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A series of Broadway musicals, comedies & dramas in our 432-seat MainStage theatre
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
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
Theatre FOR and BY all ages
A Christmas Carol
On MainStage Dec. 14-20, 2018
Original Music by: E. Suzan Ott
Book, Lyrics & New Music by: Scott Keys
New music arranged & scored by: Jason Brenner
Additional new music by: Eli Schildkraut
Adapted from the original story by: Charles Dickens
A festive Venice Theatre tradition celebrating its 19th year, this musical version of Dickens’ classic tale follows Ebenezer Scrooge (Brad Wages) as he reflects on his past, present and possible future. Will he find the true spirit of Christmas in time?
Honk! A Musical Tale of the Ugly Duckling
On MainStage May 10-19, 2019
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.