August - November 08
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan. Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks. Musical Direction by Leo P. Carusone, Choreographed by Matthew J. Vargo, Directed by David Edwards. Starring Bob Amaral and Joel Newsome.
Based on the 1968 film, Mel Brooks’s musical The Producers is a laugh-out-loud, outrageous, crowd-pleasing farce that has been a smash hit since its 2001 debut. Fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock is desperate to get to the top of his profession again, and he finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom, who hypothesizes that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway, with the worst script, the worst director, and the worst cast they can find; the catch is that they will raise two million dollars to finance the show, and they plan to take the money and head to Rio when the show inevitably closes after just one performance. Too bad for Bialystock & Bloom that, against all odds, the show is a total hit! With dozens of big and bit parts alike, no shortage of showstopping musical numbers, and Brooks’ signature humor keeping audiences in stitches, The Producers is definitely far from a flop.
April - August 08
Muisc by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton. Directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford, Musical Direction by Angela Jamieson. Starring Joseph Mahowald and Rena Strober
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
February 08 - April 08
Written by Alan James and Rob Bettinson, Musical Direction by Angela C. Howell, Directed by Victoria Bussert. Starring Pat McRoberts as Buddy Holly
Buddy – The Buddy Holly story tells the true story of buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when ‘That’ll Be The Day’ hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on “The day the music died”. the show features over 20 of buddy holly’s greatest hits including ‘That’ll be the day’, ‘Peggy Sue’, ‘Everyday’, ‘Oh Boy’, ‘Not Fade Away’, ‘Rave On’ and ‘Raining In My Heart’, plus Ritchie Valens’ ‘La Bamba’ and the big bopper’s ‘Chantilly Lace’. the incredible legacy of the young man with glasses, whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period during the golden days of rock & roll, continues to live on in buddy. seen by over 22 million people around the world, Buddy will have you on your feet and “send you out of the theater on an unstoppable high” (The Boston Globe).
November - December 07
Book, Music, Lyrics by George Puello, Arrangements, Additional Music by Robert Felstein. Musical Direction by Donna M. Cribari, Directed and Choreographed by George Puello. Starring David Edwards, Peter James Zielinski and Paulette Olivia
A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens's most well known story. Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present, & Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.
October 07 - February 08
Book by Arthur Kopit, Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston, Musical Direction by Patrick Q. Kelly, Directed by Tom Polum, Musical Staging by Jonathan Stahl. Starring Kate Rockwell, Aaron Ramey and Sandy Rosenberg
This mesmerizing Phantom is traditional musical theatre in the finest sense. The Tony award winning authors of Nine have transformed Gaston Leroux' The Phantom of the Opera into a sensation that enraptures audiences and critics with beautiful songs and an expertly crafted book. It is constructed around characters more richly developed than in any other version, including the original novel.
August - October 07
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken, Directed and Choreographed by Patricia Wilcox, Musical Direction by Robert Felstein, Starring Eric Santagata, Julie Connors, Bob Arnold, Gary Lynch, Talana DeShaies, Kimberly Hamby, and Jalynn Steele
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!