Announcing our 40th Anniversary Summer Season
May 13 - 30, 2020
San Diego Regional Premiere
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Craig Lucas
Originally produced on Broadway by
Stuart Oken Van Kaplan Roy Furman
By special arrangement with
Elephant Eye Theatrical & Pittsburgh CLO and Théâtre du Châtelet
Romance is in the air and youthful optimism reigns in the San Diego Regional Premiere production of “An American in Paris.” George Gershwin’s soaring melodies are matched by gravity-defying dance and the romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl, and an indomitable European city each yearning for a new start following World War II. Hoping to start a new life, veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. But Jerry's life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret and realizes he is not her only suitor. “An American in Paris” features music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Tony nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Lucas. Winner of four Tony Awards and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, this exquisite musical features treasured Gershwin songs including, "I Got Rhythm," "Liza," "'S Wonderful," "But Not for Me," and "Stairway to Paradise."
June 10 - 27, 2020
San Diego Premiere
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell
Music and Lyrics by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell
Welcome to the Renaissance, where the Black Plague has ceded power to the Puritans, farthingales and codpieces are the latest fashion trend, and the biggest celebrity in England is a playwright named William Shakespeare. Moonlight presents the San Diego Regional Premiere of “Something Rotten!,” the hilarious new musical comedy that tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that rock star playwright Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, “Something Rotten!” is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals, those dazzling creations that entertain, inspire, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!
July 15 - August 1, 2020
San Diego Regional Premiere
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
New Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn and refreshed with the new Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” The 2013 production marked the first time the classic tale born in 1957 as a TV movie starring Julie Andrews was produced on Broadway where it ran for two years starting in 2013. Douglas Carter Beane’s revamped book introduces new characters and surprising twists giving today’s audiences a fresh look at the tale while keeping in the elements that generations of fans of the show remember: the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the marked ball, and others. Lush orchestrations accompany the familiar songs of the original (“In My Own Little Corner,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “The Prince is Giving a Ball” among others) and adds new ones from the R&H catalog. No matter one’s age, when the slipper fits, the heart will soar.
August 12 - 29, 2020
Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
The 2020 season heralds the revival of one of Moonlight’s most requested and popular shows: “Ragtime.” After 18 years, Moonlight Stage Productions presents the sweeping musical portrait of early-twentieth-century America telling the story of three families in the pursuit of the American Dream. At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing and anything is possible. The musical focuses on an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician at the turn-of-the-century New York. All three are united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. Their compelling stories are set to one theatre's richest Tony Award-winning scores by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. ‘Bloomberg News’ calls the show, “Explosive and thrilling! Theater-shaking intensity…a vibrant production. “Ragtime” is nothing short of a masterpiece."
September 9 - 26, 2020
San Diego Regional Premiere
Music and Lyrics by Cindy Lauper
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Miramax motion picture of the same name, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth
With a score by pop icon Cindi Lauper and a book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein, Moonlight closes its season with the San Diego Regional Premiere of “Kinky Boots.” Capturing six Tony Awards in 2013 and winning every major Best Musical Award that season, “Kinky Boots” is inspired by true events. The show takes audiences from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in England’s Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. “Kinky Boots” has won every major Best Musical Award. The musical scored 13 Tony Award nominations, winning six including Best Musical and Best Score (Cindi Lauper’s first Broadway score and the first woman to win solo in that category). After more than 2,000 performances, the Broadway production closed on April 7, 2019 making it one of Broadway’s huge-hearted hits.