Allegiance, Starring Lea Salonga and Telly Leung, To Play Old Globe Season With Gentleman's Guide, Ibsen, Shaw and More

The Old Globe's 2012-13 season in San Diego will include the world-premiere productions of the musicals Allegiance, starring Lea Salonga and George Takei and Telly Leung, and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. The slate, to also feature work by Henrik Ibsen, George Bernard Shaw, Jon Robin Baitz, Tarell Alvin McCraney and others, was announced April 27.

The season will see a 100th-anniversary production of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, directed by Nicholas Martin; a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House; the acclaimed Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire; Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities; the West Coast premiere Bekah Brunstetter's Be a Good Little Widow; and southern California premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! will return for its 15th consecutive year.

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Here's the 2012-13 season of The Old Globe at a glance:

Allegiance – A New American Musical
Music and Lyrics by Jay Kuo
Book by Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione
Sept. 7-Oct. 21
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"An epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese-American internment of World War II. Directed by Stafford Arima ( Carrie, Altar Boyz), the world premiere musical stars Tony Award-winning actress Lea Salonga ( Miss Saigon, Les Misérables), television and film icon George Takei ('Star Trek,' 'Heroes') and Broadway favorite Telly Leung ( Godspell, Rent). With its moving score, Allegiance takes audiences on a journey through a watershed event in U.S. history as seen through the eyes of one American family." Good People
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Sept. 29-Oct. 28
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire ( Rabbit Hole, Shrek the Musical) explores the accessibility of the American Dream in his acclaimed Broadway play. Set in South Boston, when Margie Walsh loses her job at the local dollar store and reaches out to an old flame she discovers that not everyone wants to remember their humble beginnings. Director Paul Mullins returns to the Globe where he previously directed the Shakespeare Festival productions of Macbeth, Measure for Measure, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Twelfth Night."

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Book and Lyrics by Timothy Mason
Music by Mel Marvin
Nov. 17-Dec. 29
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"Everyone's favorite green meanie will return for his 15th consecutive year. The heartwarming musical based on the classic book and animated film. James Vasquez returns to direct the beloved San Diego holiday tradition."

By George Bernard Shaw
Jan. 12-Feb. 17, 2013
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"The Old Globe will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Pygmalion with a lavish production directed by Nicholas Martin. Returning after a 15-year absence to helm George Bernard Shaw's masterwork, Martin previously directed the Globe productions of Later Life, Full Gallop, Overtime, Macbeth and The Mask of Moriarty. His Broadway credits include Present Laughter with Victor Garber and Butley with Nathan Lane."

The Brothers Size
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Jan. 26-Feb. 24, 2013
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"Infused with music and the rhythms of the South, The Brothers Size blends West African mythology with a modern-day story of two brothers reuniting on the Louisiana bayou. Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney creates an emotional and theatrical tour-de-force. Director Tea Alagić, who directed the original production of The Brothers Size, reunites with McCraney for this southern California premiere."

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Book by Robert L. Freedman
Music by Steven Lutvak
Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak
Based on the novel "Israel Rank" by Roy Horniman
March 8-April 14, 2013
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"Former co-artistic director Darko Tresnjak returns to the Globe to direct this world premiere musical of merriment and murder. When Monty Navarro finds out he is eighth in line to inherit a dukedom, he decides to eliminate the other seven heirs standing in his way — all played by one agile actor! A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is a witty music hall comedy that explores how low we'll go to make it to the top. A co-production with Hartford Stage."

A Doll's House
By Henrik Ibsen
Adaptation by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and Kirsten Brandt
March 23-April 21, 2013
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"The Globe has commissioned a new adaptation of Ibsen's landmark of world drama expressly for its popular 'Classics Up Close' series, which features dramatic masterworks performed in the Globe's intimate theatre-in-the-round. Director Kirsten Brandt ( Hold Please, Lobby Hero, Christmas on Mars, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow) returns to The Old Globe to team up with renowned Ibsen scholar Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey."

Other Desert Cities
By Jon Robin Baitz
April 27-June 2, 2013
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"Jon Robin Baitz's ( The Substance of Fire, "Brothers & Sisters") play about long-buried secrets that threaten to put a once picture-perfect Palm Springs clan back on the tabloid pages. Currently a Broadway sensation, Other Desert Cities was recently named a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Globe favorite Richard Seer ( Life of Riley, The Last Romance) directs this viciously comedic look at the truth behind the wounds of a very public fall from grace."

Be a Good Little Widow
By Bekah Brunstetter
May 11-June 9, 2013
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"When her husband's business trip ends in tragedy, a young wife must reevaluate her life with the help of her mother-in-law — who just happens to be a professional widow. Playwright Bekah Brunstetter (MTV's "Underemployed") takes a look at the messy parts of life in the West Coast Premiere of her bittersweet comedy."


As previously announced, The Old Globe's 2012 Summer Season will feature the annual Shakespeare Festival led for its third year by Festival artistic director Adrian Noble.

Noble will direct William Shakespeare's As You Like It (June 10-Sept. 30) and Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (June 17-Sept. 25). Presented in repertory, the Festival will also include Shakespeare's Richard III (June 3-Sept. 29) directed by Lindsay Posner. The Summer Season also includes the West Coast premiere of Divine Rivalry by Michael Kramer with D.S. Moynihan directed by Michael Wilson (July 7-Aug. 5) and the San Diego premiere of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage directed by Richard Seer (July 27-Sept. 2).

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