Patron Services: 858.550.1010

La Jolla Playhouse presents Freaky Friday

The La Jolla Playhouse Production of
Disney's

Freaky Friday

Book by Bridget Carpenter, Music by Tom Kitt and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Based on the novel Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
and the Disney films

Choreography by Sergio Trujillo

Directed by Christopher Ashley

January 31 – March 19, 2017 EXTENDED!

In Association with Cleveland Play House and Alley Theatre

BUOYANT MUSICAL COMEDY

Hailed by The Washington Post as “a polished, peppy, modern fairy tale,” Disney’s new musical Freaky Friday is based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and two hit Disney films. The classic story of a mother and daughter who magically swap bodies for 24 chaotic hours has been given a contemporary spin with a hilarious new book by Bridget Carpenter (“Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights”) and “a driving pop‐rock score” (DC Metro Theatre Arts) by Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then). With inventive staging by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley and sharp choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys), this dynamic production is “delightfully spunky” with “timeless appeal” (Variety).






Play Here!

Every weekend, La Jolla Playhouse hosts a series of fun pre-show events, including Thirsty Thursdays, offering free beer tastings by a different local brewery each week; Foodie Fridays, with festive food truck fare and live music; and Sonic Saturdays, featuring live music and beer tastings in front of the theatre. Don’t miss these enjoyable events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the entire season!



The musical contains some teen themes, and is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Parents should use their best judgment when bringing younger children to the theatre.
The show contains theatrical smoke and haze and strobe lights.

Children ages 6 and under are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted. Unaccompanied minors ages 12 and under are not permitted in the theatre.

Patron Services will be happy to answer any questions you have at (858) 550-1010.



Production Sponsors

US Bank
Debby Jacobs & Lindsey Jacobs


» Click here for full company bios and to read more in-depth articles about the show.


Meet the Creative Team

Bridget Carpenter is a television writer, producer and playwright. She created the event series 11.22.63 for Bad Robot based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, which recently debuted on Hulu. Prior to 11.22.63, Carpenter wrote and co-executive produced all five seasons of the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning series Friday Night Lights. She also was a co-executive producer on Parenthood, and most recently, was executive producer/showrunner of Sundance Channel’s drama series The Red Road. Carpenter’s plays have been produced by Steppenwolf, the Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and many other theaters across the country. She has written several songs for film, including Basmati Blues and Dear Dumb Diary. Carpenter received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Princess Grace Award, the Kesselring Prize and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She also received Emmy and WGA nominations for Friday Night Lights. Her plays Fall, Up and The Faculty Room have been published by Samuel French.

Tom Kitt received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. His music for Next to Normal also received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score. He is the composer of If/Then (Tony Award nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award nomination); High Fidelity (Broadway), Bring It On, The Musical (co-composer with Lin-Manuel Miranda; Broadway), The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well and Cymbeline (The Public’s NYSF); From Up Here and The Madrid (MTC); Orphans (Broadway) and The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons). Kitt is also responsible for the music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway, and provided additional arrangements for their Grammy Award-winning album 21st Century Breakdown and their album trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!. He received an Emmy Award as co-writer (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Award opening number, Bigger. As a musical director, conductor, arranger and orchestrator, his credits include Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, 2Cellos featuring Lang Lang (Live and Let Die), The Kennedy Center Honors, 13, Debbie Does Dallas, Everyday Rapture, Hair, Laugh Whore, Pippin (Deaf West) and These Paper Bullets. Upcoming musical projects include Grease Live!; SpongeBob Squarepants, The Musical; Dave; Magic Mike; The Visitor and Jagged Little Pill.

Brian Yorkey received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the 2009 Tony Award for Best Score, for Next to Normal. Brian was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Next to Normal, and his work on the show earned him the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Score. He partnered again with the Next to Normal team on If/Then (Tony Award Nominee for Best Score) starring Idina Menzel. Brian co-wrote the libretto for The Last Ship (Outer Critic’s Nomination, with John Logan), with a score by Sting. He is currently working on the original musical Jesus in My Bedroom, with composer Tim Symons, as well as stage musical adaptations of Magic Mike and the Tom McCarthy film The Visitor. Brian is currently adapting Jay Asher's bestselling novel 13 Reasons Why for Netflix, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Film projects in active development include Chase for Anonymous Content and Rosenzweig Films, Time After Time for Universal, and Score! for Team Downey and Warner Bros. Additional theatre credits include Making Tracks, which has played off-Broadway and regionally, the musical adaptation of Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet and the play, Book of Jobs with Alex Glover. Brian has directed Off-Broadway and regionally and for seven years was associate artistic director at Village Theatre in Washington state, one of the nation’s leading producers of new musicals. He’s a graduate of Columbia University, where he was artistic director of the Varsity Show, an alum of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the WGA.

Sergio Trujillo La Jolla Playhouse: Chasing the Song, Memphis, Zhivago, The Wiz, Jersey Boys, Chasing the Song. Broadway: A Bronx Tale, On Your Feet (Tony Award nominee, Outer Critics Circle/Astaire Award), Best Musical Tony Award Winner Memphis, (Olivier/OCC Award, Drama Desk/Astaire Award nominations), Tony/Olivier Award-winning Jersey Boys (OCC/Greenroom/Dora Awards, Drama Desk nomination), Addams Family, Next to Normal, Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk nomination), Leap of Faith, Guys and Dolls (Astaire Awards nomination), All Shook Up. Other theatre: Freaky Friday (Signature Theatre), Invisible Thread (Second Stage), Flashdance (National Tour). International: Tarzan (Disney), Peggy Sue Got Married (West End), The Sound of Music and West Side Story (Stratford Festival). Upcoming: Arrabal (ART), The Donna Summer Project (La Jolla Playhouse), The Detroit Project (Berkeley Repertory Theatre).

Christopher Ashley has served as Artistic Director at La Jolla Playhouse since October, 2007. During his tenure, he helmed the world premieres of Come From Away, The Darrell Hammond Project, Claudia Shear’s Restoration and Arthur Kopit and Anton Dudley’s A Dram of Drummhicit, as well as John Guare’s adaptation of His Girl Friday, Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the acclaimed musicals Xanadu and Memphis, which went on to Broadway, winning four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical. In addition, he spearheaded the Playhouse’s acclaimed Without Walls site-specific theatre series, the Resident Theatre program and oversaw the world premieres of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Hands on a Hardbody, Milk Like Sugar, Little Miss Sunshine, Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin, Surf Report, Bonnie & Clyde, Doug Wright’s adaptation of Creditors, the Page To Stage workshop of Charlayne Woodard’s The Night Watcher and the West Coast premiere of 33 Variations.

Cast Members of Freaky Friday

NOAH BAIRD
KATIE BANVILLE
JEANNETTE BAYARDELLE
HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF
EEAN COCHRAN
JOSEPH DELLGER
JESSIE HOOKER
EMMA HUNTON
DAVID JENNINGS
STORM LEVER
MARY JO McCONNELL
JAKE HESTON MILLER
TONY NEIDENBACH
JENNAFER NEWBERRY
CHRIS RAMIREZ
JULIAN RAMOS
JERMAINE R. REMBERT
ALET TAYLOR
JASON SWEETTOOTH WILLIAMS
SUMI YU




Credits for Freaky Friday

MUSIC DIRECTOR: ANDREW GRAHAM
MUSIC SUPERVISOR:BRYAN PERRI
CO-ORCHESTRATIONS: MICHAEL STAROBIN & TOM KITT
CO-VOCAL ARRANGEMENTS:CARMEL DEAN & TOM KITT
DANCE & INCIDENTAL ARRANGEMENTS:TOM KITT
SCENIC DESIGNER: BEOWULF BORITT
COSTUME DESIGNER: EMILY REBHOLZ
LIGHTING DESIGNER: HOWELL BINKLEY
SOUND DESIGNERS: KAI HARADA & BRIAN RONAN
HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGNER: LEAH LOUKAS
CASTING: ERIC WOODALL, C.S.A./TARA RUBIN CASTING
DRAMATURG:SHIRLEY FISHMAN
STAGE MANAGER: PAUL J. SMITH
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS: JULIANNE MENASSIAN, AMANDA NUSSBAUM
PRODUCTION MANAGER: BENJAMIN SEIBERT

Assistant Director: Amy Corcoran
Associate Music Director: Wayne Green
Assistant Choreographer: Jermaine Rembert
Assistant Scenic Designer: Alexis Distler
Assistant Lighting Designer: Ken Wills
Moving Light Programmer: Christopher Annas Lee
Assistant Costume Designers: Steven Rotramel, Emily Graily
Production Assistant: Alyssa Swann
Stage Management Intern: Kayla Geleynse

‘Freaky Friday’ is frothy fun at Playhouse
» SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

“Show-stopping performances by Broadway pros ...smartly updated ...bouncy score”
» THE WRAP, SF GATE

Like magic, ‘Freaky Friday’ turns into a musical, but this version ups the stakes
» WASHINGTON POST

Family-friendly, frolicking ‘Freaky Friday’…an ideal show for grown-ups looking for a completely wholesome activity to share with the kids in their lives
» WASHINGTON POST

A delightfully spunky musical
» VARIETY

'Freaky Friday' is both touching and hilarious
» THEATERMANIA

'Freaky Friday' is lively, agile, and full of fun, fun, fun
» DC THEATRE SCENE

Mandell Weiss Theatre

The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.

> Learn more


Children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted.

Thirsty Thursdays

Thirsty Thursdays

Thirsty Thursday

Every Thursday during the run of Freaky Friday,
starts at 6:50 pm

Join us before your performance for complimentary beer tastings from Border X Brewing. Presented by La Jolla Playhouse in partnership with James’ Place. Includes two 3-oz beer tastings.

Foodie Fridays

Foodie Friday

Every Friday during the run of Freaky Friday (except February 17), starts at 6:00 pm

Theatergoers are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego’s finest food trucks! Also enjoy live music before the show, starting at 6:30 pm.




Sonic Saturdays

Sonic Saturdays

Sonic Saturdays

Every Saturday evening during the run of Freaky Friday, starts at 6:50 pm

Enjoy live music before the show. Also join us before your performance for complimentary beer tastings from Border X Brewing, starting at 6:50 pm. Presented by La Jolla Playhouse in partnership with James’ Place. Includes two 3-oz beer tastings.




ACCESS Performances

Open Captioning Performance

Open Captioned Performance

Sunday, February 5 at 2:00 pm

This performance has added open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

ACCESS performance

ACCESS

Saturday, February 11 at 2:00 pm

During this performance, La Jolla Playhouse provides American Sign Language interpretation for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing and audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision.

Audience Engagement Events

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, February 7 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show! Sponsored by Holland America Line

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, February 14 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show! Sponsored by Holland America Line

Insider Events

Insider Event

Saturday, February 18 at 1:15 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see.

Insider Events

Insider Event

Wednesday, February 22 at 6:45 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see.

The cast of Signature Theatre’s production of FREAKY FRIDAY; photo by Jim Saah.

Emma Hunton as “Ellie” (left) and Heidi Blickenstaff as “Katherine” in Signature Theatre’s production of FREAKY FRIDAY; photo by Margot Schulman.

The cast of Signature Theatre’s production of FREAKY FRIDAY; photo by Margot Schulman.





Listen to three amazing songs from Freaky Friday!