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Old Globe's 'Sammy' musical receives Edgerton award

July 16, 2009 |  4:35 pm

Sammydavisjr The Old Globe in San Diego has received the Edgerton Foundation’s prestigious New American Play Award for its upcoming world premiere production of "Sammy," a musical biography of the late Sammy Davis Jr.

As part of the award, the company will receive $75,000 that will go toward an extension of the rehearsal period for "Sammy," which is scheduled to begin previews Sept. 19 and to officially open Friday, Oct. 2. The production is scheduled to run through Nov. 8.

Featuring songs by Oscar winner Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley — as well as some of the crooner's own signature tunes — the show spans Davis' life from his childhood to his years as a member of the Rat Pack.

The Old Globe has not yet announced the names of the cast or of the creative team for "Sammy."

The company previously received the Edgerton Foundation's New American Play Award for its productions of Mark V. Olsen’s "Cornelia," Itamar Moses’ "Back Back Back" and Steven Drukman’s "In This Corner."

The award, which was launched in 2006, has so far helped 46 productions around the U.S. by providing additional financial resources for the rehearsal process.

Recent high-profile plays to have received the award include Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)" at Berkeley Rep and Rajiv Joseph's "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

-- David Ng

Photo: Sammy Davis Jr. Credit: Associated Press