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Press Release

Press Release Edgerton Foundation

GLOBE RECEIVES EDGERTON FOUNDATION AWARD IN SUPPORT OF THE WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL SAMMY


Preview and Opening Dates Revised
Additional Week of Performances Added

SAN DIEGO (July 16, 2009)—Executive Producer Lou Spisto today announced that the Edgerton Foundation’s New American Play Award has been granted to The Old Globe in support of the world premiere of Sammy.  The $75,000 award will allow for an extension of the rehearsal period of Sammy, a new musical based on the life of Sammy Davis, Jr. with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.  Directed by Keith Glover, Sammy will run in the Old Globe Theatre Sept. 19 – Nov. 8, 2009.  (The cast and creative team have not yet been announced.)

“The Old Globe is honored to receive the support of the Edgerton Foundation,” said Spisto. “Thanks to the Foundation’s generosity, Sammy’s extraordinary artistic team will receive additional rehearsal time to bring this terrific tale of one of America’s greatest entertainers to life.”
 
Launched in 2006, the Edgerton Foundation’s New American Play Awards have provided 46 productions with the financial resources to increase rehearsal time with the full production team onsite.  The Globe has previously received the prestigious award in support of the world premieres of Mark V. Olsen’s Cornelia, Itamar Moses’ Back Back Back and Steven Drukman’s In This Corner.
 
The preview and opening night dates of Sammy have been revised and an additional week of performances have been added.  The first preview is Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. (The previously announced Sept. 17 and 18 previews have been canceled.) Additional matinee preview performances have been added on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2:00 p.m.  Opening night is Friday, October 2. (The opening was previously scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26).  An additional week of performances have been added and the show will now close on Nov. 8 (previously announced as Nov. 1).
 
TICKETS to Sammy are currently available by subscription only.  Single tickets go on sale Aug. 23 at 10:00 a.m 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. Performances begin on Sept. 19 and continue through Nov. 8.  Ticket prices range from $54 to $89.  Performance times:  Previews:  Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 1 at 8:00 p.m. Regular Performances:  Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.
 
LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.
 
CALENDAR: Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night, Cyrano de Bergerac and Coriolanus (in repertory thru 9/27), Sammy (9/19-11/8), The Savannah Disputation (9/26-11/1), Whisper House (1/13-2/21).
 
PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.theoldglobe.org/pressphotos.html.


The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 74 years.  Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 580-seat Old Globe Theatre, the 250-seat Arena Stage at the San Diego Museum of Art’s James S. Copley Auditorium (an interim second stage during construction of the new 280-seat Conrad Prebys Theatre Center) and the 612-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education programs and outreach services.  Numerous Broadway-bound premieres and revivals, such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs in New York and at regional theatres across the country.
 

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