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Signature’s Smash Hit

The Fix

Book & Lyrics by John Dempsey
Music by Dana P. Rowe
Directed by Eric Schaeffer

August 11 – September 20, 2015

When a popular presidential candidate dies in his mistress’s arms, his ambitious wife, Violet, immediately declares that if she can’t be the wife of the president, then she’ll be the mother of the president – and thrusts their lackluster son Cal into the spotlight in Dempsey and Rowe’s outrageous musical comedy The Fix. With the help of her strategic brother-in-law, Violet transforms her son into the perfect citizen and ideal politician. Together, they create one of the most dysfunctional, yet brutally entertaining, almost-first families.

With a rock-laced, eclectic score and scandalous lyrics, the team behind The Witches of Eastwick and Brother Russia skewers the American bureaucratic machine. It’s The Manchurian Candidate meets Caligula, with a voice uniquely its own; The Fix is a darkly brilliant, over-the-top, audaciously fun ride through the shenanigans of political elections.

“[A] wicked fun…luridly overblown comedy of lethally bad manners.” –The Washington Post

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World Premiere

Cake Off

Based on the original play by Sheri Wilner
Book by Sheri Wilner & Julia Jordan
Lyrics by Julia Jordan & Adam Gwon
Music by Adam Gwon
Directed by Joe Calarco

September 29 – November 22, 2015

A hilarious world premiere musical adaptation of Sheri Wilner’s riotous battle-of-the-baking-sexes play starring Sherri L. Edelen.

It’s the 48th Annual Twillsbury Bake-Off. The legendary jackpot: one million dollars for the best homemade sugary delight. After a chilly pre-heating, hardy contestants Paul and Rita don their aprons, strap on their oven mitts and square off. Armed with whisks, bowls, knives and eggs, the two engage in an increasingly ludicrous all-out brawl – and only one can remain standing when the timer dings.

Ferociously funny, there’s nothing sweet about this wild musical satire, presented as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.

“Sheri Wilner has concocted an original and laugh-out-loud satire on gender roles…barbed, witty, thoughtful, giggle and snort inducing.” –The New York Times

 

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New work at Signature Theatre is sponsored by The Reva & David Logan Foundation.


World Premiere

Girlstar

Book & Lyrics by Anton Dudley
Music by Brian Feinstein
Directed by Eric Schaeffer

October 13 – November 15, 2015

Signature favorite Donna Migliaccio stars in this fantastical world premiere musical fairytale, brimming with magic, darkness and blinding ambition.

Legendary record producer Daniella Espere is searching for her next international sensation. She discovers it in her long-lost niece, Tina, who dreams of being a world-famous pop star. Despite warning signs that all may not be as it seems, the two eagerly forge a mother/daughter bond and Daniella transforms Tina’s image, voice and talent into star quality – but not by the usual means.

With an electrifying pop-laden score, Girlstar invites audiences of all ages to follow one girl’s breathtaking journey and asks, how far is too far to go to become a star?

“Signature, a venue that specializes in developing new musicals.” –Variety

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New work at Signature Theatre is sponsored by The Reva & David Logan Foundation.


The American Classic

West Side Story

Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Directed by Matthew Gardiner

December 8, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Considered one of the greatest musicals of all time, West Side Story makes its triumphant Signature debut.

In the late 1950s two rival gangs struggle for control of their West Side New York City neighborhood. Amidst the chaos, star-crossed lovers find themselves wrenched between their worlds. Beautiful, passionate, with shades of violence and heartache, this innovative adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet still dazzles after more than fifty years.

Written by the dream creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story’s legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features the treasured songs “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty” and “America.”

“It snaps, it crackles, it pops! It surges with a roar, its energy and sheer life undiminished by the years…when the “Prologue” blasts out of the pit, it sends an immediate thrill down the audience’s collective spine.” –New York Post

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Sondheim. Signature’s Signature.

Road Show

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Gary Griffin

February 9 – March 13, 2016

The third collaboration between Weidman and Sondheim (Assassins, Pacific Overtures), Road Show is a freewheeling musical travelogue of the optimism and opportunism of the early twentieth century through the eyes of two ambitious, eccentric, yet playfully charming brothers.

Based on the real-life Mizner siblings, Road Show follows the dreamer and the schemer’s quest for the ever elusive, shape-shifting American dream. From the Klondike gold rush to India, Hawaii, Guatemala, New York and finally the real-estate boon of Florida’s Boca Raton, the dazzling pace scours not only the map, but also forty years of boom-and-bust and brotherly love (or hate).

For Signature’s 26th Sondheim production, we welcome back director Gary Griffin (A Funny Thing…Forum) with his acclaimed Chicago Shakespeare Theater staging of Road Show.

“Funny, fierce, lean and heartbreaking.” –Chicago Sun-Times

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2014 Pulitizer Prize Winner

The Flick

By Annie Baker
Directed by Joe Calarco

March 1 – April 17, 2016

Set in the popcorn-strewn, empty aisles of a crumbling Massachusetts movie theater, this 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner exposes the surprising tenderness and comedy in the everyday.

Spilled soda on the floor. Leftover food wrappers stashed in the seats. Three minimum wage employees perform the humdrum labor necessary to keep one of the last 35 millimeter projectors running. Through seemingly small conversations about movie actors, broom techniques and weekend plans, the characters divulge heartbreak, hopes and a compelling story all their own.

With her finely-tuned comic eye, Annie Baker (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens) brings a rich humanity to three people who desperately strive to connect, help each other move on and accept their place in the world.

“Funny, heartbreaking, sly, and unblinking. The Flick may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity, and profound uniqueness, of theater.” –New York Magazine

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DC Premiere

The Mystery of Love & Sex

By Bathsheba Doran

April 5 – May 8, 2016

From one of the writer of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Showtime’s Masters of Sex comes an unexpected love story of evolving friendship, finding your own path and the value of family.

Complete opposites, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were children. Now, as college students on the eve of graduation, they toy around with taking their friendship romantic. Or not. Why decide? After all, neither is sure they are even attracted to the other. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s parents, an unlikely couple themselves, push the kids for a definition even while their own relationship founders. Gradually, secrets and truths emerge as playing grown-up turns into actually growing up.

Funny, insightful, with an intense and complex core, Bathsheba Doran’s (Nest) newest play brilliantly examines intimacy, identity and, of course, the many mysteries of love and sex.

The Mystery of Love & Sex contains full male and female nudity.

“Perfectly wonderful…packed with humanity.” –The New York Times

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Tony Award®-Winning Comedy

La Cage aux Folles

Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the play La Cage aux Folles by Jean Poiret
Directed by Matthew Gardiner

May 31 – July 10, 2016

The beloved gender-bending musical comedy and winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical closes out the Signature season with Bobby Smith.

The twenty year relationship between Georges, a club-owner, and Albin, the head drag performer, faces a test when their son announces his engagement to the daughter of ultra-conservative political parents. To please their son, Georges and Albin agree to hide their lifestyle and play it straight for a dinner with the potential in-laws. However, Albin’s different definition of “normal” threatens to upend the entire supper with hilarious results.

With an iconic score by Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly; Mame) featuring “I Am What I Am” and “The Best of Times” and hilarious book by Harvey Fierstein (Newsies, Kinky Boots), La Cage Aux Folles is a fabulously fun musical about family, identity and loving who you are.

“It’s funny, heartwarming and terrific.” –Variety

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Don’t Forget to Add On Cabarets, Sizzlin’ Summer Passes and the Made from Scratch Seminar

Signature is also producing our classic line-up of cabarets, including our annual Sizzlin’ Summer Nights Series in July. Reserve an All-Access pass for only $150. Then use your special subscriber price to join us for the 4-show Cabaret Series in the Shen: Tracy Lynn Olivera’s Halloween spooktacular, Nova Y. Payton’s holiday cabaret, The Rat Pack and a comedy cabaret: Make ‘Em Laugh—$32 each or all four for $124. In addition, Signature offers the chance to get up close and personal in a five part seminar about the making of world premiere musical Cake Off.

PrintSizzlin’ Summer Nights Series

July 8 – 25, 2015
Signature opens our air-conditioned doors once more for the annual Sizzlin’ Summer Nights Series. With a different concert each night, there’s always something to keep you entertained. Past acts have included Sirius XM’s Christine Pedi, Euan Morton, Erin Driscoll and Nova Y. Payton.

Tickets $25 per show; all access pass only $150

Made from Scratch: Building a New Musical

September 9 – 27, 2015
A five part seminar about the making of world premiere musical Cake Off. Get up close and personal with director Joe Calarco, the writers, music director and actors and see the musical behind-the-scenes as it goes from page to stage.

$260, $221 for Friends of Signature

Cabaret Series

Cabaret Series Tickets $32 for all subscribers, $35 for general public.
Or buy all four for $124.

Tracy Lynn Olivera

October 27 – 31, 2015
The captivating chanteuse Tracy Lynn Olivera returns to Signature following her sold out 2014 cabaret with a Halloween spooktacular. Featuring classics such as “Thriller” and “Science Fiction Double Feature” along with Tracy’s signature style and wit, it’s sure to be a howling good time!

 

 

Nova Y. Payton

December 15 – 19, 2015
Octave-shattering Nova Y. Payton, star of Dreamgirls and Hairspray, delivers a delightful evening full of cherished holiday tunes. Some of her favorites include “This Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Santa Baby” and “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” With Nova at the mic, this cabaret is the perfect holiday treat.

 

 

The Rat Pack

April 19 – 23, 2016
They were the coolest cats of all time. In the vein of the legendary crooners Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin, three suave Signature gentlemen take the stage for a sophisticated evening of ballads, booze and banter. Featuring classic songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s such as “King of the Road,” “That’s Amore” and “I’ve Gotta Be Me.”

 

 

Make ‘Em Laugh

June 14 – 18, 2016
In a hilarious mix of improv and song, Signature’s funniest ladies and gents come together for a whirlwind expedition through the art of the joke. From humorous rewritings of classic songs, to comedy ditties, to some of contemporary musical theater’s whimsical gems, Signature has one goal for this cabaret – to make you laugh!

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Single tickets will go on sale in early July.

Thank you to our season partners:

Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and Arlington Commission for the Arts, Dottie Bennett and Richard Morton, Cathy Bernard/Bernard Family Foundation, Mike Blank, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Bonnie and Kenneth Feld, Frank Guzzetta and Paul Manville, HRH Foundation, Arlene and Robert Kogod, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, MARPAT Foundation, Laura Ariane (Laurie) Miller and Lois C. Greisman, The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund, Share Fund, The Shubert Foundation, STG International, Inc., Target, Virginia Commission for the Arts


All photos by Christopher Mueller: Amos Wolff; Chad Fornwalt and Sherri L. Edelen; Donna Migliaccio; Gustavo Ribeiro; Lou Steele and Russell Sunday; Laura C. Harris; Isaiah Young, Bobby Smith and Jay Garrick. Design by Jessica Aimone.