If the 33rd summer season of Moonlight Stage Productions appears to take on a Broadway appearance that is because three of the four musicals will utilize scenic elements and costumes from New York and the Great White Way. This is one way new Artistic Director Steven Glaudini has put his stamp on his first season being announced today. In the mix of shows slated for the Moonlight Amphitheatre stage this summer are two new titles including the San Diego professional premiere of a recent Mel Brooks Broadway hit.
The first title of the season can't be announced until March, but this musical classic will be an enchanting experience as it features production elements from a recent critically acclaimed Broadway revival. This musical will run June 26-July 13. Next, with sets and costumes from the Madison Square Garden production, Moonlight will present the stage version of what is considered to be the greatest movie musical ever: THE WIZARD OF OZ. The show is being presented July 24-August 10 and is the first time the Moonlight has presented it as an adult production with adult actors taking on the leading roles. Next, the Southern California Professional Premiere of Mel Brooks' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN takes the stage August 21-September 7. Scenic elements and costumes come from the Broadway production. Featured in the show will be popular Moonlight vets Randall Hickman as The Monster and Douglas Davis as Inspector Kemp. The final show of the season will mark the 20th anniversary of its Broadway debut: THE WHO'S TOMMY, running September 18-October 5. The musical receives a rare full production and honors the show that was born at the La Jolla Playhouse.
"I wanted to accomplish a number of goals during my first season," Artistic Director Steven Glaudini noted. "Shows that are new to the Moonlight is a top priority. This keeps our seasons fresh and the excitement high for our audiences. The visual appeal of our shows is also another priority. Bringing in production elements from Broadway and Madison Square Garden this season will uplift the look of what we put on stage. We are literally bringing Broadway to Vista this summer."
In its 2014 Summer Season, Moonlight will present the Southern California professional premiere of the Disney Broadway musical MARY POPPINS. Dates, and the rest of the 2014 Summer Season, will be announced from the stage on the opening night of the 2013 season on June 26.
Four show subscription packages are priced $112 to $157 and will go on sale March 30.
Single tickets are priced $15 to $50 and includes price levels for student rush, military, senior, and family discounts. Single tickets will go on sale May 11.
When on sale, tickets can be purchased at the VisTix ticket office, located at the Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, weekdays from Noon to 5:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased by phone during the same hours by calling (760) 724-2110. Single tickets can be purchased online at www.moonlightstage.com.