Theater Works 2017-18 season sees the return of lauded composers, masterful writers and classic tales come to life. In keeping with tradition, Theater Works presents another Stephen Sondheim musical, this time to open the 32nd Season. Gypsy is one of the greatest musicals of all time, telling the story of the quintessential “Stage Mother”, Frankenstein brings to life Mary Shelley’s tale of Creature and his journey to find his creator followed by the collision of happy hour and friendships in Savannah Sipping Society. To celebrate the holidays, Theater Works resurrects the tale of an old miser in A Christmas Carol. The New Year kicks off with a musical surrounding the unsung heroes of Broadway in A Chorus Line followed by the deliciously funny revue Forever Plaid.
The YouthWorks season opens with a sweet tale of the Aviator and his companion in The Little Prince followed by the musical trailing a little redhead on her adventures in Annie Jr. The winter comes to life with the magic and mystery of CS Lewis’s famous chronicle The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe in January. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the irresistible family musical, closes the YouthWorks season.
The 2017-18 MasterWorks Season includes:
Gyder Theater, Sept. 8-24, 2017
Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Arthur Laurents
Gyder Theater, Oct. 13-29, 2017
By Victor Gialanella
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s lost and bewildered Creature is cast out in a hostile world by his horror-struck creator.
Savannah Sipping Society
McMillin Theatre, Oct.27 – Nov. 12, 2017
Book by Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones, and Nicholas Hope
In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years.
A Christmas Carol
Dec. 8-24, 2017
Theater Works resurrects our original production of the most well-known of all Holiday classics, Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.
A Chorus Line
Feb. 16 – March 4, 2018
Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban, Book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante
This beloved and iconic musical by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante with a brilliant and show-stopping score by Marvin Hamlisch, is a celebration of those unsung heroes of the Musical Theatre.
March 30 – April 15, 2018
Book by Stuart Ross, Music and Lyrics by various artists
Forever Plaid is one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory. This deliciously fun revue is chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies!
The 2017-18 YouthWorks season:
The Little Prince
Septe. 22-Oct. 8, 2017
Drama by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
This play tells the story of a world-weary and disenchanted Aviator whose sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara Desert and a mysterious, regal “little man” who appears and asks him to “Please, sir, draw me a sheep.”
Nov. 10-19, 2017
Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin, Book by Thomas Meehan
Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award®-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Jan. 12-28, 2018
By CS Lewis, Dramatized by Joseph Robinette
The play adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
May 4-20, 2018
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Tim Rice
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.
Theater Works offers a special thanks to its YouthWorks Season Sponsor Constance McMillin and ourMasterWorks Season Sponsor Wilhelm Automotive and its many other supporters that keep the performing arts active in the West Valley.
Single performance tickets for Theater Works 32nd Season will go on sale to the public Friday, July 1. For more information, visit www.theaterworks.org.
Editor’s note: Cate Hinkle is managing director of Theater Works at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts