Tony Award-Winners Gregory Jbara and Alice Ripley Star in San Diego REPertory Theatre’s World Premiere Production of ‘Everybody’s Talkin’: The Music of Harry Nilsson’

Tony Award-Winners Gregory Jbara and Alice Ripley Star in San Diego REPertory Theatre’s World Premiere Production of ‘Everybody’s Talkin’: The Music of Harry Nilsson’
May, 2015 Client News

SAN DIEGO – May 1, 2015 – San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents “Everybody’s Talkin’: The Music of Harry Nilsson” conceived by Steve Gunderson and Javier Velasco. The world premiere production features Tony Award-Winners Gregory Jbara (Broadway: “Billy Elliott; TV: “Blue Bloods”), and Alice Ripley (Broadway: “Next to Normal,” “Side Show”), as well as veteran actor Kürt Norby (World Premieres: “Allegiance,” “Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin,” and “Zhivago”). Previews begin May 23, 2015. Opening night is Saturday, May 30, 2015 and runs through Sunday, June 21, 2015 on the Lyceum Stage.

When the Beatles were asked to name their favorite American musical artist at a press conference in New York, they shouted out “NILSSON!”

Described as “the most famously anonymous composer and performer of our time,” Harry Nilsson, was a two-time Grammy Award winner and legendary hell-raiser best known for “Everybody’s Talkin’ at Me,” “Can’t Live, If Living is Without You,” “One is the Loneliest Number” and “You Put the Lime in the Coconut.” Nilsson’s special genius captured the imagination of Gunderson and Velasco to bring the world premiere musical event, “Everybody’s Talkin’: The Music of Harry Nilsson” to the Lyceum Stage. The duo has crafted Nilsson’s repertoire into a song cycle that explores the journey from innocence to adulthood, through the many stages of life and love.

Jbara created “Dad” in “Billy Elliot the Musical” on Broadway and also plays “Deputy Commissioner Moore” on the CBS network television show “Blue Bloods.” Ripley originated leading roles in a number of Broadway musicals, including “Side Show” and the Pulitzer-winning “Next to Normal.” Norby is a veteran actor, appearing on film and in stage productions such as the world premieres of “Allegiance,” “Limelight” The Story of Charlie Chaplin,” and “Zhivago.” Norby has appeared regionally at The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Musical Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, Lamb’s Players Theatre, Welk Resorts Theatre, Moonlight Amphitheatre and others.

Gunderson is a veteran theatre composer, arranger and actor who has worked extensively at San Diego REP, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Off Broadway, Pasadena Playhouse and Laguna Playhouse.

Velasco has directed the San Diego REP productions of “Suds,” “Cabaret,” and “A Christmas Carol.” He has choreographed “In the Heights,” “Tommy,” “Hairspray,” Threepenny Opera,” “Corridos Re-Mix,” “Zoot Suit,” and others.

Production and Design team includes: Javier Velasco, director; Steve Gunderson, musical arranger; Korrie Paliotto, musical director; Sean Fanning, scenic design; Gregg Barnes, costume design; Philippe Bergman, lighting design; Kevin Anthenill, sound design; Daniel Fine, projection design.

Tony Awards Winners Gregory Jbara and Alice Ripley in
the World Premiere Musical Event
“Everybody’s Talkin’: The Music of Harry Nilsson”
Conceived by Steve Gunderson and Javier Velasco

NOTE: The show will be performed in two acts with an intermission

Previews: Saturday, May 23 – Friday, May 29, 2015
Opening Night: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Closing Night: June 21, 2015

Gregory Jbara
Alice Ripley
Kürt Norby

Monday: No performances
Tuesday (first week only) at 7 p.m.
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. (no performance on June 12)
Saturdays at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets start at $36 to $75 / Students $18 / Military $20
Discounts for groups and seniors available.
San Diego REP Box Office (619) 544-1000
For group sales, call Kristen Schweizer at (619) 231-3586 ext. 617.
Tickets available for purchase online at
Four hours free parking in the Horton Plaza Garage with validation at the theatre.

Lyceum Stage at San Diego REPertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza San Diego, Calif. 92101-6144

Calling all curious souls to the Lyceum Theatre lobby for these fabulous free pre- and post-show events!

The Wonder of Watercolor: In the Lyceum Gallery
Enjoy a carefully juried exhibit that honors 50 years of making watercolor art. Look for the connections to the music of Harry Nilsson. Presented by the San Diego Watercolor Society, an all-volunteer organization which nurtures the appreciation and making of water-media painting throughout San Diego County through exhibits, workshops and a library of art books and DVDs.

Making Memories: Watercolor Work
Sunday, May 31 at 1p.m. BEFORE THE 2PM SHOW
The music and lyrics of Harry Nilsson is a book of memories in words and sound of the challenges of love and life. Visual art of course can be a powerful tool to articulate our most potent memories. Tonight your hosts bring the paper, the brushes and the paint – you bring your memories and your will to paint. Enjoy the gentle thrill of painting on a watercolor table what your memory sings to you.

Documentary Screening: Who is Harry Nilsson?
Wednesday, June 3 at 5 p.m. BEFORE THE 7PM SHOW
Tonight we host a very special treat, a documentary film about our featured songwriter who captured the devotion of The Beatles without every performing a major public concert! Tonight’s film shares the stories of Nilsson’s life and the insights into his Grammy Award-winning and significant commercial career.

Sam’s Salon: Inside the Sounds of Pop Music
Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. BEFORE THE 8PM SHOW
What makes a music lyric memorable? What is it about Harry Nilsson’s music that makes him special? How can a guitarist turn into a one man band? REP Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse hosts a session with a panel of music pros. Hear the secrets of the sounds of popular music from Sam’s guests: U-T San Diego Pop Music Critic George Varga; Singer/Songwriter One-Man-Band Chris James; USD Assistant Adjunct Professor Ryan Beattie Scrimger, MFA, and “Everybody’s Talkin’” Music Director and Keyboardist Korrie Paliotto.

Meet the Artists
Friday, June 5 AFTER THE 8PM SHOW
Following the performance, join the cast of “Everybody’s Talkin’” for an open discussion of the work onstage. Bring your questions and comments. Hosted by San Diego REP’s casting director Jacole Kitchen.

Live Piano: Instrumentals of Your Life
Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m. BEFORE THE 8PM SHOW
While piano keys are black and white, they can sound like a million different colors in our mind. Tonight San Diego pianists will play live the instrumentals of their lives. Each pianist will share a personal story that is central to his or her life, and then play a piece of music that best speaks to this story. Music and life merge together in our lobby bar!

Live in Concert: Ricky Sims
Sunday, June 14 at 6 p.m. BEFORE THE 7PM SHOW
Julliard music grad Ricky Sims jumpstarted his career by performing with Van Morrison and Lou Rawls and opening for the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart with his band, The Force. Sims knows how to set a mood with delicious counter-tenor vocals and an amazing range of instrumentation, from saxophone to keyboard to percussion! Grab a drink, grab a seat, and enjoy his musical stylings!

Amigos del REP: B-Movie, Sitcom Sing-A-Long
Saturday, June 20 at 7 p.m. BEFORE THE 8PM SHOW
Warm up your vocal chords and come sing the songs from your favorite movies and T.V. shows from the 60’s & 70’s with Amigos del REP. What’s that? You say, you can’t sing? Well neither can most people who belt out a theme song from a cool old T.V. show or movie. That’s the best part! Words and music will be provided, just bring your best or worst voice and be ready to sing, laugh and reminisce.

San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. We promote a more inclusive community through vivid works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. Founded in 1976, San Diego REPertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, the REP has produced 45 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue, and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego REPertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego REPertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.