This past season, Opera House Theatre Company took audiences to Argentina, then went from Kansas to the Emerald City. After celebrating on the town, we tamed a shrew and learned some Shakespeare and then went into the woods to learn what happens after happily ever after. It was a wild ride!!
But that is nothing compared to what will happen in our 30th Season!
In 2015, we will start in London for some tasty pies, dance on a few rooftops with some chimney sweeps while we are there, dance and sing our way into New York for a little Gershwin, and then hit Chicago before we end up at the Forum.
(And you thought we couldn’t top 2014)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond
Wednesday, February 25 – Sunday, March 1
Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8
Widely acknowledged as Sondheim’s masterpiece, this macabre musical thriller is set in the dark, feral streets of 19th century London. The story begins with Benjamin Barker’s return home after 15 years of unjust imprisonment in a penal colony. Filled with loathing for the lecherous judge who destroyed his life, he joins up with Mrs. Lovett, the proprietress of a failing pie shop, changes his name, and begins to exact his razor-sharp revenge. Combining comic turns and chilling drama, an inventive score and hauntingly romantic songs, Sweeney Todd offers a fascinating portrait of a man driven to madness by injustice. Don’t miss this tasty, thrilling theatrical treat that has simultaneously shocked, awed, and delighted audiences across the world.
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s
A musical based on the stories of P. L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Wednesday, June 10 – Sunday, June 14
Friday, June 19 – Sunday, June 21
Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28
Based on the timeless books of P.L. Travers and the classic Disney movie, Mary Poppins has arrived to sweep you off your feet! Young Jane and Michael Banks have sent many a nanny packing before the practically perfect Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep and turns their family’s world upside down. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.” A joyous journey through the fantasies and foibles of childhood and jam-packed with unforgettable theatrical magic, this entertaining new Broadway smash features brand-new music, plus the irresistible songs from the movie – “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Feed the Birds,” “Step in Time”, “Jolly Holiday”, and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Seeing the musical theater version of Mary Poppins is like meeting old friends for the very first time. You don’t know Mary until you’ve met her in person!
Crazy for You
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig
Co-Conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent
Inspired by Material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan
Wednesday, July 8 – Sunday, July 12
Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19
Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26
Crazy for You is a delightful boy-meets-girl story that takes a 1930s playboy all the way from New York to a tiny Nevada mining town to find the girl of his dreams. This bubbly musical theatre cocktail is brimming with singing cowboys, tap-dancing showgirls, screwball comedy, and an earnest let’s-put-on-a-show enthusiasm that is intoxicating. Full of unforgettable Gershwin tunes – “I Got Rhythm”, “But Not for Me”, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, “Someone to Watch over Me”, “I Can’t Be Bothered Now”, “Naughty Baby”, “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”, “Embraceable You” – this rambunctious explosion of song and dance is full of youthful exuberance and sassy joie de vivre. Featuring all the glamour and romance of Broadway in its heyday, Crazy for You is everything you love about musical comedy!
Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Wednesday, August 5 – Sunday, August 9
Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16
Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23
Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart await trial in Cook County Jail, each for their own impulsive homicide. Both are guilty, but can they scheme their way out of a conviction and into their fifteen minutes of fame? Is there room on top for two Merry Murderesses? This dark parable of American justice is both a scathing satire and the sexiest musical Bob Fosse ever created. The Kander and Ebb score is filled with songs that are now theatre classics, including “All That Jazz”, “Cell Block Tango”, “We Both Reached for the Gun”, “Mister Cellophane”, “Class”, and “Nowadays”, and the dancing is clever, smoldering, and non-stop. With a cynical (and timely) view of murder as a game and celebrity the top prize, Chicago tells the story of its homicidal heroines with all the razzle dazzle the roaring 20s have to offer.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on the plays of Plautus
Wednesday, September 2 – Sunday, September 6
Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13
Broadway’s greatest farce is witty, fast-paced, irreverent, and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A joyous romp through ancient Rome, Forum is the story of Pseudolus, a crafty slave always scheming to earn his freedom. His latest plan revolves around his young master, Hero, who has fallen in love with the courtesan next door, the lovely virgin Philia. Filled with mistaken identities, pirates, kidnappings, groanworthy puns, stunning surprises, wild chases, bawdy humor, masquerades, deceptions, and the infectious energy of classic vaudeville, the plot follows Pseudolus’s long, convoluted, and hilarious path to freedom. A 50 year-old musical based on 2,000 year-old plays, Forum remains a breath of fresh comic air, perfect for a summer evening. Full of good clean dirty fun and fueled by infectious tunes and laugh-out loud lyrics, this is one toga party you do not want to miss! It’s a comedy tonight!
All shows will be performed on the Main Stage of Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 pm.
Sunday performances begin at 3:00 pm.
Individual tickets are on sale at the Center Box Office beginning
Monday, December 15, 2014
(910) 632-2285 or thalianhall.com