THE OLD GLOBE’S WORLD PREMIEREOF DOG AND PONY,
A NEW MUSICAL BY RICK ELICE AND MICHAEL PATRICK WALKER,
DIRECTED BY ROGER REES:
RUN EXTENDED THROUGH JULY 6 BY POPULAR DEMAND!
The Cabrillo Bridge Has Re-Opened, Drive In on Laurel Street from the West Side!
SAN DIEGO (June 10, 2014)—By Popular Demand, The Old Globe will extend the run of the World Premiere of Dog and Pony through Sunday, July 6 at 7 p.m.! This delightful new musical, with book by Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker, began performances on May 28 and opened June 5 with an original closing date of June 29. From the award-winning talents behind Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher,and Altar Boyz, Dog and Pony is a romantic musical comedy that follows Mags and Andy, a successful screenwriting team, as their professional relationship evolves into something more. Tony Award winner Roger Rees (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, “Cheers”) helmed the premiere in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets 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.
Mags and Andy are a screenwriting team with a track record of hits and a professional relationship that’s firing on all cylinders. But when Andy’s marriage hits the rocks, forever single Mags finds she wants something more. Will romance ruin their perfect relationship? Dog and Pony is a world premiere musical comedy romance that takes a witty and irreverent look at what women want and whether men fit the bill...or don’t.
The cast includes Heidi Blickenstaff (Jane, Bonnie), Beth Leavel (Rhoda, Doris), Eric William Morris (The Host, Jeff, Joe), Nicole Parker (Mags), and Jon Patrick Walker (Andy).
The creative team includes Lisa Shriver (Choreographer), Larry Hochman (Orchestrator), Kris Stone (Scenic Design), Emily Pepper (Costume Design), Cory Pattak and Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design), Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Adam Wachter (Music Director), Tara Rubin Casting (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Stage Manager).
Dog and Pony is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award and is supported in part through gifts from Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky, Paula and Brian Powers, and Torrey Pines Bank. Major funding provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
Rick Elice (Book) co-wrote Jersey Boys (winner 2006 Tony Award, 2007 Grammy Award, and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with Marshall Brickman, and the feature film adaptation, directed by Clint Eastwood, will be released in June. His play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine 2012 Tony Award nominations (including two for Elice) and won five, more than any play of the season. It is currently on tour across North America. Also on Broadway, Elice wrote The Addams Family (with Marshall Brickman, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa), currently touring North America, with productions in Japan, Europe, and South America. His upcoming projects include a musical for Disney Theatricals with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, based on the film Make Believe, Mad Hot Ballroom with Jeanine Tesori, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell; and Ring-a-Ding-Ding, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. Elice received his M.F.A. from Yale University School of Drama. He is a teaching fellow at Harvard University and is a charter member of American Repertory Theater.
Michael Patrick Walker (Music and Lyrics) is an award-winning composer/lyricist hailed by The New York Times as “a skilled songwriter” and by The Huffington Post as one of today’s “must-know songwriters.” His songs have been performed and recorded by a diverse group of artists including Chita Rivera, Kelli O’Hara, Cheyenne Jackson, Ana Gasteyer, and many more. With collaborators Gary Adler and Kevin Del Aguila, Walker is perhaps best known as one of the creators of the smash hit musical Altar Boyz (Outer Critics Circle Award Winner for Best Off-Broadway Musical), for which he received multiple Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics. His other musicals include being theo, Land of Dreams, and The Distant Bells (Eugene O’Neill Festival finalist). Beyond the world of theatre, his songs can be heard on the Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-nominated “Johnny and the Sprites” and Nick Jr.’s “Olivia.” His recordings include Out of Context: The Songs of Michael Patrick Walker (co-producer), the Altar Boyz cast album, the “Johnny and the Sprites” album (co-producer), and several editions of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’s Carols for a Cure. Walker is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
Roger Rees (Director) directed the Globe productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor (1999) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000). He received a Tony Award nomination and an Obie Award for the Broadway production of Rick Elice’s play Peter and the Starcatcher (co-directed with Alex Timbers), nominated for a remarkable nine Tony awards, winning five. Off Broadway Rees directed Lynn Nottage’s Mud, River, Stone (Playwrights Horizons), Arms and the Man (Roundabout Theatre Company), and Here Lies Jenny (The Zipper Factory, Post Street Theatre). From 1984 to 1986, he was Associate Artistic Director of the U.K.’s Bristol Old Vic, directing Julius Caesar, Turkey Time, and John Bull. He spent three happy years as Artistic Director of Williamstown Theatre Festival from 2005 to 2007, directing The Film Society, The Rivals, The Taming of the Shrew (directing and playing Petruchio opposite Bebe Neuwirth), Double Double, The Late Middle Classes, Anything Goes, and Herringbone (also at McCarter Theatre Center and La Jolla Playhouse). His regional credits include Red Memories (New York Stage and Film), The Primrose Path (Guthrie Theater), and Treemonisha, The Juniper Tree, A White House Cantata, and The Firebrand of Florence (New York’s The Collegiate Chorale). He also directed the episode “Variety” for the HBO series “Oz.”
TICKETS to Dog and Pony 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 began on May 28 and now continue through July 6. Ticket prices start at $35. Performance times: 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. There are 2:00 p.m. matinees on Wednesday, June 18 and July 2, no matinee performance on Saturday, June 21, and no evening performance on Friday, July 4. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military, and groups of 10 or more.
Additional events taking place during the run of Dog and Pony include:
POST-SHOW FORUMS: Dog and Pony
Tuesday, June 17. FREE
Discuss the play with members of the Dog and Pony cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.
FYI: the CABRILLO BRIDGE has re-opened, you can now drive into Balboa Park on Laurel Street from the west side of the park!
LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION: 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. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. The Balboa Park valet is located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. Valet parking is also available during performances ($10). For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.TheOldGlobe.org/Directions.
2013-2014 SEASON CALENDAR: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (5/17-6/22), Dog and Pony (5/28-7/6), Othello (6/22-7/27), Into the Woods (7/12-8/10), Quartet (7/25-8/24), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (8/10-9/14).
2014-2015 SEASON CALENDAR: Bright Star (9/13-11/2/14), The Royale (10/4-11/2), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/15-12/27), Murder for Two (1/24/15-3/1), The Twenty-Seventh Man (2/14-3/15), The White Snake (3/21-4/26), Buyer & Cellar (4/4-5/3), Arms and the Man (5/9-6/14), Rich Girl (5/23-6/21).
PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images and b-roll of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 14 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-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 theatre’s education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, 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 on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.
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HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF (Jane, Bonnie) was a part of the original creative team of Broadway’s Tony Award-nominated [title of show] where she played herself along side her friends and collaborators. Her other Broadway credits include Alice Beineke in The Addams Family with Roger Rees, Bebe Neuwirth, and Brooke Shields, Ursula in The Little Mermaid, and The Full Monty. She has also been seen Off Broadway in Now. Here. This. and [title of show] (both at Vineyard Theatre) and as Ruth in Mosiac (Primary Stages). Some of her regional credits include Diana in Next to Normal (Weston Playhouse), First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb (The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre Company), and Ann Mitchell in Meet John Doe (Ford’s Theatre, Helen Hayes Award). Most recently Blickenstaff played Cleo in the critically acclaimed production of The Most Happy Fella (City Center Encores!). She can be heard on many original cast recordings including [title of show], Now. Here. This., Meet John Doe, and The Land Where the Good Songs Go, all available on iTunes.
BETH LEAVEL (Rhoda, Doris) returns to The Old Globe, where she was last seen as Lily Martin in Dancing in the Dark. Leavel has 11 Broadway shows (and counting) to her credit including The Drowsy Chaperone, for which she received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. Her other Broadway shows include Baby It’s You! (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Emily in the original company of Elf, Donna in Mamma Mia!, Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein, Dorothy Brock in the revival of 42nd Street, Tess in the original company of Crazy for You, Mrs. Bixby in The Civil War, Ellie in Hal Prince’s Show Boat, and Anytime Annie (her Broadway debut) in the original 42nd Street. Her credits also include numerous cast recordings, Off Broadway shows, and regional theatre roles like M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Dolly in Hello, Dolly!, and Lucille in the City Center Encores! production of No, No, Nanette.
ERIC WILLIAM MORRIS (The Host, Jeff, Joe) returns to The Old Globe after playing Paris in The Last Goodbye, directed by Alex Timbers, earlier this season. He recently appeared in recurring roles as Noble Sanfino on “Blue Bloods” and Deputy Mayor Holbrook on “Golden Boy.” He has also appeared on Broadway as Sky in Mamma Mia! and Coram Boy. He frequently collaborates with composer/writer Joe Iconis, starring in the Drama Desk Award-nominated Bloodsong of Love and the Second Stage Theatre run and original cast recording of Things to Ruin,among other projects. His television and film credits include “Royal Pains,” “Law & Order,” “New Amsterdam,” “As the World Turns,” and the upcoming feature film Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon. His other regional and Off Broadway credits include White Noise (Royal George Theatre), Empire (Lincoln Center Theater workshop), and Mrs. Hughes (Yale Institute).
NICOLE PARKER (Mags) played Fanny Brice in Funny Girl last fall at 3-D Theatricals, for which she received BroadwayWorld and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nominations. She was Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and in the First National Tour. Her other Broadway credits include Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and The People in the Picture. Regionally, Parker has played Maria in The Sound of Music (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre), Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Reprise Theatre Company), and Juliet in The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater/The Second City, Jeff Award nomination). She spent two years in Amsterdam as a performer/writer at Boom Chicago, an American sketch/improv theatre in the Netherlands. For six years, Parker was a series regular and contributing writer on Fox’s “MADtv.” She also appeared on “Bunk” for IFC, “Trust Us with Your Life” on ABC, “Key and Peele,” and “Hot in Cleveland.” Her films include Disaster Movie and Funny People directed by Judd Apatow. Parker has been a guest vocalist with Peter Nero and the Philadelphia Pops, Steve Reineke and the Houston Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, and many more. She is a founding member of Waterwell, a non-profit theatre based in New York City. waterwell.org.
JON PATRICK WALKER (Andy) previously appeared at The Old Globe in The Mask of Moriarty directed by Nicholas Martin and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). His other theatre credits include High Fidelity and Young Frankenstein (Broadway), Peter and the Starcatcher (New World Stages), Twelfth Night (The Public Theater’s Delacorte Theater), Debbie Does Dallas (Jane Street Theatre), Dead End (Huntington Theatre Company), She Stoops to Conquer, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Our Town, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (all Williamstown Theatre Festival), Clear (Dixon Place), The Playboy of the Western World (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). Walker was thrilled to portray John Lennon at Carnegie Hall in a piece entitled 1969, created by the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. His film credits include Winter’s Tale, The Secret Lives of Dentists, and The Substance of Fire. His television credits include leading roles on “The Fighting Fitzgeralds” (NBC) and “Holding the Baby” (Fox), plus guest appearances on “Sex and the City,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Rubicon,” “Blue Bloods,” and numerous others. Last year, Walker released his first album of original rock and roll, The Guilty Party, which is available for download from Amazon and iTunes and for streaming on various sites including Spotify.
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DOG AND PONY
Book by Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker
Directed by Roger Rees
RUNS: May 28 – June 29, 2014
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $35.
SYNOPSIS: Mags and Andy are a screenwriting team with a track record of hits and a professional relationship that’s firing on all cylinders. But when Andy’s marriage hits the rocks, forever single Mags finds she wants something more. Will romance ruin their perfect relationship? Dog and Pony is a world premiere musical comedy romance that takes a witty and irreverent look at what women want and whether men fit the bill...or don’t.
CREATIVE TEAM: Rick Elice (Book), Michael Patrick Walker (Music and Lyrics), Roger Rees (Director), Lisa Shriver (Choreographer), Larry Hochman (Orchestrator), Kris Stone (Scenic Design), Emily Pepper (Costume Design), Cory Pattak and Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design), Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Adam Wachter (Music Director), Tara Rubin Casting (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Stage Manager).
CAST: Heidi Blickenstaff (Jane, Bonnie), Beth Leavel (Rhoda, Doris), Eric William Morris (The Host, Jeff, Joe), Nicole Parker (Mags), and Jon Patrick Walker (Andy).
June 11 WED 7pm
June 12 THU 8pm
June 13 FRI 8pm
June 14 SAT 2pm
June 14 SAT 8pm
June 15 SUN 2pm
June 15 SUN 7pm
June 17 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
June 18 WED 7pm
June 19 THU 8pm
June 20 FRI 8pm
June 21 SAT 2pm
June 21 SAT 8pm
June 22 SUN 2pm
June 22 SUN 7pm
June 23 TUE 7pm
June 24 WED 7pm
June 25 THU 8pm
June 26 FRI 8pm
June 27 SAT 2pm
June 27 SAT 8pm
June 28 SUN 2pm
June 28 SUN 7pm
Tuesday, June 17.
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance. FREE
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).
Susan Chicoine (619) 238-0043 x2352 schicoine@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org