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- Book by Arthur Laurents
- Music by Jule Styne
- Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
- Suggested by memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee
- Original production by David Merrick & Leland Hayward
- Entire production originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins
- Directed by Joe Calarco
- Music Director Jon Kalbfleisch
- Choreographer Karma Camp
- Scenic Design Jim Kronzer
- Costume Design Frank Labovitz
- Lighting Design Chris Lee
- Sound Design Lane Elms
- Production Stage Manager Kerry Epstein
Now extended to January 26.
Extension week January 21 – 26 is now on sale.
- On sale: August 3
- Pride: January 3
- Student Night: January 24
- Discussion: January 7 & 15
The Great American Musical
Here she is, World. Here’s Rose! Sherri L. Edelen (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Company, Hairspray) stars as the iconic Momma Rose in the award-winning backstage musical favorite.
Set during the 1920s fading vaudeville circuit, Gypsy portrays the rise of famed burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee. Momma Rose, the archetypal stage mother, steamrolls everyone in her way to propel her daughters into child stars. When the younger, more talented, daughter defects, Rose sinks all her hopes (and claws) into the elder. Bold, brassy, yet remarkably charming, Momma Rose puts today’s Dance Moms to shame.
With a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Signature’s “signature,” Stephen Sondheim, Gypsy features the beloved songs “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Together (Wherever We Go),” “Small World,” “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You” and “Rose’s Turn.”
“Everything about Gypsy is right…one of the best musicals.”
— The New York Times
- Book by Iris Rainer Dart & Thom Thomas
- Lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart
- Music by David Austin
- Based on the novel Beaches by Iris Rainer Dart
- Directed by Eric Schaeffer
Sponsored by the HRH Foundation
- On sale: January 17
- Pride: March 7
- Student Night: March 21
- Discussion: March 5 & 11
World Premiere Musical
Based on the beloved book, Beaches follows two extraordinary friends through 30 years of camaraderie, laughter and sorrow. Vivacious, outlandish Cee Cee and beautiful, privileged Bertie meet as children and become fast friends. From pen-pals to roommates to romantic rivals, Cee Cee and Bertie’s oil-and-water friendship perseveres through even the most tragic trials. With a touching vulnerability, Beaches exemplifies the triumph of the human spirit and the bonds of sisterhood.
“Dart’s snappily paced tale is spiced with spot-on doses of black humor, while her insight into female friendships, as always, rings reassuringly true.”
— Publishers Weekly
- A new play by Philip Ridley
- Directed by Matthew Gardiner
- On sale: February 14
- Pride: March 28 & April 11
- Discussion: March 26, April 8 & 16
The Washington, DC Premiere
Tender Napalm makes its Washington debut in a transfixing, intimate and savage exploration of love in the face of heartbreak.
A pair of young lovers creates a fantastical, often violent, world through an interweaving dialogue of increasing perplexity. At the heart of their fantasies lies an unimaginable tragedy that both bonds and breaks the two. Fused with raw energy, the couple blurs the distinction of truth and illusion in this battle-of-the-sexes wild ride.
Ultimately beautiful and richly moving, Tender Napalm is a complex and layered romance for the modern era.
– London Times
Tender Napalm contains graphic language. For mature audiences only.
- Book & Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
- Music by Kurt Weill
- English translation of dialog by Robert David MacDonald
- English translation of lyrics by Jeremy Sams
- Directed by Matthew Gardiner
- On sale: April 5
- Pride: May 9
- Discussion: May 13 & 21
Brecht. Signature style.
Mack the Knife is back in town! The MAX Theatre transforms into London’s gritty underworld in this 1928 parody of A Beggar’s Opera. The haves clash with the have-nots while MacHeath, the ultimate sneering antihero, perches in the middle of the storm. A brilliant masterpiece of epic theater, Brecht’s sharp critique of Capitalism originated the popular songs “The Ballad of Mack the Knife,” “Soloman Song” and “Pirate Jenny.”
With its haunting jazz score, acid harmonies and biting lyrics, The Threepenny Opera influenced Cabaret and Urinetown. Now, Signature revives the juicily audacious musical that started it all.
“The greatest musical of all time.”
Signature Seminar 2014
Signature Goes Epic: A Backstage Look at The Threepenny Opera.
Sign up today for a special six part look into Signature Theatre’s 2014 production of The Threepenny Opera. This unique opportunity will take you right into the center of this groundbreaking masterpiece of epic theatre.
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- Book, Music & Lyrics by Ed Dixon
- Directed by Eric Schaeffer
- On sale: May 9
- Pride: June 20
- Student Night: June 27
- Discussion: June 25 & July 1
A World Premiere Musical Comedy
From Helen Hayes Award Winner Ed Dixon (Signature’s Sunset Boulevard) comes a delightfully screwball musical comedy send-up of the 1950s film noir.
Third-rate detective Nick Cutter is down on his luck when a beautiful blonde bombshell tosses a very intriguing case (and herself) into his lap. For the next 90 minutes, Nick races through every New York neighborhood in this zany, mile-a-minute whodunit. With four actors playing nearly 20 roles, Cloak and Dagger uproariously spoofs erstwhile mysteries with lightning speed and rapier wit.
“Mr. Dixon has a way with clever lyrics and sophisticated music.”
– Quad City Times