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Old Globe’s New Season Includes Steve Martin’s ‘Bright Star’ Musical

Above: Inside The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

Aired 5/5/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Barry Edelstein, Artistic Director, The Old Globe

From a world premiere musical to a classic of the British stage, the upcoming season at The Old Globe has ambitious range.

But next season does, after all, correspond with the much publicized centennial at Balboa Park and the Globe's own 80th anniversary. So if there is ever a time to trot out some show-stoppers, this would be it.

The 2014-15 seasons opens Sept. 13 with the much anticipated world premiere of Steve Martin's new musical "Bright Star", featuring music by Martin and Edie Brickell. "Bright Star" is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina between 1923-45. It's a story about a young soldier who comes home from World War II to discover a powerful secret.

The lineup also includes the Southern California premiere of 'The White Snake' by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, the West Coast premiere of "The Twenty-Seventh Man," George Bernard Shaw's comedy "Arms and the Man" and returning for its 17th straight year, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

“The Old Globe’s 2014-2015 Season offers some of everything that makes this theatre one of America’s greatest, and I am thrilled to announce it,” Edelstein said. “From a world premiere musical by two of our country’s entertainment giants to a classic by Shaw; from an historical drama by an eminent novelist to a wacky musical whodunit; and from a visually splendid take on a classic fable to a wry and riotous look at contemporary celebrity—the range and variety of the season is enormous.

Credit: The Old Globe

Barry Edelstein, artistic director at The Old Globe.

Edelstein continued, “As always, in this season the Globe welcomes our country’s most visionary theatre artists to San Diego, and they are a spectacularly talented group. Their work — and especially the abundance of laughter and light it brings — marks the Globe’s happy contribution to our city’s celebration of Balboa Park’s centennial. I’m proud to note too that these productions will be surrounded by our full spectrum of humanities, outreach, education, and community efforts. All in all the season is a rich and wonderful program befitting the flagship arts institution of our region, and a season that demonstrates what a 21st-century American theatre can be.”

2014-2015 Globe Season

• "Bright Star", a New American Musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, directed by Walter Bobbie (Sept. 13-Nov. 2).

• "The Royale" by Marco Ramirez tells the story of an African-American heavyweight champion struggles in the segregated world of boxing Oct. 4-Nov. 2) set in 1905.

Tickets and information at TheOldGlobe.org.

• Dr. Seuss' "How The Grinch Stole Christmas," the heartwarming musical about a green meanie is back for the 17th consecutive year (Nov. 15-Dec. 27).

• "Murder for Two", a wacky murder mystery by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair (Jan. 24-Mar. 1, 2015).

• "The Twenty-Seventh Man" by Nathan Englander, directed by Artistic Director Barry Edelstein makes its West Coast premier (Feb. 14- Mar. 15, 2015).

• "The White Snake," a classic Chinese fable, a gentle serpent transforms into a beautiful woman, written and directed by Mary Zimmerman, making her San Diego directing debut (March 21-April 26, 2015).

• "Buyer and Cellar," a smash comedy hit by Jonathan Tolins, directed by Ron Lagomarsino (April 4-May 3, 2015).

• "Arms and the Man" by George Bernard Shaw, a romantic comedy, one of the wittiest and most charming plays of the English stage (May 9- June 14, 2015).

• A new American play to be announced at a later date.

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