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The Spitfire Grill is an American musical with music and book by James Valcq and lyrics and book by Fred Alley, based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff. The Off-Broadway production by Playwrights Horizons began previews at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street on September 7, 2001 and concluded its scheduled run on October 14, 2001. It won the Richard Rodgers Production Award, administered by The American Academy of Arts and Letters. The musical depicts the journey of a young woman just released from prison who decides to start her life anew in a rural Wisconsin town. She precipitates a journey within the town itself toward its own tenuous reawakening.

The Fantasticks is a 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. It tells an allegorical story, concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud and erecting a wall between their houses. The fathers then hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, settling the supposed feud and securing their fathers' blessings (which the young lovers have really had all along). The show's original off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world's longest-running musical. It was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 1991.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups.

    The 2005 Broadway production, directed by James Lapine and produced by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company and Second Stage Theater, earned good reviews and box-office success and was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. The show has spawned various other productions in the U.S., including a national tour with performances in Canada, and Australian productions.

Holly's Follies is a compendium of 100 years of Musical history, from Vaudeville to Broadway hits in the 1950s conceived and directed by Holly Haas. Our narrator (Jeff Favorite) hilariously guides us through a dazzling array of tunes with a stellar band and a little help from the Marx Brothers.  This is our first annual revue with 22 actors, singers and dancers performing over 50 songs and scenes from Broadway Musicals.

 

 

 

 

 

Lucky Stiff was the first collaboration for the team of Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music). This murder mystery farce propels a mild-mannered English shoe clerk into a lunatic mix of murdered Atlantic City croupier, his near-sighted jilted mistress, her hen-pecked brother and several hundred (off-stage) dogs. Witherspoon will inherit six million dollars if he can successfully go on holiday with his uncle, the late departed croupier, in Monte Carlo for a week. If he doesn't pull it off, the money goes to the Universal Dogs Home of Brooklyn - and if there is one thing in life that Harry hates, it's dogs! With a tuneful score and a well-oiled plot, plus the ultimate happy ending, Lucky Stiff guarantees hilarity for one and all.

You're A Good Man Charlie Brown portrays a typical "day in the life" of Charlie Brown. From waking for school to contemplating a starlit night, Charlie and his companions struggle with the trials of everyday life as only children can. A Tuna Christmas is the second in a series of comedic plays (preceded by Greater Tuna and followed by Red, White and Tuna and Tuna Does Vegas), each set the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. The trilogy was written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. The plays are at once an affectionate comment on small-town, Southern life and attitudes but also a withering satire of same. The challenge with casting was finding actors who could and would switch gender roles. Jeff, Ken, Lynn E., David, Brandon, and Amber will surprise you with their multiple roles.
Holly's Follies 2: A Tribute to Gershwin is a collection of over 40 songs written by George and Ira Gershwin. Holly’s Follies: A Tribute to Broadway was so popular in 2011, conceived and directed by Holly Haas, she created this special tribute to the Gershwin brothers. Our narrator (Jeff Favorite) returned to guide us through a dazzling array of tunes with a stellar band and a little help from the Three Stooges. This revue was performed with 24 talented actors, singers and dancers in magnificent costumes, spectacular scenery, and breathtaking lighting effects at our beautiful new theater, the Toolshed. Salt and Pepper by New Mexico playwright, Robert F. Benjamin, is a celebration of aging with grace, courage and humor. This collection of seven intertwined, upbeat tales plays like a string of pearls. Quirky, engaging characters, mostly over age 60, struggle with relationships and situations known all too well to modern seniors confronting a culture rich in denial about aging. The opener deals with invisibility of old folks, and the following six brief plays explore rekindled romance, giving and receiving gifts, a first date, forgiveness, longing, healing and more. Two directors gathered a cast of eleven to proudly present this world premiere to full audiences. 2006 Tony Award Winning Broadway Musical The Drowsy Chaperone book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. The show is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan; as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors.

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