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Drury Lane Theatre has jumped out ahead and announced its 2018/2019 season, opening with SOUTH PACIFIC. The season continues with Tennessee Williams’ CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, followed by LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and MAMMA MIA!.
“Drury Lane is driven by the desire to re-imagine shows audiences know and love, and our next season is no exception,” notes Kyle DeSantis, President of Drury Lane Productions. “From drama to comedy, to fairy tales and iconic musicals, our 2018-2019 season will continue to push creative boundaries and bring these shows to life in new ways.”
The Drury Lane Theatre 2018/2019 Season (from the press release):
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Adapted from Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener
April 5 – June 17, 2018
Press Opening: April 12, 2018
More timely than ever, this Rodgers & Hammerstein landmark musical proves that even the backdrop of a tropical paradise cannot shelter its residents from the prejudices of World War II. SOUTH PACIFIC is the winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and ten Tony Awards including Best Musical.
SOUTH PACIFIC is recommended for ages 13 and up. Please be advised that there is some sensitive subject matter.
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
Book by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
July 5 – August 26, 2018
Press Opening: July 12, 2018
In the heat of the South under the gaze of patriarch Big Daddy, the expectations of marriage and family spoil. A birthday party brings a family’s skeletons to the surface as each one fights over the bones. Well known for the 1958 film adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives which received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Writing.
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is recommended for ages 13 and up. Please be advised that there is some sensitive subject matter and brief strong language.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Book by Howard Ashman
Composed by Alan Menken
September 6 – October 28, 2018
Press Opening: September 13, 2018
This gem of a musical inspired by the 1960 dark comedy horror film will charm your heart with infectious do-wop songs and endearing characters. A down on his luck resident of Skid Row is offered the girl of his dreams, fame, and success from an all-powerful, R&B singin’ carnivorous plant, but at what cost? Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is recommended for ages 13 and up. Please be advised that there is light violence and brief strong language.
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Book by Linda Woolverton
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Directed by Alan Souza
November 9, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Press Opening: November 15, 2018
Based on the beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroin of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is suitable for all audiences but most enjoyable for ages 5 and up.
Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
And some songs with Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Originally conceived by Judy Craymer
Directed by William Osetek
February 7 – April 14, 2019
Press Opening: February 21, 2019
Drury Lane concludes its season with the international megahit MAMMA MIA! The knockout songs of ABBA tell a hilarious story of marriage, family, and finding where you belong, proving that in the end the winner takes it all. Come see why more than 54 million people worldwide have laughed and danced with joy to this unforgettable jukebox musical.
MAMMA MIA! is suitable for all audiences by most enjoyable for ages 8 and up.