MARCH 26, 2009 - JUNE 14, 2009
Music by JULE STYNE Lyrics by BOB MERRILL Book by ISOBEL LENNART. The production is directed by WBT veteran, Donald E. Birely, with Michael Susko as Choreographer and Jeff Tanski is the Musical Director.
The story of beloved comedienne Fanny Brice who clowns her way through burlesque and vaudeville, with dreams of making it big. A triumphant story of starry success and a bittersweet story of love, Funny Girl is a musical theatre classic which celebrates the exuberant and elegant flavor of Broadway in the 1910s and 20s and the comic genius of Fanny Brice.
Our Production stars Jill Abramovitz as Fanny Brice and Grant Norman as Nicky Arnstein. The cast features Kilty Reidy, as Eddie Ryan, Fanny's best pal, dance teacher and manager. Mrs. Brice is played by Louisa Flaningam, The legendary Florenz Zeigfeld is portrayed by Gary Lemkueler, Dawn Newman plays Emma, Karen Patricia McDonald is Mrs. Strakosh and Mr. Keeney is played by Roger Preston Smith. The ensemble features: Brian Curl, Mark Donaldson, Debi Guthery, Synthia Link, Benji Randall, Rusty Reynolds, Morgan Rose, Kimberly Schafer, Hayley Sharples, Karla Shook, Kent Zimmerman and Rye native, Darcy Yellin.
FEBRUARY 12 - MARCH 21, 2009
Book, Music, Lyrics & Direction by Dan Goggin. Choreography and Musical Staging by Teri Gibson. Musical Direction by Leo P. Carusone. Starring Deborah Del Mastro, David Edwards, Bambi Jones, Bonnie Lee and Jeanne TInker
Meshuggah-Nuns! finds four nuns on an all-expense paid trip on the “Faiths of All Nations” Cruise. When the cast of “Fiddler on the Roof” (with the exception of the guy playing Tevye) gets seasick, the ship’s captain asks the sisters and Tevye to put on a show. Meshuggah-Nuns is an ecumenical fun-fest.
Our cast features Bonnie Lee as the Mother Superior, the former Circus performer from Ireland. Jeanne Tinker will play Sister Mary Amnesia, a nun who was brained by a falling crucifix and has temporary memory loss. Sister Robert Anne, the former Brooklyn delinquent will be played by Deborah Del Mastro. The testy Sister Mary Hubert, a drill sergeant of sorts, will be played by Bambi Jones. The Jewish actor, Howard Liszt, will be played by David Edwards. Ron Rogell as Captain Richard Biggerstaff and Stephanie Wahl as Melody Joy Lapidus.
The Conductor of “Nunsensations” is Leo Carusone, who did all the original orchestrations and arrangements for the show. Musical Staging & Choreography is by Teri Gibson.
November 08 - February 09
Book and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Music by Joe Raposo. Musical Direction by Stephen Purdy, Directed and Choreographed by Richard Stafford. Starring Duke LaFoon.
The story of George Bailey and his wonderful life in Bedford Falls remains a timeless fable of dreams, disillusionment and the power of love. An uplifting chronicle of the extraordinary lives of ordinary folk, A WONDERFUL LIFE exhilarates the mind and heart as it celebrates the innate goodness in us all.
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.