Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Old Globe Premieres Two New Musicals on 2011-12 Season

Broadway cast of The Scottsboro Boys. Photo by Paul Kolnik

The Old Globe’s 2011-2012 winter season will feature the world premieres of two new musicals: Some Lovers by Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater and Nobody Loves You by Gaby Alter and Itamar Moses, plus the world premieres of two new plays: Somewhere by Matthew Lopez and The Recommendation by Jonathan Caren.

Direct from Broadway, the season will also feature the west coast premieres of Kander and Ebb’s final musical, The Scottsboro Boys, nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical, directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, and Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate directed by Michael Wilson.

The Season also includes revivals of the The Rocky Horror Show and the Eugene O’Neill classic Anna Christie directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner David Auburn, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! returning for its 14th consecutive year, and a special world premiere of Odyssey by Todd Almond, a music theater event conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet celebrating the Globe’s 75th Anniversary.

Tickets to the Globe’s 2011-12 Winter Season are currently available by subscription at or by calling (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

Show dates are as follows:

The Rocky Horror Show
September 15 – November 6, 2011
Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O’Brien
Director: Oanh Nguyen, Artistic Director of the award-winning Chance Theater
Opening the 2011-12 season is the sweet transvestite from Transylvania, Dr. Frank N. Furter, and his time-warped laboratory of sexual and scientific possibilities.

September 24 – October 30, 2011
By Matthew Lopez
Director: Giovanna Sardelli
Lopez’s newest play, infused with dance, takes place in 1959 and tells the story of a family of dreamers whose home is scheduled for demolition to make way for the construction of Lincoln Center.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
November 19 – December 31, 2011
Book and Lyrics by Timothy Mason
Music by Mel Marvin
Director: James Vasquez
Everyone’s favorite green meanie returns in the delightful and heartwarming musical that has become a beloved San Diego holiday tradition.

Some Lovers
November 26 – December 31, 2011
Music by Burt Bacharach
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Academy and Grammy Award-winning music legend Burt Bacharach teams with Tony Award winner Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) for the world premiere of a new musical based upon The Gift of the Magi, the classic O. Henry short story.

Dividing the Estate
January 14 – February 19, 2010
By Horton Foote
Director: Michael Wilson
A co-production with the Alley Theatre
Wilson, considered the foremost interpreter of Foote’s work, reunites with Dividing the Estate’s Broadway creative team and members of the cast to remount this modern classic.

The Recommendation
January 21 – February 26, 2012
By Jonathan Caren
Director: Jonathan Munby
A chance encounter with an accused felon puts the longtime friendship of two college roommates at risk in this world premiere play by Jonathan Caren, a recent graduate of the Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School and one of America’s exciting new theatrical voices.

To Be Announced
March 3 – April 8, 2012
An exciting production will be announced at a later date

Anna Christie
March 10 – April 15, 2011
By Eugene O’Neill
Director: David Auburn
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright David Auburn (Proof) directs Eugene O’Neill’s poetic masterpiece about the knotty relationship between an old sailor, his daughter and her seafaring young lover.

The Scottsboro Boys
April 22 – June 3, 2012
Music and Lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Director/Choreographer: Susan Stroman
A co-production with American Conservatory Theater
Nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical, The Scottsboro Boys is the final collaboration by musical theater giants John Kander and Fred Ebb. This daring and entertaining new musical tells the shocking and inspiring true story of the notorious 1930s Scottsboro case in which nine African American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

Nobody Loves You
May 2 – June 10, 2012
Music and Lyrics by Gaby Alter
Book and Lyrics by Itamar Moses
Director: Michelle Tattenbaum
A young grad student joins a reality television dating show to win back his ex-girlfriend and is instead seduced by fame in this irreverent new musical comedy about the search for real relationships in a pop culture that is anything but.

Special events include:

September 30, Oct 1 and 2, 2011
Conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet
Music, lyrics and book by Todd Almond
A special music theater event commissioned by The Old Globe in celebration of its 75th Anniversary, Odyssey is a reimagining of Homer’s epic poem performed by both professional artists and over 60 members of the San Diego community.

Twelfth Night
November 6 – 13, 2011
William Shakespeare
Director: Richard Seer
Presented by The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program.

The 2011 Summer Shakespeare Festival led by acclaimed director Adrian Noble. Noble will direct The Tempest (June 5 – Sept. 25) and Amadeus (June 12 – Sept. 22). Presented in repertory, the Festival will also include Much Ado About Nothing (May 29 – Sept. 24) directed by Ron Daniels. The Summer Season also includes Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone (July 1 – July 10) and Hershey Felder in Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein (July 15 – Aug. 28) directed by Joel Zwick and Engaging Shaw (July 29 – Sept. 4), John Morogiello’s romantic comedy directed by Henry Wishcamper.

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