PAST PRODUCTIONS

Heathers: The Musical

 

April 2020

 

Book, Music and Lyrics By Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy 

Directed by Michael Stromberg | Music Directed by James Woods

Heathers The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass...but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.

Six

 
November 2020 
By Timothy Mason 
Directed by Cecilia Bracey

Six undergraduates spend a summer in an isolated wilderness, studying the surrounding ecosystem under the tutelage of two graduate teaching assistants. As they learn of the five global mass extinctions that life on Earth has suffered in its history, and the sixth that may be upon us, they get to know each other and themselves. Unrequited love is in the air along with the mosquitoes. Requited love comes with its own perils. Is one of the students an imposter, a so-called eco-terrorist? Is he a hero or a con man?

Happy Birthday Stephen: A Virtual Sondheim Cabaret

 
November 2020 

Music by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Sophie Williams | Music Directed by James Woods 

With 90 years of timeless music and melodies,  there’s no better time to celebrate the one and only Stephen Sondheim. This cabaret encapsulates Sondheim’s career as a composer and lyricist from Broadway to the big screen. Celebrate with him being alive with us!

March 2020

 

 

By Alan Menken and Howard Ashman

Directed by Michael Sullin

Don’t feed the plants! Enter a world of 1960s music, sadistic dentists, and plants with very particular appetites. One of the longest running Off-Broadway shows, this charmingly devious production will definitely feed your need for musical chaos and hilarity.

January 2020

 

Directed by Sophie Williams and Brandon Horwin

With a stage musical and not one, but TWO, movies, it’s safe to say “Mamma Mia!,” is filled with enchanting, energetic, and unforgettable music. This production aims to unify students from all walks of life to come together to jam out to ABBA songs, because who doesn’t love a little ABBA in their life?

November 2019

 

Written by Rick Elice

Directed by Joseph McAlonan

With a novel, several movies, and a stage musical, the character of Peter Pan has become well-known and beloved by many. This play with music provides the backstory for the “boy who would never grow up”, his friends, and the world they live in. Loaded with pirates, Monty Python-esque comedy, and a whole lot of heart, this show is certain to stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre.

October 2019

 

 

Written by Alan Haehnel

Directed by Cecilia Bracey

Based on responses from actual students around the country, playwright Alan Haehnel explores the intimacy and vulnerability of sharing one’s private thoughts. With additional monologues written by Catholic University students, this show will leave you asking the question: what do I want to say?

May 2019

Directed By Rebecca Malachowski 

"Ya Like Jazz? is a cabaret celebrating the genre and becoming of jazz in the performing arts across the years. Songs included "It Don't Mean a Thing" and "Lullaby of Broadway". The large cast consisted of triple threats: singers, dancers, and jazz enthusiasts. The cabaret features a selection of jazz standards, musical theatre jazz styles ranging between a ballad solo and a swinging dance trio, and lots of jazz hands."

April 2019

Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice

Directed by Gabriel Brown 

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.

For the Students, By the Students: A Night of New Musical Theatre

February 2018

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. 

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?

December 2018

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.

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

September 2018

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.

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?

February 2017

 

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.

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

Side Show

Fall 2014

Parade

Spring 2014

Company

Fall 2013

Lend Me a Tenor

Spring 2013

Assassins

Fall 2012

Bat Boy

Spring 2012

Elegies: A Song Cycle

Fall 2011

The Fantasticks

Spring 2011

Dreams Do Come True:  A Disney Revue

Fall 2010

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Spring 2010

Urinetown

Fall 2009

Looking Up

Fall 2008

Little Shop of Horrors

Spring 2008

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Fall 2007

Children of Eden

Spring 2007

CenterStage Sings Disney

Fall 2006

And Then There Were None

Spring 2006

Honk!

Fall 2005

Lucky Stiff

Spring 2005

Godspell

Fall 2001

Grease

Fall 2000