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Moonlight Stage Productions announces 40th anniversary 2020 season

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For those who watched the Tony Awards this year, they got the message from host James Cordon that while binging on TV is all well and good, there is still nothing like watching a live show in a theater full of people and it's okay to “put down the remote." He also aptly described stage entertainment as being "a different kind of show. Actual people in an actual place.”

Nobody knows that sentiment better than the Moonlight Stage Productions who will produce five musicals as part of its 40th anniversary season in 2020. 

“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.”

Managing Director Colleen Kollar Smith added, “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. 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.”

They have pulled out all the stops this season with some great musicals in queue. Whether it's the triangular romance of "An American in Paris," the jazzed-up beats of "Ragtime" or the boisterous sounds of "Kinky Boots" there is something for everyone in 2020 at The Moonlight. 

And don't forget there are still productions lined up for 2019 including The Producers, Matilda and West Side Story

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Here is the lineup: 

AN AMERICAN IN PARISMay 13 – 30, 2020San Diego Regional Premiere ProductionRomance is in the air and youthful optimism reigns in the San Diego Regional Premiere production of “An American in Paris.” George Gershwin’s soaring melodies are matched by gravity-defying dance and the romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl, and an indomitable European city each yearning for a new start following World War II. Hoping to start a new life, veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. But Jerry's life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret and realizes he is not her only suitor. “An American in Paris” features music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Tony nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Lucas. Winner of four Tony Awards and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, this exquisite musical features treasured Gershwin songs including, "I Got Rhythm," "Liza," "'S Wonderful," "But Not for Me," and "Stairway to Paradise."

SOMETHING ROTTEN!June 10 – 27, 2020San Diego Premiere ProductionWelcome to the Renaissance, where the Black Plague has ceded power to the Puritans, farthingales and codpieces are the latest fashion trend, and the biggest celebrity in England is a playwright named William Shakespeare. Moonlight presents the San Diego Regional Premiere of “Something Rotten!,” the hilarious new musical comedy that tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that rock star playwright Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, “Something Rotten!” is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals, those dazzling creations that entertain, inspire, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLAJuly 15 – August 1, 2020San Diego Regional Premiere ProductionThe timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn and refreshed with the new Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” The 2013 production marked the first time the classic tale born in 1957 as a TV movie starring Julie Andrews was produced on Broadway where it ran for two years starting in 2013. Douglas Carter Beane’s revamped book introduces new characters and surprising twists giving today’s audiences a fresh look at the tale while keeping in the elements that generations of fans of the show remember: the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the marked ball, and others. Lush orchestrations accompany the familiar songs of the original (“In My Own Little Corner,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “The Prince is Giving a Ball” among others) and adds new ones from the R&H catalog. No matter one’s age, when the slipper fits, the heart will soar.

RAGTIMEAugust 12 - 29, 2020Moonlight RevivalThe 2020 season heralds the revival of one of Moonlight’s most requested and popular shows: “Ragtime.” After 18 years, Moonlight Stage Productions presents the sweeping musical portrait of early-twentieth-century America telling the story of three families in the pursuit of the American Dream. At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing and anything is possible. The musical focuses on an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician at the turn-of-the-century New York. All three are united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. Their compelling stories are set to one theatre's richest Tony Award-winning scores by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. ‘Bloomberg News’ calls the show, “Explosive and thrilling! Theater-shaking intensity…a vibrant production. “Ragtime” is nothing short of a masterpiece."

KINKY BOOTSSeptember 9 - 26, 2020San Diego Regional PremiereWith a score by pop icon Cindi Lauper and a book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein, Moonlight closes its season with the San Diego Regional Premiere of “Kinky Boots.” Capturing six Tony Awards in 2013 and winning every major Best Musical Award that season, “Kinky Boots” is inspired by true events. The show takes audiences from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in England’s 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” has won every major Best Musical Award. The musical scored 13 Tony Award nominations, winning six including Best Musical and Best Score (Cindi Lauper’s first Broadway score and the first woman to win solo in that category). After more than 2,000 performances, the Broadway production closed on April 7, 2019 making it one of Broadway’s huge-hearted hits.

ABOUT MOONLIGHT STAGE PRODUCTIONSWinner of several San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards, including Best Resident Musical for 2017’s In the Heights, Moonlight Stage Productions is the cultural arts program of the City of Vista. Named “San Diego’s #1 Outdoor Theatre” by readers of ‘San Diego Magazine,’ Moonlight Stage Productions provides high caliber Broadway musical theatre each summer in the 1800-person capacity Moonlight Amphitheatre, owned and operated by the City of Vista. Audiences attend from San Diego, Southern Riverside, and Orange Counties making the Moonlight a regional destination for Broadway musical theatre. The Moonlight’s season of Broadway musicals is produced in the picturesque Moonlight Amphitheatre, a summertime tradition experienced by more than one million people. Throughout the decades, the Amphitheatre has seen numerous transformations, but nothing as dramatic as the total reconstruction of the stage house in 2008- 2009. With a grand re-opening in June 2009, a state-of-the-art venue was revealed, which included modern stage and audience facilities. Since then, the Amphitheatre has extended its entertainment offerings with the addition of concerts and other special events held throughout the year through Moonlight Presents and ClubM.