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“The Stone” Now Playing At Arlekin Players Theatre

ARLEKIN PLAYERS THEATRE REMOUNTS

GERMAN PLAYWRIGHT MARIUS VON MAYENBURG’S 

THE STONE 

New Dates Added September 13 – 29 (performed in English)

“This is our house underneath all this mildew and junk. I know every stone.”

Arlekin Players Theatre will remount German playwright Marius von Mayenburg’sThe

Wolfgang (David Gamarnik) and Hannah (Olga Sokolova).
Photo by Irina Danilova

StoneSeptember 13 – 29 performed in English at their theater at Studio 368 in Needham.  Directed by Arlekin Players Theatre’s Artistic Director Igor Golyak  (Elliot Norton Award-winning A Dead Man’s Diary), the production was performed in Russian by the same cast in May and June. Arlekin will be offering unique pre-show and post-show talks for interested groups. *See the performance schedule below. Tickets range from $45 – $65.  Arlekin will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. For more information and tickets, visit arlekinplayers.com or call 617-942-9822.

“It’s a kind of theatre that not only crosses borders but also draws from a number of performance traditions: dance, spoken word, performance art, and modern music arrangement harmoniously intertwine in our performances to create unique and memorable productions.” Igor Golyak, Artistic Director

In 1935, a young couple purchases a house from a Jewish family in Dresden, Germany. The play follows the lives of the house’s residents, who must grapple with their own identity while experiencing the reverberations created by 60 years of German history. As the house is passed from owner to owner, and generation to generation, the secrets buried in the garden and within the walls reveal themselves.

Marius von Mayenburg is a playwright, translator, dramaturg, director and one of the most widely produced German playwrights. Born in Munich in 1972, he studied Old German at University in Munich, before moving to Berlin in 1992, where he did a course in playwriting at the Hochschule der Künste from 1994 to 1998. In 1995 he completed a placement at the Münchner Kammerspiele. In 1998, he became a member of the artistic direction team at the Baracke, the studio theatre of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. In 1999 he went with Thomas Ostermeier to work as artistic director and playwright-in-residence at the “Berliner Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz”. His plays receive regular staging at Schaubühne/Berlin, Royal Court Theater/London, and other venues around the world.

The Stone Production design team features David R. Gammons(scenographer),Nastya Bugaeva(costume design), Jeff Adelberg(light design),Jakov Jakoulov(original score), Vladimir Gusev(video designer) and an eight-member cast including Jenya Brodskaia (Conductor #1), Misha Tyutyunik(Conductor #2 ),Olga Sokolova(Hannah),Viktoriya Kovalenko(Heidrun),  Darya Denisova (Witha), Rimma Gluzman (Mieze),Anna Kovalenko (Stefanie), and David Gamarnik (Wolfgang).

Arlekin Players Theatre was created in Boston in 2009 and has since toured to New York, Chicago, and Hartford, as well as to several international festivals. Arlekin takes strong pride in their emphasis on self-identity; they are a company of immigrants performing works that play on the ideas of cross-culture, home, and traditions, challenging the idea of nationality, and finding common themes that unite us all. Performances are in Russian, with simultaneous translation into English. The company makes its home in Needham, MA.  For more information, visit www.arlekinplayers.com.

THE STONE Performance Schedule

Sept 13 at 8 pm

Sept 14 at 8 pm

Sept 15 at 3 pm

Sept 20 at 8 pm

Sept 21 at 8 pm

Sept 22 at 3 pm and 7 pm (sold out)

Sept 27 at 8 pm

Sept 28 at 8 pm

Sept 29 at 3 pm

“Kinky Boots” Opens At The Ogunquit Playhouse September 18

Hilarious and Heartwarming, Kinky Boots to Open at Ogunquit Playhouse

The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots hits the Ogunquit Playhouse stage September 18 through October 27. Featuring a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein and a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, the Ogunquit Playhouse production is staged by Nathan Peck, and stars Graham Scott Fleming as Charlie Price, and Kyle Taylor Parker as Lola, with Tony-nominated Scenic Design by David Rockwell and Tony-nominated Costume Design is by Gregg Barnes.

The hit musical is based on the 2005 Miramax film written by Geoff Dean and Tim Firth, and tells the heartwarming story of Charlie Price who has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola. As it turns out, Lola is the one person who can help Charlie become the man that he is meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discover that, when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. This joyous show is sure to have audiences dancing in the aisle and discovering, sometimes, the best way to fit in… is to stand out! 

Graham Fleming

Leading the cast as Charlie Price is Graham Scott Fleming. He portrayed Charlie at the Muny in St. Louis earlier this year, and was nominated for a Dora Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Charlie Price in the Canadian production of Kinky Boots. On Broadway he performed in Miss Saigon, and at Papermill Playhouse in My Very Own British Invasion. In addition to Kinky Boots, Mr. Fleming starred in the Canadian premieres of Ghost and Jukebox Hero. 

Kyle Taylor Parker returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse as the fabulous diva, Lola. Last season he performed in the Ogunquit production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe that transferred to New York City, and he continued to perform in the production through its Off-Broadway run. Mr. Parker was in the original Broadway cast, as well as the National Tour of Kinky Boots for which he won an IRNE Award for Best Visiting Actor for his performance. In addition, he performed in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway and the National Tour of In the Heights. He was recently featured in NBC’s smash hit Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. At regional theatres he has performed in Dreamgirls, Hair, and the world premiere of My Very Own British Invasion. 

Kyle Taylor Parker

The Ogunquit Playhouse production of Kinky Boots features Joe Coots as Don, Maggie McDowell as Lauren, Ashley North as Nicola, and John Scherer as George. Joe Coots performed in the Ogunquit Playhouse productions of The Full Monty, Crazy for You, and South Pacific. His most recent theater credits include the world premiere of Human Error and the First National Tour of Kinky Boots. Maggie McDowell returns to Ogunquit Playhouse after performing as Marty in 2014’s Grease. She has performed in Kinky Boots on Broadway, in the First National Tour, and at The Muny earlier this year. On Broadway she performed in Disaster!, and Off Broadway in The Marvelous Wonderettes, and Pinklacious. Ashley North joins the cast after recently performing in the National Tour of Kinky Boots. Her many regional theatre credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hair, and Les Miserables. John Scherer returns to the Ogunquit Playhouse stage where he last appeared in 2001’s 42nd Street as Billy Lawlor. On Broadway he has performed in Lovemusik, By Jeeves, and Sunset Boulevard. His Off-Broadway shows include Olympus On My Mind, Dames At Sea, and Preppies.

Tickets are on sale now. Preview performances start at $36 and economy seats start at $51 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511

“Little Shop Of Horrors” Opens At The Lyric Stage August 30

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Lyric Stage August 30 Through October 6

 Book and Lyrics by                    Music by

     HOWARD ASHMAN             ALAN MENKEN

 Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith

  Directed and Choreographed by Rachel Breton

Music Director, Dan Rodriguez

This award-winning sci-fi pulp musical follows nebbishy florist-shop worker Seymour who haplessly pines after his coworker Audrey.

Suddenly, opportunity falls into his lap in the form of a mysterious, carnivorous, conniving – not to mention singing – plant that promises to fulfill Seymour’s every wish.

CAST:

Dan Prior                              Seymour Krelborn

Katrina Z Pavao                  Audrey

Remo Airaldi*                     Mr. Mushnik

Jeff Marcus*                        Orin and others

Pier Lamia Porter*            Chiffon

Lovely Hoffman*               Crystal

Carla Martinez*                  Ronnette

Lovely Hoffman*               Crystal

Yewande Odetoyinbo*    Audrey II (voice)

Tim Hoover                          Audrey II (puppeteer)

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)

August 30 – October 6, 2019

Lyric Stage Company of Boston

140 Clarendon Street, Copley Square, Boston

Box Office:  617-585-5678

website:  lyricstage.com

SpeakEasy Stage Company To Present “Choir Boy”

Choir Boy

Opens At

SpeakEasy Stage Company

September 13

From September 13 to October 12, 2019, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present the New England premiere of the acclaimed Broadway musical drama CHOIR BOY.

Nominated for four 2019 Tony Awards including Best Play, CHOIR BOY is a powerful coming-of-age story punctuated by the soaring harmonies of live gospel, spiritual, and R&B performances.  For fifty years, the elite Charles R. Drew Prep School has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men; its legendary choir an emblem of all it holds true.  But for Pharus Young, the opportunity to take his rightful place as the leader of these talented vocalists comes at a price.  Can he still earn his place in the hallowed halls and sing in his own key?

CHOIR BOY is the work of acclaimed writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, Oscar-winner for the film Moonlight, which was based on his play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. Mr. McCraney’s other plays include Ms. Blakk for President (co-written with Tina Landau), The Brother/Sister Plays, Head of Passes, and Wig Out!  Mr. McCraney is currently the Chair of Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, and is an ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.  His original TV series David Makes Man recently debuted on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network. 

Maurice Emmanuel Parent will direct the New England Premiere of CHOIR BOY.  An award-winning, Boston-based actor, Mr. Parent is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Front Porch Arts Collective, a new black-led theatre company committed to advancing racial equity in Boston through theatre. Mr. Parent made his professional directorial debut last season with Breath & Imagination, a co-production between Front Porch and the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, for which he received an IRNE Award nomination for Best Director of a Musical.  

Joining Mr. Parent are David Freeman Coleman, who will serve as Music Director, and Yewande Odetoyinbo and Ruka White, who will co-choreograph.  

Boston Conservatory graduate Isaiah Reynolds will return to Boston to play Pharus.  He is being joined by Jaimar Brown, Antione Gray, Dwayne P. Mitchell, Malik Mitchell, Aaron Patterson, Thomas Purvis, Nigel Richards, J. Jerome Rogers, and Richard Snee.  

CHOIR BOY will run from Sept. 13 – Oct. 12, 2019, in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.

Ticket prices start at $25, with discounts for students, seniors, and people age 25 and under.  For tickets or more information, the public is invited to call BostonTheatreScene Ticketing Services at 617.933.8600 or visit www.SpeakEasyStage.com.                

“Sunset Boulevard” Opens At North Shore Music Theatre September 24

NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE PRESENTS

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S TONY® AWARD-WINNING MASTERWORK

“SUNSET BOULEVARD”

STARRING TONY® AWARD-WINNER

ALICE RIPLEY

September 24 – October 6, 2019

Alice Riipley

Bill Hanney’s award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) is thrilled to announce complete casting for the upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterwork, SUNSET BOULEVARD, which will star the previously announced Alice Ripley as the fading Hollywood star, Norma Desmond. SUNSET BOULEVARD is on stage from Tuesday, September 24 thru Sunday, October 6, 2019.

“Producing Sunset Boulevard combines two things I am very passionate about, musical theatre and classic Hollywood films,” said Bill Hanney, NSMT’s owner/producer who also owns Entertainment Cinemas, a chain of movie complexes throughout New England. “Our team has been challenged to create a show that is so thrilling and opulent that it will take the audience’s breath away and keep them on the edge of their seats the same way the original Billy Wilder film did. From the extraordinarily talented cast being led by Tony® Award-winner Alice Ripley, to the exquisite multi-level sets being created for the show, to the glamorous costumes, audiences will need to prepare themselves for an evening of theatre unlike anything they have ever seen.”

SUNSET BOULEVARD is the magnificent tale of Norma Desmond, a faded silent-screen goddess living in her Sunset Boulevard mansion clinging to a fantasy that audiences still long for her, but in reality they hardly remember her. When an impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis, stumbles into her reclusive domain she persuades him to help her work on her film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras again. Seduced by her and her luxurious lifestyle he agrees. Entrapped in a claustrophobic existence, his love for another woman leads him to try and break free of Norma’s web, but with dramatic consequences.

Based on the film by Billy Wilder, SUNSET BOULEVARD, features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. The Tony® Award-winning masterwork is packed with lush and swelling songs including “With One Look,” “As If We Never Said Goodbye,” “Sunset Boulevard,” and “Perfect Year.”

It has been previously announced that Tony® Award-winner Alice Ripley will take on the iconic role of Norma Desmond. Alice Ripley earned critical acclaim and won the Best Actress in a Musical Tony® and Helen Hayes Awards for her work as Diana in the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock opera, Next to Normal. Ripley received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for her work as conjoined twin Violet Hilton in the cult hit, Side Show. She also created the role of Betty Schaefer in the original 1994 Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard. She was also part of the original Broadway casts and created the roles in American Psycho, The Rocky Horror Show, James Joyce’s The Dead, King David, and The Who’s Tommy in addition to enjoying a long stay at the Imperial Theatre playing Fantine in the original Broadway production of Les Misérables. Alice Ripley is also an accomplished screen actress and recording artist.

Tickets for SUNSET BOULEVARD are priced starting from $61 – $86. Kids 18 and under save 50%. $25 Student Rush tickets are available with a valid student I.D. starting one hour prior to curtain time. Prices are subject to change without notice. Phone, internet, and other fees may be applied at time of sale.

SUNSET BOULEVARD performances are September 24 – October 6, Tue – Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm, matinees Wed, Sat and Sun at 2 pm. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit nsmt.org, or visit the box office at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA.

 

Murder On The Orient Express Opens At The Ogunquit Playhouse First Non Musical In Over 12 Years

Agatha Christie’s Masterpiece, Murder on the Orient Express Opens at Ogunquit Playhouse August 14

 

All aboard! Ogunquit Playhouse is thrilled to announce the first non-musical production at the theatre in over 12 years, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, on stage August 14 through August 31. This suspenseful play takes audiences on a delightful journey alongside a train full of suspects, each one with an alibi! There are twists and turns aplenty in this intrigue-filled story, newly adapted for the stage from Agatha Christie’s masterpiece by two-time Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig. This beloved mystery unfolds in a fresh new way that takes audiences on a thrilling ride, and is complete with a professional New York and Broadway-based cast including Tony-nominee Anita Gillette as Princess Dragomiroff and Steven Rattazzi as the mustachioed sleuth, Hercule Poirot. This lavish production is directed by Shaun Kerrison and includes an original set designed by Tony Award-winner Beowulf Boritt and stunning costumes designed by Tony Award-winner William Ivey Long.

“I am very excited to produce my first play here at the Ogunquit Playhouse. I am a huge Agatha Christie fan and we have carefully chosen one of her most thrilling murder mysteries that has been newly adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig. It will be seen in Ogunquit for one of the first times anywhere, live on our stage. We are delighted to share this new play with our audiences,” stated Bradford Kenney, Ogunquit Playhouse Executive Artistic Director.

This beloved mystery also features Ruth Gotschall as Helen Hubbard, Christopher Gurr as Monsieur Bouc, Kate Loprest as Countess Andrenyi, Stephen James Anthony as Hector MacQueen, Andrew Dits as Colonel Arbuthnot and Samuel Ratchett, Patricia Noonan as Mary Debenham, Olev Aleksander as Head Waiter and Michel the Conductor, and Anna Tempte as Greta Ohlsson. 

Steven Rattazzi

Steven Rattazzi leads the cast as Agatha Christie’s beloved character, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. He has performed in Indecent on Broadway, and Off-Broadway in numerous productions including Henry V with Liev Schrieber, The Black Crook, Galileo, The Tempest with Mandy Patinkin, Stunning, Dinner Party, Painted Snake on a Painted Chair, and McGurk. In regional theatres his credits include Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood, Indecent, Lempicka, David Greenspan’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Seder, The School for Wives, and Marie Antoinette. He can be seen in the film The Family and is the voice behind the character Dr. Orpheus on Adult Swim’s The Venture Brothers. 

Anita Gillette

Tony-nominee Anita Gillette returns to the Playhouse to portray Princess Dragomiroff. Perhaps best known for her performance as Mona the mistress in the film Moonstruck, or for her portrayal as Tina Fey’s mother in NBC’s 30 Rock, Ms. Gillette has had an illustrious career on stage and screen, with more than fourteen Broadway shows to her credit, including Chapter Two (which earned her a Tony Nomination for Best Actress in a Play and an LA Drama Critics Award), as well as the Off-Broadway production of The Big Meal for which she was nominated for a Lortel Award. She has performed at the Playhouse numerous times, starting in 1976 with Sabrina Fair, followed by Chapter Two in 1980, The Inkwell in 1982, Steel Magnolias in 1990, How the Other Half Lives in 1994, and Alone Together in 1998. and in guest appearances on Modern Family, Blue Bloods, Elementry, Cold Case, Sex & The City, Frasier, Law & Order, and Mad About You.

Tickets are on sale now with preview performances starting at just $36, and economy seating at $51 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, subscriber, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.

Cindy Williams to Join the Cast of the Ogunquit Playhouse Production of Menopause The Musical

The Ogunquit Playhouse is thrilled to announce that Cindy Williams will join the cast of the hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical, as the host. Ms. Williams is best known for her role as Shirley Feeney alongside Penny Marshall (Laverne) in the hit television show Laverne and Shirley. This joyful musical parody is on stage from September 4 through September 14. 

A raucous celebration of womanhood inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause the Musical applauds women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived The Change. Grab your best gal-pal or your best guy for this hilarious and joyful parody of 25 re-lyricized classic hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. The show features chart-toppers including “I Heard it Through the Grapevine that You No Longer See 39,” and the disco favorite “Stayin’ Awake, Stayin’ Awake!”

For tickets visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.

The Ogunquit Playhouse season continues with Cabaret, on stage now through August 10; Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, August 14 through August 31; the Tony Award-winning, smash hit musical Kinky Boots, September 18 through October 27.

“Not Fade Away” Comes To Greater Boston Stage Company August 23

GREATER BOSTON STAGE COMPANY ROCKS IT OUT WITH 

NOT FADE AWAY 

Friday, August 23, 2019… That’ll Be the Day… that Not Fade Away comes to Greater Boston Stage Company! Greater Boston Stage Company welcomes back Austin Price, last season’s Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet. Austin, alongside his band Not Fade Away, creates the ultimate throwback to Buddy Holly and the legends of rock n roll. Not your typical Buddy Holly tribute, Not Fade Away will celebrate the unforgettable sounds of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper with hits by Bill Haley, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, The Beatles and more. So, don’t feel blue Peggy Sue, because you have five chances to see these guys and gals jumping up on instruments, dancing, soloing behind their heads, and jumping through ropes (yee-haw!) all to powerful NEW renditions of the classic hit songs of the 50’s, 60’s and beyond. Not Fade Away rocks on from August 23 – 25, 2019 for five hopping performances. 

For more information call GBSC’s Box Office at 781-279-2200, or visit www.greaterbostonstage.org. 

Box Office Hours: Mondays – Fridays, 11am to 6pm; Saturdays, 1pm to 6pm
Location: 395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 02180

Opening At North Shore Music Theatre August 6: “Jersey Boys

OH, WHAT A NIGHT!

‘JERSEY BOYS’

PREMIERES AT NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE

IN A ONE-OF-A-KIND 360° IMMERSIVE PRODUCTION

August 6 – September 1, 2019

 

 Bill Hanney’s award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) continues the 2019 Musical Season with JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. This special extended engagement plays for four week starting Tuesday, August 6 and playing thru Sunday, September 1, 2019. JERSEY BOYS is sponsored by Abiomed.

 “We are so proud to be presenting the Massachusetts Regional Theatre Premiere of Jersey Boys. Many people have seen the show on Broadway and on the many tours that have come through the area, but I can guarantee they have never seen the show like this before,” said Bill Hanney, NSMT owner and producer. “Our audiences will not just be watching the musical phenomenon – but they will be experiencing the show from all sides in our unique 360° theatre. Our Producing Artistic Director, Kevin P. Hill, has created a brand-new immersive production featuring his own original direction and choreography. Our extraordinarily talented cast will have audiences saying, “Oh, what a night!” and coming back for more!”

JERSEY BOYS is the four-time Tony Award-winning musical about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – four guys from Jersey who had a sound nobody had ever heard … and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in JERSEY BOYS, featuring a book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. The unforgettable score includes top ten his like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night).”

The cast of JERSEY BOYS will be led by Andrés Acosta as Tommy DeVito, Luke Hamilton as Bob Gaudio, Jonathan Mousset as Frankie Valli and Alex Puette as Nick Massi. The cast of 15 also features Matthew Amira, Barry Anderson, Ashley Chasteen, Luke Darnell, EJ Dohring, Mia Gerachis, Josh Greenblatt, David LaMarr, Alyssa Mcanany, Alaina Mills, and Corey Mosello.

 JERSEY BOYS performances are August 6 – September 1, Tue – Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm, matinees Wed, Sat and Sun at 2 pm. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit nsmt.org, or visit the box office at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA.

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La Cage Aux Folles To Open At Reagle Music Theatre Of Greater Boston

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston Presents

 La Cage Aux Folles

August 8-18, 2019 – 8 performances with 4 matinees

 

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston‘s 51st Summer Season concludes with La Cage Aux Folles from August 8-18, 2019. This hilarious, heartwarming musical comedy shows what happens when the proprietor of a glitzy drag club comes face to face with a bigoted politician (and soon-to-be in-law), all in the name of love and family.  Featuring Broadway alum James Darrah (Hello Dolly!, Avenue Q) as “Albin” – the drag star of La Cage Aux Folles nightclub, and the love of his life and club owner, “Georges,” played by J.T. Turner (Reagle’s 42nd Street, Anything Goes).  Directed and Choreographed by Susan M. Chebookjian, Music Director Dan Rodriguez, Produced by Robert J. Eagle.

Reagle’s production of the groundbreaking musical comedy features a score by Tony and Grammy winner Jerry Herman (including songs like “I Am What I Am,” “The Best of Times,” and “Song on the Sand”) and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.  Based the play “La Cage Aux Folles” by Jean Poiret.  Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

La Cage Aux Folles Cast

James Darrah as ALBIN:  James Darrah, Broadway veteran and Waltham native, first appeared on the Reagle stage as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz during the company’s second season in 1970. Broadway credits include: Ambrose Kemper in the 30th Anniversary Revival of Hello, Dolly! at the Lunt Fontaine Theatre, opposite Carol Channing; Avenue Q; Boeing Boeing; Hedda Gabler. Some Off-Broadway and Touring credits include: Cornelius Hackle in, Hello, Dolly! opposite Madeline Kahn; 42nd Street (Billy) opposite Jerry Orbach and Tammy Grimes; Silent Laughter; archy and mehitabel; Once Around the City; Billion Dollar Baby starring Kristin Chenoweth; Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know. TV credits include Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Law and Order, Christmas at Rockefeller Center; General Hospital and other daytime dramas. James holds Broadway and Off-Broadway stage management credits and spent six seasons as Stage Manager on staff at The Metropolitan Opera. He is on The Board of Governors of The American Guild of Musical Artists. James is in his seventh year as Production and Stage Director for the annual Henry Viscardi School Celebrity Sports Night. James is a former Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown and faculty alumnus of their famed Clown College.

J.T. Turner as GEORGES:  J.T. returns to the Reagle stage where he was most recently seen as Moonface  in Anything Goes. His recent performances include Rochefort in 3 Musketeers, (GBSC), Fezziwig in Christmas Carol, (NSMT) Snowbell in Stuart Little, (Wheelock) and Alfie in My Fair Lady, (Lyric). He is the Descriptive Narrator for the PBS shows ARTHUR and MARTHA SPEAKS, as well as episodes of MYSTERY!. J.T. tours with solo shows about Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Ben Franklin and Charles Dickens.

The full cast of La Cage Aux Folles includes: James Darrah* as Albin; J.T. Turner* as Georges; Jonathan Acorn as Jean-Michel; Benz Atthakarunpan as Jacob; Lily Steven as Anne; Rich Allegretto as Dindon; Maureen Brennan* as Marie Dindon; Allyn Hunt as Renaud; Margaret Felice as Madame Renaut; Ellen Peterson as Jacqueline; Robert B. Orzalli as Francis; Dwayne P. Mitchell*, Joey Cullinane, Paul Watt-Morse, Michael Morley, Justin Flores, Andy Edelman and Will Burke as Cagelles; Maria Tramontozzi, Conor Meehan, Madelyn Sproat, Anelise Allen, Nino Ruggeri, Kat O’Connor and Ian Costello round out the ensemble.  *Denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association

La Cage Aux Folles runs for 8 performances with four matinees over 2 weekends; Fri & Sat at 7:00 pm, Thurs & Sun matinees at 2:00 pm.

To purchase, visit www.reaglemusictheatre.org, call 781-891-5600, or visit the theater box office at 617 Lexington St, Waltham, MA, 02452. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., with extended hours from 9:00 am to curtain on performance days.