I DO! I DO!
Feb. 9 – Feb. 25 Directed by Neale Whitmore.
The musical story of a marriage is at the center of I Do! I Do!, an intimate and nostalgic work by Harvey Schmidtand Tom Jones (The Fantasticks). Written as a star vehicle for theatre legends, Mary Martin (South Pacific; The Sound of Music) and Robert Preston (“Professor Harold Hill” of The Music Man), the original Broadway production received seven Tony Award nominations. The show begins with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day. Their vows behind them, they look forward to spending the rest of their lives together. We watch as they go through their wedding night jitters, raise a family and negotiate midlife crises. Michael eventually admits to an infidelity and, although Agnes is angered by his actions, she forgives him and the couple reconciles. They rediscover how much they really need each other. Then, after 50 years of marriage, the couple leaves their house to the next pair of newlyweds. This touching story of two soul mates navigating the perils of life is set to a tuneful, charming score.
May 4 – May 20 Directed by Bill Sizemore
First a play by Robert Harling and then a movie starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Daryl Hannah and Olympia Dukakis. The title suggests the “female characters are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel”. Set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy”. Witty repartee and some rather bitter verbal sparring bring up the issues of life, love, mortality and how friends can be friends through good times and bad.
Man of La Mancha
Aug. 3 – Aug. 19 Directed by Neale Whitmore
The original 1965 Broadway production by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical Man of La Mancha, based on Cervantes’ epic 17th-century novel, Don Quixote, is a remarkable, poignant, moving musical that was one of the first shows to musicalize a piece of historical literature. Set in the context of the Spanish Inquisition, Man of La Mancha is presented as a play-within-a-play. We encounter historical author Miguel de Cervantes in prison, awaiting trial by the Inquisition. When his fellow prisoners try to take Cervantes’ belongings from him, including his manuscript, Cervantes proposes a trial in which he proves the merit of the manuscript through a reenactment, enlisting his fellow prisoners as characters in his play. Together, they tell the story of the aged Alonso Quijana who believes himself to be a knight errant, names himself Don Quixote, and pursues an obsessive quest to attain an impossible dream. Against all odds, Quixote and his trusty squire Sancho Panza take to the road in a quest for chivalry and to seek out the good and innocent in a world filled with darkness and despair. Through the story, all the prisoners – at least for a moment – are transformed. The mad Don Quixote may think a windmill to be a giant and a tavern to be a castle but along the way he also transforms a wretched woman into a beautiful lady – and proves that an old man’s belief can truly make him a knight. Man of La Mancha features such stirring songs as “Dulcinea” and the now-famous standard, “Quest” – more famously known as “The Impossible Dream.”
Moon Over Buffalo
Nov. 2 – Nov. 18 Directed by Andi Allen
In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend Me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf, old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.
Friday, December 14 at 8:00, Saturday, December 15 at 2:30 & 8:00 and Sunday, December 16 at 2:30. – Created and Directed by Neale Whitmore
This charming review will take a musical journey through many of your most loved holiday favorite being performed by some of the finest performers from past Theatre Frisco musicals! It will be fun for the whole family, with a sing-along, and if we can generate enough holiday spirit, we may get a special visitor from way up North! Only 4 performances! Friday, December 14 at 8:00, Saturday, December 15 at 2:30 & 8:00 and Sunday, December 16 at 2:30.