Cole Porter Musical Can Can Gets a New Book in Pasadena Playhouse Season

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The Cole Porter musical Can Can (with a new book), On Golden Pond and The Constant Wife join John Patrick Shanley's Defiance and Charles Randolph-Wright's Cuttin’ Up for the new season at Pasadena Playhouse.

The 2007 mainstage lineup has been scheduled for the California company, which enjoyed renewed success this season with a starry production of Fences (featuring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne) and its current debut of Sister Act: The Musical.

The new year at Pasadena will be presented as follows (subject to change):

  • John Patrick Shanley's Defiance (Jan. 12-Feb. 18, 2007)
    The follow up to his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Doubt is situated at a North Carolina military base in 1971 where a colonel invites a black officer to his home to discuss the escalating racial tensions.
  • Charles Randolph-Wright's Cuttin’ Up (March 9-April 15, 2007)
    Israel Hicks directs this adaptation based on the Craig Marberry book that covers over 60 years of history in an African-American barbershop. Randolph-Wright last brought Pasadena audiences Blue in 2004 with Phylicia Rashad and Diahann Carroll.


  • W. Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife (May 4-June 10, 2007)
    Art Manke stages the classic comedy about a woman who learns of her husband's indiscretion with her best friend.
  • Cole Porter's Can Can (June 29-August 5, 2007)
    David Lee and Joel Fields pen a new book to Porter's score based on the original by Abe Burrows. David Lee directs the "world premiere re-envisioning" of the musical that centers around "the only woman in Paris who owns a café that features the sexy and provocative Can-Can."
  • Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond (Aug. 24-Oct. 2, 2007)
    The Tony Award and Academy Award-winning tale of an aging couple who are visited at their summer place by their estranged daughter and her family. An announcement promises a "stellar cast" for the production. Tickets to productions at Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Ave. in Pasadena, CA, are available by calling (626) 356-PLAY. For more information, visit

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