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2018 MTSeason

 

February 2018

 
 
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Book by
IVAN MENCHELL
 
Lyrics by
DON BLACK
 
 
Music by
FRANK WILDHORN

Directed by
BRANDON PRICE McDANIEL

Music Directors
TBD

Choreographers
ANNMARIE SHEAHAN

Stage Manager
TBD
 
About the Show

At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America's most renowned folk heroes and Texas law enforcement's worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless and alluring, the Tony-nominated Bonnie & Clyde, from the legendary Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Civil War, Dracula) is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country.

When Bonnie and Clyde meet, their mutual cravings for excitement and fame immediately set them on a mission to chase their dreams. Their bold and reckless behavior turns the young lovers' thrilling adventure into a downward spiral, putting themselves and their loved ones in trouble with the law. Forced to stay on the run, the lovers resort to robbery and murder to survive. As the infamous duo's fame grows bigger, their inevitable end draws nearer.

Bonnie & Clyde is a thrilling and sexy musical with a non-traditional score, combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music. It is a wonderful option for featuring large ensemble casts and an opportunity to showcase your strong contemporary singers and actors.

February 2 – February 25, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays: 7:30 PM, Sundays: 2:00 PM
at the MTS Center for Theatre

Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com
 
 

April 2018

 
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Lyrics by
TIM RICE
 
Music by
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
 
Directed by
TBD

Music Director
TBD

Choreographer
TBD

Stage Manager
TBD
 
About the Show

The irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, sha la la Joseph you’re doing fine! You and your dreamcoat ahead of your time! One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.

Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.

The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

April 6-29, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays: 7:30 PM, Sundays: 2:00 PM
at the MTS Center for Theatre
 
 

June 2018

 
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Music & Lyrics by
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA
 
Book by
QUIARA ALEGRIA HUDES
 
Conceived By
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA
Directed by
TBD

Music Director
TBD

Choreographer
TBD

Stage Manager
TBD
 
About the Show

IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. IN THE HEIGHTS is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.
June 8 - July 1, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays: 7:30 PM, Sundays: 2:00 PM
at the MTS Center for Theatre
 
 

August 2018

 
Conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden & Frank Wildhorn
 
Book by
ARTHUR KOPIT
 
Music & Lyrics by
MAURY YESTON
 
 
Adapted from the Italian by
MARIO FRATTI
Directed by
TBD
 
About the Show

This spectacular musical delighted Broadway theatergoers in a hit revival in 2003 starring Antonio Banderas. Nine is the story of a celebrated film director Guido Contini and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film as he is pursued by hordes of beautiful women, all clamoring to be loved by him and him alone. Flashbacks reveal the substance of his life which will become the material for his next film: a musical version of the Casanova story. Nine has also been adapted into a major motion picture from Rob Marshall, the acclaimed director of the 2002 film version of Chicago. Of the Broadway musical, Marshall said it is "a sumptuous and emotional work that translates naturally to the film musical genre because of its seamless relationship between fantasy and reality." Composer and lyricist Maury Yeston worked on the film adaptation and created three new songs for the movie musical, which was released in December, 2009. From Broadway to Film and back to live Theatre, you won't want to miss your opportunity to perform this exciting piece.

Winner! 1982 Tony® Award for Best Musical
Winner! 2003 Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Musical
August 3 - 26, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays: 7:30 PM, Sundays: 2:00 PM
at the African American Performing Arts Center
 
 

October 2018

 
 
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The Musical Theatre Southwest Production of Disney's NEWSIES
A Musical based on the Disney Film
 
Music by
ALAN MENKEN
 
Lyrics by
JACK FELDMAN
 
Book by
HARVEY FIERSTEIN
Based on the Disney film
written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White.
Originally produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions

Directed by
TBD
 
About the Show

Disney’s Newsies, based on the 1992 motion picture, features a score by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy). While on Broadway, Newsies received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award nods – and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged "newsies," who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.

Newsies is inspired by the real-life "Newsboy Strike of 1899," when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of Newsies addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment. High-energy with non-stop thrills, the stage version introduces eight brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Santa Fe.”
October 12 – 28, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays: 7:30 PM, Sundays: 2:00 PM
at the MTS Center for Theatre
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com
 
 

December 2018

 
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Book by
THOMAS MEEHAN & BOB MARTIN

Music by
MATTHEW SKLAR

Lyrics By
CHAD BEGUELIN

Based on the New Line Cinema film by David Berenbaum
Originally produced by
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures
in association with Unique Features

Directed by
TBD
 
About the Show

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.

A title known the world over, Elf The Musical is a must-produce holiday musical that can easily become an annual tradition for any theatre. Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Disney's Aladdin on Broadway, The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

This modern day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
December 12 - 31, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays: 7:30 PM, Sundays: 2:00 PM
at the African American Performing Arts Center
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com