VANYA, SONIA...SWEENEY TODD Concert & More Set for Uptown Players' 2014 Season
Uptown Players, a professional theater group located in the Uptown area of Dallas, has announced its 2014 season at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, which will feature the regional premieres of the 2013 Tony Award winning play, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, the 2012 Tony nominated play The Lyons, the 2004 Tony award winning musical, The Boy From Oz, plus the return of an audience favorite, Pageant. Uptown Players will also present its annual fundraising performance - Broadway Our Way, which will be held in January 2014. In April, Uptown Players will join forces with the Turtle Creek Chorale for a concert version of Sweeney Todd at the City Performance Hall. As its summer bonus show, Uptown Players will present the U.S. premiere of the West End hit musical Soho Cinders.
2014 SEASON OVERVIEW
Broadway Our Way: January 17 - 26, 2014
Now in its 12th year, Uptown Players' fundraiser, Broadway Our Way, light-heartedly pits the men against the women to determine who the true Divas of the Dallas stage really are. The evening features all new selections from your favorite Broadway shows both past and present, done with an Uptown Players twist! It is sure to be a hot ticket for its six performances from January 17-26, 2014.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: February 14 - March 9, 2014
Uptown Players will kick off its main stage season with the regional premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the 2013 Tony Award winner for best play written by Christopher Durang. In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, step-siblings Vanya and Sonia have never left the confines of their childhood home - a rambling Bucks County farmhouse. A surprise visit from their glamorous sister, Masha, and her 20-something boy toy, Spike, throws the normally quiet household into utter upheaval. The result is an absurd, hilarious romp. The show runs February 14 through March 9, 2014.
Pageant: March 28 - April 13, 2014
Uptown Players will present an audience favorite, Pageant, written by Albert Evans, Bill Russell, Frank Kelly, and Robert Longbottom. Pageant is a pageant. Judges selected from the audience actually vote and determine the winner who, therefore, may be different at each performance. The show takes its shots not by mocking the pageant from the outside, but by being one. The six contestants, Miss Deep South, Miss West Coast, Miss Great Plains, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Industrial Northeast, and Miss Texas (all played by men) compete in evening gowns, talent, swim-wear and spokesmodel, plus the finalists answer calls from the Beauty Crisis Hotline. Running March 28 - April 13, 2014, you won't want to miss the hilarity as a new Miss Glamouresse is selected at each performance.
Sweeney Todd: Concert Version: April 24 - 26, 2014
Uptown Players and the Turtle Creek Chorale join forces again this year for a concert version of the powerful Broadway hit and Tony Award winner, Sweeney Todd. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, this musical thriller tells the story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years of false imprisonment. Aided and abetted by the pie-shop owner, Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney sets out to avenge the wrong doings done to him and his family. This thrilling and heart pounding concert version will be presented in the City Performance Hall downtown for three performances from April 24-26, 2014.
The Lyons: May 2 - May 18, 2014
In May, Uptown Players returns to the Kalita Humphreys Theater for the regional premiere of The Lyons, a dysfunctional-family comedy by Nicky Silver which recently completed its New York run. The Lyons is about a family grappling with the impending death of its patriarch. The indomitable matriarch of the family is at a major crossroads: her husband is dying, her son's in a dubious relationship, her daughter's struggling to stay sober and on top of it all, she can't settle on a new design for the living room. When they gather to say goodbye, they learn that despite being a family, each of them is utterly isolated. Afraid of closeness and afraid of solitude, they are propelled into foreign territory-human connection. The show runs May 2 through May 18, 2014.