Ocean State Theatre's 2013-2014 Season Opens With LES MISERABLES Tonight
Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC) has announced that its first full season in their new state-of-the-Art Theatre located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, will open with the international smash hit, LES MISERABLES.
"We have wanted to produce LES MISERABLES for several years now, but with the confines of the barn at Theatre By The Sea, we didn't feel we could do it justice," said Amiee Turner, Producing Artistic Director. "Our new space in Warwick will be able to accommodate the piece beautifully. The fact that the production will be the Rhode Island Regional Theatre Premiereis icing on the cake!"
LES MISERABLES, which kicks off the subscription season on October 2, takes place in 19th century France, as Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary, who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert is unable to reconcile Valjean's merciful act. Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long. Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISERABLES has thrilled audiences throughout the world.
LES MISERABLES will be presented from today, October 2 - October 27, 2013.
The season continues on November 8 with Lombardi, a new American play by Academy Award-winner and Steppenwolf Theatre Company member Eric Simonson. This original work brings the audience into the life and times of one of America's most inspirational and mercurial personalities, Hall of Fame football coach, Vince Lombardi. Though football's Super Bowl trophy is named for him, few know the real story of Lombardi the man - his inspirations, his passions and his ability to drive people to achieve what they never thought possible. Based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss, Lombardi is powerful family drama that tells an inspiring story of one of the greatest football coaches of all time, whose fame and influence spread far beyond the gridiron.
Lombardi will be presented from November 6 - November 24, 2013.
In January, OSTC will help beat the winter doldrums with Neil Simon's Broadway hit, Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Chaos is king backstage at "The Max Prince Show," a popular 1950s comedy-variety TV series. The stress of slipping ratings is eating Max alive, but his harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags, while competing for the attention of the star madman. Inspired by the playwright's youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows," Neil Simon re-creates the mayhem, neuroses, nonstop gags and constant one-upmanship of a team of brilliantly funny social misfits. Contains adult language.
Laughter on the 23rd Floor will be presented from January 29 - February 16, 2014.
Swing's the thing as we approach the spring! The All Night Strut! is a classy, sassy musical celebration of the 1930's and'40s, which carries audiences through the Depression, World War II and the post war boom. The show is filled with jazz, blues, bebop and standards that thrill the heart, tickle the funny bone and raise the rafters. Legendary songwriters such as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway and the Gershwins take audiences from the funky jive of Harlem to the sophisticated elegance of El Morocco and the romance of the Stage Door Canteen. This international hit is a slick slice of yesteryear with sublime music and unbeatable energy that's perfect for a new generation of Swing fans and die-hard devotees! Songs include "Minnie the Moocher," "Sentimental Journey," "As Time Goes By," "In the Mood," and many more.