Expanded 2018 ‘Summer Classics Season’ Announced for Warsaw Federal Incline Theater

Four-Show Season Features Classics, Comedy and the Caribbean

CLPCincinnati Landmark Productions announced today its newly expanded 2018 Summer Classics Season at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater.

The 2018 Summer Classics Season, presented by TriHealth, includes:

  • BYE BYE BIRDIE, May 2-27, 2018
  • ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, June 6 – July 1, 2018
  • THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, July 11 – August 5, 2018
  • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, August 15 – September 9, 2018

The popular series expands from three productions to four in 2018. This follows Cincinnati Landmark Productions’ decision to expand the runs of each production from three weeks to four weeks in 2016. Officials say they are simply trying to quench patrons’ thirst for fun, summer-time theater in Cincinnati.

“This company began as a summer theater provider,” said Tim Perrino, Executive Artistic Director of Cincinnati Landmark Productions. “It’s in our DNA. So expanding this series was a natural step. But we couldn’t do it without the support of our enthusiastic patron base. They told us they want more, so we’re giving them more. The 2018 season is a going to be a runaway hit.”

WFIT_Sign at nightThe Warsaw Federal Incline Theater is the purpose-built, 229-seat performing arts center and parking garage in the Incline District in East Price Hill. Located at the corner of Matson Place and West 8th Street, the $6 million project opened on June 3, 2015.

Subscriptions for the 2018 Summer Classics Season – only $96 – are now on sale.

Subscribers to the 2017 Summer Classics Season will have their seats held for renewal until March 2, 2018. All seats not renewed by that time will be released. Tickets to individual shows go on sale on April 2, 2018.

The Warsaw Federal Incline Theater is programmed year-round by Cincinnati Landmark Productions, culminating in over 120 show nights. In addition to the Summer Classics Season, the venue hosts the three-show District Series season (September to May), an edgier slate of productions designed as an alternative to the concurrent Marquee season at the Covedale Center.

Cincinnati Landmark Productions has been serving the West Side for over 30 years – first through its Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre program and then through its ownership and management of the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts in West Price Hill.

For more information about the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, visit www.clpshows.org or call (513) 241-6550.

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More about the 2018 Summer Classics Season
at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater:

BYE BYE BIRDIE
May 2-27, 2018
Book by Michael Stewart; Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Lee Adams

A loving send-up of pre-Beatles, 1960’s small-town America and Rock & Roll, Bye Bye Birdie remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie gets drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss. With a tuneful high-energy score, riotous teen romance and a hilarious script, Birdiecontinues to thrill audiences around the world. Hit songs include “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss,” “One Boy,” “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” “Kids!” and “Rosie.”

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
June 6 – July 1, 2018
by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Ti Moune, a peasant girl, falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel. Unbeknownst to her, the pompous gods of the island make a bet over which is stronger, love or death – the stakes being Ti Moune’s life. When Daniel returns to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love is not enough to win Daniel’s heart. Will Ti Moune pay the ultimate price? Winner of the 1995 Olivier Award in London for Best New Musical, this show features exciting island-flavored songs, including “Waiting for Life,” “One Small Girl,” “The Human Heart” and “Why We Tell the Story.”

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP
July 11 – August 5, 2018
by Charles Ludlam

A sympathetic werewolf, a vampire, an ancient Egyptian princess brought to life, a lonely British Lord named Edgar, his new wife, her snooty maid, a disappearing/re-appearing groundskeeper and other macabre and madcap characters make this a comedy that has everything – especially when you consider that they’re all played by only two actors in a bewildering series of costume changes and clever scenes that will make your head spin! Can Lord Edgar’s expedition to Egypt discover the secrets of immortality? This is the kind of fun that gets people hooked on theater in the first place. Far and away the funniest two hours you’ll experience on stage!

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
August 15 – September 9, 2018
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice

What’s the buzz? Jesus Christ Superstar has wowed audiences for over 40 years. A timeless work, the rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Superstarfollows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire. The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.”

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