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Laguna Playhouse Announces Its Historic 100th Anniversary Season

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Laguna Playhouse Announces Its Historic 100th Anniversary Season

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce its historic centennial season, celebrating 100 years of creating exceptional theatre in one of Southern California's most beautiful & vibrant communities!

Comments Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard, "100 never looked so spectacular! Few artistic homes survive fifty years, let alone one hundred, and we will celebrate this historic milestone in style with an extraordinary season of shows that provide the type of diverse experiences that our audiences have expected from the Playhouse over the course of the last century."

"OMIGOD, You Guys," this Summer, our 100th birthday begins with Elle Woods and Bruiser in the joyful and hilarious, LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL; followed by the heart-warming Korean family comedy KIM'S CONVENIENCE; then we close 2020 with the bittersweet Tony award-winning play, THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO; the new year brings the funny and intoxicating, THE EXPLORER'S CLUB; then, you will be the jury in the gripping courtroom drama, THE CAINE MUTINY COURT-MARTIAL; it will be "The Best of Times" as we present Jerry Herman's bedazzling LA CAGE AUX FOLLES; and we complete our momentous season with the hopeful story about a Jewish family finding their way back to each other in A SHAYNA MAIDEL; plus special bonus productions; the holidays will shine emerald green with Lythgoe Family Panto's THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ & Hershey Felder stars as George Gershwin ALONE!

Could there be a better way to celebrate 100?

THE Laguna Playhouse CENTENNIAL SEASON:

LEGALLY BLONDE,

THE MUSICAL!

July 22 - August 16, 2020 (Press Opening July 25)

Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin

Book by Heather Hach

Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the MGM motion picture


Gather your law books, get your nails done, and prepare to bend-and-snap because Harvard's beloved blonde is tackling sexism, snobbery and scandal in this award-winning Broadway musical. Sorority girl Elle Woods appears to have it all. All she needs is her boyfriend Warner to cement it with a proposal. But her dream life turns into a nightmare when Warner decides to unexpectedly break it off. Heartbroken and in despair, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

U.S. PREMIERE!

KIM'S CONVENIENCE

September 23 - October 11, 2020 (Press Opening September 26)

Written by Ins Choi

Enter Kim's Convenience store and meet the Kims in this hilarious and heartwarming story that reminds us that family isn't always convenient, but it might be the best deal out there. The most successful new Canadian play of the last decade, Kim's Convenience - set in a family-run Korean variety store - is a hilarious and heartwarming ode to generations of immigrants. Mr. Kim, a Korean shopkeeper, grapples with both a changing neighborhood landscape and the chasm between him and his second-generation offspring.   Ins Choi’s touching journey of a fractured but loving family forgiving the past and confronting the future inspired the hit Netflix TV show of the same name.             

 

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO

November 4 - November 22, 2020 (Press Opening November 7)

Written by Alfred Uhry

Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play, and written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a charming and bittersweet comedy set in Atlanta on the eve of World War II. It's Christmas, 1939 and Atlanta's close-knit Jewish community is preparing for Ballyhoo, the social event of the year. The Freitag family hopes that the party will be a chance for their daughters to meet their future husbands-but when their uncle brings home his new employee, a handsome Eastern European bachelor from Brooklyn, everyone must confront their own prejudices, desires and beliefs.

 

THE EXPLORERS CLUB

January 20 - February 7, 2021 (Press Opening January 23)

Written by Nell Benjamin

It's 1879, in London. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is legendary as the worst in town. Phyllida, the female candidate in question, is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but letting a woman into the Club could shake the very foundation of the British Empire. And how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Get ready for this mad cap explorers' world of guinea pig science, deadly cobras, irate Irishmen, and the occasional airship.

THE CAINE MUTINY COURT-MARTIAL

February 24 - March 14, 2021 (Press Opening February 27)

Written by Herman Wouk

Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life-and mutiny-on a Navy warship in the Pacific was immediately embraced, upon its original publication in 1951, as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of World War II. Based on his Pulitzer Prize novel of the same name, this thought-provoking, acclaimed psychological courtroom drama portrays a mutiny of naval officers aboard the fictional U.S.S. Caine. Like jurors at a trial, the play covers only the court-martial itself and the audience knows only what various witnesses tell of the events on the Caine.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

March 24 - April 18, 2021 (Press Opening March 27)

Book by Harvey Fierstein

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman

With an iconic score by Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!, Mame) featuring "I Am What I Am" and "The Best of Times" and hilarious book by Harvey Fierstein (Newsies, Kinky Boots), this charming and incredibly funny musical teaches us that families come in all forms, and that it is all right to be as you are! Georges, a club-owner, and Albin, the head drag performer, have their self-worth challenged after twenty years of un-wedded bliss when Georges' son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of an ultra-conservative politician. Georges reluctantly agrees to play it "straight" to meet the family of the bride-to-be. However, when Georges mother fails to appear, Albin threatens to upend the entire dinner with hilarious results.

 

A SHAYNA MAIDEL

May 26 - June 13, 2021 (Press Opening May 29, 2021)

Written by Barbara Lebow

A beautiful story about two sisters separated since childhood and reunited twenty years later, in the aftermath of the Holocaust. After surviving World War II, Lusia is reunited with her father and sister in America. Through a series of memories and fantasies, Lusia explores the joys and sorrows of her life before the war. A Shayna Maidel, Yiddish for "a pretty girl" explores family, faith, and forgiveness in the pursuit of a better future.

SPECIAL BONUS PRODUCTION!

LYTHGOE FAMILY PANTO returns with

THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ

December 3 - December 27, 2020 (Press Opening December 5)

Written by Kris Lythgoe

Lythgoe Family Panto is back for their six year with The Wonderful Winter of Oz! This holiday version of America's favorite fairy tale is presented in the style of a traditional British Family Panto. On Christmas Eve, Dorothy gets swept away by a 'freak' Kansas blizzard and lands in a world of munchkins and witches. With songs from "Imagine Dragons" to "Earth, Wind and Fire," this interactive family show is filled with big laughs, magic, dance, and music that will have you singing along with the cast to well-known contemporary songs, rooting for Dorothy and her friends, and booing the Wicked Witch!

SPECIAL BONUS PERFORMANCE!

Hershey Felder RETURNS AS THE LEGENDARY...

George Gershwin ALONE

April 21 - May 2, 2021

Written by Hershey Felder

George Gershwin Alone tells the story of America's great composer, who is widely regarded as bringing jazz into the concert hall, changing the musical landscape forever. The show incorporates Gershwin's best-known songs from "The Man I Love" and "Someone to Watch Over Me," through the hits of An American In Paris and Porgy and Bess, to a complete performance of "Rhapsody in Blue." Mr. Felder brings to life the spirit and talent of the legendary composer and pianist for the first time in history, leading the audience through the fascinating rhythms of Gershwin's legendary songbook and his tragically short life.

Subscriptions to our historic 100th ANNIVERSARY SEASON are now available. 7-Play Season Tickets range from $268 - $408 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787).


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