ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE and More Set for STAGES St. Louis' 27th Season
STAGES ST. LOUIS announces its 27th season!
The season opens with the touching and true story of Country music legend Patsy Cline and her friendship with Texas housewife Louise Seger in the musical Always… Patsy Cline (May 31 - June 30). Next up, STAGES goes pink with the Broadway hit about a sorority girl determined to prove everyone wrong, including herself in Legally Blonde, The Musical (July 19 - August 18). The season concludes with one of the great literary classics in the grand musical theatre tradition, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady (September 6 - October 6). The three main stage shows will play at The Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood.
In addition, the 2013 season Theatre for Young Audiences production, Disney’s Cinderella, will run June 19 – June 30 at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis.
“The 2013 Season is all about women who made powerful choices in their lives,” explains Executive Producer Jack Lane. “These driven and intelligent women, both fictional and real, beat the odds to carve out meaningful and vital lives. Presenting this fabulous four to the St. Louis community will be a great honor in 2013.”
Always... Patsy Cline
May 31 - June 30
The touching and true story of Country music legend Patsy Cline and her friendship with Texas housewife Louise Seger comes to life in the musical Always... Patsy Cline. Told through the heartfelt and hilarious memories of Louise, this endearing tale focuses on the fateful evening at Houston's Esquire Ballroom when Louise hears of Patsy's untimely passing at age thirty. Combining down home country humor, unbridled heartache and 27 of Patsy Cline's unforgettable hits such as "Crazy," "Walking After Midnight," and "Sweet Dreams," Always... Patsy Cline endures as a piece of genuine Americana.
Written and Originally Directed by Ted Swindley; Based on a true story; Featuring the music of Patsy Cline.
Legally Blonde, The Musical
July 19 - August 18
Omigod, you guys, look who's coming to STAGES! It's Elle Woods, that sassy blonde we all know and love from the popular romantic comedy, Legally Blonde. Sorority sister Elle thinks she has her future all tied up with a nice, little pink ribbon, until her boyfriend suddenly dumps her for someone more "serious." But don't break out the tissues just yet! This is one girl who doesn't take "no" for an answer as she sets out to prove that being true to yourself and going after "what you want" never goes out of style. Positively the perfect evening of fun, romance and everything pink!
My Fair Lady
September 6 – October 6
One of the great literary classics in the grand musical theatre tradition, My Fair Lady radiates a charm and sophistication unlike any other. The thrilling transformation of a lowly flower girl in Victorian London into a ravishing upper class lady has moved audiences for over fifty years. This show is the gold standard by which all others are measured, reigning as a triumphant American masterpiece. With joyous show-stoppers and gorgeous ballads such as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “Get Me to the Church on Time,” Lerner and Loewe’s score couldn’t be closer to pure perfection. You’ll “grow accustomed” to this “loverly” classic as “your heart takes flight” in My Fair Lady!
Disney’s Cinderella – Theatre for Young Audiences
June 19 – June 30
The treasured Disney retelling of everyone’s favorite fairy tale comes to glorious life in this delightful stage adaptation. Endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother, Cinderella is denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. But with a sprinkle of magic from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella meets her Prince, falls in love, and lives happily ever after! With an enchanting score including "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" and the magical "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," Disney’s Cinderella will charm its way into your heart, and once again remind you that dreams really do come true.
Music and Lyrics by Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston; Book adapted and additional lyrics by Marcy Heisler; Music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle; Based on the screenplay by Ken Anderson and Homer Brightman.
Performances at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School.
Subscriptions to the 27th Season begin at just $99 and go on sale November 26, 2012. Single tickets will go on sale April 8, 2013. Single ticket prices range from $20 - $55. STAGES performs in the intimate, 376-seat Robert G. Reim Theatre at the Kirkwood Civic Center, 111 South Geyer Road in St. Louis, MO. For more information or to purchase tickets call 314-821-2407 or visit www.stagesstlouis.org.
Each mainstage production will run for a total of five weeks with matinee and evening performances Tuesdays through Sundays. The Theatre for Young Audiences will run at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade and performs Wednesday through Sunday for two weeks.
STAGES ST. LOUIS is committed to preserving and advancing the art form of Musical Theatre through excellence in performance and education. After openingin 1987 with a staff of 8 part-time employees, a season of 24 performances, a budget of $50,000, and an audience of 3,000. Today STAGES boasts of 25 full-time staff members (with a seasonal company of 175), 124 performances each season, a budget of $3.7 million, and a loyal audience of over 47,000. In its 27-year history, STAGES has entertained over 850,000 patrons with 90 productions and over 2,800 performances. The recipient of twenty-eight Kevin Kline Awards over the past seven years, including three awards for Outstanding Production of a Musical, STAGES has become the leading company for musical theatre performance and education in the Midwest.