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SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical

World-Premiere Musical

SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical

EXTENDED! November 7 – December 17, 2017

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, and Des McAnuff
Choreography by Sergio Trujillo
Musical Supervision by Ron Melrose
Directed by Des McAnuff

This vibrant, world-premiere musical charts the incomparable life of Donna Summer, the undisputed Queen of Disco, from her modest Boston childhood to international stardom.

Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the iconic songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise – and descent. Featuring three actresses in the title role and a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.

La Jolla Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff is acclaimed for creating unforgettable theatrical events from indelible popular music in such shows as The Who’s Tommy and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Now, with SUMMER, Des is joined by his Jersey Boys choreographer Sergio Trujillo as they return to the Playhouse with a production that will combine touching drama with the propulsive, kinetic heart of a rock concert.

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The Cake

New Play

The Cake

February 6 – March 4, 2018

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

By Bekah Brunstetter
Directed by Casey Stangl

Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown, so she heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother's best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della's cakes are legendary ­ even earning her a spot as a contestant on the "Great American Baking Show." She is overjoyed at Jen's request ­ until she realizes there's not just one bride, but two, forcing her to re-examine some of her deeply-held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Faith, family and frosting collide in this touching and timely new play.

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PREVIOUS SHOWS


Escape to Margaritaville

World-Premiere Musical

Escape to Margaritaville

May 9 – July 9, 2017 EXTENDED AGAIN!

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Book by Greg Garcia & Mike O'Malley
Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Buffett
Directed by Christopher Ashley

More than a musical. It's a way of life.

Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer named Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.

A world-premiere musical directed by two-time Tony Award nominee and Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away, Memphis).

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At the Old Place

Intimate New Play

At the Old Place

July 5 – 30, 2017

Mandell Weiss Forum

By Rachel Bonds
Directed by Jaime Castañeda

Facing a breaking point, a middle-aged woman returns to her childhood home to hide with a bottle and book of poetry. But a chance encounter with two young people camped out on her lawn leads to the discovery of the common bond that connects uncommon people. This keenly-observed, slice-of-life play evokes long nights spent on the grass with friends, considering the roads not taken – and the best way forward.

This world-premiere play from sought-after playwright Rachel Bonds is directed by the Playhouse’s Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castañeda, who helmed last season’s audience favorite Tiger Style! as well as the critically-acclaimed Guards at the Taj.


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Kill Local

Pitch-Black Comedy

Kill Local

August 1 – 27, 2017

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

By Mat Smart
Directed by Jackson Gay

Sheila and her sister Abigail work for their mother’s small family business. Sheila’s job used to be a source of joy and exhilaration; now she’s questioning everything. But when you’re an assassin, being uninspired means getting sloppy, and getting sloppy means getting killed. Kill Local is a pitch-black comedy about blood ties, revenge and trying to get unstuck – especially when your life is dedicated to ending others’.

Directed by Jackson Gay (Kingdom City).

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Wild Goose Dreams

World-Premiere Play with Music

Wild Goose Dreams

September 5 – October 1, 2017

Mandell Weiss Forum

By Hansol Jung
Directed by Leigh Silverman
CO-PRODUCTION WITH THE PUBLIC THEATRE

As a South Korean “goose father,” Minsung works long hours and lives in a sparse room to support his wife and daughter overseas. When his loneliness drives him online he becomes captivated by Nanhee, a North Korean defector desperately trying to find the father she left behind. As they navigate their new relationship, the chaotic chatter of the internet, self-doubt and a pesky apparition complicate their ability to truly connect.

Wild Goose Dreams is a lyrical and humorous world-premiere play from award-winning South Korean playwright Hansol Jung (Cardboard Piano, Among the Dead), directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet, Chinglish). Filled with original music and an a cappella chorus, it is a moving exploration of how we find and lose each other in the modern world.

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