Old Globe Will Premiere Duncan Sheik's Whisper House and Bricusse's Sammy Davis Jr. Musical

News   Old Globe Will Premiere Duncan Sheik's Whisper House and Bricusse's Sammy Davis Jr. Musical
The Old Globe in San Diego announced that it will stage the world premiere productions of Sammy, a new musical about Sammy Davis Jr., and Tony Award winner Duncan Sheik's new musical, The Whisper House, in 2009-10.
Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Sammy will have book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, who penned songs that became signatures — think "The Candy Man" and "Once in a Lifetime" — for the late song-and-dance man. The score will include classic songs by Bricusse and Anthony Newley, plus new numbers.

The Old Globe season will also include the world premiere of Kenny Finkle's comedy, Alive and Well, about a reporter and a Civil War re-enactor; Evan Smith's seriocomic play about religion, The Savannah Disputation; the West Coast premiere of Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man, about former slaves in Reconstruction America; plus the sex comedy Boeing-Boeing and Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers.

Roger Rees ("Cheers," Nicholas Nickleby) will also appear in his one-man evening of Shakespeare, What You Will.

Whisper House, set in a haunted lighthouse in the 1940s, has been in development in the past year. Spring Awakening composer Sheik performed the show's songs on a vocal pop album released earlier this year. The libretto is by Kyle Jarrow, based on an idea by director Keith Powell (a regular on TV's "30 Rock"). New York Stage and Film announced in recent days that it would present a summer workshop of the musical at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Here's the winter season of The Old Globe: Sammy
World Premiere
Book, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Directed by Keith Glover
Sept. 17–Nov. 1
Old Globe Theatre
"One of the greatest entertainers of all time, Sammy Davis, Jr. defined an era. The ultimate triple-threat — singer, actor and dancer, Sammy could do it all. This world premiere musical, written by two-time Academy Award and Grammy Award-winner Leslie Bricusse, takes us from Sammy's days as a child working in vaudeville through his time with Dean and Frank as a member of the Rat Pack. Featuring the unmistakable classics that helped to make Sammy an icon. From hits like 'The Candy Man,' 'Mr. Bojangles' and 'What Kind of Fool Am I,' and more, to new songs written just for this musical, Sammy shows us the struggles and triumphs of the man who was adored by millions."

The Savannah Disputation
By Evan Smith
Directed by Kim Rubinstein
Sept. 26–Nov. 1
The Old Globe Arena Stage at the James S. Copley Auditorium, San Diego Museum of Art
"Good-natured and sometimes susceptible Margaret and no-nonsense and sometimes spirited Mary are two Catholic sisters who receive an unexpected visitor that causes Margaret to begin wavering in her beliefs. Mary hatches a plan to bring Margaret back into the fold with the aid of their unsuspecting priest and a truly devilish dinner party."

Whisper House
World Premiere
Music and Lyrics by Duncan Sheik
Book and Lyrics by Kyle Jarrow
Directed by Keith Powell
Jan.13–Feb. 21, 2010
Old Globe Theatre
"[An] enchanting new musical. Set in 1942 during the height of World War II, Americans are being asked to do their part to help their country win the war, including Lily and her Japanese assistant, the caretakers of a remote lighthouse. When Lily's young nephew Christopher comes to stay with her, he begins to think his new home is haunted. When the spirits reveal themselves to Christopher, he is required to grow up quickly and make decisions that are usually left up to grownups. Should he trust these mischievous spirits whose songs only he can hear or should he trust the grownups around him that still treat him like a kid? This beautiful tale reminds us all that fear and misguided assumptions can lead anyone down a road of no return."

Lost in Yonkers
By Neil Simon
Directed by Kent Paul
Jan. 23–Feb. 28, 2010
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
"Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Play, and the Pulitzer Prize, Lost in Yonkers is about finding one's way through the tangled web of family relationships without losing the sense of self…or sense of humor. Set in Yonkers in 1942, the play focuses on brothers Arty and Jay, left in the care of their feuding relatives Grandma Kurnitz and Aunt Bella."

By Marc Camoletti and Beverly Cross
March 13–April 18, 2010
Old Globe Theatre
"[The] hilarious jet-propelled comedy that had audiences and critics cheering in London and on Broadway, is coming in for a landing on the Old Globe stage! Bernard, a successful architect living in Paris, thinks he can easily juggle his three flight attendant fiancées. It's all a question of timing and a little help from his trusted housekeeper who reluctantly plays romantic air-traffic controller. When an old friend arrives and his three fiancées each change their flight schedules, his life hits some turbulence!"

Alive and Well
World Premiere
By Kenny Finkle
March 20–April 25, 2010
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
"This world premiere romantic comedy, in the spirit of 'The African Queen' and 'Romancing the Stone' tells the story of a mismatched pair, Carla a big city reporter from the North and Zach a Southern tracker and Civil War re-enactor she reluctantly must work with to research her story. In their quest for the story, they lose patience with each other and find much more than either bargained for. …A hilarious joy-ride that will make even skeptics believe in true love."

What You Will
Written and performed by Roger Rees
May 1–June 6, 2010
Old Globe Theatre
"Tony Award and Olivier Award–winner Roger Rees brings his tour-de-force performance about all things Shakespeare for this limited Old Globe engagement. Historical and sometimes hysterical account of Rees' stage experiences — from The Bard’s great soliloquies performed by the man who has played Hamlet more than any other actor in the history of the Royal Shakespeare, to some of the funniest ever seen live on stage — will be the theatrical event all of San Diego will be talking about."

The Whipping Man
By Matthew Lopez
May 8–June 13, 2010
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
"The Old Globe is excited to present an emerging young voice, Matthew Lopez, with his acclaimed new play. Set in the days following The Civil War in Virginia when American slaves were set free throughout the South, a Jewish soldier returns to his childhood home, only to find it in ruins and occupied by his former slaves. Though a new chapter of history is unfolding, dangerous secrets of the past threaten to destroy their family, their history, and their faith. …A moving and provocative look at a pivotal time in American history."

For more information, visit www.oldglobe.org.

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