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Playhouse releases lineup for 2013-14 season
By Bob Fischbach
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


Longtime directors Carl Beck and Susan Baer Collins will co-direct the musical “Young Frankenstein” as their final show at the Omaha Community Playhouse before retiring from 26 years of working there together.

The Playhouse had earlier announced the retirements and that the epic musical “Les Misérables,” which Beck and Collins also will co-direct, would launch the 2013-14 season in September.

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2013-14 Playhouse season

Hawks Mainstage: “Les Misérables,” Sept. 20-Oct. 27; “Having Our Say,” Jan. 17-Feb. 9, 2014; “Ella,” Feb. 28-March 30, 2014; “Boeing, Boeing,” April 18-May 11, 2014; “Young Frankenstein,” May 30-June 29, 2014

Howard Drew Theatre: “Sirens,” Aug. 16-Sept. 15; “Freud’s Last Session,” Oct. 18-Nov. 17; “Next to Normal,” Feb. 7-March 16, 2014; “Race,” May 9-June 8, 2014

Special events: “A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 22-Dec. 23; “Yesterday and Today,” Dec. 6-31

Season subscriptions: 402-553-0800 or omahaplayhouse.org

Prices:
» Rising Star card, ages 21-35: $40 plus $15 per ticket
» Full season plus “A Christmas Carol”: $210 adults, $130 students
» Mainstage season only: $135 to $145 adults, $90 to $100 students
» Five shows, either theater: $150 adult, $110 student
» Howard Drew season only: $100

In between the two musicals, three plays that include racial themes, a Pulitzer-winning drama about mental illness, two quirky comedies and a witty slice of historical perspective fill out the season.

Special events will include the 38th run of “A Christmas Carol” and Billy McGuigan’s Beatles revue, “Yesterday and Today.”

The Playhouse will continue to offer newer, cutting-edge and adult works in the smaller Howard Drew Theatre and more mainstream, family shows on the Hawks Mainstage, a programming change that began this season.

Show descriptions and dates:

“Sirens,” Aug. 16-Sept. 15. Songwriter Sam and his original muse, Rose, have been married 25 years. On an anniversary cruise, a new muse lures Sam away as he obsessively hunts for a new hit song. Can Sam and Rose reconnect? A quirky, lighthearted comedy. Strong language, for mature audiences.

“Les Misérables,” Sept. 20-Oct. 27. The epic musical, expected to be the Playhouse’s most expensive show ever, will play a week longer than a show’s usual run. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel about French history from 1815-32.

“Freud’s Last Session,” Oct 18-Nov. 17. Sigmund Freud and author C.S. Lewis (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) converse about God, religion, sex and war as the clouds of World War II build. A thought-provoking search for truth.

“A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 22-Dec. 23. Jerry Longe stars for the eighth year as Scrooge in this popular family classic.

“Yesterday and Today,” Dec. 6-31. Billy McGuigan and his brothers will again take audience requests from the entire catalog of recorded Beatles tunes.

“Having Our Say,” Jan. 17-Feb. 9, 2014. African-American sisters Bessie, 101, and Sadie Delaney, 103, reminisce about living through women’s suffrage, Jim Crow laws, the civil rights movement and more. Real-life sisters Camille Metoyer Moten and Lanette Metoyer Moore will star.

“Next to Normal,” Feb. 7-March 16, 2014. This fresh new rock musical about a suburban family living with mental illness got 11 Tony nominations in 2009 and won three. It is one of only eight musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize. Strong language, adult situations.

“Ella,” Feb. 28-March 30, 2014. This 2012 musical revue tells the story of jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, who found solace from life’s troubles in tunes like “A Tisket, a Tasket,” “You Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Cheek to Cheek.” Kathy Tyree stars as Fitzgerald in this backstage peek from 1966.

“Boeing, Boeing,” April 18-May 11, 2014. This 1970s farce with lots of slamming doors was reworked in 2008 for a hit Broadway revival. In the late 1960s, handsome Bernard is engaged to three beautiful airline stewardesses — two in the air and one in his arms until their timetables collide.

“Race,” May 9-June 8, 2014. This fast-paced legal thriller finds a wealthy white man charged with raping a black woman. A law firm — one white partner, one black — must decide if it will take the case. Prolific playwright David Mamet’s first production at the Playhouse is a minefield mystery.

“Young Frankenstein,” May 30-June 29, 2014. Mel Brooks’ masterpiece horror satire was a 1974 hit movie, then a 2007 Broadway musical hit that snagged three Tony nominations.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1269, bob.fischbach@owh.com

Contact the writer: Bob Fischbach

bob.fischbach@owh.com    |   402-444-1269

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