Uptown Players Presents the Regional Premiere of THE BOY FROM , 7/25-8/10
Uptown Players closes its 2014 season with the Regional Premiere of the 2003 Tony Award winning musical, The Boy From Oz. This is the first regional theater production announced in the United States since the Broadway production and will run from July 25 through August 10, 2014 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.
The Boy from Oz was created to celebrate the life and work of the legendary Peter Allen. It is the dazzling, funny and touching story of the great Australian entertainer Peter Allen, from his humble beginnings in Australia to his meteoric rise to fame as an international star. Singing in country pubs from age 11, Peter Allen survived family tragedy to become a local TV star at age 16. Discovered by Judy Garland, he married her daughter Liza Minnelli and went on to become a beloved performer and an Oscar-winning songwriter. The Boy from Oz includes many of his best loved hits: Everything Old is New Again, I Honestly Love You, Don't Cry Out Loud and the show stopping I Go to Rio.
With a book by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright and Music and Lyrics by Peter Allen, the production is under the direction of Cheryl Denson, with choreography by Jeremy Dumont, and music direction by Scott A. Eckert. The cast features Alex Ross as Peter Allen, Janelle Lutz as Judy Garland, and Sarah Elizabeth Smith as Liza Minnelli, along with Alex Altshuler, Lamar Brown, Westin Brown, Sean Burroughs, Dennis Canright, Danielle Estes, Kyle Fleig, Emily Ford, Sonny Franks, Maranda Harrison, Whitney Hennen, Jessica Humphrey, Brett Warner Hurt, Kelly McCain, Kyle Montgomery, Thomas Renner, Rashaun Sibley, and Jodi Wright.
The show runs July 25 through August 10 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd @ Blackburn in Dallas, with performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30-50 and can be purchased online at www.uptownplayers.org or by phone at (214) 219-2718.
About Uptown Players:
Now completing its thirteenth season, Uptown Players has gathered a dedicated following with an annual audience base of over 15,000 patrons. The response from the community and critics has been remarkable, including more than 25 Leon Rabin Awards from the Dallas Theatre League, hundreds of "The Column" Awards and 20 Theatre Critics Forum Awards in its first 12 seasons.
In recent years, its productions of Next To Normal and The Producers have made top 10 lists in The Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, TheaterJones, and The Column online. Uptown Players has also been named the Best Theatre Company by the Dallas Voice Readers Awards, and the Dallas Observer, and has appeared on the WFAA-A list and Best of Big D - D Magazine. Uptown Players has been featured on Good Morning Texas and with Ron Corning on Daybreak on WFAA. Uptown Players is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, presenting plays and musicals that challenge audiences artistically, build cultural bridges, and strive to create greater positive public awareness and acceptance through the performing arts. There is no other theater group with this unique mission in the Dallas area.