Feb 19 – Apr 9, 2023 | Mandell Weiss Theatre
Based on the Novel by S.E. Hinton and Francis Ford Coppola’s Motion Picture
Book by Adam Rapp
Music and Lyrics by Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay & Zach Chance) and Justin Levine
Music Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Justin Levine
Choreography by Rick Kuperman & Jeff Kuperman
Directed by Danya Taymor
Extended to April 9 by popular demand! Best availability and price from Apr 4 – 9
The story that defined a generation has been reimagined as a groundbreaking musical.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1967, the hardened hearts and aching souls of Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade and their chosen family of ‘outsiders’ are in a fight for survival and a quest for purpose in a world that may never accept them. A story of the bonds that brothers share and the hopes we all hold on to, this gripping new musical reinvigorates the timeless tale of ‘haves and have-nots’, of protecting what’s yours and fighting for what could be. Descripción en Español
“ Superior… successfully blends the best of the book and the movie in a richly detailed story.”
— San Diego Union-Tribune
“Hypnotic new musical adaptation of ‘The Outsiders’ stays gold”
— Los Angeles Times
“Gorgeous, mournful music and lyrics… For the hopeless, for the loveless, for the misunderstood, which is all of us, Greaser and Soc, young and old, “The Outsiders” offers the promise of harmony.”
— The New York Times
“Visually stunning…a thrilling adaptation”
San Diego Union-Tribune Feature: On a knife’s edge: La Jolla Playhouse planning visceral, violent ‘The Outsiders’ musical | Read Online
KPBS: Playhouse launches world premiere of ‘The Outsiders’ | Read Online
Enhance your Playhouse experience by attending these free events. Simply book your performance for one of the following dates.
The Green Room
A pre-show conversation between creative team member/s and Playhouse Director of Artistic Development, Gabriel Greene.
Fri., Feb 24, 7:00 pm, before the show
Participate in a lively discussion with performers and Playhouse staff members immediately following the performance.
Tues., Feb 28 & Mar 7, after the 7:30 pm show
Hear from guest speakers in a moderated discussion exploring the themes of the show.
Sun., Mar 19, after the 2:00 pm show
Access performances offer American Sign Language interpretation for patrons who are d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing and Audio Description for patrons who are blind or have low vision. The Playhouse caters for a wide range of access and special requirements. Please call (858) 550-1010 or email [email protected] and we will work with you to address your access needs. Find more info about access here.
Approx. 2 hr 30 mins including one 20 min intermission.
Duration is subject to change and will be updated closer to performance dates.
This musical includes strong language, simulated smoking, simulated violence, strobe and water-based atmospheric effects. The Outsiders novel is widely studied in middle schools in 6th to 8th grade, and includes some adult themes. In line with this, this production is recommended for people aged 11-14 years and over. We understand sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects, please get in touch with our Patron Services team at [email protected] or 858.550.1010 and we’ll be happy to give you more info.
Covid-19 Policy (Updated October 31, 2022)
Effective Monday October 17 2022, La Jolla Playhouse will no longer require patrons to wear masks indoors while attending our theatres. However, we recommend indoor masking while at La Jolla Playhouse. For up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 safety procedures, please visit our Covid Safety Page.
Complete ticket flexibility! Purchase tickets today and if for any reason you cannot attend on your performance date, call Patron Services to discuss options such as exchange, refunds, gift certificates.
is the author of numerous plays, which include NOCTURNE (New York Theatre Workshop), FINER NOBLE GASES(26th Humana Festival), THE METAL CHILDREN (The Vineyard), and RED LIGHT WINTER (Barrow Street Theatre), for which he won Chicago’s Jeff Award for Best New Work, an OBIE, and was named a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. THE SOUND INSIDE received its world premiere at the 2018 Williamstown Theatre Festival and was named one of THE NEW YORK TIMES best plays of 2018. It premiered on Broadway at Studio 54 in the fall of 2019 and went on to be nominated for 6 Tony Awards, including Best Play. His playwriting honors include Boston’s Elliot Norton Award, The Helen Merrill Prize, The 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a Lucille Lortel Playwright’s Fellowship, The Benjamin H. Danks Award, the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Award...Adam Rapp Book
is an internationally recognized Americana/Roots Rock band from Austin, TX. who describe their music as "Southern & Garfunkel." Jamestown Revival’s latest release, YOUNG MAN, is the band’s first album without electric guitars and their first to be recorded in a studio. With themes like coming of age and settling into an identity, YOUNG MAN was produced by Robert Ellis and Josh Block (Leon Bridges, Caamp). The band has performed at iconic music festivals, such as Farm Aid, Coachella, Stagecoach and Lollapalooza, and has performed with the likes of the Zac Brown Band, Nathaniel Rateliff, Ryan Bingham and Willie Nelson. Jamestown Revival has released three critically acclaimed albums (UTAH, THE EDUCATION OF A WANDERING MAN and SAN ISABEL) and two equally praised EPs...Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance) Music and Lyrics
Recent projects include: MOULIN ROUGE! (music supervisor, arranger, orchestrator; Tony Award), Shakespeare in the Park’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (original music; Delacorte Theater; Drama Desk nom), VEVO X LORDE: MELODRAMA (vocal arranger/supervisor, conceived by Lorde, Electric Lady Studios), CONTEMPORARY COLOR (music supervisor, conceived by David Byrne, Barclay’s Center and Air Canada Center), BONFIRE NIGHT (book, music and lyrics, NAMT), THE WEIGHT OF SMOKE (original music with Matt Stine, choreographed by Doug Elkins for Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, Lincoln Center), PEPPER AND SAM (co-conceived with Salty Brine, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub). BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (music director, co-orchestrator, cast, Public Theater and Broadway), HERE LIES LOVE (music director, Public Theater, National Theater, Seattle Rep, MassMoca)...Justin Levine Music and Lyrics, Music Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations
Upcoming: co-directing & choreographing an immersive show with the producers of SLEEP NO MORE. Recent choreo: ALICE BY HEART (MCC; Lortel, Chita Rivera, and Callaway Awards), CYRANO (Goodspeed/The New Group), Phish at Madison Square Garden, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (St. Petersburg, Russia), PETER PAN (Beijing, China), THE LIGHT PRINCESS (ART/New Victory, NY Times Critics’ Pick). Other works with Williamstown, New Ohio, Pipeline. Film: VERONA, F*CKING IDENTICAL TWINS (A24), SILENT RETREAT (Miramax). TV: “Living with Yourself” (Netflix). As directors: ROLL! (Ars Nova), DISPOSESSED (HERE), SMILE (FringeNYC), THE 39 STEPS (PST), and many shorts & music videos. Education: BAs, Harvard & Princeton. www.kupermanbrothers.comRick Kuperman & Jeff Kuperman Choreography
is a New York based director. She reopened Broadway with Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s PASS OVER, the first play back after 18 months of darkness on Broadway (New York Times 10 best shows of 2021). Other recent work includes: Samuel Beckett's ENDGAME (Gate Theater, Dublin), Will Arbery’s Pulitzer Prize finalist HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING (Obie Award, Callaway Award for Outstanding Direction), Jeremy O. Harris’ “DADDY" (New Group/Vineyard), Korde Arrington Tuttle’s GRAVEYARD SHIFT (Goodman), Martyna Majok’s QUEENS (Lincoln Center), Danai Guirira’s FAMILIAR (Steppenwolf) and Brian Watkins’ MY DAUGHTER KEEPS OUR HAMMER and WYOMING (The Flea + Lesser America). Her world-premiere production of PASS OVER (Steppenwolf 2017) was filmed in collaboration with Spike Lee, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is streaming on Amazon Prime.Danya Taymor Director
The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.
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