Laguna Season Will Welcome Winter Wonderettes, Felder, My Way and More

News   Laguna Season Will Welcome Winter Wonderettes, Felder, My Way and More Laguna Playhouse's Mainstage 2009-10 season in Laguna, CA, will include My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Moonlight and Magnolias, the holiday hit The Winter Wonderettes, and the Orange County premiere of Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone, the solo play with music.

The slate, announced Feb. 11 by Laguna Playhouse artistic director Andrew Barnicle, is made up of works with small casts.

"Our new season is created with the community and the economy in mind," stated managing director Karen Wood. "It's uplifting and fun, and the condensed season package means more accessibility for returning and new subscribers. We want to bring the community together to share in the joy of having such a rich cultural resource as The Laguna Playhouse."

Here's the Laguna Playhouse season at a glance:

July 7-Aug. 23: My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson, book by Todd Olson, directed by David Grapes. "From classic elegance to contemporary 'fedora' casual, Frank Sinatra is the ultimate icon of cool. My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra celebrates the pivotal moments of Sinatra's life which solidified his legendary status. This musical revue recalls the essence of the man through the glorious music he sang, beginning in the 1940s as a big band crooner, continuing on to the bright lights of Las Vegas with the Rat Pack in the 1960s, and to his final performances in the 1990s as 'The Chairman of the Board.' Come hear the swingin' songs that made Sinatra the cool prince of popular music."

Oct. 6–Nov. 1: Moonlight and Magnolias by Ron Hutchinson, directed by Andrew Barnicle. "Making movie history is not easy! Just ask film producer David O. Selznick, who stops the filming of 'Gone with the Wind' three weeks into production because he wants a rewrite of the unwieldy script. He hires playwright Ben Hecht to do the job — in only five days! Only one problem: Hecht has never even read the novel. So, Selznick summons Hecht and 'Gone With the Wind' director Victor Fleming to his office, locks the doors and closes the shades. Subsisting on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men spend five days crafting a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful films of all time. This wildly funny and engaging tale illuminates the behind-the-scenes business of movie-making during the golden age of Hollywood." A co-production with McCoy Rigby Entertainment & La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Nov. 23–Dec. 20: Winter Wonderettes written and directed by Roger Bean. "The Wonderettes are back! Set six months after the end of The Marvelous Wonderettes, this seasonal sequel finds the girls returning to their hometown for a holiday celebration with their family and friends, complete with great Wonderette renditions of '60s holiday tunes. Wonderette member Betty Jean is in charge of her company's Christmas party, so naturally the Wonderettes are the logical choice for the entertainment. But when Santa turns up missing, the girls must use their talent and creative ingenuity, plus some great holiday tunes such as 'Santa Baby,' 'Jingle Bell Rock' and 'It's a Marshmallow World' to rectify their holiday party without the jolly big guy in red. The result is, of course, marvelous! This energetic and entertaining show is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages."

Jan. 12–Feb. 7, 2010: Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone, music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, book by Hershey Felder, directed by Joel Zwick. "Internationally acclaimed actor and musician Hershey Felder renders an intimate portrait of legendary composer George Gershwin in this award-winning production that provides a personal glimpse into Gershwin’s early years, his personal life and his artistic genius. The evening is packed with many of Gershwin’s most famous pieces, including 'I Got Rhythm,' 'Someone to Watch Over Me,' and of course, 'Rhapsody in Blue.'"

A Play to be Announced (Artistic Director's Choice)

For ticket or subscription information, contact The Laguna Playhouse at (949) 497-2787 or visit www.LagunaPlayhouse.com.

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