Announcing Our 2017 Season
Individual Tickets On Sale January 11, 2017
PLAZA SUITE: January 27, 28, 29, February 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12
By Neil Simon
Hilarity abounds in Neil Simon’s portrait of three couples occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, "I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!"
CARDBOARD STORIES: March 4, 5
By Marvia Joye Watkins, with Music by September Penn
In collaboration with the Immanuel Shelter, this play pulls homelessness to the forefront. An original piece created for the nonprofit Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless by Watkins and Penn, CARDBOARD STORIES tells the tale of the different worlds of homelessness and how it affects all of us.
Allie's story: The first of a four-part series focuses on a woman who aged out of foster care, gave birth to a baby girl and became homeless in Williams Park. There she meets Hope, a college student who helps her begin to see her hardships as opportunities. Can Allie overcome her seemingly insurmountable odds or will the struggle of homelessness leave her trapped in a cycle of victimization and despair?
GYPSY: March 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Regarded by many theater professionals as the greatest musical ever created, GYPSY is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success… while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with artful humor, heart, and sophistication. The celebrated score, by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, boasts one glorious hit after another, including: “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” “You’ll Never Get Away from Me,” “If Momma Was Married,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get A Gimmick,” “Small World” and “Together Wherever We Go.”
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS: April 7, 8, 9
Music by Mary Rodgers, Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, Lyrics by Marshall Barer
If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS: May 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek, Book by Jeffrey Lane
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the popular 1988 MGM film, takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity. Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score by David Yazbek (The Full Monty). Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together, only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES: June 2, 3, 4
By Eve Ensler
A one-woman show in which Elaine Faye will take us on a whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone. THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who "liked to look at it." “Ensler breaks taboos by talking, talking and talking some more—stripping fear and shame from what she celebrates here. It makes for quite a party. Funny, outrageous, emotionally affecting, and occasionally angry…THE VAGINA MONOLGOUES confront words to demystify and disarm them."
A CHORUS LINE: June 27, 28, 29, July 7, 8, 10, 11, 19, 20, 28, 29, 31, August 1, 9, 10, 18, 19, 21, 22, 1, 2
Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban, Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
A CHORUS LINE is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, the show features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include “What I Did for Love, “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “I Hope I Get It.” A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, A CHORUS LINE is instantly recognized as a classic.
LEGALLY BLONDE: June 30, July 1, 3, 12, 13, 21, 22, 24, 25, August 2, 3, 11, 12, 14, 15, 23, 24, 30, 31
A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, this musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods (Broadway's brightest new heroine) as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!
THE LITTLE MERMAID: July 5, 6, 14, 15, 17, 18, 26, 27, August 4, 5, 7, 8, 16, 17, 25, 26, 28, 29
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, Book by Doug Wright
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated Disney this musical is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
WIT: September 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, October 1, 6, 7, 8
By Margaret Edson
Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness—and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital—Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.
THE FANTASTICKS: October 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
Music by Harvey Schmidt, Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
"Try to Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. THE FANTASTICKS is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow." The longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers.
CINDERELLA: November 10, 11, 12
Music by Richard Rodgers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Join our Spotlight on Young Performers as they get to know the timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale as it is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein’s hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike will soar when the “impossible” becomes possible and the slipper fits.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: November 24, 25, 26, 30, December 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
A holiday classic from the writer of the musical theater classic THE MUSIC MAN! Based on the movie of the same name, Miracle On 34th Street features a book and score by none other than Meredith Willson. Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn't want her six-year old daughter Susan's head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor Fred Gailey tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy's, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed -but when it turns out Macy's Santa may in fact be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts.