Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina, New Musical Breaking Through on Pasadena Playhouse Season

News   Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina, New Musical Breaking Through on Pasadena Playhouse Season The Pasadena Playhouse's 2015-16 season, which was announced by artistic director Sheldon Epps and executive director Elizabeth Doran April 2, will include the world premiere of a new musical titled Breaking Through, penned by Kirsten Guenther, Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz.
Harvey Fierstein
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The upcoming season will also feature Real Women Have Curves by Josefina López; the return of Panto at The Playhouse with Lythgoe Family Productions’ Peter Pan and Tinkerbell A Pirate Christmas; Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan’s Fly, produced in association with Crossroads Theatre Company; the West Coast premiere of Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina; and an artistic director’s choice to be announced at a later date.

Artistic director Epps stated, "Happily, The Playhouse has enjoyed tremendous artistic success over the last several years. I feel confident that the selections for next season will allow us to continue this wonderful period of aesthetic excitement and creativity. These choices represent our ongoing commitment to theatrical diversity, vibrant and eclectic programming, and artistic excellence. I look forward with great anticipation to the joys of the theatrical journeys ahead and the ongoing collaboration with our cherished audiences."

Season details, according to the Playhouse, follow:

Real Women Have Curves
by Josefina López  
Directed by Seema Sueko
Sept. 8 – Oct. 4, 2015
 
"Set in a tiny sewing factory in East L.A., this award-winning comedy from acclaimed playwright Josefina López is the story of five full-figured women racing to meet an impossible deadline to keep their tiny sewing factory in East L.A. from going under. The basis for the award-winning film of the same name starring America Ferrera, Real Women Have Curves is a microcosm of the Latina immigrant experience, and celebrates real women's bodies, the power of women, and the incredible bond that happens when women work together."
 
World Premiere Musical
Breaking Through

Book by Kirsten Guenther
Music and Lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz
Directed by Sheldon Epps
Oct. 27 – Nov. 22, 2015
 
"A World Premiere Musical, Breaking Through is told through the eyes of a young, talented singer/songwriter, as she tries to navigate the treacherous shark-filled waters of the music business. She embarks on a compelling journey to find her way back to her authentic self and in the process rediscovers the music that truly makes her alive."
 
Lythgoe Family Productions'
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell A Pirate Christmas
By Kris Lythgoe
Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe
Musical Direction by Michael Orland
Choreography by Spencer Liff

Dec. 9, 2015– Jan 3, 2016
 
"Peter Pan and Tinkerbell A Pirate Christmas is the latest Holiday Spectacular presented by Lythgoe Family Productions in the style of the traditional British Panto. Tinkerbell, Wendy and Peter Pan embark on a wild quest to foil the pirates’ plot to kidnap Peter for Captain Hook’s Christmas present in this flying, singing, swashbuckling adventure.  Featuring comedy, magic, dancers from 'So You Think You Can Dance,' and contemporary music from Taylor Swift to the Bee Gees, a Panto is interactive holiday fun for all ages."
 
Fly
by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan
Directed by Ricardo Khan
Produced in Association with Crossroads Theatre Company
Jan. 26 – Feb. 21, 2016
 
"With a focus on hope, endurance, and accomplishment, Fly tells the story of the first African-American Army Air Corp fighters known as the Tuskegee Airmen who flew over the skies of Europe and North Africa during World War II. Featuring a cast of eight men, including 'Tap Griot,' a dancer who uses tap dance steps to set a mood that is part sublimated anger, part empowerment, Fly was hailed by The New York Times as 'a superior piece of theatrical synergy.'"
 
Casa Valentina
By Harvey Fierstein
Directed by David Lee
March 15 – April 10, 2016
March 20 Opening at 5pm
 
"From four time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, the iconic playwright of the Broadway hits Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage Aux Folles, Newsies and Kinky Boots comes the West Coast Premiere of Casa Valentina, the recipient of four 2014 Tony Award nominations. Directed by nine-time Emmy Award-winner David Lee of NBC’s Frasier and director of the acclaimed Pasadena Playhouse productions of Can-Can and Art, this moving and insightful play is nestled in the Catskills in 1962 - land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy. But an inconspicuous bungalow colony is more than a place to escape the sweltering summer heat. For a group of heterosexual men it is a place to escape something else entirely: being men."
 
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S CHOICE
To Be Announced
May 31 – June 26, 2016
 
Full casting and creative teams for each production will be announced at later dates.

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