Artistry

Announcing Our 2018 - 2019 Theater Season!

 

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.

Season packages go on sale April 14 online, in person, and by phone for renewing subscribers. New season packages and individual show tickets will be available for purchase on May 14.

Please watch your mailboxes for season brochures and other details. Current subscribers can expect to see their brochures the week of April 9; all other theater patrons should receive brochures in the second week of May.

 

July 21 - August 19, 2018 (Musical, Schneider Theater)

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

“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.  

Directed by Angela Timberman

Music Director: Anita Ruth
Choreographer: Heidi Spesard-Noble

Sponsored by


 

September 15 - October 7, 2018 (Play, Black Box Theater)

Written by: Clifford Odets

“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.  

Directed by Benjamin McGovern

 

October 6 - November 4, 2018 (Musical, Schneider Theater)

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

“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! 

Directed and Scenic Designed by Joel Sass

Music Director: Anita Ruth
Choreographer: Joe Chvala

Sponsored by



 

January 26 - February 17, 2019 (Musical, Schneider Theater)

Music by: Jerry Bock
Lyrics by: Sheldon Harnick
Book by: Joe Masteroff
Based on the Play by: Miklos Laszlo

“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.

Directed by Benjamin McGovern

Music Director: Anita Ruth

Sponsored by

 

April 6 - May 5, 2019 (Musical, Schneider Theater)

Music by: Henry Mancini
Lryics by: Leslie Bruce
Book by: Blake Edwards
Additional Music by: Frank Wildhorn
Based on: the theatrical motion picture owned & distribued by Turner Entertainment Co.

“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.  

Directed and Choreographed by Michael Matthew Ferrell

Music Director: Anita Ruth

 

May 4 - May 26, 2019 (Play, Black Box Theater)

Written by: Mat Smart
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.  

Directed by Brian Balcom