Old Globe Will Feature World Premiere of Bright Star, Plus Buyer & Cellar and Murder for Two in 2014-15 Season

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18 Apr 2014

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San Diego's Old Globe Theatre announced its 2014-15 season, which will feature the world premiere of Edie Brickell and Steve Martin's new musical Bright Star, Jonathan Tolins' comedy Buyer & Cellar and the West Coast premiere of The Twenty-Seventh Man, staged in the round.

The season will also include Marco Ramirez's sports drama The Royale, the vaudevillian mystery musical Murder for Two, Mary Zimmerman's San Diego stage debut with The White Snake and George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man.

The Globe will also present the 17th consecutive year of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The season will conclude with a new American play that will be announced at a later date.

"The Old Globe's 2014-2015 Season offers some of everything that makes this theatre one of America's greatest, and I am thrilled to announce it," artistic director Barry Edelstein said in a statement. "From a world premiere musical by two of our country's entertainment giants to a classic by Shaw; from an historical drama by an eminent novelist to a wacky musical whodunit; and from a visually splendid take on a classic fable to a wry and riotous look at contemporary celebrity — the range and variety of the season is enormous."

The season-at-a-glance follows.



World Premiere
Bright Star
Music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin
Lyrics by Brickell
Book by Martin
Based on an original story by Martin and Brickell
Directed by Walter Bobbie
Sept. 13-Nov. 2

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center 
"From award-winning screenwriter and playwright Steve Martin (Picasso at the Lapin Agile, "Roxanne") and chart-topping singer-songwriter Edie Brickell comes a world premiere American musical inspired by their Grammy Award-winning collaboration 'Love Has Come For You.' Bright Star features 25 new songs and tells a beguiling tale that unfolds in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina between 1923 and 1945. Billy Cane, a young soldier just home from World War II, meets Alice Murphy, the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal. Together they discover a powerful secret that alters their lives. Tony Award-winning director Walter Bobbie (Broadway's Chicago) makes his Globe debut with this entertaining musical of enduring love, family ties, and the light of forgiveness that shines from a bright star."

The Royale
By Marco Ramirez
Oct. 4–Nov. 2
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"Jay 'The Sport' Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it's 1905, and in the segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a crooked boxing promoter hatches a plan for 'the fight of the century,' The Sport just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion. Loosely based on real events, Marco Ramirez's ('Orange is the New Black') wildly theatrical new play brings to explosive life the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, and the ultimate fight for a place in history."

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Book and lyrics by Timothy Mason
Music by Mel Marvin
Original production conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien
Original choreography by John DeLuca
Directed by James Vásquez
Nov. 15–Dec. 27

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
"Everyone's favorite green meanie will return for his 17th consecutive year in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the heartwarming musical based on the classic book and animated film. James Vásquez returns to direct this beloved San Diego holiday tradition."

Murder for Two
Book and music by Joe Kinosian
Book and lyrics by Kellen Blair
Directed by Scott Schwartz
Jan. 24, 2015–March 1

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
"Multi-millionaire Arthur Whitney has been murdered at his own birthday party, and his killer could be any one of the guests. But this is no ordinary murder mystery. The entire world of this hilarious musical is brought to life by two incredible performers: one plays the detective, the other plays all 10 suspects, and both play the piano!"

The Twenty-Seventh Man
By Nathan Englander
Directed by Barry Edelstein
Feb. 14–March 15
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"In a Soviet prison in 1952, Stalin's secret police have rounded up 26 writers, the giants of Yiddish literature in Russia. As judgment looms, a 27th suddenly appears: a teenager, unpublished and unknown. Baffled by his arrest, he and his cellmates wonder at what has brought them together and wrestle with what it means to write in troubled times. Artistic Director Barry Edelstein returns to the play he premiered in New York by award-winning novelist Nathan Englander and reimagines it for the Globe's intimate in-the-round space, bringing us larger-than-life personalities and an unforgettable reminder of the transcendent power of storytelling."

The White Snake
Written and directed by Mary Zimmerman
March 21–April 26
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"One of the true geniuses of the American theatre makes her long-awaited San Diego debut with The White Snake! Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman creates an enchanting theatrical spectacle with live music and sumptuous visuals. In this visionary staging of a classic Chinese fable, a gentle serpent transforms into a beautiful woman. She falls in love with a dashing young man and decides to stay human forever, until a wicked monk discovers her true identity and vows to destroy her."

Buyer & Cellar
By Jonathan Tolins
Directed by Ron Lagomarsino
April 4–May 3
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

"What's a renowned diva to do with decades of memories that light the corners of her mind? And where to put the acres of memorabilia bursting the seams of her Malibu estate? If you're Barbra Streisand, you enshrine them in a mini-mall in your basement where you can pretend to go shopping! Out-of-work actor Alex More can't pass up the oddest of odd jobs — an offer to play shopkeeper for one tough customer who doesn't let anyone rain on her parade. Soon it begins to take a toll on his patience, his love life, and his view of people (who need people)."

Arms and the Man
By George Bernard Shaw
May 9–June 14, 2015

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
"George Bernard Shaw's most romantic comedy! The beautiful Raina Petkoff is about to marry the heroic soldier Sergius. But the battlefield sweeps into her boudoir when an enemy soldier takes refuge under her bed. Soon she will have to decide between her romantic ideals and the surprising sensations of new love. Arms and the Man, one of the wittiest and most charming plays of the English stage, mixes smarts and silliness in a wonderfully entertaining tale of love and war."

A new American play will begin performances May 23 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Performances will continue through June 21. The title will be announced at a later date.

Visit TheOldGlobe.org for more information.