While their menfolk are away at maneuvers with the local unit of the National Guard, the women of the Wilderland Independent Ladies Dance Ensemble are passionately pursuing the Next Best Thing…in this case, that Beat poet from New York City, then a Singing Cowboy. When the military men return, they are confounded by the changing tide of their ladies’ love but, deciding it is better to switch than fight, go with the latest craze…even if it means putting on strange clothing and poses. Eventually everyone ends up with a suitable partner…or do they???
Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman
Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Twenty five years after being banished from Fairyland for marrying a mortal, Iolanthe returns seeking protection for her now grown son who’s half-fairy, half-mortal. When he falls in love with the ward of the Lord Chancellor, both Fairyland and the Houses of Parliament nearly fall to pieces.
Stage Director & Choreographer – GARY SLAVIN
Music Director & Conductor – ZACHARY SCHWARTZMAN
Assistant Director & Choreographer – JANET BUSHOR
Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, is a perennial favorite of audiences of all ages. It tells the story of Pirate apprentice Frederic, who at the age of 21 has completed his term on board and is ready to go and seek his fortune, and to fall in love with the beautiful daughter of a local Major General… but is thwarted by the discovery that his birthday on February 29th and therefore he has only celebrated 5 of them. Hilarity ensues!
CITY OF ANGELS is the rarest of Broadway musical comedies; one that is not only loaded with music and written in the contemporary jazz idiom, but also filled with sidesplitting comedy. Set in the glamorous, seductive Hollywood of the 40s, the world of film studios and flimsy negligees, the show chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a young novelist, attempting a screenplay for movie producer/director, Buddy Fidler. When his alter-ego and main film character, Stone, comes to life on stage, fantasy and reality intertwine to create an intricate, funny and touching double plot.
Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend brings the Jazz Age back in a light romantic spoof of 1920s musical comedy. Written in the fifties as “a new musical of the twenties,” This fun and frisky show is still considered the most successful and witty of the send-up musicals, and is filled to the brim with catchy tunes, tongue-in-cheek moments, and cheerful dance numbers. A great show for the whole family!
Blue Hill Troupe Fundraising Gala: Masquerade, Painted Faces on Parade
February 24, 2018, from 9:00pm to 1:30am at the Helen Mills Theater
A night to remember featuring music from George Gee Jazz Quartet, Special Guest Performers, an incredible Silent Auction, and more…
he Yeomen of the Guard, or The Merryman and His Maid, opened October 3, 1888, at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 423 performances. The darkest of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, Yeomen ends with a broken-hearted main character and at least two reluctant engagements, rather than the usual armful of marriages. However, Gilbert’s “pointed” satire and punny one-liners abound, there are plenty of topsy-turvy plot complications, and many believe that the score is Sullivan’s finest. Indeed, some enjoy Yeomen particularly because of its ever-changing emotional balance of joy and despair, love and sacrifice.
If you thought you knew the story of ‘The Princess and The Pea,’ you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.
Performances in November at The Theatre at St. Jeans, on East 76th Street in New York City. Tickets go on sale in September!