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Center Stage: Upcoming seasons for Theatre Conspiracy, Broadway Palm

By Staff | May 21, 2019

Marsha Wagner

Next season’s theater schedule is now available to put on your calendar and the time is now to order your subscriptions. Let’s start with the 26th anniversary season for Bill Taylor’s Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance of the Arts.

There are new dates for “Rancho Mirage,” a comedy by acclaimed playwright Steven Dietz. Originally scheduled to open May 9, this play was delayed and will now open June 14-15 and June 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. and June 16 and June 23 for matinees at 2 p.m.

The summer season follows with the classic comedy”Harvey,” playing Aug. 15-23. “Engagement Rules” – a “mostly comedy” penned by Rich Orloff – plays Sept. 20 through Oct. 6. “It’s a Beautiful Wound,” written and performed by Orloff, plays one night only on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche,” a Fringe Festival sensation by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood, plays Oct. 24 to Nov. 3.

“The Mountaintop,” by Katori Hall, opens the 2020 season and plays Jan. 16-26. “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” by Ken Ludwig mystifies on Feb. 13-23, while August Wilson’s “King Hedley II” plays March 5-15. “The Roommate” by Jen Silverman is set for May 7-17.

If you are intrigued and delighted by good acting by community players and cutting edge theater – along with some classics – then get your subscriptions now by calling the box office a 239-939-2787 or online at allianceforthearts.tix.com.

Next let’s check out the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre this summer. On the main stage from June 20 till Aug. 10 is Disney’s “Beauty And The Beast.” Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings and selected matinees. Tickets are $45 to $70, with group prices available. There is a summer special and tickets for anyone 18 and under are just $20 for a meal and the show! Again, the box office number is 239-278-4422 or contact BroadwayPalm.com to reserve.

Broadway Palm’s 27th season opens with main stage productions starting Aug. 22 and runs through Aug. 8, 2020. Show prices range from $48-$80 with group and children’s prices available. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings; no Tuesday evening performances May through October with selected matinees.

The main stage productions include:

– “Once” (Aug. 22 to Sept. 28) – Set in Ireland, it’s a tale about two people who love music, an unexpected friendship and collaboration the evolves into a powerful but complicated love story. “Once” won eight Tony awards and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.

– “Finding Neverland” (Oct. 3 to Nov. 16) – Based on the award-winning film based on J.M. Barry’s “Peter Pan.”

– “Sounds Of Christmas” (Nov. 21 to Dec. 25) – Celebrate that happiest time of the year. This holiday treat includes a visit from the “big guy” himself, Santa Claus.

– “Grumpy Old Men The Musical” (Dec. 29 to Feb. 8): A musical version based on the movie of the same name.

– “Kinky Boots” (Feb. 13 to April 4): It will enthrall us all.

– “Something Rotten” (April 9 to May 14): A musical that according to the critics is a hilarious serving of entertainment and an irresistible ode to the dazzling creation of musical set in the year 1595, in the time of Shakespeare.

– “Swing” (June 25, 2020, to Aug. 8, 2020): We’ll be jumpin’ and jivin’. This all singing, and dancing extravaganza digs jive, swing, Lindy hop, East Coast and West Coast swing. The greatest songs from the Big Band Era. Be there or be square!

– “The Sound Of Music” (June 25, 2020, to Aug. 8, 2020): Its timeless score will sound out.

The Off-Broadway Palm’s season begins Sept. 19 and runs through July 26, 2020. The ticket prices range from $42 to $62 also for dinner and a show. Performances are the same schedule as those on the main stage.

Some of the titles include:

– “Dames At Sea,” Sept. 9 to Nov. 2

– “A Christmas Carol” – a live radio play – Nov. 14 to Dec. 25

– “Weekend Comedy,” Jan. 9 to Feb. 22

– “Always A Bridesmaid,” Feb. 27 to April 19

– “Love Sex And The I.R.S.,” June 4, 2020, to July 26, 2020

Next week I will present a preview season that the dazzling Florida Repertory Theatre has in store for you. This will be the third decade for this award-winning regional theatre as a fully professional theater company that has been lauded as “One of America’s Top Repertory Companies” by The Wall Street Journal.