2018 Press Release
The Waterfront Playhouse on Mallory Square, 2018-2019 Season will go on sale to the public on August 1. Individual tickets as well as memberships are available by visiting waterfrontplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 305-294-5015.
The 79th season includes:
CARMEN BY REQUEST: Key West’s own “Conch Diva” returns to grace to stage bringing along some of your favorite performers on Nov. 16 and 17.
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER: by Rick Elice Directed by Tom Thayer, set design by Michael Boyer lighting design by Kim Hanson and costume design by Mary Folino of the Walnut Street Theatre Who doesn’t love the magic of the story of Peter Pan? Peter and the Starcatcher is the Tony Award-winning smash that is packed with theatrical razzle dazzle.This play with music is a prequel to Peter Pan, as we learn how a young orphan boy becomes The Boy Who Won’t Grow Up. Based on the best-selling novels of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter… uses ingenious stagecraft to bring the adventures of Peter to life. Twelve actors portray over 100 characters, including marauding pirates, orphans, mermaids, the evil Black Stache (eventually Captain Hook) and a young girl named Molly, who becomes the mother of Wendy, Michael and John. Ideal for families, the play’s wit and cheeky quality is also wonderfully entertaining for adults. The New York Times said, “It’s the most exhilarating example of storytelling on Broadway since Nicholas Nickleby.” It will open in previews on December 11 and play through January 6.
A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2: By Lucas Knath,Directed by Murphy Davis, A Doll’s House, Part 2 is the continuation of Henrik Ibsen’s
classic A Doll’s House. Far from being dry or stuffy, ADH, Pt.2 is hilariously funny, whip-smart and resonant to our gender politics.The story picks up 15 years after Nora famously slams the door on her stifling marriage at the conclusion of A Doll’s House. In Mr. Hnath’s updated version, Nora is now a successful business woman, who finds her husband, daughter and wise-cracking maid to be as changed as she has become. Fireworks explode as the play explores the rules of society and gender. Opening for previews on January 22, it will play through February 9.
MEL BROOKS’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: With direction by Tom Thayer, choreography by Penny Leto, set design by Michael Boyer,
lighting design by Kim Hanson and costuming from Maine State Costumes, Young Frankenstein, the musical is sure to have you screaming up Duval! All the iconic characters are included: Dr. Frankenstein, Igor (or Eye-gor, as the character insists), Frau Blucher and of course, the Monster.
The production will have a cast of 16 to perform such numbers as “Please Don’t Touch Me,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and a huge production tap number of “Puttin’ On The Ritz.” This large and technically-challenging musical will build on the Waterfront’s reputation for giving these Broadway musicals a spectacular showing. Mr. Brooks and director, Susan Stroman, have recently re-worked and streamlined the material for London’s West End, where the show is currently a huge smash hit. Previews begin February 26 and the show runs until March 23.
SEX WITH STRANGERS: “Who are you?” are the first words spoken in this provocative comedy about fame, cyber identity and ambition. Olivia, a talented but unrecognized novelist who is in her 40s, puts that question to Ethan, a 20-something superstar sex blogger who shows up one snowy evening at Olivia’s remote cabin in the woods. Olivia’s wariness to this stranger turns to attraction and erotic sparks fly. Utterly contemporary, the play explores the limits of online privacy and how the number of clicks can translate into stardom. Written by Laura Easton, a writer for TV’s House Of Cards, Sex With Strangers was one of the most produced shows in regional theaters over the past
three seasons. Sexy, funny and timely, the play explores whether technology is bringing us closer together, or making us virtual strangers. The New York Times in a rave called the play “A twisty and timely two character drama about lust, love and the complex nature of identity in our digital- dominated era. Directed by Patrick New, previews begin April 9.
RED SPEEDO: Would you do anything to win an Olympic medal? What is the line in the high stakes world of modern sports? This is the dilemma posed in Red Speedo, a razor-sharp play about whether doping is acceptable in the pursuit of that elusive medal – and more importantly, when commercial endorsements are at stake. This Off-Broadway hit by Lucas Hnath is about Ray – a young swimming phenom who has swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. If he makes the team, he’ll get a deal with Speedo, which means he’ll never need a real job. So when someone’s stash of performance-enhancing drugs is found in the locker room fridge, threatening the entire team’s Olympic fate, Ray has to crush the rumors or risk losing everything. This edge-of-your-seat play is about survival of the fittest, and the American dream of a level playing field—or of leveling the field yourself. Directed by John McDonald performance dates are May 14 through June 1.
Waterfront Playhouse Presents: Aqua Idol AQUA IDOL 2019 AQUA NIGHTCLUB (711 DUVAL STREET) With the largest prize package in Aqua Idol history, this year’s Waterfront Aqua Idol will be the most spectacular ever. Contestants will be announc [...]