September 1, 2022–June 30, 2023

Curtain Call Inc.

Our 32nd Season

2022-2023 Season of Musicals and Plays


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

LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR -   THE DRESSING ROOM THEATRE
September 15 thru October 2

Neil Simon, America's most popular playwright, gives a peek into the writer's room of a hit 1950's television show in Laughter On The 23rd Floor. People everywhere gather around the TV each week to watch their favorite comedian Max Prince. He's loud, brash and larger than life. His temper tantrums and one-liners have the power to make careers, or make misery for the writers working around him. The network censors want to change the show to make it more "advertiser friendly." But messing with Max can only mean the jokes and jabs will get funnier and wilder in an uncertain future, as the world of television heads for change. Laughter On The 23rd Floor has been called "Simon's funniest play!" (Contains adult themes and language.)

CABARET  THE KWESKIN THEATRE
September 30 thru October 22        

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. This is the 1998 revival script, made famous by Alan Cumming as Emcee. (Contains provocative / sensual elements.)

THE CEMETERY CLUB -   THE DRESSING ROOM THEATRE  
October 27 thru November 13

Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun; and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt-stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart.

SHE LOVES ME - THE KWESKIN THEATRE                                    
November 18 thru December 17

A romantic, witty and effervescent musical comedy by the creators of Fiddler on the Roof. In a charming 1930s European perfumery, two salesclerks spar endlessly, saving their sweetest words for an anonymous pen pal. Unbeknownst to them, however, their “dear friend” happens to be each other in a joyful, transcendent, and perfectly crafted escapade featuring the treasured songs “Vanilla Ice Cream,” “A Trip to the Library” and the irrepressible title song. “A lingering and deeply satisfying sweetness… for those moments when you sense a song in your heart.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES  In this romantic musical comedy of mistaken identity, there is no love lost between Amalia and Georg, two perfume clerks who can’t seem to find common ground. Then Georg realizes they’ve been one another’s anonymous pen pals, kicking off a new quest to win her heart. This euphoric comedy with a soaring musical score, puts the working class front and center—allowing their lives to be the focus—with all the joy (and anxiety!) that falling in love can bring.

 

A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED - THE DRESSING ROOM THEATRE
January 12 – thru 29

An Agatha Christie, Miss Marple mystery. announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death and a determined inspector grimly following the case's twists and turns. Fortunately, Miss Marple is on hand

GROUNDHOG DAY -   THE KWESKIN THEATRE
February 2  - 18
                                                                                                   
The hilarious film turned West End and Broadway hit will have audiences returning again, and again, and again... Critically acclaimed on both the West End and Broadway, Groundhog Day revels in one man's journey of self-discovery, day after day.  Inspired by the hilarious film starring Bill Murray, Groundhog Day features a book by original co-screenwriter Dan Rubin, and music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Tim Minchin (Matilda the Musical).How would you spend your time if forced to repeat the same day over and over again? Phil Connors, a seasoned big-city weatherman, is frustrated to be to reporting the annual Groundhog Day Ceremony in small town Punxsutawney, PA. His arrogance and cynicism are in direct opposition to the cheery townsfolk, who are ready for their favorite Groundhog to not see his shadow and welcome an early spring. After disdainfully covering the rodent's negative forecast, he awakens the next day only to discover it's February 2 once more. Initially in disbelief, Phil finally accepts he is doomed to repeat the same day over and over again. (Contains adult themes and language.)

THE WISDOM OF EVE - THE DRESSING ROOM THEATRE
March 2—19

Adapted from the story by Mary Orr on which the film All About Eve and the hit musical Applause were based. This stage version is an engrossing and revealing inside story of life in New York’s theatre world, related in terms of an unscrupulous and manipulative ingénue's rise to Broadway stardom. We follow the development of Eve Harrington’s career, initially regarding her a shy, sincere and conscientious individual whose dream is realized when she is taken on as a personal secretary by her actress idol, Margo Crane. Gradually, we become aware of her real ‘dream’, and the true nature of Eve’s character and motives become apparent as she becomes Margo’s understudy and eventually cheats and blackmails her way to Broadway success. The story it depicts is as timeless as are the characters and situations they find themselves in.

THE WIZARD OF OZ - THE KWESKIN THEATRE
March 31 thru April 22 (Evening performances at 7:30pm)

Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum's beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, continues to thrill audiences worldwide. This version recreates the dialogue and structure of the MGM classic nearly scene for scene, though it is adapted for live stage performance. The MGM film The Wizard of Oz, based on L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel, premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on August 15, 1939. This stage adaptation was first presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Centre in London in 1987 and played here at Curtain Call in 2005, 2009 and 2014.

ASSASSINS - THE KWESKIN THEATRE
June 2 thru June 17

Our nation's most notorious assassins gather on stage to violently pursue a twisted American Dream. A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written. Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.