Project Description

Ten of America’s best theatrical storytellers join director-choreographer Christopher Gattelli and composer Stephen Flaherty to create a ravishing evening that glides, leaps, and twirls through the giddy extremes of romantic love.  This unique event ranges across eras and cultures and tells its stories through the universal language of dance, from classical ballet to swing to tap to ballroom to jazz to flamenco and more.

Stephen Flaherty’s music illuminates ten original stories written by Douglas Carter Beane, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage and Alfred Uhry. Title Song Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.

World Premiere at the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, on September 24, 2015.

“CRITIC’S CHOICE!  Enchanting.  Stunning.  Potent and Achingly Romantic.  The supple score by Stephen Flaherty is beautiful and subtly moving.”

-San Diego Union-Tribune

“Moments when the dancing explodes into autonomous life are thrilling!  Theatergoers of a romantic bent will have a hard time resisting this handsome theatrical gift set.”

-Los Angeles Times

“Sweeps you away so profoundly that the feelings remain long after the curtain goes down.  With sweeping music by Flaherty…an exceptional show.”

-KPBS TV

“A joyous experience for the theatergoer and a triumph of artistic collaboration.”

-San Diego City Beat

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Photos by Carol Rosegg

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The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA
(Barry Edelstein, Artistic Director; Michael G. Murphy, Managing Director)
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Music by Stephen Flaherty
Vignettes by Douglas Carter Beane, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher,
David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage and Alfred Uhry.

Direction and Choreography by Christopher Gattelli
Title Song Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Conceived by Christopher Gattelli and Jennifer Manocherian
Scenic Design by Derek McLane
Costume Design by Jess Goldstein
Lighting Design by Donald Holder
Sound Design by Peter Hylenski
Projection Design by Olivia Sebesky
Orchestrator, Michael Starobin
Music Director, Steven Malone
Shadow Sequence Design by Larry Reed/ShadowLight
Casting by Telsey + Company, Abbie Brady-Dalton
Associate Choreographer, Mark Myars
Production Stage Manager, Michael Domue

CAST
Marija Juliette Abney

Stephen Bienskie
Henry Byalikov
Claire Camp
George Chakiris
Spencer Clark
Jeremy Davis
Jenn Harris
Glenda Sol Koeraus
Jess LeProtto
Donna McKechnie
Adesola Osakalumi
Karine Plantadit
Hayley Podschun
Jonathan Sharp
Ryan Steele
Brendon Stimson
Alex Michael Stoll
Samantha Sturm
Oscar Valero
Erica Wong
Lyrica Woodruff