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The Stardust Christmas Fandango
A Holiday Musical Comedy by Harlowe Reed
November 30 – December 31, 2017
Set in December of 1961, The Stardust Christmas Fandango will continue Harlequin’s annual celebration of American pop music for the holidays. Fandango is the twenty-second in the series that has provided a delightful alternative Holiday entertainment for all ages since 1994. A small Greenwich Village nightspot, the Stardust Club is home to a group of striving performers and musicians who struggle to keep the doors open while negotiating their personal lives, romances and Big Apple career moves. The roller coaster events of the mid-twentieth century may keep them off balance, but Christmas still brings out the best in everyone. A Holiday Gift for All Ages.
Musical Comedy – Fun for all ages.
I Am My Own Wife
by Doug Wright • Pulitzer and Tony Awards for Best Play • Based on Real Events
January 18 – February 10, 2018
Based on a true story and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, I Am My Own Wife tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Tony Award. I Am My Own Wife is a vivid portrait of a unique person whose ability to endure has been turned into a highly theatrical journey.” —Associated Press.
“…an experience that is intellectual, theatrical, funny, and poignant… it teaches us a history we never knew we had, and without forgiveness and sentiment unravels the story of one life.” —NYTheatre.com.
Mature Drama – All ages with guidance.
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Based on the New York Times Best Selling Novel by Garth Stein
March 1 – 24, 2018
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul, he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime when he is sure he will return as a man. A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.
Comic Drama – All ages with guidance.
Three Days of Rain
by Richard Greenberg • Pulitzer Prize for Drama Nominee
May 3 – 26, 2018
1995. A year after he disappeared on the day of his father’s funeral, Walker Janeway returns to New York and takes up temporary residence in the unused space where thirty-five years earlier his father, Ned, and Ned’s late partner, Theo, both architects, lived and designed the great house that would make them famous. Scouring the space for clues to the tortured family history, Walker discovers his father’s hidden journal. When he is joined by his sister, Nan, and their friend, Pip, Walker forces the confrontation that the others need. The second act takes us to 1960 to meet the parents at the same age their children are in Act One. There we are offered an unexpectedly romantic family story.
Mature Drama – All ages with guidance.
Magical Musical Midsummer Musical
A 30 Year Retrospective of the Music of Bruce Whitney
June 21 – July 21, 2018
After years as a rock musician and songwriter, Harlequin Musical Director Bruce Whitney began composing music for theater when his sister-in-law, Linda Whitney, invited him to score a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the Summer of 1988. Since then, he has composed music and song for over 30 productions, including A Rock’n’Roll Twelfth Night written with his brother Scot. He has musically directed every Stardust Christmas show since 2001 and nine original summer rock’n’roll celebrations. His composition work also includes a considerable number and variety of songs, particularly for Shakespeare productions. In 2018, we are celebrating his 30th anniversary in theater with a show that features his music performed with the magic of illusion, singers, dancers, and aerial artists to explore the mysteries of inspiration.
Musical Adventure for the Whole Family.
The Stage Mother of All Musicals
Music by Marvin Laird • Lyrics by Joel Paley
August 16 – September 15, 2018
Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. Anything includes murdering the leading lady! This aggressively outrageous musical hit garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run.
“A spoof that has enough absurd plot twists and multiple identities to fill several old movies…The fun comes from the sheer brazenness!” – The New York Times.
“Hilarious…It is beyond praise!” – New York Daily News.
“A demented pleasure. Cheery, cheeky burlesque humor that evokes Your Show of Shows.” – New York Newsday.
“A wonderfully smart and funny send up of every Broadway brat from Gypsy to The Bad Seed…loaded with campy wit and charm.” – Variety.
Musical Comedy – All ages with guidance.
A Steady Rain
A Drama by Keith Huff
October 4 – 27, 2018
A dark duologue filled with sharp storytelling and biting repartee, A Steady Rain explores the complexities of a lifelong bond tainted by domestic affairs, violence, and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey and Denny have been best friends since kindergarten, and after working together for several years as policemen in Chicago, they are practically family. But when a domestic disturbance call takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the line. The result is a harrowing journey into a moral gray area where trust and loyalty struggle for survival against a sobering backdrop of pimps, prostitutes, and criminal lowlifes.