Burt Bacharach Musical, Some Lovers, Among Four Old Globe World Premieres in 2011-12

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The Old Globe in San Diego will produce four world premieres — two new musicals, two new plays — in its 2011-12 season. Writers Steven Sater, Burt Bacharach, Matthew Lopez, Gaby Alter, Itamar Moses and Jonathen Caren will find a home for their new works there.

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Some Lovers, a musical based on O. Henry's short story "The Gift of the Magi," with music by pop legend Burt Bacharach ("Promises, Promises," "Alfie," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?"), and book and lyrics by Tony Award winner Steven Sater (Spring Awakening), will play Nov. 26-Dec. 31 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in the Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

In it, according to The Old Globe, "On Christmas Eve, estranged lovers Molly and Ben are haunted by the memory of happier times, and like the unforgettable melody of a favorite song, their memories conspire to bring them together again. A timeless love story that takes place over 20 years…"

The Whipping Man playwright Matthew Lopez's Somewhere will premiere Sept. 24-Oct. 30 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. It's billed as a work "infused with dance," set in 1959 and telling "the story of a family of dreamers whose home is scheduled for demolition to make way for the construction of Lincoln Center."

Giovanna Sardelli, who last collaborated with Lopez on the Globe's production of The Whipping Man, will direct.

Juilliard playwriting graduate Jonathan Caren's The Recommendation will play Jan. 21-Feb. 26, 2012, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. In it, according to the Old Globe, "Aaron is smart, charming and over-privileged. Iskinder, his new college roommate, comes from a middle-class immigrant family and is under-connected. Soon the best of friends, Aaron takes Iskinder under his wing, sharing his world of favors and fortune. But the safe haven of college only lasts so long. After a chance encounter with an accused felon sets off a chain of events that puts Aaron's life at risk, the two men are forced to rethink the meaning of friendship." Jonathan Munby (Donmar Warehouse's The Prince of Homburg and Life Is a Dream) directs.

Nobody Loves You, a new musical with music and lyrics by Gaby Alter, book and lyrics by Itamar Moses, will play May 2-June 10, 2012, at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. It's being called "an irreverent new musical comedy about the search for real relationships in a pop culture that is anything but." In it, "a young grad student joins a reality television dating show to win back his ex-girlfriend and is instead seduced by fame." Michelle Tattenbaum directs.

As previously reported, the West Coast premiere of John Kander, Fred Ebb and David Thompson's 12-time Tony Award-nominated musical The Scottsboro Boys will appear (with the Broadway creative team intact) April 22-June 3, 2012, in The Old Globe Theatre in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. It's a co-production with American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Also booked is the West Coast premiere of Horton Foote's 1980s-set Texas family drama Dividing the Estate, Jan. 14-Feb. 19, 2012, at the Old Globe Theatre. The Tony Award-nominated Broadway production's director Michael Wilson reunites with the Broadway creative team and members of the cast to remount the play from the author of The Trip to Bountiful. It's a co-production with the Alley Theatre.

The Old Globe season also includes Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show (Sept. 15-Nov. 6 in The Old Globe), directed by Oanh Nguyen in the Old Globe Theatre; Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna Christie (March 10-April 15, 2012, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre), directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner David Auburn.

One additional production is to be announced for the March 3-April 8, 2012, slot in the Old Globe Theatre.

As a special event, the Old Globe will offer the world premiere of Odyssey by Todd Almond. It's a Homer-inspired "music theatre event conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet celebrating the Globe's 75th Anniversary."

Also planned are The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program production of Twelfth Night and a revival of the popular Old Globe title Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, by Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason, directed by James Vasquez.

For tickets and information, Visit www.TheOldGlobe.org or call (619) 23-GLOBE.

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