The San Diego Musical Theatre, founded in 2006, has announced its 2022 lineup.
The company’s 15th season will present adaptations of “Catch Me if You Can”, “In the Heights”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “A Christmas Story”. All programs will take place at SDMT Stage, its former event space within the Tupperware building in Kearny Mesa, where it conducts auditions, rehearsals and academic classes; the venue is currently in the final phase of being transformed into an intimate and immersive black box theater.
Erin Lewis and her husband Gary Lewis, the producers of San Diego Musical Theatre, worked closely with Jill Townsend, artistic director, to craft the upcoming season and to welcome patrons and subscribers back after a hiatus as a result of the global pandemic.
In The Heights
“We are so glad to be back and excited for audiences to see our 2022 season on our new SDMT Stage,” said Erin Lewis. “In addition to our season productions, we will also have our pre-professional production of The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee to round out our much anticipated season.”
The 2022 season opens with the musical comedy “Catch Me if You Can,” based on the DreamWorks film which follows the adventure of a globetrotting con artist. “In the Heights” is based on the vibrant Dominican enclave that is New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, with music and lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”).
Hitting the stage late fall, “Little Shop of Horrors” is the third season production – one of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows. The final show of the 2022 lineup is the iconic seasonal favorite, “A Christmas Story.”
Resident Music Director
San Diego Musical Theatre has been strategically preparing for its reopening. In October, the organization announced the hiring of Richard Dueñez Morrison as its new resident music director. He will take the helm January 1st to launch SDMT’s new season in the new performance venue.
“I’m thrilled to join the SDMT team and play a pivotal role for one of Southern’s California’s most respected names in musical theater,” he said. “I look forward to contributing my skills as a professional, an educator and a musical theater scholar to this wonderful group of artists.”