Old Globe Season Includes Almost Famous Musical, Jitney, Noura, Plus New Michael John LaChiusa Musical

Regional News   Old Globe Season Includes Almost Famous Musical, Jitney, Noura, Plus New Michael John LaChiusa Musical
 
The 2019–2020 lineup features three world premieres, five West Coast premieres, and Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Tony-winning revival.
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San Diego's Old Globe, under the artistic leadership of Barry Edelstein, has unveiled its 2019–2020 season. The lineup includes three world premieres (including two musicals), five West Coast premieres, and the Tony-winning revival of Jitney, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Kicking off the programming in September will be the world premiere of the musical adaptation of Almost Famous. Based on the film about a high school student who goes on tour with a rock band in the 1970s, the musical features music and lyrics by Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal composer Tom Kitt, a book and lyrics by the film’s Oscar-winning screenwriter, Cameron Crowe, direction by Tony nominee Jeremy Herrin (People, Places & Things), and choreography by Lorin Latarro (Waitress).

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Tom Kitt and Cameron Crowe Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Almost Famous was previously slated for development in New York City this spring. The world premiere will run in San Diego September 13–October 20.

Also in the fall, the Old Globe will present the West Coast premiere of Heather Raffo's play Noura, seen Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. Through the story of an Iraqi immigrant family living in New York, Noura examines the intricate pathways of motherhood and marriage, as well as the fragile architecture of what we call home. Performances will run September 20–October 20.

In 2020, the Old Globe will first present August Wilson’s Jitney, the Tony-winning, Ruben Santiago-Hudson-helmed revival of the August Wilson drama, seen on Broadway in 2017 in a production from MTC. Performances will run January 18–February 23.

Also slated for performances in February is the West Coast premiere of Madeleine George's acclaimed comedy, Hurricane Diane. Seen Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop this season, the play imagines the Greek god Dionysus as a butch gardener whose secret mission is to seduce a group of New Jersey women. Performances will run February 8–March 8.

In March will be the West Coast premiere of Selina Fillinger's Faceless, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. Seen in Chicago, as well as at the Globe's Powers New Voices Festival, the new play is centered around the trial of an American teenager who joined ISIS, as well as the Muslim prosecutor who takes the case. Performances will run March 28–April 26.

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Also in March will be Kate Hamill's adaptation of Little Women. Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, the play will run March 14–April 19 with direction by Sarah Rasmussen

In the spring will be the Globe-commissioned world-premiere new musical The Gardens of Anuncia, featuring book, music, and lyrics by Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party). The new musical is inspired by the life of the show's director and choreographer: ten-time Tony nominee and Broadway vet Graciela Daniele (Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Annie Get Your Gun).

In The Gardens of Anuncia, Anuncia tends the garden of her country house as she reflects on her life, looking back on her girlhood in Juan Perón’s Argentina and paying homage to the family of women whose sacrifices allowed her to become an artist. With a tango-infused score, the musical is a celebration of women reveling in the joys of being alive. Performances will run May 8–June 14.

Also in May, Pulitzer Prize finalist Nathan Englander (kaddish.com) and Artistic Director Barry Edelstein team up again for a world premiere of a modern-day comedy of friendship, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. Englander’s adaptation of his award-winning short story will run May 28–June 28.

“I could not be more excited to bring another season of brilliant theatre to The Old Globe’s audiences, and I am especially proud of the lineup we’re offering for our 2019–2020 Season,” said Edelstein. “Each one of these shows fulfills our institution’s mandate to create and present theatre art at the highest standard of excellence, and grouped together they demonstrate all the ways that theatre can enrich our lives.

Rounding out the season are Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, directed by Daniel Jáquez, and Twelfth Night, directed by Jesse Perez; along with the holiday show Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen, based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

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