After a tough pandemic 12 months, the curtain is rising once more on a brand new season of theater in Southwest Florida.
There’s rather a lot to be enthusiastic about for theater lovers, together with the hair-metal musical “Rock of Ages” and the primary native manufacturing of “Within the Heights” (Broadway Palm); the “Sundown Boulevard” parody “Sundown Schmoulevard” and the naughty puppets of “Avenue Q” (Lab Theater); and the Mel Brooks comedy “Younger Frankenstein” and Go-Go’s musical “Head Over Heels” (New Phoenix).
Florida Rep’s uplifting new season: ‘West Side Story,’ Buddy Holly, a ghost story and more
Gulfshore Playhouse proclaims season: August Wilson’s ‘Radio Golf,’ ’39 Steps’ parody, etc.
Right here’s a better have a look at what’s developing in any respect three Fort Myers theaters.
Different Lee County theaters are anticipated to announce their seasons later this 12 months, together with the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, Cultural Park Theater in Cape Coral and Gamers Circle Theater in North Fort Myers.
“A Night time on Broadway” (September 9-October 2, 2021): This all-new musical revue options songs from Broadway favorites “forty second Road,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Depraved” and extra.
“Social Safety” (September 23-November 6, 2021 within the Off Broadway Palm, the theater’s smaller, black-box house): A comedy about household duties, elder care and romance. The story focuses on a well-to-do married couple incomes their residing as artwork sellers within the huge metropolis. Their idyllic lives flip the other way up after they out of the blue turn out to be caregivers for the spouse’s feisty aged mom.
“The Sound of Music” (October 7-November 20, 2021): Broadway Palm needed to canceled its manufacturing of the beloved musical final summer season in the course of the top of the pandemic. Now the Rodgers & Hammerstein present returns to inform the story of the singing von Trapp household.
“No Claus for Alarm” (November 11-December 25, 2021 within the Off Broadway Palm): On this British Christmas farce, two legal professionals by chance carry on the top of the Russian Mafia as a shopper. Quickly they’re attempting to maintain their girlfriends, a bossy barrister and a clueless receptionist from discovering out.
“Holly Jolly Christmas” (November 25-December 25, 2021): A vacation song-and-dance extravaganza filled with favourite songs reminiscent of “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night time” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To City.”
“Singin’ Within the Rain” (December 31, 2021-February 12, 2022): The stage musical tailored from the classic 1952 movie starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. The lighthearted romantic comedy is about in Twenties Hollywood as three stars get caught up within the rise of “talkies” — films with dialogue and different recorded sound.
“Over the River and By way of the Woods” (January 13-March 5, 2022 within the Off Broadway Palm): Joe DiPietro’s comedy exhibits what occurs when a single Italian-American man has to inform his doting grandparents he’s transferring far-off.
Present to be introduced (February 18-April 2, 2022): Broadway Palm will announce this present later.
“Higher Tuna” (March 10-April 30, 2022 within the Off Broadway Palm): Two quick-changing actors play 20 quirky characters on this satire set within the fictional south Texas city of Tuna.
“Within the Heights” (April 8-Could 14, 2022):Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning Greatest Musical follows the largely Latino residents of a Washington Heights neighborhood. It is filled with the sounds of hip-hop, salsa, merengue and extra. The musical was was a brand new film taking part in this month in film theaters and streaming on HBO Max. That is the primary domestically primarily based manufacturing of the stage musical in Southwest Florida.
“Rock of Ages” (Could 20-June 25, 2022): Relive the glam-metal ’80s on this jukebox musical filled with hits reminiscent of “Sister Christian,” “I Wanna Rock,” “Heaven,” “Cum on Really feel the Noize” and “The Last Countdown.” It tells the story of a small-town lady who falls in love with a Los Angeles rocker in a Sunset Strip nightclub.
“The Wizard of Oz” (July 1-August 13, 2022): Observe the yellow brick street as America’s most beloved film involves life on stage with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, Toto and extra.
— Single tickets vary from $45-$75. Season tickets are additionally accessible. Broadway Palm dinner theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. For extra data, name 278-4422 or go to broadwaypalm.com.
“Sundown Schmoulevard” (June 11-July 3, 2021): Norma Desmond returns on this parody of movie basic “Sundown Boulevard.” The world premiere comedy was tailored and directed by creative director Annette Trossbach. It’s finished in the identical campy model as earlier Lab Theater hits “Child Jane: A Parody of the Horror” and “Hush Up Candy Charlotte.” The present options grownup language and raunchy humor. “Sundown Schmoulevard” and the July present “Failure” are a part of Lab’s not too long ago introduced summer season season and never its full 2021-22 season.
“Failure: A Love Story” (July 29-August 8, 2021): The musical fable follows the three Fail sisters — all of whom shall be useless inside a 12 months, expiring in reverse order from youngest to oldest. A Southwest Florida premiere.
“The Colour Purple” (September 3-October 2, 2021): Musical primarily based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about an African-American lady’s journey to independence within the early twentieth century. The novel was later tailored right into a 1985 film starring Oprah Winfrey. Mature themes. A Southwest Florida premiere.
24-Hour Screenwriting Undertaking (October 9, 2021): The annual 24-Hour Playwriting Undertaking will get a brand new twist. As an alternative of writing quick performs, the artistic groups will make 10-minute films. Screenwriters shall be assigned a theme, a director, a videographer and actors. Then they need to create a brief movie in simply 24 hours and current it to a dwell viewers and a panel of judges.
“White Rabbit Pink Rabbit” (October 14-23, 2021): Iranian author Nassim Soleimanpour’s acclaimed theatrical experiment will get off to an uncommon begin: No rehearsal, no director and a distinct actor each evening. The script is in a sealed envelope, and the actor doesn’t even learn it till taking the stage. The rotating Lab Theater solid consists of a mixture of native actors and celebrities, together with Eric Raddatz of the Fort Myers Movie Competition, columnist Stephanie Davis and former Information-Press journalist Melanie Payne. A Southwest Florida premiere.
“The Tempest” (November 5-20, 2021): Shakespeare’s basic story of magic, betrayal, jealousy, an exiled sorcerer and a shipwreck on a distant island.
“The Full Historical past of America (Abridged)” (December 3-19, 2021): This wacky comedy presents 600 years of U.S. historical past in simply 6,000 irreverent, manic seconds (or 90 minutes). A Southwest Florida premiere.
“Killer Joe” (January 14-February 5, 2022): On this 1993 darkish comedy, a dysfunctional Texas household hires a hitman to kill the matriarch for her insurance coverage cash. Written by Tracy Letts, creator of “August: Osage County.” A Southwest Florida premiere.
“Avenue Q” (February 25-March 27, 2022): Puppets behave badly on this Tony Award-winning hit musical impressed by Sesame Road, however undoubtedly not secure for teenagers. A Southwest Florida premiere.
“Les Liaisons Dangereuses” (April 15-Could 7, 2022): The 1985 play was later was the hit 1988 film “Dangerous Liaisons,” starring Glenn Shut, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer. Set amongst aristocrats earlier than the French Revolution, the depraved romantic drama entails seduction, morals, manipulation and utilizing intercourse as each a recreation and a weapon.
— Single tickets are $30-$37. Subscription packages are additionally accessible. The Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Ave., downtown Fort Myers. For extra data, name 218-0481 or go to laboratorytheaterflorida.com.
NEW PHOENIX THEATRE
“Mel Brooks’ Younger Frankenstein” (September 30-October 24, 2021): Hit musical primarily based on Brooks’ 1974 parody film of basic Frankenstein movies. Within the musical, the grandson of notorious mad scientist Victor Frankenstein (pronounced “FRONK-en-steen”) returns to Transylvania and shortly finds himself following in his grandfather’s footsteps.
“I Hate Hamlet” (November 4-21, 2021): On this play, a preferred TV actor struggles over whether or not he ought to take the dream position of Hamlet. The large downside: He hates the play.
“Quartet” (January 6-23, 2022): Three aged opera singers at a house for retired musicians discover their peace destroyed when an previous good friend arrives.
“Pageant: The Musical” (February 10-27, 2022): Six contestants compete for the title of “Miss Glamouresse” on this musical comedy described as “’Miss America’ meets ‘Kinky Boots.'” Judges chosen from the viewers get to choose the winner.
“The Story of the Allergist’s Spouse” (March 10-27, 2022): Charles Busch’s 2000 comedy concerning the middle-aged spouse of an Higher West Facet physician and her mid-life disaster of epic proportions. Then a mysterious childhood good friend arrives and shakes issues up.
“Head Over Heels: A New Musical” (April 7-Could 1, 2022): A jukebox musical filled with hits from ’80s rock icons The Go-Gos, together with “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Trip” and singer Belinda Carlisle’s personal “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.” The story follows the escapades of a royal household on a journey to save lots of their kingdom.
— Tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 15. Single tickets are $25. Season tickets are $125 for six tickets. New Phoenix Theatre, 13211 McGregor Blvd., Items 1 and a pair of, south Fort Myers. For extra data, name 284-5214 or go to newphoenixtheatrefortmyers.org.
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