Exciting 2020 ‘Summer Classics Season’ Announced for Warsaw Federal Incline Theater

WFIT_Sign at nightAll Musical  Season Features Dancing, Laughs, Love Songs and One of Musical Theatre’s All Time Classics

Cincinnati Landmark Productions announced this week its four-show 2020 Summer Classics Season at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater

The 2020 Summer Classics Season, presented by TriHealth, includes:

  • NEWSIES – April 22 – May 17, 2020
  • JERRY’S GIRLS – July 8 – August 2, 2020
  • CAROUSEL – August 19 – September 13, 2020

“We broke our own attendance records with our Summer Classics Season in 2018, but wouldnt you know it – we did it again in 2019,” said Tim Perrino, Executive Artistic Director for Cincinnati Landmark Productions. “We can’t wait to present these four great titles in 2020 and keep this amazing momentum going for years to come!”

The 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 2020 Summer Classics Season – only $104 – are now on sale.

Subscribers to the 2019 Summer Classics Season will have their seats held for renewal until March 2, 2020. All seats not renewed by that time will be released. Tickets to individual shows go on sale on March 23, 2020.

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 35 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 2020 Summer Classics Season
at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater

April 22 – May 17, 2020
Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Jack Feldman; Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right! Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message.

June 3 – June 28, 2020
Book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on the plays of Platus

Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.

July 8 – August 2, 2020
By Jerry Herman, Larry Alford and Wayne Cilento

A beautiful musical revue! Jerry Herman has always put the “larger-than-life” female characters in his shows center stage. There’s Dolly Gallagher Levi of Hello, Dolly!, Auntie Mame Dennis of Mame, Countess Aurelia of Dear World, Mabel Normand of Mack and Mabel. And female impersonator ZaZa of La Cage Aux Folles. So it is fitting that in Jerry’s Girls, the powerhouse women are center stage again. The all-women cast affectionately celebrate Jerry’s special gift for writing songs that capture the true spirit of the American musical theatre. A gorgeous, moving two-hour musical entertainment of glamour, optimism, love, melody, and women.

Aug. 19 – Sept. 13, 2020
Music by Richard Rodgers; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstien II; Based on the Play LILIOM by Ferenc Molnar; As adapted by Benjamin F. Glaser; Original Dances by Agnes de Mille

In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow captivates and marries a naïve millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent “up there.” Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day, 15 years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager. Her father’s reputation as a thief and bully has haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. A powerhouse musical and one of theatre’s all-time classics.

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