OUR 91ST SEASON
February 16-18 & 22-25, 2024
A Musical on the Main Stage
Suggested audience is 13 and over for mature themes and language.
Book by CHRIS D’ARIENZO
Arrangements by ETHAN POPP
It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip – and themselves – before it’s too late? Only the music of the hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and more hold the answer!
April 19-21 & 25-28, 2024
A Comedy on the Main Stage
by HENRY LEWIS, JONATHAN SAYER & HENRY SHIELDS
Welcome to opening night of the Cornley University Drama Society’s newest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. This 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a show—an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, this Olivier Award–winning comedy is a global phenomenon that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!
May 31, June 1-2 & 6-9, 2024
A Play in the Grumbacher Studio
by REGGIE BARTON
Steel Magnolias meets Caitlyn Jenner: What will Frances, Mary Todd and Janie, intelligent, sociable ladies, do when Sally, the urbane, charming new fourth in their bridge club, discloses she is transgendered? The revelation prods Frances to address painful memories of another episode in her life. Mary Todd, wrestling with personal moral issues, is challenged by her specially abled son J-Pat, who has befriended Sally on his own. Janie’s wisdom and wry wit, fuel her ability to put it all in perspective. The bridge club survives, minus one member. At the end, the three remaining members search for a fourth- again. And J-Pat provides a simple statement of a large lesson learned from all that has transpired.
June 14-16 & 20-23, 2024
A Musical on the Main Stage
Music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot
CATS is set amongst a larger-than-life junkyard playground and is alive with purr-fect felines including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Skimbleshanks and Grizabella.
August 2-4 & 8-11, 2024
A Musical in the Grumbacher Studio
Conceived by REBECCA FELDMAN
Additional Material by JAY REISS
Music and Lyrics by WILLIAM FINN
Book by RACHEL SHEINKIN
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor.
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves a champion! At least the losers get a juice box.