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THE OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES THE CAST OF
THE WORLD PREMIEREOF DOG AND PONY,
A NEW MUSICAL BY RICK ELICE AND MICHAEL PATRICK WALKER,
DIRECTED BY ROGER REES


PERFORMANCES RUN MAY 28 – JUNE 29,
WITH OPENING NIGHT ON THURSDAY, JUNE 5 AT 8:00 P.M.

SAN DIEGO (April 28, 2014)—The Old Globe today announced the cast of the World Premiere of Dog and Pony, a new musical with book by Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker. From the award-winning talents behind Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Altar Boyz, Dog and Pony is a romantic musical comedy that follows Mags and Andy, a successful screenwriting team, as their professional relationship evolves into something more. Tony Award winner Roger Rees (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby) returns to the Globe (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Love’s Labour’s Lost) to helm the premiere of this delightful new musical. Dog and Pony will run May 28 – June 29, 2014 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run May 28 – June 4. Opening night is Thursday, June 5 at 8:00 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.

Mags and Andy are a screenwriting team with a track record of hits and a professional relationship that’s firing on all cylinders. But when Andy’s marriage hits the rocks, forever single Mags finds she wants something more. Will romance ruin their perfect relationship? Dog and Pony is a world premiere musical comedy romance that takes a witty and irreverent look at what women want and whether men fit the bill...or don’t.

Dog and Pony is a fresh and witty new musical that is as entertaining as it is original,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “Its creators are huge talents blessed with abundant imagination, and they bring to the Globe a show that is funny, full of surprises, and along the way, suffused with real feeling. The Globe’s reputation as midwife to exciting new works of musical theatre is in the top-rank of the American theatre, and Dog and Pony represents our work at its best. I am proud to present it to San Diego’s audiences.”

The cast includes Heidi Blickenstaff (Jane, Bonnie), Beth Leavel (Rhoda, Doris), Eric William Morris (The Host, Jeff, Joe), Nicole Parker (Mags), and Jon Patrick Walker (Andy).

The creative team includes Lisa Shriver (Choreographer), Larry Hochman (Orchestrator), Kris Stone (Scenic Design), Emily Pepper (Costume Design), Cory Pattak and Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design), Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Adam Wachter (Music Director), Tara Rubin Casting (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Stage Manager).

Dog and Pony is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, and is supported in part through gifts from Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky, Paula and Brian Powers, and Torrey Pines Bank. Major funding provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture (with city logo).

Rick Elice (Book) co-wrote Jersey Boys (winner 2006 Tony Award, 2007 Grammy Award, and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with Marshall Brickman, and the feature film adaptation, directed by Clint Eastwood, will be released in June. His play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine 2012 Tony Award nominations (including two for Elice) and won five, more than any play of the season. It is currently on tour across North America. Also on Broadway, Elice wrote The Addams Family (with Marshall Brickman, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa), currently touring North America, with productions in Japan, Europe, and South America. His upcoming projects include a musical for Disney Theatricals with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, based on the film Make Believe, and Mad Hot Ballroom with Jeanine Tesori, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Elice received his M.F.A. from Yale University School of Drama. He is a teaching fellow at Harvard University and is a charter member of American Repertory Theater.

Michael Patrick Walker (Music and Lyrics) is an award-winning composer/lyricist hailed by The New York Times as “a skilled songwriter” and by The Huffington Post as one of today’s “must-know songwriters.” His songs have been performed and recorded by a diverse group of artists including Chita Rivera, Kelli O’Hara, Cheyenne Jackson, Ana Gasteyer, and many more. With collaborators Gary Adler and Kevin Del Aguila, Walker is perhaps best known as one of the creators of the smash hit musical Altar Boyz (Outer Critics Circle Award Winner for Best Off-Broadway Musical), for which he received multiple Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics. His other musicals include being theo, Land of Dreams, and The Distant Bells (Eugene O’Neill Festival finalist). Beyond the world of theatre, his songs can be heard on the Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-nominated “Johnny and the Sprites” and Nick Jr.’s “Olivia.” His recordings include Out of Context: The Songs of Michael Patrick Walker (co-producer), the Altar Boyz cast album, the “Johnny and the Sprites” album (co-producer), and several editions of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’s Carols for a Cure. Walker is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

Roger Rees (Director) directed the Globe productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor (1999) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000). He received a Tony Award nomination and an Obie Award for the Broadway production of Rick Elice’s play Peter and the Starcatcher (co-directed with Alex Timbers), nominated for a remarkable nine Tony awards, winning five. Off Broadway Rees directed Lynn Nottage’s Mud, River, Stone (Playwrights Horizons), Arms and the Man (Roundabout Theatre Company), and Here Lies Jenny (The Zipper Factory, Post Street Theatre). From 1984 to 1986, he was Associate Artistic Director of the U.K.’s Bristol Old Vic, directing Julius Caesar, Turkey Time, and John Bull. He spent three happy years as Artistic Director of Williamstown Theatre Festival from 2005 to 2007, directing The Film Society, The Rivals, The Taming of the Shrew (directing and playing Petruchio opposite Bebe Neuwirth), Double Double, The Late Middle Classes, Anything Goes, and Herringbone (also at McCarter Theatre Center and La Jolla Playhouse). His regional credits include Red Memories (New York Stage and Film), The Primrose Path (Guthrie Theater), and Treemonisha, The Juniper Tree, A White House Cantata, and The Firebrand of Florence (New York’s The Collegiate Chorale). He also directed the episode “Variety” for the HBO series “Oz.”

TICKETS to Dog and Pony 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 begin on May 28 and continue through June 29. Ticket prices start at $35. Performance times: Previews: Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. Regular performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. There is a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, June 18 and no matinee performance on Saturday, June 21. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military, and groups of 10 or more.

Additional events taking place during the run of Dog and Pony include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Dog and Pony
Monday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. FREE
Insights Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theatregoing experience. The seminar features a panel selected from the artistic company of the production and takes place in the theatre where the production is performed. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Seminar, 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Dog and Pony
Wednesday, May 28 and Tuesdays, June 10 and 17. FREE
Discuss the play with members of the Dog and Pony cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

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 during performances ($10). For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

A REMINDER: Balboa Park’s 100-year-old Cabrillo Bridge, which provides access to Laurel Street and the west side of the Park, will be closed to automobiles and vehicular traffic through June during Caltrans’s seismic retrofitting process. The bridge will remain accessible to pedestrians and bicycles, so patrons could arrive a bit earlier and enjoy the short walk across the iconic bridge towards Plaza de Panama and the historic views of the California Tower and Dome. To access The Old Globe during this repair period, vehicle traffic should enter Balboa Park from the east via Park Boulevard and President’s Way. The Organ Pavilion, Alcazar Garden and the Hall of Champions lots all offer ample parking, and a lovely short walk through the Park. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. The Balboa Park valet is located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.TheOldGlobe.org/Directions.

2013-2014 SEASON CALENDAR: Time and the Conways (3/29-5/4), Water by the Spoonful (4/12-5/11), What You Will (4/28), Thinking Shakespeare Live! (5/3), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (5/17-6/22), Dog and Pony (5/28-6/29), A Distant Country Called Youth (6/9), Othello (6/22-7/27), Into the Woods (7/12-8/10), Quartet (7/25-8/24), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (8/10-9/14).

2014-2015 SEASON CALENDAR: Bright Star (9/13-11/2/14), The Royale (10/4-11/2), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/15-12/27), Murder for Two (1/24/15-3/1), The Twenty-Seventh Man (2/14-3/15), The White Snake (3/21-4/26), Buyer & Cellar (4/4-5/3), Arms and the Man (5/9-6/14), an exciting new American play to be announced (5/23-6/21).

PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images and b-roll 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 theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 14 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, 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 theatre’s education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, 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 theatres across the country.

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF (Jane, Bonnie) was a part of the original creative team of Broadway’s Tony Award-nominated [title of show] where she played herself along side her friends and collaborators. Her other Broadway credits include Alice Beineke in The Addams Family with Roger Rees, Bebe Neuwirth, and Brooke Shields, Ursula in The Little Mermaid, and The Full Monty. She has also been seen Off Broadway in Now. Here. This. and [title of show] (both at Vineyard Theatre) and as Ruth in Mosiac (Primary Stages). Some of her regional credits include Diana in Next to Normal (Weston Playhouse), First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb (The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre Company), and Ann Mitchell in Meet John Doe (Ford’s Theatre, Helen Hayes Award). Most recently Blickenstaff played Cleo in the critically acclaimed production of The Most Happy Fella (City Center Encores!). She can be heard on many original cast recordings including [title of show], Now. Here. This., Meet John Doe, and The Land Where the Good Songs Go, all available on iTunes.

BETH LEAVEL (Rhoda, Doris) returns to The Old Globe, where she was last seen as Lily Martin in Dancing in the Dark. Leavel has 11 Broadway shows (and counting) to her credit including The Drowsy Chaperone, for which she received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. Her other Broadway shows include Baby It’s You! (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Emily in the original company of Elf, Donna in Mamma Mia!, Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein, Dorothy Brock in the revival of 42nd Street, Tess in the original company of Crazy for You, Mrs. Bixby in The Civil War, Ellie in Hal Prince’s Show Boat, and Anytime Bonnie (her Broadway debut) in the original 42nd Street. Her credits also include numerous cast recordings, Off Broadway shows, and regional theatre roles like M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Dolly in Hello, Dolly!, and Lucille in the City Center Encores! production of No, No, Nanette.

ERIC WILLIAM MORRIS (The Host, Jeff, Joe) returns to The Old Globe after playing Paris in The Last Goodbye, directed by Alex Timbers, earlier this season. He recently appeared in recurring roles as Noble Sanfino on “Blue Bloods” and Deputy Mayor Holbrook on “Golden Boy.” He has also appeared on Broadway as Sky in Mamma Mia! and Coram Boy. He frequently collaborates with composer/writer Joe Iconis, starring in the Drama Desk Award-nominated Bloodsong of Love and the Second Stage Theatre run and original cast recording of Things to Ruin,among other projects. His television and film credits include “Royal Pains,” “Law & Order,” “New Amsterdam,” “As the World Turns,” and the upcoming feature film Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon. His other regional and Off Broadway credits include White Noise (Royal George Theatre), Empire (Lincoln Center Theater workshop), and Mrs. Hughes (Yale Institute).

NICOLE PARKER (Mags) played Fanny Brice in Funny Girl last fall at 3-D Theatricals, for which she received BroadwayWorld and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nominations. She was Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and in the First National Tour. Her other Broadway credits include Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and The People in the Picture. Regionally, Parker has played Maria in The Sound of Music (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre), Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Reprise Theatre Company), and Juliet in The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater/The Second City, Jeff Award nomination). She spent two years in Amsterdam as a performer/writer at Boom Chicago, an American sketch/improv theatre in the Netherlands. For six years, Parker was a series regular and contributing writer on Fox’s “MADtv.” She also appeared on “Bunk” for IFC, “Trust Us with Your Life” on ABC, “Key and Peele,” and “Hot in Cleveland.” Her films include Disaster Movie and Funny People directed by Judd Apatow. Parker has been a guest vocalist with Peter Nero and the Philadelphia Pops, Steve Reineke and the Houston Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, and many more. She is a founding member of Waterwell, a non-profit theatre based in New York City. waterwell.org.

JON PATRICK WALKER (Andy) previously appeared at The Old Globe in The Mask of Moriarty directed by Nicholas Martin and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). His other theatre credits include High Fidelity and Young Frankenstein (Broadway), Peter and the Starcatcher (New World Stages), Twelfth Night (The Public Theater’s Delacorte Theater), Debbie Does Dallas (Jane Street Theatre), Dead End (Huntington Theatre Company), She Stoops to Conquer, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Our Town, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (all Williamstown Theatre Festival), Clear (Dixon Place), The Playboy of the Western World (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). Walker was thrilled to portray John Lennon at Carnegie Hall in a piece entitled 1969, created by the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. His film credits include Winter’s Tale, The Secret Lives of Dentists, and The Substance of Fire. His television credits include leading roles on “The Fighting Fitzgeralds” (NBC) and “Holding the Baby” (Fox), plus guest appearances on “Sex and the City,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Rubicon,” “Blue Bloods,” and numerous others. Last year, Walker released his first album of original rock and roll, The Guilty Party, which is available for download from Amazon and iTunes and for streaming on various sites including Spotify.

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FACT SHEET

DOG AND PONY
World Premiere
Book by Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker
Directed by Roger Rees

RUNS: May 28 – June 29, 2014
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $35.

SYNOPSIS: Mags and Andy are a screenwriting team with a track record of hits and a professional relationship that’s firing on all cylinders. But when Andy’s marriage hits the rocks, forever single Mags finds she wants something more. Will romance ruin their perfect relationship? Dog and Pony is a world premiere musical comedy romance that takes a witty and irreverent look at what women want and whether men fit the bill...or don’t.

CREATIVE TEAM: Rick Elice (Book), Michael Patrick Walker (Music and Lyrics), Roger Rees (Director), Lisa Shriver (Choreographer), Larry Hochman (Orchestrator), Kris Stone (Scenic Design), Emily Pepper (Costume Design), Cory Pattak and Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design), Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Adam Wachter (Music Director), Tara Rubin Casting (Casting), and Anjee Nero (Stage Manager).

CAST: Heidi Blickenstaff (Jane, Bonnie), Beth Leavel (Rhoda, Doris), Eric William Morris (The Host, Jeff, Joe), Nicole Parker (Mags), and Jon Patrick Walker (Andy).

PREVIEWS:
May 28 WED 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
May 29 THU 8pm
May 30 FRI 8pm
May 31 SAT 8pm
June 1 SUN 7pm
June 3 TUE 7pm
June 4 WED 7pm
OPENING NIGHT: June 5 THU 8pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
June 6 FRI 8pm
June 7 SAT 2pm
June 7 SAT 8pm
June 8 SUN 2pm
June 8 SUN 7pm
June 10 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
June 11 WED 7pm
June 12 THU 8pm
June 13 FRI 8pm
June 14 SAT 2pm
June 14 SAT 8pm
June 15 SUN 2pm
June 15 SUN 7pm
June 17 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
June 18 WED 7pm
June 19 THU 8pm
June 20 FRI 8pm
June 21 SAT 2pm
June 21 SAT 8pm
June 22 SUN 2pm
June 22 SUN 7pm
June 23 TUE 7pm
June 24 WED 7pm
June 25 THU 8pm
June 26 FRI 8pm
June 27 SAT 2pm
June 27 SAT 8pm
June 28 SUN 2pm
June 28 SUN 7pm

INSIGHTS SEMINAR
Monday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show. Reception at 6:30 p.m. FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Wednesday, May 28 and Tuesdays, June 10 and 17.
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance. FREE

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).

PRESS CONTACTS:
Susan Chicoine (619) 238-0043 x2352 schicoine@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org