Addison's WaterTower Theatre raises monsters and musicals in 2020-21 season
WaterTower Theatre is celebrating its 25th season in a big way, with two musicals, two Tony Award-winning plays, a one-woman studio show, the return of a circus-themed holiday show, and big anniversary bash.
The five-show 2020-21 season is the second programmed by producing artistic director Shane Peterman and associate producer Elizabeth Kensek.
"This second season continues my fresh approach to programming propelling the theater into a new era of success and growth," says Perterman. "This season has something for everyone and is a tribute to the many artists, patrons, and this wonderful city that, together, helps to shape one of North Texas' most prominent professional theaters."
It all starts with the musical adaptation of the hit 1974 film Young Frankenstein, by comedic genius Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan. Directed by Cheryl Denson and music directed by Adam C. Wright, this newly published adaptation from London's West End is filled with catchy songs, fabulous dancing, and outrageous laughs that only a Mel Brooks show can deliver. It runs October 22-November 8, 2020.
During that same opening week, Jody Christopherson is taking over the studio space with the U.S. premiere of AMP: The Electrifying Story of Mary Shelley. Written and performed by Christopherson and directed by Isaac Byrne, AMP is an electrifying, 60-minute solo work based on the life of Mary Shelley, the creation of Frankenstein, and the birth of modern feminism. It runs October 22-25, 2020.
North Texas' newest holiday tradition is next. An all new Cirque Holidays is a co-production with Lone Star Circus, featuring new acts by circus performers from all around the world through a unique blend of theater and circus. It runs December 10-20, 2020.
WaterTower rings in the new year with the regional premiere of Simon Stephens' play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, directed by Emily Scott Banks. Based on Mark Haddon's best-selling book of the same title, the play offers a richly theatrical experience that tells the touching and humorous story of 15-year-old Christopher, an extraordinary boy who is determined to solve a mystery in his West London neighborhood. It runs February 4-21, 2021.
A red carpet event celebrating WTT's silver anniversary is next, featuring your favorite North Texas performers and musicians who have brought the glamour of Broadway to Addison over the years. The 25th Anniversary Concert plays March 4-21, 2021.
Next on the main stage is the Tony Award-winning drama that changed American theater forever. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry tells the story of the Younger family in 1950s Chicago, a story that remains as powerful and relevant today as it was 50 years ago. Directed by Phyllis Cicero, it runs April 22- May 9, 2021.
The season concludes with the world premiere of a brand-new musical that's filled with Hollywood glamour, romance, and intrigue. Goin' Hollywood by Stephen Cole and David Krane follows Alice Chandler and her writing partner, Garson Stein, as they find themselves hurtling back in time to Hollywood in 1949. L.B. Mayer hires them as writers, and Alice and Garson soon discover that everything in the golden age of movie musicals is not as they imagined. It runs June 10-27, 2021.
Five-show season subscriptions are on sale starting January 17. The renewal deadline for current subscribers to keep their same seats or received priority reseating is June 30th. Subscriptions range from $119-$156, and increase after August 1 to $145-$175. New subscriptions are available by calling the box office at 972-450-6232, and renewals can be made by phone or in person. Individual tickets go on sale in summer 2020.