Announcing our exciting 2015-2016 season
Book By: Rupert Holmes
Music By: John Kander
Lyrics By: Fred Ebb
Original Book and Concept By: Peter Stone
Additional Lyrics By: John Kander and Rupert Holmes
Directed By: Julie Taliaferro
April 17-May 9, 2015
It’s 1959 and opening night of a new musical at Boston’s Colonial Theatre. When the unlikeable leading lady dies on stage, the entire cast and crew are suspects. A local detective, who happens to be a musical theatre fan, leads the investigation.
Book and Lyrics by Joel Paley
Music by Marvin Laird
Directed by: Michelle Davis
Music Direction: Spencer Stephens
September 18-October 2, 2015
Judy Denmark, the quintessential housewife, is the mother of talented eight-year-old Tina. Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. Anything includes murdering the leading lady! What wouldn’t a mother do for her perfect child? That is until the tables turn, and Judy discovers talent of her own. This aggressively outrageous musical farce garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run.
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Based on The Idyll of Sarah Brown and characters by Damon Runyon
Directed by: Johnna Mitchell
Music Director: Lyn Taylor
November 6-21, 2015
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys And Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown. Guys And Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.
Written by: Alfred Uhry
Directed By: Chris Ikner
December 4-19, 2015
The Last Night of Ballyhoo takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family. The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Book by Peter Duchan
Based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort
Directed by: Liane LeMaster
February 5-20, 2016
It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. This hauntingly beautiful musical takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey that stays with you long after the performance.
Written by: Ken Ludwig
Directed by: Bob Adams
April 15-30, 2016
This madcap comedy centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950’s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.