September 1, 2017–June 30, 2018
2017 – 2018 SEASON OF PLAYS AND MUSICALS
MOST EVENING PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT 8:00 pm unless otherwise noted*
Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm
Doors open one half hour before performances in The Kweskin Theatre
Doors open one hour before performances in The Dressing Room Theatre
*NEWSIES and OUR TBA BIG FAMILY MUSICAL will have evening performances that begin at 7:30pm
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER - THE DRESSING ROOM THEATRE
September 7 thru 24 / Directed By Debra Lee Failla
Based on the screenplay “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” By William Rose
Old-line, self-proclaimed liberals Matt and Christina Drayton must come to grips with their buried prejudices when their daughter Joanna returns home with a new fiancé: African-American doctor John Prentice. However, she shocks even John by inviting his disapproving parents to dinner. A clash of generations and races ensues when both sets of parents must confront their own unexpected reactions and concerns for their children as their long-held beliefs are put to the test. This funny and poignant stage adaptation offers a fresh interpretation of the beloved Academy Award-winning film. This new stage adaptation receives its regional debut at Curtain Call!
DAMN YANKEES - THE KWESKIN THEATRE
September 15 thru October 14, 2017 / Directed by Rob Nichols
This Broadway mega-hit and winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, hits it out of the park! Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he's left behind. Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self, and shepherds the Senators to the World Series. Light, fast-paced and devilishly clever, Damn Yankees is a home-run featuring all-American subject matter and an irreverent sense of humor.
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - THE DRESSING ROOM THEATRE
October 26 thru November 12, 2017 / Directed by Gordon Casagrande
A young scholar from New York City travels west in search of a new life. He arrives beaten and half-dead on the dusty streets of Two Trees. Rescued from the plains, he soon makes the town his home as he finds the love of a local woman. This love gives him purpose in a broken land, but is it enough to save him from the vicious outlaw who wants him dead? A classic story of good versus evil, law versus the gun, one man versus Liberty Valance. A tale of love, hope and revenge set against the vicious backdrop of a lawless society.
SISTER ACT - THE KWESKIN THEATRE
November 17 thru December 16, 2017 / Directed by Meredith Walker
When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put into protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won’t be found-a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Using her fabulous disco-ness and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon it’s nun-on-the-run time, but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly-found sisterhood. Based on the hit film of the same name, this stage adaptation features an original Alan Menken/Glenn Slater score with a vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, soul and funk to great big disco anthems. A tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to rejoice!
IS HE DEAD? - THE DRESSING ROOM THEATRE
January 11 – thru 28, 2018 / Directed by John Atkin
The wildly hilarious “new” farce from the father of American wit, Mark Twain. Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor's prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet’s plan is flawed from the start - once he’s declared dead he can’t collect on his fortune. The romp is on as he pursues his passion for painting, his fortune and the woman he loves.
NEWSIES - THE KWESKIN THEATRE
February 2 thru 24, 2018 / Directed by Gail Yudain
Set in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. NEWSIES is inspired by the real-life Newsboy’s Strike of 1899, when newsboys Kid Blink and David Simons led a band of orphan and runaway children on a two-week-long action against newspaper publishers Pulitzer and Hearst. This fabulous musical has delighted young and old across the country and we're thrilled to be one of the first theatres licensed to perform it!
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR - THE DRESSING ROOM THEATRE
March 1 thru 18, 2018 / Directed by Mat Young
Four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of a young social worker named Jack. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweets, takes great pride in his huge bundle of keys; Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year-old, but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he carries about; Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive compulsive chatterer, who suffers from a persecution complex; while Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his father, fantasizes that he is a golf pro. Experience moments of great poignancy (and humor) when we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in their lives.
TBA (A famous musical) - THE KWESKIN THEATRE
Mar. 30 thru Apr. 28 / Directed by Kari Sweeney Efferen
We can’t officially announce what this show will be until January 1, but rest assured the THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROW for the cast of this popular musical comedy gem! (Includes Saturday matinees at 2:00pm .)
A COMEDY OF TENORS - THE DRESSING ROOM THEATRE
May 3 thru 20 / Directed by Karen Randazzo
One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century—as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep the amorous Italian superstar and his hot-blooded wife from causing runaway chaos. An uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight. Though a sequel to the grand-slam comedy, Lend Me a Tenor, this new show totally stands on its own.
SUPERMAN, The Musical - THE KWESKIN THEATRE
June 1 - 30 / Directed by Brian Bianco
The superhero of Metropolis comes flying into the Kweskin Theatre in the 1964 Broadway musical, It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s Superman. This campy throwback is loaded with laughs for comic book fans everywhere. From the composers of Annie, Bye, Bye, Birdie and Applause, this fun-filled musical score sets the stage for comic book mayhem. Superman is in trouble. A reporter is out to uncover his identity, while another girl is trying to steal him away from Lois Lane. Meanwhile, an evil mad scientist is trying to take over the world. What is Superman to do? Save the world, of course! The hilarious book and witty score make for a super night of fun. Don’t miss this rarely produced swingin’ 60’s musical.