The Wilton Playshop has announced its 2018-2019 season, its 81st year in Wilton:
Wilton Playshop will open the season with the hilarious musical revue, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Directed by Nancy L. Meyer with musical direction by Zach Kampler and choreography by Christine Titus, the show will run from Oct. 26-Nov. 10, 2018.
“The longest running off-Broadway revue in history with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Robert has been revised for the 21st century. This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as ‘the relationship.’ Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This uproarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, ‘Say, what are you doing Saturday night?’ The 2018 version features two new songs, revised lyrics, and dialogue throughout the show to reflect dating in modern times.”
A Charlie Brown Christmas, based upon the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, is back by popular demand and will be presented on Dec. 7-9, 2018. Jeffrey Spector will direct and Christine Titus will choreograph this stage adaptation of the classic animated television special in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas.
“When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When his attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas tree fails, Linus helps him learn the true meaning of Christmas.”
The final show of the Playshop’s 81st season will be the musical Guys and Dolls with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Directed by Lynne Colatrella with musical direction by Zach Kampler and choreography by Lauren Nicole Sherwood, the show will be performed April 26-May 11, 2019.
“Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.”
Tickets go on sale Sept. 1. For more information please visit the Wilton Playshop website.