Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre announces its 2015-2016 season with musical theatre and plays brimming with excitement, heartwarming family ties, betrayal, compassion, intrigue and magic! Variety abounds with shows ranging from a classic favorite, Fiddler on the Roof, to the whodunit mystery, The Game’s Afoot. The highlight of the 101st season of Civic Theatre is the holiday spectacular, Mary Poppins.
“As Civic moves into its next century, we are pleased to present a line up that offers something for all lovers of theatre, including Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning selections,” said Robert Sorbera, Artistic Director at Civic Theatre.
The 2015-2016 lineup includes:
LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL
Musical by Allan Knee, Mindi Dickstein and Jason Howland
(September 11-26, 2015)
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s 1869 classic, it is centered on Jo March, an aspiring writer, her sisters – romantic Meg, pompous Amy, and kind-hearted Beth – and their beloved Marmee, at home in Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away during the Civil War. Interwoven with the story of their lives are several recreations of the short stories Jo writes in her attic studio. Sutton Foster was nominated for the Tony Award and won the Drama Desk Award for her 2005 performance.
THE GAME’S AFOOT
By Ken Ludwig
(October 23-November 7, 2015)
The Plot (thickens?): It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.
“Murderously funny!” Broadway World Cleveland
By Julian Fellows, Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
(December 11, 2015-January 2, 2016)
A musical the NY Daily News called “Magical. A roof-raising, toe-tapping, high-flying extravaganza!” Based on the similarly titled series of books by P.L. Travers and one of the most popular Disney movies of all time. The show played on Broadway for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven TONY Awards, including Best Musical. Songs include Chim Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
DOUBT, A PARABLE
By John Patrick Shanley
(February 5-14, 2016)
Winner of the 2005 Drama Desk Award, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, John Patrick Shanley’s drama is set in 1965. Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young, open-minded, Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Ultimately, it is up to the audience to determine guilt or innocence, or whether or not such rulings are even possible.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
By Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein
(April 22-May 7, 2016)
A musical theatre tradition, Tevye the milkman tries to protect his daughters and his way of life from a changing world. Winner of 9 TONY Awards when it debuted in 1964, it continues touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty. This universal show is a staple of the musical theatre canon.
In addition to these memorable and entertaining shows, Civic has more in store for 2015-2016 with its winter concert, performances by Jr. Civic and Civic’s Young Adult Program and Backstage Exclusive events throughout the season.
For more information about Civic Theatre’s 2015-2016 schedule, subscriptions and single ticket sales, please visit civictheatre.org or call (317) 843-3800. Find Civic on social media: @civic_theatre on twitter, Facebook/BoothTarkingtonCivicTheatre and civic_theatre on instagram.