MIDDLETOWN LYRIC THEATRE
September 19, 20, 26 & 27 Auditions: June 8, 9 & 10
SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM – Music by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein and Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers and Mary Rodgers Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Continuity by Ned Sherrin
DIRECTED BY: Charley Shafor
VOCAL DIRECTION: Julia Abanto-Bethune
PIANIST: Jay Mills
This dazzling array of some of Sondheim’s best-known songs features numbers from landmark shows that revolutionized the musical theatre with their masterful craft and astounding creativity
October 24, 25, 31 & November 1 Auditions: July 14, 15 & 16
BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE – By: Martin McDonagh
DIRECTED BY: TBA
Tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play’s terrifying dénouement.
December 5, 6, 12 &13 Auditions: August 11, 12 & 13
THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO – By: Alfred Uhry
DIRECTED BY: Charley Shafor
We’re in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family. The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way.
March 6, 7, 13 &14 Auditions: November 2, 3 & 4
PICASSO AT LAPINE AGILE – By: Steve Martin
DIRECTED BY: Nathan Greer
This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. The show plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness.
April 17, 18, 24 & 25 Auditions: January 5, 6 & 7
FORBIDDEN BROADWAYS: GREATEST HITS – Created by Gerard Alessandrini
DIRECTED BY: Ryan Heinrich
VOCAL DIRECTION: Ryan Heinrich
In this long-running Off-Broadway hit musical revue, Broadway’s greatest musical legends meet Broadway’s greatest satirist in this hilarious, loving, and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theatre’s greatest stars and songwriters.
May 29, 30 & June 5, 6 Auditions: February 15, 16 & 17
NOVEMBER – By: David Mamet
DIRECTED BY: Claire LaNicca
It’s a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith’s chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money’s running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post-White House life, Chuck isn’t ready to give up just yet. November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win. (this play does contain strong adult language)