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Photo Flash: First Look at Betsy Wolfe and Matt Bittner in New Robert & Kristen Lopez Musical UP HERE at La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse opens its world premiere of UP HERE, a new musical comedy featuring book, music and lyrics by the husband-and-wife composing team of Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit), recipients of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Original Song for their hit song, "Let It Go," from the Disney animated film Frozen. UP HERE is directed by Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Broadway's Rocky, Off-Broadway's Here Lies Love, Playhouse's Peter and the Starcatcher) and runs now through September 6 in the Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

The cast is led by Broadway's Betsy Wolfe (Broadway's Bullets over Broadway, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and newcomer Matt Bittner (Public Theater's Much Ado About Nothing), along with Broadway alums Andrew Call, Giovanni Cozic, Jeff Hiller, Gizel Jimenez, Zonya Love (Playhouse's Side Show), Sarah Meahl, Eric Petersen, Devin Ratray, Devere Rogers, Charles South and Nick Verina.

The ensemble features local actors Kikau Alvaro, Hanz Enyeart (Playhouse's Without Walls presentation of The Grift at the Lafayette Hotel), Jacob Haren, April Jo Henry, Tamara Rodriguez and Graham Stevens, and UC San Diego M.F.A. students N'Jameh Camara, Zakiyah Markland and Lorena Martinez.

The creative team includes Joshua Bergasse, Choreographer; Aron Accurso, Music Director; Dave Metzger, Orchestrator; David Korins, Scenic Designer; Ann Closs-Farley, Costume Designer; David J. Weiner, Lighting Designer; Peter Hylenski, Sound Designer; Dan Scully, Projection Designer; Michelle Zamora, Puppet Designer;Gabriel Greene, Dramaturg; Carrie Gardner, Casting; Matthew DiCarlo, Production Stage Manager. Up Here is being presented by special arrangement with Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions, along with Victor Alvarez, Warner/Chappell Music, Sally Horchow International Productions, Caiola Productions, Dominion Pictures.

When introverted, 30-something computer repairman Dan finds a potential spark with outgoing t-shirt designer Lindsay, his attempts at a relationship are thwarted by the Technicolor world in his head. This world-premiere musical goes where no musical has gone before, bringing to life the circus of judgmental, neurotic, ever-changing characters that rule an ordinary man's mind. Up Here is an ambitious, razor-sharp musical comedy about recognizing your place in the universe - and maybe even finding happiness.

For tickets and more information, call (858) 550-1010 or visit LaJollaPlayhouse.org.

Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

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Photo Flash: First Look at Betsy Wolfe and Matt Bittner in New Robert & Kristen Lopez Musical UP HERE at La Jolla Playhouse
Betsy Wolfe and Matt Bittner

Photo Flash: First Look at Betsy Wolfe and Matt Bittner in New Robert & Kristen Lopez Musical UP HERE at La Jolla Playhouse
Matt Bittner and Betsy Wolfe

Photo Flash: First Look at Betsy Wolfe and Matt Bittner in New Robert & Kristen Lopez Musical UP HERE at La Jolla Playhouse
Matt Bittner and Betsy Wolfe

Photo Flash: First Look at Betsy Wolfe and Matt Bittner in New Robert & Kristen Lopez Musical UP HERE at La Jolla Playhouse
The cast of La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere musical UP HERE



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