When One Show Closes, Another Opensby Brie Stimson November 28, 2016
San Diego Musical Theatre closes its 2016 season with a new holiday production and looks forward to its first world premiere during the 2017 season. The Broadway series at the Spreckels Theatre starts in February with the musical version of “9 to 5,” and a score written by Dolly Parton.
“First Date,” a musical comedy about first impressions and finding your inner crazy, opens the Off-Broadway season at the Horton Grand at the end of March. The season continues through the summer with “Damn Yankees” and “Pump up the Volume: A 90s Palooza,” a one-decade-later version of the long-running “Mixtape: The Greatest Hits of the 80s.” The world premiere brings the grunge, “Friends,” the first Clinton years and “Oops…I Did it Again” nostalgia for anyone old enough to remember why we were so scared about Y2K.
The Off-Broadway season closes in early October with “Billy Elliot,” a co-production with the California Ballet Company. With a score by Elton John, “Billy Elliot” tells the story of a young boy in the 80s struggling to find his place.
“It is an exciting time for musical theatre at SDMT,” Artistic Director Jill Townsend said in a statement. “When you look at the most recent Broadway season, you see a range of musicals from small to large featuring music drawn from the world of pop, classical music and hip hop. In choosing SDMT’s season, we wanted to give our patrons a taste of different flavors. We have lined up a diverse group of directors to bring fresh vision to each of the productions and remain committed to hiring local talent along with faces new to San Diego.”
Prior to the start of the Off-Broadway series, SDMT will present “Miracle on 34th Street,” a retro adaptation adopted from the 1947 “Lux Radio Hour Broadcast.” SDMT’s tradition “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” will play its final year at the Spreckels, closing for good on Dec. 4.
For more information or to buy tickets go to sdmt.org or call (858) 560-5740.