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SINGLE TICKETS FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF LESLIE BRICUSSE’S SAMMY ON SALE SUNDAY, AUG. 23 AT 10AM

Obba Babatundé stars as Sammy Davis, Jr. with Tony Award winner Ann Duquesnay, Genie Award nominee Adam James and
Emmy Award winner Ted Louis Levy

SAN DIEGO(August 17, 2009)—Single tickets for The Old Globe’s world premiere of Sammy go on sale Sunday, Aug. 23 at 10:00 a.m.  The new musical is based on the life of Sammy Davis, Jr. with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, and additional songs by Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Directed by Keith Glover with choreography by Keith Young and music supervision by Ian Fraser, Sammy will run in the Old Globe Theatre Sept. 19 – Nov. 8.  Previews run from Sept. 19 – Oct. 1.  Opening night is Oct. 2 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets to Sammy may be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.
 
Sammy moves from Sammy Davis, Jr.’s beginnings in vaudeville through the Rat Pack years with Frank Sinatra to ultimate recognition of his lifetime contribution to American culture. Featuring the classic tunes that helped to make Davis an icon – “The Candy Man,” “Mr. Bojangles” and “What Kind of Fool Am I” – Sammy traces the highs and lows of the ultimate triple-threat singer, actor and dancer.  Davis was one of the greatest performers of his generation, paving new ground while struggling with issues of identity, race and a turbulent personal life.
 
Broadway veteran Obba Babatundé headlines as Sammy Davis, Jr.  The cast also features Heather Ayers (May Britt/Ensemble), Ann Duquesnay (Rosa Davis), Mary Ann Hermansen (Kim Novak/Ensemble), Adam James (Frank Sinatra), Troy Britton Johnson (Dean Martin/Cohn/Jennings/Ensemble), Ted Louis Levy (Sammy Davis, Sr.), Keewa Nurullah (Lola Folana/Ensemble), Victoria Platt (Altovise Gore/Ensemble), Lance Roberts (Will Mastin), Alonzo Saunders (Murphy/Ensemble/understudy Sammy), Sarrah Strimel (Luella/Hedda/Ensemble) with Jenelle Engleson, Stephanie Girard, Lauren Haughton, Perry Ojeda and Anise Ritchie (Ensemble).
 
The Sammy creative team also includes Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), Fabio Toblini (Costume Design), Chris Lee (Lighting Design), John H. Shivers (Sound Design), David Patridge (Sound Design), Ned Ginsburg (Orchestrator), Rahn Coleman (Music Director/Conductor), Dominique Kelley (Assistant Choreographer), Tara Rubin Casting (Casting) and David Sugarman (Stage Manager).
 
TICKETS to Sammy are currently available by subscription only.  Single tickets go on sale Sunday, 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), The First Wives Club (thru 8/30), The Mystery of Irma Vep (thru 9/6), 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/pressroom.
 
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 227-seat Arena Stage at the San Diego Museum of Art’s James S. Copley Auditorium (an interim second stage during construction of the new 250-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 theaters across the country.
 

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FACT SHEET


SAMMY
Book, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Additional Songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Directed by Keith Glover
Choreography by Keith Young
 
RUNS:  Sept. 19 – Nov. 8, 2009, Old Globe Theatre

TICKETS:
 $54-$89

SYNOPSIS:
 Featuring the classic tunes that helped to make Sammy Davis, Jr. an icon, Sammy traces the struggles and triumphs of the ultimate triple-threat singer, actor and dancer.  
 
CREATIVE TEAM: Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), Fabio Toblini (Costume Design), Chris Lee (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design), Ned Ginsburg (Orchestrator), Rahn Coleman (Music Director/Conductor), Ian Fraser (Music Supervision), Dominique Kelley (Assistant Choreographer), Tara Rubin Casting (Casting) and David Sugarman (Stage Manager).

CAST:
 Heather Ayers (May Britt/Ensemble), Obba Babatundé (Sammy), Ann Duquesnay (Rosa Davis), Mary Ann Hermansen (Kim Novak/Ensemble), Adam James (Frank Sinatra), Troy Britton Johnson (Dean Martin/Cohn/Jennings/Ensemble), Ted Louis Levy (Sammy Davis, Sr.), Keewa Nurullah (Lola Folana/Ensemble), Perry Ojeda (Eddie Cantor/Ensemble), Victoria Platt (Altovise Gore/Ensemble), Lance Roberts (Will Mastin), Alonzo Saunders (Murphy/Ensemble) with Jenelle Engleson, Stephanie Girard, Lauren Haughton, Anise Ritchie and Sarrah Strimel (Ensemble).

PREVIEWS:
Sep 19 SAT at 8:00pm
Sep 20 SUN at 7:00pm
Sep 22 TUE at 7:00pm
Sep 23 WED at 7:00pm
Sep 24 THU at 8:00pm
Sep 25 FRI at 8:00pm
Sep 26 SAT at 2:00pm
Sep 26 SAT at 8:00pm
Sep 27 SUN at 2:00pm
Sep 27 SUN at 7:00pm
Sep 29 TUE at 7:00pm
Sep 30 WED at 7:00pm
Oct 1 THU at 8:00pm (OUT at the Globe)
OPENING NIGHT:  Oct 2 FRI at 8:00pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Oct 3 SAT at 2:00pm
Oct 3 SAT at 8:00pm
Oct 4 SUN at 2:00pm
Oct 4 SUN at 7:00pm
Oct 6 TUE at 7:00pm (Post Show Forum)
Oct 7 WED at 7:00pm
Oct 8 THU at 8:00pm
Oct 9 FRI at 8:00pm (Wine Lovers Night)
Oct 10 SAT at 2:00pm
Oct 10 SAT at 8:00pm
Oct 11 SUN at 2:00pm
Oct 11 SUN at 7:00pm
Oct 13 TUE at 7:00pm
Oct 14 WED at 7:00pm (Post Show Forum)
Oct 15 THU at 8:00pm
Oct 16 FRI at 8:00pm (Thank GLOBE It’s Friday)
Oct 17 SAT at 2:00pm
Oct 17 SAT at 8:00pm
Oct 18 SUN at 2:00pm
Oct 18 SUN at 7:00pm
Oct 20 TUE at 7:00pm
Oct 21 WED at 7:00pm
Oct 22 THU at 8:00pm
Oct 23 FRI at 8:00pm
Oct 24 SAT at 2:00pm
Oct 24 SAT at 8:00pm
Oct 25 SUN at 2:00pm
Oct 25 SUN at 7:00pm
Oct 27 TUE at 7:00pm (Post Show Forum)
Oct 28 WED at 7:00pm
Oct 29 THU at 8:00pm
Oct 30 FRI at 8:00pm
Oct 31 SAT at 2:00pm
Oct 31 SAT at 8:00pm
Nov 1 SUN at 2:00pm
Nov 1 SUN at 7:00pm
Nov 3 TUE at 7:00pm
Nov 4 WED at 7:00pm
Nov 5 THU at 8:00pm
Nov 6 FRI at 8:00pm
Nov 7 SAT at 2:00pm
Nov 7 SAT at 8:00pm
Nov 8 SUN at 2:00pm
Nov 8 SUN at 7:00pm
 
INSIGHT SEMINAR  Monday, Oct. 5 at 7:00pm
Monday night seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show.  Champagne reception at 6:30pm.  FREE
 
OUT AT THE GLOBE
Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:30pm–8:00pm $21
An evening for GLBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes  Tickets: $21  (Show sold separately.)

WINE LOVERS NIGHT
Friday, Oct. 9, 6:30pm–8:00pm $19
Pre-show party with hosted wine bar and tasting with a selection of cheeses and fruit.  (Show sold separately.)
 
THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY
Friday, Oct. 16, 6:30pm–8:00pm $21
Friday pre-show bash includes wine, martinis, appetizers, dessert and live music.  (Show sold separately.)

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesday, Oct. 6 & 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 14
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance.  FREE
 
BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS:  Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday.  American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted.  (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623]  www.TheOldGlobe.org.

LOCATION:
 The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Free parking is available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.
 
PHOTOS:  Digital images of The Old Globe productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.
 
PRESS CONTACTS:
Jeffrey Weiser  (619) 238-0043 x2352  jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Samantha Haskins  (619) 238-0043 x2355  shaskins@TheOldGlobe.org