The Old Globe is presenting the West Coast Premiere of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, a new work by one of America’s great comic playwrights, familiar to millions for Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You. Baskerville is directed by Josh Rhodes, who previously choreographed the Globe’s productions of Bright Star and Working, as well as Broadway’s It Shoulda Been You, First Date, and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The Old Globe engagement will begin performances on July 24, with opening night on Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 p.m., in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Although originally scheduled to run through August 23, Baskerville has been extended by popular demand through August 30, 2015!
The 2015 Summer Season continues the Globe’s 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Tickets for Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery are currently available by subscription only and are flying out the door! Subscription packages to the Globe’s 2015 Summer Season range from $97 to $346. Single tickets start at $29 and go on sale Friday, June 19 at 12 noon. 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.
A wildly inventive adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles makes its West Coast premiere. Ken Ludwig brings to life literature’s most famous detective-the inimitable Sherlock Holmes. Five fearless actors conjure the world of Victorian England as Holmes and Watson take on one of the most diabolical cases of their careers. This witty and clever romp delivers chills, laughter, and a great evening of theatre.
Tony Award nominee Euan Morton plays the intrepid Sherlock Holmes. He was last at the Globe as Michelangelo Buonarroti in 2012’s Divine Rivalry. He originated the role of Boy George in Taboo on Broadway and the West End, appeared in Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac and Sondheim on Sondheim, and won an Obie Award for Measure for Pleasure at The Public Theater. Usman Ally is his trusted colleague Doctor Watson. He received a 2015 Obie Award for Off Broadway’s The Invisible Hand and has also appeared in Disgraced, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, The Jungle Book, “Madam Secretary,” and “Damages.” The 45 other people in the play are portrayed by Blake Segal as Man One (Mary Poppins national tour, Off Broadway’s Bones in the Basket and Les Enfants de Paris, “Blue Bloods”), Andrew Kober as Man Two (Broadway’s LES MISERABLES and Hair, “House of Cards,” “Boardwalk Empire”), and Liz Wisan as Woman One (Other Desert Cities on Broadway, Bill W. and Dr. Bob Off Broadway, the films Ready or Knot and Bitches, “Elementary”).
The creative team also includes Wilson Chin (Scenic Design), Shirley Pierson (Costume Design), Austin R. Smith (Lighting Design), Bart Fasbender (Original Music and Sound Design), David Huber (Vocal Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Annette Yé (Production Stage Manager).
“Ken Ludwig is an American master and one of the finest comic dramatists we have,” said Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “I am thrilled to bring his latest brilliant creation to San Diego. It doesn’t take a super detective to figure out that our audiences will embrace its hilarious high-style and spine-tingling suspense. Director Josh Rhodes, another shining talent, will bring his own vivid and audacious style to the play, as will a cast as highly talented as any we’ve had here. Add a pipe, a magnifying glass, and a deerstalker hat, and Baskerville will deliver an evening of wit and panache that I know will prove one of the most memorable in Globe history.”
Ken Ludwig (Playwright) is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose work has been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. He has had six shows on Broadway and seven on London’s West End. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me a Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards, a Charles MacArthur Award, twoHelen Hayes Awards, an Edgar Award, a Southeastern Theatre Conference Distinguished Career Award, and an Edwin Forrest Award. His newest book, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Random House, won a Falstaff Award. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Old Vic. He has written 22 plays and musicals, including Crazy for You (five years on Broadway and the West End, Tony and Olivier Award winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, Twentieth Century, Leading Ladies, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, The Three Musketeers, and The Beaux’ Stratagem. His most recent plays include Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol (2015 Helen Hayes Award nominee), and A Comedy of Tenors, a sequel to Lend Me a Tenor, which will open this fall. His plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Mickey Rooney, Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, Tony Shalhoub, Anne Heche, Joan Collins, and Kristin Bell. His work has been published by Yale Review, and he is a Sallie B. Goodman Fellow of McCarter Theatre Center. He holds degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College, and Cambridge University.
Josh Rhodes (Director) previously choreographed the Globe’s productions of Bright Star and Working. His recent Broadway credits include It Shoulda Been You, First Date, and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Outer Critics Circle, Astaire, and Drama Desk Award nominations). He choreographed Company starring Neil Patrick Harris, Sweeney Todd, and Sondheim! The Birthday Concert for theNew York Philharmonic and PBS. As a director his credits include Spamalot (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Casa Mañana), and Broadway Bares XX and XXI. His other stage credits include Zorba (City Center Encores!), Working (Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, Drama Desk Award-winning production at Prospect Theater Company), John Kander’s The Landing (Vineyard Theatre), Broadway: Three Generations (The Kennedy Center), On the Town (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Annie Get Your Gun starring Patti LuPone (Ravinia Festival), Barnum (Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota Magazine Theater Award), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (The Shakespeare Theatre Company; Helen Hayes Award nomination).
Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is supported in part through gifts from Paula and Brian Powers and Evelyn Mack Truitt. The Artist Sponsors for Euan Morton are Sue and Edward “Duff” Sanderson.
TICKETS to Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery are currently available only as part of a Season Package. Subscription prices for the 2015 Summer Season range from $97 to $346. Subscription packages may 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. Single tickets go on sale Friday, June 19 at 12 noon. Performances begin on July 24 and continue through August 30. Performance times: Previews: Friday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. Opening night is Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 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 will be no preview performances on Saturday, July 25. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, and groups of 10 or more.
Additional events taking place during the run of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery include:
Tuesday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m.
The seminar series features a panel selected from the current show. Reception at 5:00 p.m. FREE
Tuesday, August 4, Wednesday, August 5, and Tuesday, August 11
Discuss the play with members of the cast and crew following the performance. FREE
The 2015 Summer Season opens June 21 with Shakespeare’s delightful and romantic Twelfth Night, directed by Rebecca Taichman, whose time-traveling Time and the Conways fascinated Globe audiences last April. It will continue as 2014 Tony Award winner for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and former Old Globe Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak returns July 1 to direct the spectacular musical classic Kiss Me, Kate, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Sam and Bella Spewack, and choreography by Peggy Hickey, in association with Hartford Stage. Rounding out the Summer Shakespeare Festival on August 16 is Shakespeare’s hilarious The Comedy of Errors, with seven-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis, who had three shows on Broadway this season, making his Old Globe directorial debut.
Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors will run in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Kiss Me, Kate will play on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’sConrad Prebys Theatre Center.
The Globe will also present a series of free Monday night films relating to Shakespeare through the eras to celebrate both the Balboa Park Centennial and the theatre’s 80th Anniversary. On June 29 at 8:15 p.m., the Globe will present Henry V, directed by Laurence Olivier in 1944, in the Festival Theatre. It will be followed by Orson Welles’s 1965 classic Chimes at Midnight on July 13 at 7:00 p.m. and Joss Whedon’s 2012 Much Ado About Nothing on August 3 at 7:00 p.m. (both in the Globe Theatre), and the series will conclude on August 24 at 8:00 p.m. with Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’s groundbreaking 1961 New York City riff on the Bard’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, in the Festival Theatre.
LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION: 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. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. The Balboa Park valet is also available during performances ($12), located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.TheOldGlobe.org/Directions.
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