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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat June 5-15
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable in a new production directed and choreographed by Executive Director James Beaudry. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to 60s pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. G
An Inspector Calls June 19-28
by J. B. Priestley
“That was the police. A girl has just died–on her way to the infirmary.” J. B. Priestley’s legendary ghost story occurs in an English industrial city, where an eminently respectable British family is subject to a routine inquiry in connection with a young girl’s death. Interrupting a party in 1912, when everyone still believed the Titanic was unsinkable, an inspector calls to interrogate the family. During the course of his questioning, all members of the group are implicated lightly or deeply in the girl’s undoing. The inspector’s startling revelations turn the play from a “who done it” into a “who did what?” and a “who didn’t stop it?” “Spectacular, dazzling and clever–a potent play for today,” AN INSPECTOR CALLS had been described as, “compulsory for anybody who loves the theatre… It should also be high on the list for those who visit theatres for the odd birthday and want to be sure of a safe, enjoyable night out with some real surprises.” Adult themes. PG
The New Mel Brooks Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN July 3-13 *Note there will be no performance on July 4th*
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
IT’S ALIVE! From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers comes this monster new musical comedy.
Based on Mel Brooks’ classic comedy masterpiece, the story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that’s Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fiancé Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster — but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications.
With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” The New MEL BROOKS Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment…and the only place you’ll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made. Contains some adult humor. PG-13
Neil Simon’s RUMORS July 17-26
by Neil Simon
From the writer of The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park and the Pulitzer Prize winning Lost In Yonkers comes this Tony Winning comedy set firmly in the late 1980s. At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity. NBC called the play, “Not only side splitting, but front and back splitting, too.” PG-13
Les Misérables July 31-August 10
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long.
Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The show overflows with melodies that are already standards. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made LES MISÉRABLES a popular masterpiece. Contains adult themes. PG
SHOUT! The Mod Musical August 14-24
Created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein
Continuity by Peter Charles Morris
SHOUT! is the mod musical revue that brings back the beautiful birds and smashing sounds that made the 60′s swing. Created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, SHOUT! features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as “Those Were The Days,” “Wishin’ & Hopin’,” “To Sir With Love,” “Downtown,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Goldfinger” and the title song.
SHOUT! travels in time from 1960 to 1970 chronicling five women. Just as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, and Cilla Black, were independent women with major careers, English and American women were redefining themselves in the face of changing times. SHOUT! (and its all-female cast) reflects that through the unforgettable music of the time. With a shimmy and shake, the songs are tied together by hilarious sound bites from the period — from 60′s advertisements to letters answered by an advice columnist who thinks every problem can be solved with a “fetching new hair style and a new shade of lipstick.” The songs in this delightful musical resonate with a timeless quality that appeals to every generation. PG