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MTG 19/20 – 4-Play Series
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September 22, 2019 @ 7:00PM – BARNUM

Music: Cy Coleman
Lyrics: Michael Stewart
Book: Mark Bramble

Before there was the movie smash THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, there was BARNUM, the Tony® Award-winning the story of P.T. Barnum, who combined razzle-dazzle with brass and charm to sell humbug to cheering crowds. A joyful and moving musical portrait of the nineteenth century’s greatest showman, BARNUM is a colorful, dynamic spectacle with heart and a landmark Cy Coleman score (‘Come Follow The Band,’ The Colors of My Life,’ and ‘Thank God I’m Old’).

BARNUM premiered at Broadway’s St. James Theatre in 1980 starring Jim Dale and Glenn Close and played for 854 performances. It was nominated for 10 Tony® Awards with wins for Mr. Dale as Best Actor plus scenic and costume design. Its 1981 West End premiere starred Michael Crawford.  BARNUM was recently revived at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2018.

November 10, 2019 @ 7:00PM – THE GOODBYE GIRL

Music: Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics: David Zippel
Book: Neil Simon
Based on Simon’s 1977 award-winning screenplay of the same name

Based on Neil Simon’s 1977 award-winning film, THE GOODBYE GIRL follows the unlikely comic romance between Paula, a bitter single mother and former Broadway dancer who has been jilted one too many times, and Elliot, an opinionated actor who shows up unexpectedly with a lease to sublet her apartment.  Musical sparks ensue.  Simon’s collaborators for the musical were the legendary Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line) and David Zippel (City of Angels).

After an out-of-town tryout in Chicago, THE GOODBYE GIRL opened on Broadway in 1993 starring Bernadette Peters and, in his Broadway debut, Martin Short.  It ran for 188 performances, was nominated for 5 Tony® Awards and won the Drama Desk Award for Mr. Hamlisch’s brassy, giddy and rhythmic score.

February 9, 2020 @ 7:00PM – IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU

Concept & Music: Barbara Anselmi
Lyrics & Book: Brian Hargrove
Additional Lyrics: Michael Cooper, Will Randall, Carla Rose Fisher, Ernie Lijoi, Jill Abramovitz

The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature. His mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. One of the funniest musicals of the decade, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU invites you to an unforgettable wedding, where anything that can go wrong does and love and music pops up in the most mysterious of places.

After debuting at the St. George Playhouse in 2011 and a subsequent staging at Village Theatre in Issaquah, WA, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU opened on Broadway in 2015 under the direction of David Hyde Pierce starring Tyne Daly, Harriet Lewis, Lisa Howard & Sierra Boggess. It ran for 135 performances and was nominated for six Outer Critics Circle Awards, three Drama League Awards, and three Drama Desk Awards.

May 3, 2020 @ 7:00PM – KISMET

Music & Lyrics: Robert Wright & George Forrest from the themes of Alexander Borodin
Book: Charles Lederer & Luther Davis
Based on the play by Edward Knoblock

Set in the exotic time of the fabled Arabian Nights, KISMET spins the fateful adventure-filled tale of glib-tongued street poet Hajj, a resourceful seller of rhymes, and his beautiful daughter Marsinah.  It weaves a lush tapestry of romance and melody and features many favorites including ‘Stranger in Paradise,’ ‘And This Is My Beloved’ and ‘Baubles, Bangles and Beads.’

The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera commissioned composers Wright and Forrest to adapt the luscious classical melodies of Alexander Borodin.  KISMET premiered in Los Angeles before opening on Broadway in 1953 during the middle of a newspaper strike. Having no reviews to help sell tickets, KISMET was perhaps the first musical to use the power of television to promote a show. It ran for 583 performances, starring Alfred Drake, Joan Diener and Richard Kiley.  The recipient of three Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, KISMET was adapted into an MGM film in 1955.