Artistic director Sheldon Epps and executive director Stephen Eich announced that The Playhouse will present the new musical Dangerous Beauty in January 2011 and will host two holiday favorites in December 2010: Amahl and the Night Visitors presented by The Intimate Opera Company and The Nutcracker Ballet presented by Pasadena Dance Theatre.
A fall 2010 production will be announced at a later date.
Epps said in a statement, "I am very happy that we will have the honor to bring to the stage of the Playhouse the new musical Dangerous Beauty, which has been created by an incredibly exciting creative team. This wonderful production has not only dazzling theatricality and great entertainment values, but also great contemporary resonance, which makes it vitally relevant and exciting. I am thrilled to collaborate with this gifted creative team, many of whom are artists who are valuable members of the Los Angeles theatre community, on a project that had its early development here in Southern California."
Epps added, "I also warmly welcome to our stage the productions brought to us by The Intimate Opera Company and Pasadena Dance Theatre. This is rich holiday entertainment to be sure. In addition, this kind of programming further extends the concept that we've contemplated of greater use of our beautiful theatre as a true performing arts center. It is our pleasure to host these companies who will welcome their own audiences to our theatre and undoubtedly entertain our supporters as well."
Details for the upcoming season follow:
AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
Presented by The Intimate Opera Company
An opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti
Starring Suzanna Guzman as the Mother*
Directed by Stephanie Vlahos
"The story of how the lives of a poor shepherd boy and his Mother are changed forever when they are visited unexpectedly by the Three Wise Men. This inspiring story of healing and hope is a musical event the entire family will enjoy."
*Guzman will perform on Dec. 16 and 17.
THE NUTCRACKER BALLET
Presented by Pasadena Dance Theatre (Artistic Director, Cynthia Young)
Choreography by Cynthia Young
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
"An ensemble cast of over 80 dancers bring Clara's dream to life through Tchaikovsky's timeless score."
Book and verse by Jeannine Dominy
Lyrics by Amanda McBroom
Music by Michele Brourman
Directed by Sheryl Kaller
Choreography by Benoit-Swan Pouffer
Vocal arrangements by AnnMarie Milazzo
"This new musical tells the tumultuous tale of Veronica Franco, a celebrated courtesan/poet of 16th century Venice. Forced to become a courtesan when her family fortune is lost, preventing her from marrying the man she loves, Veronica ultimately embraces the courtesan life because it affords her extraordinary education and access. It is not long before she is the most influential woman in the cultural and political life of her beloved city. As Veronica's star rises, however, Venice is ravaged by war, plague, and the Inquisition. When Veronica finds herself on trial for witchcraft, she realizes that only her personal integrity can save her."
The musical is adapted from the New Regency screenplay "The Honest Courtesan" written by Jeannine Dominy, released as the film "Dangerous Beauty" and inspired by the scholarly book "The Honest Courtesan by Margaret Rosenthal."
Performance dates, casting and ticket sales information for Dangerous Beauty will be announced at a later date.
Pasadena Playhouse was established in 1917. In recent years, the Playhouse has launched new works and notable revivals. Highlights since 2005 include the launch of the national tour of Purlie (with the Goodman Theatre), the world premiere of Sister Act the Musical (with the Alliance Theatre, which is now in London's West End), the world premiere of Ray Charles Live! (scheduled to open on Broadway as Unchain My Heart in 2010-11), and the world premiere of Looped starring Valerie Harper.
The last production was a revised revival of the large-cast musical Camelot featuring eight actors.