July 17, 18, 19, 2015
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Based on “Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats” by T. S. Eliot
The show that revolutionized musical theatre and was the most attended show in The Lyric’s 35-year history is coming to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre! Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats is inspired by the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot. Cats tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats, at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside Layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, Cats opened at London’s New London Theatre in 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. Cats’ London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran for just over 18 years. This enchanting musical features the immortal ballad “Memory,” as well as a collection of other whimsical tunes enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
**** Performed a the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Not part of the season subscriber package.
August 14 – 30, 2015
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh; Music by Morris “Moose” Charlap
Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Additional Music by Jule Styne
Based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie
Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook. Featuring the iconic songs “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth, and adventure, Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.
October 23 – November 8, 2015
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
It’s alive! The comedy genius Mel Brooks adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein! Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment.
February 12 – 28, 2016
Book by Terrence McNally
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek
Based on the cult-hit film of the same name, The Full Monty is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. While spying on their wives at a ‘Girls’ Night Out,’ a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo see how much they enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work, and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed; not merely physically but emotionally. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness, and prejudices, the men come to discover they’re stronger as a group, and the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to “let it go.” The Full Monty is a story full of heart! Right to the end, audiences will be wondering if these lovable misfits will really pull it off!
April 8 – 24, 2016
Book & Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Music by Henry Krieger
Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, this sensational new production of DREAMGIRLS tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960s girl group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. DREAMGIRLS is a show about a time in American musical history when rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music creating a new American sound. A time when we were still screaming at Elvis and listening to the Beatles, but were dancing to the new beat of countless girl and boy groups like The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Temptations and The Shirelles. DREAMGIRLS is also about the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry — the business part of show business that made possible this cultural phenomenon. With music by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award winner Tom Eyen, DREAMGIRLS features the unforgettable hits: “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “One Night Only” and “Listen.”
West Side Story
June 10 – 26, 2016
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features beloved American musical theatre classics including “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.
*Season titles and dates subject to change.