Sept. 22 – Oct. 22
by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth
On the night of his 35th birthday, perpetual bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Through a series of comical dinners, spirited cocktails and an especially anxious wedding, his friends explain the pros and cons of marriage (and divorce). Robert is forced to examine his adamant retention of bachelorhood during these hilarious arrays of social interactions.
Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book, “Company” features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim’s best known songs: “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” “Ladies Who Lunch,” “Side by Side by Side,” “Not Getting Married Today” and “Being Alive.”
A solo musical tour-de-force, “Hi-Hat Hattie” takes place backstage of an old theater where Hattie McDaniel recalls the incredible events of her storied show business life. Raised in Denver and a graduate of Denver East High School, the show details her journey from childhood, through her pain as a stunned widow, to becoming the graceful artist that never buckled under the restraints of appearance, gender or race. “Hi-Hat Hattie” is the funny and thought-provoking musical biography of a talented female artist, who would become the first black woman to win an Oscar for her iconic role as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind.”
Features jazz and blues renditions of classics like “St. Louis Blues,” “Danny Boy,” “Can’t Help Lovin Dat Man,” “Amazing Grace” and more.
Jan. 19 – Feb. 10
Text by John Cameron Mitchell
Music/Lyrics by Stephen Trask
Winner of four Tony Awards, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” follows a fictional band, The Angry Inch, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender East German singer/songwriter. The story unfolds as the glam-rocker and her band tour the country following former lover and superstar, Tommy Gnosis, who has achieved great success by stealing and performing Hedwig’s songs. Resentful and alone, Hedwig shares her emotional story of growing up as a boy in East Berlin, her botched sex-change operation and her incredible life journey to the United States in search of her other half. With a high-energy pop/rock score, the show is part concert, part story and part drag performance.
Set in a tiny sewing factory in East Los Angeles, “Real Women Have Curves” is marked by the issues of family values, gender politics and the Latina immigrant experience. The play is told from the point of view of Ana, the youngest employee at the factory. Ambitious and bright, Ana yearns to go to college but doesn’t have the money. The action of the play occurs over the course of five hot summer days at the factory, as the women talk about their lives, fears and deepest desires while attempting to meet impossible production deadlines.
April 13 – May 13
Book/Lyrics by Stew
Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald
Tony Award-winning “Passing Strange” is a moving, fast-paced rock musical about a young boy’s journey of self-discovery through Europe. From a comfortable middle class Baptist upbringing, the young protagonist rejects the comforts of home and travels on a picaresque journey through Amsterdam and Berlin to find “the real”. Complicated by his need to rebel against his mother and society, he finds himself “passing” through place to place and from lover to lover, only to find out that “the real” that he’d been searching for would come at great cost.
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