Pasadena Playhouse announces lineup for 2010 season
A new musical from Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz and a new play from Frank Tangredi will topline the Pasadena Playhouse's 2010 season, which will be announced today. The new season will consist of six mainstage productions, the same number as the current 2009 season.
The Playhouse said that three of the productions for 2010 will be world-premiere works and that the other three will be revivals of theatrical favorites.
"Havana," which begins previews in June 2010, features a book by Cruz and songs by Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy. The musical, to be staged by Sergio Trujillo, tells the story of Natalie, a North American writer who has inherited a nightclub and home from her aunt. The heroine travels to Cuba to cash in on her inheritance but soon finds herself drawn to the exotic captial city and a new love interest.
Cruz won the Pulitzer for his drama "Anna in the Tropics," which ran at the Playhouse in 2005.
Tangredi's "Pastoral," a new play set to begin previews in September 2010, follows the spiritual journey of Pastor Emily Brendel, who lives on Long Island with her teenage son. The pastor's spiritual certainty begins to fade when someone from her past resurfaces to make a desperate request.
Rounding out the season will be revivals of Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot" (January); Noel Coward's "Fallen Angels" (February); and Donald Margulies' "Sight Unseen" (April), directed by Playhouse associate artistic director Damaso Rodriguez. The Playhouse said that it anticipates "Fallen Angels" to transfer to Broadway following its February-March engagement.
Closing the season will be a new family musical, which will be announced at a later date. Previews for the final production will begin in mid-October 2010.
-- David Ng
Photo: An interior view of the Pasadena Playhouse. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times