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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Pipe Dream

July 25, 2024

Dive into the vibrant world of Cannery Row as Richard Rodgers’ mesmerizing music and Oscar Hammerstein II’s compelling book and lyrics breathe life into John Steinbeck’s treasured novels, Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday. Nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Pipe Dream weaves a tapestry of compassion, romance and hope among the drifters and dropouts who call Cannery Row home.

Set against the backdrop of the Bear Flag Café, which is more brothel than café, the musical follows Suzy, a homeless girl, welcomed by Fauna, the compassionate madam of the establishment. Amidst an eclectic group of characters, Suzy’s encounter with Doc, a carefree marine biologist, sparks a tender and star-crossed romance. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical takes on a warm and deeply personal tone, showcasing their benevolence for outcasts and illuminating the emotions and aspirations shared by all strata of society.

Critically acclaimed for its tender portrayal and enchanting score, Pipe Dream offers a poignant narrative of love and resilience amidst hard times on Cannery Row. Through the richly woven tales of longshoremen and individuals seeking their dreams, the musical paints a heartwarming picture of friendship and romance blossoming among the loners and dreamers on the Monterey, CA wharf. At its core, the musical captures the profound message echoed by Doc at the show’s inception: “It takes all kinds of people to make up a world.”

Recommended for ages 14 and up.


music by Richard Rodgers
book & lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
based on the novels Cannery Row & Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck

directed by Kat Yen
choreography by Isadora Wolfe

scenic design by Jimmy Stubbs
costume design by Kathleen Doyle
lighting design by Evan Anderson
sound design by Daniela Hart

stage manager Jason Weixelman
assistant stage manager Mickey Acton
casting by Tara Rubin Casting
assistant to the director Shira Holtz

Previews: Thursday, July 25 at 7pm, Friday, July 26 at 7pm and Saturday, July 27 at 7pm
Opening & Press Performance: Sunday, July 28 at 2pm
Closing: Saturday, August 31 at 7pm

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