The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Charles Dillingham, Interim Executive Director) announced their 2012-2013 season today. The season will include the rescheduled world premiere of Sleepless in Seattle – The Musical originally scheduled for this summer, the world premiere of the Broadway-bound comedy Under My Skin, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, Noël Coward’s comedy Fallen Angels and a surprise production to be announced. In a partnership with Lythgoe Family Productions, a special presentation of A Snow White Christmas will be offered for the holiday season. The 2012-2013 Season begins September 2012.
“I am extremely pleased with the way that the titles for the 2012-2013 season have come together,” said Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse. “I believe that this season is a fascinating and exciting mixture of diverse theatrical styles, combining time-honored classics with new material that we are honored to help nurture and develop. It strikes me that the issues of working through the intricacies of relationships and their inherent challenges – both serious and ridiculous- are at the heart of much of this material. That will always be a timely and resonant subject, and one that makes for the possibility of satisfying theatre.”
Charles Dillingham, Interim Executive Director of The Pasadena Playhouse added, “We are very excited about the upcoming subscription season – the second since our bankruptcy. The Playhouse is now in very strong financial condition, and the current season is generating wonderful audience response.”
The Pasadena Playhouse 2012-2013 Season includes:
From the acclaimed writing and producing team of RoBert Sternin and Prudence Fraser and Tony-nominated Ragtime director Marcia Milgrom Dodge, comes this Broadway-bound comedy about sex, love and the health care business. The laughs are non-stop when Harrison Badish, New York’s most eligible bachelor, dies and comes back to life in the body of Melody Dent, a hard-working single Mom from Staten Island. Then, give her his gorgeous body, the limo, the penthouse and his red-hot fiancé. Throw in her sexy best friend, and one outrageous angel of death. Add a guy in the stirrups, learning what love is and maybe seeing things from a different perspective after walking a mile in her stilettos, and you have the heartfelt world premiere of Under My Skin.
In 1905 New York, Esther – a black seamstress – makes a respectable living sewing for the wealthy elite. As she dreams of investing her savings in a beauty parlor for black women, she finds herself torn between two suitors: a mysterious Caribbean man who, sight-unseen, writes her beautiful love letters, and the Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth. Esther must reconcile her dreams with a harsh reality, as she learns that all choices come with a price. In the tradition of past favorites such as Blues for an Alabama Sky and Fences, come experience this unique and powerful play that honors The Playhouse’s commitment to diversity in theatrical storytelling. “…Nottage’s play has a delicacy and eloquence that seem absolutely right for the time she is depicting…New York has no richer play…” — New York Times.
A High-Comedy Opus
By Noël Coward
January 29 – February 24, 2013
Before Carrie Bradshaw and those “Desperate Housewives,” there were Julia and Jane…best friends now happily married to others, Julia and Jane both once counted the dashing Frenchman Maurice as their lover. Guess who’s back in town and requesting the pleasure of the ladies company? Coward at his inimitable best, the story is a champagne cocktail of wit and charm. In the mirthful tradition of Playhouse hits such as Private Lives, Blithe Spirit and Enchanted April, you’ll thrill to the foibles and folderol of these fabulous Fallen Angels. “Since it was written, it has become one of Coward’s more popular comedies.” — New York Times
A SURPRISE PRODUCTION (To Be Announced)
March 19 – April 14, 2013
In the tradition of past surprise productions such as Sister Act, Looped and Twist – An American Musical. This show will be officially announced at a later date.
SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE – THE MUSICAL
A World Premiere Musical
June – July 2013
The Pasadena Playhouse presents the long-awaited world premiere of Sleepless in Seattle – The Musical. Based on Nora Ephron’s beloved motion picture, with a book by Sleepless screenwriter Jeff Arch, this World Premiere presentation will give Playhouse audiences the special gift of experiencing this timeless story like never before. Inspired by the classic film An Affair to Remember starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, Sleepless in Seattle tells the story of Sam and his young son Jonah. Still grieving his wife’s untimely death, Sam’s heart is given a second chance at romance when his son calls a talk radio show to help him find new love. Our audiences will be the first to enjoy this hotly-anticipated musical premiere. Come savor the once-in-a-lifetime theatrical affair that you’ll remember forever.
In addition to the 2012 – 2013 season, The Playhouse will host a special holiday presentation of:
A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS
A Lythgoe Family Production
Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe
December 13 – 23, 2012
An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of the traditional British family Panto, A Snow White Christmas features family-friendly magic, a comedic twist and modern music. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to fairytale fans of all ages. “Those who have never been to a panto will have a glorious introduction to the forum.” – Los Angeles Times.
Subscriptions for the 2012-2013 season will be available for purchase beginning April 13, 2012. Priority prices are available for existing and new subscribers through May 15, 2012. The five-show series ranges from $99.00 – $290.00. A special student subscription is available for $99.00 (student ID required) and a VIP five-show series for $375.00. All renewing subscribers will receive priority access to their current seat locations and new subscribers will receive the best available seats within requested sections.
Tickets for the holiday engagement of A Snow White Christmas are available as a special add-on to a season subscription. Regular ticket prices are $32.00 – $62.00 for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening performances and $42.00 – $72.00 for Saturday and Sunday performances. Premium seating is available for all shows at $100.00 per ticket. In addition to tickets to the performance, Golden tickets are available as an add-on at $100.00 each (10 per performance, for ages 12 and under). Each Golden ticket gives one child a walk-on appearance in A Snow White Christmas during the performance. Subscribers receive discounts and priority access for special presentations before they go on sale to the public. All ticket prices include access to A Snow White Christmas Winter Wonderland in the Engemann Family Courtyard and the Georgia T. McClay Friendship Center featuring holiday arts & craft activities, holiday carolers, and more. A photo opportunity with Santa Claus and yuletide refreshments will also be available for purchase.
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. Subscriptions are available for purchase at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org, by calling the Box Office at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office. The Box Office is open Monday from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates. On performance dates the box office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Group subscriptions are also available. For additional information about subscriptions contact the Box Office at 626-356-7529 or visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.
Full casting and creative teams for each production will be announced at later dates.