"Come Writers and Critics": Tharp-Dylan Musical The Times They Are A-Changin' Opens

By Ernio Hernandez
09 Feb 2006

Michael Arden in The Times They Are A-Changin'.
Michael Arden in The Times They Are A-Changin'.
Photo by Craig Schwartz

Michael Arden, Jenn Colella and Thom Sesma lead Captain Arab's circus into San Diego as The Times They Are A-Changin', the world premiere musical featuring Bob Dylan's songs and Twyla Tharp's dance, opens at the Old Globe Feb. 9.

Movin' Out creator Tharp directs and choreographs the project set to the music of the legendary singer-songwriter Dylan. The Times They Are A-Changin' began previews at the Old Globe Theatre Jan. 25. The run, originally slated to end March 5, has already extended twice through March 19.

The Times They Are A-Changin' is "set within a low-rent traveling circus run by Capt. Arab (Sesma), whose wagon hasn't moved from its location in some time — though not by lack of effort from his ragtag band of clowns and performers," reads a show description. "One such performer is the animal trainer Cleo (Colella), a young woman exploited by Capt. Arab and loved by his son, Coyote (Arden). Coyote longs for a world outside the confines of the family business, and as the circus show plays out, he must decide whether to flee or stay, and if he does stay, how to inspire change within the troupe."

Arden, Colella and Sesma are joined in the ensemble by Justin Bohon, Joshua Dean, Albert Guerzon, Charlie Hodges, Doug Kreeger, Marty Lawson, Tamara Levinson, Jason McDole, Jonathan Nosan, Joseph Putignano, Sean Stewart and Jackie Seiden.



Arden last appeared on Broadway as Tom Sawyer in the Roundabout Theatre Company's presentation of the Deaf West Theatre sign language production of Big River. Other credits include Swimming in the Shallows, Bare, Harold & Maude and It’s Only Life Off-Broadway.

Colella scooted her boots in the Broadway musical version of Urban Cowboy. She also appeared in The Great American Trailer Park Musical at NYMF and Slut.

Thom Sesma — who last appeared at the Globe in 1992's The Winter’s Tale— has appeared on Broadway in Man of La Mancha, Search and Destroy, Chu Chem, Nick & Nora, La Cage Aux Folles and the national tours of Miss Saigon and Titanic.

The design team for The Times They Are A-Changin' features Santo Loquasto (scenic and costume) and Donald Holder (lighting). Musical direction, orchestrations and arrangements are handled by Michael Dansicker. Artie Gaffin serves as production stage manager:

Tickets for The Times They Are A-Changin' are available by calling Globe Ticket Services at (619) 23-GLOBE or at the Globe Box Office, 1363 Old Globe Way in San Diego's Balboa Park. For more information, visit www.theoldglobe.org.