LOVE STORY THE MUSICAL to Premiere at Walnut Street Theatre in 2012


Walnut Street Theatre, America's oldest theatre and the State Theatre of Pennsylvania, has just announced its landmark 204th season of live entertainment and its 30th season as a not-for-profit producing theatre company. This season, President and Producing Artistic Director Bernard Havard celebrates his 30th year at the Walnut as well. Under his direction the self-producing regional theatre has become not only the most popular theatre company in Philadelphia, but also the most subscribed theatre company in the world, boasting over 56,000 subscribers!

Havard is proud to announce the 2012-2013 Mainstage season. During the upcoming season audiences will by treated to the American premiere of LOVE STORY, THE MUSICAL, MerEdith Wilson's THE MUSIC MAN and the smash-hit GREASE! In addition, they'll experience Oscar Wilde's classic comedy AN IDEAL HUSBAND and the Philadelphia premiere of Broadway's GOOD PEOPLE.

The Walnut opens its 204th season with the American premiere if a production inspired by Erich Segal's best-selling iconic novel and one of the most romantic films of all time. This life-affirming musical will have audiences remembering the first time they fell in love. There was music in the air – and a feeling so powerful that nothing could take it away. When Oliver Barrett IV wanders into a library in search of a book, he discovers Jenny Cavilleri. They came from different worlds. He was a Harvard man, she was Radcliffe. He was rich, she was poor. But they fell in love. This is their story. This season opener is a celebration of love and life, LOVE STORY, THE MUSICAL (September 4 – October 21).

Celebrate the holiday season with one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time, THE MUSIC MAN (November 6 – January 6)! It's 1912 and the lovable, fast-talking con man "Professor" Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa promising the townsfolk that he can teach the town's children how to play in a magnificent marching band if they buy uniforms and instruments from him. It's all part of a big swindle, but falling in love with the town librarian wasn't part of the deal. With classic tunes that include "Ya Got Trouble," "Goodnight My Someone," "Till There Was You," and the show-stopping "Seventy-Six Trombones," THE MUSIC MAN is an irresistible, all-American musical for the entire family!

Oscar Wilde's AN IDEAL HUSBAND (January 15 – March 3) is a wonderfully witty story of romance, insider trading and scandal! Sir Robert Is a highly respected politician whose spotless reputation is the pride of his beautiful wife and adoring sister. But when an Old Acquaintance threatens to reveal a dark secret from Robert's past, only his womanizing, party-loving best friend is scheming and dishonest enough to come to his aid. As the story unfolds, it's revealed that the man thought to be perfect is flawed, the man with all the flaws must do something right and the question remains: what makes AN IDEAL HUSBAND? This timeless comedy explores morality and the greater standard that seems to fall upon those individuals in the public eye.