Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Colony Theatre 2012-13 Season to include new Lorenz Hart Musical

The Colony Theatre Company is thrilled to announce its 2012 - 2013 season of shows and, for the first time in its history, will be bringing its subscribers and audiences six World, West Coast or Los Angeles premiere shows. The season includes everything from a world premiere musical that looks at the life of lyricist Lorenz Hart - to a smack-down of biblical proportions in Savannah, Georgia; From a Hitchcock-ian style thriller to a behind-the-scenes look at a non-profit theatre; throw in a legendary Stradivarius violin and some Fiestaware and you’ll see one of the most exciting seasons ever! The 2012/2013 Colony Theatre Company Season is:

June 13 - July 8, 2012 (Opening June 16)
The Savannah Disputation
Los Angeles Premiere
Written by Evan Smith

When susceptible Catholic spinster Margaret politely admits perky Pentecostal evangelical Melissa into her home, her seemingly solid faith starts to waver – much to the chagrin of her feisty sister Mary. But who's the blasphemer and who's the believer? Before long, the God-fearing sisters have ambushed their steadfast "guest" with the aid of an unsuspecting, mild-mannered local priest, setting the scene for a hilarious smackdown of truly biblical proportions, as all of them discover the perils of using religion to bend others to your will.        
   
Aug 8 – Sept 2, 2012 (Opening August 11) 
BLAME IT ON BECKETT
West Coast Premiere
Written by John Morogiello
                             
What really goes on behind the scenes in non-profit theatre? Meet Jim Foley, a jaded, cynical Literary Manager with a penchant for caffeine and chaos. Into Jim's derelict lair steps Heidi Bishop, a bright-eyed, newly minted MBA who hopes to make the leap from box office to back office. At first she seems like Mary Poppins, but it turns out Eve Harrington would be more like it, as Heidi manipulates everyone around her to get what she wants. A wonderful comedy with heart and a message, the play asks the question how far are we willing to sacrifice our soul to get ahead? And once we have, was it worth it?

Sept 26 - Oct 21, 2012 (Opening September 29)
AMERICAN FIESTA
West Coast Premiere
Written by Stephen Tomlinson

Can Fiestaware, that brightly colored Depression-era ceramic dinnerware, represent and illuminate the secrets of human relationships? Can it serve as a metaphor for political and ideological acceptance in the modern world, and bring civil, thoughtful discourse back to the dinner table? When an obsessive collector of vintage Fiestaware sets off in search of the perfect specimens, he finds some startling divides within his own family, as well as a surprising series of connections between residents of "red" and "blue" states. In his comedic cross-country travels, he ultimately finds hope and acceptance – as well as some fabulous serving bowls.

Nov 14 – Dec 16, 2012 (Opening Nov 17)
THE MORINI STRAD
West Coast Premiere
Written by Willy Holtzman

After a full and rewarding life as a world-renowned musician, aging Erica Morini inadvertently damages her legendary Stradivarius, a violin worth millions that accompanied her throughout her long career on the top concert stages of the world. It is an act akin to scratching the face of the Mona Lisa, so she secretly hires an unassuming but dedicated violin maker to restore her priceless instrument. At first she proves to be a difficult client, but the two develop an unexpected friendship over the instrument they both treasure in this inspired drama based on a true story that rocked the classical music world.

Feb 6 – March 3, 2013 (Opening Feb 9)
I’LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT
Los Angeles Premiere
Written by Peter Colley

Sweet, vulnerable Jan has had a nervous breakdown. To help her recover, her husband Greg rents a remote cabin in the country. Their neighbor is a strange farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories. Then Greg’s beautiful, sophisticated sister arrives, and frightening events begin to occur. Is Jan still ill and imagining things? Is Greg trying to help her – or drive her crazy? Is the farmer an ally or an enemy? And what’s really going on with the sister? A classic thriller in the Alfred Hitchcock mode!

April 24 – May 19, 2013 (Opening April 27)
FALLING FOR MAKE BELIEVE
World Premiere Musical
Book by Mark Saltzman
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers

Lorenz (Larry) Hart was one of Broadway's all-time greats, the brilliant lyricist who penned “My Funny Valentine,” “Blue Moon,” “Manhattan,” “Falling in Love With Love,” “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” “Where or When,” and countless other classics. As half of the legendary team of Rodgers and Hart, he lived a life of dizzying heights and crushing lows. Now Mark Saltzman (author of The Colony’s smash hit Clutter: The True Story of the Collyer Brothers Who Never Threw Anything Out) captures them all in an intimate look at the life and times of this lyrical genius, a brand new musical developed by The Colony featuring some of the most memorable songs of the 20th Century.

The Colony Theatre is located at 555 North Third Street, at the corner of Cypress, in the heart of the Burbank Media Center. For further information, call (818) 558-7000 or visit www.colonytheatre.org.

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