Have you heard the news? Musical based on Huey Lewis and the News premieres at The Old Globe
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – He’s been a part of rock and roll royalty since the 1980’s. Songs like “Heart of Rock and Roll” and “Hip to be Square” have been rocking our radios and rolling off our lips for decades. Now, it’s time to rewind and revisit some of the greatest songs ever written.
The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego is staging the world premier of “The Heart of Rock and Roll” the musical.
“Everybody is walking around singing the songs, it’s so cool, it’s like as a writer it’s really fun to see that your songs live on, ya know”, says the rocker himself Huey Lewis.
Clearly, he wrote some of the most memorable songs of the 80’s. The kind songs where everyone knows the words and gladly sings them out loud.
“This is just wonderful. It’s like a bonus on life. When I wrote these songs, I never envisioned they would be made into a musical”, says Lewis at the Old Globe.
“Actually, if you listen to those songs. It’s like they were written for Broadway. They have that poppy sound that just get’s people off their seats”, says show Director Barry Edelstein.
While his music and his passion will be on display, Huey Lewis himself will not, “My life is great, but it would be better if I had my hearing. I haven’t sung in 6-months and I cancelled all my shows. I’ve seen the best doctors and they still can’t figure it out,. Other than that, everything is just fine”, says Lewis.
“The Heart of Rock and Roll” world premier is September 6th in San Diego.
The Old Globe sent KUSI the following press release announcing the 2018-2019 season will begin with the world premier of “The Heart of Rock & Roll:”
SAN DIEGO (July 20, 2018, updated August 20)—The Old Globe kicks off its 2018–2019 Season with the world premiere of The Heart of Rock & Roll, inspired by the music of Huey Lewis and the News, featuring a book by Jonathan A. Abrams and story by Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan A. Abrams. It will be directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Lorin Latarro and music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Brian Usifer. The Heart of Rock & Roll will be presented by special arrangement with Tyler Mitchell, W. Leo Kiely, Bill Kiely, Whitney Kiely Moehle, and Tamar Climan.
The Heart of Rock & Roll will run September 6 – October 21, 2018 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 6 – September 13, Opening Friday, September 14, 2018. Tickets start at $39.00, on sale now to the general public and 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.
An electrifying world premiere musical comedy inspired by the songs of one of the most beloved and iconic acts in music history, Huey Lewis and the News. Mainstays on the Chicago dive bar circuit, Bobby and his band are hustling for their big break. But after their latest rejection, Bobby decides it’s “Hip to Be Square,” trades in his guitar, and starts “Workin’ for a Livin'” in corporate America. His boss, Cassandra, has struggles of her own, having sacrificed her personal life for the company. When they both get a shot at their dreams—for Bobby, another crack at rock stardom, and for Cassandra, a chance to become CEO—they must decide “If This Is It” for their careers, or if “The Power of Love” triumphs over all. The Heart of Rock & Roll celebrates the classic songs of Huey Lewis and the News in this heartwarming and hilarious new musical.