Off Script with Dan Dwyer: Alan ML Wager, Artistic Director and Sarah Combs, Sharon Playhouse Board Vice President and Director of “Crazy For You,” Sharon Playhouse Summer Season 2019

Sarah Combs–Sharon Playhouse Board Vice President

Alan M-L Wager, Artistic Director

Alan brings over 30 years of experience working in theater, television and film to the Sharon Playhouse. As a director, he has steered successful productions of Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma!, Guys & Dolls, among others. As an actor, he’s appeared in leading roles ranging from Broadway, National Tours and regional theaters all over the United States. He is a sought-after vocal coach who has worked with performers such as Patrick Cassidy, Amy Peitz and Veanne Cox. Alan is also a musical theater composer. Concept recordings of his shows feature such gifted artists as Brent Barrett, Andrea Burns, Diana Canova, Meg Bussert, Elizabeth Loyacano and Glory Crampton. In 2011 Wager and Levinstein formed 22Q Entertainment which was represented in North Hollywood with an award-winning production of Always…Patsy Cline starring Sally Struthers, while back in New York City, the company produced the My Big Italian trilogy.

June 21 – July 7

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Crazy For You is a zany rich – boy – meets hometown-girl romantic comedy.  It tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows – through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity – to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. 

George and Ira Gershwin’s musical comedy hit is full of memorable tunes from the score including “I Got Rhythm,” “Naughty Baby,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “But Not for Me,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

Crazy For You is a truly delightful homage to the beloved, optimistic musicals of the 1930s full of tap dancing and humor!

July 19 – August 4

Beauty and the Beast is the classic story that tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed to remain enchanted for all eternity.

This “tale as old as time” is based on the Academy Award winning animated feature and is filled with spectacular costumes, dazzling scenery and familiar songs such as “Be Our Guest”, “Belle”, “Gaston” and the well loved title song. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast offers a great opportunity to bring  the entire family together for theatre at its best!

We invite you to Be Our Guest as this Disney classic comes to life for the first time on our stage.

August 9 – August 25

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Audiences around the world adore this first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar).  And 2019 celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary!
 
With dazzling sets and costumes and rock concert lighting, this high energy sung through tour of the famous bible story is full of catchy songs, from a parody of French ballads “Those Canaan Days”, to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven” and even calypso “Benjamin Calypso”, along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door” and wildly entertaining dance numbers “Go, Go, Go, Joseph.”
 
Bring the entire family…you’ll want to tap your feet and want to sing along to this stunning musical feast.

August 30 – Sept 15

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Nunsense is a hilarious talent show staged by five survivors at the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery, the rest of the sisterhood having succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God. The remaining “Little Hobos” parade their talents at a variety show staged to raise funds so that the last four of the dearly departed can be buried. 

The score pulses with merriment and an unabashed desire to make you laugh, with songs and spontaneous comic interludes paced at break-neck speed. Amid the merriment is a riotous audience participation quiz that has everyone rolling in the aisles, Nunsense offers a cornucopia of hilarity for the whole family, proving conclusively that nun rhymes with fun!

PLUS…A SPECIAL EVENT!

Two Performances ONLY Saturday, July 13 @ 8pm
Sunday,  July  14 @ 3pm

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Michael Berkeley brings back “more fabulous Divas than there are stars in the heavens” in this fast-paced, highly entertaining musical revue.

The Divas are thrilled to return to the Sharon Playhouse stage with the Best of Broadway, featuring extraordinarily talented women from the tri-state region tributing the most beloved songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kander and Ebb, Lerner and Loewe, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and many more.

PLUS…We Have More Entertainment For You!

Check the website for our announcement of exciting concerts, cabarets,

play readings, speakers and more throughout the season!  

Off Script with Dan Dwyer: Alan ML Wager, Artistic Director and Sarah Combs, Sharon Playhouse Board Vice President and Director of “Crazy For You,” Sharon Playhouse Summer Season 2019
Off Script With Dan Dwyer

 
 
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