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Lamb's Players extends 'miXtape'

Thu, Dec 30 2010 01:10 PM Posted By: Press Release

Lamb’s Players has extended “miXtape” through Feb. 27. The production plays Thursday through Sunday each week at the Horton Grand Theatre in San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp Quarter. After a Holiday hiatus,  “miXtape” will reopen on Jan. 14.

The play takes audiences on a seriously wild musical ride back a couple of decades, featuring the greatest hits of the 1980s, including music by Genesis, Madonna, Sting, U2, Oingo Boingo, The Smiths, Duran Duran, Huey Lewis and the News, Depeche Mode, the B-52s, the Pointer Sisters and Michael Jackson, among many others.

Reagan was in the White House, lycra and legwarmers were the accessories du jour, and a “mixtape” of favorite tunes was the ultimate in self-expression.

What a decade! A lousy economy was about to bounce back in a big way, set to the synthesized beat of ’80s rock music. The Cold War was heating up, and with fingers on the nuclear button, the world was sure to end any moment. But for Generation X, life was just beginning. So, put on your suspenders, pull out the Members Only jacket, do your hair up with a scrunchy and “cut footloose” for this totally rad musical world premiere.

Directed by Kerry Meads, with a book written by Jon Lorenz and Colleen Kollar Smith, the cast includes Brad Davis,  Smith, Louis Pardo, Leonard Patton, Michelle Pereira, Spencer Rowe, Marci Anne Wuebben, and Joy Yandell.

Under the direction of associate musical director Andy Ingersoll, the band includes Rik Ogden, David Rumley, Oliver Shirley and Nick Spear.

Choreography is by Smith, with musical direction by Lorenz. Scenic design is by Mike Buckley, with lighting design by Rachael Campbell, costume design by Jemima Dutra, and prop and multimedia design by Michael McKeon.

The stage manager is Jennifer Leigh Wheeler. The production stage manager is Maria Mangiavellano.

Up next
Lamb’s Players will present an encore of its world premiere production of “The Glory Man” for 10 performances only from Jan. 14-26  in Coronado.

This sweeping American story features a multi-talented cast of 17, bringing to life more than 40 characters in a charged Southern landscape. Clarence Jordan, author of “The Cotton Patch Gospel,” started Koinonia Farm, an unconventional racially-integrated community in the 1940s whose legacy includes the start of Habitat for Humanity.

Highlighting the production is a stunning live gospel score sung by the cast. Returning to their original roles are Jesse Abeel, Bryan Barbarin, Adrian Blount, Cynthia Gerber, Caitie Grady, Keith Jefferson, Antonio “T.J.” Johnson, Kerry Meads, Rick D. Meads, Cashae Monya, Mike Sears, Deborah Gilmour Smyth, Robert Smyth, Avery Solsbak, Alexis Rae Tenney and Doug Waldo.

They are joined by associate artist Cris O’Bryon, who appears as several characters.


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