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Metropolis Performing Arts Centre has announced the four shows that will make up its 2019/2020 season.
The season kicks off in the fall with Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” followed by “Noises Off” in the new year. The season concludes with “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” in the spring and “Mamma Mia” in the summer of 2020.
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre’s 19/20 season (from the press release):
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman
September 19 – November 2, 2019
A high-seas romp showcasing one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores. Music, dance, and romance are set to the age-old tale of boy meets girl in this breezy classic. The S.S. American sets sail from New York to London, hauling a cast of characters including night club singer Reno Sweeney, lovesick Wall Street broker Billy Crocker, and socialite Hope Harcourt with fiance Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. Among them is “Public Enemy #13” Moonface Martin, trying to make his getaway. These characters come together in a jumble of misunderstandings, love triangles and all around confusion. Porter’s genius radiates through incredible numbers like “You’re the Top,” “It’s De-Lovely” and more Broadway favorites. Melodies will delight, toes will tap and hearts will soar. Rated PG.
By Michael Frayn
January 30 – March 14, 2020
Enjoy a glimpse backstage with the comedy that has been hailed as the funniest farce ever written. A production plummeting off the rails takes center stage in this boisterous play-within-a-play. Following a traveling troupe’s production of the British comedy, Nothing On, from a tense dress rehearsal to a chaotic opening night and finally to a calamitous performance. The actors’ personal lives, ego battles and passionate affairs plunge the production toward the edge of complete disaster. As time goes on, pandemonium ensues with flubbed lines, missed entrances, technical difficulties and flaring tempers taking the lead. While this delightful backstage farce is complete with slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines – the show must go on. Rated PG-15.
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”
Book by Jeffrey Lane
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek
May 14 – June 27, 2020
Sail to the French Riviera for humor, high jinks and mischief. Based on the hit MGM film of the same name, this sophisticated and suave musical comedy was nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards. After a chance meeting on a train, debonair con man Lawrence Jameson takes competing rookie grifter Freddy Benson under his wing as they swindle wealthy ladies out of their money. The two scammers join forces only to find the small French town isn’t big enough for the both of them. To settle the score, they agree on a competition: the first Casanova to extract $50,000 from heiress Christine Colgate wins the bet and the other must leave town. A hilarious war of cons erupts that will keep audiences laughing and humming to the end. Rated PG-15.
Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus, a d Benny Anderson.
Book by Catherine Johnson
July 16 – August 29, 2020
Have the time of your life with the worldwide blockbuster hit that has become the ultimate feelgood musical. ABBA’s hits weave the tale of young Sophie’s search for her father. Set in a Greek island paradise, wedding invitations have been sent to three potential fathers, each one a romance from her mother Donna’s past. Unbeknownst to Donna, one by one the mystery men arrive. As Sophie hopes to connect with the one who might walk her down the aisle, Donna contemplates the unfortunately timed arrival of her past loves. ABBA’s timeless songs “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “The Winner Takes it All” and more propel this charming story of friendship and love. A mother, a daughter, three possible dads and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. Rated PG-13.
For more information on Metropolis Performing Arts Centre visit MetropolisArts.com.