Center REPertory Company's 2012 - 2013 Season
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August 31 - October 7, 2012
Musical Murder Mystery Farce
Book and Lyrics by: Lynn Ahrens
Music by: Stephen Flaherty
Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island) exploded on the musical theatre scene in 1988 with this Off Broadway hit - a zany, offbeat and very funny romantic murder mystery farce complete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair.
Steve Martin's The Underpants
October 19 - November 17, 2012
Wild and crazy satire.
By: Steve Martin
Adapted from: Carl Sternheim
From the mind of Steve Martin, the renowned comic actor and author of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, comes a wild and crazy satire. Louise and Theo's conservative existence is shattered when Louise's bloomers fall down in public. When two admirers show up to rent a room and woo her in secret, Louise discovers that her wardrobe malfunction has made her the center of attention in a story bursting at the seams with surprise, scandal and sexy underwear. Steve Martin has created a comedic masterpiece that reflects on our fascination with fame, our reliance on gender roles and our obsession with sex.
"An ambitious amalgam of comic book and social commentary, made out of sex jokes, slamming doors and sophisticated repartee" - New York Times
November 1 - November 18, 2012
World Premiere of new comedy with music!
By: Dorothy Fortenberry
Music by: Colin Wambsgans
Directed by: Becca Wolff
Annabel has one boyfriend, two dinner guests and - most crucially - 534 friends on Facebook. When her birthday party goes from bad to terrible, Annabel decides to abandon the "real world" altogether and jumps head first, like a 21st-century Alice, down the wormhole with her pal Keyboard Cat. Once inside the Wonderland of the Internet, Annabel finds ex-boyfriends, old colleagues, political action and even her mom - but she keeps looking for a way back to herself. A comedy with music about internet addiction for the curious and the curiouser.
A Christmas Carol
December 6 - 16, 2012
Inspiring Holiday Tradition
By: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: Cynthia Caywood & Richard L. James
Directed by: Scott Denison
Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, spectacular special effects and scary ghosts, it's no wonder the critics have called it "THE Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area." Join the thousands who make this theatrical event part of their annual holiday traditions.
Old Wicked Songs
February 1 - March 2, 2013
The power and bond of music.
By: Jon Marans
"One of the best plays of the year, a fascinating exploration of art, guilt, compassion and identity." - NY Post.
Hoping to reconnect with his music and shatter the artistic block that's plagued his career, a young American piano prodigy ventures to Vienna in the spring of 1986. He is assigned to an elderly vocal teacher who gives him the "Dichterliebe" song cycle by Robert Schumann. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this is the inspirational journey of two very different men, with music as their one common bond, who must find a way to break through their pasts.
"A vivid, beautiful play!" - NY Daily News
"A winner." - New York Times
Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps
March 29 - April 27, 2013
Adapted by: Patrick Barlow
From the Novel by: John Buchan
From the Movie by: Alfred Hitchcock
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash and some good old-fashioned romance!
Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World
April 25 - May 12, 2013
Bay Area Premiere
Anyone who has ever looked for love knows the dilemma: Do you make a safe, sensible match? Or take a risk on an exciting someone who might - just might - be the one Great Romance of your life? Musa, and Egyptian immigrant and Sheri, a very quirky Caucasian waitress must negotiate the twists and turns of not only love, but cultural expectations in this charming romantic comedy with a delightful twist.
"...a comic charmer and a humane reminder that most of us are pilgrims of one kind or another in this big, complicated, rewarding land we share." - The Seattle Times.
"...a Romeo and Juliet story - an Annie Hall story, a West Side Story story" - The Stranger.
May 17 - June 22, 2013
Fellini + Fosse = multi-Tony Award-winning musical.
Book by: Neil Simon
Music by: Cy Coleman
Lyrics by: Dorothy Fields
Based on a screenplay by: Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli & Ennio Flaiano
It started with Fellini, was made world famous by Fosse, and now this multi-Tony Award winner bursts onto the Lesher stage with all the singing and dancing you could hope for! Meet Charity Hope Valentine, the girl who wants to be loved so much that she sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances with the "animal magnetism" hero, the "ultra-chic continental" hero and the "impossible-to-believe but he's better-than-nothing" type hero. This delightful musical features fabulous dancing and great tunes such as "Hey Big Spender" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now!"