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A series of Broadway musicals, comedies & dramas in our 432-seat MainStage theatre
Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor
It’s a historic night at the Cleveland Opera Company when world-famous tenor Tito Morelli arrives to perform in Otello. Through a series of farcical mishaps, Tito takes a double dose of tranquilizers, setting off a hilarious chain reaction of slapstick and mistaken identity.
Sept. 21 – Oct. 7, 2018
Book by Joshua Logan and Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Winner of 10 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This beloved musical is set in an island paradise during World War II, where two parallel love stories are threatened by prejudice and war. The memorable Rodgers and Hammerstein score includes such classics as “Bali Ha’i,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “Some Enchanted Evening.”
Oct. 26 – Dec. 2, 2018
Always, Patsy Cline
Written and originally directed by Ted Swindley
One of the best-loved names in country music is the subject of Always, Patsy Cline. A funny and touching tribute about the true story of Cline’s friendship with a Houston housewife and avid fan, Louise Seger. Cline’s voice continues to enthrall millions of fans and influence many of today’s country and pop singers. This intimate show celebrates the music and includes Patsy Cline classics like “I Fall to Pieces”, “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “Crazy”.
Jan. 11 – Feb. 3, 2019
Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
Music by Harry Warren Lyrics by Al Dubin
Come and meet those dancing feet! An ambitious dancer from Allentown, PA steps into a starring role on Broadway when the leading lady breaks her leg. This stage adaptation of the classic 1933 film features high-energy show stoppers like “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” “We’re in the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway” and of course “42nd Street.”
Feb. 22 – March 24, 2019
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
By Tennessee Williams
Winner of the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for drama. A hot-tempered wealthy Southern patriarch faces impending death as his children squabble in desperate attempts to secure the family inheritance.
April 12 – 28, 2019
Cutting-edge productions and quirky musicals in our intimate 90-seat Pinkerton Theatre
Suds: The Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera
Created by Melinda Gilb, Steve Gunderson, Bryan Scott Musical Arrangements by Steve Gunderson
Set in a laundromat, Suds virtually bubbles over with nostalgia, comedy, and more than 30 songs of the 1960s, including such favorites as “Please, Mr. Postman,” “Johnny Angel,” “Chapel of Love,” and “It’s My Party.”
Sept. 28 – Oct. 21, 2018
Silence! The Musical (WARNING: CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT)
Music and Lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan Book by Hunter Bell
Based on “The Silence of the Lambs,” this unlikely parody features a singing chorus of floppy-eared lambs narrating the action as Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin. Even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he’d like to lead someday outside the prison walls. Not for the easily offended, The Washington Post calls this naughty satire “weirdly mesmerizing.”
Nov. 2 – 25, 2018
The Santaland Diaries (WARNING: CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT)
By David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello
This hilarious, snarky, and sometimes quite touching one-man show is back by popular demand. An out-of-work writer gets a job as a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. As he meets thousands of Santa’s visitors, he becomes battle-weary and bitter, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents.
Nov. 30 – Dec. 23, 2018
See Rock City
By Arlene Hutton
Picking up a year after the ending of the critically acclaimed Last Train to Nibroc, this tender and funny sequel follows May and Raleigh through the end of World War II and introduces us to their two mothers-in-law.
Jan. 4 – 20, 2019
Assisted Living: The Musical
Book, Music and Lyrics by Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett
Back by popular demand! Welcome to Pelican Roost, a full-service retirement village for those embracing their twilight years (and the wackiness that comes along with them). Last time the show sold out before it opened, so don’t wait to get your tickets for this one!
Feb. 1 – March 10, 2019
Disenchanted! (WARNING: CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT)
Book, Music, Lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in this hilariously subversive hit musical that is anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. When these royal renegades toss off their tiaras, you’ll find out what really happened ‘ever after’!
March 22 – April 14, 2019
Race (WARNING: CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT)
By David Mamet
Multiple award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America’s most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt, and bold accusations. Three lawyers in a firm, two black and one white, discuss whether to defend a wealthy white man charged with a crime against a black woman and must confront their own biases in the process.
April 26 – May 12, 2019
Family-friendly productions featuring performers of all ages
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Music by Stephen Flaherty Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle
Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life
onstage in this fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and
July 20 – 22, 2018
Into the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine
Everyone’s favorite storybook characters come together for a timeless, yet relevant, modern classic. A Baker and his wife wish to have a child; Cinderella wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack wishes his cow would give milk. Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting. Not recommended for children under 10.
Aug. 3 – 12, 2018
Peter and the Starcatcher
A Play by Rick Elite Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair… and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.
Sept. 7 – 16, 2018
A Christmas Carol
Original Music by E. Suzan Ott Lyrics and New Music by Scott Keys
New music arranged and scored by Jason Brenner
Adapted from the original story by Charles Dickens
A festive Venice Theatre tradition celebrating its 18th year, this musical version of Dickens’ classic tale follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he reflects on his past, present and possible future. Will he find the true spirit of Christmas in time?
Dec. 14 – 20, 2018
Honk! A Musical Tale of “The Ugly Duckling”
Book by Anthony Drewe Music by George Stiles Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling”
Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, Ugly goes on an adventure of self-discovery. Along the way, he meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out that being different is not a bad thing to be.
May 10 – 19, 2019
(Concerts are not part of our subscription series. Some concerts are on sale now. All will be on sale by June 18, 2018.)
Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m.
The Goldtones have been called the “hottest doo-wop group in Florida” and entertain their audiences with the sweet sounds of street-corner harmony and favorites from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Proceeds benefit The Venice Theatre Guild’s scholarship fund.
The Alter Eagles
Sunday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Back by popular demand, with an added show! This tribute to The Eagles includes all their greatest songs, from their earliest classics like “Take It Easy,” “Desperado,” and “One of These Nights” to huge hits like “Heartache Tonight” and “Hotel California.”
The Folk Legends
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
George Grove and Rick Dougherty, formerly of the Kingston Trio, and Jerry Siggins, lead singer of The Diamonds, sing the Great American Folksong Book. BUY TICKETS
Celebrity Impersonator Michael Walters as Dame Edna in “Something Like a Dame”
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m.
Sequins blaze and punchlines fly as Michael Walters pays unique homage to Dame Edna in his loving parody! The Diva from Down Under is back like you’ve never seen her before!
The ULTIMATE Tribute to the King starring Dwight Icenhower
Sunday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Dwight Icenhower is considered to be one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the country today. He has mastered the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s eras of Elvis’ career and has won a myriad of national Elvis awards. BUY TICKETS
The Sounds of Christmas starring the Ditchfield Family Singers
Friday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Tickets $27 Adults, $15 Youth
Singing Christmas Carols is where it all began for the Ditchfield Family Singers and they consider it a true privilege to share this special time of year with you. Journey with them from Victorian England and the traditional carols through the Christmas classics made popular by contemporary performers.
Capitol Steps: Make America Grin Again
Saturday, Dec. 29 – Monday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. and Monday, March 4 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Tickets $58 for all shows except New Year’s Eve for $75
Often seen and heard on PBS and NPR, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Since then, this no-holds-barred political comedy act has become one of the country’s (and Venice Theatre’s) favorites. No elected official is safe when the Capitol Steps are in the house! BUY TICKETS
America’s Diamond Live starring Jay White
Sunday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Endorsed by Neil Diamond himself, Jay White recreates the look, sound, and mannerisms of “The World’s Classiest Rock Star.” Enjoy hits like “America,” “Cherry,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” and be sure to sing along to “Sweet Caroline.” BUY TICKETS
Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
Sunday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone is a multi-talented entertainer who has been delighting audiences nearly all his life. At the age of 15, Peter achieved international fame as “Herman,” lead singer of the legendary ‘60s pop band Herman’s Hermits. His classic hits include: “I’m Into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry VIII, I Am,” “Silhouettes,” “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat,” “Just A Little Bit Better,” and “Dandy.” Ultimately, Herman’s Hermits sold over 60 million recordings including 14 gold singles. BUY TICKETS
Sunday Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. and Monday Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. and 8p.m.
This show is an exact re-enactment of an early Elton John concert. Rus Anderson has spent years perfecting the piano playing, vocals, and mannerisms of Elton John and has traveled the world over and literally has thousands of performances to his credit. This insanely energetic tribute is endorsed by the official Elton John Fan Club! BUY TICKETS
The Sounds of Harry James and the Andrews Sisters
Monday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Experience one of Venice Theatre’s most popular concerts of all time for one day only! Our own Kim Kollar is joined by Cathy Baudrit, Michele Pruyn and trumpet virtuoso David Pruyn in a loving tribute to the performers that provided the soundtrack for America’s “Greatest Generation.”
Back Home Again, A Tribute to John Denver
Featuring Tom Becker, former member of the New Christy Minstrels.
Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. and Monday, Feb.25 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Tom Becker recreates the style and sound of one of America’s immortal musical storytellers. Hear all your favorite John Denver songs like “Country Roads,” “Annie’s Song,” “Rocky Mountain High” and more, in an evening that is sure to have you singing along.
Let’s Hang On! Frankie Valli Tribute Show
Sunday, March 10 at 8 p.m. and Monday, March 11 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
This group of 10 seasoned entertainers is preserving the music and style of the iconic group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Respectfully paying tribute to all the classic “Seasons” details, Let’s Hang On! also pays tribute to the Broadway show, The Jersey Boys. Capturing The Four Seasons’ trademark vocal virtuosity, tight harmonies, and crisp choreography, this full-blown stage show includes “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “December ’63,” and many more mega hits of the ‘60s.
Sunday, March 17 at 8p.m. and Monday, March 18 at 3p.m. & 8 p.m.
Matt McClure returns to Venice as Buddy Holly. Hear all your favorite Buddy Holly songs live in concert complete with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. You won’t want to miss this high energy event! BUY TICKETS
Eric Watters Presents
“Some Kind of Wonderful”
The Brill Building Era
Monday, April 15, at 7:30 pm