Village Theatre announces its 30th anniversary season

April 13, 2009

By Staff

Village Theatre announced its 2009-10 Mainstage schedule, its 30th anniversary season. It boasts a collection of shows never before produced for the Village Theatre Mainstage.

The season features two classic American musicals — “Meet Me in St. Louis” and the tap-dancing spectacular “42nd Street.” A bittersweet coming-of-age story will be Neil Simon’s nonmusical masterwork, “Lost in Yonkers.”

Fulfilling its mission of supporting and producing new musical works, Village Theatre is also thrilled to bring “Chasing Nicolette” and “The Gypsy King,” two bright and compelling musical comedies, to the season line up.

Subscription packages are on sale now, from $75-$235. Single tickets go on sale in August from $19-$59. All tickets are available via the Village Theatre Box Office at 392-2202 or online at www.villagetheatre.org.

Village Theatre’s 30th Anniversary schedule includes:

West Coast premiere of “Chasing Nicolette”

Book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg

Music by David Friedman

Sept. 16 – Oct. 25

This new musical charts the love between a Christian count and a Muslim princess in a time of war, hatred and prejudice – except that the year happens to be 1224.

“Meet Me in St. Louis”

Music by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane

Book by Hugh Wheeler

Nov. 11 – Jan. 3

A heartwarming American classic that tells a story of happiness and family love that all ages will enjoy. As the curtain rises on the famous World’s Fair in 1904, this extraordinary musical follows the Smith family and the move that threatens to change their lives forever.

“Lost In Yonkers”

By Neil Simon

Jan. 20 – Feb. 28, 2010

This coming of age story is about two young brothers who are forced to enter a dysfunctional household consisting of their formidable grandmother, their dim-witted aunt and their Uncle Louie, a small-time thug.

World premiere of “The Gypsy King”

Book, music and lyrics by Randy Rogel

Conceived and created by Kirby Ward and Randy Rogel

March 17 – April 25, 2010

The story follows Leo and Frederick, a father-son acting duo whose unfortunate run-in with the royal guard causes quite the royal ruckus.

“42nd Street”

Music by Harry Warren

Lyrics by Al Dubin

Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble

May 12 – July 3, 2010

Ingénue Peggy Sawyer, fresh from Pennsylvania, gets her big break in New York when the star of the show is injured in rehearsal. Watch as dreams come true in this glorious, musical celebration of Broadway.

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