Here’s a fresh musical about the King of Musicals, Cole Porter. Green and Strachan have cleverly put together most of Cole’s hit tunes with a narration which tells the story of his life, from Yale to Paris to Manhattan to Broadway to Hollywood– and, ultimately, back once again to Broadway.
Includes such Porter standards as “I Love Paris,” “Take Me Back to Manhattan,” “Love for Sale,” “Night and Day,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.” A London success, this delightful new show may be done very simply on an almost bare stage.
Book, music, and lyrics by Ian Taylor. With music by Sir Arthur Sullivan.
This delightful small-scale musical tells the story of the famous Gilbert and Sullivan partnership filled with the incredible successes and the divisions that would threaten their collaboration. We see the highs: their meeting, the association with impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte, the mounting achieve-ments in comic opera, but we also see the problems: the divergencies of temperament and conflicting ambitions, Gilbert’s obsession with his “lozenge” story and the trouble it caused, Sullivan’s lavish social life and its disruptive consequences, his ill health, and the famous tragi-comic quarrel over a new carpet for the theatre. All of these episodes and more are covered as musical excerpts from their well-known operas are threaded into this story.
A Musical by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein
“The greatest musical of all time.” – Newsweek
Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera is one of the best-loved pieces of musical theatre from the 20th century. Set in the seedy underbelly of Victorian London, the show brings us into a world of starving beggars, conniving hookers, and ruthless criminals and tells the wry love story of Polly Peachum and “Mack the Knife.”
A Musical Farce by Eugene Labiche and Marc-Michel translated by Lynn and Theodore Hoffmann
“Sight gags, clever word play, screwball comedy … and all embellished with song and dance!”
In this renowned comedy with songs in the French 19th century farcical vaudeville tradition, the hero, M. Fadinard, is about to get married when an attractive lady and her irate lover pop up. They announce that his horse has compromised her by eating her rare Italian straw showFive and that they will not leave the bridal chamber until Fadinard has produced an identical one. The mayhem that ensues – mistaken identities, characters hiding behind closed doors, and all the other devices of French farce – create an evening of unparalleled hilarity. And all embellished with song and dance!
A Musical with music by Frederick Loewe,
book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
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The entire community of Camelot awaits the arrival of Guenevere, King Arthur of England’s future Queen. Away from the crowds, the two accidentally meet in the forest and are instantly charmed with each other. Five years pass, and the King has instituted the Round Table, a new concept of chivalry whose advocates will be charged with improving rather than destroying.
From France arrives Lanceleot, the most extraordinary mortal, the perfect and invincible knight. The plot twists and turns with wonderful song as we encounter such legendary characters as Merlyn, Pellinoire, Morgan Le Fey, and Mordred, and witness the joy and pain of youth and love. We are left believing that right and honour and justice can prevail, not only in mystical Camelot, but in the hearts of us all!