Announcing Our 2014-2015 Season
Your wish is granted!
CenterStage has made it our mission to bring you the hottest new plays from the world's most talented young and established writers. In recent seasons, audiences have witnessed the early development of plays like Handle with Care, Imaging Madoff and My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding before they went on to success Off-Broadway and in regional theaters. CenterStage also presented the stage versions of August: Osage County, The Normal Heart and The Last Five Years before they became major motion pictures. For our 38th Season, we are working directly with the authors of several new works to bring you Regional and World Premiere productions that continue to make us a destination theatre for audiences and playwrights.
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October 18 - November 2, 2014
A Comedy by Joshua Harmon
"Crackles with energy. The best comedy of the season." - NY Times
Things get personal when three cousins ignite a viciously hilarious brawl over who "deserves" a treasured family heirloom. A no-holds-barred, dark comedy about family, faith and survival, JCC CenterStage is the first theatre in the country to nab this acclaimed Off-Broadway hit.
December 18 - 21, 2014
Naked In Encino
A World Premiere Comedy by Wendy Kout
Naked truths...and more...are exposed when five women of diversely different backgrounds gather for a self-help seminar. This laugh-out-loud comedy from the award-winning screenwriter of the film "Dorfman in Love" and the creator of the TV series "Anything But Love," makes its official world premiere at JCC CenterStage after an acclaimed developmental production in Denver.
February 7 - 22, 2015
The Hit Factory
A look back at the "Brill Building Sound"
In the 1950s and 60s, at NYC’s legendary Brill Building, you could write a song, sell a song, record a song and publish a song…sometimes in the same day. Producers like Don Kirshner and Phil Spector and songwriters like Carole King, Neil Sedaka and Leiber and Stoller dominated the airwaves with chart-topping hits for The Shirelles, Coasters, Drifters, Righteous Brothers, Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Lesley Gore, Little Eva, Fabian, The Shangri-las, Ben E. King, Dionne Warwick and many more.
Featuring over three dozen enduring tunes, this all-new musical, from the creators of last season’s Burt Bacharach show, revisits the legacy of the time and place known as The Hit Factory.
March 14 - 29, 2015
by Darrah Cloud
It's Our Town...only wilder!
New York Premiere
"A fresh take on a beloved classic. This beautiful, brand-new play is so full of honest human heart, humor, hurt, and hope that it is destined to become a classic." DCMetroTheaterArts
This whimsically innovative reinterpretation of Thorton Wilder's Our Town moves the action from fictional Grover's Corners to the very real Skokie, Illinois in 1977. As neighboring families prepare for Christmas and Hanukkah, two teenagers fall in love, and the world is about to give everyone a serious dose of reality.
May 2 - 17, 2015
Into the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine
Be careful what you wish for...
Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rupunzel are just a few of your favorite storybook characters that collide in one epic adventure. Wishes will be granted, but when there are witches and giants about, "happily ever after" is not always the end of the story. Delightfully humorous and beautifully poignant, this Sondheim masterpiece is not a kids’ story, but an entertaining look at the consequences of "I wish."
July 19 - 27, 2014
JCC SUMMERSTAGE PRESENTS:
Hairspray the Musical
Based on the popular John Waters cult film of the same name, Hairspray explores the impact on 1962 Baltimore when a plus sized dancer decides it’s time to end race segregation on television.
Book by Mark O'Donnell
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman, Thomas Meehan, Marc Shaiman
Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters
December 27 - 31, 2014
Big Wigs on Broad(s)way
Aggy Dune and Kasha Davis are back to high kick-off the New Year with an all-new show. Big Wigs on Broad(s)way is a tribute to the leading "ladies" of Broadway. Featuring dead on impersonations of the legendary Carol Channing, Ethel Merman and Dolly Parton along with Barbra, Cher, Judy, Liza (with a "Z"), Madonna and more, your favorite Broadway tunes come to life as you have never seen them before.
December 31, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Stardust and Butterflies
Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Joan Baez have enjoyed long careers in music, beginning as the female faces of folk in the 1960s. American Songbook series creator Linda Foster leads a team of singers exploring the legacy of these amazing singer-songwriters.
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