The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Vermont's award-winning summer theatre, has announced a 7-show season that includes Obie and Emmy Award-winning actor Christopher Lloyd in the American classic Death of A Salesman, the Vermont premieres of recent hits from Broadway and Off-Broadway, and the company's first world premiere. "A groundswell of local support and national attention is allowing us to put together our most exciting season ever," noted WPTC Producing Director Steve Stettler. "There is something for everyone in this year's line-up, and we can't wait to share it with our audience."
The 2010 season kicks off on June 29 with Broadway's longest running comedy thriller, The 39 Steps. Based on the classic Hitchcock film, this runaway smash won London's Olivier Award for Best Comedy and earned a Tony nomination for Best Play. It's a murder mystery, manhunt and hilarious romp all rolled into one inspired night of theater. Four actors play hundreds of roles in a tour de force that includes a train chase, a plane crash and an ill-fated romance. It's the kind of theatrical experience that must be seen to be believed. The 39 Steps runs for two weeks only, through July 10.
Next up is the musical that changed Broadway: Avenue Q. The little comedy that could, this hilarious show managed to pull off the biggest coup in Broadway history - besting Wicked for the Tony for Best Musical. Avenue Q is the story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton and his new neighborhood friends as they all strive to make their place in the world. A modern-day, R-rated Sesame Street, Avenue Q has become a cult classic with its lifesize puppets and catchy and irreverent songs. It plays from July 15 to 31.
Are you ready for some baseball? Because Damn Yankees is up next to bat, Aug. 5 through 21. Middle-aged fan Joe Boyd sells himself to the Devil - and to the machinations of a temptress named Lola - in order to see his favorite team win the pennant. A home run as far as shows go, this perennial fave includes stellar songs that helped define Broadway's Golden Age like "Heart," "Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo" and "Whatever Lola Wants." Baseball fans and theater fans alike will rejoice.
Then, in a major late-summer coup, Hollywood star Christopher Lloyd (Taxi, Back to the Future) heads back to the Playhouse stage in the leading role of Arthur Miller's timeless classic, Death of a Salesman, beginning Aug. 26. This Tony and Pulitzer winner is the story of Willy Loman, a travelling salesman who fights changing times and the acceptance of his own failings in order to claim his family's right to the American Dream. Weston's production will play to both general and school audiences through Sept. 10.
Weston is proud to present its first World Premiere, The Oath, from July 8 to 25 on its 90-seat second stage. Based on a true story by Khassan Baiev with Ruth and Nicholas Daniloff and adapted by Gavin Broady, this one-man show is the unforgettable wartime tale of a brave Chechen doctor whose belief in the Hippocratic Oath placed both his own life and family's fortunes in jeopardy. Ian Barford (Broadway's August: Osage County) stars.
From Aug. 12 to 29, it's time to snap your fingers to the beat. The Off-Broadway smash The Marvelous Wonderettes will grace the WPTC OtherStage. This delightful, cotton-candy-colored musical takes a trip down Memory Lane with hits from the 50s and 60s like "Lollipop," "Lipstick on Your Collar" and "It's My Party." Enjoy the comic hijinks and 4-part harmonies of a group of girlfriends who decide to entertain on the eve of their senior prom and again at their 10th high school reunion. The Marvelous Wonderettes is a "feel good" show not to be missed.
The Weston Playhouse Young Company will perform another classic show for young audiences in Weston and on tour through local communities from June 24 to July 11. Theatre goers of all ages can enjoy Seussical TYA, a one-hour version of the Broadway musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss and performed by Weston's talented Young Company of undergraduate musical theatre majors. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's enchanting musical brings beloved characters like the Cat in the Hat, Horton and Yertle the Turtle to life in a heart-warming story with memorable songs. Suitable for audiences of all ages, performance times and prices are specially designed to accommodate families with children ages five and up.
Weston's legendary Act IV Cabaret caps off the evening for the first three MainStage productions with an ever-changing music and comedy revue. Pre-theatre dinner will be served in the Cafe at the Falls restaurant, under the continued management of the Inn at Weston.
Call the Box Office at 824-5288 to order your subscription and secure seats to the WPTC 2010 season. The theatre's website, westonplayhouse.org, now has information on the 2010 season and the theatre's popular Stage Door enrichment series, held throughout the winter and spring in area libraries, bookstores, and restaurants. Single tickets will be available online starting March 1.