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Dames at Sea in Broadway DAMES AT SEA
West Virginia Public Theatre
What happens when you combine the smash Broadway musicals Anything Goes and 42nd Street? You end up with Dames at Sea. A long-running hit off-Broadway, the show is a celebration of the vintage movie musical. It helped launch the career of Broadway veteran Bernadette Peters in its original production, which was notable in that it employed a cast of just six to affectionately parody the golden age of lavish Hollywood musicals. Dames at Sea tells the story of Ruby, who steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show. But hours before the opening night curtain is set to rise, the cast learns that their theater is being demolished. With the help of some adoring sailors, Ruby and the cast set a plan in motion to perform the show in a naval battleship. Selected as "Best Musical of the Year" by Time, Newsweek, and Outer Critics Circle. Dames at Sea is scheduled for a Broadway revival in 2014.
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The Contrite Spirit in Broadway THE CONTRITE SPIRIT
Historic Fayette Theater

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Hatfields and McCoys in Broadway HATFIELDS AND MCCOYS
Theatre West Virginia
Some say it started with a dispute over the ownership of a hog. Others say the ill-fated love of Roseanne McCoy and Johnse Hatfield caused it. Whatever the reason, there was bad blood between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky. This historical drama chronicles the battles and bloodshed spurred by pride and politics. The story of the Hatfields and McCoys has been told and retold until the real men and women diffuse into myth, but they did exist. Each summer their heritage lives on as this famous feud fueled by yellow journalism that made the mountains bleed red is relived at Cliffside Amphitheatre.
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Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty exploded on the musical theatre scene in 1988 with their first off-Broadway show, LUCKY STIFF. Based on the novel The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, LUCKY STIFF is a zany, offbeat, and very funny murder mystery farce complete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds, and a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently-murdered Atlantic City uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing Uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, or else to the gun-toting wife of the casino owner! First produced at Playwrights Horizons off-Broadway (Richard Rodgers Award) the show later went on to win Washington's Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical, and is now performed frequently across the country.For complete information on this and  other Ahrens and Flaherty shows, as well as links to purchase CDs, vocal  selections and other publications, please go to
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Contemporary American Theater Festival
One NightCharles Fuller; dir: Ed Herendeen.
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Contemporary American Theater Festival
Dead and BreathingChisa Hutchinson; dir: Kristin Horton.
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Contemporary American Theater Festival
Uncanny ValleyThomas Gibbons; dir: Tom Dugdale.
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