Old Globe Season to Include Musicals Catered Affair and Band Wagon, Felder's Beethoven and More

News   Old Globe Season to Include Musicals Catered Affair and Band Wagon, Felder's Beethoven and More Four world premieres — including the Broadway-bound musical A Catered Affair, the movie musical The Band Wagon, Hershey Felder's Beethoven, As I Knew Him and a Joe Louis bio-drama In This Corner — will play next season at The Old Globe.

The San Diego company announced the 2007-2008 season line-up, which will also feature Eric Emmanuel Schmitt's Oscar and the Pink Lady, Howard Korder's Sea of Tranquility, Richard Greenberg's The American Plan and Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. The traditional holiday run of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! will play its 10th year.

"I'm so proud of the season we've put together this year!" said artistic director Jack O'Brien in a statement. "Harvey Fierstein is a huge talent – both as a writer and performer – and we're delighted to develop his new work before it heads to Broadway. We're also thrilled to premiere a new version of The Band Wagon, as well as some of the most captivating work ever to be mounted in the Carter."

The Old Globe's 2007-2008 season (subject to change) follows:

  • A Catered Affair (Sept. 20-October 28) - Old Globe Theatre
    Book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by John Bucchino
    John Doyle directs the new musical based on the movie written by Gore Vidal and the original teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky. Fierstein (Hairspray) and Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls) will star in the 1950s Bronx-set story, which hinges on a couple's decision to give "their only daughter the grand wedding they never had."

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  • Oscar and the Pink Lady by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (Sept. 29-Nov. 4) - Cassius Carter Centre Stage
    Frank Dunlop directs the "story of a young hospital patient and his uplifting relationship with an elderly volunteer 'Pink Lady,' whose daily visits provide him with inspiration and hope."
  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Nov. 25-Dec. 30) - Old Globe
    Book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin
    Jack O'Brien directs the holiday favorite, which brings the classic children's book to the stage.
  • In this Corner by Steven Drukman (Jan. 5-Feb. 10, 2008) - Carter
    Ethan McSweeny stages the Old Globe-commissioned work that centers on the 1938 bout between German boxer Max Schmeling and American "Brown Bomber" Joe Louis, who reunite in 1970 "in the most unlikely of places: a psychiatric ward."
  • Sea of Tranquility by Howard Korder (Jan. 12-Feb. 17, 2008) - Old Globe
    Old Globe's playwright-in-residence pens this tale of a "psychologist and his wife [who] sell their house in Connecticut and start a new life in the southwest."
  • The American Plan by Richard Greenberg (Feb. 23-March 30, 2008) - Carter
    The Tony Award-winning playwright of Take Me Out explores the double standards of early 1960s America through the Catskills-set tale of "an elegant and imperious German-Jewish refugee mother, her eccentric daughter straining against her domineering mother's tight leash, and the young, mysterious man who enters their lives."
  • The Band Wagon (March 7-April 13, 2008) - Old Globe
    Book by Douglas Carter Beane, music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Howard Dietz
    Adapted from the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Gary Griffin directs the Broadway-bound musical that centers around a fading Hollywood star and an erudite Shakespearean actor-manager who team up.
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (April 12-May 18, 2008) - Carter
    Joe Calarco stages the classic drama involving a mother and her son and daughter for The Old Globe's "Classics Up Close" series.
  • Beethoven, As I Knew Him by Hershey Felder (May 3-June 8, 2008) - Old Globe
    Continuing his tribute to masters behind the keys, Felder follows up George Gershwin Alone and Monsieur Chopin using the music of Ludwig Van Beethoven. Joel Zwick directs. Felder's other works in the series will be available as bonus options to subscribers: Monsieur Chopin (June 11-22) and George Gershwin Alone (June 25 29).

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