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Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's BRIGHT STAR Musical to Play Old Globe Theatre in September

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Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's BRIGHT STAR Musical to Play Old Globe Theatre in September

The Old Globe today announced its 2014-2015 Season, beginning September 13 with the World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical with music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Edie Brickell, book by Steve Martin, based on an original story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie makes his Globe debut directing with this entertaining musical of enduring love, family ties, and the light of forgiveness that shines from a bright star.

The Globe will welcome one of the true geniuses of the American theatre, Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, who makes her long-awaited San Diego directing debut beginning March 21 with an enchanting theatrical spectacle, The White Snake. Jonathan Tolins's "totally fictional" Off Broadway hit, Buyer & Cellar, will have you rolling in the aisles. Directed by Ron Lagomarsino, performances begin April 4.

With The Twenty-Seventh Man, Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein returns to the play he premiered in New York by award-winning novelist Nathan Englander and reimagines it for the Globe's intimate in-the-round space, bringing us larger-than-life personalities and an unforgettable reminder of the transcendent power of storytelling. It makes its West Coast Premiere on February 14.

Marco Ramirez's new play The Royale brings to explosive life the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, beginning October 4. Globe veteran Scott Schwartz returns January 24 to direct Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian's Off Broadway hit, Murder for Two, a vaudevillian mystery musical with an energetic two-man cast. Utterly romantic and one of the wittiest and most charming plays of the English stage, George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man mixes smarts and silliness in a wonderfully entertaining tale of love and war beginning May 9.

The 2014-2015 Season will also include the 17th annual production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, beginning performances November 15.Tickets to the Globe's 2014-2015 Season are currently available by subscription only. Subscription prices range from $99 to $615. Subscription packages may be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

"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," said Edelstein. "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."

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."

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