Dallas — The 2017-18 season for Uptown Players has been announced, and the first thing you’ll notice is that the second part of Angels in America, Perestroika, is not in the lineup. That’s odd considering Uptown did the first part, Millennium Approaches, in November 2016. Don’t worry—Perestroika will appear at the end of the 2017-18 season as a bonus show, but dates haven’t been announced yet.
The season subscription series features four full productions at the Kalita Humphreys Theater (two plays, two musicals) and one musical at Dallas City Performance Hall. This time, the latter is not a co-production with Turtle Creek Chorale, but a full production of the groundbreaking musical A Chorus Line. The other two musicals on the season are The Full Monty and Priscilla Queen of the Desert; and the plays are the area premieres of Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride (which is a play with music), and Topher Payne’s Osborn Award-winning Perfect Arrangement.
The annual fundraiser Broadway Our Way is also on the season. Also, the Pride Festival will not appear in 2017, but will return in the fall of 2018.
Below is the full news release with descriptions, dates and subscription information.
Uptown Players, a professional theater group located in the Uptown area of Dallas, has announced its 2017-2018 season at the Kalita Humphreys Theater and Dallas City Performance Hall. The season will feature the regional premieres of the four-time 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk nominated musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and the hilarious 2015 Off-Broadway hit comedies The Legend of Georgia McBride and Perfect Arrangement. Also in the season lineup are the Tony Award-winning Musical The Full Monty along with the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, A Chorus Line, which will be presented at the Dallas City Performance Hall. Rounding out its 2017-2018 season is its annual fundraising production, Broadway Our Way.
The Full Monty
Music by David Yazbeck | Book and lyrics by Terrence McNally
October 20 – November 5, 2017
The Full Monty follows six down-on-their luck steelworkers who are desperately seeking employment and a paycheck to support their families- until they come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. As the guys work through their fears, self-consciousness, feelings of worthlessness and anxieties, they come to discover that not only are they stronger as a group, but that the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to face their demons and overcome them. The Americanized musical stage version of the 1997 British film, The Full Monty boasts a book by Terrence McNally and a score by David Yazbek. It was nominated for nine Tony awards, including Best Musical, when it shimmied its way onto Broadway in 2000. The Full Monty will be directed by Cheryl Denson and will take place at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.
The Legend of Georgia McBride
By Matthew Lopez
December 1 – 17, 2017
Uptown Players continues its season with the regional premiere of the 2015 Off-Broadway hit comedy The Legend of Georgia McBride, starring Kyle Igneczi in the title role. After years of struggling at a small-time club in the Florida Panhandle, Casey (Igneczi) realizes it’s now or never for his career as an Elvis impersonator. He’s young, he’s broke, his landlord’s knocking at the door, and he’s just found out his wife is going to have a baby. Enter Miss Tracy Mills, a self-proclaimed grand dame of drag who guarantees Casey’s life is about to get “all shook up.” Matthew Lopez’s hip-shakin’, heartwarming tale explores what happens when one man trades in his blue suede shoes for platform pumps and discovers “he ain’t nothing but a drag queen”. The Legend of Georgia McBride will be directed by Bruce R. Coleman at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.
A Chorus Line
Music by Marvin Hamlisch | Lyrics by Edward Kleban | Book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante
February 2 - 4, 2018
A Chorus Line is a celebration of those unsung heroes of the American Musical Theatre as it takes the audience through the final grueling audition for a new Broadway musical. A Chorus Line provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. With music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood Jr and Nicholas Dante, A Chorus Line will be directed by Jeremy Dumont and will take place for one weekend only at the Dallas City Performance Hall in the Arts District.
Broadway Our Way
June 14 – June 17, 2018
The Uptown Players divas return for another entertaining weekend of Broadway music with plenty of twists, laughs and surprises. The evening features many of your favorite actors from past Uptown Players seasons performing selections from Broadway shows, both past and present, all done with an Uptown Players twist! Our annual fundraiser Broadway Our Way is sure to be a hot ticket with only four performances in June of 2018 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. For the seventh straight year, the show will be written and directed by B. J. Cleveland.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Book by Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott | Music and lyrics by various artists
July 13 – July 29, 2018
With book by Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott, complete with a non-stop dazzling array of imaginative and outrageous costumes, Uptown Players is excited to include Priscilla Queen of the Desert in its 2017-2018 season. Adapted from the 1994 Academy Award® winning film, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the heartwarming, uplifting musical adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam (two drag queens and a transsexual), who take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. Aboard a battered old bus called Priscilla, they search for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have dreamed. With a hit parade of dancefloor favorites including "It's Raining Men", "I Will Survive", "Hot Stuff", "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", and "I Love The Nightlife", this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with this hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Priscilla Queen of the Desert will be directed by Cheryl Denson.
by Topher Payne
August 24 – September 2, 2018
To close its 17th season, Uptown Players will present the regional premiere of Topher Payne’s, Perfect Arrangement. It’s 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There’s just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other’s partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door. The production will be directed by B. J. Cleveland and will take place at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.
Individual ticket prices for all shows range from $25 to $55. Performances at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 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 City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. 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 beginning Monday, July 3 at www.uptownplayers.org or by phone at 214-219-2718.
Uptown Players 2017-2018 Season:
The Full Monty: October 20 - November 5, 2017
The Legend of Georgia McBride: December 1 – December 17, 2017
A Chorus Line: February 2 – February 4, 2018
Broadway Our Way 2018: June 14 – June 17, 2018
Priscilla Queen of the Desert: July 13 – July 29, 2018
Perfect Arrangement: August 24 – September 2, 2018