Rock of Ages, The Wiz, and MORE!
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Book by Chris D'Arienzo
“Even doubters will be wiping tears from their Wayfarers. Rock of Ages is the power-ballad decade in all its glory, tricked out with big perms, bigger dreams, and the kind of operatic ecstasy you read about only in bathroom stalls.” – Entertainment Weekly

Set in L.A.’s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, Rock of Ages tells the story of city-boy Drew, a wannabe rocker, and small-town girl Sherrie both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! Featuring face-melting rock songs and slap-you-with-emotion power ballads by bands like Van Halen, Poison, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and more! Read More
Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
WINNER! Seven Tony Awards - including Best Musical
"Radiates so much energy you can hardly sit in your seat!"
- The New York Post

A beloved Broadway gem, The Wiz infuses L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel, and soul music. This timeless tale of Dorothy's adventures through the Land of Oz is a fun, family-friendly, modern musical and one of the most popular shows in the Samuel French catalog.
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Book by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan
"Timeless appeal... One lush, soaring number after another... a melody-rich score that draws on a wide range of influences, from the Baroque to the British poperetta craze of the 1980s. –The New York Times

In Death Takes a Holiday, it's just after World War I and the loneliest of souls arrives at an Italian villa disguised as a handsome young Prince, and for the first time experiences the joys and heartbreaks of life.The show began as an Alberto Casella play from the 1920s that was made into a much-loved 1934 film starring Fredric March as Death, disguised as a debonair nobleman. The original film was remade in 1998 as Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins.
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the play by Jean Poiret
WINNER! Best Revival of a Musical - 2010 Tony Awards
WINNER! Best Musical - 1984 Tony Awards

After twenty years of un-wedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse get a bit of both when Georges' son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. Further complicating the situation is the 'family business': Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the "star" performer 'Zaza'. Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as "normal" when he meets the family of the bride-to-be. But Albin has other plans, with hilarious results.
Book by Jason Loewith and Lincoln Peirce
Music by Chris Youstra
Lyrics by Jason Loewith and Chris Youstra
"Bursting with energy and fun music, great lyrics and true to life comic strip characters, Big Nate, based on the familiar comic strip, is a rocking fresh bundle of raucous fun." - DC Theatre Scene

Nate Wright, a detention-riddled sixth grader (and drummer for the greatest garage band in the history of the galaxy, Enslave the Mollusk!) hopes to capture beautiful Jenny’s heart by winning “The Nicholodeon”, the first prize in his school’s Battle of the Bands.  But when Artur and Jenny team up with Nate’s arch-rival Gina to form the sap-pop band Rainbows and Ponies, he’s gotta take his game to an all-star level. 
Book, Music and Lyrics by Peter Mills
Conceived by Cara Reichel
Winner! 2010 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist

"If you're someone who frets about the future of American musicals, you'll hail The Taxi Cabaret." Backstage

The Taxi Cabaret follows six people in their twenties during their first year in New York City. Scott, an aspiring novelist, discovers that you do not have to suffer to write. Mark and Sara test their relationship when they move in together. Zach lives an E-ZPass lifestyle, staying safely in the closet, while the eternally unlucky but relentlessly optimistic Karen falls for him, only to have her heart broken. C.C. is an actress/temp who longs for something in her life that will last more than sixteen bars.
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Photo credits: Encore's production of The Wiz (Robert J. Saferstein), Roundabout's Death Take a Holiday (Joan Marcus), Broadway Revival Cast of La Cage Aux Folles (Joan Marcus), Adventure Theatre MTC's production of Big Nate (Bruce Douglas), The Taxi Cabaret (Robert J. Aguilar) |
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