THE 2019/2020 SEASON
COLE PORTER’S ANYTHING GOES
August 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman
Comedy Musical | Recommended for ages ten and up.
One of Broadway’s most popular revivals, Anything Goesdocks at MST for the opening show of our ‘19/’20 season. Set aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is on-route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy No. 13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart. Featuring the songs “De-Lovely,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and “Anything Goes,” and an unforgettable score by Cole Porter.
Anything Goesis presented through special arrangement with Tams-Whitmark: A Concord Theatricals Company.
September 13, 14, 15
Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopezand Robert Lopez, Book by Jennifer Lee
Based on the Disney film written by Jennifer Lee and directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
Family Musical | Recommended for all audiences
The worldwide phenomenon and instant Disney classic is taking over the Milburn Stone Theatre by (snow)storm! The enchanting junior production from Disney will feature performers eighteen years of age and younger! Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!
Frozen Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
AMERICAN PSYCHO, THE MUSICAL
October 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20
Book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Music and Lyrics by Duncan Sheik
Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis
Dark Comedy Musical | Due to adult content and language, American Psycho is recommended for ages sixteen and up.
Based on the electrifying novel by Bret Easton Ellis which inspired the immensely popular cult horror classic, American Psychotells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome Wall Street banker with impeccable taste and unquenchable desires. Patrick and his elite group of friends spend their days in chic restaurants, exclusive clubs, and designer labels. But at night, Patrick takes part in a darker indulgence, and his mask of sanity is starting to slip… With a brilliant synth-pop score written by Tony Award Winner, Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) this new musical features memorable songs from Phil Collins, Tears for Fears, New Order, Huey Lewis and the News and a twisted and hilarious book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark). American Psychois destined to be your next musical theatre obsession.
"So smooth, so rich, so ruthless. A carnal carnival of song and dance" - The New York Times
American Psycho, The Musical is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, LTD: A Concord Theatricals Company.
DISNEY’S HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
November 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & December 1
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film, originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions
Family Musical | Recommended for ages eight and up
Based on the 1831 Victor Hugo novel and songs from the 1996 Disney animated feature film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases a captivating new musical and boasts the only stage collaboration between two giants of American musical theatre: Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin.)Hunchbackfeatures a new book by Peter Parnell which embraces story, theatre, and verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.
Hunchbackbegins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – Frollo and the handsome Captain Phoebus are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, the archdeacon embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.
A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical as it explores hope, acceptance and what it means to be a hero in a can’t-miss theatrical event.
Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO & JULIET
January 17, 18, 19
By William Shakespeare
Classical Drama | Recommended for ages thirteen and up
What if your first true love was someone you’d been told to hate? The most famous love story in the world and one of Shakespeare’s early poetic masterworks, Romeo & Juliet follows two star-crossed lovers from love at first sight to eternal life hereafter. Tragically ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their two feuding families, alike in dignity and in enmity, Shakespeare’s immortal young lovers risk everything to try and fashion a new world amid the violence of the old, but cataclysmic choices and tragic twists propel them toward a final confrontation with fate.
Due to restrictions from its publishing house, we are legally prohibited from announcing the title of our February production until Tuesday, October 15th, 2019. We look forward to sharing news of this on that date, please stay tuned to milburnstone.org and all of our social media outlets for the production announcement.
Production dates: February 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23
MST IN CONCERT: TITANIC THE MUSICAL (ENSEMBLE VERSION)
March 13, 14, 15
Story and Book by Peter Stone; Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Musical Drama | Titanic is recommended for ages ten and up.
In the final hours of April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th century. 1,517 men, women and children lost their lives. Based on the true story of the great ship’s maiden voyage, the story focuses on the real passengers and crew members who traveled aboard the doomed ship. Act I details their dreams and their wonder as they travel aboard the grand ship, while Act II focuses on their desperation and attempts to survive as the ship sinks. In telling their stories, the show touches on issues such as class, the American dream, and mankind’s vulnerability in the face of nature. Through an ingenious doubling scheme created by original Broadway cast member Don Stephenson, Titanic Ensemble Version features a cast of just 20 to tell the gripping story of the ocean liner’s maiden voyage and tragic demise. Titanicswept the 1997 musical Tony Awards winning all five nominations including Best Musical and Best Score. Please note: This musical does not include music from the 1997 James Cameron film.
‘An evening both shattering and gorgeous – a triumph. The day after seeing it, I went back again. It’s that good.’— The Times
Titanic, The Musicalis presented through special arrangement with Tams-Whitmark: A Concord Theatricals Company.
Due to restrictions from its publishing house, we are legally prohibited from announcing the title of our Spring production until Monday, August 5th, 2019. We look forward to sharing news of this on that date, please stay tuned to milburnstone.org and all of our social media outlets for the production announcement.
Production dates: April 24, 25, 26 & May 1, 2, 3
PUFFS, OR: SEVEN INCREASINGLY EVENTFUL YEARS AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL OF MAGIC AND MAGIC
June 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
By Matt Cox
Comedy Play | Recommended for ages thirteen and up.
For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never be destined to save the world. Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic gives you a front row seat to the sidelines of the world’s most famous magical journey. Follow the story of a young wizard named Wayne and the Puffs–a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers–in this laugh-out-loud comedy that’s “packed with knowing winks to its source material and a heart all its own!” For POTTERphiliacs who grew up alongside Potter and are eager to revisit that world, ‘PUFFS’ exudes a jovial, winking fondness for all things Harry!”
"Exudes a jovial, winking fondness for all things Harry." The New York Times
Puffs is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, LTD: A Concord Theatricals Company.
**All Showtimes are Saturday and Sunday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm unless otherwise noted**