September 29, 2023


Arts Eternal

Pasadena Playhouse to stage Go-Go’s musical ‘Head Over Heels’

The Pasadena Playhouse has bought the defeat: The regional theater will kick off its 2021-22 time with a reimagining of “Head In excess of Heels,” the musical comedy that includes the hits of the Go-Go’s.

This “Head Around Heels,” functioning Nov. 9 through Dec. 12, will not be a reproduction of Michael Mayer’s 2018 Broadway output, which sets music like “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation” and “Mad About You” to the tale of Philip Sidney’s 16th-century prose poem “Arcadia.” Rather, the Playhouse staging trims the operating time to an intermission-a lot less 90 minutes (although holding the bulk of the tracks intact) and swaps a medieval setting for that of a concert not in contrast to the reveals that produced the band a mainstay of the Los Angeles punk rock scene. And it will set the audience at the centre of the motion, with immersive and interactive aspects.

It is a bold choose, primarily amid a pandemic.

“Our planet has improved dramatically because of COVID: the loss of men and women, of social connectivity, of skipped options and what we assumed very last year and this yr would have been,” stated Danny Feldman, Pasadena Playhouse generating creative director. “Restarting the engine with our pre-pandemic lens just didn’t truly feel appropriate to me. In its place, it is about on the lookout at ourselves as a cultural establishment and how we can interact with audiences and theater altogether in new techniques.”

The jukebox musical — which will be directed, choreographed and conceived by Jenny Koons and Sam Pinkleton — facilities on the crises of a royal spouse and children.

“At the main of this present is a team of people today who learn they are missing some thing and go on a look for, only to come across that the factor they were being lacking was in every other all alongside,” explained Koons. “It felt like the great matter for this second, since it is a party that reminds men and women of the choices of on their own and the environment.”

With a forged of just eight and a five-piece band, the internet site-specific reimagining will include a completely new arrangement that incorporates common theater seating, couches onstage and a standing-area spot for audience customers to dance through the present. Ticket holders can get as associated in the motion as they desire.

“The whole thing is created as a result of the spirit of consent and hospitality, from start off to complete, whether that implies you want to sit in a seat with your grandparents and have the very best time or you want to be on the dance floor the total time, or one thing in amongst,” Pinkleton said.

Moreover, the performers will not be minimal to a conventional proscenium stage. “Every seat is essentially the best seat,” Pinkleton included. “It destroys the aristocracy product of theater seating.” If you believe you have a terrible seat 1 minute, he claimed, 5 minutes afterwards, you’re like, “Only I noticed that.”

The Playhouse will require all patrons to be vaccinated and don masks inside the theater. Ticket holders beneath 12 or all those who need a acceptable accommodation for health care ailments or sincerely held spiritual beliefs should provide evidence of a adverse COVID-19 PCR test taken in 72 hrs prior to getting into the location.

Also, the Playhouse is outfitted with a new air-conditioning method that meets UL “Healthy Building” specifications. And “while ‘dance club’ is the vibe, it’s not necessarily a sweaty, packed, pre-pandemic dance club it’s far more of an ecosystem where absolutely everyone is still distancing and can nevertheless feel safe and sound,” Feldman reported.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, left, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Anthony Veneziale, Chris Sullivan and Aneesa Folds are some of the performers of “Freestyle Really like Supreme” on Broadway.

(Joan Marcus)

The Pasadena time also will include things like the Los Angeles premieres of “Teenage Dick” (Feb. 1–27), Mike Lew’s fashionable choose on Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel “Ann” (March 23-April 24) Holland Taylor’s solo show about former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein and “Freestyle Adore Supreme” (July 12-Aug. 7), the hip-hop improv clearly show from the creators of “Hamilton” set to acquire a special Tony Award future month. A fifth display will be declared at a later day.

“This is not just a new season it is the initial time of the ‘new planet,’” Feldman stated. “I’m excited, frankly, by what many others are accomplishing the two below in L.A. and all over the place, simply because this is what we have all been talking about. This is the instant when we’re likely to commence looking at what has come out of all of every thing that’s took place, and that is thrilling to me.”