The national tour of \"Xanadu\" that came to Dallas in 2010

New Season for WaterTower Theatre

In 2012-13, WaterTower will do Xanadu, Irma Vep, Black Tie and more.

published Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The 2012-'13 season for WaterTower Theatre in Addison has been announced, and follows the group's season format. There seems to be a lack of newer work in the line-up, with the exceptions being the A.R. Gurney comedy Black Tie and the musical Xanadu, which has toured to Dallas and was first locally produced in 2011 by Level Ground Arts.

And interestingly, the season opens with Charles Ludlam's The Mystery of Irma Vep, which Theatre Arlington originally had on its season in the same time slot, but that has now been trumped by WTT (Theatre Arlington has changed its October slot to The 39 Steps).

At WaterTower, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival will return for the 12th year, and the holiday show is a radio play version of It's a Wonderful Life. In addition to Xanadu, musicals include the Sondheim revue Putting It Together, starring Diana Sheehan; and there'll be a revival of Frank Galati's Tony-winning adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.

Here's more from the WTT news release (and check out the new subscription options):

Addison (TX) – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin announced this evening the Company’s 2012-2013 Main Stage season at a special VIP Sneak Preview held at the Addison Theatre Centre. The season opens with The Mystery of Irma Vep (Sept. 28–Oct. 21, 2012) followed by a new, popular holiday show It’s A Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play (Nov. 24 – Dec. 16, 2012). The season continues in early January with Putting It Together (Jan. 11 – Feb. 3, 2013), the Tony Award-winning play The Grapes of Wrath (April 5-28, 2013), the new comedy Black Tie (May 31–June 23, 2013) and Xanadu (July 26–Aug. 18, 2013). The 12th annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival will be held March 7-17, 2013. All productions will be staged at the Addison Theatre Centre at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001. 

Terry Martin will direct Putting It Together and The Grapes of Wrath in addition to (an)other show(s) to be announced at a later date.  

Singer/Actress Diana Sheehan will star in Putting it Together. Sheehan has previously worked with Martin on several WaterTower Theatre productions including Grey Gardens and Black Pearl Sings! 

There will be no price increase in subscriptions or single tickets for the 2012-2013 season. 




The Mystery of Irma Vep

By Charles Ludlum

Who is Irma Vep? That's the mystery at the heart of this outrageously funny tour de force. On a "dark and stormy night," Lady Enid arrives at an estate with her new husband, who is under the spell of his deceased first wife and haunted by something that’s prowling the grounds.  Strange things begin to happen around her and she soon discovers the mystery of Irma Vep, whose portrait hangs over the fireplace. This hilarious comedy satirizes everything from Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Victorian Melodrama to The Mummy's Curse.


It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

By Joe Landry

Adapted from the original film starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, this beloved American Holiday classic brings Bedford Falls to life as a 1940’s radio broadcast.  Five actors create more than fifty memorable characters to bring to life Frank Capra’s beloved film. This unique stage adaptation is performed as a radio play, broadcast on Christmas Eve in 1949. Everyman George Bailey gets the chance to see what the world would be like if he’d never been born.


Putting It Together

A musical revue by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Terry Martin

Putting It Together features the words and music of Stephen Sondheim.  It’s a musical compilation from such Sondheim hits as Sweeney Todd, Company, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along, Follies and more, all linked together with an inventive storyline about the entangled relationships of five guests attending a Manhattan cocktail party as they are confronted with the troubles of marriage, infidelity and divorce. The revue first premiered in the U.K. in 1992 and opened on Broadway in 1993, with a cast including Julie Andrews. WaterTower Theatre’s production stars the incomparable Diana Sheehan.


The Grapes of Wrath

Adapted by Frank Galati

Based on the novel by John Steinbeck

Directed by Terry Martin

Having survived the drought of the 1930s Dust Bowl only to see their home repossessed by the bank, the Joad family embarks on a harrowing trek from Oklahoma to California, intending to begin anew as migrant farm workers.  Their arrival in this “promised land,” however, brings its own test of the human spirit.  Frank Galati’s groundbreaking adaptation of Steinbeck’s epic novel won two Tony Awards on Broadway.  A plea for social justice and compassion, The Grapes of Wrath provides the perfect canvas for a vast ensemble cast and is an all too timely examination of a nation in search of itself.


Black Tie

By A.R. Gurney

Father of the groom, Curtis, simply wants to make a memorable toast. But before he is able to raise his glass, he must defend the time-honored ways of his past, including his attire. Cultures clash when a surprise guest is announced, threatening to throw convention out the window. Curtis finds that balancing the standards of his late father and the needs of his future family may prove too messy for a black-tie affair.


Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Lynne
Based on the Universal Pictures film 

Put a bunch of smash hit songs, Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane and the cutest couple in town into a Broadway musical comedy blender, and what do you get?  "Heaven on Wheels" says The New York Times.  Taking audiences back to 1980 California, this hilarious new musical follows the beautiful Kira, who travels to Earth to inspire a struggling young artist named Sonny, as she helps this aspiring painter to find his voice, discover true love and build the world’s first roller disco (not necessarily in that order).



WaterTower Theatre is offering a host of new subscription options, in addition to the standard five-play, full series subscription which offers the best seating and deepest discounts over individual tickets.  New this coming season will be: 

Enhanced Theatre Experience Series:

Behind-the-Scenes: a five-play series the first Friday night of the run that includes a pre-show conversation/talk with an artist (held at WaterTower Theatre).

Conversation with the Artists: a five-play series on all Wednesday nights and Sunday matinees that includes a post-show discussion with the actors.

Centennial Wine Lover’s Series: a series with a pre-show wine tasting experience every time a patron attends.  A three-play series that includes The Mystery of Irma Vep, Putting It Together and Black Tie.

Comedy Series: a three-play subscription that includes The Mystery of Irma Vep, Black Tie and Xanadu.

Sample Series: an introduction to theatre, three-play package that includes The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Grapes of Wrath and Xanadu.

Music Lover’s Series: a three-play subscriptions that includes two great musicals:  Putting It Together and Xanadu, and the Tony-Award winning The Grapes of Wrath.

In addition, WaterTower Theatre will offer, for the second season, its Design Your Own series.

Student Subscription Series: 

  • A student subscription series will be offered, including a special student Design Your Own Series.

Hero’s Subscription: 

  • Men and women in uniform: fire, police, EMTs, veterans, current members of the armed forces and their immediate families will be offered a special subscription of 50% off any five-play subscription package (excluding DYO, special affinity programs, special miniseries).




The Mystery of Irma Vep

Sept. 28 – Oct. 21, 2012

Previews: Sept. 28 and 29

Pay What You Can: Sept. 30

Opening Night: Oct. 1


It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Nov. 24 – Dec. 16, 2012

Opening Night: Nov. 24


Putting It Together

Jan. 11 – Feb. 3, 2013

Previews: Jan. 11 and 12

Pay What You Can: Jan. 13

Opening Night: Jan. 14


Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

Mar. 7-17, 2013


The Grapes of Wrath

Apr. 5-28, 2013

Previews: Apr. 5 and 6

Pay What You Can: Apr.  7

Opening Night: Apr.  8


Black Tie

May 31 – June 23, 2013

Previews: May 31 and June 1

Pay What You Can: June 2

Opening Night: June 3



July 26 – Aug. 18, 2013

Previews: July 26 and 27

Pay What You Can: July 28

Opening Night: July 29


2012-2013 Season Ticket Prices: 

Five-play season subscriptions range in price from $75 (Previews) to $150 (Saturday evening/Sunday matinee). 

Ticket Information:

Current subscribers are able to renew their season subscriptions by mail, fax (972.450.6244) or by calling the Box Office at 972.450.6232.  Online ordering will be available June 6. New subscriptions are on sale now.  However, seating will not be assigned until mid-July. It’s A Wonderful Life and the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival are non-subscription events.

  Thanks For Reading

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