Venue Details

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Samueli Theater
615 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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4.1 / 5 Rated by 25 members
Review from Genie
45 events 16 reviews

I almost cried several times too... Several songs were absolutely excellent, all the actors were phenomenal in their roles. Singing was great, the lyrics were great. Overall, very well done.

reviewed Apr 22 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Laurie Wells Heninger
17 events 7 reviews

I loved the performance and was very impressed with the incredible voices these artists shared.

reviewed Apr 25 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Linda Balmer
6 events 3 reviews

I thought the singing was very good and enjoyed the story. It is a work in progress, but that doesn't take away anything. Perhaps some others didn't like the ending because it wasn't Disney enough. But most playwrights are more creative...continued

reviewed Apr 28 2009 report as inappropriate
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About the show

From the award-winning team of Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown is the highly-charged story of a high school valedictorian struggling with life-changing decisions about sex, love, college and the impact the paths she chooses will have on the rest of her life. The new musical is being developed by Broadway Across America, Laurel Oztemel and Beth Williams and is directed by Daniel Goldstein.

“The Center has enjoyed a long and rewarding partnership with Broadway Across America,” said Center President Terrence W. Dwyer. “Our Broadway series has brought all of the big hits from Broadway to the Center for many, many years. Now, with The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, our audiences will be part of the development and creative process on the show’s hopeful journey to Broadway.”

“Launching The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown is an exciting new step in the Center’s commitment to nurturing and opening doors for the next generation of composers, playwrights and performers,” Dwyer continued. “We are thrilled to be part of the developmental process of this new musical from Brian and Kait, two innovative and exciting talents whose ideas resonate with today’s audiences.”

What to expect

This is a unique opportunity for those who love theatre to be a part of the process that takes a theatrical piece from its early stages to the big stage. Your participation as an audience member during the run of_ The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown_ will be essential to providing the show with great insight and valuable feedback needed to take that next step to Broadway.

The intimacy of the Samueli Theater serves as an ideal stage for creators Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk to observe their musical as it develops. This engagement will be the first time they get to see and hear this new work as a fully staged incarnation. The music, lyrics, book and performances will develop throughout the rehearsal process, then will continue to evolve once Samantha Brown is shared with an audience. As a result, no two performances will be alike. After each, the creators and the actors will stand back, evaluate and make adjustments that will focus and strengthen their concept. We encourage you to attend more than one performance to note changes and enhancements. The involvement of the Center’s audiences will ensure that their message and intent are fully realized.

Just as this musical is about Samantha Brown the person’s life journey; these performances at the Center are part of Samantha Brown the musical’s creative journey.

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