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Photo Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton in FREAKY FRIDAY the Musical at La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse presents Freaky Friday, book by Bridget Carpenter (TV's "Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood"), music and lyrics by the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then), based on the novel "Freaky Friday" by Mary Rodgers and the Walt Disney motion pictures, to be directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, running tonight, January 31 , through March 12, 2017 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre.

Broadway veterans Heidi Blickenstaff (Broadway's Something Rotten, [title of show]) and Emma Hunton (Broadway's Spring Awakening, Next to Normal) will reprise their roles from the recent Signature Theatre production, as "Katherine Blake" and "Ellie Blake," respectively, in this uproarious new musical. Complete casting will be announced in the coming weeks.

Disney's new musical Freaky Friday is based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and two hit Disney films. The classic story of a mother and daughter who magically swap bodies for 24 chaotic hours has been given a contemporary spin with a hilarious new book by Bridget Carpenter ("Parenthood," "Friday Night Lights") and "a driving pop?rock score" (DC Metro Theatre Arts) by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then). With inventive staging by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away, Memphis) and sharp choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys), this dynamic production is "delightfully spunky" with "timeless appeal" (Variety).

The Playhouse run will launch a three-theatre co-production of Freaky Friday, heading from San Diego to the Cleveland Playhouse and Houston's Alley Theatre.

Heidi Blickenstaff appeared on Broadway in Something Rotten! (Bea Bottom, Outer Critics nomination), [title of show] (original creative team and cast), The Addams Family (Alice Beineke), Disney's The Little Mermaid (Ursula) and The Full Monty. Other New York credits include The Most Happy Fella (Cleo) at City Center's Encores! and Now. Here. This.and [title of show] at The Vineyard Theatre. Her regional credits include Next To Normal (Diana) at Weston Playhouse: Elf (Emily Hobbs) at Paper Mill Playhouse, Dog and Pony(Jane/Bonnie) at The Old Globe, First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb at The Kennedy Center and Meet John Doe (Ann Mitchell, Helen Hayes Award) at Ford's Theatre: TV credits: PBS: First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb. Education: Duke University. More at heidiblickenstaff.com.

Emma Hunton's Broadway credits include Spring Awakening and Next to Normal. She appeared off-Broadway in RENT and in the national tours of Wicked, Next to Normal andLES MISERABLES. Her regional credits include Cruel Intentions, The Big Lebowski, Clueless at Rockwell.

Tom Kitt received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. His music for Next to Normal also received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score. He is the composer of If/Then (Tony Award nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award nomination); High Fidelity (Broadway), Bring It On, The Musical (co-composer with Lin-Manuel Miranda; Broadway), The Winter's Tale, All's Well That Ends Well and Cymbeline (The Public's NYSF); From Up Here and The Madrid (MTC); Orphans (Broadway) and The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons). Kitt is also responsible for the music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway, and provided additional arrangements for their Grammy Award-winning album 21st Century Breakdown and their album trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!. He received an Emmy Award as co-writer (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Award opening number, Bigger. As a musical director, conductor, arranger and orchestrator, his credits include Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, 2Cellos featuring Lang Lang (Live and Let Die), The Kennedy Center Honors, 13, Debbie Does Dallas, Everyday Rapture, Hair, Laugh Whore, Pippin (Deaf West) and These Paper Bullets!. Upcoming musical projects include Grease Live!, SpongeBob Squarepants, The Musical, Dave, Magic Mike, The Visitor and Jagged Little Pill.

Brian Yorkey received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the 2009 Tony Award for Best Score, for Next to Normal. He was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Next to Normal, and his work on the show earned him the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Score. He partnered again with the Next to Normal team on If/Then (Tony Award nominee for Best Score), starring Idina Menzel. Brian co-wrote the libretto for The Last Ship (Outer Critics nomination, with John Logan), with a score by Sting. He is currently working on the original musical Jesus in My Bedroom, with composer Tim Symons, as well as stage musical adaptations of Magic Mike and the Tom McCarthy film The Visitor. He is also adapting Jay Asher's bestselling novel 13 Reasons Why for Netflix, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Film projects in active development include Chase for Anonymous Content and Rosenzweig Films, Time After Time for Universal, and Score! for Team Downey and Warner Bros. Additional theatre credits includeMaking Tracks, which has played off-Broadway and regionally, the musical adaptation of Ang Lee's The Wedding Banquet, and the play Book of Jobs with Alex Glover. Brian has directed off-Broadway and regionally and for seven years was associate artistic director at Village Theatre in Washington state, one of the nation's leading producers of new musicals. He's a graduate of Columbia University, where he was artistic director of the Varsity Show, an alum of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the WGA.

The Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is internationally-renowned for creating some of the most exciting and adventurous work in American theatre, through its new play development initiatives, its innovative Without Walls series, artist residencies and commissions, including BD Wong, Daniel Beaty and Kirsten Greenidge. Currently led by Artistic Director Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg, The Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, and reborn in 1983 under the artistic leadership of Des McAnuff. La Jolla Playhouse has had 25 productions transfer to Broadway, garnering 35 Tony Awards, among them Jersey Boys,Memphis, The Who's Tommy, Big River, as well as Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays and the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, both fostered as part of The Playhouse's Page To Stage Program.

Photo credit: Jim Carmody

high res photos Photo Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton in FREAKY FRIDAY the Musical at La Jolla Playhouse
Emma Hunton (left) and Heidi Blickenstaff in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of Disney’s Freaky Friday, book by Bridget Carpenter, music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Christopher Ashley, running January 31 â€" March 12 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre; photo by Jim Carmody. Photo Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton in FREAKY FRIDAY the Musical at La Jolla Playhouse
Cast members in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of Disney’s Freaky Friday, book by Bridget Carpenter, music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Christopher Ashley, running January 31 â€" March 12 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre; photo by Jim Carmody. Photo Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton in FREAKY FRIDAY the Musical at La Jolla Playhouse
Emma Hunton (left) and the cast of La Jolla Playhouse’s production of Disney’s Freaky Friday, book by Bridget Carpenter, music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Christopher Ashley, running January 31 â€" March 12 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre; photo by Jim Carmody. Photo Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton in FREAKY FRIDAY the Musical at La Jolla Playhouse
(L-R) Jeannette Bayardelle, Alet Taylor and Heidi Blickenstaff in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of Disney’s Freaky Friday, book by Bridget Carpenter, music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Christopher Ashley, running January 31 â€" March 12 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre; photo by Jim Carmody. Photo Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton in FREAKY FRIDAY the Musical at La Jolla Playhouse
Emma Hunton and Chris Ramirez in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of Disney’s Freaky Friday, book by Bridget Carpenter, music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Christopher Ashley, running January 31 â€" March 12 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre; photo by Jim Carmody. Photo Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton in FREAKY FRIDAY the Musical at La Jolla Playhouse
(L-R) David Jennings, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jake Heston Miller and Emma Hunton in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of Disney’s Freaky Friday, book by Bridget Carpenter, music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Christopher Ashley, running January 31 â€" March 12 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre; photo by Jim Carmody.

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