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Moonlight Stage Productions Announces 40th Anniversary Season in 2020

Vista CA— For the first-time ever, Moonlight Stage Productions will produce five musicals as part of its 40th anniversary season in 2020. The season’s expansion of an additional show celebrates The Moonlight’s landmark record of 40 continuous years of producing award-winning and critically acclaimed musicals at the Moonlight Amphitheatre.

“Our ruby anniversary season is a milestone for The Moonlight,” said Producing Artistic Director Steven Glaudini. “Never before have we produced five musicals on the Moonlight stage in the same season. We’re producing five shows to celebrate forty summers and to give audiences the opportunity to experience three San Diego Regional premiere productions, one San Diego premiere, and one extraordinary revival. The 2020 season is a great mix of contemporary and traditional musicals, each one telling compelling stories of the human spirit, from the humorous, the dramatic, to the inspiring.”

“Our five show fortieth anniversary season in 2020 is a testament to the great support and loyalty of our audiences, donors and sponsors, and the City of Vista,” noted Managing Director Colleen Kollar Smith. “It’s thrilling and gratifying to be able to offer audiences a fifth show to mark our anniversary and to celebrate the Moonlight. For 40 years, the Moonlight has been a special place to spend summers and make memories and we are excited to continue the tradition to the next fortieth and beyond.”

Opening the 40th anniversary season May 13 – 20, 2020 is the San Diego Regional Premiere production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. Inspired by the Academy Award winning 1951 film, this recent Broadway musical features music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas. Set in Paris in the aftermath of World War II, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS tells the romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl, and an indomitable European city – each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of international conflict. The 2015 Broadway production earned four Tony Awards and includes such classic Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” and “Stairway to Paradise.”

From June 10 – 27, 2020, The Moonlight presents the San Diego Premiere production of the hilarious new Broadway musical SOMETHING ROTTEN!. Created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, SOMETHING ROTTEN! was lauded by audience members and critics alike, receiving several Best Musical nominations and a Grammy for its original cast recording. SOMETHING ROTTEN! is an over the top farce set in 1595 featuring large song and dance numbers telling the story of the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who struggle to find success in the theatrical world, as they compete with the wild popularity of their contemporary William Shakespeare.

Until 2013, Broadway had never seen Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, and Moonlight presents the San Diego Regional Premiere production July 15 – August 1, 2020. If you think you know the classic tale born as a TV special in 1957, this new version will offer plenty of new music and surprises. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside a hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane. The lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all of the moments audiences love, plus some surprising new twists. The musical adds new songs from the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalog.

Returning to The Moonlight’s stage after 18 years is the sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America. RAGTIME will run August 12 – 29, 2020. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel, RAGTIME is the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Moonlight Stage Productions offered the regional premiere in 2002 and this will be its first revival since. Three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.

To close its 40th anniversary season, September 9 – 26, 2020 is the San Diego Regional Premiere production of KINKY BOOTS, winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. KINKY BOOTS features a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes audiences from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. KINKY BOOTS was Cyndi Lauper’s first foray as a Broadway composer and for her work she was honored with a Tony Award for Best Score, the first woman to win solo in that category.

Subscriptions for the 2020 season will go on sale in January, with single tickets going on sale in March. For more information, call (760) 724-2110 or visit moonlightstage.com.

The 2020 season announcement comes at the beginning of its current 39th season where Moonlight Stage Productions is producing MEL BROOKS’ THE PRODUCERS (June 12 – 29, 2019), the San Diego Regional Premiere of MATILDA THE MUSICAL (July 17 – August 3, 2019), WEST SIDE STORY (August 14 – 31, 2019), and the San Diego Regional Premiere of VICTOR/VICTORIA (September 11 – 28, 2019).