Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas' 2016-17 Season to Include CHICAGO & More

MainStage Irving-Las Colinas unveiled four plays and a musical that will be produced as part of the 2016-17 season to a packed house of volunteers, subscribers, and supporters on Saturday night, May 9 at the Irving Arts Center. Met with tremendous excitement, the new season features Chicago the Musical, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Calendar Girls, Talking Pictures and My Sister Eileen. All MainStage productions are performed in the Dupree Theatre at the Irving Arts Center (3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Irving, Texas 75062).

Season ticket packages for all five shows range from $75.75-$95.25 (including a convenient "Flex Pass"). Season tickets are available for purchase May 13 through the Irving Arts Center Box Office at 972-252-2787.

CHICAGO THE MUSICAL Book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
(November 4-19, 2016) Directed by B.J. Cleveland

The #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history and Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Musical. In roaring twenties Chicago, chorus girl Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream" - fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse. Guns, girls, gossip ... "And All That Jazz!"

FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS By Alan Ball
(January 20-February 4, 2017) Directed by Dennis Canright

During a lavish wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, determined to avoid the festivities below at all costs. Though their dresses match, their personalities are vastly different. As the afternoon wears on, these five unique women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, and touching celebration of female friendship. From the eclectic comedic mind of Alan Ball who authored American Beauty, and HBO's True Blood and Six Feet Under. Watch out flower girls... here comes the bridesmaids!

CALENDAR GIRLS By Tim Firth
(March 17-April 1, 2017) Directed by Lon Barrera

When Annie's husband dies of cancer, she and her best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow Women's Institute members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar benefiting the Leukemia Research Fund. The news of the women's brave charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village in the Yorkshire Dales. Inspired by true events, Calendar Girls is the heart-warming tale of ordinary women who achieved something extraordinary. Hold on to your knickers!

TALKING PICTURES By Horton Foote
(May 19-June 3, 2017) Directed by Amber Devlin

It's 1929, on the eve of the Great Depression, and America is on the precipice of big change with a looming financial crisis. In the small town of Harrison, Texas, the residents of a local boarding house deal with numerous dilemmas, both large and small. Quarrels arise between estranged husbands and wives, the future of a railroad engineer hangs in the balance, and the town is turned upside down with the coming of the 'talkies' to the local movie theatre. It's the end of an era, and a job, for the woman who plays live music for the films. When the silver screen is no longer silent, who will speak up?

MY SISTER EILEEN By Joseph Fields & Jerome Chodorov
(July 21 - August 5, 2017) Directed by Dave Schmidt

Meet clever-as-they-come Ruth and pretty-as-a-penny Eileen! The Sherwood sisters are headed to the Big Apple to chase their dreams! The gals settle in a beat-up basement studio apartment in Greenwich Village, full of eccentric charm and frequently visited by a cascade of colorful characters, run by landlord Papa Appopolous. Ruth aspires to be a writer, while Eileen longs for the big lights of Broadway. In the pursuit of their ambitions, twelve months of amusing escapades ensue! The play that inspired the hit musical favorite Wonderful Town. Furious fun flourishes in the city so nice, they named it twice!



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