2011-12 Season Overview


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Abie’s Irish Rose

by Anne Nichols
Directed by Richard Brock

Friday Oct 14, 2011 – Sunday Oct 23, 2011
Abe “Abie” Levy, brings home as his bride Rosemary Murphy, whom he met in France during the war. To appease his father, Abie introduces Rosemary as “Rosie Murphyski”. Papa Levy is fooled until Rosie’s father, Patrick Murphy, arrives. A comic war erupts. Abie and Rose, having been married by a Methodist minister, are married again by a rabbi to please Papa, and a third time by a Catholic priest to satisfy the Irish contingent. Will the birth of twins bring peace to the family or add to the insanity? (Samuel French)


Book, Music & Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Directed by Jennifer Lockwood

Friday Dec 9, 2011 – Sunday Dec 18, 2011
Renowned writer-composer-lyricist Leslie Bricusse has adapted the classic Charles Dickens tale, A Christmas Carol, into the hit musical Scrooge! The musical closely follows the classic story with the miserly Ebenezer undergoing a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. (Samuel French)

A Grand Night for Singing

Book by Walter Bobbie, Music by Richard Rogers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, and Music Arrangements by Fred Wells
Director TBA

Thursday Jan 5, 2012 – Sunday Jan 15, 2012
Taste and imagination, the two key ingredients for a first-rate revue, abound in this fresh take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon conceived by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. Over three decades after the duo’s final collaboration, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, took the Great White Way by storm, it was in fact this new R & H musical that opened the 1994 Broadway season with flair and distinction, garnering wildly enthusiastic notices as well as earning two Tony nominations, including Best Musical. (R & H Theatricals)


Book, Music & Lyrics by Dan Goggin
Director Greg Smith

Friday Feb 3, 2012 – Sunday Feb 19, 2012
Nunsense is a hilarious talent show staged by five survivors of 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 sisters parade their talents at a variety show staged to raise funds so that the last four of the dearly departed can be buried. Nunsense offers a cornucopia of hilarity for the whole family, proving conclusively that nun rhymes with fun! (Samuel French)

Bus Stop

by William Inge
Directed by Matthew Smith

Friday Mar 16, 2012 – Sunday Mar 25, 2012
A lot can happen in a single night–especially at a street corner restaurant in a small Midwestern town where a busload of stranded passengers waits out a snowstorm. (Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)

The Sound of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
Directed by Brian Sharp

Friday May 11, 2012 – Sunday May 27, 2012
When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. (R & H Theatricals)

Jekyll & Hyde Notice

The Dayton Playhouse regretfully had to cancel our opening show of Jekyll & Hyde due to our ongoing AC issues and other factors unrelated to the amazing cast and director. We also feel strongly about Jekyll & Hyde and plan to put on the production at a later date with hopefully as many of the original cast and crew as circumstances will permit. All tickets sold for Jekyll & Hyde will be honored for its replacement show A Grand Night for Singing.