Each show this season was chosen from a different decade in our 60 year history and is a show that the Guild has never produced before!
Winner of seven Olivier awards, including Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a ground-breaking production which explores the mind and experiences of 15-year-old Christopher Boone. As Christopher investigates the death of his neighbor’s dog, the audience gets a window into Christopher’s perception of the world, masterfully illustrated by immersive, theatrical staging and engaging characterizations. As beloved as Mark Haddon’s book from which it was adapted, The Curious Incident by Simon Stephens, is a heart-warming story that is as real and unapologetic as it is hopeful. Directed by Jay Gilman and playing October 18-20 and 24-27, 2019.
Lend Me a Tenor is a feel-good, farcical comedy, a tale of unexpected romance, hilarious gags, and mistaken identity. Set in the early 1930s, an opera house is on the verge of disaster when the principal tenor is unable to perform. Still, the show must go on, and the opera managers must scramble to find a replacement before all is lost. With a lively cast of over-the-top characters, up-beat tunes, and a penchant for mayhem, Lend Me a Tenor, by Ken Ludwig, is an energetic, laugh-filled romp for the whole family. Directed by Marc Robinson and playing February 14-16 and 21-23, 2020.
Grey Gardens is a musical that tracks the lives of two mother/daughter socialites (the aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) as their lives fall from glittering, wild extravagance to seclusion in a crumbling estate overrun by cats. As the mother is left bedridden, and her daughter comes to grapple with the loss that has left them destitute, the pair try to reconcile their relationship and missed opportunities. As hilarious as it is tragic, the musical was nominated for numerous Tony and Drama Desk awards, as well as a Grammy nomination for its enrapturing score. Grey Gardens is a heartfelt musical wrought with humor, wit and compassion- with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, and lyrics by Michael Korie, based on the 1975 documentary of the same name. Directed by Mishia Edwards and playing April 17-19 and April 24-26, 2020.
The Lion in Winter depicts the tumultuous relationship between Henry II of England and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. With Eleanor recently released from prison, and their three sons arriving to spend time with the family on holiday, the question looms: who will be the next heir to the throne? Fraught with intrigue, each family member schemes to usurp the other. This delightfully wicked and ferociously funny drama by James Goldman investigates the balance between family roles and power structures, and how all can go sour when the chips are down. Directed by Rachel Haider and playing June 19-21 and 25-27, 2020 at Central Park in the 20th Anniversary of Theater in the Park.
Set during the 1980’s British miners’ strike, motherless, working-class Billy Elliot dreams of being a professional ballet dancer. However, his father and brother want nothing to do with the so-called “non-masculine” art of dance, and Billy’s teacher resolves to give Billy secret dance lessons so that he can audition for the Royal Ballet school. The winner of 14 Tony, Olivier, and Drama Desk awards, including Best Musical, Book, and Original score, Billy Elliot the Musical is an exploration of how we can find our place and passions in an unbalanced world. The empowering music is by Elton John, with book and lyrics by Lee Hall, who wrote the original film screenplay of the same name. Playing July 31, August 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 2020.
In addition to our 60 Carat Season, Purple Door Youth Theater will produce Matilda, the musical, and The Prince and the Pauper this season. Please visit the Purple Door Youth Theater page to learn more information or purchase tickets for these productions.