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All Broadway Series Productions, Youth Programs, Educational Programs, and Summer Camps are produced by The Media Music Theatre Company (Artistic Director Jesse Cline)
MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2015-16 SEASON
Mama Rose, Billy Elliot, Atticus Finch, Eddie Birdlace, and John Adams. Five names, each encapsulating what The Media Theatre's 2015-16 season promises--people who tried their hardest to change the world, to leave an indelible impression so that their lives and the lives touched by their presence and innovation would recognize excellence, courage, and passion.
Each of these are represented well in various ways with the line-up promised by The Media Theatre from September 2015 to May 2016.
"Gypsy"opens the season September 23 to November 1. With Philadelphia's own Broadway actress Kristine Fraelich as Mama Rose, the ultimate aggressive stage mother, this powerful story of a mother and her daughters presents a dark side of show business wrapped in a Jule Styne score which contains some of the most iconic show tunes of all time. Stephen Sondheim's lyrics create an irony within the tune-filled melodies of "Let Me Entertain You", "You'll Never Get Away From Me", "Some People", and the legendary "Everything's Coming Up Roses". Whatever her intentions, Mama Rose certainly leaves an impression as she pushes her daughters toward the pinnacle of stardom.
For the holidays, The Media Theatre has the Philadelphia regional professional premiere of Broadway's inspiring hit "Billy Elliot: The Musical". Based on the 2000 film, it follows the story of young Billy who hangs up his boxing gloves to become a ballet dancer. TIME magazine called it 'Best Musical of the Decade' as it inspires audiences with the story of the young lad who, against all odds within the confines of an English mining town which finds itself in the midst of a strike, finds his courage to make his dreams come true. Elton John's score features the memorable song "Electricity" setting the tone for a musical which features astounding choreography. Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, "Billy Elliot" has a large youth cast. It plays during the Thanksgiving, Hannukah, and Christmas season November 18 to January 3.
The classic play "To Kill A Mockingbird" is revived January 27 to February 14, 2016. Keeping with the now annual tradition of producing one play per season, the show will be a part of the region's Black History Month. The show, set during the Great Depression, highlights the powerful story of attorney Atticus Finch and his children after he is appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man framed for a crime he did not commit. Their community in Alabama represents a microcosm of the tension between justice and racism that existed during the time period, and is still relevant today. Based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, the play is perfect for students ages 13 and up as well as families, churches, and civic groups.
A second regional professional premiere takes to the stage March 3-28, 2016. It's the musical "Dogfight" in which a young soldier plays a cruel joke on an unsuspecting girl. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical after it premiered in 2012, it's based on a 1991 film. Three young Marines set out for an evening of fun before being deployed the next day, but Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets an awkward waitress and uses her as the catalyst for a cruel bet with his buddies. The waitress, however, changes the game and allows Eddie to realize what true love really is.
To close the 2015-16 season, The Media Theatre has a musical to lead Philadelphia into the time frame of the upcoming 2016 Democratic Convention which will be hosted by the City of Brotherly Love. It's "1776", Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards' classic which follows John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Richard Henry Lee as they attempt to have the second Continental Congress vote for independence from the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. With humor and insight, "1776" represents the most seminal event in our nation's history. It's a musical based in Philadelphia, about the beginnings of our American society as we know it today. "1776" is directed by Jennie Eisenhower and stars Ben Dibble as John Adams as it represents the beginnings of our freedoms to choose and runs April 13 to May 22.
All Broadway Series musicals at The Media Theatre are produced by Media Music Theatre Company (Artistic Director Jesse Cline). For subscription information, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org
The hit show "A Christmas Story: The Musical" is at The Media Theatre November 9 to January 8. It's suitable for all ages and makes a great outing for families during the holiday season.
Based on the classic film which has gained popularity with each showing on television each holiday season, the musical has a book by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Songs include "Ralphie To The Rescue", "Sticky Situation", "It All Comes Down To Christmas", and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid!"
The story takes place in Indiana in the 1940's focusing on Ralphie, the boy who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun. He eventually learns that the holidays are not about what you have but who you have around you to share them with. There is a humorous sub-plot featuring Ralphie's father, referred to as The Old Man, who wins a leg lamp.
It was nominated for three Tony Awards for its 2012 production at the Lunt-Fon…
The Media Theatre has the Philadelphia region's professional premiere of Jason Robert Brown's Tony winning musical "The Bridges of Madison County" this fall. The show, which received Tony Awards in 2014 for Best Score and Best Orchestrations, plays September 14 to October 23.
Millions of film goers have seen the movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, although the writers of the musical state it is based on the best-selling novel. The romance focuses on a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to get out of Italy during the war. When her family attends the 1965 State Fair in Iowa, she meets a handsome National Geographic photographer who alters her life dramatically in four days. It's a musical which captures the yearning of the human heart and the expanse of America's heartland as we travel roads we often dare not go, open doors we often refuse to notice, and cross over bridges which leave us breathless.
The Media Theatre has one musical per season which is not quite as mainstream as the other titles on its marquee, filling a particular void for those interested in passionate works by top notch writers and composers who have pieces in their oeuvre which deserve to be seen but are rarely produced.
Artistic Director Jesse Cline has chosen the Broadway musical "Side Show" as this season's showcase for a little seen work.
"Side Show", with a book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, is based on the story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. The Hilton sisters were conjoined twins who entertained on the carnival and burlesque circuit in the 1920's and '30's. Managed poorly, the sisters eventually meet a talent scout and his budding musician pal who make a deal to showcase the two women on the Orpheum Circuit. Bursting with hope regarding their newfound fame, the ladies hearts are still unfulfilled, as they cannot escape the reputation of being …