"Sammy" May Be Next San Diego Export to Broadway

New musical set to open on Oct. 2 in Balboa Park

By Kristina Santos
|  Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009  |  Updated 10:31 AM PDT
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"Sammy" May Be Next San Diego Export to Broadway

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Obba Babatundé stars as Sammy Davis Jr. in the new musical.

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The Old Globe is set to debut "Sammy," a new musical based on the life of Sammy Davis Jr. and his struggles and triumphs as the ultimate triple-threat singer, actor and dancer.
 

The story takes theatergoers from Davis’ childhood working days in vaudeville through his time as a member of the Rat Pack with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
 
“Sammy Davis Jr. was a man who opened doors, made things possible and who was quite complicated. He was known as a triple threat who could do it all, but had a complicated life, and we hope to tell the story honestly and still celebrate and honor this very special man," said Lou Spisto, the executive producer at the Old Globe.
 
The world premier musical was written by two-time Academy- and Grammy-award winner Leslie Bricusse and features such hits as  “The Candy Man,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “What Kind of Fool Am I?” and includes new songs written for the musical.
 
"Sammy" stars Obba Babatundé as Sammy Davis, Ted Louis Levy as Sammy Davis Sr., Ann Duquesnay as Rosa Davis and Adam James as Frank Sinatra. The show is directed by Keith Glover and choreographed by Keith Young.
 
Sammy runs from Sept. 19 to Nov. 8 at the Old Globe in Balboa Park. Previews are running until Oct. 1, and opening night is set for Oct. 2.

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