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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF SOME LOVERS,
A NEW MUSICAL BY STEVEN SATER AND BURT BACHARACH


Will Frears will direct Jenni Barber, Jason Danieley, Michelle Duffy and Andrew
Mueller in Bacharach's first original stage musical since Promises, Promises

SAN DIEGO (Oct. 27, 2011)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the World Premiere of Some Lovers, a new musical with book and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award winner Steven Sater and music by Academy and Grammy Award-winning legend Burt Bacharach.  Directed by Will Frears with music supervision by Lon Hoyt and musical staging by Denis Jones, Some Lovers will run Nov. 26 – Dec. 31 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  Preview performances run Nov. 26 – Dec. 6.  Opening night is Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

To create his first stage musical since Promises, Promises (recently revived on Broadway), Bacharach has joined forces with Spring Awakening’s Steven Sater for a world premiere musical inspired by the classic O. Henry tale “The Gift of the Magi.”  On Christmas Eve, estranged lovers Molly and Ben are haunted by visions from long ago.  Over the course of one unforgettable night, past and present collide, as the ghosts of their former selves help them find forgiveness and fall in love again.  Featuring a new score by Bacharach, Some Lovers is a love story for today.

The cast of Some Lovers features Jenni Barber (Young Molly), who has appeared on New York stages in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project, From Up Here and Cactus Flower; Jason Danieley (Ben), whose Broadway credits include Next to Normal, Curtains, Candide and The Full Monty (also West End); Michelle Duffy (Molly), who has originated roles in the World Premieres of Leap of Faith, Continental Divide, An Italian Straw Hat and Mask; and Andrew Mueller (Young Ben), who recently appeared in the world premiere of For the Boys and received a Jeff Award for his work in Big River in Chicago.

The creative team includes Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design), Jenny Mannis (Costume Design), Ben Stanton (Lighting Design), Leon Rothenberg (Sound Design), Jonathan Tunick (Orchestrator), AnnMarie Milazzo (Vocal Designer), Jim Carnahan, CSA (Casting) and Matthew Silver (Stage Manager).

Playwright Steven Sater won Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Lyrics, the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and the 2010 Olivier Award and Critic’s Circle Theatre Award in London for Best New Musical for Spring Awakening.  His plays include the long-running Carbondale Dreams, Perfect for You, Doll (Rosenthal Prize), Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize), A Footnote to the Iliad (New York Stage and Film), Asylum (Naked Angels) and a reconceived musical version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (London’s Lyric Hammersmith).  He has collaborated with Duncan Sheik on Nero (Magic Theatre, New York Stage and Film), The Nightingale (for La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film), Alice By Heart (commissioned by The National Theatre of London’s Connections Festival) and the critically acclaimed album Phantom Moon (Nonesuch Records).  Sater wrote the script and lyrics for Prometheus Bound with music by Serj Tankian and directed by Diane Paulus, which premiered at American Repertory Theater in March 2011.  Additionally, Sater works as a pop/rock lyricist and a screenwriter (the forthcoming Chitty Chitty Bang Bang remake for Sony Pictures).

Composer Burt Bacharach has helped define the music of the 20th and 21st centuries.  His music is as diverse as his audiences, spanning generations and continents, as he is celebrated as a pop culture icon and one of the world’s greatest contemporary composers.  Bacharach’s credits read like the world’s favorite radio station’s playlist: “Alfie,” “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” “Close to You,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “The Look of Love,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “This Guy’s in Love with You,” “Walk on By,” “What the World Needs Now is Love,” “Wishin’ and Hopin’” and “That’s What Friends Are For” are among a few of his 48 Top 10 hits, nine #1 songs, more than 500 compositions and a landmark 50+ year run on the charts.  He is the recipient of the 2011 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress, following previous winners Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.  A recipient of three Academy Awards and eight Grammy Awards (including the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award and 1997 Trustees Award with collaborator Hal David), Bacharach’s music continues to set industry records and creative standards.  Bacharach’s music is always nearby, from helping non-profits raise funds (“That’s What Friends Are For”) to Broadway (Promises, Promises), movies (soundtracks for everything from Austin Powers to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Fatal Attraction), scores of new albums and singles each year.  His newest CD, When Ronan Met Burt, adds to his list of CDs impacting the international charts.

Director Will Frears has directed the films Coach, All Saints Day (Winner of Best Narrative Short at the Savannah Film Festival) and Beloved.  His Off Broadway credits include Year Zero (Second Stage Theatre Uptown), Still Life (MCC Theater), Rainbow Kiss (The Play Company), The Water’s Edge (Second Stage Theatre), Pen (Playwrights Horizons), Terrorism (The New Group/The Play Company), Omnium Gatherum (Variety Arts Center), Where We’re Born and God Hates the Irish (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Get What You Need (Atlantic 453) and Kid-Simple (Summer Play Festival).  His regional credits include Romeo and Juliet, Bus Stop, The Water’s Edge and A Servant of Two Masters (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Pillowman (George Street Playhouse), Hay Fever and The Price (CENTERSTAGE), Sleuth (Bay Street Theatre), Our Lady of 121st Street (Steppenwolf Theatre Company) and Omnium Gatherum (Actors Theatre of Louisville).  He served as Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret from 1999 to 2000.  He is a recipient of the Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller Directing Fellowships and a contributor to The Paris Review, New York Magazine and The London Review of Books.  He serves on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College.

TICKETS to Some Lovers can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.  Performances at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre begin on Nov. 26 and continue through Dec. 31.  Ticket prices start at $35.  Performance times:  Previews:  Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m.  Regular Performances:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.  There is a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, Dec. 21 and Friday, Dec. 23 and 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. performances on Monday, Dec. 26.  There are no evening performances on Friday, Dec. 2, Saturdays Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, and there are no performances on Christmas (Dec. 25).  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

CALENDARRichard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (9/15-11/6), Somewhere (9/24-10/30), Twelfth Night (11/6-11/13), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/19-12/31), Some Lovers (11/26-12/31), Dividing the Estate (1/14-2/12), The Recommendation (1/21-2/26).

PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 75 years.  Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, which are both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

JENNI BARBER (Young Molly) has theater credits that include Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project (As You Like It and The Tempest – Brooklyn Academy of Music/The Old Vic), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Broadway), From Up Here (Manhattan Theatre Club), Cactus Flower (Off Broadway, Westside Theatre), The Wii Plays (Ars Nova) and The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (Orange County Performing Arts Center).  Her television credits include “Smash,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and Lisa on the multiple-Emmy Award-winning “The Electric Company” (PBS).  She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music.

JASON DANIELEY (Ben) has appeared on Broadway in Next to Normal, Curtains (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Candide (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award nomination), The Full Monty (also West End).  With City Center Encores!, he has appeared in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Strike Up the Band.  His Off Broadway credits include Dream True, Trojan Women and Floyd Collins.  His regional credits include The Full Monty (The Old Globe), The Highest Yellow (Helen Hayes Award), Casino Paradise, Brigadoon, 110 in the Shade (Back Stage West Award) and Beauty (La Jolla Playhouse)His tours include Music of the Night, Phantom of the Opera and Hair.  He has appeared in the staged concerts of Brigadoon (Broadway), Sondheim: The Birthday Concert (New York Philharmonic/PBS), South Pacific (PBS) and Carousel (both at Carnegie Hall), Candide and Of Thee I Sing/Let ‘em Eat Cake (both with San Francisco Symphony) and, upcoming, The Mikado (Carnegie Hall with American Symphony Orchestra).  Danieley and his wife Marin Mazzie perform in cabaret and concert halls across the country and are frequent guest artists with Boston Symphony, New York Symphony, The Philly Pops and San Francisco Symphony among many others.  His albums include Opposite You (duet album with Mazzie), Jason Danieley and The Frontier Heroes (his rural jazz band) and many original cast albums.

MICHELLE DUFFY (Molly) last performed at the Globe as Vet in the world premiere of The Boswell Sisters.  Since then, she has appeared in over two dozen productions in the states and abroad, originating lead and supporting roles in four other world premieres: Leap of Faith (Ahmanson Theatre), Continental Divide (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), An Italian Straw Hat (South Coast Repertory) and Mask (Pasadena Playhouse).  She recently appeared as Elena in the critically acclaimed West Coast Premiere of Steven Dietz’s Shooting Star (The Colony Theatre Company).  Duffy is the recipient of Ovation, Back Stage Garland and Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Lead Actress as Pistache in Can-Can (Pasadena Playhouse), Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (American Conservatory Theater) and Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George (TheatreWorks), respectively.  Her other recent credits include Olivia in Legacy of Light (Cleveland Play House) and Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd at (Musical Theatre West, Ovation nomination).  Her latest television appearances include a recurring role on “Desperate Housewives” and guest starring roles on “The Closer”and “House M.D.”

ANDREW MUELLER (Young Ben) is based in Chicago and last appeared in the world premiere of For the Boys (Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire).  His other Chicago credits include Huckleberry Finn in Big River (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, Non-Equity Jeff Award for Actor in a Principal Role – Musical), Amiens in As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Charley Kringas in Merrily We Roll Along (extension, The Music Theatre Company) and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: A New Folk Musical (Filament Theatre Ensemble).

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FACT SHEET

SOME LOVERS
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Burt Bacharach
Directed by Will Frears

RUNS:  Nov. 26 – Dec. 31, 2011
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS:  Ticket prices start at $35.

SYNOPSIS:  A new musical from legendary composer Burt Bacharach.  On Christmas Eve, estranged lovers Molly and Ben are haunted by the memory of happier times, and like the unforgettable melody of a favorite song, their memories conspire to bring them together again.

CREATIVE TEAM:  Steven Sater (Book and Lyrics), Burt Bacharach (Music), Will Frears (Director), Lon Hoyt (Music Supervisor), Denis Jones (Musical Staging), Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design), Jenny Mannis (Costume Design), Ben Stanton (Lighting Design), Leon Rothenberg (Sound Design), Jonathan Tunick (Orchestrator), AnnMarie Milazzo (Vocal Designer), Jim Carnahan, CSA (Casting) and Matthew Silver (Stage Manager).

PREVIEWS:
Nov 26 SAT at 7pm
Nov 27 SUN at 7pm
Nov 29 TUE at 7pm
Nov 30 WED at 7pm
Dec 1 THU at 7pm
Dec 3 SAT at 1pm (December Nights in Balboa Park)
Dec 3 SAT at 5pm (December Nights in Balboa Park)
Dec 4 SUN at 2pm
Dec 4 SUN at 7pm
Dec 6 TUE at 7pm
OPENING NIGHT:  Dec 7 WED at 6:30pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Dec 8 THU at 7pm
Dec 9 FRI at 7pm
Dec 10 SAT at 2pm
Dec 10 SAT at 7pm
Dec 11 SUN at 2pm
Dec 11 SUN at 7pm
Dec 13 TUE at 7pm
Dec 14 WED at 7pm
Dec 15 THU at 7pm
Dec 16 FRI at 7pm
Dec 17 SAT at 2pm
Dec 17 SAT at 7pm
Dec 18 SUN at 2pm
Dec 18 SUN at 7pm
Dec 20 TUE at 7pm
Dec 21 WED at 2pm
Dec 21 WED at 7pm
Dec 22 THU at 7pm
Dec. 23 FRI at 2pm
Dec 23 FRI at 7pm
Dec 24 SAT at 2pm
Dec 26 MON at 2pm
Dec 26 MON at 7pm
Dec 27 TUE at 7pm
Dec 28 WED at 7pm
Dec 29 THU at 7pm
Dec 30 FRI at 2pm
Dec 30 FRI at 7pm
Dec 31 SAT at 2pm

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS:  Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted.  (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623]

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  Free parking is available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

PRESS CONTACT:
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org