Based on the cult hit film of the same name, this ten time Tony Award nominee is an engaging crowd-pleaser that will make you laugh and grab your heart. While spying on their wives at a “girls’ night out” a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo hatch a bold and unclothed plan to make some quick cash. As they conquer their fears, self consciousness and prejudices, the lovable misfits come to discover that they’re stronger as a group, and the friendship they find in each other gives them the courage to “let it go.” With a raucous mix of razor-sharp humor and toetapping pizzazz, this heartwarming musical comedy is filled with engaging melodies, hilarious characters, and the most highly anticipated closing number of any musical!
Auditions: February 12, 13
Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar, A Musical Adventure Jr. follows Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Come along on this hilarious ride as Alex and his friends explore the world and sing their way into your heart.
Auditions: March 19, 20
This groundbreaking musical from the creative team of William Finn (Spelling Bee ) and James Lapine (Into the Woods ) tells the story of Marvin, a neurotic New Yorker who leaves his wife and son to be with another man. When his son’s Bar-Mitzvah looms on the horizon and his ex-wife marries his psychiatrist, it’s anything but smooth sailing for this untraditional family. Hilarious one moment and heartwarming the next, Falsettos is a brave and poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family. Throw in the lesbians from next door and a Tony Award winning score and this game-changing musical is sure to wind it’s way into your heart.
“Brave and hilarious. A charming and deeply moving treasure.” —Newsday
Auditions: March 5
Young Sophie, who lives with her mother on a small Greek island, is about to be married and wishes for her father to walk her down the aisle. However, she has a problem: who is her father? Sophie reads her mother’s diary and discovers the names of three men who could possibly be her dad and secretly invites all three men to the wedding. What follows is a sweet and often funny sequence of events perfectly propelled by familiar pop tunes. Featuring ABBA hits such as “Dancing Queen”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Take a Chance on Me” and of course, the title song, “Mamma Mia”!
DISNEY’S NEWSIES, a bona-fide Broadway hit, was inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899. High-energy with non-stop thrills, the musical addresses themes of social injustice and exploitative labor practices, and features a David-versus-Goliath struggle as the young newsboys learn to harness there power.
Set in New York City, the show is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies. He dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.
A seven year old comes home from school to learn that Mom is in the hospital. Dad says “she’s done something stupid.” The kid begins to create a list for Mom. A list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for.
1. Ice cream
2. Water fights
3. Staying up past your bedtime to watch TV …
As time passes and the list grows, what began as a naive
attempt to make Mom happy becomes an epic chronicle
of life’s little wonders. A tribute to the irrepressible
resilience inside all of us and the capacity to find delight
in the everyday, Every Brilliant Thing is a funny, clever, and
surprisingly uplifting play about the lengths we go to for
those we love. It might be just what we need right now.
Auditions: July 9 & 10
When pirates ransack Grandma Hawkins’ inn, her fearless granddaughter, Jim unearths a treasure map and tumbles headlong into a rip-roaring adventure!
Gathering a motley crew of sailors and pirates, Jim sets sailon the mighty Hispaniola bound for a lost island and untold fortunes. The ship’s charming cook, Long John Silver quickly befriends Jim but as the island draws near, danger lurks beneath the surface. Will Jim and her friends find the buried gold, or will the one-legged pirate be the death of them all?
Treasure Island is a darkly comic, swashbuckling adventure that will transport you to a world of mutiny, mystery and murder. This breathtaking, gender-bending adaptation of Stevenson’s classic will thrill boys and girls of all ages.
Auditions: August 13 & 14
Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to chocolate covered life. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film, Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. This classic tale follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory… or suffer the consequences.
When Henrietta Leavitt trades the comforts of her rural home for a job at the Harvard Observatory, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a new group of female colleagues, known simply as “computers”, and begins to chart the stars for a renowned astronomer who has no time for women’s theories. As Henrietta begins to measure the stars, an astonishing discovery causes her to take measure of her life on Earth. Can she balance her dedication to science with the obligations of her family and the possibility of love?
This true story of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were often dismissed until men took credit for them. A powerhouse of a play from the brilliant mind of Lauren Gunderson, Silent Sky is an incredible story of a woman who found her light and changed the way we understand the universe.
Auditions: November 5 & 6
Lauren Gunderson, one of the country’s most successful contemporary playwrights, pens a lively love letter to the theatre in her award winning new play; The Book of Will.
After the death of their friend and mentor, two of Shakespeare’s actors promise to publish a first edition of his original plays and preserve the words that shaped their lives. In order to honor the legacy of the man they loved, they’ll have to battle an unscrupulous book publisher, a boozy poet laureate, and their own rag-tag company of actors and stage managers. Amidst the noise and color of Elizabethan London, The Book of Will tells a true and unforgettable story of love, loss, and laughter, while shedding new light on the characters behind the plays we know so well.
Auditions: November 5&6
This sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless. Based on the best-selling novel and the popular Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood film, one of the most romantic stories ever written is now an irresistible, Tony Award winning musical by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman.
Francesca Johnson is looking forward to a few days alone on the farm as her husband and children head off to the 1965 Iowa State Fair. When traveling photographer Robert Kincaid stops to ask for directions to the local covered bridges, both of their lives are changed forever.
Set among the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland, this soaring musical tells an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.
Auditions: February 11 & 12
Based on the New York Times bestseller by indie rockstar and Grandstreet alum Colin Meloy, Wildwood’s adaptation will premiere at Grandstreet for a limited engagement courtesy of LAIKA Pictures who has optioned the novel for the screen.
Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. That is, until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken into the Impassable Wilderness. Joining with her friend Curtis, Prue plunges deep into Wildwood and uncovers a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics and powerful figures with dark intentions. Their rescue mission becomes something much greater as the two friends are entwined in a struggle for the fate of Wildwood.
Auditions: March 25 & 26