The Ivoryton Playhouse 2016 season will open on April 6th with seven glorious productions to keep you smiling and singing all year long!
Back Home Again: On the Road with John Denver (April 6th – April 24th, 2016) by Randal Mylar and Dan Wheetman is a celebration of folk musician John Denver’s life and music, including hits like “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” and “Leaving On a Jet Plane.” Featuring versatile musicians David Lutken (Ring of Fire)and Katie Deal, BACK HOME AGAIN offers a rare glimpse of the man behind the music and the stories behind the songs.
A poignant comedy about dancing and life opens on May 4th – Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks by Richard Alfieri. .An aging but formidable woman hires a dance instructor to give her lessons in her home. What begins as an antagonistic relationship gives way to friendship as they swing dance, foxtrot, tango and cha cha while sharing their secrets, fears and joys.
We travel across the pond and back in time in June with THE 39 STEPS ( June 1st – June 19th, 2016) by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have THE 39 STEPS, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!
Summer officially opens with all that jazz on July 29th when the sizzling hot Broadway hit musical CHICAGO by Jon Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse opens for a four week run. Winner of Six 1997 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame and fortune, one show-stopping song after another a lot of razzle dazzle!
The inspirational rock musical, RENT by Jonathan Larsen runs August 3rd – August 28th, 2016. Loosely based on Puccini’s La Boheme, RENT is set in the East Village of New York City. Exuberant, passionate and joyous, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the TONY Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon.
One of the world’s most popular musicals, MAN OF LA MANCHA, by Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion runs from September 7th – October 2nd, 2016. The “Impossible Dream” musical, is based on Cervantes’ masterpiece Don Quixote, and tells of the adventures of a delusional Spanish knight who sallies forth on a quest to restore chivalry to the world, and to claim his lady love. Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical –this production will star David Pittsinger as Don Quixote.
The Ivoryton Playhouse season will close with a beautiful new play, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Story by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman (October 26th – November 13th, 2016) America’s favorite girl singer comes to life on stage in this exhilarating and inspiring musical biography. TENDERLY, THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY STORY is not a typical “juke-box musical.” It offers a fresh, remarkably personal, and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. With her signature songs woven in and out, we learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her struggles in her personal life.
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Individual tickets go on sale mid-February 2016. Group rates are available.