Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Musical Theatre Guild's 2010-2011 Season

70, Girls, 70

Musical Theatre Guild’s 15th Anniversary Season will feature an excitingly diverse schedule of shows in 2010-2011, beginning with 70, Girls, 70 by Kander and Ebb on September 20, 2010. Based on the play Breath of Spring by Peter Coke and adapted by Joe Masteroff, 70, Girls, 70 is about the residents of a senior citizens’ hotel who become shoplifters to buy the building before it is sold to developers. It features a honky tonk vaudeville score that include favorites like “Coffee in a Cardboard Cup,” “Home,” and “Broadway My Street.”

On November 8th, MTG presents Hello Again by Michael John LaChuisa, suggested by the play La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzer. Hello Again is a series of ten love affairs and romantic encounters among ten characters during ten decades of the 20th century (from streetwalker to nurse, soldier to senator). It features a variety of musical styles and delivers some of the most soul-searching moments in contemporary musical theatre.

2011 starts with One Touch of Venus by Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash and S.J. Perlman on February 7th. The show tells of a Grecian statue that comes to life becoming involved with a modern day barber. After Marlene Dietrich backed out during rehearsals (calling the show “too sexy and profane”), it established Mary Martin as a true Broadway star.

Following Venus is Cy Coleman and Neil Simon’s Little Me on April 18, 2011. This musical burlesque chronicles the rise of the optimistic, yet spectacularly accident-prone, Belle Poitrine (born Schlumpfert) in her quest for “wealth, culture & social position”…and the hand of the high-born Noble Eggleston. Little Me had 3 Broadway incarnations, the first with Sid Caesar, the most recent with Martin Short, as Noble.

Bat Boy: The Musical, by Laurence O’Keefe, Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming is the final show of the season on June 13, 2011. Using virtually every style of music – country, gospel, pop, rock, tango, opera and show – Bat Boy tells the engrossing story of a half-boy, half-bat found in a cave who learns to speak and gains a family, romance and a home…until society takes it all away. The message: “Don’t Deny Your Beast Inside.”

Tickets for the Alex Theatre subscription are available by calling 818-246-2539.

MTG also presents a “mini-season” in association with the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation, this year featuring 70, Girls, 70 on September 26, 2010 and One Touch of Venus on February 13, 2011. To subscribe to this two-show season call 805-449-2775.

For more information about Musical Theatre Guild go to
www.musicaltheatreguild.com/.

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