BONNIE & CLYDE, SWEET CHARITY and More Set for WaterTower Theatre's 2014-15 Season

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BONNIE & CLYDE, SWEET CHARITY and More Set for WaterTower Theatre's 2014-15 Season

Terry Martin, WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director, today announced the Company's 2014-2015 Main Stage season at a special VIP Sneak Preview held at the Addison Theatre Centre in the Studio Theatre.

The season, which will be Terry Martin's 15th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre, opens with the musical biography of Texas' most famed outlaws, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, Bonnie & Clyde (October 10 - November 2, 2014). The holiday show will be the Regional Premiere of The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical (December 5 - January 4, 2014). The season continues in early January with the Regional Premiere of a co-production with Stage West of The Explorers Club (January 16 - February 8, 2015), and then to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of playwright Arthur Miller, the Tony-winning play All My Sons (April 17 - May 10, 2015). The fourth Main Stage series show is a new a play by local playwright Vicki Caroline Cheatwood, Manicures & Monuments (June 5 - 28, 2015). The final production of the season will be the musical Sweet Charity (July 24 - August 16, 2015). The 14th annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival will be held March 5- 15, 2015.

Directors for each production will be announced at a later date. All productions will be staged at the Addison Theatre Centre at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.

There will be no price increase in subscriptions or single tickets for the 2014-2015 five Main Stage productions. Five-play season subscriptions range in price from $75 (Previews) to $150 (Saturday evening/Sunday matinee).

The renewal deadline for current subscribers to keep their same seats is July 3rd. Subscribers who renew by June 5th will receive a $20 gift certificate from Table 13 in Addison.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Shubert Foundation. Production sponsors for the 2014 - 2015 Season include American Bank of Commerce, Atmos Energy, Bob and Barbara Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, the Pinnacle Family of Companies, Rainmaker Advertising, TACA Women of WaterTower Theatre and The WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors. The 2014-2015 Season is sponsored, in part, by the Town of Addison, The Shubert Foundation, The Nissan Foundation, TACA, Rainmaker Advertising, the Texas Commission on the Arts and Women of WaterTower Theatre (WOW!) and Wells Fargo Bank.

THE 2014-2015 SEASON:

BONNIE & CLYDE
Book by Ivan Menchell
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Frank Wildhorn

Sponsored by American Bank of Commerce, The Pinnacle Family of Companies, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.

This new musical blends the music of Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel) with the electrifying love story of two of Texas' most famed outlaws. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were two dreamers that found their way into violent circumstances. Their adventurous story captured the attention of an entire nation!

Stuck in a dead-end job in depression era Texas, young Bonnie Parker falls for charismatic Clyde Barrow. Fearless, shameless, and alluring, their electrifying story of love, adventure, and crime captured the excited attention of an entire country. As their fame, notoriety - and body count - rise; the ill-fated lovers find themselves racing toward an inevitable end.

Recommended for mature audiences

WaterTower Theatre in collaboration with Stage West present
THE EXLORERS CLUB
By Nell Benjamin
Regional Premiere

Sponsored by Liberty Capital Bank, Million Air Dallas, Bob and Barbara Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation.

It's London, 1879, and The Explorers Club is in crisis: a woman is campaigning for admittance; a savage has slapped Her Majesty, inciting a war; the Irish are probably Jewish and a beloved pet snake has swallowed a guinea pig. When an angry English Guard surrounds the club, what's a gentleman explorer to do? Sit back and enjoy a brandy and cigar, naturally. This is the preposterous premise of Nell Benjamin's madcap comedy that will have you bending over with laughter!

ALL MY SONS
By Arthur Miller
Sponsored by Atmos Energy and Frost Bank.

Set in post-World War II, Arthur Miller's landmark drama examines the relationships between fathers and sons and the price of living the American Dream. An explosive secret threatens to tear the family apart in this powerful play about the conflict between business ethics and taking responsibility for one's actions.

Winner of the first Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play, All My Sons established Miller as a leading voice in the American theatre. Based on a true story.

MANICURES & MONUMENTS
By Vicki Caroline Cheatwood
Sponsored by TACA, The President's Circle.

Local playwright Vicki Caroline Cheatwood brings us Manicures & Monuments, the hilarious and heartwarming tale of the residents of an Oklahoma nursing home and the young manicurist-in-training, Janann, who comes to volunteer. Janann soon clashes with former Army nurse Bailey, one of the elderly residents. Tempers flare as the two women collide in their struggle to understand each other, but eventually discover the true meaning of what it means to care for someone.

SWEET CHARITY
Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Plaiano
Produced for the Broadway Stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris
Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by Bob Fosse

Sponsored by Women of WaterTower Theatre

Charity Hope Valentine despite her job as a dancer at the seedy Fan-Dango Ballroom, is an eternal optimist who loves too much. She just happens to be the unluckiest romantic in New York City! The musical Sweet Charity is a warm, touching and humorous look at her trials and tribulations, as she repeatedly gives her heart, and her savings, to the wrong man. Adapted from Nights of Cabiria, a film by Federico Fellini, the musical Sweet Charity includes hits such as "Hey, Big Spender," "Rhythm of Life," and "If My Friends Could See Me Now."

Season Extras:

THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL
Music & Lyrics by David Nehls
Book by Betsy Kelso
Season Extra
Sponsored by Slalom Consulting and Rainmaker Advertising

Those crazy characters from Armadillo Acres, North Florida's premier mobile living community, are back this holiday season! Everyone's filled with warmth and beer, but when a freak bout of amnesia strikes Darlene, the trailer park Scrooge, neighborly love is put to the test. Be on hand as Betty, Lin and Pickles jingle all the way with some new neighbors in an all-new, all-trailer-park holiday extravaganza. The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical is the sequel to the smash hit original The Great American Trailer Park Musical which WaterTower Theatre audiences remember well!

Contains adult language and content

OUT OF THE LOOP FRINGE FESTIVAL
March 5 -15, 2015
Season Extra
Sponsored by The Town of Addison and The Texas Commission on the Arts.
Media sponsors: TheaterJones and the Dallas Observer

Over the past 14 years, WaterTower Theatre has hosted more than 100 artists and companies in its nationally acclaimed 10-day fringe festival of music, dance and theatre. Now recognized as one of the most important fringe festivals in the country, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival has been instrumental in providing a forum for new works, new artists and emerging voices in the arts.

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