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News Musical Ace to Replace Lonergan-Broderick Starry Messenger at the Old Globe The world premiere, pre-Broadway run of Kenneth Lonergan's The Starry Messenger, which was to star Matthew Broderick, has been replaced in the 2006-2007 season at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.

"Unforeseen scheduling delays with playwright/director Kenneth Lonergan's current film" was cited as the cause for the change. In its place the Globe will present the west coast premiere of the new musical Ace, in the same Jan. 13-Feb. 18, 2007 slot.

"While we are disappointed that The Starry Messenger won't be a part of the 2006-7 season, Mr. Lonergan has assured us that he is committed to bringing this project to the Globe in the future," said Globe executive director Louis Spisto. "However, this postponement allows us to present a delightful new production that's perfect for San Diego — the high-flying musical Ace. We've watched the development of this piece in St. Louis and Cincinnati and feel strongly that Globe audiences will enjoy this completely original and important new work."

Featuring music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Oberacker, the ode to aviation musical Ace "tells the story of the hopes and dreams of three generations of fathers and sons, husbands and wives at a significant time in American history." Stafford Arima directs the work to open Jan. 18, 2007, in the Old Globe Theatre space.

In other news, directors John Rando, Kirsten Brandt and Pam MacKinnon have signed on to helm upcoming productions.

The remainder of Old Globe’s 2006-2007 season now runs as follows:

  • Itamar Moses' The Four of Us - directed by MacKinnon (Feb. 3-March 11, 2007) - Cassius Carter
  • Amy Freed's Restoration Comedy - directed by Rando (March 3-April 8, 2007) - Old Globe
  • Annie Weisman's Hold Please - directed by Brandt (March 31-May 6, 2007) - Cassius Carter
  • August Wilson's Two Trains Running directed by Seret Scott (April 21-May 27, 2007) - Old Globe
  • Edward Albee's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - directed by Richard Seer (May 19 June 24, 2007) - Cassius Carter For more information on The Old Globe, call Globe Ticket Services at (619) 23-GLOBE or visit

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