'Somewhere in Time' in Portland

Portland Center Stage premieres musical adaptation of 1980 film

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

Published May 24, 2013 at 05:00AM

In the 1980 film “Somewhere in Time,” Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour captured our hearts with a tale of love that spans across time. Reeve played Richard Collier, a young playwright who becomes obsessed with a 1912 photo of an actress and travels back in time to find her.

Collier returns to his love once again in the musical stage adaptation by Ken Davenport. Presented by Portland Center Stage, the world premiere production of “Somewhere in Time” officially opens June 5 (with previews beginning Tuesday) at the Gerding Theater at the Armory in Portland.

“I’m proud that Portland Center Stage has earned a reputation as a theater committed to, and excelling in, the production of new work,” said Artistic Director Chris Coleman in the news release. “We have also cultivated an audience for great musicals, so when the opportunity arose to become part of launching this exciting world premiere musical, we knew it would be a terrific addition to our 25th anniversary season.”

The 1980 film was originally based on the novel by Richard Matheson, “Bid Time Return.” An American author and screenwriter, Matheson also wrote “The Shrinking Man,” “What Dreams May Come” and “I am Legend.”

The new production features original music by Doug Katsaros and lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz. Running approximately two hours and 20 minutes (with one intermission), the musical stars Andrew Samonsky as Richard Collier and Hannah Elless as Elise McKenna.

Ticket prices range from $39 to $70, depending on seat location and day of performance. Student tickets are also available for $30. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.pcs.org or contact 503-445-3700.