TheatreZone Season Six Presents Four Musical Treasures

TheatreZone Sixth Season is A Songfest

Mix of musical treasures play well at cozy G&L Theatre

Curtain Up.

TheatreZone artistic director Mark Danni unveiled his selection of four musical treasures that will be performed during the 2010 2011 season of the six year old Naples equity professional theatre group.

"The upcoming season will be one of our most adventuresome ever," said Mark Danni, founder of TheatreZone, the nonprofit professional theatre group in residence at the G&L Theatre on The Community School of Naples campus. "We have an exciting mix of classic, tap dancing, powerful and nostalgic Broadways hits," he adds.

Next season, TheatreZone will perform the legendary and beloved musical The Fantasticks. The original production ran for 42 years and 17,162 performances with a legion of performers - including future luminaries such as F. Murray Abraham, Ricardo Montalban, Elliott Gould, Liza Minnelli, Glenn Close, Richard Chamberlain, and John Carradine - playing out its sweet and timeless boy-meets-girl tale.

Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt wrote The Fantasticks for a summer theatre production at Barnard College. The moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a more mature and meaningful love, is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs, most notably, Try To Remember. The play opens December 2 and runs 10 performances until December 12, 2010.

No, No, Nanette (critically acclaimed as "The Happiest Show In Town") will be performed January 6 through 16, 2011. This play had a huge revival in 1971, which started a nostalgia craze on Broadway. It is a show that takes you back to the roaring 20s for some good, clean, tap dancing fun. Traditionalists will enjoy the singing and dancing of such classic hit songs as "Tea For Two," "I Want To Be Happy" and "Too Many Rings Around Rosie."

Blood Brothers, one of the most powerful and haunting rags to riches musical tragedies of our time, will be performed March 5 through 15, 2011. According to Danni, the importance and the triumph of Blood Brothers is that it had the courage to tackle the Urban Blight of Thatcher's Britain. Its wonderful music helped Blood Brothers to run on Broadway for two years, get nominated for seven Tony Awards and win the Theatre World Award. The London production still runs today and is considered one of the top 50 musicals of all time.

The season finale takes six wailing women and adds one hot band, 43 wigs, 40 costumes, 25 cans of hairspray and more than 40 of the greatest '60s hits, for Beehive, The '60s Musical! This is a high voltage, fast paced, lighthearted look back at the '60s featuring songs made popular by The Chiffons, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Connie Francis, Lesley Gore, Janis Joplin, Petula Clark and more. Beehive, The '60s Musical! performs May 2 through 12, 2011.

Operating under the guidelines of the Actors' Equity Association and small professional theatres contracts, TheatreZone is in residence and performs in the intimate 250 seat G&L Theatre housed on the magnificent campus of The Community School of Naples, one block north of Pine Ridge Road at 13275 Livingston Road.

2010 2011 season tickets (four shows) cost $182 and individual seats costs $43 - $48 plus a $2 per ticket fee. A mini series (3 shows) and group rates are also available.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call TheaterZone at 1-888-ZONE-FLA, 1-888-966-3352 or purchase online at: www.theatrezone-florida.com.

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