San Diego Musical Theatre keeps audience toes tapping

Gary and Erin Lewis Rancho of Santa Fe are the producers and executive directors of San Diego Musical Theatre. They grew up in San Diego where both of their families enjoyed attending local productions.

In 1987, when their daughter began performing, they soon discovered that they wanted to become more involved in the theatrical community and volunteered their services, time and resources.

Though they’ve owned and operated a successful business together in San Diego for over 35 years, they decided the time was right to add an exciting new adventure to their life … so in 2006, San Diego Musical Theatre was born! It’s a nonprofit, regional, professional theater, producing Broadway musicals, year round.

San Diego Musical Theatre offers San Diego audiences a variety of productions. Past shows include: the San Diego regional premiere of “The Full Monty” and “The Story Of My Life,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Dreamgirls,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Smokey Joe’s Café” and “A Chorus Line.”

SDMT is proud of its Boys and Girls Clubs outreach program, where the children from the clubs are invited to attend a special performance of each of the productions. Following the show, the actors come back out on stage to meet the audience and the children are able to ask them questions about their theatrical experiences.

This month, San Diego Musical Theatre presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Lyceum Theatre at Horton Plaza, Sept. 23-Oct. 9. Journey through Biblical Egypt in this hilarious telling of the story of Joseph, his jealous brothers, and one extremely “loud” garment. A colorful tale that spans musical styles from gospel to rock to disco to Bollywood, this worldwide phenomenon, penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, has been an audience favorite for more than 35 years. Nominated for seven Broadway Tony Awards, Joseph is a blockbuster of a musical – fun, buoyant and energetic! On the web: