Grandstreet Theatre

2012 – 2013 Season

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July 12 – 21

A powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America with show-stopping songs and inspired performances!

Winner of 4 Tony Awards and 5 Drama Desk Awards, this musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime tells the story of three groups in America at the turn of the century. A Harlem musician, a matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle and a Latvian Jewish immigrant all hope for a better future in this era rich with historical figures such as Harry Houdini, J.P. Morgan, Henry Ford and Emma Goldman.


Download the Original Broadway Cast Recording here.


August 3 – 18

Welcome to the 60’s! You can’t stop the beat with this energetic musical an overweight underdog can change the world!

Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical of 2003, this movie-turned musical is “sweet as a show can be without promoting tooth decay!” In 1962 Baltimore, plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to shake her shoes on The Corny Collins Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes an instant celebrity and launches a campaign to integrate the show. With non-stop energy and 60’s pop songs, you’ll want to laugh, spray your hair and throw on your dancing shoes!

Download the Original Broadway Cast Recording here.

Avenue Q

Sept 14 – 30

Part flesh, part felt! This R-rated musical combines live actors and puppets to make you laugh-out-loud and teach you the real lessons of becoming an adult.

Winner of 3 Tony Awards including Best Musical of 2004, this breakthrough musical is Sesame Street for grown-ups with filthy-mouthed puppets who teach lessons like “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist” and “The Internet Is for Porn.” A coming-of-age raunchy musical satirizes the anxieties associated with entering adulthood – the inability to get a job, living a purposeless life and navigating the scariness of new love. This production contains language, adult situations and R-rated puppet sex. Parental discretion advised.

Download the Original Broadway Cast Recording here.

The Sugar Bean Sisters

Oct. 19 – Nov. 4

“Deliciously offbeat” and wacky, this is Sisterhood as an extreme sport!

In this Southern Gothic comedy of romance, murder and alien abduction, the Nettle sisters are determined to escape spinsterhood – Willie Mae by going to Salt Lake and finding a good Mormon husband and Faye by hopping on the spaceship when celestial visitors return for another visit. When a strange bird-like woman suddenly appears out of the darkness of Butter Swamp, lies begin to unravel and the truth is revealed as the Sugar Bean Sisters hatch a diabolical plot to ensure the space people’s return.


Nov. 30 – Dec. 16

Join Little Orphan Annie and her dog Sandy for Grandstreet Theatre School’s Christmas Show, a tradition the whole family will love today AND tomorrow!

Grandstreet Theatre School’s annual holiday tradition is a special treat for Helena audiences – the theatre is fully decorated in the spirit of Christmas and over 100 students & volunteers work together on this production. Winner of 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical of 1977, this Broadway musical is based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip, Little Orphan Annie. With such classic song favorites, “Tomorrow” and “Hard Knock Life,” this family-favorite will make sure to keep you fully-dressed with a smile!

Download the Original Broadway Cast Recording here.

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Jan. 18 – Feb. 2

More than just the game. Who is the man behind the legend?

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, David Maraniss, follows Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi through a week in the 1965 season, as he attempts to lead his team to the championship. The Wall Street Journal writes, “I know nothing about football, but LOMBARDI held my attention from start to finish. An extremely well-crafted piece of intelligent theater.” Though football’s Super Bowl trophy is named for him, few know the real story of Lombardi the man: his inspirations, his passions and ability to drive people to achieve what they never thought possible.

Preview the script here.

The 39 Steps

March 1 – 17

4 actors x 150 characters ÷ 100 hilarious minutes = 39 STEPS!

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece witha juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters played by a cast of 4, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!

Preview the script here.

Legally Blonde

April 19 – May 5

This all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and showing what you’ve got!

Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her, she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette, Emmett and her chihuahua Bruiser, she learns that it’s so much better to be smart. This is one of the funniest and most fabulous musicals around – case closed!

Download the Original Broadway Cast Recording here.