THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
October 4-6 / 11-13 / 17-20, 2019
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.
DISNEY’S FROZEN JR.
November 29-30 / December 7-8 / 13-14 / 21-22, 2019
Disney’s worldwide phenomenon is taking Broadway Junior by (snow)storm! The enchanting modern classic from Disney, Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest
Frozen Jr. is not part of the Season Subscription, however, subscribers will have first dibs at Frozen tickets on the order form page!
THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS
November 30-December 1 / December 6-7 / 14-15 / 19-21, 2019
On Thanksgiving Day, Mary discovers that her fiancé is cheating on her when she catches him on national TV kissing another woman at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. She then must navigate a year’s worth of hapless holidays and luckless romances amid the colorful characters that make up her family. Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and St. Patrick’s Day bring one dating disaster after another. June provides a “wedding season” of letdowns, and Halloween is nothing less than a horror show. Before we know it, a year has passed. The frenzied holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas has returned, bringing bad memories of Mary’s broken engagement. Her hope, happiness, and holiday tolerance are dwindling. A run-in with her ex-fiancé, a family feud, and a final heartbreak on Dec. 23rd nearly send her over the edge. She finds herself completely alone on Christmas day, on the brink of despair. Then, a surprise encounter with a five-year-old boy whom she has come to adore changes her mood, her day, and her whole perspective.
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
January 31-February 2 / February 7-9 / 13-16, 2020
YES, this script is adapted from the screenplay! A tale about a fictional relationship between William Shakespeare and a young woman who poses as a man in order to star in one of the writer’s plays. Suffering from writer’s block, Shakespeare is in need of a new muse. He soon finds inspiration in the form of a beautiful female aristocrat, but her daring determination to act in his play puts their already forbidden relationship on even more dangerous ground. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.
CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD
March 20-22 / 27-29 / April 2-5, 2020
Winner of the Tony Award, the Olivier Award, and the Drama Desk Award as best play on Broadway of the season, this deeply moving, beautifully written play details the romance and marriage of a sensitive but spirited deaf girl and the devoted (and hearing) young teacher whom she meets at a school for the deaf. After three years in the Peace Corps, James, a young speech therapist, joins the faculty of a school for the deaf, where he is to teach lip-reading. He meets Sarah, a school dropout, totally deaf from birth, and estranged both from the world of hearing and from those who would compromise to enter that world. Fluent in sign language, James tries, with little success, to help Sarah, but gradually the two fall in love and marry. At first their relationship is a happy and glowing one, as the gulf of silence between them seems to be bridged by their desire to understand each other’s needs and feelings, but discord soon develops as Sarah becomes militant for the rights of the deaf and rejects any hint that she is being patronized and pitied. In the end the chasm between the worlds of sound and silence seems almost too great to cross…but love and compassion hold the hope of reconciliation, and a deeper, fuller understanding of differences that, in the final essence, can unite as well as divide.
May 15-17 / 22-24 / 28-31, 2020
Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, Grease ranks among the world’s most popular musicals.
All productions (with the exception of Frozen, Jr.) run Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM, Thursdays at 7:30 PM
Season Subscription Renewals (for 2018.2019 Season Subscribers) begin Monday, June 10. Subscriptions on sale to the public Wednesday, July 10. Individual show tickets for each of the six 2019-2020 MainStage productions on sale beginning Thursday, August 1.
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