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.
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?
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.
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?
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."
The Addams Family: A New Musical
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
Children of Eden
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
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.
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
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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[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.