Friday, April 13, 2012




PASADENA, CA (April 13, 2012) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic 
Director and Charles Dillingham, Interim Executive Director) announced their 
2012-2013 season today.  The season will include the rescheduled world premiere 
of Sleepless in Seattle – The Musical originally scheduled for this summer, the 
world premiere of the Broadway-bound comedy Under My Skin, Pulitzer Prize-winner 
Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, Noël Coward’s comedy Fallen Angels and a 
surprise production to be announced. In a partnership with Lythgoe Family 
Productions, a special presentation of A Snow White Christmas will be offered 
for the holiday season.  The 2012-2013 Season begins September 2012.

"I am extremely pleased with the way that the titles for the 2012-2013 season 
have come together,” said Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena 
Playhouse.  “I believe that this season is a fascinating and exciting mixture of 
diverse theatrical styles, combining time-honored classics with new material 
that we are honored to help nurture and develop.  It strikes me that the issues 
of working through the intricacies of relationships and their inherent 
challenges - both serious and ridiculous- are at the heart of much of this 
material.  That will always be a timely and resonant subject, and one that makes 
for the possibility of satisfying theatre." 

Charles Dillingham, Interim Executive Director of The Pasadena Playhouse added, 
“We are very excited about the upcoming subscription season – the second since 
our bankruptcy.  The Playhouse is now in very strong financial condition, and 
the current season is generating wonderful audience response.”

The Pasadena Playhouse 2012-2013 Season includes:

A World Premiere Comedy
Written by Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser
Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
September 11 – October 7, 2012

From the acclaimed writing and producing team of Robert Sternin and Prudence 
Fraser and Tony-nominated Ragtime director Marcia Milgrom Dodge, comes this 
Broadway-bound comedy about sex, love and the health care business. The laughs 
are non-stop when Harrison Badish, New York’s most eligible bachelor, dies and 
comes back to life in the body of Melody Dent, a hard-working single Mom from 
Staten Island.   Then, give her his gorgeous body, the limo, the penthouse and 
his red-hot fiancé.  Throw in her sexy best friend, and one outrageous angel of 
death. Add a guy in the stirrups, learning what love is and maybe seeing things 
from a different perspective after walking a mile in her stilettos, and you have 
the heartfelt world premiere of Under My Skin.

A Striking Historical Masterpiece
By Lynn Nottage
Pulitzer Prize-winner for 2011’s Ruined
Directed by Sheldon Epps
November 6 – December 2, 2012

In 1905 New York, Esther – a black seamstress – makes a respectable living 
sewing for the wealthy elite. As she dreams of investing her savings in a beauty 
parlor for black women, she finds herself torn between two suitors: a mysterious 
Caribbean man who, sight-unseen, writes her beautiful love letters, and the 
Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth. Esther must reconcile her dreams 
with a harsh reality, as she learns that all choices come with a price. In the 
tradition of past favorites such as Blues for an Alabama Sky and Fences, come 
experience this unique and powerful play that honors The Playhouse’s commitment 
to diversity in theatrical storytelling.  “…Nottage's play has a delicacy and 
eloquence that seem absolutely right for the time she is depicting…New York has 
no richer play…" — New York Times.

A High-Comedy Opus 
By Noël Coward
January 29 – February 24, 2013

Before Carrie Bradshaw and those “Desperate Housewives,” there were Julia and friends now happily married to others, Julia and Jane both once 
counted the dashing Frenchman Maurice as their lover. Guess who's back in town 
and requesting the pleasure of the ladies company? Coward at his inimitable 
best, the story is a champagne cocktail of wit and charm. In the mirthful 
tradition of Playhouse hits such as Private Lives, Blithe Spirit and Enchanted 
April, you’ll thrill to the foibles and folderol of these fabulous Fallen 
Angels.  “Since it was written, it has become one of Coward's more popular 
comedies.” — New York Times

March 19 – April 14, 2013

In the tradition of past surprise productions such as Sister Act, Looped and 
Twist – An American Musical.  This show will be officially announced at a later 

A World Premiere Musical
June – July 2013 

The Pasadena Playhouse presents the long-awaited world premiere of Sleepless in 
Seattle – The Musical. Based on Nora Ephron’s beloved motion picture, with a 
book by Sleepless screenwriter Jeff Arch, this World Premiere presentation will 
give Playhouse audiences the special gift of experiencing this timeless story 
like never before. Inspired by the classic film An Affair to Remember starring 
Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, Sleepless in Seattle tells the story of Sam and his 
young son Jonah. Still grieving his wife’s untimely death, Sam’s heart is given 
a second chance at romance when his son calls a talk radio show to help him find 
new love.  Our audiences will be the first to enjoy this hotly-anticipated 
musical premiere. Come savor the once-in-a-lifetime theatrical affair that 
you’ll remember forever.

In addition to the 2012 – 2013 season, The Playhouse will host a special holiday 
presentation of:

A Lythgoe Family Production
Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe
December 13 – 23, 2012

An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of the traditional British 
family Panto, A Snow White Christmas features family-friendly magic, a comedic 
twist and modern music. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor 
that appeals to fairytale fans of all ages.  “Those who have never been to a 
panto will have a glorious introduction to the forum.” – Los Angeles Times.

Subscriptions for the 2012-2013 season will be available for purchase beginning 
April 13, 2012.  Priority prices are available for existing and new subscribers 
through May 15, 2012.  The five-show series ranges from $99.00 – $290.00.  A 
special student subscription is available for $99.00 (student ID required) and a 
VIP five-show series for $375.00.  All renewing subscribers will receive 
priority access to their current seat locations and new subscribers will receive 
the best available seats within requested sections. 

Tickets for the holiday engagement of A Snow White Christmas are available as a 
special add-on to a season subscription.  Regular ticket prices are $32.00 - 
$62.00 for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening performances and $42.00 - 
$72.00 for Saturday and Sunday performances.  Premium seating is available for 
all shows at $100.00 per ticket.  In addition to tickets to the performance, 
Golden tickets are available as an add-on at $100.00 each (10 per performance, 
for ages 12 and under).  Each Golden ticket gives one child a walk-on appearance 
in A Snow White Christmas during the performance.  Subscribers receive discounts 
and priority access for special presentations before they go on sale to the 
public. All ticket prices include access to A Snow White Christmas Winter 
Wonderland in the Engemann Family Courtyard and the Georgia T. McClay Friendship 
Center featuring holiday arts & craft activities, holiday carolers, and more.  A 
photo opportunity with Santa Claus and yuletide refreshments will also be 
available for purchase.

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 
91101.  Subscriptions are available for purchase at, 
by calling the Box Office at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse 
Box Office.  The Box Office is open Monday from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 
Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates.  
On performance dates the box office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 
8:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Group subscriptions are also 
available.  For additional information about subscriptions contact the Box 
Office at 626-356-7529 or visit 

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