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SAN DIEGO ENTERTAINMENT BRIEFS

Actor Cleavon Little, a graduate of San Diego State University, will star in a world premiere retelling of the Pygmalion myth, commissioned by the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre for 1990. Little, a Broadway veteran who is probably best known for his role as the sheriff in Mel Brooks’ zany Western send-up “Blazing Saddles,” will be playing a Henry Higgins no one has seen before. Gaslamp managing producer Kit Goldman said the new play, set in 1912 Philadelphia, will translate George Bernard Shaw’s classic story into black history. The as-yet-untitled Gaslamp production is being written by Elmo Terry-Morgan, artistic director of the National Black Theater of Harlem, and will be directed by Oz Scott, who did “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”


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