West Side Story
Musical: September 22-October 15, 2017
Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Based on Conception of Jerome Robbins, Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments.
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Musical: November 17-December 17, 2017
Book by Joseph Robinette. Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark.
Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.T he delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as “Ralphie to the Rescue!”, “A Major Award,” “Sticky Situation,” “Up on Santa’s Lap,” “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” and the inevitable “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!” A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t.
Play: January 12-January 28, 2018
By Abe Burrows
Based on the play Fleur de cactus by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy, the comedy focuses on the relationship between young, wild Toni and her older, married lover Julian, a dentist. Convinced the two have no future together, Toni attempts suicide, and a guilt-ridden Julian rashly proposes he leave his wife so the couple can be together. However, Julian has never revealed to Toni that his “marriage” is actually an elaborate lie concocted to keep Toni at arm’s length. Toni refuses to break up his household without first meeting and talking with Julian’s soon-to-be-ex, so Julian enlists the aid of his shy spinster assistant Stephanie to pose as his non-existent wife. Complications arise when Toni decides the two must find her a new beau so everyone concerned can live happily ever after.
Ten Nights in a Barroom
Musical: February 16-March 4, 2018
Book, Lyrics, and Music by Fred Carmichael
Based on the Drama by William W Pratt
10 Nights in a Barroom, a Melodrama/Comedy with musical olio interludes, takes place in the fictional town of Cedarville. A visitor stops at the new tavern, the Sickle and Sheaf. The proprietor, Simon Slade, is a former miller who gave up the trade for the more lucrative tavern. This rare combination of music and nonsense leaves the audience asking for more. All of the well remembered scenes are intact: Little Mary as she pleads with her fallen father in the bar, the evils of alcohol claiming the owner of the saloon, Little Mary’s death scene and the regeneration of drunkard Joe Morgan. New suspense is added as Goldie Hills, a saloon singer with a heart of gold, is tied to a mooring post by villainous Harvey Green and sings “I Am More to Be Pitied Than Censured” as the water rises.
Dial “M” for Murder
Play: March 23-April 8, 2018
By Frederick Knott
Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately…the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. But this doesn’t baffle the husband: He sees his hireling’s death as an opportunity to have his wife convicted for the murder of the man who tried to murder her, and that is what almost happens. Luckily, the police inspector from Scotland Yard and a young man who is in love with the wife discover the truth, and in a scene of almost unbearable suspense they trap the husband into revealing his guilt, thus freeing Margot.
Musical: May 18-June 10, 2018
Book by Michael Stewart, Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder
Jerry Herman’s energetic Hello, Dolly! is a musical filled with charisma and with heart. Matchmaker Dolly Levi is a widow, a matchmaker, and also a professional meddler – but everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself. Set in New York City at the turn-of-the-century, Hello-Dolly! is boisterous and charming from start to finish. Hello, Dolly! features such memorable songs as “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” and – of course – the title number, “Hello, Dolly!” Dolly herself is one of the strongest and richest starring roles for a woman ever written for the musical theatre, and famous Dolly Levis have included Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Molly Picon, Mary Martin, and Barbra Streisand.
Psycho Beach Party
Play: October 13-November 5, 2017
By Charles Busch
By Charles Busch, is an insanely (literally!) fun romp on Malibu Beach in 1962 — it’s what happens when Gidget, Frankie & Annette, and Alfred Hitchcock are given a shotgun marriage. Teenage tomboy Chicklet Forrest desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd. The one thing getting in her way, however, is her unfortunate tendency towards multiple personalities … and her most dangerous alter ego — voracious vixen Ann Bowman — has nothing less than world domination on her mind! Add men in drag, a B-movie star, and a villain of a mom who would make Joan Crawford cringe, and you’ve got a zany comedy that the Associated Press calls “fiendishly funny!” What better way to spend your summer?
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Play: January 19-February 11, 2018
By Edward Albee
George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces, amidst general profanity, that she has invited a young couple—an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naïve new bride—to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive the charade begins. The drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn’t care less. But underneath the edgy banter, which is crossfired between both couples, lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha’s inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.
2.0 (Two Point_Oh)
Play: March 2-March 24 2018
by Jeffrey Jackson
Elliot Leeds is dead—or is he?
A pioneering software mogul, Leeds makes headlines one last time when his private jet plunges into the Pacific. Months later, his grief-paralyzed widow Melanie discovers Elliot’s greatest creation: a virtual-reality simulation of himself that he masterminded before his demise. Programmed with advanced artificial intelligence, thousands of hours of his recorded thoughts and speech, and a digital re-creation of his face and body, “Elliot 2.0” is a talking, thinking, virtual soul. And though merely an image on the video screens of their wired, high-tech mansion, it—he—can answer questions, hold conversations, share memories, and perhaps even grow in intelligence and capacity. The question is… is he alive?
With wry wit, devilish satire, and a unique format (the actor portraying Elliot is only ever seen via a large video screen), Two Point Oh playfully wrestles with serious issues that confront humanity as we continue to push the technological envelope, exposing the ethical dilemmas that perhaps lie in wait for us—and not as far down the road as we might think.
Play: April 27-May 20, 2018
By George Bernard Shaw
In a middle class country estate in England a successful merchant lives with his dotty wife, daughter and son. The daughter’s fiancé is visiting them when the fiancé’s father, an aristocrat, arrives. The girl is obviously fickle and foolish and the boy, though intelligent, is a raw coward. Into their midst comes a sputtering airplane with a pilot who turns out to be an old school chum of the fiancé’s and a Polish woman acrobat. All of the males make up to her in succession. Then along comes a youth with a gun to kill the merchant father. The hub of the action is this: the girl falls in love with the pilot while the fiancé is so awed by the Polish acrobat that he willingly flies off with her, even though he is scared to death.
2017-2018 Season Tickets will go on sale March 1, 2017
Single Tickets for the 2017-2018 Season will go on sale July 5, 2017
-All titles and dates are subject to change-