Once all the seasons are announced I'll put together a picks list and look at the best and worst of what's on the horizon. In the meantime, here's what's coming up at Theatre Memphis
The Lohrey Stage
Annie Get Your Gun
August 20 — September 12, 2010
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Original Book by Herbert Fields, Dorothy Fields
as revised by Peter Stone
Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Musical. Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she's discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. The rousing, sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity.
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
October 8 — 24, 2010
Adapted by Steven Dietz
Based on the play by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle
Winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play. The world's greatest detective has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career when a case presents itself that is too tempting to ignore: The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed by a notorious photograph and the woman at the heart of this crime is the famous opera singer, Irene Adler. With his trusted companion, Doctor Watson, at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues the case and marches right into the lair that malevolent genius of crime: Professor Moriarty. ”The game is afoot, Watson—and it is a dangerous one!"
A Christmas Carol ‘10
December 3 -23, 2010
A family tradition in Memphis. Jason Spitzer returns again to direct the 33rd annual production of our holiday classic.
Ebenezer Scrooge is approached by the ghostly vision of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and sets out on a journey of exploration that ultimately results in Scrooge’s enlightenment.
January 28 — February 13, 2011
by Peter Shaffer
Tony Award Winner for Best Play. This provocative work weaves a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power. In the court of the Austrian Emperor Josef, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical genius of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realize his sole ambition to be a great composer. Mozart is a foul-mouthed, graceless oaf who has that which is beyond Salieri's envious grasp: Genius.
March 11 — April 3, 2011
Book by Joe Masteroff
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Music by John Kander
Tony Award Winner for Best Musical. Experience the thrills and threats of 1930’s Berlin with a young writer and a charmingly care-free nightclub performer who navigate and negotiate their way through an increasingly dangerous world during the rise of the Nazi party. This classic musical by the legendary duo Kander and Ebb features such remarkable songs as Willkommen, Don’t Tell Mama, The Money Song, Two Ladies, Perfectly Marvelous, and, of course, Cabaret.
April 29 — May 8, 2011
by William Inge
An American Classic. A young man named Hal Carter comes into the decidedly female atmosphere of the Owens and Potts households on a Labor Day weekend. His animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Hal, a child of parents who ignored him, is self-conscious of his failings and his position behind the eight ball. Madge, bored with being only a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises. Her sister, Millie, finds her balance for the first time through the stranger's brief attention. And the spinster boarder of the Potts’ is stirred to make an issue out of the dangling courtship that has brightened her life in a dreary, minor way.
Crazy for You
JUne 3 -26, 2011
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig
Tony Award Winner for Best Musical. Bobby Child, the wealthy son of a banking family dreams of being a Broadway hoofer, but his audition for the show-biz impresario Bela Zangler goes sadly awry. So it’s off to Deadrock, Nevada, where Bobby must foreclose on a failing theater. Instead, Bobby mounts a show, brings in a bevy of beauties, and wins the heart of the lovely Polly, Deadrock’s own ingénue. All this is set to some of the most beautiful songs ever written by the legendary George Gershwin: Someone to Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, I Got Rhythm, Nice Work if You Can Get It, and Not for Me
The Next Stage
A Delicate Balance
September 17 — October 3, 2010
by Edward Albee
Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama. In this ferocious and funny drawing-room comedy, the wealthy middle-aged couple, Agnes and Tobias, has their complacency shattered when Harry and Edna, longtime friends appear at their doorstep. Claiming an encroaching, nameless "fear" has forced them from their own home, these neighbors bring a firestorm of doubt, recrimination and ultimately solace, upsetting the "delicate balance" of Agnes and Tobias' household.
February 18 — March 6, 2011
by Theresa Rebeck
Regional Premier. Stamp collecting is far more risky than you think. After their mother's death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters' world, willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own.
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January 7 — 23, 2011
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell
A New Musical Regional Premier. Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, Jeff and Hunter decide they should write about what to write about. [title of show]—taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [title of show]—follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre—a uniquely American art form—and to the joy of collaboration. The musical received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009.
April 8 — 24, 2011
by William Shakespeare
One of the Bard’s greatest plays. After a long civil war between the royal family of York and the royal family of Lancaster, England enjoys a period of peace under King Edward IV and the victorious Yorks. But Edward’s deformed younger brother, Richard, resents Edward’s power and the happiness of those around him. Malicious, power-hungry, and bitter about his physical deformity, Richard begins to aspire secretly to the throne—and decides to kill anyone he has to in order to become king. Richard is one of Shakespeare’s most popular characters, and such notable actors as Al Pacino, Laurence Olivier, Ian McKellen, and Kenneth Branagh.
* Pending rights
SPECIAL SUMMER OFFERINGS
Much Ado about Nothing**
July 16 - August 1, 2010
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Irene Crist
Set in 1960's Messina, young soldiers arrive at Leonato's home and one, Claudio, instantly falls for Leonato's daughter, Hero. They pledge their love and plan a wedding while amusing themselves to make another couple with a witty history of warring insults to each other believe that they are really in love as well. Trickery and misguided intentions lead to the most unexpected of resolves.
August 19,20,21,26,27,28, 2010
Written by Flip Eikner
Directed by Jerre Dye
Starring Kim Justis and Jenny Odle Madden. Voices of the South presents their new addition to their stable of varied adaptations to Southern lore and life. A funny, musical tribute to strong women and stronger stereotypes.