New shows from Moses, Lopez also on tap at Old Globe
A new tuner from Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater (“Spring Awakening”) is among the world preems lined up for the 2011-12 season at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater, where a musical co-written by Itamar Moses and a play by Matthew Lopez are also among the offerings set to bow.
Local stints for Broadway alums “The Scottsboro Boys” and “Dividing the Estate” are also on tap at the Old Globe, as well as a David Auburn-helmed production of “Anna Christie” and the annual return of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”
The project from composer Bacharach and lyricist-book writer Sater, “Some Lovers” (Nov. 26-Dec. 31), takes its inspiration from O. Henry short story “The Gift of the Magi.” Bacharach provides a new original score for the Christmas-themed tale, which will have a holiday run.
“Some Lovers” will play in the White Theater, one of two venues used by the theater company during its season, with regular yuletide offering “Grinch” (Nov. 19-Dec. 31) running at around the same time in the Old Globe Theater, another stage in the same theater center.
For new tuner “Nobody Loves You” (May 2-June 10, 2012), bookwriter and co-lyricist Moses (“The Four of Us,” “Back Back Back”) collaborates with composer-lyricist Gaby Alter (“Band Geeks!”). Michelle Tattenbaum helms the story of a grad student who signs on for a reality TV show to win back his ex but falls in love with another girl in the process.
Latest from Lopez, writer of recent Off Broadway hit “The Whipping Man,” is the 1959-set “Somewhere” (Sept. 24-Oct. 30), about a Gotham family living in a building set to be demolished in order to make way for Lincoln Center. Giovanna Sardelli helms.
The other world preem on the sked, Jonathan Caren’s “The Recommendation” (Jan. 21-Feb. 26), follows the friendship of two college roommates. Brit helmer Jonathan Munby directs.
Further entries on the Old Globe’s slate include “The Rocky Horror Show”; “Dividing the Estate,” directed by its Rialto helmer, Michael Wilson; and a production of recently Tony-nommed tuner “Scottsboro” in a run that will kick off that show’s national tour in spring 2012.
There’s also a brief run of “Odyssey,” a new musical based on the Homer epic, from writer-composer Todd Almond and director Lear deBessonet, presented to fete the Old Globe’s 75th anniversary.