PAST PRODUCTIONS

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Hair: A 50th Anniversary Concert

May 4th at 8pm

Music by Galt McDermot

Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado

Directed by Rebecca Malachowski

This concert will honor the first rock musical to hit the Great White Way -- Hair celebrates the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. To an infectiously energetic rock beat, the show wows audiences with songs like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Hair,” “I Got Life,” and “Let The Sun Shine.” Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace, Hair remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

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April 12th at 7:30pm, 13th at 10pm and 14th at 2pm

Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice

Directed by Gabriel Brown | Music Directed by James Woods

The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

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For the Students, By the Students:

A Night of New Musical Theatre

February 9th at 7:30pm

CenterStage presents selections from two new musicals by current students and graduates.

Our Man Harry

Music by Rebecca Nisco | Book & Lyrics by Lindsay Adams

Determined to find her husband who is serving as a medic during the Civil War, Harriet disguises herself as a man and enlists. Her journey takes her into unfamiliar territory, teaching her about sacrifice, family, and how little she knows about her own country. 

Where the City Sings

Music by Evan Brende | Book & Lyrics by Nicholas Rao

Little awning, little sign – little everything but the line of cranky, cupcake-craving tourists. It’s just another day for the famous Magnolia Bakery, in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Until a sudden fire alarm forces the store to evacuate, disbanding the hungry crowd. More determined than the rest, a small party of 4 strangers (a middle-aged couple from the midwest, a cynical local girl, and an ambitious young YouTuber) decide to stick it out across the street, in Abingdon Square, and wait for the store to reopen. They are joined by an intoxicated beggar, who – at the YouTuber’s behest – sings his life story to a camera phone. Hypnotized by the display of musical frankness, the others follow suit, all revealing deeper motives that have drawn them to Magnolia Bakery. Matters are complicated by the sudden arrival of the NYPD (New York Police Department), the philosophical musings of an inquisitive hot dog vendor, and the arrival of one more mysterious stranger. Could these events and characters all be connected? And what draws them to Magnolia? And will the crowd ever get their cupcakes?

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December 8th at 2pm & 8pm and 9th at 2pm

Written by David Auburn

Directed by Carson Collins

Catherine has inherited her father’s mathematical brilliance, but she is haunted by the fear that she might also share his debilitating mental illness. She has spent years caring for her father with him gone she feels left alone to pick up the pieces of her life without him. Caught between a new-found connection with Hal, one of her father’s former students, and the reappearance of her sister, Claire, Catherine finds both her world and her mind growing increasingly unstable. Then Hal discovers a groundbreaking proof among her father's notebooks. Catherine is forced to further question how much of her father’s genius or madness will she inherit. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, David Auburn’s Proof is a passionate, intelligent story about fathers and daughters, the nature of genius, and the power of love.

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Born This Way: Pop Music from Iconic Women of the 21st Century

September 1st at 10pm

Directed by Christina McCann | Music Directed by Rebecca Nisco

Through the pop music of greats such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, and more, this amazing cast of ladies showcases the strength and resilience of women. This year has been monumental for the women’s rights movement with #MeToo, Time’s Up, and the second annual Women’s March. What better way to capture and celebrate these victories than through listening to the pop music of some of the most influential women artists of our time? CenterStage will collect donations for the Me Too Movement at this event.

 

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March 2018

 

When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?

 

A love story about the impossibility of love, Reasons To Be Pretty introduces us to Greg, who really, truly adores his girlfriend, Steph. Unfortunately, he also thinks she has a few physical imperfections, and when he casually mentions them, all hell breaks loose. A hopelessly romantic drama about the hopelessness of romance.

February 2017

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

 

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. 

November 2017
                           

Children of Eden

March 2017

Based on the story of Genesis (specifically Creation and the ark of Noah), the age-old conflict of generations of parents and children takes the stage in this epic, heartfelt Stephen Schwartz musical.

Pink Mist: An Educational Exercise 

November 2016

Pink Mist tells the story of three young Bristol men deployed to Afghanistan. Returning to the women in their lives who must now share the physical and psychological aftershocks of their service, Arthur, Hads and Taff find their journey home is their greatest battle.

Urinetown

April 2016

In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac companyIf the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown!"
 

The Laramie Project

October 2015

The Laramie Project is a poignant play about the reactions to the 1998 hate crime murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The play draws on hundreds of interviews, journal entries, and published news reports about the event.

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Spring 2015

[title of show] is a one-act musical, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell. The show chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief (three-week) creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show's production.

First Light

Fall 2014

Written by Gretchen Midgley and John Tafone. First Light was a highly costumed, staged, memorized workshop-style presentation of this new musical.

Side Show

Fall 2014

Side Show is a musical by Bill Russell (book and lyrics) and Henry Krieger (music) based on the lives of Daisy and Violet Hiltonconjoined twins who became famous stage performers in the 1930s.

Parade

Spring 2014

Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, the stirring Tony Award-winning Parade explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds. With a book by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and a rousing, colorful and haunting score by Jason Robert Brown (Songs For a New World, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County), Parade is a moving examination of the darkest corners of America's history.

Company

Fall 2013

From musical theatre's most renowned composer, Company is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book.

Lend Me a Tenor

Spring 2013

Lend Me a Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world-famous Tito Morelli, known as Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. 

Assassins

Fall 2012

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America's four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.

Bat Boy

Spring 2012

Bat Boy: The Musical is an American rock musical with a book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming and music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, based on a June 23, 1992 Weekly World News story about a half-boy, half-bat, dubbed "Bat Boy", who grew up living in a cave.

Elegies: A Song Cycle

Fall 2011

This intimate and moving remembrance of departed friends is by the Tony award-winning composer of Falsettos and A New Brain.

The Fantasticks

Spring 2011

"Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

Dreams Do Come True:  A Disney Revue

Fall 2010

Dreams Do Come True featured elections from the classic Disney animated movies and toured local children's' hospitals and libraries.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Spring 2010

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. 

Urinetown

Fall 2009

In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac companyIf the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown!"

Godspell

Spring 2009

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."

Looking Up

Fall 2008

A song cycle story about life, life lost, and how to cherish what's to come. Developed by CenterStage.

Little Shop of Horrors

Spring 2008

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Fall 2007

An average day in the life of Charlie Brown... It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening.

Children of Eden

Spring 2007

Based on the story of Genesis (specifically Creation and the ark of Noah), the age-old conflict of generations of parents and children takes the stage in this epic, heartfelt Stephen Schwartz musical.

CenterStage Sings Disney

Fall 2006

And Then There Were None

Spring 2006

A dark thriller in three acts. One of Agatha Christie’s darkest tales and a masterpiece of dramatic construction, its growing sense of dread and unfaltering tension will keep you guessing to the very end. 

Honk!

Fall 2005

Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother's protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out that being different is not a bad thing to be.

Lucky Stiff

Spring 2005

Based on the novel, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, Lucky Stiff is an offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn... or else his uncle's gun-toting ex!

Godspell

Fall 2001

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."

Grease

Fall 2000

Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world's most popular musicals.

Hair

Spring 1999

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Radoand music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s, several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement. The musical's profanity, its depiction of the use of illegal drugs, its treatment of sexuality, its irreverence for the American flag, and its nude scene caused much comment and controversy. The musical broke new ground in musical theatre by defining the genre of "rock musical", using a racially integrated cast, and inviting the audience onstage for a "Be-In" finale.

Cabaret

Spring 1998

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the CABARET. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, CABARET explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.”

Little Shop of Horrors

Winter 1997

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

Chess

Spring 1997

Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of the pop group ABBA, lyrics by Tim Rice, and a book by Richard Nelson based on an idea by Rice. The story involves a politically driven, Cold War–era chess tournamentbetween two men—an American grandmaster and a Soviet grandmaster—and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any real individuals, the character of the American grandmaster (named Freddie Trumper in the stage version) was loosely based on Bobby Fischer, while elements of the story may have been inspired by the chess careers of Russian grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov.

And The World Goes 'Round

Fall 1996

And the World Goes 'Round is a musical revue showcasing the songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The revue takes its title from a tune the songwriting team wrote for Liza Minnelli to sing in the film New York, New York.

Big River

Spring 1996

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a musical with a book by William Hauptman and music and lyrics by Roger Miller.

Based on Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it features music in the bluegrass and country styles in keeping with the setting of the novel. 

Godspell

Winter 1996

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."

It's A Long Way From Oklahoma Lost Songs Revue

Fall 1995

A revue of songs forgotten in the musical theatre canon for the fall 1995 Parents' Weekend

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