Playhouse announces season

Youngstown Playhouse will present three musicals on its main stage in 2019-20 and do a stage adaptation of an Academy Award-winning film.

Four additional shows are planned in the intimate Moyer Room theater space, and Playhouse Youth Theatre has two productions scheduled.

Opening the season in September will be “Dreamgirls,” which chronicles the rise of a Supremes-like singing group. It ran for nearly four years and more than 1,500 performances on Broadway, winning seven Tony Awards. A 2006 film version won two Oscars and earned more than $100 million in theaters.

The Playhouse last staged “Dreamgirls” in 1989.

The musical revue “A Grand Night for Singing” will makes its Playhouse debut in October. The show, which had a Broadway run in 1993, includes selections from “Oklahoma,” “State Fair,” “Carousel,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” “Cinderella” and “The Sound of Music.”

Opening on Valentine’s Day 2020 will be “Shakespeare in Love,” a stage production based on an Oscar-winning screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman that blends romance and comedy as young William Shakespeare falls in love while struggling to write his upcoming play Romeo and Juliet.

The Playhouse and Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music will collaborate in May 2020 on the final main stage offering, the musical “The Light in the Piazza,” featuring a score written by Richard Rodgers’ grandson, Adam Guettel. The story of an American mother and daughter vacationing in Italy in the 1950s is adapted from a 1960 novella and 1962 film.

The Griffith-Adler Actors Series in the Playhouse Moyer Room opens in late September with “Art,” Yasmina Reza’s comedy about the perception of modern art, followed in November by “The Drawer Boy,” a Canadian drama about a young actor researching life on a farm run by two elderly bachelors.

March 2020 will see the area premiere of David Ives’ seriocomic play “Venus in Fur,” the two-character study of a playwright-director and the sexually brash actress he is auditioning for his new play. For the closing show in June 2020, the Playhouse will depart from its usual programming to offer the intimate musical “The Story of My Life,” seen on Broadway in 2009 and featuring two singing actors playing lifelong friends.

The Youngstown Playhouse Youth Theatre, under the new leadership of Joanna Andrei and Sarah Jane Demetruk, will present “Disney’s Frozen Jr.,” adapted from the mammoth hit film and the subsequent Broadway musical, in December. In March 2020 the Youth Theatre will offer an all-new stage version of local author Christopher Barzak’s novel “The Gone Away Place” about a town dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Flex passes good for six tickets to any of the 10 productions are $84 for adults and $66 for students and senior citizens if purchased by June 30. Season tickets are available by calling the Playhouse Briarfield Health Care box office at 330-788-8739 or online at www.the youngstownplayhouse.com.


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