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Pictured: Kristina McCloskey
Lake Forest’s Citadel Theatre Company has announced its 16th season. The four-show subscription season will include the Lillian Hellman classic THE LITTLE FOXES, a holiday production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, the world premiere of Ross Lehman’s SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY, a one-man musical remembrance about his parents and their WWII era romance, and a play to be announced.
In addition, Citadel Theatre has announced the launch of a new Theatre for Young Audiences program starting fall 2018. Its inaugural production, ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE’S “WE ARE IN A PLAY!,” will run for eight performances over two weekends, September 29th through October 7th.
Citadel Theatre Company’s 2018/19 Season (from the press release):
THE LITTLE FOXES
by Lillian Hellman
Directed by Kristina McCloskey
September 25th, 2018 – October 28, 2018
Lillian Hellman’s searing tale of family betrayal and corruption, set in Alabama in the year 1900. In it, Regina Hubbard Giddens connives against her brothers and husband for wealth and freedom within the confines of an early 20th-century society where fathers considered only sons as their legal heirs. This milestone in American theatre is a riveting unsentimental portrait of a bygone era that still holds timely resonance even today.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Book, and Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Robert D. Estrin
Ryan Brewster, Musical Director
Jake Ganzer, Choreographer
November 14th, 2018 – December 23rd, 2018
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son! One of the most enduring shows of all time, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.
TO BE ANNOUNCED (Title to be announced in September)
Directed by Beth Wolf
Friday, January 29th, 2019 – Mar 3, 2019
SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY: A STORY OF LOVE AND WAR
By Ross Lehman
Directed by Mark Lococo
April 23rd, 2019 – May 26, 2019
This is the story of Ross and Katey Lehman, told by their son, Chicago actor Ross (Robby) Lehman. It weaves the romantic history of their courtship, marriage, and life together, set against the backdrop of WWII, when he was an Air Force bombardier held prisoner by the Germans, and she was a sophisticated career woman who waited for his return. This world premiere includes popular music of the period, such as “We’ll Meet Again,” “Don’t Fence Me In,” and the title song “Sentimental Journey.”
Theatre for Young Audiences
ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE’S “WE ARE IN A PLAY!”
Book and Lyrics by Mo Willems, Music by Deborah Wicks LaPuma
Directed by Joe Lehman
David Zizic, Musical Director
Brenda Good, Choreographer
September 29 – October 7, 2018
An elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are best, best, “bestus” (a word Gerald and Piggie made up that means “very best”) friends, but Gerald worries that something could go wrong that would end their friendship. Piggie is not worried at all. She’s even happier and more excited than usual. That’s because she and Gerald are invited to a party hosted by the Squirrels, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. And so begins a day when anything is possible.
For more information visit citadeltheatre.org.