The Old Globe's 2011-2012 season to include to four world premieres
The Old Globe in San Diego will produce four world premieres in its 2011-12 season, including "Some Lovers," a musical from the minds of music legend Burt Bacharach and Tony-winning Steven Sater ("Spring Awakening"), the theater's executive producer Lou Spisto announced Friday.
"Some Lovers" tells a Christmas Eve story of estranged lovers whose memories conspire to reunite them in a reimagining of O. Henry's classic tale "The Gift of the Magi."
The Old Globe's winter season will also premiere "Nobody Loves You," by Gaby Alter and Itamar Moses, about a grad student who joins a reality TV show to win back his girlfriend but is seduced by fame instead.
The season's third musical will be the previously announced Tony-nominated "The Scottsboro Boys."
The world premiere plays are "Somewhere," by the Globe's playwright in residence Matthew Lopez, and "The Recommendation," by Jonathan Caren.
"The season is particularly exciting because of all the new work, and I think it is quite varied in terms of style and story," Spisto said. "We are working with some of today's most interesting and accomplished writers, and they all have something to say that both resonates with us and sparks a reaction."
Also in the lineup are "Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show," "Dividing the Estate" by Horton Foote, Eugene O'Neill's classic "Anna Christie" directed by Pulitzer winner David Auburn, and the Old Globe's annual production of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"
Rounding out the season are Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," produced by the University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program, and "Odyssey," a musical event commissioned by the Old Globe to celebrate the theater's 75th anniversary.
The Old Globe's 2011-12 winter season:
Sept. 15-Nov. 6: "Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show"
Sept. 24-Oct. 30: "Somewhere"
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 (in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre): "Odyssey"
Nov. 6-13: "Twelfth Night"
Nov. 19-Dec. 31: "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"
Nov. 26-Dec. 31: "Some Lovers"
Jan. 14-Feb. 19: "Dividing the Estate"
Jan. 21-Feb. 26: "The Recommendation"
March 3-April 8: Production to be announced
March 10-April 15: "Anna Christie"
April 22-June 3: "The Scottsboro Boys"
May 2-June 10: "Nobody Loves You"
— Noelene Clark
Photo: Burt Bacharach has written the songs for the new musical "Some Lovers," which opens in November. Credit: Photo by Olaf Heine.