RAGTIME, REEFER MADNESS & More Set for Warner Stage Company's 2014-15 Season
The Warner Theatre has announced the Warner Stage Company's 2014-15 Season. Season Subscriptions are now available. Other ticket purchases are available in July. Call the Warner Theatre Box Office at 860-489-7180 for more information.
RAGTIME November 1-9, 2014
Called by Time Magazine, "a triumph for the stage," and by the International Herald Tribune, "the best musical in twenty years," RAGTIME won 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations and won both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. RAGTIME is not only a powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America, but a relevant tale for today. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, noted playwright Terrence McNally and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, the musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair and what it means to live in America.
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS February 7-15, 2015
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS has been described as stylish, sexy, irreverent and, "Broadway musical comedy heaven." Based on the popular 1988 film, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centers on two con-men living on the French Riviera. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing til the end!
HELLO, DOLLY! May 2-10, 2015
"And what do you do for a living, Mrs. Levi?" asks Ambrose Kemper in the first scene of this most delightful of musical comedies. "Some people paint, some sew...I meddle," replies Dolly. HELLO, DOLLY! is full of memorable songs includingPut On Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passes By,andHello, Dolly! We are off on a whirlwind race around New York at the turn of the twentieth century, as we follow the adventures of America's most beloved matchmaker!
THE ADDAMS FAMILY July 25-August 3, 2015
THE ADDAMS FAMILY features a story that is every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. If that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.
IN THE NANCY MARINE STUDIO THEATRE
REEFER MADNESS September 13-21, 2014
Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downwards spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. You won't be able to resist the spoofy fun of REEFER MADNESS. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes. This dynamic show will go straight to your head? REEFER MADNESS is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary. It contains adult humor, religious parody and drug use, as well as suggested violence and sexual explicitness. It may be inappropriate for younger performers and audiences.
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS December 6-14, 2014
Ever since it first appeared on television in 1965, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS has been a staple of the holiday season in America. In fact, the show has appeared every year since it aired on either CBS or ABC, and is now available as a live stage production. Thanks to its timelessness, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS will continue to be a part of celebrations for years to come. It's funny how a simple premise can resonate through the generations, but it is and will remain symbolic of how the quest for the best gifts or prettiest tree often distracts us from the important things during the festive period.
THE 39 STEPS January 17-25, 2015
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have THE 39 STEPS, a fast-paced whodunit for anoyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance! In THE 39 STEPS, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale!
AVOW March 21-29, 2015
Brian and Tom ask their liberal and forward-thinking parish priest, Father Raymond, to witness and bless their vows to each other. Although Father Raymond understands their affection for each other, he holds that they must live a celibate life if they wish to be part of the Church. Brian is outraged. Tom becomes reflective, as Father Raymond's words strike a chord in him. Brian's sister, Irene, a concert pianist, is single and pregnant from an affair. Brian has convinced her to have the baby, which he and Tom will adopt. Irene, desiring nothing more than her brother's happiness and security, tries to mediate between Brian and Tom and Father Raymond. Much to her surprise she discovers a deep attraction to Father Raymond. The attraction turns out to be mutual, forcing Father Raymond to reexamine his life of commitment and loneliness. Tom's and Brian's catalytic request creates five separate and linked spiritual journey's each seeking to balance passion and faith.
A BOLD, NEW 'NO-LIMITS' ROCK MUSICAL TO BE ANNOUNCED June 13-21, 2015
We can't officially announce this yet but we are very excited to be able to bring it to you on our Nancy Marine Studio Theatre stage!