Brundage Park Playhouse is proud to continue our tradition of presenting affordable, quality entertainment to our patrons during our 2017 Season. We sincerely appreciate your patronage and welcome you to Brundage Park Playhouse for the following productions in 2017. The upcoming season has a wide-variety of productions that the entire family can enjoy. Visit sixteenth century Spain with a beloved old gentleman and his faithful manservant, travel to Bangkok as a schoolteacher to the royal children of the King of Siam, and on the African savannah, there is a king of another kind trying to regain his rightful place. Our popular Kids Cabaret offers contemporary song and dance routines for your pleasure. If you’re looking for a enchanting garden, it’s waiting for you at Misselthwaite Manor in Victorian England. Our last production is not your usual telling of a Christmas Carol, but it will definitely lift a great many spirits along the way.
BRUNDAGE PARK PLAYHOUSE 2017 SEASON
Written and Directed by Shafer Ward/Philipe Abiyouness
1/20, 1/21, 1/27, 1/28 AT 7:30 PM
1/22, 1/29 2:00 PM
Big Kids is a new developmental musical play written by Drew University seniors Shafer Ward and Philipe AbiYouness. The play centers around the Randall family comprised of Stan, a local comedian and stay-at-home dad, Melanie a project manager at Gate Farm Insurance, and Morgan and Jake, who are elementary schools students. The family dynamic is disturbed when each of the parents find themselves less and less able to be at home. As the parents begin to skirt their responsibilities and act like children, we see the children assume more responsibility over themselves and take on the role of adults. In our fun and playful world of the play, kids play adults and adults play kids as we flip the tables on presenting the family in this fun little musical dramedy.
MAN OF LA MANCHA
Directed by Mark Carovale
Written by Dale Wasserman Music by Mitch Leigh Lyrics by Joe Darion Original Production Staged by Albert Marre Originally Produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James
February 17, 18, 24, 25, March 3, 4 8:00 pm
February 19, 26, March 5 2:00 PM
Come “Dream the Impossible Dream” in this classic musical set in the sixteenth century during the Spanish Inquisition. While he awaits trial, Miguel de Cervantes captivates his fellow prisoners with the tale of the chivalrous knight errant, Don Quixote and his loyal manservant Sancho Panza.
THE KING AND I
Directed by Ray Gelpke
Music by Richard Rodgers, Book by Oscar Hammerstein II, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Based on Anna and the King by Margaret Landon,Original Choroeography by Jerome Robbins..
April 21, 28, May 5 at 8:00 April 22, 23, 29, 30 and May 6, 7 at 2:00 pm
In this beloved musical from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the newly widowed Anna Leonowens travels to Bangkok with her son Louis to become the schoolteacher in the employ of the King of Siam in 1860. Although the king wishes to be seen as a modern king, the ensuing conflict of wills yields tragic consequences that neither Anna nor the king foresee.
THE LION KING, JR.
Directed by Mark Carovale
Music and Lyrics by Elton John & Tim Rice
Additional Music and Lyrics by
Will Van Dyke, Lebo M., Mark Mancina, and Jay Rifkin
Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi
Based o the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor
July 7, 14, 21 at 8:00 pm
July 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 at 2:00 PM
You’ll have ‘no worries for the rest of your day’ when our young performers bring The Lion King, Jr. to Brundage Park Playhouse in July 2017. Enjoy the heartwarming tale of Simba, the young lion who must face his deepest fears to avenge the murder of his father, Mufasa, and return to Pride Rock to claim his rightful place in ‘The Circle of Life’.
KID’S CABARET 2017
Dates: August 9, 10, 11 at 8:00 pm
August 12 and 13 at 2:00 pm
One of our most popular productions during the year, the Kids Cabaret returns to showcase the talents of our young performers, with both cast and crew being under 18 years old.
THE SECRET GARDEN
Directed by Ray Gelpke
Music and Lyrics by Marsha Norman Music by Lucy Simon Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Winner! 1991 Tony® Award for Best Book of a Musical
October 6, 13, 20 at 8:00 pm
October 7, 14, 21 at 5:00 pm
October 8, 15, 22 at 2:00 pm
Ten year old Mary Lennox is a willful, spoiled, sickly child when she arrives at her uncle’s manor house in Yorkshire from India. Orphaned by a cholera epidemic, Mary must now live with Uncle Archibald Craven, whom she has never met, who is grieving for his beloved wife, Lily. When Mary discovers the withered, neglected garden that Lily had tenderly cared for, Mary decides to bring The Secret Garden back to life. Very soon the flowers are not the only things that blossom at Misselthwaite Manor.
MRS. BOB CRATCHIT’S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE
Directed by Larry Turner
December 1 and 8 at 8:00 pm, Dec 2, 3, 9, 10 at 2:00pm
Suffice to say this is not your usual adaptation of the well-known story about Ebenezer Scrooge’s Christmas transformation. No, this is a musical parody with a very different Mrs. Cratchit than the long-suffering, goody-goody wife in the original story. Throw in a Ghost who can’t seem to get Scrooge to the right places in neither the past, present nor future, 21 Cratchit children, and two or three other characters not in the original story, and you have a new definition of “Binge”- watching.