Announcing Hillbarn’s 72nd Season:
Book by Terrence McNally
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Based on the novel by E. L. Doctorow
1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and won both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score.
Ragtime is a powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America, but a relevant tale for today. Written by an award-winning team, the musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself. Featured are such show stopping songs as Getting Ready Rag, Your Daddy’s Son, Wheels of a Dream, Till We Reach That Day, Back To Before, and Make Them Hear You. This thrilling musical is sure to inspire actors and audiences alike!
August 31 – September 23, 2012 (Previews August 30)
By Ira Levin
1978 Tony Award Nomination for Best Play
One of the longest running Broadway thrillers in history, this beautifully constructed play offers a rare and skillful blending of gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter! Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a pattern of failures and a shortage of funds. A change of fortune occurs when he receives a script by a student from a seminar he conducted at a nearby college, a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a future Broadway hit. Sidney’s plan, which he devises with his wife’s help, is to offer “collaboration” with the student…
Will he accept?
October 19 – November 4, 2012 (Previews October 18, 2012)
By Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
1982 Eight Tony Award Nominations and Three Drama Desk Nominations
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ’n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. Great for the whole family!
November 30 – December 23, 2012 (Previews November 29, 2012)
By Philip King
Set in the idyllic village of Merton-cum- Middlewick in 1940s England, the village inhabitants are preparing themselves for the imminent threat of Nazi invasion. Resident nosy parker and spinster, Miss Skillon, becomes convinced that her beloved vicar’s actress wife is having an affair and attempts to expose her. Add an escaped German prisoner of war, a handsome actor, the visiting Bishop of Lax, a rotund locum priest and some meddling neighbors and hilarious confusion and mayhem result.
January 25 – February 10, 2013 (Previews January 24, 2013)
Lyrics by Tom Greenwald
Music by Andrew Lippa
Book by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald
A truly original musical that takes a look at the complexities of relationships between brothers and sisters and parents and children. Set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, John & Jen is a gem of a show brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies. This is the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, and his namesake, her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. With a cast of only two people and a pianist, John & Jen is a tour-de-force for two actors who take them from childhood, through adolescence and beyond. A chamber musical, John & Jen is a musical about connections, commitments and the healing of the human heart.
March 15 – April 7, 2013 (Previews March 14, 2013)
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on a film by Ingmar Bergman
1973 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, and Best Featured Actors as well as six Drama Desk Awards.
The romantic and achingly beautiful A Little Night Music deals with middle- aged lawyer Fredrik Egerman’s search for love. His teenage trophy wife, Anne refuses to have sex with him. As a result, Fredrik’s eyes begin to wander as he searches for meaning and fulfillment elsewhere. Sophisticated, literate and stylish, A Little Night Music is also disarmingly warm, funny, charming and very human. Its well-constructed book features strong and memorable characters. The lilting, Ravel-inspired score includes songs Remember and Everyday a Little Death and ends with the haunting Send in the Clowns.
May 10 – June 2, 2013 (Previews May 9, 2013)