Somewhere in Time

May 28 — June 30, 2013
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

Book by Ken Davenport
Music by Doug Katsaros
Lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz
Based on the novel and the Universal Pictures film written by Richard Matheson
Directed by Scott Schwartz

Somewhere in Time is produced by special arrangement with Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, Inc..
World Premiere

Young playwright Richard Collier has an encounter with a mysterious old woman on the opening night of his earliest success; she entreats him, to his bewilderment, to “come back to me.” Several years later, with his life and career in disarray, he seeks quiet and contemplation and checks in to a storied hotel from his youth. But his stay at the hotel turns into the journey of a lifetime as he unravels history—and time—to discover a powerful but perhaps impossible love.

The 1980 film of Somewhere in Time is a romantic classic, beloved by several generations of movie goers. This world premiere musical invites those who love the story, and those discovering it for the first time, to experience its magic with original music by Doug Katsaros and lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz, with book by Ken Davenport.

Performance times:
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday matinees at noon

A full list of performances and dates will appear when you enter the ticketing section of the website.

Somewhere in Time runs approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission.

Note: Strobe lighting and theatrical haze are used in this production.

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Performance Times

Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon

*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.

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Production blog

2013 Year in Review

2013 Year in Review

31 December 2013 & Posted by Alice Hodge

It’s that time of year.


Maude Adams, The Real “Elise McKenna”

21 June 2013 & Posted by Kinsley Suer

Richard Matheson’s novel Bid Time Return was published in 1975, and was the original inspiration for Somewhere in Time. But what was the inspiration for the novel itself? While traveling with his family in the early 1970s, Matheson was entranced by the portrait of American actress Maude Adams in Piper’s Opera House in Nevada. This was the creative spark that would lead to the timeless love story of Richard Collier and Elise McKenna.


Behind the Scenes: Somewhere in Time

10 June 2013 & Posted by Desirae MacGillivray

How many costumes and wigs will be seen onstage in Somewhere in Time? How was the turntable built into the stage? And is the music recorded, or performed by a live orchestra? Group Sales & Promotions Manager Mandy Morgan takes us behind the scenes of our world premiere production of Somewhere in Time.



Art and photos for Somewhere in Time. View on Flickr »

Reviews and Features

Bob Hicks | Oregon Arts Watch [Review 07 Jun 2013]

Seemingly out of nowhere, he shows up. She turns, shocked, a little hopeful, a little afraid.

“Is it you?” she asks tremulously.

Why, yes. Impossibly, it is.

For a guy who’s just traveled 68 years into the past to meet the girl of his dreams, the signal could hardly be more welcoming. She’s been expecting him. Not even a crazy mixed-up thing like time can keep a love like theirs apart.

The 1980 movie “Somewhere in Time” starred Christopher Reeve as a badly blocked contemporary playwright and Jane Seymour as a beautiful actress from the year 1912, soulmates who transcend the tyrannies of the calendar and a Svengali determined to keep them apart. The film overcame light initial box office and so-so reviews to build a cult following of history buffs, travelogue enthusiasts (lots and lots of Architectural Digest-style eye candy), speculative-fiction fans and unabashed romantics. In countless bedrooms and living rooms across the land it remains a favorite date movie, not just for its gauzy love story but also for its tantalizing suggestions of the flimsiness of the barriers of time.

Now – thanks in large part to writer and producer Ken Davenport, who’s spent a dozen years pulling the complex parts of the thing together – it’s made the leap to the musical-theater stage, in a world-premiere production that opened Wednesday night at Portland Center Stage. Cast mostly in New York and mostly with Broadway veterans, it has a firm eye on transferring to Broadway. Center Stage is playing the role of the old-fashioned tryout town, a contemporary New Haven or Boston or Baltimore, and it’s an excellent addition to the theater company’s bag of tricks.

Wednesday’s opening revealed a show with some appealing songs (music by Doug Katsaros, lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz) and a generous dose of charm to go with some solid, well-polished performances. The play gives up some of the visual spectacle that makes the movie so ravishing – notably the lushly filmed scenes of the Grand Hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, a virtual costar of the movie – and offers in its place the immediacy and intimacy of the stage. The show seems to me genuinely promising and still in need of some script and musical work, which it will probably get between now and any Broadway opening.

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Marty Hughley | The Oregonian [Review 07 Jun 2013]

Your mind can play tricks on you if you let it. Or, perhaps, if you will it to.

Willing suspension of disbelief has a long history as one of the conceptual bulwarks of fiction. But “Somewhere in Time,” a lavish, world-premiere musical at Portland Center Stage, gives the notion a starring role, not just making it a key plot device but, frankly, putting it to an elaborate test.

Based on a story by sci-fi writer Richard Matheson that previously was made into a cult-favorite film, “Somewhere in Time” is a romantic fantasy about fated love made possible through time travel. Richard Collier, a promising young playwright in the mid-1960s, is approach by a mysterious old woman who pleads to him, “Come back to me.” Several years later, with the promises of both love and work unfulfilled, the writer thinks he’s found his muse in the portrait of an early-20th-century actress. Soon, coincidence and compulsion put him on an improbable trail back to 1912 to find her. Complications ensue (of course).

So beloved is this tale that a few fans showed up at the Gerding Theater for Wednesday’s official opening night dressed in fin de siècle finery. Nostalgia for bygone elegance and the sentimental lure of love at first sight are obvious parts of the appeal, but the story also strikes poignant notes about the predations of aging and illness, the differences between success and happiness, and the slippery nature of opportunity.

Above all, it’s about being transported, in more ways than one. And director Scott Schwartz marshals plenty of theatrical craft to carry you into the palpitating heart of this adaptation by writer/producer Ken Davenport, composer Doug Katsaros and lyricist Amanda Yesnowitz.

From the large and polished ensemble, to the full and precise sound of a 13-piece orchestra conducted by Rick Lewis, to the multiple moving parts of Alexander Dodge’s gorgeous scenic design (finest visual/symbolic touch: the way the backdrop to the contemporary view of the Grand Hotel setting resembles the sky in a Maxfield Parrish painting, yet with striated layers that suggest time’s evidence in a crossview of geological deposits), this is the most elaborate production yet in the Gerding.

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