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2018 - 2019 Theater Season

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“We're delighted to announce a 2018-2019 season of four sparkling musicals and two compelling plays, including a regional premiere. Through this mix of joyous, witty, and insightful stories, we will bring to our stages a group of strong, individualistic characters who find their way in the face of life's unexpected turns.”

- Benjamin McGovern
Producing Artistic Director

 

Tickets

Single Tickets
$46 / $43 - Adult
$41 / $38 - Senior (62+)
$15 - Next Generations (30 and under)

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July 21 - August 19, 2018 (now closed)

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LEGALLY BLONDE

“I see no end to what you'll achieve. That's only if you don't turn and run."

Don’t judge a blonde by her hair color. Whip-smart sorority sister Elle Woods blasts beyond expectations in this fast-paced, energetic musical based on the hit 2001 movie. After being left by her ambitious boyfriend, Warner, Southern California belle Elle decides to follow him all the way to Harvard Law School. Dead-set on the marriage proposal she thinks she wants, Elle stumbles upon something in Harvard’s halls she never thought she’d discover: her own potential. With a rollicking score that blends traditional musical theater with exuberant pop style, Legally Blonde is the most fun you’ll have in a theater all summer.  

Music and Lyrics by: Laurence O'Keefe & Nell Benjamin
Book by: Heather Hach
Based on the Novel by: Amanda Brown & the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion Picture
Director: Angela Timberman
Music Director: Anita Ruth 
Choreographer: Heidi Spesard-Noble


September 15 - October 7, 2018 (now closed)

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AWAKE AND SING!

“Wake up! Be Something! Make your life something good."

The Berger family is at home in the Bronx, unaware that everything is about to change... forever. In this classic drama by Clifford Odets, idealistic family patriarch Jacob wrestles with the staunch realism of his daughter, Bessie, whose economic anxiety fills every corner of the tiny apartment shared by three generations. But even the Great Depression can’t shake the youngest members of the Berger family, who are certain that a better tomorrow is just beyond the horizon. Awake and Sing! is a timely story of how far a family will go to ensure that every generation secures a brighter future. With its beautiful, distinctive language, this play reveals why Odets became an inspiration for writers like Arthur Miller, Neil Simon, and so many others who followed.  

Written by: Clifford Odets
Director: Benjamin McGovern


October 6 - November 4, 2018 (now closed)

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MARY POPPINS

“Anything can happen if you let it."

Beloved governess Mary Poppins will visit Artistry Theater this fall, delighting audience members of all ages. This classic, set in Edwardian London, tells the story of Jane and Michael Banks – two kids who wish for a “kinder, sweeter” nanny to rescue them from the revolving door of strict caretakers. When Mary Poppins descends (literally) on their home, Jane and Michael get what they wished for, and so much more. Featuring all the classic tunes, chimney sweeps, and spoons-full-of- sugar you know and love, Mary Poppins is equally perfect for a nostalgic date night for two and an all-family theater outing. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! 

A Musical Based on the Stories of: P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original Music and Lyrics by: Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
Book by: Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Lyrics by: George Styles & Anthony Drew
Director and Scenic Designer: Joel Sass
Music Director: Anita Ruth
Choreographer: Joe Chvala


January 26 - February 17, 2019 (now closed)

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SHE LOVES ME

“In spite of what I've written, she may not be very smitten, and my hopes, perhaps, may all collapse, kaput--tonight at eight."

When the witty, confident Amalia Balash charms her way into a job at the perfume shop where Georg Nowack works, he's less than pleased with the new competition. Little do they know, Georg and Amalia both have secret pen pals through the lonely hearts club...and the "Dear Friend" they've each been pouring their heart out to is really a workplace rival! An utterly charming love letter from the golden age of musical theater, She Loves Me features relatable characters, a playful story, and a lively, romantic score from the masterful Bock and Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof).

P.S. Dear Friend, does this story sound familiar? It’s based on the same Hungarian play that inspired the films The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail.

Music by: Jerry Bock
Lyrics by: Sheldon Harnick
Book by: Joe Masteroff
Based on the Play by: Miklos Laszlo
Director: Benjamin McGovern
Music Director: Anita Ruth


April 6 - May 5, 2019

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VICTOR / VICTORIA

“You and me, we're the kind of people other people would like to be."

Down-on-her-luck soprano Victoria Grant’s fortunes change overnight when she stops being a woman who sings and becomes a woman who pretends to be a man who pretends to be a woman who sings. This sparkling musical comedy, set in 1930s Paris, features songs from hit-maker Henry Mancini (“Moon River”) and a fresh, spectacular staging from Artistry favorite director/choreographer Michael Matthew Ferrell. Based on the acclaimed 1982 movie musical starring Julie Andrews, Victor/Victoria evokes the warmth of a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic and the contemporary flair of a brand-new musical.  

Music by: Henry Mancini
Lyrics by: Leslie Bruce
Book by: Blake Edwards
Additional Music by: Frank Wildhorn
Based on: the theatrical motion picture owned & distributed by Turner Entertainment Co.
Director & Choreographer: Michael Matthew Ferrell
Music Director: Anita Ruth


May 4 - May 26, 2019

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TINKER TO EVERS TO CHANCE

REGIONAL PREMIERE!

“My grandmother became a Cubs fan because of you, Mr. Evers. She said watching you play was like watching electricity."

It was 1908 when the Chicago Cubs last won the world series, a win owed to star players Tinker, Evers, and Chance. Despairing decades followed, but Nessa, a true Cubs fan, never gave up on her team. Now it's 2003, and it looks like the impossible may just become possible again. Nessa's daughter, Lauren, has traveled back to Chicago to take the ill Nessa to the (now-infamous) game six of the National League Championships – but when she arrives, Nessa is gone. Instead, Lauren finds R.J., her caretaker, and a score of lessons about love, life, and the relentless power of hope in the face of hopelessness.  

Written by: Mat Smart
Director: Brian Balcom


Artistry has come to equal Theater Latté Da and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres as the region’s top organization for musicals.
— John Townsend, Lavender Magazine