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2018 Season

Oklahoma!

Press Contact

for information, photos,

press tickets, interviews, etc.

Kathy Kahn

woodminsterpr@gmail.com

510-418-8523

or

Natalie Fong

natalie@woodminster.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press contact: Kathy Kahn, woodminsterpr@gmail.com, 510-418-8523

Media contact: Natalie Fong, natalie@woodminster.com
Theater contact: Harriet Schlader, 
harriet@woodminster.com, 510-531-9597
Website: 
Woodminster Summer Musicals

 

PRESS RELEASE
Woodminster Summer Musicals Announces 52nd Season for Summer 2018

Diverse Season Includes Broadway Gems From Different Eras
Shows by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Lin-Manuel Miranda

 

January 23, 2018, Oakland, CA — Producers Associates announces the 52nd season of the Woodminster Summer Musicals in Joaquin Miller Park.  2018’s shows are Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! (July), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat (August), and In The Heights (September).

 

Oklahoma!, celebrating its 75th birthday in 2018, will be performed July 6-8 and 12-15.  Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration, this show is a recognized landmark in the evolution of the American Musical Theater, and established new expectations for musicals that were followed for decades and are still familiar today.  Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration is also one of their most memorable scores, with songs like “Oh What A Beautiful Morning,” “Surrey With the Fringe On Top,” “People Will Say We’re In Love,” “Kansas City,” and the triumphant title song, “Oklahoma!”  This show is appropriate for families, and is a must-see for musical theatre lovers.

 

In the always-popular Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat, performed August 3-5 and 9-12, the Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to life in a delightful musical parable.  This first collaboration of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber had a life as a concert piece before it evolved into a full blown show in London’s West End 50 years ago, and moved to Broadway in 1982. Told entirely through song, the musical follows Joseph, favorite son of Jacob, who is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, and overcomes many challenges through his honesty and good character. This famously fast-paced, funny show is full of catchy songs in a variety of musical styles, and will appeal to all ages.

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Tony-award winning Broadway show, In The Heights, will end the season with performances Aug 31-Sept 2 and 6-9.  Like Miranda’s even more famous Hamilton, In the Heights’ style is ostensibly hip hop, but characters sing and dance to a wide variety of musical styles and moods. In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures.  Energetic and infectious, with a modern, urban attitude, this is something completely different for the Woodminster stage.

 

Says Artistic Director, Joel Schlader, “After our record-breaking season in 2017, we worked hard to choose shows that would appeal to just as many people in 2018.  We’re pretty excited about what we came up with.  Oklahoma and Joseph are hugely entertaining shows that we haven’t done in awhile, and our audiences keep asking us to do them again.  And we’re thrilled to be producing a Lin-Manuel Miranda show this year — everybody loves Hamilton, and now they’ll get to see what came before it.”

 

Auditions for all three shows are March 24-25 at Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland.  Adult singing auditions are both afternoons (choose one).  Adult dance auditions are Sunday morning, March 25.  Children’s auditions (ages 10-14, for the children’s chorus in Joseph) are Saturday morning, March 24.  Please see http://woodminster.com/auditions-2018.html for exact times and other details, as well as special instructions for actors who are members of Actors Equity Association.

 

Tickets for the 2018 season range from $32 to $69, with season tickets providing about a 15% discount, and numerous other discounts available, including:

• The K75 program, about a 75% discount for tickets for children and teens 16 and younger who attend with adults (up to 5 kids per 1 adult).  Any performance, purchase tickets any time.

• Kids Come Free continues to provide free tickets for kids up to 16 years old who attend with adults (1 kid per 1 adult). Any performance, available night of performance only.

• Millennials’ Half Price (ages 17-30). Any performance, night of performance only.

• Oakland Resident Half Price. Opening nights only, purchase tickets any time with code, pick up with ID showing Oakland address.

• Group Rate (25 or more tickets) About half price Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays.

• Mini-group Rate (12 or more tickets) About 15% off, any performance.

(Details of discount programs on www.woodminster.com.)

 

Woodminster Summer Musicals are performed outdoors, under the stars at Woodminster Amphitheater, an historic city-owned outdoor performance facility in Joaquin Miller Park high in the Oakland Hills. The park's spectacular views and serene woodsy environment made it the perfect setting for the amphitheater, cascades, reflecting pool, and paths that were originally built as a WPA project in 1939-40. With a dedicated board of directors, Producers Associates, Inc. has maintained and improved the facility, which attracts audience from all over the Bay Area and beyond, contributing to the economic health of the neighborhood.  The Woodminster Summer Musicals are produced in cooperation with the City of Oakland's Parks and Recreation Department, and the City derives over $45,000 per year in facility fees plus considerable revenues from parking fees.  For many East Bay families, it is a long-standing summer tradition to enjoy a picnic in the park and then see a musical at Woodminster.   For more information about the 2018 season or the history of the organization, visit  www.woodminster.com.

 

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Kathy Kahn, Publicity & Marketing

Woodminster Summer Musicals

Producers Associates, Inc.

510-418-8523

www.woodminster.com

woodminsterpr@gmail.com

 

Since 1967, Oakland's historic WPA-era Woodminster Amphitheater has been home to the Woodminster Summer Musicals.  Each summer, the large outdoor venue comes alive with 3 big Broadway-style musicals.  (Photo by Stephen Woo.)

Top Photo: Nikita Burshteyn* as Curly and Jennifer Mitchell* as Laurey

Bottom Photo: Oscar Tsukayama as Will Parker and Gina Velez as Ado Annie

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Press contact: Kathy Kahn, woodminsterpr@gmail.com, 510-418-8523

Media contact: Natalie Fong, natalie@woodminster.com

Theater contact: Harriet Schlader, harriet@woodminster.com, 510-531-9597

Website: Woodminster Summer Musicals

 

CALENDAR INFORMATION

What:  Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Presented by: Woodminster Summer Musicals by Producers Associates, Inc.

When: 8 pm on July 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 2018

Where: Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, Joaquin Miller Road at upper Sanborn Drive, Oakland (3540 Sanborn Drive)

Tickets: 510-531-9597 or www.woodminster.com or at the box office before any performance

 

PHOTO CAPTION

Oscar Tsukayama as Will Parker and Gina Velez as Ado Annie provide some comedy in Oklahoma! at Woodminster Summer Musicals. This production, featuring a cast of 47 plus live professional orchestra, celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Broadway opening of this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.   The show runs July 6-9 and 12-15 at Oakland's historic Woodminster Amphitheater.   Details at www.woodminster.com or 510-531-9597.  Photo by Natalie Fong.

 

PRESS RELEASE

Woodminster Summer Musicals Opens 52nd Season July 6 With Oklahoma!

Production Celebrates 75th Birthday of Classic Rodgers & Hammerstein Musical

 

June 13, 2018, Oakland, CA -- Producers Associates announces that the opening show of the 52nd season of the Woodminster Summer Musicals is Oklahoma!  This popular classic will be performed July 6-15 at Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park, located on Joaquin Miller Road at upper Sanborn Drive. Oklahoma, which opened on Broadway 75 years ago, was the first collaboration for Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, arguably the greatest writing partnership in the history of American Musical Theater.

 

Oklahoma! is set in a Western territory just after the turn of the 20th century, where the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a headstrong farm girl, play out their love story. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration is also one of their most memorable scores, with songs like “Oh What A Beautiful Morning,” “Surrey With the Fringe On Top,” “People Will Say We’re In Love,” “Kansas City,” and the triumphant title song, “Oklahoma!”

 

Oklahoma! won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1944, and ran for 2,212 performances on Broadway. It was revolutionary for the time because it combined elements of operetta with old-style musical comedies to produce the first full-fledged musical play, where all elements contribute to character development and story line.  It was not only revolutionary in the way it fused story, songs, and dance, but it also introduced the choreography of Agnes DeMille’s Dream Ballet to reveal the hidden desires and fears of the principal characters. It was also the first Broadway musical to have every major number recorded by the full original cast and orchestra, and introduced the idea of the Original Cast Album, released of course on 78 RPM vinyl.  This show established new expectations for musicals that were followed for decades and are still familiar today.

 

Says director Joel Schlader, “Oklahoma! is an absolute must-see for musical theater lovers.  In many ways, it set the direction for American Musical Theater that has been followed and expanded by people like Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose shows we’re doing later this summer.  It’s hard to overestimate how important this show was, which is why just this year, The New York Times called Oklahoma ‘the Hamilton of World War II.’  We’re excited to celebrate its 75th birthday with a big blow-out production, with nearly 50 in the cast plus a live professional orchestra.”

 

Tickets are available by phone, at 510-531-9597, online at www.woodminster.com, or in person at Woodminster Amphitheater 10-4 weekdays and 10-2 weekends, or at the box office 2 hours before any performance.  Performances are July 6 (opening), July 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, and 15, all at 8 p.m.

 

Tickets for summer musicals at Woodminster Amphitheater range from $32 to $69, with a $2 discount for seniors 62 and older.  Since the beginning, one of Producers Associates’ missions has been to make live theater affordable for families in the local community, and the organization offers many ticket discount programs with that in mind.  They include:

• Season tickets and flex passes (about a 15% discount)

• Group rate 25+ (about half price, specific performances)

• Group rate 12+ (about 15% off, any performance)

• Oakland residents (about half price, opening night of each show)

• Millennials 17-30 (about half price, at the door any performance)

• Kids Come Free (up to 16 yrs, 1 free with 1 paying adult, at the door any performance)

• K75 (up to 16 yrs, about 75% off, 5 discounted kids with 1 paying adult, pre-sales okay, any performance)

 

The production will be directed by Joel Schlader, with music direction by Mark Dietrich and choreography by Harriet Mason, assisted by Sarah Pon.  Woodminster shows are performed with live orchestras, and musicians are members of Musicians Local No. 6.

 

The role of Curly will be played by popular Bay Area actor Nikita Burshteyn, last seen on the Woodminster stage in 2014 as Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can. His love interest, Laurey, will be played by Jennifer Mitchell, who played Belle in 2017’s Beauty and the Beast. Also in last year’s Beauty and the Beast (as Cogsworth) was Dwight Mahabir, who will portray the menacing farmhand, Jud Fry.  The comedic “dancing” couple, Will Parker and Ado Annie, will be played by Oscar Tsukayama and Gina Velez.  The cast of 47 includes both Equity (AEA member) and non-Equity performers.

 

After Oklahoma! the 52nd season of the Woodminster Summer Musicals will continue with Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat August 3-12 and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ In The Heights August 31-September 9.

 

Over the last 52 years, Producers Associates has presented 160+ productions, entertaining over a million Woodminster Summer Musicals ticket holders.  The shows have been performed by more than 5000 actors, over 20% of them members of Actors Equity Association, making the organization one of the Bay Area's most reliable employers of professional actors.  The musicals have always been performed with live professional orchestras, which have included 23 different conductors and over 1800 members of Musicians Local #6.  In addition, the organization has employed 26 professional set designers, 17 lighting designers, 25 costume designers, 6 sound technicians, 18 choreographers, 6 directors, and over 1,500 young backstage interns.

 

Woodminster Summer Musicals are performed under the stars at Woodminster Amphitheater, an open-air performance facility in Joaquin Miller Park high in the Oakland Hills. The park's spectacular views and serene woodsy environment made it the perfect setting for the amphitheater, cascades, reflecting pool, and paths that were originally built as a WPA project in 1939-40. For many East Bay families, it is a long-standing summer tradition to enjoy a picnic in the park and then see a musical at Woodminster.   For more information about the 2018 season or the history of the organization, visit www.woodminster.com.

 

___________________________

Kathy Kahn, Publicity & Marketing

Woodminster Summer Musicals

Producers Associates, Inc.

510-418-8523

www.woodminster.com

woodminsterpr@gmail.com

Woodminster Summer Musicals produced in cooperation with the City of Oakland Parks & Recreation Department.

Logo designed by Joanne Romeo.

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