Signature Theatre to Feature Works by Foster, Gwon, HAIRSPRAY & More in 2011-2012 Season

Signature_New_Musicals_Foster_etc_20010101Eric Schaeffer, Artistic Director of the Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre, today announced the company's 2011-2012 season, with the visionary company producing two regional premieres and an unprecedented five world premiere works. The Theatre's 22nd season further cements the ground-breaking Theatre's standing as an innovative leader in mounting daring new works by rising new artists.

Schaeffer stated, "Signature's season is filled with extraordinary surprises, exceptional music, and exciting re-interpretations. With five fascinating world premieres, we once again show our commitment to showcasing bold new works by some of the best artists working today." Schaeffer continued, "With Hairspray, God of Carnage, and Xanadu also on tap, we continue to bring audiences reinventions of theatrical experiences that can't be found anywhere else."

Maggie Boland, Signature's Managing Director, said, "With an extraordinary combination of artists well known to our stages alongside some important emerging talents, the 2011-12 line-up will provide audiences with a remarkably broad spectrum of projects through which to experience Signature's mission. We hope the whole community will join us for our Target Open House on July 23 to experience a special preview of the season as part of a day packed with free performances. Like the season itself, our Open House will be bigger and better than ever."

Subscription packages for mainstage shows are now on sale by calling Signature's Box Office at (703) 820-9771. Single tickets will go on sale July 5th. Limited engagements can be added to a mainstage subscription. The cabaret 4-show subscription and Holiday Follies Cabaret are also available for purchase.

SIGNATURE THEATRE's 2011-2012 Season

Book by Hunter Foster
Music & Lyrics by Matt Conner
Based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Directed by Eric Schaeffer

From the composer of Nevermore and Partial Eclipse, The Hollow is a chilling musical reinterpretation of the classic thriller The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. In a devout 18th century village, a mysterious stranger spreading radically new ideas challenges the traditional order. However, when rumors spread of a headless horseman murdering friends and neighbors, the townsfolk blame the outsider for this demonic curse.

"Matt Conner will be heard of many times in the future." -

August - October 2011 in the MAX

Book by Joe Meno
Music & Lyrics by Adam Gwon
Based on novel The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno
Directed by Joe Calarco

The Boy Detective Fails, based on Joe Meno's acclaimed novel, tells the story of Billy Argo, "boy detective." In the twilight of a childhood full of wonder, a broken-hearted Billy faces a mystery he can't comprehend - the shocking death of his young sister and crime-solving partner, Caroline. Ten years later, a 30-year old Billy returns to his quiet New Jersey town after an extended stay at St. Vitus' Hospital for the mentally ill. Although determined to solve the mystery of Caroline's death and right old wrongs, he instead discovers a world full of unimaginable strangeness, beauty and love.

"An extremely talented composer and lyricist" who "is seriously going places." - The New York Sun,

August - October 2011 in the MAX

Additional works of the season include:

Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray
Directed by Eric Schaeffer

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