The Wilton Playshop has set its 2017-2018 season and audiences can look forward to classic favorites for musical lovers, families and comedy fans alike.
The season will open with the musical comedy, Young Frankenstein. Directed by Mat Young with musical direction by Zach Kampler and choreography by Rachel Schultz, the show will run from Oct. 27-Nov. 11, 2017. Comedy genius Mel Brooks adapted his legendarily funny film into this brilliant stage creation, the story of Frederick Frankenstein who inherits a castle in Transylvania that’s home to Igor, Inga and Frau Blucher. After discovering the secret entrance to his grandfather’s laboratory, Frederick decides to carry on the family experiments and creates a monster of his own. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend,” “Please Don’t Touch Me,” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Young Frankenstein is sure to be a monstrously good time.
Julie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, the hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, will be presented Dec. 8-10, 2017. Ginny Ruggieri will direct this stage adaptation by Allison Gregory.
First grader Junie B. Jones is super-excited about the upcoming Secret Santa gift exchange at her school, but tattletale May keeps ruining all of her fun. When Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson. But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give May what she deserves?
Buyer & Cellar, a special offering under the Playshop’s “Applause Series,” will run March 9-11, 2018. What would happen if an out-of-work, aspiring actor was hired to man the private basement mall in Barbra Streisand’s house? That was playwright Jonathan Tolins’ question after reading Barbra Streisand’s architectural book, detailing the setup of her own private mall complete with a dress shop, doll shop, and working yogurt machine. Buyer & Cellar is the hilarious comedic answer. The one-man show tells the story of Alex More, who, after taking the gig working in the basement mall, develops an unlikely and hilarious friendship with Streisand. Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.
The final show of the Playshop’s 80th season will be the musical West Side Story. Directed by John Atkin, with musical direction by Tony Bellomy and choreography by Christine Titus, the show will be performed April 27-May 12, 2018. Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in this seminal retelling of Romeo and Juliet. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments.
For tickets and information please visit the Wilton Playshop website.