DISENCHANTED, MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL, AN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS and More Set for Playhouse @ Westport Plaza's 2017-18 Lineup
Emery Entertainment, Inc. has announced the 2017-2018 lineup being presented at the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza. Fan favorites, Off-Broadway comedies, and a brand new Artists Lounge Live Series make up the exciting theatrical season at one of St. Louis' most intimate venues.
The 2017-2018 season will kick-off with the return of the raucous boozy comedy "Shotspeare" October 5-7, followed by the record breaking popular couples date night show "Defending the Caveman" October 10-29. "Elvis: My Way" starring Brandon Bennett shakes up the stage November 2-5, and "Disenchanted" returns by popular demand to cast a spell November 7-12. Fans of the hit show "Late Nite Catechism" are in for a treat as Sister returns to St. Louis for "Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold" November 24-December 3. "An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas" starring Evan Tyrone Martin will delight audiences December 7-12, while Dave Shirley's unique one-man show "Oddville" brings side-splitting laughter to the stage December 27-30.
Making a triumphant return engagement after a string of sold-out performances is "Menopause The Musical" January 9-March 31, followed by the incomparable Angela Ingersoll in "Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine" April 12-15. "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" makes its way to the stage April 17-May 6, and the season will close with the masterful production "An Evening with C.S. Lewis" May 17-20.
"This is a well-rounded season that offers something for everyone, whether you are a theater or a music lover," said Paul Emery, President of Emery Entertainment, Inc. "And, for the first time in Playhouse history, we are excited to be offering two subscription packages at an affordable price."
The Off-Broadway Series Package ("Defending the Caveman," "Disenchanted," "Menopause the Musical" and "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline") is $129 per person. The Artists Lounge Live Series Package (Elvis, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland) is $90 per person.
Tickets for both Series Packages are on sale now with single tickets for the entire season going on sale August 19, at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased through MetroTix at www.metrotix.com or by calling 314-534-1111. For groups of 10 or more, please call 314-616-4455. Tickets are also available for purchase one hour prior to show time at the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza Box Office. For further information, visit www.playhouseatwestport.com.
St. Louis-based Emery Entertainment, Inc. has produced and promoted thousands of events around the globe, including superstar attractions such as Blue Man Group, Bono, David Copperfield, James Taylor and Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus - LIVE! With a proven track record for venues of various sizes - from intimate 200-seat theaters to 20,000-seat arenas - Emery Entertainment, Inc. took over the management, programming and marketing of the 240-seat Playhouse @ Westport Plaza in the Fall of 2016. The venue is filling a niche for a variety of Broadway and Off-Broadway entertainment that would otherwise not find its way to the St. Louis area. Emery Entertainment, Inc. is excited to now bring additional Off-Broadway programming to newly-renovated The Grandel Theatre.
Westport Plaza is a prominent 42-acre business and entertainment district in St. Louis County. The landMark Destination - located at Interstate 270 and Page Avenue - attracts more than 300,000 annual visitors. Westport Plaza includes two newly-renovaTed Sheraton hotels and several on-site dining and entertainment options such as: Backstreet Jazz & Blues Club, Bradford's Pub, Dino's Deli, Drunken Fish, Funny Bone Comedy Club, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Imo's Pizza, Jive & Wail, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, Paul Mineo's Trattoria, Starbucks, Smoothie King, St. Louis Bread Company and Trainwreck Saloon. Three new restaurants Westport Social, Camp Site and Wild Child will be opening soon. For more information, visit www.westportstl.com.
2017-2018 PLAYHOUSE @ WESTPORT PLAZA SEASON:
"Shotspeare" October 5-7, 2017
All seats: $55 Back by popular demand, Shotspeare returns to the Playhouse stage to treat audiences to inebriated reenactments as a cast of five actors attempt to bring to life Romeo & Juliet, all whilst becoming increasingly intoxicated. Better than any high school English class, guests can expect an evening affair with a copious amount of booze, and an entire work of Shakespeare, all in 90-minutes. This highly interactive show encourages audience members to join the fun throughout the performance. For more information, visit www.shotspeare.com.
"Defending the Caveman" October 10-29, 2017
All seats: $60
Defending the Caveman, the longest running solo show in Broadway history, is a hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate. This prehistoric look at the battle of the sexes is full of wonderful scenarios that celebrate the differences between men and women, making it a perfect entertainment option for couples. The show has also been seen and recommended by thousands of marriage counselors and family therapists for its humorous look at the inherent differences between the sexes. For more information, visit www.DefendingTheCaveman.com.
"Elvis: My Way" November 2-5, 2017
All seats: $60
The electrifying Brandon Bennett (Chicago: Million Dollar Quartet) does the impossible, delivering a spine-tingling Elvis tribute that is fresh, powerful, and right on time. With his pure-bred southern charm, powerful voice, and scandalous moves Bennett was named the "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist" by Elvis Presley Enterprises at Graceland. His must-see show traverses Elvis' career: from the Rock n' Roll nativity of the 50s, to the iconic comeback television concert of the 60s, to the legendary jumpsuits of the 70s. All-time great hits include "Blue Suede Shoes," "Can't Help Falling In Love," "Suspicious Minds," and many more. Presented by Artists Lounge Live. For more information, visit www.artistsloungelive.com.
"Disenchanted: The Hilarious Hit Musical" November 7-12, 2017
All seats: $65
Gone are the days of poisoned apples and glass slippers - the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight! These royal renegades have tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to St. Louis for a second time after a successful one-week run earlier this year. Disenchanted is the perfect girls' night out! For more information, visit www.disenchantedmusical.com.
"Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold" November 24-December 3, 2017
All seats: $50
It's CSI: Bethlehem in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages - whatever happened to the Magi's gold? (We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri - they were in a barn after all.) Retelling the story of the nativity as only Sister can, this hilarious production is a must-see for the holiday season. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any other! For more information, visit www.latenitecatechism.info
"An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas" December 7-17, 2017
All seats: $60
Chicago leading man Evan Tyrone Martin (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, SIDE SHOW, DREAMGIRLS) warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. Chicago Tribune calls the Award-nominated Martin "Destined for Stardom: One of the Hot New Faces of Chicago Theatre," and BCR News praises, "Martin's vocal ease would have done Nat King Cole proud." Martin intimately relates Cole's personal journey, while presenting a festive cocktail of signature songs and yuletide favorites including "L-O-V-E," "Mona Lisa," "The Christmas Song," and "Joy To The World." Presented by Artists Lounge Live.
For more information, visit www.artistsloungelive.com.
"Oddville" December 27-30, 2017
All seats: $50
Hysterically indescribable, Oddville is a unique piece of brilliant modern theater jammed with ingenious props, amplified physical comedy, complex multi-media imagery and a cool nostalgic score. It's a love story with limited words, but plenty of heart that connects your imagination to your funny bone with fits of laughter. A love story wrapped in clever wit and irresistible charm, Oddville is an unforgettable evening of modern theater that will leave you laughing, thinking and wondering, "How on earth did he pull that off?" For more information, visit www.oddvilletheshow.com
"Menopause The Musical" January 9-March 31, 2018
All seats: $68
Menopause The Musical is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived "The Change." Now celebrating 16 years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical has evolved as a grassroots movement of women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead. Set in a department store, four women meet while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. For more information, visit menopausethemusical.com.
"Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine" April 12-15, 2018
All seats: $60
Chicago Tribune calls her "Magnificent. The best Judy Garland Chicago ever saw. Barring the real one." Chicago Sun-Times exclaims, "Phenomenal. Angela Ingersoll was born to play Judy Garland. Ingersoll's tour de force performance might well leave you believing you've encountered the ghost of the beloved film star." Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (End of the Rainbow) superbly captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. With her great big voice and naturally winning humor, Ingersoll soars in this loving homage. Iconic songs include "Over the Rainbow," "Get Happy," and "The Man That Got Away." Presented by Artists Lounge Live. For more information, visit www.artistsloungelive.com.
"A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" April 17-May 6, 2018
All seats: $65
The hit musical A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is America's favorite Patsy Cline tribute starring Julie Johnson. This happy, loving tribute to country music's most enduring superstar traces the legendary singer's rise from her hometown in Winchester, Virginia to the Grand Ole Opry, Las Vegas and Carnegie Hall. Patsy Cline defined the term "crossover hit" by dominating country, blues, pop and gospel charts simultaneously in the 1950s and early '60s. Featuring 21 of Patsy's greatest hits including "Walkin' After Midnight," "Sweet Dreams," "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy," "She's Got You," "Seven Lonely Days" and the title song, "A Closer Walk with Thee." For more information, visit www.acloserwalkwithpatsycline.com.
"An Evening with C.S. Lewis" May 17-20, 2018
All seats: $50
The year is 1963 and the famous British author C.S. Lewis is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford. They are about to experience a captivating evening with a man whose engaging conversation and spontaneous humor made him one of the great raconteurs of his day. Seated in his living room and in front of a warm fire he recalls the people and events that inspired his thought and shaped his life; of his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien; why he nearly abandoned the Narnia Chronicles; how he came to embrace Christianity and of the American woman who turned his life upside down. Described by critics as 'Extraordinary!' and 'A Must See!' An Evening with C.S. Lewis has proved again and again to be an enthralling theatrical experience and one which has led many thousands to discover (or rediscover) the continuing impact of a man whose collected works made him one of the literary giants of the 20th Century. For more information, visit www.aneveningwithcslewis.com.