IN THE HEIGHTS, RED & More Set for American Stage's 2014-15 Season
LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR
By Neil Simon
Previews November 19 & 20
November 21 - December 14, 2014
Get an inside look at the writers room with Mel Brooks, Sid Caesar, Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, and other legends of early TV! Inspired by Neil Simon's youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman.
Tampa Bay Area Premiere
The 8th Installment in our Century Cycle
By August Wilson
Previews January 21 & 22
January 23 - February 22, 2015
Nominated for 2007 Tony for "Best Play"
N.Y. Drama Critics Circle Award for "Best American Play"
Harmond Wilks is a real estate developer poised to become Pittsburgh's first African-American Mayor. He is also on the verge of clinching a lucrative land deal: if the government declares the Hill District as "blighted" - including Aunt Esther's house on 1839 Wylie - a lot of federal money will be made available to Harmond and his partners. But as he steps into political prominence, his plans collide with his past, and August Wilson's 10th play shows how, in the rush to progress, the past is never too far behind.
In this two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers' audition for their new project - a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic, with the hope that one of the producers in attendance will give them a Broadway contract - fulfilling their ill-advised dreams.
Tampa Bay Area Premiere
30th Anniversary -- American Stage in the Park
IN THE HEIGHTS
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Pulitzer-winner Quiara Alegía Hudes
Previews April 22 & 23
April 24 - May 17, 2015 (Gala Under the Stars is April 24)
2008 Tony Award for "Best Musical"
Grammy for "Best Broadway Show Album"
2009 Pulitzer finalist
IN THE HEIGHTS is Broadway's Tony Award-winning "Best Musical" about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. This exhilarating musical tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood - a place where the coffee from the corner coffee shop is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes and dreams where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. With a gripping story and incredible music and dance, IN THE HEIGHTS is a groundbreaking 21st century musical and the next chapter in the classic American story.
By John Logan
Previews May 27 & 28
May 29 - June 21
Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for "Best Play"
Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York's famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant in his studio on the Bowery. But when the student gains the confidence to challenge the master, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is the inside story of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.
ONE SLIGHT HITCH
By Lewis Black
Previews July 8 & 9
July 10 - August 2
It's Courtney's wedding day, and her mom, Delia, is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce the doorbell rings. And all hell breaks loose. So much for perfect.