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About The Playhouse
On To Broadway
La Jolla Playhouse has created 28 productions that have transferred to Broadway, earning 35 Tony Awards. An additional 36 productions have gone on to successful runs Off-Broadway and to regional theatres across the country, including the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and the Humana Festival, as well as to international venues in London, Brussels, Rotterdam, and Moscow.
Come from Away

La Jolla Playhouse 2015; Broadway 2017; book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein; directed by Christopher Ashley, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt; costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Gareth Owen, choreography by Kelly Devine, music direction by Ian Eisendrath.


La Jolla Playhouse 2015; Broadway 2017; co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman; written by Paula Vogel; directed by Rebecca Taichman; choreographed by David Dorfman; composed by Lisa Gutkin, Aaron Halva; music director: Aaron Halva; scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez; costume design by Emily Rebholz; lighting design by Christopher Akerlind; sound design by Matt Hubbs.


La Jolla Playhouse 2006; Page To Stage workshop production in 2005; Broadway 2015; book by Michael Weller, music by Lucy Simon, lyrics by Michael Korie & Amy Powers, directed by Des McAnuff, scenic design by Heidi Ettinger, costume Design by David C. Woolard, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy, choreography by Sergio Trujillo, music direction by Eric Stern.

Side Show

La Jolla Playhouse 2013; Broadway 2014; Book and lyrics by Bill Russell; Music by Henry Krieger; Directed by Bill Condon; Music Supervision by Sam Davis; Set Design by David Rockwell; Costume Design by Paul Tazewell; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer; Sound Design by Kai Harada.

Hands on a Hardbody

La Jolla Playhouse 2012; Broadway 2013; Book by Doug Wright; Lyrics by Amanda Green; Music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green; Directed by Neil Pepe; Music Direction by Zachary Dietz; Set Design by Christine Jones; Costume Design by Susan Hilferty; Lighting Design by Kevin Adams; Sound Design by Steve Canyon Kennedy.

Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin

On Broadway as Chaplin
La Jolla Playhouse 2010; Broadway 2012; Music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis; Book by Christopher Curtis and Tom Meehan; Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, Music Direction by Bryan Perri; Set Design by Alexander Dodge; Costume Design by Linda Cho; Lighting Design by Paul Gallo, Projection Design by Zachary Bovary; Sound Design by Jon Weston.

Peter and the Starcatchers

On Broadway as Peter and the Starcatcher
La Jolla Playhouse 2009; Broadway 2012; Adapted by Rick Elice; From the book by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson; Music and Lyrics by Wayne Barker; Directed by Roger Rees & Alex Timbers; Scenic Design by Neil Patel; Costume Design by Paloma H. Young; Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter; Sound Design by Phil Allen; Musical Direction / Conducting by Marco Paguia; Choreography by Kelly Devine

Jesus Christ Superstar

La Jolla Playhouse 2012; Broadway 2012; A Stratford Shakespeare Festival Production; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice; Directed by Des McAnuff; Choreography by Lisa Shriver
Music Direction by Rick Fox; Set Design by Robert Brill; Costume Design by Paul Tazewell; Lighting Design by Howell Binkley; Video Design by Sean Nieuwenhuis; Sound Design by Jim Neil

John Leguizamo: Diary of a Madman

On Broadway as Ghetto Klown
La Jolla Playhouse 2010; Broadway 2011; Created and performed by John Leguizamo, Directed by Fisher Stevens; Scenic Design by Happy Massee
Production Management and Lighting Design by Rus Snelling; Stage Management and Projection Design by Aaron Gonzalez

Bonnie & Clyde

La Jolla Playhouse 2009; Broadway 2011; Books by Ivan Menchell, Music by Frank Wildhorn, Lyrics by Don Black, Direction and Musical Staging by Jeff Calhoun


La Jolla Playhouse 2008; Broadway 2009; Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro, Music and Additional Lyrics by David Bryan, Concept by George W. George, Choreographer: Sergio Trujillo, Directed by Christopher Ashley

33 Variations

La Jolla Playhouse 2008; Broadway 2009; Playwright & Director: Moisés Kaufman, Composer: Beethoven, Costume Design by Janice Pytel


La Jolla Playhouse 2007; Broadway 2008; Based upon the Universal Pictures film written and directed by John Waters, Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Songs by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger, Choreography by Rob Ashford, Directed by Mark Brokaw

The Farnsworth Invention

La Jolla Playhouse Page to Stage Workshop Production 2007; Broadway 2007; Written by Aaron Sorkin, Directed by Des McAnuff, Original Music by Andrew Lippa, Scenic Design by Klara Zieglerova, Choreography by Lisa Shriver, Costume Design by David C. Woolard, Lighting Design by Howell Binkley, Sound Design by Walter Trarbach, Fight Direction by Steve Rankin

Jersey Boys

La Jolla Playhouse 2004, Broadway 2005, National tour 2006; Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice; Music by Bob Gaudio; Lyrics by Bob Crewe; Directed by Des McAnuff; Scenic Design by Klara Zieglerova; Costume Design by Jess Goldstein; Lighting Design by Howell Binkley; Projection Design by Michael Clark; Sound Design by Steve Canyon Kennedy; Music Direction by Ron Melrose; Choreography by Sergio Trujillo; Fight Direction by Steve Rankin

700 Sundays…Billy Crystal…A Life in Progress

La Jolla Playhouse Page To Stage Workshop Production 2004; produced on Broadway as 700 Sundays; 2004; International tour following; Written by Billy Crystal; Directed by Des McAnuff

Dracula, the Musical

La Jolla Playhouse 2001; Broadway 2004; Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Don Black & Christopher Hampton; Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton; Based on the story by Bram Stoker; Musical Direction by Constantine Kitsopoulos; Music Arranged by Constantine Kitsopoulos; Music Orchestrated by Doug Besterman; Directed by Des McAnuff; Choreographed by Mindy Cooper

I am My Own Wife

La Jolla Playhouse Page To Stage Workshop Production 2001; Broadway 2003; International tour following; Written by Doug Wright; Drected by Moisés Kaufman

Thoroughly Modern Millie

La Jolla Playhouse 2000; Broadway 2002; National tour following; Produced by Michael Leavitt, Fox Theatricals, Hal Luftig, Stewart F. Lane, James L. Nederlander, Independent Presenters Network, Libby Adler Mages, Mari Glick, Dori Berinstein, Jennifer Manocherian, Dramatic Forces, John York Noble & Whoopi Goldberg; Associate Producers: Mike Isaacson, Kristin Caskey & Clear Channel Entertainment; Book by Dick Scanlan and Richard Morris; New Music by Jeanine Tesori; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan; Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris; Musical Directed by Michael Rafter; Music Orchestrated by Doug Besterman and Ralph Burns; Dance Arrangements by David Chase; Vocal Arrangements by Jeanine Tesori

Jane Eyre

La Jolla Playhouse 1999; Broadway 2000; Based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte; Book by John Caird; Lyrics by Paul Gordon; Additional lyrics by John Caird; Music by Paul Gordon; Musical Direction by Steven Tyler; Vocal and Incidental Music Arrangements by Steven Tyler; Music Orchestrated by Larry Hochman; Directed by John Caird & Scott Schwartz; Dance and Movement by Jayne Paterson

Green Bird

La Jolla Playhouse 1996; Broadway 2000; Produced by Theatre for a New Audience, Nina Lannan and OSTAR Enterprises; Book by Carlo Gozzi; Music by Elliot Goldenthal; Musical Direction by Rick Martinez; Directed by Julie Taymor

An Amost Holy Picture

La Jolla Playhouse 1995; Broadway 2002; Produced by The Roundabout Theatre; Arrangement with Roy Gabay & Karalee Dawn; Written by Heather McDonald; Directed by Michael Mayer

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

La Jolla Playhouse 1994; Broadway 1995; National tour following; Produced by Dodger Theatricals (Des McAnuff, Michael David, Robin De Levita, Rocco Landesman, Ed Strong), Kardana Productions, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander, Chairman; Robert E. Nederlander, President; James L. Nederlander, Vice-President); Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert; Based on the book by Shepherd Mead; Musical Direction by Ted Sperling; Directed by Des McAnuff; Choreographed by Wayne Cilento

The Who's Tommy

La Jolla Playhouse 1992; Broadway 1993; National tour following; Produced by PACE Theatrical Group, Inc., Dodger Theatricals and Kardana Productions; Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend; Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff; Music Orchestrated by Steve Margoshes; Musical Direction by Joseph Church; Directed by Des McAnuff; Choreographed by Wayne Cilento

Grapes of Wrath

La Jolla Playhouse 1989; Broadway 1991; Based on the novel by John Steinbeck; Book Adapted by Frank Galati; Directed by Frank Galati; Musical Direction by Michael Smith

Dangerous Games

La Jolla Playhouse 1989; Broadway 1989; Directed by Graciela Daniele; Produced by Jules Fisher, James M. Nederlander and Arthur Rubin; Music by Astor Piazzolla; Lyrics by William Finn; Book by Graciela Daniele and Jim Lewis; Musical Directed by James Kowal; Music arranged by James Kowal and Rodolfo Alchourron

A Walk in the Woods

La Jolla Playhouse 1987; Broadway 1988; Produced by Lucille Lortel; Produced in association with American Playhouse Theatre Productions and Yale Repertory Theatre; Written by Lee Blessing; Incidental music by Michael S. Roth; Directed by Des McAnuff

Big River

La Jolla Playhouse 1984; Broadway 1985; Produced by Rocco Landesman, Heidi Landesman, Rick Steiner, M. Anthony Fisher and Dodger Theatricals (Des McAnuff, Michael David, Rocco Landesman, Doug Johnson, Ed Strong, Sherman Warner); Associate Producer: Arthur Katz, Emily Landau, Fred Mayerson and TM Productions, Inc.; Music and lyrics by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain; Music orchestrated by Steven Margoshes and Danny Troob; Dance and Incidental Music by John Richard Lewis; Musical Direction by Linda Twine; Production staged by Des McAnuff; Choreographed by Janet Watson