Mammoth productions bookend the 2008-2009 MainStage season at the Rep.
Here tis: "Les Miserables"
September 12 – October 12
Bob Hupp directs."If You Sing It, They Will Come (Songs from the Silver Screen)"
November 5 – November 16
Nicole Capri directs this young artists' program."It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play"
December 5 – December 28
Bob Hupp directs."Looking Over the President’s Shoulder"
January 30 – February 15, 2009
Gilbert McCauley ("Fences, A Soldier’s Play") directs this one-man show starring Lawrence Hamilton."The Foreigner"
March 13-March 29, 2009
Nicole Capri directs."The Elephant Man"
April 24 – May 10, 2009
Cliff Fannin Baker directs."The Who’s Tommy"
June 5-June 28
Lynn Kurdziel-Formatto (choreography for "The Full Monty," "A Chorus Line") directs.
I'm pumped for "The Elephant Man." More details in the news release after the jump.
The MainStage Season
The MainStage season opens with the largest production The Rep has ever undertaken— the multiple Tony Award-winning Les Miserables
, by Alain Boublil and Claude Michel Schonberg, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, based on the epic novel by Victor Hugo. Presented by The Rep and the Stella Boyle Smith Trust, and in co-production with the Phoenix Theatre Company (Phoenix, AZ), this powerful production and the music that defines it will be completely created in downtown Little Rock. Whether you have seen the show before or not, the intimate setting of The Rep and this score equal a once-in-a-lifetime theatre experience. The Rep is honored to have been selected as one of the first regional theatres in the country to be granted the production rights for this show, the third longest-running ever on Broadway. Les Miserables commands the MainStage this September 12 – October 12, under the direction of Robert Hupp.
November 5-November 16 audiences will delight in the fully realized Young Artists’ program, If You Sing It, They Will Come (Songs from the Silver Screen)
, conceived and directed by Nicole Capri. You will be wowed by talented young Arkansans ages 10 – 23 as they entertain you with classics like “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. The Young Artists’ programs repeatedly sell out and patrons will want to purchase these tickets early. (This is an add-on ticket for subscribers and only $15). “Our work with young people is some of the most enjoyable, compelling and rewarding work we do,” Hupp says.
Arkansas audiences always delight in The Rep’s holiday production and this year, patrons will be treated to the endearing holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play
, by Joe Landry, based on the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling. It’s the familiar story, told in its entirety, and the sentiment that you love, made fresh for the stage. Sit back, as if in your family living room in the 1940s, and listen to the story on the radio, complete with sound effects and commercials. See—and hear—angels get their wings on the MainStage December 5 – December 28. Robert Hupp directs.
Next up, The Rep produces the fascinating Looking Over the President’s Shoulder
, by James Still, January 30 – February 15, 2009. Starring Lawrence Hamilton, this one-man show is based on the true story of Alonzo Fields, an aspiring opera singer who takes a job as a butler in the White House during the Depression and stays to serve four presidents. Gilbert McCauley (Fences, A Soldier’s Play and others) directs. The play will be enhanced with discussions and symposiums sponsored by the Clinton School of Public Service about domestic life in the White House. “This is a terrific opportunity to partner with the Clinton School,” says Hupp. “These ‘surround events’ will add immensely to the community’s enjoyment of the work.”
What’s the most popular show The Rep has ever done? It would have to be Larry Shue’s The Foreigner
, and it returns March 13-March 29, 2009. Audiences never tire of this classic, side-splitting comedy about the shy Englishman vacationing at a rural Georgia fishing lodge who pretends he understands no English. “This is the show patrons request most often,” says Hupp. “It’s been twelve years since we’ve done it and we’re looking forward to a fun, fresh rendering.” The Rep’s Nicole Capri directs.
From classic comedy to drama….next in the season lineup, April 24 – May 10, 2009, is the Tony Award-winning, classic drama, The Elephant Man
, by Bernard Pomerance. Cliff Fannin Baker, The Rep’s founder, directs the work, set in Victoria-era England. Sponsored in part by the Division of Medical Humanities of the UAMS College of Medicine, celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Elephant Man is based on the true story of a deformed man rescued from a freak show by a doctor and their grappling with the life that follows. “Most people are familiar with the movie, but this work lends itself to great theatre,” says Hupp.
Wrapping up The Rep’s 33rd season is the Tony Award-winning rock opera, The Who’s Tommy
, book by Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend, music and lyrics by Pete Townshend, with additional music and lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon. This top-ranking album turned Broadway hit tells the story of the deaf, mute and blind “pinball wizard.” The score, which won a Tony in 1993, features such hits as “Tommy, Can You Hear Me?” and “Pinball Wizard.” Tommy runs June 5-June 28 and Lynn Kurdziel-Formatto directs (choreography for The Full Monty, A Chorus Line).