MY FAIR LADY, INTO THE WOODS, THE LAST FIVE YEARS & More Set for OSTC's 2014-15 Season
Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC) has announced that its second full season in their new state-of-the-art theatre located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, will open with Lerner and Loewe's stunning Broadway classic, My Fair Lady.
"Celebrating the great American musical is part of our mission statement and American Musicals don't get much better than the stunning My Fair Lady," said Amiee Turner, Producing Artistic Director. "This also gives us an opportunity to sort of "throw back" to some of the wonderful memories people have of seeing musicals at the Warwick Tent back in the day!"
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's 1914 play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower peddler who agrees to take speech lessons from the opinionated linguistics professor Henry Higgins in order to fulfill her dream of working in a flower shop. Eliza succeeds so well, however, that she outgrows her social station and even manages to get Higgins to fall in love with her. The original production ran for nearly seven years on Broadway, which made it the longest running show of its time. This timeless classic features an unforgettable score including such songs as "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "The Rain in Spain," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," and "I Could Have Dance All Night."
My Fair Lady, will be presented from September 24 - October 12, 2014.
The season continues on October 29 with the intense and gripping thriller, Dial M for Murder. Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know, into strangling her for a fee and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately... the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. But this doesn't stop the husband. He sees his hireling's death as an opportunity to have his wife convicted for the murder of the man who tried to murder her! With a killer dead and a victim in jail, will the police inspector discover the truth? Will the husband be revealed? This murder thriller will keep you spellbound with suspense!
Dial M for Murder will be presented from October 29 - November 16, 2014.
In late January, OSTC will present the New England premiere of Jeff Stetson's fascinating and dramatically compelling play, The Meeting. This eloquent play depicts the imagined meeting of two of the most significant men of modern times: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their desire for equality, the two men debate their conflicting approaches to the same grave social problems. Both understand they may have to give their life for their beliefs, but neither is aware of how soon their assassins' bullets would await them. In time to celebrate Black History Month, this thought provoking play takes an intimate look at two larger than life figures.
The Meeting will be presented from January 28 - February 15, 2015.
Named one of Time Magazine's 10 best shows of 2001, Jason Robert Brown's Drama Desk winner The Last Five Years, is a contemporary song-cycle musical, which ingeniously chronicles the five year life of a relationship, from meeting to break-up... and from break-up to meeting... all at the same time! A frequently humorous, often romantic, and intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view - his going forwards and hers going backwards. This intimate musical has received raves from critics and fans alike with songs that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.
The Last Five Years will be presented from February 25 - March 15, 2015.
Lend Me A Tenor takes place at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company's gala season-opener of Otello, which is to be performed by world-famous tenor Tito Morelli, in the hopes that this will put Cleveland on the operatic map. Morelli is late, unable to rehearse with the company, and through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers, which mix with the alcohol he has consumed, and he passes out. The company believes him to be dead and doesn't know what to do. Luckily an aspiring singer is convinced to don the Otello costume and try to fool the audience into thinking he's really Morelli. Now there are two Otellos running around! Lend Me A Tenor is non-stop laughter and door-slamming hilarity, which guarantees to leave the audience in stitches.
Lend Me a Tenor will be presented from April 1 - 19, 2015.
Rounding out the season is one of Stephen Sondheim's most popular Tony Award-winning musicals, Into the Woods, which brings together everyone's favorite storybook characters for a timeless, grown-up musical. This epic fairytale follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child, because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later. From storybook to stage to screen to OST, this is Sondheim at his most charming.
Into the Woods will be presented from April 29 - May 17, 2015.
"Of course, we will also continue with our Family Fun Fest and our Piano Bar Series and will be announcing a delightful family musical for the holidays within the next few months," said Ms. Turner.
Previews for all productions are scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30pm and Thursday at 2:00 and 7:30pm. Opening weekend performances will be held on Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:00. All other performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, as well as select Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm. The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Preview performances will be $30.00 for plays and $39 for musicals. All other performances will be $34.00 - $49.00 for plays and $39.00 - $54.00 for musicals. Discount rates for groups of 20 or more will also be available.
Subscriptions for the 2014-15 Season are now available. For the coming season, subscribers can enjoy discounted rates with several different subscription options:
The Preview and Premiere Subscriptions allow subscribers to choose from the best seats in the house before they go on sale to the public, secure the same choice seats for each show, save over single ticket pricing, renew the same seats annually and exchange seats up to 24 hours in advance for a small fee. 6-Show, 3-Play and 3-Musical subscriptions range in price from $99 - $250.
The Flexible Passport and Pick-4 Combo provide the ultimate in flexibility by either including six "seats" which can be used in any combination or choosing specific seats for any four productions. The choice is yours! The Flexible Passport and Pick-4 Combo allows patrons to enjoy most subscriber benefits, choose from the best seats in the house before they go on sale to the public, and save over single ticket prices.
Season ticket subscriptions are available for purchase at the box office Monday through Friday 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm and Saturday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. (The box office is also open until curtain time on performance days.) Tickets are available online anytime at OceanStateTheatre.org and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 921-6800.
Single tickets for the 2014-15 Season will go on sale to the public beginning July 7, 2014.