Real-Life Married Couple Paige Davis & Patrick Page Open I DO! I DO! at The Old Globe

Real-Life Married Couple Paige Davis & Patrick Page Open I DO! I DO! at The Old Globe

A new production of "I Do! I Do!" will be the first production to "christen" The Old Globe in San Diego's new Sheryl and Harvery White Theatre.

The production began performances yesterday and opens officially tonight, with Richard Jay-Alexander at the helm, choreography by James Kinneyand Musical Direction by Ben Toth.

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. 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. 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 Oct. 25 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."

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.

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: Sammy (9/19-11/8), The Savannah Disputation (9/26-11/1), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Old Globe/USD Professional Actor Training Program) (11/14-11/22), I Do! I Do! (12/11-12/20), Whisper House (1/13-2/21), Lost in Yonkers (1/23-2/28).

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