SEPTEMBER 19 – OCTOBER 30, 2021
Set amidst the decade of the roaring twenties, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and wannabe nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media, and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, and hires the slickest criminal lawyer in town to transform her crime into a barrage of sensational headlines. Filled with greed, corruption, exploitation, and one show-stopping hit after another, Chicago is sure to give you the old “Razzle Dazzle!”
Directed & Choreographed by Kurtis Overby (Cats, My Way, A Chorus Line, Trailer Park, Hairspray, Rock of Ages, Hair, and An American in Paris!).
NOVEMBER 26 – DECEMBER 30
Based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, who, as a baby, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. When his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find The World’s Greatest Dad and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember There Is a Santa Claus. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf!
JANUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 20
Speculated by many to be the greatest of all American musicals, Gypsy tells the story of the dreams and efforts of one hungry, powerhouse of a woman to get her two daughters into show business. Determined that her younger daughter June will have a successful career, Mama Rose’s plans are derailed when June elopes, forcing Rose to turn all her attention on her older, less talented daughter, Loise, who eventually becomes burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. The musical features songs that have become standards of the musical theatre canon including Some People, Let Me Entertain You, Rose’s Turn, and the show-stopping Everything’s Coming Up Roses. At the heart of the musical is the gregarious Mama Rose, whose journey made critic Frank Rich call Gypsy “Broadway’s own brassy, unlikely answer to King Lear.”
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 13
Jerry Lee Lewis was the original bad boy of Rock & Roll. Led by Jason Cohen, who has played Lewis in nearly 80 cities across North America, Great Balls of Fire! brings the ivory-smashing superstar back to life. With a five-piece band playing hits from the ‘50s and beyond, including Good Golly, Miss Molly; Shake, Rattle, and Roll; and Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, this electrifying act will have you dancing in your seat!
MARCH 18 – APRIL 24
Dance like you’ve never danced before (cue chair and splashing water)! Flashdance The Musical tells the inspiring story of Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream. Based on the popular 1983 feature film of the same name, Flashdance is a musical spectacle featuring phenomenal choreography about the power of holding onto your dreams – and love – against all odds. Smash hits include Maniac, Manhunt, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll, and the unforgettable title track, Flashdance…What a Feeling!
GHOST, THE MUSICAL
MAY 6 – 29
Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin, Ghost The Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to storefront psychic Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death. Ghost The Musical is a poignant romance that builds comedy, suspense, and deeply felt emotion to an ethereal climax that audiences will never forget. Featuring such popular songs as the Righteous Brothers’ classic Unchained Melody, this powerful love story is sure to become a fan favorite!
THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL
JUNE 10 – JULY 17
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!
The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg and features a book by Kyle Jarrow, with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley.
AUGUST 2 – 21
Set during a “live broadcast” of a fictional, long-running TV game show, Game Show places the theater audience in the role of the TV studio audience, in which members are picked as the contestants to play the trivia-based game and win actual prizes. In addition to watching and playing during the “broadcast” – where anything can and does happen – the audience also witnesses all the backstage, back-stabbing antics “behind the scenes” that go on during the “commercial breaks” of Game Show.
HAPPY DAYS, A NEW MUSICAL
AUGUST 26 – SEPTEMBER 25
Return to the blue-sky days of 1959 Milwaukee complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops, and jukebox sock-hoppin’ fun. Arnold’s, the famed drive-in malt shop and number one hangout, is in danger of demolition, so Richie, Fonzie, and the gang team up to save it with a dance contest and a TV-worthy wrestling match. Even Pinky Tuscadero, Fonzie’s childhood sweetheart, returns to help and – lo and behold – they rekindle their old flame. Based on the hit ‘70s TV series, Happy Days A New Musical will have you rockin’ and rollin’ all week long!
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