One-night only concert versions of musicals we think are worth a second look featuring large orchestras and top talent.
ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Orchestrations by Don Walker
The 2018-19 series begins with a less-frequently produced work by Oscar Hammerstein II’s greatest pupil, Stephen Sondheim. This 1965 musical tells the story of a corrupt mayor (originally played by Angela Lansbury) who fakes a miracle to revitalize her bankrupt town. A legendary cult show, this wacky, intelligent, highly unconventional musical points ahead to Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking work in the 1970s, even as it keeps a foot firmly rooted in musical theatre's "golden age." Featuring members of the cast of South Pacific.
Associate Artistic Director/Director of Music Theatre
"...it is the fascinating extended musical scenes, with their intricate choral work, that immediately marked Sondheim as the most distinctive theatre composer of his time.""Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers" By Steven Suskin
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Book by E. Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by E. Y. Harburg
A blend of romantic fantasy and social commentary, Finian's Rainbow follows the adventures of an Irishman and his daughter, who hope to strike it rich in America. This American treasure of a score features classics like “Ol’ Devil Moon” and “How are Things in Glocca Morra?”
"The score, by Burton Lane and E. Y. Harburg, is one of the most enduringly delicious ever concocted for an American musical."Ben Brantley in The New York Times
Children of Eden
Friday, July 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Book by John Caird
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby
Orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin and Martin Erskine
From the celebrated composer of Wicked, Pippin,and Godspell comes this family-friendly biblical reboot with a marvellous score. Adam, Eve, Noah and the "Father" who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children.
"This is the most ambitious and impressive score to date by Schwartz, and it is spiced with a variety of jubilant tunes, haunting melodies and sensitive lyrics."Variety
Past Applause! Programs
Bernstein @ 100
Saturday, July 28 at 8:00 pm
THE ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE VERSION
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler
In a New Version by John Caird
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur
Additional Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein
For one night only, join us on the Mainstage for a concert recital of the Leonard Bernstein classic, Candide. Featuring an all-star cast, including Christopher Bloch, Rhett Guter, Suzanne Lane, Sam Ludwig, Donna Migliaccio, and Rachel Zampelli accompanied by a two-piano arrangement.