BWW Feature: 9 Shows To Look Forward To in SWFL in 2019
As we welcome in 2019 in Southwest Florida, we also welcome in a very full theatre season! From many classic, much-loved Broadway shows to some newer, unique breakout productions, this season has something for everyone. Though there are many, many exciting productions happening this season, check out 9 of the shows (listed by date so you can easily fill your calendar) I know I'm looking forward to in 2019 below.
1. BURN THIS - The Studio Players (January 11-February 3)
"This play follows the explosive chemistry between two strangers brought together by a mysterious death. Lanford Wilson probes love, lust, and the power of raw attraction in his smoldering, award-winning play." For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.thestudioplayers.org.
2. THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Gulfshore Playhouse (January 12-February 3)
"Liberté, égalité... sororité. In the chaos of the French Revolution, anything can happen - especially laughter. Against the backdrop of France's Reign of Terror, former queen Marie Antoinette, assassin Charlotte Corday, playwright Olympe de Gouges, and spy Marianne Angelle form an unlikely alliance. Written by the most popular playwright in America, this explosive comedy puts a modern twist on history as these women fight for equality and freedom and leave an indelible mark on history in their wake." For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org.
3. HAY FEVER - Florida Repertory Theatre (February 12-March 6)
"Set in the glamour of the 1920's, this comedy of bad manners is razor-sharp and dry as a martini! The Bohemian Bliss family is gathered for a relaxing weekend in the English countryside - at least that's what their unsuspecting house guests are looking forward to. But instead, the tranquil retreat spirals into mayhem." For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.floridarep.org.
4. LES MISÉRABLES - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall (February 19-24)
"Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit." For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.bbmannpah.com.
5. WAITRESS - Artis-Naples (February 19-24)
"Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. Don't miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie." For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://artisnaples.org.
6. AND THE WINNER IS... - The Laboratory Theater of Florida (February 22-March 16)
"Tyler Johnes just wants to make it to the Oscars to accept his award for Best Supporting Actor. There's just one problem he seems to be stuck in a bar where things are not quite...normal. Seamus the bartender isn't helping matters, either. While Tyler continues to try to make it onto the red carpet, he is interrupted by unusual visitors. Filled with humor and emotion, this play will win your heart." For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.
7. GUYS AND DOLLS - The Naples Players (March 6-April 7)
"Considered one of the greatest musicals of all time, GUYS AND DOLLS will put a spring in your step and a smile on your face and remind you how much fun it is to see a revival of a classic American musical!" For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://naplesplayers.org.
8. NEWSIES - Florida Repertory Theatre Education (May 10-19)
"Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, NEWSIES showcases a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Featuring the now classic songs 'Carrying the Banner,' 'Seize the Day,' and 'Santa Fe,' NEWSIES is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience." For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://floridarepeducation.org.
9. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre (June 20-August 10)
"The classic 'tale as old as time' tells of Belle, a young woman in a small town, and a Beast, who is really a young prince under a spell. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. The spirited, headstrong Belle enters the Beast's castle after he imprisons her father and with the help of his enchanted servants, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation." For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://broadwaypalm.com.
What shows are you looking forward to seeing in SWFL this season? Let me know if there are any I missed that you would like to see covered! Happy theatergoing, Southwest Florida.