Friday, May 9, 2014

Selecting a Season - Part II

With the coming year, Signature Theatre is getting ready to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. To celebrate we have created our biggest, most dazzling and daring seasons to date. What follows in this post is a breakdown of what to expect in the second half of this coming season, some things to consider with each show, and additional resources to investigate to get yourself even more excited for the stupendous season you have coming your way next year.

Kid Victory (February 17 – March 22, 2015)
Signature Theatre very excited to present the highly anticipated and chilling world premiere musical from legendary composer John Kander and acclaimed playwright Greg Pierce in the MAX Theatre. Seventeen-year-old Luke returns home after vanishing a year ago. Profoundly changed, Luke and his parents struggle to adjust to life following his disappearance. Only finding solace with Emily, the quirky proprietor of an offbeat garden shop, Luke grapples with a past undone and a coming of age that came too late to a boy who just wants to fade away. The second collaboration between Kander (Chicago, Cabaret) and Pierce (Slowgirl), Kid Victory is a hauntingly mesmerizing original musical about what it means to disappear.

Story by John Kander & Greg Pierce | Music by John Kander | Book & Lyrics by Greg Pierce Directed by Liesl Tommy | A co-production with The Vineyard Theatre

Soon (March 10 – April 26, 2015)
In this wold premiere by Nick Blaemire it is the hottest summer in human history and, in a few short months, all water on earth will evaporate. In response, twenty-something Charlie has taken to her couch with only her beloved possessions: peanut butter, Wolf Blitzer, and Herschel, the fish. Her mother, roommate and sometimes-boyfriend all attempt to persuade her to leave her apartment and enjoy life. However, as Charlie’s memories take over, more complicated reasons for her self-inflicted hibernation emerge as she confronts her deferred dreams and considers the possibility of life and love just outside her door. Filled with Blaemire’s (Glory Days) trademark quirky style and reminiscent of past Signature contemporary musicals [title of show] and The Last Five Years, Soon’s youthful humor, energy and wit deliver a searing and sardonic commentary on what to do with the time you have left on the MAX stage..

Book, Music & Lyrics by Nick Blaemire | Directed by Matthew Gardiner

Simply Sondheim (April 2 – 19, 2015)
An original tribute celebrating Stephen Sondheim and Signature Theatre’s special partnership over the last 25 years. Eric Schaeffer and David Loud plays only at Signature and will never be seen again.Whether you’d like to race Into the Woods with Sweeney Todd and a few Assassins, enjoy A Little Night Music at the Follies on a Saturday Night, or simply relish a Sunday in the Park with George, you’ll be in good Company when six Signature favorites and a gorgeous 16-piece orchestra take the MAX stage to honor the genius himself, Stephen Sondheim. years. For two and a half weeks only, with special permission from Sondheim himself, this completely new revue created by Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and David Loud plays only at Signature and will never be seen again.

Additional resources: Sondheim Website, Sondheim Guide, and Sondheim Biography.

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Co-conceived by David Loud & Eric Schaeffer | Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick | Muiscal Supervision & Vocal Arrangements by David Loud | Choreographed by Matthew Gardiner | Directed by Eric Schaeffer

Cabaret (May 12 – June 28, 2015)
Willkommen to the Kit Kat Club, the hottest nightclub in seedy, prewar Berlin; here, life is beautiful. American writer Cliff Bradshaw travels to Berlin searching for inspiration. He finds it in English club performer Sally Bowles and they begin a torrid affair. However, outside their door, the nazis’ impending rise to power heralds a brutal end to their decadent way of life. Featuring the treasured songs “Maybe This Time,” “Willkommen,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and the title song, Kander and Ebb’s Tony Award®-winning masterpiece graces the Signature Theatre's MAX stage for the first time in over twenty years.

Additional resources: Berlin Photos, Kabrett, and Kander & Ebb Top 10

Book by Joe Masteroff | Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood Music by John Kander | Lyrics by Fred Ebb | Broadway production directed by Harold Prince | Produced for the Broadway stage by Harold Prince | Directed by Matthew Gardiner

We here at Signature Theatre could not be happier to present this stellar season to you next year to celebrate our 25th Anniversary season. Please join us in celebrating a milestone.


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