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It's a hard knock life for Annie and the other orphans of Depression Era New York City, under the patronage of the wretched and scheming Miss Hannigan at the Hudson Street Orphanage.
One day, Annie's life is changed for ever when Grace, the beautiful assistant of the enigmatic millionaire Oscar (Daddy) Warbucks comes to ask for an orphan to stay at his mansion for the Christmas holidays.
This begins a wild and mad-cap adventure where Annie's bright and shining personality wins over the crochety business and teaches him the meaning of love, life and looking on the bright side.
Program: Bach Violin Concerto in E Major, Handel Concerto Grosso op.6, Bach Sinfonia from Cantata 42, Zelenka Symphonie a 8 Concertante in A minor.
Andrew Altenbach, conductor wth soloist Jorja Fleezanis (violin).
"Po Chile" Celie labors with a broom in her hand and fear in her heart, waiting for her missionary sister to answer her letters. Inspired by defiant, sassy Sophia, Celie finally emerges from a life of abuse. Then "Queen honeybee" Shug Avery ushers Celie into a world of love. Celie got a voice! And it's beautiful! Black American music, from gospel and jazz to soul and Motown floods the theatre as we all celebrate how Celie learns to "wear the pants." The spirit all around now — and forgiveness — and joy.
Defying Gravity is a free structured look at the 1986 Challenger disaster placing the teacher who died with six others, as they hurtled into space, at the center of an exploration of our need to reach beyond ourselves and dare the universe.
The Dinner Detective is the largest, award-winning, interactive comedic murder mystery dinner show in the United States. Our immensely popular shows are set in the present day. This means, unlike other murder mystery dinner shows, here you will find no cheesy costumes, no campy dialogue and no hokey song and dance. Our performers are dressed just like everyone else, leaving all of the guests to suspect who is a part of the show and who is not. At the end of the night, prizes are awarded to the Top Sleuth who solves the crime with the most accurate detailed information. Each ticket to our fully interactive murder mystery show includes an interrogation reception along with a four course meal including appetizers, mixed green salad, choice of entrée and dessert.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is the 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. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song.
Girls Only is an original comedy that celebrates the honor, truth, humor and silliness of being female. With a two-woman cast and audiences full of raucous, laughing ladies, the show is a unique examination of all things girly.
Born out of the earnest and sweetly ridiculous writings the two authors discovered in their girlhood diaries, the Girls Only mix of sketch comedy, improvisation, audience participation, and hilarious songs and videos will remind you that underneath, women all have very funny and very charming feminine similarities.
Warning: This show contains feminine subject matter including teenage diaries, breast feeding, tampons, shadow puppets, pantyhose, menstrual cycles, slumber parties, menopause and maxi pads.
Special pricing for Seniors 65+ ($25.50) and Students with valid ID ($17.50). One ticket per student ID.
After his son runs off to find his fortune, Pridamant seeks the aid of an eccentric illusionist; a sorcerer with the ability to conjure images and dreams. Scenes from the son's life marvelously appear before them, each an exotic and perplexing situation, each more inexplicable than the last, with varying names, shifting places, and dizzying rivalries. Adapted by Tony Kushner from Pierre Corneille's classic comedy, The Illusion reveals the boy's fate only at the very end, for better or for worse, and that it's not quite what his father was led to believe.
Vocalist Connie Evingson returns to Jazz at the Jungle select Sundays following opening night.
This absorbing new play looks at four 30-something New Yorkers navigating the emotional aftermath of tragedy. Beth lost her husband in the World Trade Center on 9/11, and now, four years later, is dating Ethan. Thanksgiving brings the two together with Ethan's brother, Josh, and his wife, Jessica. Josh, who survived the attack on the towers, is trying to make sense of his life, now with differently held perspectives and values. This insightful play about living and letting go is a moving testament to survival and recovery.
Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. The show features such hits as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," "Oh, What a Night" and many more.
Set in the provincial Northampton, England, London-bound Charlie Price is surprised to suddenly inherit his beloved father's shoe factory and even more surprised to find that handmade men's dress shoes are no longer quite as in vogue as they used to be. Facing closure, a dejected Charlie chances upon Lola, the charismatic, brassy and fabulous drag queen and finds himself forming an unlikely business partnership, creating custom shoes for drag queens, which will change their lives forever...
By day, George is a brilliant linguist, devoted to recording the disappearing languages of disappearing cultures. By night, he can't find the words to stop his wife from leaving him. His assistant can't make him recognize the depth of her feelings for him, and two of the last Ellowans on the planet refuse to speak to each other. A whimsical exploration of the power of connecting, Cho's play is ultimately a celebration of life, whatever its sorrows. "…a tour de force… passionate, wise and wonderful." —Talkin' Broadway
When wealthy merchant Horace Vandergelder engages the services of legendary matchmaker Dolly Levi, he gets much more than he bargained for. Under Dolly's clever guidance, a swirl of innocent clerks, spirited millineresses, snooty waiters and other eccentric characters become delightfully entangled in 19th century New York. Thornton Wilder's hilarious farce about love, money and adventure features the signature humanity, wit and relevance of one of America's greatest playwrights. This joyous romp celebrates the spirit of generosity and living life to the fullest. Presented by Girl Friday Productions.
How do we know who we are? Juliana Smithton is a renowned neuroscientist on the brink of a breakthrough in Alzheimer's treatment. But her life is unraveling. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped and her health is in danger. In this riveting and haunting new play, Juliana is forced to rebuild her life when nothing, not even her memory, is as it seems. "…White jigsaws together details until they form a full picture, complete with a touching emotional kick." —New York Daily News
Program: Bach Cantata 106 "Actus Tragicus", Bach Cantata 131 "Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir", Brandenburg No. 6, Schutz Psalm 130 "Aus der Tiefe."
Told by a mysterious troupe of performers, a young and dreamy prince, Pippin is unhappy with his lot. Overlooked by his errant father King Charles, and mocked by his family, he wants to learn the meaning of life, and takes on a series of thrilling challenges, including becoming involved in war, switching sides to become a revolutionary, whilst leaving a trail of broken hearts over the land. But perhaps excitement and freedom isn't the key to living, and maybe its modesty that will fill the void.
A rose by any other name… The most renowned star-crossed lovers in history remind us that when you are in love, nothing else matters – not even life itself. Romeo and Juliet's young love puts them at odds with an ancient family feud. Despite duels and disaster, one boy and one girl believe they can and must be together. Shakespeare's tragic whirlwind of catastrophes and secrets comes to life in a unique, dynamic production. Love can still conquer all.
Guess who's coming to town. Why is a groom missing? Why did a bride discard her wedding gown? Why is there a dead body in the ice palace? The Winter Carnival mystery is hardly elementary, and Saint Paul needs Sherlock Holmes's legendary powers of deduction. Based on Larry Millett's lauded novel, this gleeful whodunit is both wholly original and an homage to all things Holmes.
It's a small world after all. Snowed in overnight, college lovers Elena and Reed have an unexpected reunion in a crowded airport. She's stayed true to their old hippie life, but he's gone conservative – complete with middle management, wife and daughter. As the blizzard swirls, and Elena and Reed laugh, chat and drink the night away, they revisit a past that holds more surprises than they imagined and face a future neither dare predict. "…A quick and sharp play about our lives, one that gives us all the fun and all the tears of our times." —NPR
By Gale LaJoye
UnitedHealth Group Stage
January 13 – February 22, 2015
Recommended for grades K-4
A broken fan is suddenly fashioned into a boomerang. A car trunk springs open into a wacky bedroom. And our stage is transformed into Snowflake's kittywampus world, where the abandoned junk of life is reinvented by a goofy, sweet, slightly mad genius. Performed by comedic artist Gale LaJoye, Snowflake has moments that you'll carry in your heart forever, including an unforgettable lyrical ballet performed on splintered skis. Bring your love of goofy, silly, kindhearted humor, and be ready: you'll see your own world in a completely different light afterwards.
This new musical revue shines with engaging personal portraits of over 30 accomplished Americans as they reflect on their Jewish heritage and the role it has played in their lives. With original songs by some of theater's most noted composers and lyricists, including Duncan Sheik, Marvin Hamlisch, and Sheldon Harnick, we hear the stories of admired people such as Leonard Nimoy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Al Franken, Kenneth Cole, Tony Kushner, Steven Spielberg, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Comedian and storyteller Bob Stromberg, known for originating the role of "Bobby Bean" in Triple Espresso—A Highly Caffeinated Comedy, goes solo this time, taking us on a captivating journey through life and art. In the process, everyday experiences become anything but ordinary, leading to moments of discovery and unexpected insight.
Bob's gift of mesmerizing narrative is supported by perfectly understated theatrical elements, transporting us into a fascinating, memorable experience. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes reflective, it is a creative journey that boldly embraces laughter, joy and wonder.
Funny. Poignant. Unforgettable.
Gerald Charles Dickens portrays his great-great grand¬father's attempt to write an adaptation of the Biblical Gospels for his children, in To Begin With, a witty, insightful and entertaining new play by Jeffrey Hatcher. World Premiere.
A "brilliantly, cleverly funny" romantic comedy that brings boxing and ballroom dance head to head in a match made in heaven. This two-person tour de force of rapid-fire dialogue, high-energy dances, ridiculous puppetry and playful pugilism tells the rags-to-riches story of an immigrant apple seller tricked into becoming a boxer and the dance hall dame with a score to settle who takes him under her wing as they swing their way to the championship.
Triple Espresso tells the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Hugh, Buzz and Bobby reunite for a hilarious evening of music, magic and mega-laughs in this rags-to-rags story that appeals to everyone from ages 6 to 106. Critics say, "It's truly Hilarious!". Friends say, "Let's see it again!"
Sandbox Theatre brings rich, visual storytelling to an all new ensemble-created exploration of Karel Čapek's 1936 sociopolitical sci-fi tale of corruption, selfishness and absurdism. Told with Sandbox's signature stylized design, movement and language, War With the Newts promises a sprawling, sharp-witted commentary on profit-first economies, the dangers of pride and nationalism, and a stern warning of our self-destructive nature.