Arlington — Here's the 2016-17 season for Theatre Arlington, its 44th. It follows the standard Theatre Arlington format, but notice that alongside traditional fare like Guys and Dolls, To Kill a Mockingbird and Legally Blonde are a few oddities on the season. One is a youth production of Johnny Simons' (of Hip Pocket Theatre) Pinocchio Commedia, which he wrote before Hip Pocket existed, for Casa Mañana's Children's Playhouse, and has been done by the Hipsters several times over 40 years. The season closes with a one-man show about Albert Einstein. Another youth show is the school edition of School of Rock, the current Broadway hit that has been licensed early for high school and youth theaters.
Here is the complete lineup:
GUYS AND DOLLS
A Musical Fable of Broadway
Based on story and characters of Damon Runyon
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
SEPTEMBER 9 – OCTOBER 2, 2016
Based on Damon Runyon’s celebrated short stories about the New York underworld during Prohibition, Guys and Dolls is an odd-ball musical comedy that takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana and even to the sewers of New York City! Throw in some gambling, a few sinners, a beautiful Salvation Army doll and the Hot Box Girls and you’ve got yourself a night to remember!
By Noël Coward
OCTOBER 21 – NOVEMBER 6, 2016
The classic comedy offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married yet haunted by the lovely but haunting (literally) ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by the visiting Madame Arcati. As the (worldly and un-worldly) personalities clash, Charles finds himself tormented by both wives. Seriously…how bad could that be?
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: SCROOGE & MARLEY
By Israel Horovitz, adapted from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
DECEMBER 2 - 18, 2016
Famous the world over, the heart-warming story of Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the others is a classic of world literature. Mr. Horovitz's adaptation is brilliantly theatrical and adds elements of inventiveness and creativity that will delight audiences of all ages.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
JANUARY 13 - 29, 2017
All 37 plays in 97 minutes! Three madcap men in tights weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. This irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays was London’s longest-running comedy.
SCHOOL OF ROCK
Based on Paramount Movie by Mike White
Book by Julian Fellowes / Lyrics by Glenn Slater / New Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
FEBRUARY 17 – MARCH 5, 2017
This BRAND NEW musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Completely disinterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This stage musical featuring all the original songs from the movie plus 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. May the spirit of rock be with you!
HARPER LEE’S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Dramatized by Christopher Sergel
APRIL 7 - 23, 2017
No Show Easter-April 16
Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel is a candid, yet poetic, commentary on racism and laws. Set in 1935 in Macomb, Alabama, the story also explores the issues of class, courage, compassion and gender roles through the eyes of such enduring characters as Atticus Finch and his daughter, Scout.
LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL
Book by Heather Hach
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwin-Mayer motion picture
MAY 12 – JUNE 4, 2017
Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by PINK storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery! Join us on the journey of the famously perky Elle Woods, a fashion savvy, UCLA sorority girl who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend, Warren. To prove she is more than just some blonde sorority girl, she follows him to Harvard Law, where she struggles to fit in and do well. Ultimately, Girl Power does prevail as she defies expectations and manages to stay true to her delightfully pink personality.
By Johnny Simons
JULY 7 – 16, 2017
In true commedia fashion, this wild and uninhibited play begins with a troupe of strolling players exploding into the theatre with their noisy props and crude scenery. They mount the stage and prepare to present the classic and beloved Pinnochio tale. The commedia flavor gives the story of Pinocchio additional vigor and excitement without losing the charm and significant message of Carlo Collodi's famous story.
EINSTEIN: A STAGE PORTRAIT
By Willard Simms
AUGUST 4 – 20, 2017
This one-man play presents the private, personal, and deeply human side of this great genius, the reluctant celebrity who changed forever the way we look at the universe. The complexities of the bored high school dropout to the winner of the Nobel Prize come to life through wit, humor, one-liners and anecdotes. This play has at its heart the terrible anguish Einstein ultimately faced when forced to choose between morality and science.