2022/2023 Season

The Outsiders

World-Premiere Musical

The Outsiders

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

» Click here to read the program online

“ 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”
— Theatrely

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

Audience Engagement Events

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

Talkback Tuesday
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

Discovery Sunday
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

ACCESS Performance (ASL interpretation): Saturday, March 11 at 2:00 pm
ACCESS Performance (Audio Description): Saturday, March 11 at 2:00 pm

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.

More Information

Approx. 2 hr 30 mins including one 20 min intermission.
Duration is subject to change and will be updated closer to performance dates.

Content Advisory
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.

Covid-19 Safety  Parking

Onsite Dining
La Jolla Playhouse’s on-site restaurant, James’ Place, is open for dinner service at 5:00pm nightly (Tuesday – Sunday). Please note, James’ Place is not open prior to matinee performances. James’ Place offers full bar service and a selection of specialty sushi, Asian fusion, steak & coastal cuisine items. Reservations can be made by phone as well as OpenTable. Indoor and outdoor seating options are available.

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Concessions opens 60 minutes before showtime at the bar in the Weiss Theatre lobby. Come early to relax outside and enjoy a selection of beer, wine, cocktails, sodas and individually wrapped snacks. All food must be consumed before entering the theatre while concession drinks with lids will be allowed in the theatre.

La Jolla Playhouse is the only authorized ticket seller for this production.

Production Sponsors
Kay and Bill Gurtin
Bank of AmericaLa Costa GlenMintzShow Imaging

Cast & Creators
  • Creators
  • Cast
  • Design
  • AMP Featuring Tatiana KahvegianScenic Design
  • Sarafina BushCostume Design
  • Isabella ByrdLighting Design
  • Justin EllingtonSound Design
  • Tal YardenProjection Design
  • Jeremy ChernickSpecial Effects Design
  • Nicholas C. ParrishWig Design
  • Tishonna FergusonMake-Up Design
  • Matt HinkleyMusic Director
  • Matt StineMusic Producer
  • Ann JamesSensitivity Specialist
  • Tara Rubin Casting / Xavier Rubiano, CSACasting
  • Jacole KitchenCasting
  • Jimmie Lee SmithProduction Stage Manager
  • Kristin NewhouseStage Manager
  • Jenn Elyse JacobsAssistant Stage Manager
  • Emily SearlesAssistant Stage Manager
  • Benjamin SeibertSenior Production Manager
  • Ryan MeisheidGeneral Manager
  • Eric Keen-LouieExecutive Producer
Venue Info

Mandell Weiss Theatre

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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