Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Musical Theatre Guild Announces 2012-13 Season

Musical Theatre Guild announced its upcoming 2012-2013 season at last night’s reading of A New Brain. Performances will take place at Glendale’s historic Alex Theatre and Sherr Forum in Thousand Oaks. Here’s what you can look forward to:

DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY (West Coast Premiere)
September 24, 2012 (Alex Theatre)
September 30, 2012 (Sherr Forum)
Music & Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Book by Peter Stone & Thomas Meehan

Death takes a weekend off and assumes a human guise to mingle with mortals in this story based on La Morte in Vacanza by Alberto Casella. As often happens, his vacation becomes more complicated than relaxing. It features a lush score by Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic), and makes Death seem far more romantic and darkly comic than he will be the next time he appears.

November 19, 2012 ( Alex Theatre)
September 25, 2012 ( Sherr Forum)
Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse

Suggested by Washington socialite Perle Mesta’s 1949 appointment to the Ambassadorship of Luxembourg, the story is set in “two mythical countries: the Duchy of Lichtenburg and the United States of America.” Ethel Merman won the Tony© Award for her performance, natch, and starred in the 1953 film version.

February 11, 2013 (Alex Theatre)
February 17, 2013 (Sherr Forum)
Music by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
Lyrics by Tim Rice & Björn Ulvaeus
Book by Richard Nelson

When two top players, an American and a Russian, compete in a world chess tournament, they find themselves competing for both the championship and for the affections of the woman who manages one, yet yearns for the other. The thrilling pop score includes “One Night in Bangkok” and “I Know Him So Well.”

A CATERED AFFAIR (Los Angeles Premiere)
April 15, 2013 (Alex Theatre)
April 21, 2013 (Sherr Forum)
Music & Lyrics by John Bucchino
Book by Harvey Fierstein

Based on the 1956 Bette Davis film written by Gore Vidal, from the original 1955 teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky, this chamber musical highlights an unforgettable Bronx wedding that is, by turns, romantic, funny, insightful and touching.

June 10, 2013 (Alex Theatre)
June 16, 2013 (Sherr Forum)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Book by Guy Bolton and John McGowan

Since its Broadway opening in 1930, Girl Crazy has dazzled audiences with gorgeous and toe-tapping songs like “Bidin’ My Time,” “Embraceable You,” “Treat Me Rough,” “But Not For Me,” and “I Got Rhythm.” The show made Ginger Rogers a star and was Ethel Merman’s stage debut.

For tickets and more information about MTG’s season visit www.musicaltheatreguild.com.

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