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Catching Up With…: Werewolves and Dead Presidents - La Jolla Playhouse Blog

Catching Up With…: Werewolves and Dead Presidents

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Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello, who appeared in our West Coast premiere of Unusual Acts of Devotion last season, is making quite a splash as the new werewolf construction worker Alcide on HBO’s hit series True Blood. Also recently featured on the show was J. Smith-Cameron, who is currently costarring in our production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the lovelorn Helena.

The Russian Revolution meets the Outback! The Playhouse’s world premiere Zhivago, which was a Page To Stage Workshop Production in 2004 and a season production in 2005, is headed to Australia in February. Artistic Director Emeritus Des McAnuff is taking the musical epic (now called Doctor Zhivago) to Lyric Theatre, Star City before a full tour of the continent.

Stark Sands, who played one half of the infamous title duo in Bonnie & Clyde last year, and who currently appears on Broadway in American Idiot, will hit the silver screen next year. The Miraculous Year, about a self-destructive Broadway composer, will feature a cast of Broadway luminaries, including Patti LuPone, Frank Langella and Hope Davis, and music by Tony winner Adam Guettel. Meanwhile, Bonnie & Clyde will kick off the new season at Asolo Rep in Florida in November.

Speaking of Broadway, Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman are headed to the Great White Way with their smash hit musical Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson. Alex directed both Peter and the Starcatchers and HOOVER COMES ALIVE! here in 2009, and Michael composed HOOVER. And no discussion of Broadway would be complete without Memphis and Jersey Boys, which are still going strong in New York. In addition, the Memphis national tour launches next year, and there are six Jersey Boys companies currently playing around the world. Remember: San Diego audiences saw them first, so be sure to catch theatre’s next big thing right here at the Playhouse!