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Announcing Our 2015-16 Season
CenterStage has made it our mission to bring you the hottest new plays from the world's most talented young and established writers. Recent seasons have witnessed the early development of plays like Handle with Care, Imaging Madoff and My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding before they went on to success Off-Broadway and in regional theaters. Last season's premiere productions of Naked in Encino and The Hit Factory were wildly well received by audiences and critics alike. For our 39th Season, we are again bringing hot, new Regional and World Premiere productions that continue to make us a destination theatre for audiences and playwrights.
Green Day's American Idiot
Book and Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong; Book by Michael Mayer;
Music by Green Day
First Ever Rochester Production – July 11-19, 2015
Based on Green Day's Grammy® Award-winning multi-platinum album of the same name, this Tony Award®-winning hit musical tells the story of three lifelong friends and their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world. Their trip down the "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before.
CenterStage 39th Season
Oy Vey, It's the Calamari Sisters!
World Premiere - October 8-25, 2015
When Delphine and Carmela Calamari are hired to cater an event at a Jewish funeral home, there's no telling what they'll whip up in the kitchen. From matzah balls to meatballs, challah bread to pizza dough, and gefilte fish to baccala, the girls try desperately to bridge the cultural gap. The sisters pay their respects in the only way they know how — by singing, dancing, and cooking through memorable songs less-than-appropriate for your typical interment. Needless to say, by the end of the show you'll agree that death becomes the Calamari Sisters.
Coney Island Christmas
by Donald Margulies, based on "The Loudest Voice" by Grace Paley
East Coast Premiere - December 5-20, 2015
A delightful holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths. When a young Jewish girl is cast to play the role of Jesus in the school Christmas pageant, her immigrant parents struggle to balance their traditions with their new role as Americans during the holidays. This new play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies (Brooklyn Boy, Dinner with Friends, Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen) weaves together nostalgia, music, merriment, and multi-holiday pageants, in a timeless and universal tale for adults and families alike.
The Hit Factory 2...Brill and Beyond
World Premiere Musical - February 6-21, 2016
The team that brought you last year's sell-out sensation The Hit Factory is back with an all-new tribute to American popular music. Using last year's pop infused "Brill Building Sound" as jumping-off point, The Hit Factory II takes us to the end of that era as singer-songwriters became the norm and performers like Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Neil Sedaka, Carol King and Bobby Darin became household names.
Other Desert Cities
by Jon Robin Baitz
Area Premiere - April 2-17, 2016
A searing comedy-drama in the tradition of August: Osage County and Bad Jews, the joys of a family reunion quickly unravel when a prodigal daughter returns to her family's Palm Springs home and announces plans to publish a childhood memoir. As her retired ambassador father, image-conscious mother, rehabbing aunt and ne'er-do-well brother team up to stop her, long-held family secrets continue to be revealed. This 2012 Broadway hit, from the author of Substance of Fire and the creator TV's Brothers and Sisters, was nominated for a Tony Award® for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Ain't Misbehavin', the Fats Waller Musical
Music by Thomas "Fats" Waller
Conceived by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr.
Tony Award® Winner Best Musical - May 7-22, 2016
The Joint will be Jumpin' when the golden age of The Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom get recreated in this rollicking, finger-snapping, toe-tapping and bawdy tribute to the Harlem Renaissance of the early 1900s. A stellar cast sing the songs that made the inimitable "Fats" Waller an international sensation.
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