production Sponsors
In Memory of Annette and Dick Ford
Joan and Irwin Jacobs
Karen and Stuart Tanz
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

Program

Song List

Cast and Creative

Cast

Creative

Michael John LaChiusa (Book, Music, and Lyrics) The Old Globe: world premiere of Rain. Broadway: five Tony Award noms; The Wild Party, Marie Christine, Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Off Broadway: First Daughter Suite, Giant, Queen of the Mist, Bernarda Alba, See What I Wanna See, Little Fish, Hello Again, First Lady Suite. Regional: Lovers and Friends (Chautauqua Variations) (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Send (who are you? I love you) (Houston Grand Opera). Revues: La La LaChiusa (Joe’s Pub), Hotel C’ent l’Amour (The Blank Theatre), Heartbreak Country (Jazz at Lincoln Center). Awards: Obie Award, Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Award, Kleban Prize, two Daytime Emmy Awards.

Graciela Daniele (Direction and Co-Choreography) Directed on Broadway, at Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, regional theatres; 2021 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, 10 additional Tony nominations, six Drama Desk nominations. Broadway: Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Annie Get Your Gun, Marie Christine, Once on This Island, The Pirates of Penzance, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Dangerous Game, Ragtime, The Goodbye Girl, Zorba, The Rink with Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera, A New Brain (Lincoln Center Theater), The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Other awards: 1998 Mr. Abbott Award for outstanding achievement by a director/choreographer. Recent: choreography for The Visit on Broadway.

Alex Sanchez (Co-Choreography) Pre-Broadway: Roman Holiday. Off Broadway: The Public, Playwrights Horizon, Encores!, Amas Musical Theatre. Regional: Goodman, Paper Mill, Goodspeed, Williamstown, Guthrie, Stratford, Dallas Theater Center, Chicago Shakes, Marriott Theatre, Berkshire Theatre, Glimmerglass, Muny, Alabama Shakes, Kansas City Starlight, Pittsburgh CLO, Riverside Theatre, Woodminster, SDC Dancebreak. Director/choreographer: Sweet Charity, Newsies, Evita (Marriott), In the Mood (tour), The World Goes ’Round (Riverside). Awards: SDC Callaway Award, two BroadwayWorld Awards, Lucille Lortel Award nom, Connecticut Critic Circle Award nom, seven Jefferson Award noms, Dance Magazine “25 Artists to Watch 2016.” Performer: Globe’s Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, 10 Broadway shows, soloist with Ballet Chicago. alexsanc.com.

Mark Wendland (Scenic Design) The Old Globe: Rain. Broadway: Rose Tattoo, Six Degrees of Separation, Significant Other, Heisenberg, If/Then, Merchant of Venice (Tony nomination), Next to Normal (Tony nomination), Talk Radio, An Almost Holy Picture, Death of a Salesman. New York: Murder Ballad (MTC), The Mother (Atlantic), Unknown Soldier (Playwrights Horizons), Moscow Moscow Moscow..., Yen, Punk Rock (MCC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Hamlet (CSC), The Layover, (Second Stage), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide..., Satellites, F***ing A, Pericles, A Dybbuk, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Cymbeline, Timon of Athens (Public Theater), Angels in America (Signature). Los Angeles: The Tempest (LA Philharmonic). markwendland.com.

Toni-Leslie James (Costume Design) Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet, Come from Away, Jitney, Amazing Grace, Lucky Guy, The Scottsboro Boys, Finian’s Rainbow, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, King Hedley II, One Mo’ Time, The Wild Party, Marie Christine, Footloose, The Tempest, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Angels in America, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Jelly’s Last Jam. Other work: Off Broadway, regional, West End. Honors: 38 costume design nominations and awards, including three Tony nominations, five Drama Desk nominations, two Hewes Design Awards, an Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Costume Design.

Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer (Lighting Design) The Old Globe: Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life with Graciela Daniele. Broadway: Marie Christine, The Dancer’s Life, Dangerous Games, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Ragtime. Off Broadway: Hello Again, Dessa Rose, A New Brain. Film: Chicago, Dreamgirls, School of Rock, Burlesque, Beauty and the Beast. Music industry: Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Tracy Chapman, Fishbone, Parliament-Funkadelic. About: their studio, Third Eye, conceives and designs lighting for all forms of entertainment.

Drew Levy (Sound Design) The Old Globe: Hurricane Diane, Pygmalion. Broadway: Oklahoma! (Tony nom, Drama Desk nom), Honeymoon in Vegas (Drama Desk nom), Chaplin (Drama Desk Award), The Winslow Boy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Present Laughter. Off Broadway: Judgment Day (Park Avenue Armory), Oklahoma! (St. Ann’s), Cleopatra, One Day, The Weir, Why Torture Is Wrong…, Emergence-See! (Public), Dutchman (Cherry Lane). Regional: Heartbreak Hotel, ART, Williamstown, 5th Avenue Theatre, Two River Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Huntington, Arena Stage, McCarter, George Street Playhouse, Long Wharf. Other: Reconfiguration: An Evening with Other Lives (BAM), 2014 and 2015 Drama Desk Awards, Metropolitan Opera 125th Anniversary Gala.

Michael Starobin (Orchestrations) Theatre: Renascence, Once on This Island, Sunday in the Park with George, Falsettos, Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, Freaky Friday, First Daughter Suite, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Kid Victory, If/Then, Little Miss Sunshine, Annie, Dogfight, Leap of Faith, Queen of the Mist, People in the Picture, Sondheim on Sondheim, Next to Normal (Tony Award), Glorious Ones, Grinch, Adrift in Macao, Bernarda Alba, Spelling Bee, Assassins (Tony Award), Tom Sawyer, A New Brain, A Christmas Carol, Hello Again, Guys and Dolls (1992), My Favorite Year, In Trousers, Closer Than Ever, Legs Diamond, Romance Romance, Carrie, Birds of Paradise, Rags.

Deborah Abramson (Music Director) Music Director, Associate Music Director, or Children’s Music Director: Broadway’s Matilda The Musical, Spring Awakening, James Joyce’s The Dead;Off Broadway’s Bernarda Alba, Dessa Rose, The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center Theater), Broadbend, Arkansas (Transport Group), My Life With Albertine (Playwrights Horizons); regional theatre’s Maybe Happy Ending (Alliance Theatre). Composer: Old Older Oldest with William Finn, Young Marco Polo with Peter Mills, The History of War with Amanda Yesnowitz and Chip Zien, While I Wait with Amanda Yesnowitz. Education: B.Mus. from Wheaton College, M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU soundcloud.com/deborah-abramson/sets/songs-ive-written, @dkabramson on Instagram.

Tara Rubin Casting (Casting) The Old Globe: Scrooge, Despereaux, Gods of Comedy, Life After, Heart of Rock & Roll, Much Ado, Tempest, Guys and Dolls, Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Dog and Pony, Room with a View, others. Broadway: Six, Ain’t Too Proud, King Kong, Band’s Visit, Summer, Prince of Broadway, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, Bronx Tale, Cats, Falsettos, Disaster!, School of Rock, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, Les Mis, The Heiress, How to Succeed…, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Phantom. Off Broadway: Gloria: A Life, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Clueless, Here Lies Love, Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: McCarter, Yale, La Jolla, Paper Mill, Berkeley, others.

Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager) The Old Globe: Almost Famous, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Bright Star, Allegiance, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Benny & Joon, October Sky, The Rocky Horror Show, Life After, The Wanderers, Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show, Dog and Pony, The Twenty-Seventh Man, A Room with a View, Kingdom, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, Be a Good Little Widow. Broadway: Bright Star. Regional: Fly, Sideways, Ruined, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Herringbone, The Seven (La Jolla Playhouse), Ruined (Huntington Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), Venice (Center Theatre Group, Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Antigone (SITI Company).

Amanda Salmons (Assistant Stage Manager) The Old Globe: Life After, The Blameless, American Mariachi, The Heart of Rock & Roll, October Sky, Rain, The Last Goodbye, The Metromaniacs, The White Snake, Inherit the Wind, Somewhere, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Lost in Yonkers, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet. Regional: Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin (La Jolla Playhouse), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), The Foreigner, See How They Run, The Rivalry (Lamb’s Players Theatre), The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Candide, Trial by Jury. Education: UC San Diego.

Kira Vine (Assistant Stage Manager) The Old Globe: Noura, Native Gardens, Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show. Regional: The Luckiest, 2021 POP Tour Pick Me Last, DNA New Work Series’s SUMO (La Jolla Playhouse), Actually, Aubergine (San Diego Rep), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Homos, Or Everyone in America (Diversionary Theatre), Agent 355 (Chautauqua Theatre Company), Bliss (Or Emily Post Is Dead!) (MOXIE Theatre), Seven Spots on the Sun (InnerMission Productions). Other production work: The Wanderers, The Heart of Rock & Roll (The Old Globe).

CASTING

Tara Rubin Casting
Tara Rubin, CSA;
Merri Sugarman, CSA; Laura Schutzel, CSA;
Claire Burke, CSA; Peter Van Dam, CSA;
Felicia Rudolph, CSA; Xavier Rubiano, CSA; Kevin Metzger-Timson, CSA;
Louis DiPaolo; Spencer Gualdoni

Photos and Videos

Production Photos and Videos

The cast of The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
The cast of The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
The cast of The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
The cast of The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Andréa Burns as Tía (Lucia), Mary Testa as Granmama (Magdalena), Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia, and Eden Espinosa as Mamí (Carmen) in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Andréa Burns as Tía (Lucia), Mary Testa as Granmama (Magdalena), Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia, and Eden Espinosa as Mamí (Carmen) in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
(center) Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia with Tally Sessions as Moustache Brother, Andréa Burns as Tía (Lucia), and Enrique Acevedo as Moustache Brother in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
(center) Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia with Tally Sessions as Moustache Brother, Andréa Burns as Tía (Lucia), and Enrique Acevedo as Moustache Brother in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia, Andréa Burns as Tía (Lucia), Mary Testa as Granmama (Magdalena), and Eden Espinosa as Mamí (Carmen) in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia, Andréa Burns as Tía (Lucia), Mary Testa as Granmama (Magdalena), and Eden Espinosa as Mamí (Carmen) in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Carmen Roman as Older Anuncia, Eden Espinosa as Mamí (Carmen), and Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Carmen Roman as Older Anuncia, Eden Espinosa as Mamí (Carmen), and Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
Tally Sessions as The Deer and Carmen Roman as Older Anuncia in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by JIm Cox.
Tally Sessions as The Deer and Carmen Roman as Older Anuncia in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by JIm Cox.
Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia, Andréa Burns as Tía (Lucia), and Carmen Roman as Older Anuncia in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by JIm Cox.
Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia, Andréa Burns as Tía (Lucia), and Carmen Roman as Older Anuncia in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by JIm Cox.
Eden Espinosa as Mamí (Carmen) in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
Eden Espinosa as Mamí (Carmen) in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
Carmen Roman as Older Anuncia in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
Carmen Roman as Older Anuncia in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
Mary Testa as Granmama (Magdalena) in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
Mary Testa as Granmama (Magdalena) in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
Tally Sessions as Moustace Brother, Andréa Burns as Tía (Lucia), and Enrique Acevedo as Moustache Brother in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
Tally Sessions as Moustace Brother, Andréa Burns as Tía (Lucia), and Enrique Acevedo as Moustache Brother in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
Enrique Acevedo as Grandfather in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
Enrique Acevedo as Grandfather in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by Jim Cox.
Tally Sessions as The Deer in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by JIm Cox.
Tally Sessions as The Deer in The Gardens of Anuncia, 2021. Photo by JIm Cox.
"Dance While You Can" from The Gardens of Anuncia at The Old Globe.
"Malagueña" from The Gardens of Anuncia at The Old Globe.
"Waiting/Dreaming" from The Gardens of Anuncia at The Old Globe.

Publicity Photos and Videos

"Opening" from The Gardens of Anuncia
(from left) Carmen Roman appears as Older Anuncia, Mary Testa as Granmama, Eden Espinosa as Mamí, Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia, and Andréa Burns as Tía in The Gardens of Anuncia. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Carmen Roman appears as Older Anuncia, Mary Testa as Granmama, Eden Espinosa as Mamí, Kalyn West as Younger Anuncia, and Andréa Burns as Tía in The Gardens of Anuncia. Photo by Jim Cox.
Carmen Roman appears as Older Anuncia in The Gardens of Anuncia. Photo by Jim Cox.
Carmen Roman appears as Older Anuncia in The Gardens of Anuncia. Photo by Jim Cox.
Mary Testa appears as Granmama in The Gardens of Anuncia. Photo by Jim Cox.
Mary Testa appears as Granmama in The Gardens of Anuncia. Photo by Jim Cox.
Eden Espinosa appears as Mamí in The Gardens of Anuncia. Photo by Jim Cox.
Eden Espinosa appears as Mamí in The Gardens of Anuncia. Photo by Jim Cox.
Kalyn West appears as Younger Anuncia in The Gardens of Anuncia. Photo by Jim Cox.
Kalyn West appears as Younger Anuncia in The Gardens of Anuncia. Photo by Jim Cox.
Andréa Burns appears as Tía in The Gardens of Anuncia. Photo by Jim Cox.
Andréa Burns appears as Tía in The Gardens of Anuncia. Photo by Jim Cox.
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.

Reviews

“Entertaining, melodic, funny, warm, and packed with star performances!”

The San Diego Union-Tribune

“A lovely, funny, and heartfelt musical.”

—BroadwayWorld