Friday, August 14, 2009

Runaway Stage Productions announces 2010 season

Runaway Stage Productions has just announced next season's productions, to be held at Sacramento's 24th Street Theatre.

1. 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
**Sacramento Community Premiere**
January 8 - 31, 2010

Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. Recommended for theatregoers 14 and over.

2. Altar Boyz
**Sacramento Community Premiere**
March 3 - 28, 2010

Winner of the 2005 Outer Critics Award for BEST OFF BROADWAY MUSICAL, ALTAR BOYZ is a musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national "Raise the Praise" tour. The Boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Mathew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham (who, of course, is Jewish). Recommended for theatregoers 14 and over.

Note: ALTAR BOYZ, with a Broadway cast, appeared recently in the current Music Circus series. See our July 15 review on this blog.]

3. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
**Sacramento Community Premiere**
April 30 - May 23, 2010

Scheming, double-crossing, musical fun!

Based on the popular 1988 film, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. The first is the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson, who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. The other, a small-time crook named Freddy Benson, more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. In this Tony Award winning musical, a battle of cons ensues.

Recommended for theatregoers 12 and over.

4. Curtains
**Sacramento Premiere**
July 9 - August 1, 2010

An old-fashioned musical comedy, CURTAINS is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots. Set in 1959 Boston, it follows the fallout when the supremely untalented star of Robbin' Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call. Can a police detective who moonlights as a musical theater fan save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself? This Tony Award Winner is the final collaboration of John Kandar and the late Fred Ebb.

Recommended for theatregoers 12 and over.

3. Rodger's & Hammerstein's Cinderella
**Sacramento Premiere of the live stage presentation of the 1997 Television Movie**
September 3 - 26, 2010

Suitable for the whole family

Originally presented on television in 1957 and starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less sucessful, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. This edition is based on the 1997 teleplay.

Recommended for theatregoers four and over.

4. The Wiz

**Reprising an audience favorite and 2003 multiple Elly Award winning production**
October 29 - November 21, 2010

"The Wiz," based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum, is one of Broadway's most popular contemporary musicals. This version is a multi-cultural journey that follows this well-known and beloved story of courage, brains, heart and home. "The Wiz" originally opened on Broadway in January of 1975 and ran through January 1979. It won sevenTony Awards including Best Musical, and Best Score. The movie, nominated for 4 Academy Awards, starred Diana Ross and featured Michael Jackson.

Recommended for theatregoers four and over.

All show titles are subject to change based on performance rights availability.
Coming this Fall!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Quick correction... Altar Boyz was never on Broadway. It was only off Broadway, so how could it have had a Broadway cast?