Theater Previews – 8/15/19

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – This week’s Theater Preview has something for everyone to enjoy!

THE UNDERPANTS
The Old Globe (Balboa Park)
Through September 8
Legendary comedian and writer Steve Martin is back with a riotously funny farce. Newly married Louise is bored with her demanding and uptight bureaucrat husband. Then one day at the royal parade, she jumps up on a bench to see the king go by, and oops—wardrobe malfunction!—her bloomers come loose and fall down around her ankles. Her husband is frantic that her faux pas will cost him his job and reputation. But suddenly the room they’ve been trying to rent out has plenty of takers, and it just might have something to do with…the underpants.
• Steve Martin, who gave Globe audiences hits like Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Bright Star, and Meteor Shower, brings us a hilarious look at sudden fame and the crazy things people do when they’re in the grip of romantic fever.
• The New York Times calls the play “laugh-out-loud funny!” and “an amalgam of comic book and social commentary made out of sex jokes, slamming doors, and sophisticated repartee.”
• Tickets: theoldglobe.org or (619) 234-5623

33 ⅓ – HOUSE OF DREAMS
San Diego Repertory Theatre (at The Lyceum Theatre -Downtown)
Through September 1
The hit musical about the birthplace of some of the greatest songs of all time. 33 1/3 – House of Dreams tells the story of the legendary Gold Star Recording Studios and its co-founder, lead engineer and hit maker Stan Ross. In Hollywood for 33 1/3 years, Gold Star was the birthplace of some of the greatest pop and rock hits of all time. Thirty actors, dancers and a live band will raise the roof of the Lyceum this summer!
• Experience the creation of the music of a young Phil Spector and his Wall of Sound, The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, Tina Turner, The Righteous Brothers, Ritchie Valens and many, many more.
• You won’t believe the 30 song playlist, which includes rock n’ roll classics such as “Summertime Blues,” “La Bamba,” “Good Vibrations,” “Be My Baby,” “Unchained Melody,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and, yes, even “In A Gadda Da Vida.”
• Tickets: sdrep.org or 619.544.1000

TENDERLY
North Coast Repertory Theatre (Solana Beach)
Through August 25
Tenderly is based on the life of Rosemary Clooney, who was hailed as America’s favorite girl singer. In this exhilarating and inspiring new musical biography, it offers a fresh, personal and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. We learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her personal struggles. Indulge yourself in a musical that will leave you cheering at her triumphant comeback and singing these unforgettable songs.
• The show features many of her signature hits, including “Hey There (you with the stars in your eyes),” “Tenderly,” “Sway,” “Mambo Italiano” and “Come On-A My House.”
• Rosemary was married to Jose Ferrer and some of her children, including Miguel Ferrer and Rafael Ferrer, her nephew, George Clooney, and daughter-in-law Debbie Boone also became respected actors and entertainers.
• She was America’s favorite girl singer until her career languished in the 1960s, partly due to problems related to depression and drug addiction, but revived in 1977, when her White Christmas co-star Bing Crosby asked her to appear with him at a show marking his 50th anniversary in show business. She continued recording until her death in 2002.
• Tickets: northcoastrep.org or (858) 481-1055
DOGFIGHT
Coronado Playhouse (Coronado)
Through August 25
November 21, 1963: On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. The men must compete in the “proud” Marine tradition of the “dogfight”, a high-stakes contest to see who can pick up the ugliest date. But when PFC Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.
• This romantic and comic musical adaptation of the 1991 movie with River Phoenix and Lili Taylor, wowed audiences when it premiered at New York’s Second Stage in 2012. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical in 2013, it offers audiences an unexpectedly tender & genuine love affair supported by an impressive & beautiful score.
• The inspiring writing team that is Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (called “heirs to Rodgers and Hammerstein” by Variety) who penned DOGFIGHT, have gone on to achieve great acclaim, most notably the Tony Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen, Smash, and the Oscar-winning La La Land and The Greatest Showman.
• Tickets: coronadoplayhouse.org or 619-435-4856

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