Babatundé Is Sammy in New Musical About Groundbreaker Davis, Launching Sept. 19

News   Babatundé Is Sammy in New Musical About Groundbreaker Davis, Launching Sept. 19 The world-premiere biographical musical, Sammy, about late showman Sammy Davis Jr., begins Sept. 19 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Famed songwriter Leslie Bricusse penned book, music and lyrics for the show about his showbiz pal.
Obba Babatund
Obba Babatund Photo by J. Katarzyna Woronowicz

The cast is headed by Broadway veteran and Tony Award nominee Obba Babatundé as Davis. Directed by Keith Glover with choreography by Keith Young and music supervision by Ian Fraser, Sammy will run to Nov. 8. Opening night is Oct. 2.

The new musical is based on the life of African-American singer-dancer-actor Sammy Davis, Jr. with book, music and lyrics by Bricusse, and additional songs by Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

According to The Old Globe, "Sammy traces the highs and lows of the ultimate triple-threat singer, actor and dancer. Davis became one of the greatest performers of his generation, paving new ground while struggling with issues of identity, race and a turbulent personal life."

Babatundé is joined by Heather Ayers (May Britt/Ensemble), Ann Duquesnay (Rosa Davis), Mary Ann Hermansen (Kim Novak/Ensemble), Adam James (Frank Sinatra), Troy Britton Johnson (Dean Martin/Cohn/Jennings/Ensemble), Ted Louis Levy (Sammy Davis, Sr.), Keewa Nurullah (Lola Folana/Ensemble), Perry Ojeda (Eddie Cantor/Ensemble), Victoria Platt (Altovise Gore/Ensemble), Lance Roberts (Will Mastin), Alonzo Saunders (Murphy/Ensemble) with Jenelle Engleson, Stephanie Girard, Lauren Haughton, Anise Ritchie and Sarrah Strimel (Ensemble).

The creative team also includes Alexander Dodge (scenic design), Fabio Toblini (costume design), Chris Lee (lighting design), John H. Shivers (sound design), David Patridge (sound design), Ned Ginsburg (orchestrator), Rahn Coleman (music director/conductor), Dominique Kelley (assistant choreographer), and David Sugarman (stage manager).

For single tickets visit www.TheOldGlobe.org or call (619) 23-GLOBE.

<i>Sammy</i> stars Obba Babatund
Sammy stars Obba Babatund Photo by Craig Schwartz
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