Much Ado About Nothing
Boasting one of Shakespeare’s most delightful heroines, this imaginative, exuberant comedy contrasts two pairs of lovers in a witty and suspenseful battle of the sexes. A masquerade ball provides the setting for a case of mistaken identity, reminding us all of the failings and triumphs of the human condition in our never-ending search for perfect love.
In four one-act plays by Darren V. Michael, two regulars find themselves alone and seeking companionship one evening at the local honky-tonk; a participant in a one-night stand discovers one small detail his partner neglected to share; a recent widow learns to stand on her own again with the arrival of a Syrian immigrant seeking a room to rent; and an expectant father discusses every awful conversation he’s feared with his new daughter as she begins to age rapidly before his eyes. Featuring “Willie Nelson Ain’t Dead,” “Feathers,” “A Widow Safe and Secure” and “Imaginary Conversations with My Daughter.”
In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. Breaking his parole in hopes of starting a new life, he initiates a life-long struggle for redemption during which he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Epic, grand and uplifting, its powerful affirmation of the human spirit has made this popular masterpiece an international smash-hit.
A Woman Called Truth
Throughout her life, Sojourner Truth came upon injustice and fought it with uncommon clear-sightedness, courage and wit. Combining her actual words with authentic slave songs, spirituals and folk songs of the period, this one-act play chronicles the life of this remarkable woman from the day she is sold away from her family as a young girl, through her struggle to free herself and her son, to her emergence as a popular and respected figure advocating abolition and women’s rights.
Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas after being orphaned on the shores of West Africa, a young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters the jungle, Tarzan — now a man — encounters strangers like himself for the first time. Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ story and the hit Disney film, this action-packed musical features the songs of pop icon Phil Collins, including the Grammy and Oscar-winning “You’ll Be in My Heart.”
Little Shop of Horrors
A down-and-out Skid Row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies never fails to entertain.
Dust off your leather jacket, pull on your bobby-socks and hand-jive the night away with Rydell High’s senior class of 1959! Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and girl-next-door 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,” “You’re The One That I Want” and many more!