La Jolla Playhouse Offers Fertile Ground For Artists And New WorkArts & Entertainment Supplement Monday, February 11, 2013
best and brightest in an evening of hilarious sketch comedy.
Following The Second City, the Playhouse will present Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen March 29 - 31. This one-man show highlights Mr. Vereen’s unique artistry, combining a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and a very special homage to Sammy Davis Jr. The New York Times dubbed him, “an old-school song and dance man who never lets up. He wins you over with his sheer energy… and showbiz know-how.”
These are just a few of the amazing artists taking up residence at the Playhouse this spring. Because of the relationships built by Christopher Ashley, as well as the theater’s mission to provide a safe harbor for playwrights, directors, designers and actors to develop their work, the theater’s upcoming season will feature some of the most anticipated productions in the region. Works will include John Guare’s delightful and insightful adaptation of His Girl Friday, which Ashley will direct; Rex Pickett’s Sideways, based on his own novel that was adapted into the popular 2011 indie movie; Nina Raine’s Olivier Award-winning play, Tribes, about the ways we communicate; and a re-imagining of the hit Broadway musical Side Show, written by the creative team behind Dreamgirls and helmed by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2 director Bill Condon.
These world-class artists choose the Playhouse for a reason: they know that their work will receive the theater’s one-of-a-kind support on all levels. It’s the reason the Playhouse has been home to the birth of 24 world-premiere productions that later transferred to Broadway, winning some 35 Tony Awards. This season alone the Playhouse will open its acclaimed commissioned musical Hands on a Hardbody on Broadway; celebrate the 8th year of Jersey Boys on the Great White Way, and witness the launch of the national tours of Chaplin: The Musical and Peter and the Starcatcher. Fertile ground, indeed.
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