Meadow Brook Theatre Sets 2014-15 Season Featuring AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND & More
Meadow Brook Theatre's 2014-2015 season promises to please with hilarious comedy, toe-tapping musical theatre and powerful drama. "This is going to be an exciting season you won't want to miss." said Cheryl Marshall, Managing Director. "We've got a literary classic, a heartwarming comedy and a "Nunsensical" musical, back by popular demand and starring Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka!"
The 2014-2015 season features three Michigan Premieres and two Michigan Professional Premieres.
The season opens with Around the World in 80 Days by Mark Brown, running October 1 - October 26, 2014. Based on a vaudeville-style script by Mark Brown, Around the World in 80 Days is a hilarious take on Jules Verne's celebrated novel about Phileas Fogg, an explorer who sets out to circumnavigate the world in order to win a bet. The comedy features five actors playing 39 roles from Jules Verne's classic adventure novel. Around the World in 80 Days is a Michigan premiere.
The regular season then breaks for the special 33rd holiday production of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Charles Nolte, running November 14 - December 21, 2014. Subscribers to the MBT season receive a 20% discount for tickets to A Christmas Carol.
The season re-opens with Things My Mother Taught Me by Katherine DiSavino, running January 7 - February 1, 2015. Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together. They've just packed up all of their belongings and driven halfway across the country to start a new life together in Chicago. Their moving day doesn't go exactly as planned, though, and things become slightly more complicated when all of their parents show up to help! Can a two bedroom apartment contain all of the love, laughs, worry and wisdom that's about to happen? This show takes a generational look at relationships, and how sometimes parents are passing their best lessons on to their children without even meaning to. Funny and touching, this one will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again. Things My Mother Taught Me is a Michigan premiere.
The third production of the 2014-2015 season is Once On This Island, book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, based on the book My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy. Once On This Island, in almost non-stop song and dance, the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Once On This Island is a Michigan professional premiere running February 11 - March 8, 2015.
Luce, a new drama by J.C. Lee, will make its Michigan premiere March 18 - April 12, 2015. Recently produced at Lincoln Center, Luce tells the story of two suburban, middle-class parents who are shocked to discover that their 17-year-old son Luce, who was adopted from the Congo as a child, could be in some real trouble at school. Usually a model student and star football player, Luce has something disconcerting in his locker, and his teacher warns his parents that their son's education could hang in the balance. His parents must decide whether to trust their own son or his teacher. This story tests the power of love and the lengths a parent would go to protect their child.
Next is the return of Meshuggah-Nuns! by Dan Goggin April 22 - May 17, 2015. This tale of NUNSENSE is back by popular demand! Still MBT's highest grossing show of all time, Meshuggah-Nuns finds the sisters of Hoboken on an all-expense paid trip on the "Faiths of All Nations" Cruise. When the cast of "Fiddler on the Roof" (with the exception of the guy playing Tevye) gets seasick, the ship's captain asks the sisters and Tevye to put on a show.
Finally, Michigan professional premiere of The Bikinis, a new musical beach party! breaks onto the Meadow Brook Theatre stage, by Ray Roderick and James Hindman, running May 27 - June 21, 2015. With a show that promises to get everyone dancing in the aisles, The Bikinis, or "The Jersey Girls," relive their heyday and beyond. It all begins the summer of 1964, on the night these four inseparable friends got their name by winning the Belmar Beach Talent Contest, wearing just their bikinis! The Bikinis is a nonstop celebration of song filled with hits like "It's In His Kiss," "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," "Heat Wave," "Under the Boardwalk," "These Boots are Made for Walking" and many more!
Season tickets are currently available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at 248-377-3300. They range from $138 - $211 per seat for the six-play season. When you subscribe to the 2014-2015 season, you may also purchase tickets for A Christmas Carol at a 20% discount before they go on sale to the general public.
Single tickets go on sale Monday, September 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets range from $26 - $41 for individual plays.
Meadow Brook Theatre is also proud to present their 7th annual Children's Series. Details will be announced soon. These shows are often presented with two performances per day. So don't miss out on this wonderful chance to share live theatre with the ones you love. Subscribers to the MBT season receive a 20% discount for tickets to the Children's Series.
For additional information on Meadow Brook Theatre, please visit www.mbtheatre.com. Meadow Brook Theatre is a non-profit, cultural institution serving southeast Michigan for over 48 years.