Pasadena Playhouse Plans Havana and Pre-Broadway Run of Fallen Angels

News   Pasadena Playhouse Plans Havana and Pre-Broadway Run of Fallen Angels Prolific Tony Award-nominated composer Frank Wildhorn's new musical, Havana, a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz and Jack Murphy, will get a world premiere at Pasadena Playhouse in 2010.
Nilo Cruz
Nilo Cruz

Wildhorn (The Civil War, Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel) is also working on Bonnie & Clyde, a musical to debut this fall at La Jolla Playhouse.

Pasadena Playhouse artistic director Sheldon Epps, executive director Stephen Eich and producing director Tom Ware announced the theatre's 2010 season on July 23. The slate includes a revival of Camelot; one more world premiere musical (yet to be named); a pre-Broadway run of London producer Bill Kenwright's new production of Noel Coward's Fallen Angels; a world premiere drama by Frank Tangredi; and a revival of Sight Unseen.

The Pasadena Playhouse's 2010 season includes:

Camelot
Music by Frederick Loewe
Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
January 2010

Directed by David Lee
"Longtime Playhouse collaborator David Lee has helmed some of the most successful productions in Pasadena Playhouse history including the multi Ovation Award-winning revival of Cole Porter's Can-Can. In 2010, Mr. Lee returns to kick off the season with a fresh take on this iconic American musical focusing on the three central characters, the power of a timeless love story and the magnificent score."

Fallen Angels
By Noel Coward
Produced by special arrangement with Bill Kenwright (London) prior to an anticipated Broadway run
February 2010

"Coward (Private Lives, Present Laughter) brings us the story of two women, bored with their husbands and eager to reclaim their lost youth, who plan adulterous affairs with the same French lover. As they prepare for their lover's return, the two housewives work themselves into a hilarious, drunken state of deceit and jealousy in this giddy comedy of manners." Sight Unseen
By Donald Margulies
April 2010
Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez

"Playhouse associate artistic director Rodriguez (Orson's Shadow and this year's acclaimed The Little Foxes) stages a revival of the 1992 Obie Winner for Best New American Play. Pulitzer Prize winner Margulies (Dinner with Friends, Collected Stories) in a play that was a hit both on and off Broadway, tells the story of a controversial young artist who has become so successful he can claim astronomical prices for his works sight unseen from a waiting list of wealthy patrons."

Havana
Book by Nilo Cruz
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics by Jack Murphy
Directed by Sergio Trujillo
June 2010

"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who brought us Anna In The Tropics and the incomparable composer Frank Wildhorn comes a majestic new musical about the city whose blazing tropic days and seductive stormy nights are the stuff of legend. The story centers on Natalie, an ambitious North American writer who has recently inherited a nightclub and a lavish home from her auntie. She ventures to Cuba to sell her assets in order to fund her creative ambitions, but will she be able to resist the tantalizing call of the city and her newfound love interest?"

Pastoral
By Frank Tangredi
September 2010

"In Frank Tangredi's world premiere play, life is pretty good for Pastor Emily Brendel. She has a great new position at the Community Presbyterian Church on Long Island and a precocious teenage son who keeps her on her toes. Pastor Brendel's path begins to get cloudy when a dark figure from her past resurfaces with the most unexpected and desperate of requests. Torn between her heart and her calling, the pastor must put three souls on the line and make the most difficult decision of her life."

The final production, which will be a new family musical, will be announced at a later date. Previews for the final production will begin mid-October 2010.

Full casting and creative teams for all productions will be announced at later dates.

Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena, CA. Subscriptions are available by calling the Pasadena Playhouse at (626) 356-7529, by visiting the Pasadena Playhouse box office and online at www.Pasadenaplayhouse.org.

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