Take an early look at the cast in rehearsal:
Take an early look at the cast in rehearsal:
We’ve seen the work of many Irish and Irish-American playwrights on our mainstage over the past 40 years. Let’s take a look back at the influence of Irish culture at TheatreWorks, which continues with this season’s Outside Mullingar.
Above, 1977’s She Stoops to Conquer by Anglo-Irish playwright Oliver Goldsmith, who was born in County Westmeath, Ireland (the same county as Mullingar). Continue reading
OSKAR returns in 2017 with two fun shows!
Ideal for grades K – 5, OSKAR AND THE COUNTLESS COSTUME CHANGES and OSKAR AND THE BIG BULLY BATTLE! will tour from February 20 – March 31, 2017.
The ongoing series of OSKAR plays for young audiences has been touring schools throughout the Bay Area since 2006 and has reached more than 100,000 students. The plays—which tackle bullying, resiliency, and empathy—have received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from students, teachers, administrators, and parents. While all the OSKAR plays deal with their subject matter in a humorous fashion, they have made a serious impact on student behavior.
John Patrick Shanley’s romantic comedy Outside Mullingar derives its setting in the county of Westmeath, Ireland and the real town of Mullingar. The administrative, business, and cultural center of the county, the town was visited by Shanley as he was writing the play. Here are a few quick facts about the history of Mullingar:
• With a current population of 20,000 inhabitants, Mullingar is roughly equal in size to South Lake Tahoe, CA. Continue reading
During The Life of the Party, we’re asking a special question of our audience in the lobby of the theatre: Which Andrew Lippa lyric relates the most to your life?
I made some mistakes, but I made something new. And I love my life this way!
(The Man in the Ceiling)
I’m not made for things like mowin’ lawns or apron strings
I’m my best when not at rest.
(Big Fish) Continue reading
Check out this gorgeous live rendition of “Make a Wish” by the Kilbanes with actor Reggie White from Eddie the Marvelous, Who will Save the World:
In this innovative new musical, Eddie the Marvelous fronts a band, struts the stage, saves the world. Eddie the Real can’t leave the house, can’t hold a job, can’t keep a friend. His mom makes every sacrifice, but when she finds a new man neither Eddie knows what to say or what to sing.
Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save the World will be a part of our 2016 New Works Festival, with a cast that includes White.
The Life of the Party celebrates the music of Andrew Lippa. Before you see the show, take a look back at a few highlights from his long career:
Lippa wrote the music for John & Jen, a two-person musical which premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1993 and opened off-Broadway in 1995. For the show’s twentieth anniversary in 2015 it was revived off-Broadway in a production starring Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan.
Check out Lippa’s thoughts on the 2015 production and the 20th anniversary of the show:
The excitement is building for Gravity, a new musical by writers Joel Chapman, Weston Gaylord, Matt Herrero, Jessia Hoffman, and Ken Savage, all current or former students at Stanford University.
This special next-generation event will be a part of our 2016 New Works Festival! Take a sneak peek at the creative process and the music in this live performance from Stanford earlier this year:
We’re less than two weeks from our 2016 New Works Festival. Learn more about this year’s lineup!
“This partnership with the celebrated Chocolate Factory is a thrilling step forward for TheatreWorks,” says TW Artistic Director Robert Kelley. “We’re proud that our long and distinguished history with composer Andrew Lippa has led to this electrifying American Premiere.”
We are honored to be co-producing The Life of the Party this summer with The Menier Chocolate Factory, reuniting author and star Andrew Lippa with director David Babani. Built in 1870 to house a chocolate factory, this unique space now comprises a restaurant and bar, rehearsal room, and 150 seat theatre. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Babani, the Chocolate Factory has been producing musicals, plays, live music, and stand-up comedy and is considered one of London’s premiere off-West End companies.
The Chocolate Factory received great international acclaim when their 2005 production of Sunday in the Park with George opened on Broadway, receiving eight Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Musical and acting nods for stars Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell.
Check out highlights from the Broadway production:
2010 proved to be a major year for Chocolate Factory productions on Broadway, with their revivals of La Cage aux Folles and A Little Night Music both picking up Tony nominations for Best Revival of a Musical. La Cage went on to win the award, providing Babani with his first Tony. Continue reading
See a cast of internally-acclaimed Broadway and West End veterans without leaving home in The Life of the Party! Our cast includes:
DAMIAN HUMBLEY is making his TheatreWorks debut. Mr. Humbley is well known in London for his work on Stephen Sondheim musicals, including the critically acclaimed production of Merrily We Roll Along (Charley Kringas), and the recent London production of Putting It Together. Other West End credits include Lend Me a Tenor (Max), The Woman In White (Walter Hartright), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), Forbidden Broadway, and Dickens Abridged. Other London credits include the UK Premiere of The Last 5 Years, the Menier Chocolate Factory’s The Life of the Party, and most recently Songs for a New World at St. James Theatre. His recordings include Lend Me a Tenor (Original Cast Recording), Fiddler on the Roof (2009 London Cast Recording), The Symphony of Australia (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), and Merrily We Roll Along (DigitalTheatre.com). Continue reading