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Neil Patrick Harris in the Broadway revival of&nbsp;<em>Hedwig and the Angry Inch</em>

2015 for Uptown Players

Next season will feature the area premieres of The Nance and Harbor, plus Hedwig and the Ingry Inch, Catch Me If You Can and another sitcom spoof.



published Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Photo: Joan Marcus
Neil Patrick Harris in the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Dallas — When the Dallas Theater Center announced its 2014-15 season, for which five of the nine productions are at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, as opposed to the 2013-14 season with everything at the Wyly Theatre, there were questions about how other groups that use the Kalita and its spaces would fit in. (It turned out to be beneficial for several smaller theater companies.)

The big question was what would happen with Uptown Players, which has moved into the Frank Lloyd Wright building quite comfortably. 2015 will be its sixth season at the Kalita, and its 14th season overall.

Turns out, there's not much of a change, as Uptown will have most of its season at the Kalita, with one show at Bryant Hall on the Kalita campus. That's the space Second Thought Theatre uses. The other big change is that Uptown's annual fundraiser, Broadway Our Way, has moved to December and will have a holiday focus. Christmas Our Way runs Dec. 11-14, 2014 (expect a lady Santa and a not-so-ladylike Mrs. Claus).

The plays on the Uptown season are area premieres: Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance, which starred Nathan Lane on Broadway in 2013, and will feature B.J. Cleveland, a natural to take any role that Lane has done; and Chad Beguelin's Harbor, which was off-Broadway in 2013.

For the musicals, Uptown will do the area professional premiere of Catch Me If You Can, written by the Hairspray team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and will revive one of our favorite shows, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's awesome glam-rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which is being rediscovered by new audiences thanks to the current hit Broadway production starring Neil Patrick Harris. Here's hoping they stick with the original score, because we're not crazy about the new version of the song "Sugar Daddy." Also, guys, a tip: Hire an actual rock band.

The off-Kalita show on the season is another TV show spoof, Gilligan's Fire Island, taking place in the Rose Room at Club S4, as these types of shows do. It'll bring new meaning to the phrase "little buddy."

Here are the show descriptions and subscription information:

 

2015 SEASON OVERVIEW


Christmas Our Way: December 11 – 14, 2014

Now in its 13th year, Uptown Players’ annual fundraiser light-heartedly pits the men against the women to determine who the true Divas of the Dallas stage really are. This year’s event will have a holiday theme, and will feature many popular holiday tunes along with Broadway show tunes both past and present, all done with an Uptown Players twist! It is sure to be a hot ticket for the holidays with just four performances from December 11 - 14, 2014.

 

Gilligan’s Fire Island: February 13 – March 15, 2015

From Jamie Morris, the creator of The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode and Re-Designing Women, Uptown Players is thrilled to announce the world premiere of his latest creation Gilligan’s Fire Island. When hot young twink Cody Tanner boards the ferry in Sayville, Long Island, he is over the moon excited for his first trip to Fire Island. Soon he is overboard, knocked unconscious by an overzealous drag queen. He washes ashore on a certain "uncharted desert isle" and meets seven stranded castaways who are suffering from a bad case of island fever.

The skipper, his "little buddy," the millionaire and his wife, the movie star and "the rest" are all at each other's throats. Soon, the charming Cody wins them over and brings them all together as a family as they show him the perfect gay getaway and a vacation he will never forget. This parody of the beloved TV series that ran from 1964 to 1967 and has had three television movie sequels will run from February 13 through March 15, 2015 in the Rose Room Theater inside the S4 nightclub on Cedar Springs.

 

The Nance: June 19 – July 5, 2015

Uptown Players will kick off its main stage season on the Kalita Humphreys stage with the regional premiere of The Nance, the 2013 Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award winning play written by Douglas Carter Beane. The Nance recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque's heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers. At a time when it is easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey's uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life. The production will star B.J. Cleveland as Chauncey, the role that won Nathan Lane a 2013 Tony Award and a 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award. The show runs June 18 through July 5, 2015.

 

Catch Me If You Can: July 24 – August 9, 2015

Uptown Players will present the professional area premiere of the 2011 Tony Award winning musical, Catch Me If You Can, with book by Terrence McNally, and a theatrical score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – none of which he has any qualifications for. But when Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end...and finds something he never expected. Running July 24 – August 9, 2015, you won’t want to miss this big-hearted musical adventure based on an astonishing real-life story of being young, in love…and in deep, deep trouble!  

 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: August 28 – September 13, 2015

Uptown Players continues its season with the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. With text by John Cameron Mitchell, music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, Hedwig tells the story of "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n' roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation. This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed by Hedwig (née Hansel) in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band "The Angry Inch." Using songs and monologues, Hedwig tells her story, which began in the former East Berlin where as Hansel he meets Luther, an American GI who promises to take the young man to the States on the condition that he switch his sex. It's a rocking ride, funny, touching and ultimately inspiring to anyone who has felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile. The show runs August 28 through September 13, 2015.

 

Harbor: October 9 – November 7, 2015

To close its fourteenth season, Uptown Players will move next door to Bryant Hall (still within the Kalita Humphreys Theater complex) to present the regional premiere of Harbor, which just completed a successful off-broadway run.  When fifteen-year-old Lottie and her ne'er-do-well mother Donna drop in unannounced on the beautiful Sag Harbor home of Donna's brother and his new husband, all hell breaks loose. The bonds between kith and kin are tested in this alternately biting and touching comedy about the constantly shifting nature of the meaning of family. Harbor is from playwright Chad Beguelin, the author of Disney’s stage version of Aladdin, and author/lyricist of Broadway’s The Wedding Singer, and will run from October 9 through November 7, 2015.

Ticket prices for all shows range from $20 to $50. Performances at the Kalita Humphreys Theater complex, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd at Blackburn, will run at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Performances at the Rose Room Theater, 3911 Cedar Springs Road, will run at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and select Sundays throughout the run. Four, five, or six show season ticket flex packages are available and include great discounts on both premium and regular seating. Individual and season tickets can be purchased online at www.uptownplayers.org or by phone at 214-219-2718

 

Now concluding its thirteenth season and fifth season at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, Uptown Players has gathered a dedicated following with an annual audience base of over 15,000 patrons, including nearly 850 season subscribers. The response from the community and critics has been remarkable, including over 25 Leon Rabin Awards from the Dallas Theatre League, several hundred “The Column” Awards and 23 Theater Critics Forum Awards in its first ten seasons. Uptown Players has also been named the best theatre company by the Dallas Voice Readers and by the Dallas Observer and was also featured in D Magazine and on WFAA’s Daybreak and Good Morning Texas programs.

Uptown Players is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, presenting plays and musicals that challenge audiences artistically, build cultural bridges, and strive to create greater positive public awareness and acceptance through the performing arts. There is no other theater group with this unique mission in the Dallas area.

 

Uptown Players 2015 Season:

Christmas Our Way: December 11 – 14, 2014

Gilligan’s Fire Island: February 13 – March 15, 2015

The Nance: June 19 – July 5, 2015

Catch Me If You Can: July 24 – August 9, 2015

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: August 28 – September 13, 2015

Harbor: October 9 – November 7, 2015 Thanks For Reading





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