2012 – 2013 Season
Laugh. Titter. Cry. Sing (and maybe dance a bit). And not always when you expect to! Rejoice in the full range of human experience in this season of diverse offerings, with something for everyone. That’s the Steel River Playhouse’s 2012-2013 Season in a nutshell.
See Season at a Glance for detailed planning information – days and curtain times.
Next to Normal Sept 14 – 23 Stage: Newberry Loft
Music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Our Season opens with the thoroughly modern Next to Normal, nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2009 (winner of 3 including Best Original Score), and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Washington Post called it “the future of American Musicals.” With a thrilling contemporary score, Next to Normal is a powerful rock musical about a suburban family trying to take care of themselves and each other. “A brave, breathtaking musical… It is something much more than a feel-good musical: it is a feel-everything musical.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times.
Blithe Spirit Oct 11 – 28 Stage: Main Stage
Comedy by Noel Coward
Fantasy, meet mirth. The smash comedy hit of London and Broadway stages which asks, “How do you divorce your wife when she’s already dead and has come back as a ghost?” And your second wife isn’t exactly happy with a new, spooky houseguest? Noel Coward’s brilliantly comedic Blithe Spirit gets funnier and funnier as refined gentleman, Charles Condomine, tries desperately to get rid of either his current sarcastic, oh-so proper second wife, Ruth, or his deceased, cheeky Elvira. Revel in the unintended consequences unleashed by the séance Condomine hosts as research for his next book.
Annie Dec 6 – 23 Stage: Main Stage
Book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, based on the Tribune Media Service Comic Strip, Little Orphan Annie
A Broadway sensation ripped from the pages of a . . . comic strip . . . with three Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book! Annie is a spunky orphan with infectious, unbeatable optimism and moxie. She’s determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel and bitter Miss Hannigan. She does escape, but is caught and returned, only to be selected as a Christmas ornament for billionaire Daddy Warbucks, seeking a needy child to stay at his mansion during the holidays. Shenanigans ensue, relationships grow, and even President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Secret Service join the fray!
Intimate Apparel Feb 1 – 10 Stage: Newberry Loft
Play by Lynn Nottage
Is there a more apt metaphor for our own dreams and fantasies than intimate apparel? Esther is an illiterate African American seamstress in the early 1900’s New York who enjoys an unusual window into the lives of her clients. While creating exquisite lingerie for socialites and prostitutes alike, she is privy to their most private wishes and disappointments. As Esther observes for one client, “What she got, you want, and what you got, she want.” Esther, however, also must consider her own dreams for love, marriage and a better life. An award-winning period piece which premiered in 2003, the play is full of engaging historical and cultural detail, strong storytelling, and Esther’s inspiring search for love and fulfillment.
Lost in Yonkers Mar 7 – 24 Stage: Main Stage
Comedy by Neil Simon
Comedy Master Neil Simon won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony for this funny drama that might be entered into a “So, you think YOUR family’s crazy” contest. It’s 1942 in a Yonkers, N.Y. apartment atop the family candy store. But it’s not all sugar and spice when a traveling salesman must leave his sons Jay and Arty, with their crusty grandmother and proprietor and a vivid array of family characters from “gangster” Uncle Louie to “mouth breather” Aunt Gert. Grandma Kurnitz and her grown daughter, Bella, provide family fireworks while Jay and Arty say the darnedest things. And what’s Uncle Louie really up to anyway?
Becky Shaw Apr 19 -28 Stage: Newberry Loft
Comedy by Gina Gionfriddo
Think about the worst possible blind date. Then make it worse. MUCH worse! Becky Shaw reminds us that people (and relationships) aren’t always what they seem. The premise is simple enough. Suzanna arranges a blind date for Max, a friend of hers since childhood. Max’s date is with Becky Shaw, a colleague of Suzanna’s husband, Andrew. Got it? Maybe not. Watch the veneers melt away, revealing more truths and twists than you can possibly imagine! “Gina Gionfriddo’s comedy of bad manners, a tangled tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their 30s, is as engrossing as it is ferociously funny . . .” Charles Sherwood, The New York Times.
Melange Contemporary Dance May 10 -12 Stage: Main Stage
Theatrical dance with contemporary themes.
La Cage aux Folles Jun 6 – 23 Stage: Main Stage
Book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
Don’t miss our Season finale, the Broadway mega-hit — winner of 3 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score — from music theater legend Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!, Mame) and the irrepressible Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray, Torch Song Trilogy, Mrs. Doubtfire). It’s the classic “guess-who’s-coming-to-dinner” set-up, but with a few complications! After twenty years of un-wedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse get a bit of both when Georges’ son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted politician. Further complicating the situation is the “family business:” George and Albin run a nightclub, where Albin is the “star” performer “Zaza.” Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as “normal” when he meets the family of the bride-to-be. But Albin has other plans, with hilarious results.
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Other Events and Education Department Presentations (we may add additional events or presentations during the season)
- Senior Follies (Education Department – Senior Theatre Project) – Nov 17/18
- N-Crowd (Improv Comedy) – Jan 12
- The Emperor’s Clothes (Children’s Musical) – Jan 19/20
- Senior Follies (Education Department – Senior Theatre Project) April 6/7