It was another great summer in the Burbank! It was an especially inspiring season that pushed boundaries, took chances and embraced modern and relevant ideas. Here is more information about each production from the director’s viewpoint:
Little Shop of Horrors
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Lyrics by Alan Menken
"At its heart though it is really a very small, very simple, and very human story about people who do terrible things, get what they always wanted and then have to pay the price...Our production has tried to re-capture some of the grit and seediness of the original Off Broadway production of the show."
-Johanna Pinzler, Director
Tartuffe by Molière
Translated into English Verse by Richard Wilbur
"With growing disparities in wealth and class, and the ever present role religion plays in our society and politics, Molière's words and themes are as relevant as ever. Almost nothing demonstrates this as well as reality television and America's love and fascination with it."
-Anne McAlexander, Director
Jane Austen's Emma
Adapted by Michael Bloom
"Working on the show, I was often struck by just how insightful Austen was. Her deep understanding of the innermost workings of both young and old, allows her to probe beyond plot and circumstance, bringing broad human truths to light. Michael Bloom's 2010 adaptation gives a glimpse of Austen's lively Highbury, but I hope our production inspires you to pick up Austen's original for more."
-Jackie Apodaca, Director
Peter and the Starcatcher
By Rick Elic
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
"I saw Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway in 2009 and it was one of the most magical nights I have spent at the theatre. The story, although appropriate for people of all ages, is especially delightful for adults. When you know characters as well as many of us know Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook and Tinkerbell--it is spellbinding to be given a hidden glimpse into their past. Now, this by no means is a definitive explanation of how they came to be the characters we meet in the J. M. Barrie, but what a treat to expand their stories into the past, rather than just the future!"
-James Newman, Director
By Rodgers and Hammerstein
South Pacific premiered in 1949 on Broadway, followed by the iconic 1958 film starring Mitzi Gaynor. The story is based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific, combining elements of several of the stories. Rodgers and Hammerstein believed that they could write a musical based on Michener's work that would tell the story of the war in that region, portray heightened romance, and at the same time, send a strong progressive message on racism.
- James Newman, Director