The Broad Stage Announces Expansion of its 2010-11 Season, 4/22

The Broad Stage Announces Expansion of its 2010-11 Season, 4/22


The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center announced an expanded season of productions, artists, local discoveries, and new film and performance series. The summer pre-season begins on June 17 with the new musical, DADDY LONG LEGS. The official season kicks off October 7- 9, with an opening weekend of performances and events featuring jazz star, Esperanza Spalding; classical cellist, Lynn Harrell; and folk singer, Judy Collins.

Building on a programming vision embracing a variety of genres, generations and global influences, the 499-seat theater and its 99-seat companion, The Edye Second Space, "take a leap forward for the 2010-2011 season," announced director Dale Franzen, artistic advisory board chair Dustin Hoffman, and board of directors chair Austin Beutner at the state-of-the-art modernist arts complex in Santa Monica. Innovations for the third season include the 'Films 4 Change' screening series; '21st Century Cabaret' in The Edye; and Saturday morning multi-media 'Mash-Ups' of classical music and spoken word slam for all ages.

"For two seasons now The Broad Stage has brought to the Westside some of the best artists performing today from the worlds of jazz, Broadway, coffeehouse and concert hall," continues the statement by the three Broad leaders. "The 2010-11 season is even more ambitious, with more programming featuring visionaries in contemporary dance and film, more community and multi-media events, and a recognition that in times like these it is even more important to achieve our founding promise to grow into a global laboratory of creativity and an artistic playground for world famous and emerging talents alike."

Artists making The Broad their home away from home include Rita Wilson, F. Murray Abraham and Alan Cumming in theater; violinist Joshua Bell and jazz saxophonist/composer Branford Marsalis in music; the Bill T. Jones dance company, among others. With new series and events like Saturday Morning Mash-Ups, the Films 4 Change Festival, 21st Century Cabaret and Classical Masters, The Broad Stage will keep busy with something for all ages. 

Among the new additions in programming, the Films 4 Change Festival is a screening series of socially conscious documentaries that comprise the opening salvo in future film series for The Broad's state-of-the-art screening capacities. Giving a modern update to old-fashioned children's concerts, The Broad introduces "Saturday Morning Mash-Ups," raucous and exciting multi-media family events interpreting classics by Saint-Saens, Prokofiev and Britten via spoken word slam artists and the Angeli Orchestra. Shakespeare gets the traditional and contemporary treatment in "The Broad Does the Bard," featuring productions from Shakespeare's Globe Theater and a new commission by The Royal Shakespeare Company.

The smash New York hit "Celebrity Autobiography" makes its home in The Edye repeatedly throughout the year, presenting a rotating roster, including Rita Wilson, Laraine Newman, Ryan Reynolds, Kristin Wiig, Rachel Dratch and Fred Willard.

Musical offerings range from Broadway to Baroque and everywhere in between, including performances by Branford Marsalis; jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon; and singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding.  Classical Masters features violinist Joshua Bell; violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the New Century Chamber Orchestra; and world-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell.  Musica Angelica returns with two programs of Baroque favorites featuring counter-tenor Daniel Taylor and Bach's "Brandenburg" Concertos 4, 5 and 6. In "Showstoppers" Tony-winners Christine Ebersole, Paolo Szot and Lea Salonga each take their turn in the spotlight for a tour-de-force concert series of headliners direct from Broadway to The Broad. In addition, "Ladies of the Road," presents individual concerts featuring a who's who of female musical pioneers from around the world, including singer-songwriter Judy Collins; Iranian vocalist and performance artist Sussan Deyhim; and Grammy-winning a cappella vocal group Sweet Honey In The Rock, committed to the African American musical legacy and traditions.

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