By Kenneth Jones
13 Apr 2012
Sternin and Fraser's TV credits include being producers and writers of the sitcom "The Nanny." Their new fantasy-comedy will be directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, a Tony Award nominee for her direction of the Broadway revival of Ragtime.
Pasadena leaders also confirmed on April 13 their intention to premiere the postponed musical Sleepless in Seattle in summer 2013. The songwriter(s) for that movie-inspired project has not been revealed. The script is by the hit film's co-screenwriter Jeff Arch. Playbill reported about the project's postponement earlier this year.
Plays by Noel Coward and Lynn Nottage were also announced; a "surprise production" planned for March 2013 will be announced later. In a partnership with Lythgoe Family Productions, a special presentation of A Snow White Christmas, in the British "Panto" tradition, will be offered for the holiday season.
Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA, is under the leadership of Sheldon Epps, artistic director, and Charles Dillingham, interim executive director.
The season includes:
Under My Skin
By Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser
Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Sept. 11-Oct. 7
"A comedy about sex, love and the health care business. The laughs are non-stop when Harrison Badish, New York's most eligible bachelor, dies and comes back to life in the body of Melody Dent, a hard-working single Mom from Staten Island. Then, give her his gorgeous body, the limo, the penthouse and his red-hot fiancé. Throw in her sexy best friend, and one outrageous angel of death. Add a guy in the stirrups, learning what love is and maybe seeing things from a different perspective after walking a mile in her stilettos, and you have the heartfelt world premiere of Under My Skin."
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Sheldon Epps
Nov. 6-Dec. 2
"In 1905 New York, Esther — a black seamstress — makes a respectable living sewing for the wealthy elite. As she dreams of investing her savings in a beauty parlor for black women, she finds herself torn between two suitors: a mysterious Caribbean man who, sight-unseen, writes her beautiful love letters, and the Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth. Esther must reconcile her dreams with a harsh reality, as she learns that all choices come with a price. In the tradition of past favorites such as Blues for an Alabama Sky and Fences, come experience this unique and powerful play that honors The Playhouse's commitment to diversity in theatrical storytelling."
By Noël Coward
Jan. 29-Feb. 24, 2013
"Before Carrie Bradshaw and those 'Desperate Housewives,' there were Julia and Jane. Best friends now happily married to others, Julia and Jane both once counted the dashing Frenchman Maurice as their lover. Guess who's back in town and requesting the pleasure of the ladies' company? Coward at his inimitable best, the story is a champagne cocktail of wit and charm."
To Be Announced
March 19-April 14, 2013
"In the tradition of past surprise productions such as Sister Act, Looped and Twist – An American Musical. This show will be officially announced at a later date.
Sleepless in Seattle – The Musical
Book by Jeff Arch
"The Pasadena Playhouse presents the long-awaited world premiere…based on Nora Ephron's beloved motion picture, with a book by 'Sleepless' screenwriter Jeff Arch. Inspired by the classic film 'An Affair to Remember' starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, Sleepless in Seattle tells the story of Sam and his young son Jonah. Still grieving his wife's untimely death, Sam's heart is given a second chance at romance when his son calls a talk radio show to help him find new love. Our audiences will be the first to enjoy this hotly-anticipated musical premiere."
A Snow White Christmas
Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe
"An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of the traditional British family Panto, A Snow White Christmas features family-friendly magic, a comedic twist and modern music. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to fairytale fans of all ages."
For more information, visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org.