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About The Playhouse
Awards
La Jolla Playhouse has garnered more than 300 local and national awards for its productions, including a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 35 Tony Awards for its Broadway transfers, as well as the 1993 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.
Peter and the Starcatchers

Adapted by Rick Elice
From the book by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Music and Lyrics by Wayne Barker
Directed by Roger Rees & Alex Timbers
Performance dates: February 13 – March 8, 2009
Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

*Subsequently produced on Broadway as Peter and the Starcatcher at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (opened April 15, 2012). Received Tony Awards for Best Sound Design (Darron L. West), Best Lighting Design (Jeff Croiter), Best Costume Design (Paloma Young), Best Scenic Design (Donyale Werle) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Christian Borle) in 2012.

Memphis

Book by Joe DiPietro
Music by David Bryan
Lyrics by Joe DiPietro
Directed by Christopher Ashley
Performance Dates: August 19 - September 29, 2008
Mandell Weiss Theatre

*Subsequently produced on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre (opened October 18, 2009). Received Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), Best Book (Joe DiPietro) (Daryl Waters and David Bryan) in 2010.

Jersey Boys

World Premiere
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music by Bob Gaudio
Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Directed by Des McAnuff
Performance Dates: October 5, 2004 - January 16, 2005
Mandell Weiss Theatre

*Subsequently produced on Broadway at The August Wilson Theatre (opened November 6, 2005). Received Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design (Howell Binkley), Best Actor in a Musical (John Lloyd Young), Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Christian Hoff) and Best Musical in 2006. Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

700 Sundays…Billy Crystal…A Life in Progress

Page To Stage Workshop Production
Written by Billy Crystal
Directed by Des McAnuff
Additional Material by Alan Zweibel
Performance Dates: April 20 — May 2, 2004, Mandell Weiss Theatre

*Subsequently produced on Broadway at The Broadhurst Theatre (opened December 5, 2004). Received Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event in 2005.

I Am My Own Wife

Page To Stage Workshop Production
Written and Directed by Doug Wright
(Directed by Moises Kaufman on Broadway)
Performance Dates: July 15 — July 29, 2001, Mandell Weiss Forum Studio

*Subsequently produced on Broadway at The Lyceum Theatre (opened December 3, 2003). Received Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play (Jefferson Mays) in 2004. Received 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Returned to La Jolla Playhouse in 2005.

Thoroughly Modern Millie

World Premiere Inspired by Richard Morris' Original Story and Screenplay
Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan
New Music by Jeanine Tesori
New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Directed by Michael Mayer
Performance Dates: October 10 — December 10, 2000, Mandell Weiss Theatre

*Subsequently produced on Broadway, The Marquis Theater April 2002. Received six 2002 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actress, Best Featured Actress, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations and Best Costume Design.

** April 22, 1993, La Jolla Playhouse received the Tony Award for outstanding American regional theatre.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert
Based on the book by Shepherd Mead
Directed by Des McAnuff
Performance Dates: October 22 - December 4, Mandell Weiss Theatre

*Subsequently produced at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. (opened February, 1995), and on Broadway at the Richard Rogers Theatre ( March, 1995). Received Tony Award for Best Actor (Matthew Broderick) in 1995.

The Who's Tommy

A New Theatrical Version
American Premiere
Composed and Written by Pete Townshend
Adapted for the Stage by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff
Directed by Des McAnuff
Performance Dates: July 1 — October 4, 1992, Mandell Weiss Theatre

*Subsequently produced on Broadway, St. James Theatre (opened April 22, 1993), and on a national tour (opened October 13, 1993). Received five 1993 Tony Awards for Best Director, Best Choreographer, Best Score (tie with Kiss of the Spider Woman), Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design.

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

West Coast Premiere
Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Directed by Des McAnuff
Performance Dates: June 19 — July 14, 1984, Mandell Weiss Theatre

* Subsequently produced on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Received seven 1985 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Director, Best Book, Best Score, Best Featured Actor, Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design.