Everybody’s Talkin’: The Music of Harry Nilsson – At San Diego Rep, May 23 to June 21

Everybody's Talkin'The San Diego Rep, located in downtown San Diego, California, presents “Everybody’s Talkin’: The Music of Harry Nilsson,” from May 23 to June 21, 2015.

Two Tony-winning Broadway actors, Alice Ripley and Gregory Jbara, star in the “song cycle that explores the incredible journey from innocence to adulthood through the many stages of love.” Based on the music of “the most famously anonymous composer and performer of our time,” Harry Nilsson, “Everybody’s Talkin'”  was created by Steve Gunderson and Javier Velasco (the award-winning team behind “Suds: The Rockin’ 60s Musical Soap Opera” and “Back to Bacharach and David”).

7 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays (plus 2 p.m. June 6 and 4 p.m. June 20); 2 and 7 p.m. most Sundays. San Diego Rep’s Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza, Gaslamp Quarter. About $38-$67. (619) 544-1000 or sdrep.org

Take a Virtual Tour of Nilsson-Related Sites

Through the internet and Google maps, you can tour sites of significance in Harry Nilsson’s life.

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Harry first lived in an apartment at 762 Jefferson Ave. in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York. Harry described Bushwick as “a crummy place to grow up if you’re blonde and white.”  In a radio interview, Harry described being attacked by a group of teenaged girls which walking in the neighborhood.

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After signing a $5 million contract with RCA, Harry had a home custom designed and built at 10549 Rocca Place in Bel Air, California. Designed by architect Eugene Kupper, the 7,640 square foot home was built on about one-acre of land in 1977.

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Harry Nilsson wrote the songs and composed the soundtrack for the film Popeye starring Robin Williams. During the filming of Popeye, Harry and the other musicians stayed in Malta near the Sweethaven set buit for the film.  The buildings and other fixtures of the fictional town live on as a tourist attraction called Popeye’s Village.

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The RCA Building on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, is now the home of the Los Angeles Film School. Until the mid-1980s, the building was RCA’s west coast headquarters and housed RCA/Victor’s recording studios used by artists from Elvis Presley to Henry Mancini. The studio was the location for many of Harry Nilsson’s recordings.

If you know of any other locations to add to this travelogue, please leave a comment and I’ll try to add the site to this post.