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Put on your thinking caps and get ready for an entertaining competition! Playhouse on Park is finishing its 2013-2014 season with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In this hilarious hit musical, six quirky adolescents have their eyes on the spelling championship. Along the way they learn that winning isn't all you expect...and neither is losing. In "an utterly charming look at one of the screwier manifestations of the American Dream" (TIME), audiences will cheer on a whole group of underdogs.
When Daphna arrived at the funeral of her beloved grandfather, she thought it was obvious that she would get her Poppy's chai, a religious necklace he carried throughout the Holocaust. After all, she's the one on the way to rabbinical school with plans to move to Israel. Her cousin Liam arrived with his girlfriend Melody with a very different plan in mind. A biting comedy about the perhaps not always discernible difference between being devout and devouring, Bad Jews deals with issues of legacy and tradition with humor and wit.
Back together again! A sixties girl group, The Bikinis, that everyone loved is bringing back the sun, fun and all the great songs they sang on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore...all to raise money to save their beloved summer vacation spot. These best friends relive their heyday in a non-stop celebrations of song with over 30 hits like "It's In His Kiss," "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," "Heat Wave," "Under the Boardwaldk" and many others.
This shatteringly poetic and beautiful story jumps between a hopeful future and an uncertain present to show a unique perspective on the scourge of urban violence. Eighteen-year-old Tray is committed to making something of himself. He's working on his college essays, boxing at the gym, and holding down a part time job. When he happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, a senseless act ends his life, leaving his family to ponder what might have been. "Lee offers a drama with writing so intimate that it bestows her story with the power to unlock hearts and have audiences more fully and seriously consider the lives at stake today amid the violence in America." - Louisville Courier-Journal
Evita concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita's early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death.Its the 1979 winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical.
"L'Chaim — To Life!" The international smash about Russian villagers and their universal longings — love, wealth, freedom, God and home — makes its Goodspeed Musicals debut, boasting the beloved songs "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Matchmaker," and more. Dance into the town of Anatevka, where "Tradition" is both embraced and challenged as local milkman Tevye sees his daughters fall in love in a time of extraordinary change.
Dael Orlandersmith visits the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, searching gravestones for the famous and the obscure while watching the living wander past. The memories come quickly, haunting Orlandersmith with thoughts of her challenging relationship with her own mother. A spellbinding tale of growing up in poverty in Harlem in the 1960s, Forever is about the trauma in her life, and her search for identity, forgiveness, and love. Orlandersmith's raw emotion is balanced with superior artistry in this world premiere from one of theatre's most innovative voices. "Dael Orlandersmith is a highly acclaimed playwright, but it's her breathtaking command of the stage as the star of her own works, many of which are solo shows, that often most impresses." - TheaterMania
Gypsy tells the story of the "ultimate stage mother" Rose and her dream to raise her daughters to perform on the vaudeville stage. Mama Rose has become arguably the greatest female role in musical theatre due to its emotion, complexity and powerful songs.
Each choice we make is a vital stitch in the ornately and delicately embroidered fabric of our lives. In her celebrated play Intimate Apparel , Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage weaves an intricate tapestry of the joys, sorrows, tragedy, and triumph of a gifted but lonely African American seamstress in early Twentieth-Century Manhattan as she negotiates the choice between a love that is accepted and one that is true.
The Music Man con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to the naive Iowa townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band. But Harold is no musician and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons. Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him, but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian begins to fall in love. Harold risks being caught to win her.
Nora has the perfect life, a happy home, and a healthy marriage. But when a mysterious man from her past appears, her idyllic world is suddenly turned upside down. A story of love, blackmail, and the little lies we tell, Nora is a sexy and stunning adaptation of one of Ibsen's most psychologically penetrating works.
An unquestioned classic of the American theatre told with sly humor and profound meaning, Our Town transports us to Grover's Corners, a place of secret wishes and disappointments, loves and losses, where the people we meet are shockingly like the ones in our own lives. Meet Emily and George. They've grown up together in their small New England town, falling in love in a surprisingly complicated way. Their growing up, their living, and their dying provide the lens through which the story is told, a story that focuses on a village but encompasses the eternal, finding the world in a grain of sand. "Indeed the play's success across cultural borders around the world attests to its being something much greater than an American play: it is a play that captures the universal experience of being alive." - Donald Margulies
What happens when Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar? Intellectual fireworks, verbal gymnastics, amorous intentions, and the arrival of a mysterious man in blue suede shoes. On an October evening in 1904, Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso end up at the same small bar in Paris—the Lapin Agile. The two young geniuses, joined by an eccentric cast of characters, spar over art and science, their respective libidos, where inspiration comes from, and the promise and dreams of the 20th century. Steve Martin brings his zany and profoundly intelligent brand of humor back to Long Wharf Theatre. No joke is too low brow and no idea too high brow to be considered in this crowd pleasing comedy.
Preyin' On Faith is a Christian centered musical that accentuates relationship struggles within the church. The musical highlights how some believers and non-believers use faith and religion for personal gain. Sometimes both genders will use "the church" to gain access to each other's inner most desires, to exploit, lie, cheat, and confuse. In this fast paced musical, misconceptions will be realized and ugly truths are exposed.
Through original songs, visionary dances and heartfelt messages; learn why the ladies "Gotta Get to Church", how "Adversity is God's University", when girls stop being "Daddy's Little Girl" and what God's "Favor" can do in your life.
- In the aftermath of World War I, First Lady Edith Wilson believes her new husband, President Woodrow Wilson, was put on earth by God to prevent future cataclysms and build a League of Nations, assuring peace across the globe. When her husband's health is threatened, Edith takes unprecedented steps, including keeping the Vice President and the Congress at bay, to assure that their dream will come to pass. Asserting her own will in the old boys' club of Washington, D.C., the First Lady protects her husband while claiming a slice of power for herself. The Second Mrs. Wilson chronicles a unique incident in United States history with intrigue and excitement.
Love will make you crazy. In this uproarious comedy by Playhouse favorite Alan Ayckbourn, fastidious Barbara's orderly, but solitary world is thrown into chaos when the arrival of her longtime friend Nikki and her fiancé ignites unexpected and violent passions. Replete with trademark Ayckbourn touches, this wickedly funny play will have you questioning just how sane any of us really are when it comes to love.