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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
Million Dollar Quartet (license pending)
Book by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott
Travel back to the legendary night in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash rocked out in a star-studded jam session at Sun Records in Memphis.
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
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