The Loneliest Girl in the World
Book & Lyrics by Gordon Leary
Music by Julia Meinwald
Directed by Matt Morrow
Production Sponsor: Rob Granat & Al Mazur
Events Sponsor: Jay Henslee & Christian St. Croix
May 24-July 1, 2018 // Opening June 2
After the lauded World Premiere of The Boy Who Danced On Air, Diversionary is proud to produce the World Premiere of another groundbreaking new musical.
Following the life and evolution of Anita Bryant and her biggest fan, Tommy, The Loneliest Girl in the World magically charts the emergence of the gay rights movement on urgently intimate terms. By turns delightful and provocative, this inspiring new musical is a reminder of a battle yet won, the purpose of pie, and the power of an individual voice.
The Loneliest Girl in the World was featured in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals Fall 2016. Leary and Meinwald’s musicals have been seen at Ars Nova, The Director’s Company, Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Prospect Theater Company, Weston Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the York Theatre Company. Leary is the recipient of the 2009 Richard Rodgers Award.
This production is generously supported in part by The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s National Fund for New Musicals.
Tickets are available at www.Diversionary.org or by calling the Box Office at 619-220-0097. 🥧 🌈
January 25 - February 18, 2018
Where: Lyceum Space
By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Jesca Prudencio
Set Design by Justin Humphres
Costume Design by Anastasia Pautova
Lightind Design by Bo Tindell
Sound Design by Melanie Chen Cole
Dramaturgy by Jim Short
Assistant Direction by Christine Nathanson
Stage Management by Heather Brose
Ben Levin as Quang
Katherine Ko as Tong
Lawrence Kao as Nhan/Khue/Asian Guy/American Guy
Shaun Tuazon as Playwright/Bobby/Hippie Dude/Redneck Biker/Giai
Emy Coligado as Huong/Flower Girl/Thu/American Girl/Translator
This is the story of how Quang meets Tong, how they flee from Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War, fall in love in a refugee camp in Arkansas, take a life changing road trip across 1970’s America and eventually give birth to a playwright named Qui Nguyen (who happens to have written this play). This love story is like no other. Told through the eyes of a very contemporary young American who loves pop culture, this sexy comedy is a mash-up of comic books, hip-hop, martial arts and Hollywood action movies. Acclaimed as one of the most innovative playwrights in the country, author Nguyen embraces two cultures and two time periods using a uniquely infectious style that The New York Times calls “culturally savvy comedy.”
About the Show
“A raucous, immensely moving comedy.”
- The New York Times
“★★★★! High-energy triumph!”
- The Guardian
"Riotous and simply honest."
- LA Times
“Where else can you get a new perspective on America fighting the Vietnam War mixed with ninjas, rap, motorcycles, sex, profanities and lots and lots of love? Vietgone is a blast and is a perfect antidote to today’s anti-other rhetoric.”
–Kim Heil, Associate Producer
Note: Vietgone is told with explicit language.
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Celebrate the true glory of this Christmas season with this touching and light-hearted live musical show. SeaWorld brings the Nativity and the meaning of Christmas to life through song and celebration.
Experience the magic of Christmas and the greatest story ever told with our special holiday performance, O Wondrous Night. This musical show celebrates the season with over 30 carols and live animals of the Nativity to re-tell the story of Christmas. This live stage show is sure to charm, entertain, and delight your friends and family.
O Wondrous Night performs nightly during SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration, Nov. 18 - Jan. 6.
"What a Blast, singing and dancing along with such a talented cast!"
David Hiley - La Jolla, CA.
"Excellent Singers, GREAT Dancers, the piano guy KILLED IT!"
Teresa Gilmore - San Diego, CA.
From AWARD WINNING Creative Team:
Rayme Sciaroni (Off-Broadway, National/International Music Theater Tours)
Peter G. Kalivas (Director, The PGK Project, Award Winning Singer/Dancer/Choreographer - On & Off-Broadway, Cirque du Soleil, ABC-TV, Singer on R & B and Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame Tours)
FEATURING: Barbara Schoenhofer and Shaun Tuazon with Peter G. Kalivas on Vocals
with PGK DANCERS: Jessica Kelley, Kymmi Kellems, Martin Anthony Dorado, Ron Davis
Intrepid and New Village Arts present a co-production
Shaun recently played Chino in WEST SIDE STORY. Curently, Shaun's scenic design can be seen in SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN.
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