“The Princess and the Pea” is a well-known fairy tale, but wait until you hear the true version of the story. The Minstrel, both a character within the story and the narrator, first sings the traditional version—but then he notes that it is “not quite accurate.” Did you know that the princess who actually wins Prince Dauntless the Drab’s hand is the 13th candidate for the job? Or that it wasn’t the pea at all that caused her such a sleepless night? This charming adaptation of the tale is full of humor, romance, and royal comeuppance, and the songs are hilarious, melodic, romantic, and occasionally a bit bawdy. From the opening notes of “Many Moons Ago” through “The Minstrel, the Jester, and I” to “The Swamps of Home,” you’ll laugh and tap your feel along with the Prince, who declares “I’m in Love With a Girl Named Fred.”
Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well…. suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.
Part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn neighborhood. Eugene Jerome, Simon’s alter ego, is the narrator and central character of the plot, dreaming of baseball and girls, and coping with the family’s daily struggles along with his formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for heartwarming hilarity, served up Simon-style. As the clouds of war gather over Europe, this bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the story of a loving Jewish household where, as his father states “if you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.” Definitely one of Neil Simon’s best works, and a show not to be missed.
This romantic Rogers and Hammerstein musical is set in the South Pacific Islands during World War II. The story follows a young navy nurse, Nellie Forbush and Lt. Joe Cable as they struggle to overcome long held prejudices and the realities of war as they find themselves in unconventional love affairs: Nellie with an older French plantation owner, Emile de Becque, and Lt. Cable with Liat, the daughter of a colorful local entrepreneur (Bloody Mary). Well known songs from the show include: “Some Enchanted Evening”, “Cock-eyed Optimist”, “Nothing Like a Dame” and “Younger than Springtime”.
When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey (a pooka in the guise of a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit) to guests at a society party, his sister Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! This classic stage hit provides a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos that you won’t want to miss!
An affectionate valentine to Smalltown, U.S.A. in a bygone era, Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.
It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.
Aida is a pop rock musical that plays out to a stirring Tony and Grammy Award-winning pop score by Elton John and Tim Rice. This contemporary musical takes on the classic tale of timeless love. On the banks of the Nile, unfolds the triumphant tale of love that transcends warring nations and brings a country together. It’s a story of our times, about love, self-worth and ultimately battles against all odds.
The vulgar, egotistic junkman, Harry Brock, has come to a swanky hotel in Washington to make crooked deals with government big-wigs. He has brought with him the charming but dumb ex-chorus girl Billie, whose lack of social graces embarrasses even Harry. Billie must be taught some of the amenities, and a few basic bits of information. The young, idealistic magazine reporter Paul Verrall, who has been investigating political skullduggery and is interested in Brock’s activities, agrees, for a salary, to educate Billie. He finds Billie has a natural honesty and a frank streak in her, and she begins to learn about history, politics, and what Harry really is and what he wants.
Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”