Pasadena Playhouse’s new season: ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ will stir


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The postponed world premiere of ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ is among the highlights of the Pasadena Playhouse’s 2012-13 season, which was announced Friday.

The season also will feature the world premiere of what the theater is calling the Broadway-bound comedy ‘Under My Skin’ on Sept. 11, and a yet-to-be named ‘surprise production’ set to open in March.


The musical based on the 1993 romantic comedy film ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ was set to open June 12, but officials said the the project needed more time. The show -- which features a book by Jeff Arch, who wrote the original story and co-wrote the screenplay -- will open in June 2013.

Other works to be offered in the upcoming season are Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s ‘Intimate Apparel’ (Nov. 6), the family-friendly ‘A Snow White Christmas’ (Dec. 13) and Noël Coward’s comedy ‘Fallen Angels’ (Jan. 29).

The historic playhouse closed for eight months in 2010 as it went in and out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Thanks to “Snow White,” in partnership with A Lythgoe Family Production, the new season marks the first expansion in two years. “We are hopeful this partnership … continues in future years with different shows every year,’ managing director Charles Dillingham said Friday.

“This is the second full subscription season since the bankruptcy, the first season was mostly pickup shows,” Dillingham said, adding that the Playhouse has increased subscribers by 10% since 2010. “We’re in good financial health,” he said.

Subscriptions for the 2012-2013 season are available for purchase Friday; the five-show series ranges from $99 to $290.



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Above: Meg Ryan in the movie ‘Sleepless in Seattle.’ Credit: Bruce McBroom