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La Jolla Playhouse presents Chasing the Song, Book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, Music and lyrics by David Bryan, Directed by Christopher Ashley

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Chasing the Song

May 13 - June 15

Book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro
Music and lyrics by David Bryan
Directed by Christopher Ashley

A NEW MUSICAL FROM THE CREATORS OF THE TONY AWARD-WINNING MEMPHIS

Elegant Edie's team of ambitious hitmakers are upended by the arrival of the newest aspiring songwriter — Edie's daughter Ginny. As Ginny strives to earn her place in the male-dominated world of the early 1960s music scene, American rock 'n' roll finds itself under siege from the incoming British invasion.

"There is so much about this musical that excites me as a director — it explores social issues, the power of the relationship between mothers and daughters, and most of all, it delves into the iconic and energetic music of the 1960s."
- Artistic Director Christopher Ashley








Production Sponsors

Procopio

Lead Sponsor

Dowling & Yahnke

Co-Sponsor



Meet the Creative Team

Joe DiPietro is the Tony Award-winning writer and co-lyricist of Memphis. His other work includes Nice Work If You Can Get It and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change — the longest running musical revue in Off-Broadway history.

David Bryan is the Tony Award-winning composer and co-lyricist of Memphis, as well as the Grammy Award-winning keyboardist and founding member of Bon Jovi, which has sold over 150 million records worldwide.

Christopher Ashley is the director of the Tony Award-winning Memphis. As Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse, he has kept the Playhouse at the forefront of American theatre, with over 19 world premieres, 15 commissions and the acclaimed Without Walls site-specific theatre series.


Choreography, Music and Design Credits for Chasing the Song

Choreography Sergio Trujillo
Music Supervision/Arrangements Lynne Shankel
Music Director/Conductor Michael Gacetta
Scenic Design Robert Brill
Costume Design Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design Howell Binkley
Sound Design Steve Canyon Kennedy

Press and Reviews for Chasing the Song

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Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

Potiker Theatre

The Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre is the third and newest of La Jolla Playhouse's theatres, the 6,500-square-foot Potiker theatre is the centerpiece of the first permanent year-round home for the Playhouse — the $17 million Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center.

"A box within a box, within a box," the theatre is a glass-enclosed black cube that gives the Playhouse performance options; the seating and the stage can be placed wherever the director wishes, enhancing the performer-audience relationship. The performance area – complete with removable seats to allow for as few as two audience members and as many as 450 – has a mostly-removable performance floor with trap doors that lead down to a labyrinth of facilities and backstage areas for casts and crews, including a sound and recording studio which allows live music to be channeled into the theatre. Above the audience's heads sits a wire tension grid; there is also a balcony along the theatre's outer wall for extra seating or performance space.

The Potiker Theatre is a flexible space; therefore seating configurations change for each show.

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Chasing the Song Events

David Bryan event

Free Discussion with David Bryan and Christopher Ashley

Monday, May 12 at 7:00 pm

Artistic Director Christopher Ashley will moderate this exciting evening with legendary composer and Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, who will discuss his work on the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis and Chasing the Song.

 

Open Captioned Performance

Open Captioned Performance

Sunday, May 25 at 2:00 pm

This performance has added open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing. When purchasing tickets, use promo code LJPSCENE to get the best seats for captioning visibility.

 

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesdays

Tuesday, May 27 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. More info coming soon.

ACCESS performance

ACCESS

Saturday, May 31 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. When purchasing tickets, use promo code LJPSCENE to get the best seats for interpreter or captioning visibility.

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesdays

Tuesday, June 3 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. More info coming soon.

Discovery Sunday

Discovery Sunday

Sunday, June 8 after the 2:00 pm performance

Special guest speakers engage audience members in a moderated discussion exploring the issues and themes in the play.

Insider Events

Insider Events

Wednesday, June 11 at 6:30 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.

Foodie Friday and ASL Interpreted Performance

Foodie Friday and ASL Interpreted Performance

Friday, June 13. Foodie Friday starts at 6:00 pm, performance with added American Sign Language interpretation is at 8:00 pm.

Join us for Foodie Fridays! God Save the Cuisine and
Farm. Fish. Fork will provide delicious eats. Plus, enjoy a complimentary microbrew tasting!

Insider Events

Insider Events

Saturday, June 14 at 1:00 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.

Learn more about Chasing the Song's roots as part of the 2013 DNA New Works Series