Centre Stage 2018-2019 Season
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Centre Stage announces its 2018-2019 season. The 13 show lineup features a variety of musicals, dramas, comedies, variety shows, and the annual hit rock show. The season will also consist of the Fringe Series which will include 5 gripping pieces surrounding mental health, healthcare access, substance abuse, and socioeconomics. These shows occur on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during the runs of the Mainstage performances. This year, Centre Stage has chosen 13 knock-out shows based on what our audiences want to see. Surveys were sent to Centre Stage patrons asking their opinions, and let us be the first to say they have fantastic taste!
September 13-29, 2018
Based on the show business aspirations and successes of acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown and many more, this Tony Award Winning Musical tells the story of three young singers plunged into the marvelous and merciless world of the music industry. Featuring hit songs like “I Am Changing” and “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”, Dreamgirls is a big, booming musical about breaking down the barriers of race and the power of music.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
November 1-17, 2018
See characters made famous by Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Lloyd come to life onstage in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Set in a mental institution, this mind bending story revolves around an inmate shaking up the tyrannical program run by Nurse Ratched and ultimately banding together with a group of misfits to stir the pot. Offering a look inside the human mind, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest explores the intricacies of human behavior and the dangers of rebelling.
LAUGHING ALL THE WAY: An Original Variety Show
December 6-22, 2018
Saturday Night Live meets Lawrence Welk meets The Carol Burnette Show, Laughing All The Way is the ultimate feel- good Christmas variety show. Filled with hilarious Christmas sketches, timeless classic Christmas tunes, dazzling Holiday dance numbers, and celebrated sacred songs, Centre Stage’s Christmas event will put you right in the Holiday spirit and is good for the whole family. If you loved our Christmas Cabaret, then Laughing All The Way is just the show for you!
January 17-February 9, 2019
What better way to kick off the new year than with Centre Stage’s Annual Hit Rock Show?! Shaboom-Shaboom will feature the songs you know and love from the golden age of the 50’s and 60’s. This show will transport you back to a time where the pompadours were high, beehives were higher, and The Twist was all the rage. Featuring hits like “My Boyfriend’s Back”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, and “You Can’t Hurry Love”, Shaboom Shaboom is an evening of pure musical magic.
Press Kit: Season Announcement
INTO THE WOODS
March 14-April 6, 2019
As the result of the curse of a once-beautiful witch, a baker and his wife are childless. Three days before the rise of a blue moon, they venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell and restore the witch’s beauty: a milk-white cow, hair as yellow as corn, a blood-red cape, and a slipper of gold. During their journey, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill a wish. Winner of three Tony Awards, this Broadway blockbuster is a classic beloved musical featuring your favorite fairytale characters, this time with a twist!
May 9-25, 2019
Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. The playwright gives us a window into the inner workings of theater behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and of course—flying sardines!
DRIVING MISS DAISY
June 13-30, 2019
Daisy Werthan, an elderly Jewish widow living in the South, is determined to maintain her independence. But when she crashes her car, her son, Boolie arranges for her to have a chauffeur, an African-American driver named Hoke Colburn. Set during the heat of the Civil Rights Movement, this Pulitzer Prize Winning play explores Daisy and Hoke’s friendship over the years, one that transcends racial prejudices and social conventions.
July 25-August 17, 2019
What happens when you blend traditional honky tonk Country music with old school Rock and Roll? You get a rockabilly show that will blow the roof off the house! Featuring the music of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash, and more, come join in the knee slappin’, toe tappin’ party of the Summer!
November 6, 7, 13, 14. 2018
Max and Whitney are two schizophrenic patients participating in a clinical trial—a treatment that will potentially cure them of their schizophrenic dreams and imaginary worlds. Amidst their journey toward becoming functioning members of society, they go on fantastical adventures together and soon find themselves falling in love. However, as the pills begin to take effect, their fantasies fade, and Max and Whitney must choose between reality and the isolated worlds that they have built in their minds.
January 22, 23, 29, 30, February 5,6, 2019
In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, it is ultimately up to the audience to determine guilt or innocence, or whether or not such rulings are even possible, given sketchy bits of evidence. One thing seems certain, Father Flynn is concealing something. But who isn’t?
Press Kit: Season Announcement
March 26, 27, April 2, 3, 2019
Winner of the 2017 New Play Festival
Desperate, hopeless, and alone after his wife Susan passes away having abused drugs and alcohol for years, 53-year- old Johnny finds himself questioning the purpose of life. While pointing a gun to his head, he is thrown back in time to the year 1980, when times were simpler and he could hide away in his treehouse and quote Shakespeare with his friends. His two high school buddies, Ben and Oliver, and his mother, Mrs. Ross, marvel in 17-year-old Johnny’s mature knowledge of the world, love, and Scotch. All the while the ghost of his deceased and troubled wife lingers nearby. As his younger self, Johnny seeks answers, hoping to mend his relationship with his mother, reconnect with an old friend, and find resolve for his current crisis.
TIGERS BE STILL
May 14, 15, 21, 22, 2019
Sherry Wickman, a young woman expects the perfect career and life to fall into place immediately upon earning her master’s degree in art therapy. Instead, Sherry finds herself unemployed, overwhelmed and back at home hiding out in her twin-sized childhood bed. But when Sherry gets hired as a substitute art teacher, things begin to brighten up. Now if only her mother would come downstairs, her sister would put down the Jack Daniel’s and get off the couch, her very first therapy patient would do just one of his take-home assignments, her new boss would leave his gun at home, and someone would catch the tiger that escaped from the local zoo, everything would be just perfect. As she attempts to take control of the chaos around her, Sherry discovers that although bad things happen in life, how we respond to and deal with them determines our ability to keep moving forward.
June 18, 19, 25, 26, 2019
Margaret is a low-income, middle-aged, single parent struggling to make ends meet. She faces certain eviction, a cycle of unemployment, and the overwhelming financial and emotional burden of caring for her mentally handicapped daughter. When a childhood friend, now a successful doctor, moves back into town, he could be the key to turning her luck around. But old secrets makes her struggle to approach him. Addressing daily struggles for many in this country, Good People explores the trials of socioeconomics and swallowing your pride.