Lakewood Theatre Company 2010-11 2010-11 Season of Plays
2010-11 MAINSTAGE SHOWS
July 16 - Aug. 22, 2010
Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Arthur Laurents
Directed by Jim Crino
Considered by many to be the last great musical comedy, Gypsy tells the backstage tale of vaudeville entertainer turned stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her overbearing mother, Rose. Stephen Sondheim's lyrics with Jule Styne's infectious music provide a tight structure and natural language to the score with such Broadway standards as "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Small World," "Some People," "If Momma Was Married," "Together Wherever We Go," and the climactic "Rose's Turn."
Sept. 10 - Oct. 17, 2010
Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields, Book by Neil Simon
Directed by Isaac Lamb
Sweet Charity takes a poignant and humorous look at the misadventures of love as encountered by the sweet but guileless Charity Hope Valentine. With well-intentioned advice from her girlfriends and co-workers at the Fandango Ballroom, Charity bumbles her way through amorous mishaps. The musical features such favorites as "Big Spender," "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This" and "If They Could See Me Now." The original Broadway production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards. Show Sponsor: The Bank of Oswego
Nov. 5 - Dec. 12, 2010
By Larry Shue
Directed by Joe Theissen
Shy Charlie Baker is persuaded by his buddy Froggy LaSueur to accompany him on a vacation. But after they arrive at the rural fishing lodge, Charlie just wants to be left alone. Froggy convinces Charlie to pretend to be a foreigner who doesn't understand English. The plan backfires when other vacationers open up to this exotic "foreigner" and share their secrets and schemes. Compelled to do the right thing, he tries to help the potential victims involved - with bizarre results. Show Sponsor: The Swinford Family
Jan. 14 - Feb. 20, 2011
By Agatha Christie
Directed by Don Alder
The victim was loved, some may say to death. When Sir Henry and Lady Angkatell invite a group of friends to spend the weekend at their country retreat, The Hollow, little do they know that a tangle of romantic liaisons and marriages will explode into murder. Amid the stylish Agatha Christie repartee, it's up to Inspector Colquhoun to unravel the love affairs and secrets to solve the crime. Show Sponsor: Lakewood Center Associates
LEND ME A TENOR
Mar. 11 - Apr. 17, 2011
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Wade Willis
It's September 8th, 1934, and Cleveland's premiere opera producer is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The tickets are sold, the stage is set and the thirty-piece orchestra is ready. But it's about to become un disastro gigantesco, because it's three minutes to curtain, and the leading man - the greatest tenor in the world - has gone missing! Show Sponsor: Providence Health & Services
THE SECRET GARDEN
May 6 - Jun. 12, 2011
Music by Lucy Simon, Book by Marsha Norman, Based on The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Directed by Kirk Mouser
The Secret Garden tells the story of spoilt orphan Mary Lennox and her sickly cousin Colin. After the death of her parents, Mary returns from India to live in her uncle's house in England. She is desperately unhappy until one day she discovers the key to a secret and magical garden unlocking a new life of adventure.
2010-11 SIDE DOOR STAGE SHOWS
Lakewood Theatre Company presents on its Side Door Stage for 2010-11 The Lost Treasures Collection - a unique series of three plays. Each attraction is performed for one weekend only!The Lost Treasures Collection is a new series of obscure and rarely performed musicals presented in concert/cabaret version on our Side Door stage. No sets, no props (none of the usual trappings of a fully staged production). Picture Portland’s foremost performers presenting some of the most beautiful, comedic and witty songs of musical theatre. Food, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show
THE BAKER'S WIFE
October 22 - 23, 2010 - Side Door Stage (Friday & Saturday at 7 PM)
Based on the film La Femme de Boulanger
by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono, 1974
Book by Joseph Stein
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Ron Daum
A small town finds peace and pleasure in the bread of the newly arrived baker and his attractive young wife. When she is lured away by a handsome young gigolo, the baker loses all zest for life and baking, throwing the Provencal community into chaos. Songs include: “Chanson”, “Proud Lady”, “Where is the Warmth?” and the smash hit “Meadowlark”.
January 7 - 8, 2011 (Friday & Saturday at 7 PM)
Book and Lyrics by Anthony Burgess, 1973
Music by Michael J. Lewis
Directed by Ron Daum
Based on Edmond Rostand’s classic, “Cyrano de Bergerac”
Meet Cyrano, a phenomenal swordsman, born leader and an artistic, intelligent poet with the ability to enchant the hardest of souls... and a nose bigger than can be imagined. Cyrano secretly loves Roxanna but when she tells him of her interest in the handsome yet inarticulate soldier Christian, Cyrano helps the young man woo her by acting as his muse and penning eloquent love letters. Songs include “The Nose Song”, “Roxanna”, “Bergerac” and “You Have Made Me Love”.
April 22 - 23, 2011 (Friday & Saturday at 7 PM)
Music and Lyrics Frank Loesser, 1960
Book by Frank Loesser and Lesser Samuels
Based on the Best-Selling Novel by B.J. Chute
Directed by Ron Daum
This fantasy is set in the magical town of Greenwillow, where the eldest in each generation of Briggs men have been cursed with a powerful wanderlust and sends them traveling, leaving the ones they love behind them. Determined to stop the curse from passing to the next generation, Gideon Briggs vows never to marry. The citizens of Greenwillow (a cast of quirky, fablebook characters) must trust their hearts, to help Gideon listen to a new “call” and find his way back home for good.
Feb. 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2011 (Fridays & Saturdays at 7 PM)
Directed by Steve Knox.Lakewood Theatre Company will present Oh, Coward!, a musical revue featuring the words, music and lyrics from Nöel Coward’s work, on two weekends in February. Performances will be on Lakewood Theatre Company’s Side Door stage, an intimate 90-seat cabaret-style theatre. Food, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.
About the musical: Oh, Coward! is an amazing musical comedy revue filled with the words and songs of Noel Coward (1899-1973), the English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit and flamboyance, The sharp 34 song-fest, directed by Steve Knox, is brilliantly performed by Lauri Jones, Tim Smith and Jeremy Southard and features the deft piano work of musical director Steven Alexander.