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Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, announces a change to its 2017-2018 Season, Hank Williams: Lost Highway replaces The Wonder Years as the opening show.

Riverside Theatre excitedly announced the 2017-2018 Season in January, the world premiere production of The Wonder Years was slated to open the theatrical year. Regretfully, as is the case with many new works, The Wonder Years is still in development and will not be ready for an October production.

In conversations with David Lutken, a favorite who has performed on the Riverside stage many times, Hank Williams: Lost Highway was a production he was eager to bring to Vero Beach. Mr. Lutken will direct and perform in our production with hopes of emulating the incredible success achieved last October with Ring of Fire.

The rest of the season remains intact with Million Dollar Quartet, Lombardi, Gypsy, and Mamma Mia on the Stark Stage and The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Buyer & Cellar on the Waxlax Stage.

All season ticket holders with The Wonder Years as a selection, will be notified regarding the change. Season ticket packages are still available for 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 shows on the Stark and Waxlax Stage productions. For more information the change and subscription options, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or via email at

The Season

Stark Stage Shows

Hank Williams: Lost Highway Music by Hank Williams, Book by Randal Myler and Mark Ahrelik October 24 - November 12, 2017

A spectacular musical biography of a legendary singer-songwriter, Hank Williams: Lost Highway is an award-winning tribute to one of the great innovators of American popular music. Follow Williams' rise from his beginnings on the Louisiana Hayride to his triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry to his eventual self-destruction at the age of twenty-nine. Along the way, audiences are treated to indelible songs like "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Move It on Over," and "Hey, Good Lookin'" and many more. Starring David Lutken and featuring a talented cast of performer/musicians, discover the show Rolling Stone calls, "exhilarating" and The New York Times says is, "smart, sweet, and poignant."

Million Dollar Quartet Music by Various Artists, Lyrics by Various Artists, Book by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott January 2-21,2018

This Tony Award®-winning musical takes audiences back to December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins together in what became one of the most memorable nights in music. Based around that historical event, the musical recounts how these legends ended up in the same room at Sun Records in Memphis for one of the greatest impromptu rock 'n' roll jam sessions in history.


By Eric Simonson January 30 - February 18, 2018

One of the greatest sports legends of all time, Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi is the basis for this exhilarating new play. One of the most inspirational personalities of our time, Lombardi's ambition and passions are on display as well as his ability to influence people to achieve what they never thought possible.


Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Arthur Laurents,

Based on Gypsy: A Memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee March 6-25, 2018

Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, Gypsy follows indomitable stage mother Mama Rose as she chases vicarious success and stardom through her daughters on the vaudeville circuit. When younger daughter, June, elopes, Rose turns her attention to her older, less talented daughter, Louise, who eventually becomes the acclaimed burlesque stripper named Gypsy Rose Lee.

Mamma Mia!

Music by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson, Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson,

Book by Catherine Johnson April 10-29, 2018

The smash Broadway and international hit tells the amusing tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads! On the eve of the daughter's wedding on a Greek island paradise, her quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

Waxlax Stage Shows

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Book, Music and Lyrics by Rupert Holmes

Based on The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

January 16 - February 4, 2018

Winner of five Tony Awards® including Best Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens and was the first musical where the audience determined the ending. This hilarious and interactive mystery musical tries to solve the murder of the young and charming Edwin Drood. Was it a romantic rival? The purveyor of opium and vice? The newly-arrived twins from the east? The audience chooses the dastardly villain in this tuneful tale of intrigue.

Buyer & Cellar

By Jonathan Tolins

March 20 -April 8, 2018

Struggling actor Alex More is excited about his new job, even though it's in a Malibu basement. You see, the basement belongs to beloved superstar, Barbra Streisand, who happens to have a shopping mall in her cellar. When Babs comes downstairs to play one day, a real bonding takes place, but will that friendship transfer out of the cellar? Buyer and Cellar is a laugh-out-loud story about one of the oddest of odd jobs.

Riverside Theatre is located at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. Riverside Theatre programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Riverside Theatre is a member of the Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Indian River Chamber of Commerce, and the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.

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