Saturday, April 10, 2010

Laguna Playhouse Announces 2010-2011 Season

The Laguna Playhouse has announced the shows in its 2010-2011 season, which marks the company’s 90th anniversary and includes three musicals, beginning with the award-winning hit Life Could Be a Dream, written and directed by Roger Bean. The season also includes the world premiere co-production of the romantic musical Daddy Long Legs and Hershey Felder in MAESTRO: The Art of Leonard Bernstein, a world premiere of I Loved Lucy, about the incomparable Lucille Ball, and the classic Noel Coward comedy Private Lives.

Scheduled dates are as follows:

Life Could Be A Dream
July 6 - August 29, 2010

Written and Directed by Roger Bean

I Loved Lucy
October 5 - 31, 2010

Written by Lee Tannin

Daddy Long Legs
November 30 - December 26, 2010
Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon, Book by John Caird
Based on the Novel by Jean Webster
Directed by John Caird
A Co-Production with Rubicon Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, TheatreWorks, David Elzer and Michael Jackowitz

Hershey Felder in MAESTRO: The Art of Leonard Bernstein
January 4 - February 6, 2011

Book by Hershey FelderDirected by Joel Zwick

Private Lives
March 15 - April 10, 2011
Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Andrew Barnicle

In Life Could Be a Dream, the Crooning Crabcakes get one more chance at fame and fortune as Denny, Eugene, Skip and Wally form a singing group to enter and win the local radio contest and realize their dreams of making it to the big time! Featuring such classic songs as "Stay" (Just a Little Bit Longer)," "Runaround Sue," "The Great Pretender," "Tears On My Pillow," "Unchained Melody," "Earth Angel," "Little Darlin'," and of course the title song, Life Could Be A Dream is another musical trip down memory lane that will leave audiences laughing, singing and cheering. Winner of multiple Ovation Awards, LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, and LA Weekly Awards.

Few people knew America's comic sweetheart, Lucille Ball, the way Lee Tannin did. Though distantly related, and 40 years apart in age, Lucy and Lee became the nearest and dearest of friends during the last decade of her life. In I Loved Lucy, re-live the stories and shenanigans they shared and discover a Lucy like you’ve never known. It’s a funny, irreverent, and bitter-sweet portrait that will only add to the love of a great legend.

Daddy Long Legs, set in the early 1900s, is the moving story of a young orphan girl as she blossoms into a beautiful, intelligent and vivacious woman. A trustee of the John Grier Orphanage offers a proper education to the 18-year-old Jerusha. The benefactor's only requirements are that Jerusha never know his identity, and that she write him monthly (though he will not respond). Her letters to him paint a moving portrait of her lonely life in the orphanage, and the development of her mind and spirit.

Hershey Felder returns to The Laguna Playhouse in MAESTRO: The Art of Leonard Bernstein, a new work from the creators of George Gershwin Alone, Monsieur Chopin and Beethoven, As I Knew Him. With a story spanning the entire twentieth century, Leonard Bernstein, America’s greatest musician, broke through every artistic ceiling possible to become the world's musical ambassador. Join us on this fascinating journey as Hershey Felder brings the composer of West Side Story, Candide, and more to life.

In Private Lives, Noel Coward's most celebrated comedy, the two divorcees unwittingly book adjoining rooms while honeymooning with their new spouses, and quickly realize the folly of their new marriages. Impulsively and in the dead of night, they flee only to be caught days later by their jilted spouses while in a most uncompromising situation. Don't miss Noël Coward's stylish, savvy comedy about modern romance and the people we can't live with-or without.

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