|The Picture of Dorian Gray (John Ulman)|
June is bustin out with musicals in our fair town. Classics and world premieres seem to demand that we sing all month long!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 5th Avenue Theatre, 6/1-24/18 (opens 6/8)
Joshua Castille stars as Quasimodo in this local edition of this remarkable work, complete with a 30-person choir. A reimagining of Victor Hugo’s epic masterpiece, this powerful tale of love, faith and prejudice will provide a lush, beautiful score. Songs are included from the Disney animated feature along with new music from legendary composer Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. This 5th Avenue staging will be directed by Glenn Casale, who staged the acclaimed production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at The 5th Avenue Theatre last winter.
Journey West! The Legend of Lewis and Clark, Copious Love Prods., 6/1-23/18 (at Theatre Off Jackson) (world premiere)
Andrew Lee Creech (book and lyrics and music) and Evan Barrett (music) have created a new musical skewering the story of the westward journey of Lewis and Clark that we’re taught in history class in school. In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson enlisted Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's Corps of Discovery to explore the uncharted West and find an all-water route across North America to unite sea with shining sea. This whimsical and irreverent send-up re-blazes the historic trail to the Pacific through song, dance, and Sasquatch. If history is written by the victors, then what does it look like through the lens of the disenfranchised? Who gets to tell their story vs. who gets their story told for them? …and who becomes a footnote? Our diverse, genderqueer cast and crew bring this adventure to the stage.