April 4 – 20, 2014
The sun will come out at The Lyric when the legendary musical ANNIE returns to delight a new generation of theatregoers. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. And now, alongside her signature pal dog, Sandy, she’s set her sights on making us grin from ear to ear as she inspires a whole new millennium. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, ANNIE - with Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin, and Book by Thomas Meehan, makes its Lyric debut in a brand new production. The score includes the optimistic anthem “Tomorrow,” plus “Maybe,” “Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” “NYC,” and more.
June 13 – 29, 2014
Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is the outrageous musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” With music and lyrics by the Grammy Award winning team of Eric Idle and John Du Prez and book by Mr. Idle, SPAMALOT tells the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen, and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences are eating up SPAMALOT.
August 8 – 24, 2014
The show that revolutionized musical theatre is opening The Lyric’s 35th anniversary season! 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.
October 24 – November 9, 2014
Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Murder. Greed. Corruption. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media, and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids. No wonder Chicago has been honored with six Tony Awards, six Academy Awards, a Grammy, and thousands of standing ovations. *Not suitable for young children.
Catch Me If You Can
February 13 – March 1, 2015
Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Scott Wittman
Book by Terrence McNally
Based on the hit DreamWorks film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, and the incredible true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination, and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end…and finds something he never expected. Nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical, Catch Me If You Can will make its regional premiere at The Lyric!
April 10 – 26, 2015
Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Book by George Abbott and Douglas Wallop
The Lyric welcome the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County with the classic baseball musical Damn Yankees! Winner of eleven Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Choreography, Damn Yankees is sure to be a homerun hit. Based on Douglas Wallop’s “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant,” Damn Yankees gives a new twist to the legend of Faust when a devilish dealmaker offers middle-aged baseball fan Joe Boyd the chance to take his beloved Washington Senators to victory over the “damn Yankees” in return for his soul, Joe takes it. But as the Senators’ stats soar, Joe realizes he’s losing his wife and looks for a loophole. Enter sizzling-hot temptress Lola, a charter member of the Home-wreckers Hall of Fame. Who will win? We’re not telling! This classic musical will have fans on the edge of their seats enjoying hit favorites like “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Heart,” and “Six Months Out of Every Year.”
June 12 – 28, 2015
Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Michael Stewart
Book by Mark Bramble
The Lyric proudly presents this exhilarating musical following the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T. Barnum, America’s greatest showman. The story of his life and his marriage to Chairy reveals a couple who looked at the world from opposite sides of the spectrum, and also reveals that she was the practical one who made Barnum’s dreams come true. The production follows the legendary showman’s life under the big top as he finally teamed up with J. A. Bailey to create Barnum and Bailey’s Circus – the Greatest Show on Earth! Cy Coleman’s wonderfully exuberant score includes the hits “Come Follow The Band,” “The Colors Of My Life,” and “There’s A Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute.” Barnum was a smash hit when it opened on Broadway in 1980. Starring Glenn Close and Jim Dale, it won three Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award.
*Season titles and dates subject to change.