REAL-LIFE MARRIED COUPLE
AND PATRICK PAGE TO STAR IN I DO! I DO!
Richard Jay-Alexander helms the Special Engagement of
the Tom Jones
and Harvey Schmidt Musical
Opening of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
SAN DIEGO (December 3, 2009)—Real-life married couple Paige Davis and Patrick Page will star in a special engagement of I Do! I Do!, the classic Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt musical based on The Fourposter by Jan de Hartog, in The Old Globe’s new Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. Directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, the well-loved classic by the creators of The Fantasticks, spans five decades in the life of a married couple – from the nervousness of their wedding day to the wisdom of old age. The production is choreographed by James Kinney with musical direction by Ben Toth. I Do! I Do! will run Dec. 11 - 20, 2009. Previews take place on Dec. 11 at 8:00 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 2:00 p.m. Opening night is Saturday, Dec. 12 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale to subscribers only. Single tickets go on sale on Sunday, Nov. 8 at noon and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.
The story of Michael and Agnes and their 50 years of marriage famously takes place around a large four-poster bed and introduced the standard, “My Cup Runneth Over.” Written as a star vehicle for theater legends Mary Martin and Robert Preston, the original Broadway production of I Do! I Do! received seven Tony Award nominations, with Preston winning Best Actor. Since then, such luminaries as Carol Lawrence and Robert Goulet, Carol Burnett and Rock Hudson, Lee Remick and Hal Linden, and Karen Ziemba (The First Wives Club) and David Garrison have enjoyed success in the musical two-hander.
And now the Globe’s “cup runneth over” as Paige Davis (television’s “Trading Spaces” and Broadway’s Chicago) and Patrick Page (The Globe’s Cyrano De Bergerac and Broadway’s The Lion King) take their turn at this funny and heartwarming musical about the joy, struggles, humor and passion that is every marriage.
“Through his appearances in last season’s Dancing in the Dark and The Pleasure of His Company, and his spectacular turn in this summer’s Cyrano de Bergerac and Twelfth Night, Globe audiences have fallen in love with Patrick Page,” said Executive Producer Lou Spisto. “Over the past two seasons, Paige Davis has also become part of the Globe family. In fact, Paige co-chaired our High School Musical Awards program this past April. It is a thrill to have them perform together at the Globe for the first time ever as we celebrate the opening of the new Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.”
"We've been a couple for 14 years and married for eight of them, so we hope to be able to bring a special kind of truth to the marriage depicted in the show,” said ‘Paige and Page.’ “That, combined with the incredible immediacy of the new White Theatre, will make for an especially intimate exchange between us and the terrific Globe audience. We’d really like to share something personal with them."
The creative team also includes Ralph Funicello (Scenic Design), Charlotte Devaux (Costume Design), Chris Rynne (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design) and Diana Moser (Stage Manager).
I Do! I Do! is but one of the special events celebrating the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. The new Center includes the flagship Old Globe Theatre, the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center and Hattox Hall, the completely re-designed Copley plaza, a new seating pavilion and the state-of-the-art Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. Kelli O’Hara and Paulo Szot, the stars of Broadway’s South Pacific, will inaugurate the Center at the gala fundraiser, “Some Enchanted Evening,” in the White Theatre on Dec. 7. The Globe will also host an Open House event featuring tours of the new complex on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The White Theatre will formally open with Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Lost in Yonkers, Jan. 23 – Feb. 28, 2010.
Paige Davis’ Broadway credits include Gloria in Boeing-Boeing and Roxie Hart in Chicago. She’s toured nationally as Charity in Sweet Charity, Babette in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Roxie Hart in Chicago and in The Vagina Monologues. Her additional stage credits include Maria in The Sound of Music at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, April in Company at Missouri Repertory Theatre, Val in A Chorus Line at Austin Music Theatre, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Chicago Cultural Center, Hello Dolly!, with Nell Carter, Pippin, Oklahoma!, West Side Story and Camelot. Davis enjoyed four seasons as host of TLC’s “Trading Spaces” (Emmy Nomination). She has guest hosted and/or appeared on “The View,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Today Show,” “The Wayne Brady Show,” “Good Day Live,” “The Martha Stewart Show,” “The Dr. Phil Show,” “Gameshow Marathon,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and a special primetime episode of “A Wedding Story,” among many others.
Patrick Page starred in the Globe’s 2009 Shakespeare Festival as Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. He has also appeared at the Globe as Pogo Poole in The Pleasure of His Company, and Jeffrey Cordova in Dancing in the Dark (San Diego Critics Circle “Craig Noel” Award). His Broadway credits include Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons (Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Grinch in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Scar in The Lion King, Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar (with Denzel Washington), Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Marley in A Christmas Carol and The Kentucky Cycle. Page has appeared Off Broadway in Rex and Richard II. His regional credits include Macbeth in Macbeth and Iago in Othello (Helen Hayes Award) at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Sergius in Arms and the Man at Long Wharf; Henry V, Oberon, Richard III at Pioneer Theatre Company; plus leading roles (including Hamlet, Brutus, Mercutio, Benedick, Richard II, Dracula, Antony) at Seattle, Indiana and Missouri Reps, ACT, Cincinnati Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, Oregon, New York, Utah, Alabama Shakespeare Festivals, and many more. Playwright: Swansong (Off-Broadway, Kennedy Center, Seattle, etc.). His TV credits include “Law & Order: SVU,” “One Life to Live,” “All My Children” and The Substance of Fire.
Richard Jay-Alexander began his theatrical career in 1977 in the original cast of the Broadway play, Zoot Suit. He also appeared in the original Broadway cast of Amadeus, and was Associate Director of the National Touring Companies. He is probably best known for his association with Producer Cameron Mackintosh, having served as Executive Director of Mr. Mackintosh's American company for ten years, running its day-to-day operations in North America. He was both Associate Director and Executive Producer of the original Broadway, touring and Canadian companies of Les Miserablés, staging more than a dozen productions around the globe. He also executive produced Miss Saigon (Broadway, Tour and Canada) and Five Guys Named Moe (Broadway) for which he also served as Associate Director. Jay-Alexander has produced recordings for Bernadette Peters (Grammy-nominated “Live from Carnegie Hall” and “Rodgers & Hammerstein”), Johnny Mathis (on Broadway) and the Grammy nominated original cast recording of Five Guys Named Moe. He also co-wrote the liner notes for Barbra Streisand’s “The Movie Album” and the DVD boxed set of her first five television specials. Jay-Alexander directed the Off Broadway play, A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop starring Amy Irving at Primary Stages Theatre and has worked with some of the world's greatest entertainers, including Bette Midler (Kiss My Brass Tour), Barbra Streisand (Timeless Tour and the most recent Streisand Tours of the U.S. and Europe, also serving as a co-writer), Ricky Martin, Polly Bergen, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lea Salonga, Sam Harris, Rosie O’Donnell, Hayley Westenra, Mary Cleere Haran, Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker, Will and Anthony Nunziata, Betty Buckley, Debby Boone, Jane Monheit, Julie Andrews, Russell Watson and Bernadette Peters, the latter two having also been telecast on PBS. The last two summers have found him at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, where he directed star-studded productions of Les Miserablés and Guys and Dolls. He also directed the multi-media extravaganza, Storm, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas and the workshop production of the Broadway-bound musical based on Great Expectations as well as a number of recordings, commercials and videos. He is currently in the studio with Melissa Errico finishing her highly anticipated Michel Legrand recording and is putting finishing touches on a TV Special and DVD for Bernadette Peters, which was filmed in Australia, as well as a DVD release of Barbra Streisand’s recent appearance at The Village Vanguard, which promoted her latest #1 album, “Love is the Answer.”
James Kinney has been performing professionally since the age of 15. He grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and began his classical training with The Florida Ballet, later melding his training into jazz and musical theater. His Broadway credits include Fosse, Dance of Death, Barry Manilow’s Harmony and the most recent revival of Sweet Charity, starring Christina Applegate, where he also served as the production’s Assistant Dance Captain. He continued preserving the “Fosse style” when he became the Dance Captain for choreographer Wayne Cilento’s First National Tour of Sweet Charity, starring Molly Ringwald. Film and Television appearances include The Producers, "The Dave Chappell Show," PBS’ "Dance in America," "Fosse," "Good Morning America" and "The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade." Tours and regional productions include Oklahoma!, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Cabaret, West Side Story, 42nd Street, The Phantom of the Opera, and the legendary Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, at The White House and danced with Liza Minnelli on “Rosie Live" on NBC. This past year, Kinney debuted an original new dance work for Dance Tracks NYC, set to Stephen Sondheim’s “Another Hundred People” (part of a three-part suite) inspired by a recording with an orchestration by Luther Henderson and conducted by Paul Gemignani, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The piece was performed at Lincoln Center’s Clark Theater and generated enough excitement, that Director Pamela Pardi asked Kinney to continue developing the piece and returned for another showcase at The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, expanding the piece to include the Gershwin music which completed the suite, this time with 12 dancers and calling the piece, March. He was immediately approached by the prestigious New Jersey Ballet to put it on their Company, and is now in a three-year repertory run. Kinney served as Associate Choreographer to Donna McKechnie to create dances and musical numbers for this summer’s production of Guys and Dolls at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. He also just completed work on the NYMF production of Cross That River, again, working with McKechnie and on the Actor’s Fund of America’s Fall Gala tribute to Frank Loesser at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. He can be seen in the documentary film, Thespians, currently on the film festival circuit.
Ben Toth has worked with some of the most popular actor/singers currently working on the stage, including Lea Michele, Duncan Sheik, Jane Monheit, Liz Callaway, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Mandy Patinkin, with whom he recently performed in London’s West End. He just returned from New York, where he did a stint at Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency & Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, serving as Musical Director/Arranger for the dynamic debut of newcomers Will and Anthony Nunziata. He also debuted Lea Michele, who is currently enjoying a wild ride on “Glee,” serving as her musical director for a sold-out engagement at the popular Upright Cabaret. The last two summers have found him happily ensconced at the legendary Hollywood Bowl for the record-breaking productions of Les Miserablés and Guys and Dolls, serving as Associate Musical Director and playing with the famed Hollywood Bowl orchestra. Toth just completed a new album for Melora Hardin, co-produced with Richard Jay-Alexander, due out in February 2010. The album contains a bonus track of an original holiday song, written with lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde: The Musical), to be released on iTunes for the holidays, titled “Come Home With Me For Christmas.” Toth received a BA from Brown University, and studied composition, piano, and orchestral conducting for two years at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. He makes his home in both Los Angeles and New York.
TICKETS to I Do! I Do! can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on Dec. 11 and continue through Dec. 20. Ticket prices range from $39 to $85. Performance times: Previews: Friday, Dec. 11 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10). For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.
CALENDAR: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (11/21-12/27), I Do! I Do! (12/11-12/20), Duncan Sheik in Concert (1/10), Whisper House (1/13-2/21), Lost in Yonkers (1/23-2/28), Street Lights (2/20-2/28), Boeing-Boeing (3/13-4/18).
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 74 years. Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 580-seat Old Globe Theatre, the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre and the 612-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education programs and outreach services. Numerous Broadway-bound premieres and revivals, such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs in New York and at regional theaters across the country.
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I DO! I DO!
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Based on The Fourposter by Jan de Hartog
Directed by Richard Jay-Alexander
Choreography by James Kinney
Musical Direction by
RUNS: Dec. 11-20, 2009, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
SYNOPSIS: I Do! I Do! is a funny and heartwarming musical that spans five decades in the life of a marriage starring Broadway veterans and real-life married couple Paige Davis and Patrick Page. (By the creators of The Fantasticks)
CREATIVE TEAM: Ralph Funicello (Scenic Design), Charlotte Devaux (Costume Design), Chris Rynne (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design) and Diana Moser (Stage Manager).
CAST: Paige Davis (Agnes) and Patrick Page (Michael).
Dec 11 FRI at 8:00pm
Dec 12 SAT at 2:00pm
OPENING NIGHT: Dec 12 SAT at 8:00pm
Dec 13 SUN at 2:00pm
Dec 13 SUN at 7:00pm
Dec 15 TUE at 7:00pm
Dec 16 WED at 7:00pm
Dec 17 THU at 8:00pm
Dec 18 FRI at 8:00pm
Dec 19 SAT at 2:00pm
Dec 19 SAT at 8:00pm
Dec 20 SUN at 2:00pm
Dec 20 SUN at 7:00pm
BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS: Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted. (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623]
LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Free parking is available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10). For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.
PHOTOS: Digital images of Old Globe productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org