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Image from the musical&nbsp;<em>Disaster! </em>on Broadway in 2016

2018-19 for Uptown Players

Next season, Uptown Players has the regional premiere of the musical The View Upstairs and the play The Cake, Spring Awakening at Moody, A Very Judy Holiday and more.



published Monday, July 9, 2018

Photo: Mike Morgan
Garret Storms and Walter Lee in Uptown's Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches

 

Uptown Players has announced the 2018-2019 season, which includes the musical Spring Awakening performed for one weekend at Moody Performance Hall, Janelle Lutz returning as Judy Garland in A Very Judy Christmas (put together by B.J. Cleveland), the regional premieres of the musical The View Upstairs and the Bekah Brunstetter play The Cake, and the local professional premiere of the Seth Rudetsky musical Disaster!, a riff on the 1970s disaster films like The Poseidon Adventure, The Tower Inferno and Airport that had a short Broadway run in 2016.

Also of note: The annual fundraiser Broadway Our Way moves to Moody Performance Hall next season

And, as previously announced, there will be a bonus show between the current season and the next one: Angels in America, Part 2: Perestroika, featuring the same cast that was in Uptown's Part 1 in 2016.

 

Below is the news release with the dates, description and ticketing info.

 

Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika

By Tony Kushner

September 28 – October 7, 2018

Kalita Humphreys Theater

(Bonus show; not part of the subscription season)

As one of the great plays of the 20th century, Angels in America, Perestroika picks up right where Millenium Approaches leaves off, with the epic conclusion of the fate of two couples in which one partner has abandoned the other and God has abandoned Heaven. This award-winning play, by Tony Kushner, explores gay culture, race, political injustice, inequality, and the future of America through the lens of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. Americans – in the face of crumbling structures and systems are still wrestling with how best to navigate the complexities of hope. This Gay Fantasia on National Themes raises the stakes with characters confronting the real, the ethereal, and themselves, with the conclusion taking place five years after our introduction to these memorable characters.  Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika is presented as a special event during Gay History Month and is not available as part of a 2018-2019 season subscription.

Photo: Mike Morgan
Janelle Lutz in A Very Judy Christmas

A Very Judy Christmas

By B.J. Cleveland

Featuring Janelle Lutz

December 1 – 16, 2018

Kalita Humphreys Theater

In this world premiere which pays tribute to the 1960’s TV specials, Judy Garland invites us into her home for her Christmas Holiday special. Share the holiday with Judy and some celebrity friends, including Ethel Merman and Liza Minnelli.  The show features some of Garland’s signature songs, along with many holiday classics as well as several surprise special guests.  A Judy Garland Christmas is written and directed by B.J. Cleveland.

 

Spring Awakening

Music by Duncan Sheik, book and lyrics by Steven Sater

January 31-February 3, 2019

Moody Performance Hall

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening is based on the play by Frank Wedekind, and features a book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. With an electrifying score that swings from folk to rock, Spring Awakening follows the unforgettable journey of a group of students in late 19th century Germany as they move from adolescence into adulthood. Facing both the devastation and the wonder of sexuality and self-discovery, the characters navigate through their coming-of-age despite parents and authority figures who are intent on withholding information and suppressing thought and expression. This landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll.  This limited engagement will run for four performances only at Moody Performance Hall in the Arts District.

 

Disaster!

By Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick

March 22 – April 7, 2019

Kalita Humphreys Theater

Uptown Players continues its 2018-2019 season with the hilarious 2016 Broadway hit, Disaster!, a musical comedy created by Seth Rudetsky, and written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick. It’s 1979 and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters including earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. "Knock on Wood," "Hooked on a Feeling," "Sky High," "I Am Woman" and "Hot Stuff" are just a few of the scintillating hits that will drive you wild in this hilarious side splitting homage to classic disaster movies of the 1970’s.

 

Broadway Our Way

May 10 - 12, 2019

Moody Performance Hall

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 has been moved to the Moody Performance Hall this year due to the strong demand for this event.  For the eighth straight year, the show will be written and directed by B. J. Cleveland. 

 

The View Upstairs

Music, lyrics and book by Max Vernon

June 22 – July 7, 2019

Kalita Humphreys Theater

This provocative new musical pulls you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant '70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The forgotten community comes to life when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the abandoned space, setting off an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration that Entertainment Weekly calls “a moving homage to LGBT culture, past and present.” The View UpStairs asks what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future. Glam-rock, gospel and modern pop collide in this smash Off-Broadway hit by Max Vernon!

 

The Cake

By Bekah Brunstetter

August 9 – 25, 2019

Kalita Humphreys Theater

To close its 18th season, Uptown Players will present the regional premiere of Bekka Brunstetter’s new comedy, The Cake. Della’s North Carolina bakery is legendary! She is overjoyed when her best friend’s daughter returns from New York to get married and asks Della to make her wedding cake. Della, a sweet-natured Christian, is forced to re-examine her deeply-held beliefs and her own marriage when she realizes there is not one bride, but two. Faith, family, and frosting collide in this delicious new comedy from the writer of the NBC hit series, “This is Us”.

Individual ticket prices for all shows range from $25 to $60. Performances of Angels In America Part Two: Perestroika, A Judy Garland Christmas, Disaster!, The View Upstairs, and The Cake take place at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd at Blackburn. Performances of Spring Awakening and Broadway Our Way take place at Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street. Performances generally take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Four, five, or six show season ticket flex packages are available and include great discounts on both premium and regular seating. Season tickets can be purchased online beginning Tuesday, July 10 at www.uptownplayers.org or by phone at 214-219-2718. Thanks For Reading





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