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Pasadena Playhouse Hosts 2nd Annual High School Theatre Festival, 5/12 – Broadwayworld.com

Friday, April 20, 2012; 12:04 PM – by BWW News Desk

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Charles Dillingham, interim Executive Director) announced that the theatre will host the SECOND ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE FESTIVAL on Saturday, May 12, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  The event will feature thirteen local high schools, each performing a theatrical piece of their selection.  Admission to the Festival is $5.00 and all proceeds will go towards funding next year’s High School Theatre Festival.  This special, non-competitive, event was created so that all friends, family and supporters of the surrounding communities and the local schools may enjoy the talent of the participating students.  This year’s event will be hosted by Bradley Whitford (Pasadena resident and star of The Playhouse’s recent production of Art) and Dominic Barnes (Fox’s “Glee”), along with additional surprise celebrity guest appearances.  Outlook Newspapers is the official media sponsor for the festival.

“We had a hugely successful launch of this valuable event last year and I am very happy that the Festival will once again be on our stage in May,” said Artistic Director Sheldon Epps.  “This is a tremendously valuable opportunity for the students, for our audiences, and for the fulfillment of one of the most important parts of The Playhouse‘s mission.  Not to mention the fact that it is great fun and full of exciting energy before, during, and after the event!”

“Every person, no matter who, ought to be in a play sometime in their life and preferably in high school,” stated Mary Lea Carroll, producer of the High School Theatre Festival.

“I fell in love with acting in high school,” said festival co-host Bradley Whitford.  “Nothing asks more of a young person – their bodies, their minds, their imaginations, and their hearts. I am thrilled to celebrate these young people as they begin this wonderful journey.”  “Growing up singing and dancing at all of my family events I always knew I would be in theater,” added co-host Dominic Barnes.  “But it wasn’t until I became a drama kid in high school that I met the most amazing people and really came out of my shell! Lucky for me it led to amazing things. high school theater taught me to be myself and that was an invaluable lesson.”

Participating high schools include:  Alverno High School, Blair High School, Flintridge Preparatory School, John Muir High School, La Salle High School, Maranatha High School, Marshall Fundamental High School, Mayfield Senior School, Pasadena High School, Polytechnic School, Rosemead High School, St. Francis High School and Westridge School.

The High School Theatre Festival is a part of The Pasadena Playhouse’s Outreach and Education Program and is made possible in part by the support of the Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project.  Media sponsorship for the Festival is provided by Outlook Newspapers.

The Second Annual High School Theatre Festival is on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue).  The event is from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and the doors open at 8:30 a.m.  All tickets are $5.00 general admission, and are available for purchase online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org, by phone at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office.  Concessions will be on sale at the event and all proceeds will go towards next year’s High School Theatre Festival event.  Donations for this year’s festival as well as next year’s High School Theatre Festival are also gladly accepted and may be made at the time of your ticket purchase or on the day of the event.

For more information, contact The Pasadena Playhouse Development Office at HSTF@pasadenaplayhouse.org or 626-921-1156. Information on all current Outreach and Development events is available by visiting www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

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LA STAGE INSIDER | PLAYHOUSE SEASONS FOR 2012-13 – LAStageTimes.com

Pasadena Playhouse opens the season in mid-September with the premiere of Under My Skin, scripted by husband-and-wife screenwriting/producing team (The Nanny) Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser, helmed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge (opening night TBA). Following the aforementioned Nov 11 debut of Intimate Apparel, Pasadena Playhouse is hosting the Lythgoe Family holiday special, A Snow White Christmas, helmed by Bonnie Lythgoe, opening Dec 12.  A revival of Noel Coward’s 1925  comedy, Fallen Angels opens Feb 3, 2013, director TBA.  This season’s Pasadena Playhouse surprise production is debuting Mar 24, 2013, TBA. Finally, the delayed unveiling of Sleepless in Seattle – The Musical, scripted by by screenwriter Jeff Arch, with composer and helmer still TBA, is “definitely” debuting in June 2013 (date TBA)…

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Nearly 30,000 Hours Volunteered by The Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse in 2011 – Broadwayworld.com

Friday, April 20, 2012; 12:04 PM – by BWW News Desk

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Charles Dillingham, interim Executive Director) announced that The Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse presented a memento check in the amount of $701,991.08 representing the monetary value of 29,974 hours volunteered in 2011.  The check was presented at The Friends annual Volunteer Recognition event on March 8, 2012, and is on display in the Georgia McClay Friendship Center at The Playhouse.

“Even though The Pasadena Playhouse had just come back from some difficult financial times,  The Friends never lost their enthusiasm and love for The Playhouse,” stated Lenore Bond Almanzar, President of The Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse and Playhouse Board Member.  “They jumped back into volunteering at every opportunity and the hours just seem to grow.  Of course, this is nothing new because The Friends have consistently volunteered many hours since they were founded. We have been told by our peers at CAVORT (Conference About Volunteers Of Regional Theatre) that The Friends are one of the most dedicated and effective volunteer organizations in the nation. Already in these early months of  2012 The Friends have volunteered almost 8,000 hours.  So, we are on our way to another banner year!”

As the support group for the State Theatre of California, The Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse are extremely active in the day-to-day operations of the theatre. Although they are mostly a service group they also participate in fundraising efforts. Some of the services that The Friends provide included ushering, feeding the casts between Saturday performances, assistance with mailings, general office tasks, tours of The Playhouse, updating The Playhouse archives, selling Playhouse themed merchandise and publishing a newsletter for the members.

In the first quarter of 2012, The Friends committed to purchasing items needed by the staff.  Since January, they have  purchased new plants in the Engemann Family Courtyard, a wine refrigerator for the concessions stand, new computers for the box office, a new vaccum for the cleaning crew and dust collection equipment for the shop.  The hope is to continue this assistance so the staff and crew have a pleasant place to work with good equipment.

The Friends have been an active, intigral part of the theatre since 1979 and are “the heart and soul” of The Playhouse.  For more information about The Friends or to inquire about becoming a member, visit www.friendsofthepasadenaplayhouse.org.

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Tom Takes The Stage! – CBS.SoapsInDepth.com

 

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Starting on Tuesday, April 24, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Heather Tom (Katie) will be doing double duty — she’ll be starring in Pasadena Playhouse’s production of The Heiress, opposite BROTHERS & SISTERS’ Richard Chamberlain and DESIGNING WOMEN’s Julia Duffy! The drama will run through Saturday, May 20, with opening night set for Sunday, April 29.

The Heiress made its Broadway debut in 1947, and the 1995 revival won the Best Revival Tony Award. Tom will play spinster Catherine Sloper, who lives under the well-meaning, but cold-hearted, scrutiny of her physician father (Chamberlain). When a suitor proposes marriage to Catherine, Dr. Sloper is convinced that the penniless young man is only after Catherine’s inheritance. When circumstances lead Catherine to misinterpret her beau’s intentions, The Heiress reaches an unforgettable conclusion.

For more information on the Pasadena Playhouse’s production of The Heiress, visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

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Richard Chamberlain channels his father for ‘The Heiress’ – LATimes.com

The veteran actor says the role of Dr. Austin Sloper in the Pasadena Playhouse production hits close to home.

Richard ChamberlainActor Richard Chamberlain stars in “The Heiress” at the Pasadena Playhouse. (Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times / March 30, 2012)
By Susan King, Los Angeles TimesApril 17, 2012, 5:20 p.m.

Richard Chamberlain is putting a lot of his father, Charles, into his role as Dr. Austin Sloper in the Pasadena Playhouse production of “The Heiress,” Ruth and Augustus Goetz’s 1947 adaptation of Henry James’ “Washington Square.” The drama begins previews next week and opens April 29.

Set in 1850s New York, “The Heiress” revolves around the wealthy physician’s domineering relationship with his plain-Jane daughter, Catherine, and his disapproval of her handsome suitor, whom he believes is a fortune hunter. Basil Rathbone was nominated for a Tony in 1948 for his performance as Sloper in the Broadway production; Ralph Richardson earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal in the 1949 film classic directed by William Wyler and starring Olivia de Havilland in her Academy Award-winning performance.

“I don’t think he is a villain,” said Chamberlain of Sloper. “I think he becomes obsessed with this competition with this young man. And he is such a controlling man. I can think of my father. He was extremely dominating in the household. Bullies are easy to scare if you really stand up to them. At the end of the play, she stands up to him and he just wilts.”

The actor, a youthful, almost boyish 78, did try to stand up to his father, who had been a heavy drinker until Chamberlain was 9, then became a tireless worker for Alcoholics Anonymous.

“But he just mowed me down,” he said over his lunch break from rehearsals. “He was a very powerful man. But in my father’s case and, I think, in Dr. Sloper’s case, there is something damaged underneath that needs that protection of winning and dominating and having the big chair. There is something very missing in people like that.”

Chamberlain said that he finds playing his father to be cathartic. “There is one scene in the play where he is totally, absolutely cruel to her when they return from Europe and he’s sick,” said Chamberlain. “It is the most awful scene, but it’s actually fun to play. Fun may be the wrong word — really interesting to play — to actually feel the depth of sheer cruelty to the most innocent of persons.”

The revival’s director, Dámaso Rodriguez, said that Chamberlain is a total gentleman. “It is surprising to find out he is 78,” he said. “He is only that age because the facts say so. He is really sharp and fit.

“There is a tendency in the rehearsal room to say, ‘Wow, we are in the room with Richard Chamberlain.’ But once we are working, he is just one of the company. Dr. Sloper is this dominate presence over his daughter and also a figure in the community, so Richard just brings this charisma we know him for, but the authority of experience and the ability to command a room just being in it.”

Though Chamberlain is best known as the noble “Dr. Kildare” in the 1960s series that made him famous and for his leading roles in the 1980 miniseries “Shogun” and 1983′s “The Thorn Birds,” he is no stranger to theater. In fact, in 1959 he became one of the founders of the Company of Angels theater troupe, which is still in existence in downtown L.A.

“A bunch of actors were working with [actor and acting coach] Jeff Corey,” he recalled. “None of us could get work and we decided to form our own theater company. Somehow we got funds together and rented a little odd space and started putting on plays. We did ‘The Caine Mutiny’ and ‘La Ronde,’ and it was deliriously wonderful to do that.”

He also starred with Mary Tyler Moore in one of the legendary Broadway flops of all time — the 1966 musical version of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which closed after four previews on Broadway.

“It was first-class, very expensive and nothing worked,” he said.

Oddly enough, Edward Albee (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”) was brought in to rewrite the book. “We got a new director…. I think I began to get shoved a little bit aside. It became a very dark musical ‘Virginia Woolf,’ and the audience hated it. [Producer] David Merrick closed the show with an enormous pre-sale. He returned all the money. It just broke my heart when it closed.”

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The doctor is in: Richard Chamberlin stars at the Playhouse – PasadenaScene.com

April 17, 2012 By
1. (Left to right) Richard Chamberlain, Heather Tom and Julia Duffy star in “The Heiress,” opening at the Pasadena Playhouse April 24. Photo by Jim Cox.

THE HEIRESS
Opens Tuesday, April 24. Tuesday-Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday through May 20
Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena
$29-$59
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By Michelle J. Mills, SGVN
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At 78, Richard Chamberlain is still handsome with blue eyes that sparkle when he laughs, which is often. His rich voice gives him instant command of the room, yet his charming, friendly manner sets people at ease. The man many swooned for in the early 1960s TV show “Dr. Kildare,” Chamberlin has come full circle in a way, playing Dr. Austin Sloper in “The Heiress,” opening at the Pasadena Playhouse on Tuesday, April 24.

The drama, based on Henry James’ 1881 novel “Washington Square,” is the tale of a young woman and her ailing physician father, who does not approve of her suitor because he thinks the man is after his daughter’s inheritance. “The Heiress” is directed by Damaso Rodriguez and also stars Heather Tom and Julia Duffy.

“On a certain level it’s about the difficulties and dangers of expectations,” Chamberlain said.

He explains that Dr. Sloper’s wife died after giving birth to their daughter, and he envisioned the young girl, Catherine, to step into her stead. But Catherine is nothing like the woman Sloper adored — she is plain and socially inept, so he controls and resents her.

Chamberlain finds his character fascinating because while he is successful and intelligent, and a caring and capable doctor, running a children’s clinic and assisting in childbirth, his compassion stops with his daughter.

“I’ve noticed in my family that, especially in the men, there is a kind of mean streak,” he said. “I inherited that to a certain extent. Especially in my early days when I had very little self-confidence, despite the fact that I was rather successful. I was capable of withholding certain behaviors, which could be described as covertly mean. It’s interesting for me to experience what it would have been like if I had really let my meanness go.”

Chamberlain said that “The Heiress” could encourage people to “examine any ways that you might be deforming your own life, suppressing your own heart, closing off your own feelings and (where you lack) compassion.”

Growing up in Los Angeles, Chamberlain enjoyed escaping into the fantasy world of the movies. His first acting role was playing the Pied Piper in a show in third grade. He later attended Pomona College as an art major.

“I always wanted to be an actor, but I was extremely shy and lacking in self-confidence,” he said. “Being a totally impractical person, I thought, well, if I can’t be an actor I’ll do something practical like being an artist.”.

Chamberlain ended up devoting most of his time to the college’s theater department. After receiving an overwhelming response from the audience during a production of “Arms and the Man” in his senior year, he finally he realized he could pursue his dream.

Chamberlain co-founded the Los Angeles theater group Company of Angels and has appeared in numerous stage productions, TV shows and films, including “Shogun,” “The Thorn Birds,” “Chuck” and “Desperate Housewives.” He has also narrated several documentary films, such as “Endangered Hawai’i,” which explores the extinction of 71 bird species native to Hawaii.

Chamberlain is also an accomplished painter of abstracts, landscapes, portraits and any piece that offers a challenge. You can see his work at www.richard-chamberlain.com.

Chamberlain loves to travel and go to movies and dinner with friends.
“Work was the most important thing for most of my life, but I suddenly discovered people and I value my friends beyond anything else now,” Chamberlain said.

As for “The Heiress,” Chamberlain said the cast and crew get along very well and are looking forward to the opening curtain.

“It’s a wonderfully constructed play,” he said. “It’s a bit melodramatic, but very human.”

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Sleepless in Seattle Musical to Play Pasadena Playhouse in 2013; Season Schedule Announced – TheaterMania.com

By Andy Propst • Apr 13, 2012 • Los Angeles

The Pasadena Playhouse has announced the works that will comprise its 2012-2013 season, which will include the previously rescheduled musical version of the film Sleepless in Seattle. The production will run at the playhouse June – July, 2013.

The season at the theater will begin with the world premiere of Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser’s Under My Skin (September 11 – October 7), to be directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. The comedy centers on what ensues after New York’s most eligible bachelor, dies and comes back to life in the body of a hard-working single Mom from Staten Island.

In addition, the Pasadena Playhouse schedule include Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel (November 5 – December 2), to be directed by Sheldon Epps; Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels (January 29 – February 24); and one additional production, to be announced shortly, running March 19 – April 14.

The Playhouse’s season will also include a holiday offering: A Snow White Christmas (December 11-23), to be directed by Bonnie Lythgoe.

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Pasadena Playhouse Promises Sleepless in Seattle, Fallen Angels, Intimate Apparel and Broadway-Aimed Under My Skin – Playbill.com

13 Apr 2012

The Pasadena Playhouse‘s 2012-13 season will feature the world premiere of what’s billed as a Broadway-bound comedy, Under My Skin, by Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser. Sternin and Fraser’s TV credits include being producers and writers of the sitcom “The Nanny.” Their new fantasy-comedy will be directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, a Tony Award nominee for her direction of the Broadway revival of Ragtime.

Pasadena leaders also confirmed on April 13 their intention to premiere the postponed musical Sleepless in Seattle in summer 2013. The songwriter(s) for that movie-inspired project has not been revealed. The script is by the hit film’s co-screenwriter Jeff Arch. Playbill reported about the project’s postponement earlier this year.

Plays by Noel Coward and Lynn Nottage were also announced; a “surprise production” planned for March 2013 will be announced later. In a partnership with Lythgoe Family Productions, a special presentation of A Snow White Christmas, in the British “Panto” tradition, will be offered for the holiday season.

Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA, is under the leadership of Sheldon Epps, artistic director, and Charles Dillingham, interim executive director.

The season includes:

Under My Skin
By Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser
Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Sept. 11-Oct. 7

“A 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.

Intimate Apparel
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Sheldon Epps
Nov. 6-Dec. 2

“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.”

Fallen Angels
By Noël Coward
Jan. 29-Feb. 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.”

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
Book by Jeff Arch

June-July 2013
“The Pasadena Playhouse presents the long-awaited world premiere…based on Nora Ephron‘s beloved motion picture, with a book by ‘Sleepless’ screenwriter Jeff Arch. 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.”

A Snow White Christmas
(Added Attraction)
Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe
Dec. 13-23

“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.”

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SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, FALLEN ANGELS, et al. Set for Pasadena Playhouse’s 2012-13 Season! – BroadwayWorld.com

Friday, April 13, 2012; 03:04 PM – by BWW News Desk

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:

UNDER MY SKIN
A World Premiere Comedy
Written by RoBert Sternin and Prudence Fraser
Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
September 11 – October 7, 2012

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.

INTIMATE APPAREL
A Striking Historical Masterpiece
By Lynn Nottage
Pulitzer Prize-winner for 2011’s Ruined
Directed by Sheldon Epps
November 6 – December 2, 2012

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.

 

FALLEN ANGELS
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.

For information on The Pasadena Playhouse and Current Productions, visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

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