The season opener will be “The Fantasticks” – the longest-running musical in the world, and with good reason. At the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.
It’s a moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a more mature, meaningful love is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become standards.
Performance dates are Sept. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 8 p.m. and Sept. 16 and 23, 3 p.m.
The second production will offer “Perfect Crime.” This cat and mouse thriller is one of Off Broadway’s longest running hits. Margaret Thorne Brent, psychiatrist and author, has returned to America with her husband, also a psychiatrist, and settled in an affluent Connecticut community where at least one bizarre murder has taken place. Inspector James Ascher, the local cop, becomes obsessed with Margaret, her patients and their sitting room, where he believes the solution to the murder lies.
Performance dates are Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 8 p.m. and Nov. 11 and 18, 3 p.m.
The February/March offering in 2008 will be, “Perfectly Frank,” a musical revue conceived and written by Kenny Solms, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, with additional music and lyrics by Lou Alter, Hoagy Carmichael, Milton DeLugg, Fred Hollander, Gene Krupa, Burton Lane, Joe Lilly, Jimmy McHugh, Joseph Meyer, Victor Schertzinger, Arthur Schwartz, Jule Styne, and Lawrence Welk.
Performance dates are Feb. 22, 23, 29, March 1, 7, 8, 8 p.m. and March 2 and 9, 3 p.m.
The final production of the season will be “The Pajama Game.” The dangers of a workplace romance are explored to hysterical effect in this romantic comedy from the creators of “Damn Yankees.” Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 71/2-cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well. Bright and brassy, this unconventional, fast-paced Broadway favorite is every bit the embodiment of legendary director George Abbott at his very best.
Performance dates are May 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 8 p.m. and May 18 and 25, 3 p.m.
Season tickets are available for the productions for $40 for all four shows. An Early Bird Special is available for $35 for all who subscribe before June 30.
For details, call (804) 734-6629.