San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre will kick off its 2016-17 season with the West Coast premiere of October Sky, a musical adaptation of the popular 1999 film about boys, rockets and big dreams. The new work features a book by Tony winner Marsha Norman and Aaron Thielen, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler.
Rachel Rockwell, who helmed the world premiere in Lincolnshire, IL last year, will again direct and choreograph. Performances are scheduled to run September 10-October 23 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre. The production will officially open September 22.
Based on the movie, as well as the book Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr, October Sky tells the story of a teenage boy living in a small, coal-mining town and his determination not to end up like the generations before him.
Here’s how production notes bill the show: “After the Soviets launch the Sputnik rocket, a local high schooler named Homer decides to enter a rocketry competition against the wishes of his domineering, practical-minded dad. With the help of his friends and the local community, he just might light up the night. October Sky is a musical slice of small-town Americana packed with youthful exuberance that will send your heart soaring and inspire you to reach for the stars.”
A cast and creative team will be announced at a later date. Watch highlights from the world premiere production below:
Tickets can be purchased online at TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.