THE YOUNGSTOWN PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES THE UPCOMING 2018/2019 SEASON, MARKING 94 YEARS OF COMMUNITY THEATER
The Youngstown Playhouse is officially announcing its 2018-2019 season, the organization’s 94th consecutive roster of shows in the Mahoning Valley.
As in the past, the Playhouse will present four shows on its main stage, four productions to be staged in the Moyer Room as part of the Griffith-Adler Actors Series, and two Youth Theater offerings.
Taking a cue from two recently successful Broadway revivals, the Playhouse will present Pippin, Stephen Schwartz’s Tony Award winning musical about a young prince and his quest to find himself, and The Elephant Man, Bernard Pomerance’s drama about the hideously deformed John Merrick, which played to sold-out houses starring Bradley Cooper in 2015.
Also on the season is a musical adaptation of the hit 1980 film comedy 9 to 5, featuring an all new song score by Dolly Parton, who starred in the original film. And Funny Girl, the legendary 1964 Broadway musical which launched Barbra Streisand’s ascent to superstardom (and which was filmed in 1968, winning Streisand an Oscar), will be performed for the first time ever on the Playhouse stage. The show’s score includes the popular standards “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”
The Griffith-Adler Actors Series offerings maintain the mission of the series, with the two-person character study Annapurna and the outrageous comedy Women in Jeopardy! providing edgy material for adventurous audiences and rich opportunities for our local talent. A reunion of the Playhouse’s 2017 cast of Greater Tuna is planned for the theater’s holiday offering, A Tuna Christmas. And the third musical revue to be presented in the Moyer Room closes the season: Broadway in Color, a retrospective of African-American musical theater featuring some of Broadway’s biggest showstopping songs.
And the Playhouse Youth Theater will present fresh versions of two classic stories: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, with female protagonist Jamie Hawkins at its center, and Robin Hood, a rousing enactment of the legendary English folk tale.
Directors lined up for the 18-19 season include Joanna Andrei, Jim Canacci, Donna Smith Downie, Christopher Fidram, Pat Foltz, Carla Gipson, John Holt, David Jendre, Matthew Mazuroski, and Nick Mulichak.
Flex passes for the new season are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse Briarfield Health Care Box Office at 330-788-8739, or online at theyoungstownplayhouse.com.