Legally Blonde, the Musical
September 28 - October 14 2012 [ Performance Schedule ]
College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn't take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School! Based on the hit movie of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde, the Musical is an award-winning Broadway sensation. This all singing, all dancing, feel-good musical comedy will be the highlight of your school year. Legally Blonde, the Musical will take you from the social whirl of California campus life to Harvard's Halls of Justice with musical theatre’s brightest new heroine (and of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser). The verdict? This much fun shouldn't be legal!
“A feel good delight! A huge hit.”
– The Daily Telegraph
The Imaginary Invalid
October 12 - October 27 2012 [ Performance Schedule ]
It’s often said that laughter is the best medicine, and nowhere is that prescription more accurate than in this rib-tickling, all new adaptation of the classic hypochondriac. The wealthy Argan is housebound with every disease in the book. Lurking around are any number of quacks that are only too happy to (mis)treat him. Family troubles, including a money-grubbing wife and two headstrong daughters, only add to Argan’s miseries. Complete with original songs, satirical bite and the requisite bawdiness, this telling of the classic comedy gets an injection of 1960’s French pop culture. If you’re looking for a good laugh, this show is just what the doctor ordered!
Disclaimer: The Imaginary Invalid does contain occasional innuendo and double-entendre. With that caution, it will be best enjoyed by playgoers 14 and up who can keep up with the puns and wordplay.
“This is good for what ails us.”
– Mail Tribune
October 26 - November 3 2012 [ Performance Schedule ]
Join us as we travel back in time, celebrating the world- class entertainers who helped to put Las Vegas on the map. During the 1950’s and 1960’s the biggest names in show business played the showrooms at the Sahara, The Frontier and The Desert Inn. Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, Barbra Streisand, Joey Bishop, Elvis Presley and of course the legendary Rat Pack were just a few of the artists who lit up the infamous Las Vegas strip in its heyday. It’s a sure bet that you’re gonna love this tune filled tribute to Sin City!
A Wrinkle in Time
November 9 - November 17 2012 [ Performance Schedule ]
In the tradition of Narnia and Harry Potter, this highly theatrical adaptation of the children’s classic is a celebration of the art of story-telling and the power of imagination. On a dark and stormy night, the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit arrives at the home of Meg Murry, a tomboy who doesn’t fit in at her New England high school. Meg’s scientist father vanished over two years ago, under mysterious circumstances. Aided by Mrs. Whatsit and her friends, Meg, her gifted brother Charles Wallace, and her friend Calvin are transported through time and space on a mission to rescue their father from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. This is sure to be an adventure for the entire family!
November 23 - December 9 2012 [ Performance Schedule ]
Christmas is right around the corner and the little sisters of Hoboken are thrilled to be taping their first “TV Special” in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. Joining our lovable nuns for the holiday broadcast are Father Virgil, and four of Mount Saint Helen's most talented students. As the cameras roll and the show progresses, it quickly spirals out of control, taking a series of unexpected twists and turns; all leading to a laugh-filled finale. In addition to some of your favorite carols, the tuneful score includes Twelve Days Prior to Christmas, Santa Ain't Comin' to Our House, We Three Kings of Orient Are Us and It's Better to Give Than to Receive. Just like a cup of egg nog and a good fruit cake, Nuncrackers is sure to help make your holiday season merry and bright!
“This is a must see for anyone who can’t suppress a giggle…”
– Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Night Before Christmas
December 15 - December 19 2012 [ Performance Schedule ]
Filled with gentle humor and lots of audience participation, this very special event is sure to be a holiday treat for children of all ages. Written by Deborah Ann Percy and Arnold Johnston, the story takes place in the home of the Moore family on Christmas Eve, 1822. Mother is baking cookies, the children are trimming the tree and father (with the help of youngsters in the audience) is composing one of the most beloved yuletide poems of all time. If you’re looking for a wonderful way to brighten your holidays, look no further than the world premiere of The Night Before Christmas.
Grey Gardens; the Musical
January 18 - February 10 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
This haunting, heartfelt musical brings touchingly to life both the delightfully eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Once among the brightest names in the pre-Camelot social register, these two women become East Hampton’s most notorious recluses, living in a dilapidated 28 room mansion. Set in two eras, in 1941 when the estate was in its prime and in 1973 when it was reduced to squalor, this fascinating musical tells the alternately hilarious and heartbreaking story of two indomitable women, Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter “Little” Edie.
Disclaimer: A surprisingly funny and haunting musical, Grey Gardens contains mature themes and musical lyrics. With this in mind, it is recommended for well-prepared students 14 and up.
“An experience no passionate theatergoer should miss!”
– The New York Times
Sherlock Holmes: the Final Adventure
February 1 - February 16 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
The world's greatest detective has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career when a case presents itself that is too tempting to ignore: The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed with a notorious photograph, and the woman at the heart of this crime is none other than the famous opera singer, Irene Adler. With his trusted companion, Doctor Watson, at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues first the case, and then the affections of Miss Adler; and in doing so, marches right into the lair of his longtime adversary, that malevolent genius of crime, Professor Moriarty. This spirited, fast-moving and thoroughly theatrical adaptation provides all the elements that fans of Sherlock Holmes have come to expect: danger, intrigue, wit, humor and surprise. The game is afoot, Watson. And it is a dangerous one!
“A marvelous look at the last case handled by the great Sherlock Holmes.”
– Around the Town Chicago
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.
March 8 - March 14 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill ten-year-old with a normal mom and dad, normal little brother and a normal life. That's just the problem for Stanley, his life is too normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, and see something no one's ever seen before. Careful what you wish for, Stanley! One night, the bulletin board on the wall above his bed comes loose and falls - right on top of Stanley! The next morning, when he wakes up, Stanley is flat. Not just a little flat, but really, really flat! The whirlwind adventures that follow are more exciting than anything Stanley could have dreamed; but they do leave him longing for something a little more normal. You won’t want to miss this musical adaptation of the popular book that has become an international sensation!
April 5 - April 20 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
The third installment in Neil Simon’s award-winning semi-autobiographical trilogy takes us back to the Jerome home in Brooklyn, New York. It’s 1949; the war has ended and Eugene and his older brother Stanley are determined to break into show business as professional comedy writers. As their parents’ relationship unravels, the brothers convene in the upstairs bedroom of their Brighton Beach home to write and rehearse material; all the while trying to cope with their parent’s marital troubles. Their big break is within their grasp, but when the brothers use their home life in Brighton Beach as inspiration for a radio comedy skit, the Jerome family may never be the same. Called “expectedly funny and unexpectedly moving” by the New York Daily News, Broadway Bound is a hilarious, warm and poignant tribute to family and the ties that bind.
“The best American play of the 1980’s.”
– Time Magazine
Time Stands Still
April 19 - May 4 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent have been together for years and share a passion for documenting the realities of war. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. Forced to return home after a brush with death in Iraq, they find themselves trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. The more time they spend with their friends, the more the adventurous couple is forced to confront the prospect of a conventional life. Will their relationship of nearly a decade be more threatened by a traditional go at domesticity than the roadside bombs of Baghdad?
Disclaimer: Powerful and compelling, Time Stands Still derives much of its strength from its mature, honest dialogue. Due to its strong language and direct approach to challenging subject matter, this production is recommended for audience members 16 and up.
“…the range of feeling it explores is wide and deep.”
– The New York Times
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
May 3 - May 19 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
From the award-winning authors of Guys and Dolls comes one of the most delightful musicals of all time. Set in the same era in which the television show Mad Men takes place, How to Succeed…, shines a satirical light on big business and all it holds sacred. With nothing but his little black handbook to guide him, J. Pierrepont Finch sets out to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive. Every step along the way brings unexpected and laugh-filled challenges; from the boss’s whiny
nepotistic nephew to backstabbing co-workers. Throw in a steno pool sweetheart, a company party and the resident “tart with a heart” and it’s anything but just another day at the office.
“It stings mischievously and laughs uproariously... It belongs to the blue chips among modern musicals.”
– The New York Times
The Man Who Came to Dinner
May 10 - May 14 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
If you’ve ever had a houseguest that wore out his welcome, you know exactly how the Stanley family feels when one of their dinner guests, the irascible Sheridan Whiteside, slips on their doorstep and breaks his hip. During his six week convalescence, the unfriendly curmudgeon monopolizes the living room, runs up phone bills, and plays host to ex-convicts. Ultimately, the Stanley’s are forced to concoct an outlandish scheme to rid themselves of their unwanted guest… but will it work? Written by the same talented duo who brought us You Can’t Take it With You, The Front Page, and Once in a Lifetime, this Broadway classic is a perfect blend of high comedy and low farce, populated by an extravagant array of eccentric but believable characters.
“…leaves you limp and helpless from belly laughs, and exhausted from glee at the sheer fun of it all.”
– Talkin Broadway
May 17 - May 25 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
Enter Sherwood Forrest with Robin Hood, the legendary hero! As our story unfolds, Robin has stolen gold from the greedy Prince John and given it to the poor. Wielding bows and arrows, Robin and his merry men join forces to stand up for what's right. The Sheriff of Nottingham has other ideas. He sends his men to capture Robin, but instead, they fall for Robin’s every trick! This athletic take on the fabled story features disguises, swordfights, live music, quick wit and plenty of help from the audience.
September 27 - October 13 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
We hope you’ll join us as we open our 85th season with one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Magnificent in scope, this heartrending story of love and redemption has moved and inspired audiences around the world. After 19 years of unjust imprisonment, Jean Valjean is released, and 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. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his past and reconcile his ideals. Its sweeping melodies and powerful affirmation of the human spirit have made Les Misérables a modern day masterpiece.
“The most exciting musical drama to hit Broadway in some years…”
Nancy Drew: Girl Detective
October 18 - October 26 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
The world’s most famous girl detective is at it again! Another River Heights mystery has developed at the old Van Pelt Estate, home of the Footlighter’s Barn Theater. Leander Van Pelt has died, and rumors abound of a hidden stash of diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires that has been left somewhere on his estate. And to complicate matters, a mysterious ghost (or
puppet?) has been haunting the estate while the Footlighters try to rehearse their play. Can Nancy Drew and her friends discover who is frightening the Van Pelt residents? Will the Footlighter’s show be able to go on without their lead actress? And where are all of the gems that are to go to Leander Van Pelt’s granddaughter? Nancy Drew leaves no stone unturned in this fun,campy whodunit!
Songs from the Silver Screen
November 8 - November 16 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
Since 1927, when The Jazz Singer burst onto the screen, music has been an important part of the movie going experience. Whether first performed in a barn, in the Austrian Alps or in a smoke-filled cabaret, songs from the Silver Screen have become popular standards. Who could forget the musical treasures made famous by the likes of Rooney & Garland, Astaire & Rodgers or Crosby & Hope? We hope you’ll “be our guest” as this original musical revue pays tribute to these time honored classics.
November 29 - December 15 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
Just think lovely, wonderful thoughts and before you know it, you too will be flying over the moon with Peter, Wendy, Michael and John. This timeless tale of the boy who won’t grow up has enchanted children of all ages for over 100 years. Whether cheering the mischievous Tinkerbell back to life or holding your breath as Peter rescues his friends from the clutches of his archenemy, the dastardly Captain Hook, you’ll thrill to the wonderful and exciting adventures found in Neverland. With a fun-filled score that includes I Won’t Grow Up, I Gotta Crow and I’m Flying, Peter Pan is sure to be a holiday treat for the whole family.
“Bountiful, good-natured. ...A vastly amusing show.”
– New York Times
Arsenic and Old Lace
January 10 - January 25 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
Madness doesn’t run through the Brewster house. It gallops! As one of the most popular comedies ever written unfolds, theatre critic Mortimer Brewster discovers that his sweet, charming, elderly aunts have taken to relieving the loneliness of old men by inviting them in for a nice glass of homemade elderberry wine. The tasty libation just happens to be laced with a few additives: arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide. While the dear old sisters are doing their charity work, Mortimer’s brother Teddy, who thinks he’s Theodore Roosevelt, is digging locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar. When Mortimer's psychopathic brother Jonathan shows up looking for a place to lay low, Mortimer finds himself caught in the middle of a farcically gruesome family feud. As the hilarity spirals out of control, Mortimer appears to be the craziest of the bunch, running around desperately trying to cover for his aunts, protect his confused bride, commit one brother and have the other arrested.
“…so funny that none of us will ever forget it.”
– The New York Times
Into the Woods
January 24 - February 8 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
“Once upon a time…” Inspired by the Grimm fairy tales, this multiple Tony Award-winning musical takes the audience to a beguiling and dark place, where wishes come true; not free. Among the classic characters that wander the woods searching for fulfillment of their wishes are Cinderella and her wicked stepsisters, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Rapunzel and her Prince, and Jack of beanstalk fame. As their fanciful tales intertwine, they are forced to confront what actually happens after “happily ever after.”
“Non-stop pure pleasure. A ravishing explosion of color and melody and magic and laughter.”
– Time Magazine
The Miracle Worker
February 14 - March 1 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
No one knows what Helen Keller’s fate might have been had she not come under the tutelage of Annie Sullivan, an Irish girl, whose sight had been severely damaged as a young child. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and is treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. Her success with Helen comes only after some of the most emotion-packed scenes ever presented on the stage.
“...absorbing and moving”
– The New York Post
February 28 - March 15 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
Margie Walsh can’t catch a break. Laid off from her job at the dollar store, she faces the grim reality that this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills and bingo is a night on the town. South Boston is providing her the same kind of opportunity it always has: none. Rough around the edges and ready to make a change, she goes looking for the guy that got away both from “Southie” and from her. Instead, she finds herself in the burbs and out of her element; facing the question, “Is opportunity granted or earned?” Nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for Best Play, Good People takes a thought provoking look at the “haves” and “have nots” and how twists of fate can determine our paths.
“Thoroughly absorbing… Good People is good stuff”
Disclaimer: Powerful and compelling, Good People derives much of its strength from its mature, honest dialogue. Due to its strong language and direct approach to challenging subject matter, this production is recommended for audience members 16 and up.
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
March 14 - March 21 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will Mum find when she gets home? Based on the all-time favorite book by Dr. Seuss, this magically witty play promises to delight audiences young and old and to transport them into a world they've always imagined.
April 4 - April 19 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
Bernard is engaged to Gloria. And to Gabriella. And to Gretchen. With a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other, this American playboy is flying high. But his supersonic lifestyle hits turbulence when his timid friend Robert comes to stay and all three fiancées invade his swanky bachelor pad. This high-flying farce from the swinging sixties is sure to keep you laughing, so be sure your seat belts are securely fastened!
“The funniest play to hit Broadway in years.”
– The Wall Street Journal
April 25 - April 27 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
Based on the life of Irena Gut Opdyke, this is the incredibly uplifting true story of one of the most courageous and unsung heroines of World War II. Germany has occupied Poland and Irena, a young Catholic woman, is forced to work as head housekeeper for a very prominent Nazi major. When she finds out that the Jewish ghetto is about to be liquidated, Irena takes it upon herself to shelter twelve Jewish workers in the safest place she can find. Risking her own life, she conceals them in the midst of countless Nazi parties, a blackmail scheme, and even the birth of a child. You won’t want to miss this story of hope and selflessness
Annie Get Your Gun
May 2 - May 18 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
If you like great music, big production numbers and lots of laughs, you’re going to love Annie Get Your Gun. This tuneful Wild West show-within-a-show shines the spotlight on rough and tumble Annie Oakley, a backwoods gal who's plucked from obscurity, becomes the toast of Europe and falls in love with Frank Butler, the leading man of Buffalo Bill’s traveling show. Annie may be quick on the trigger, but she soon learns you can’t get a man with a gun! Boasting a score that includes Irving Berlin gems like There’s No Business Like Show Business, I Got Lost in His Arms and I Got the Sun in the Mornin’ this classic American musical is sure to hit the bulls eye!
“A musical for the ages, one of the Broadway theatre’s most enduring triumphs.”
– The New York Post
The Magical Adventures of Merlin
May 9 - May 17 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
Young Merlin, who lives with the Old Master Sorcerer and his wife, is tired of doing chores like cleaning out the dragon cage and mopping the floor. Instead, he only wants to work on mastering his magical skills. At the same time, another young lad, Arthur, is destined to become king – but only if he is able to pull the magical sword, Excalibur, from the stone. Through a magical twist of fate, Arthur, who is nicknamed “Wart”, and Merlin become fast friends. Ultimately, will Merlin choose his lifelong dream of magic or friendship with Arthur? Will Arthur pull the sword from the stone and become king? Can the young apprentice Merlin become the greatest wizard of the land? Magical surprises provide all the answers in this enchanted and bewitching musical