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Sunday in the Park with George
August 5 – September 21, 2014
A blank canvas. So many possibilities. Signature launches our 25th Anniversary season with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize- winning Sunday in the Park with George.
Inspired by the painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat, Sunday in the Park with George brings art to vibrant life. In the intimate MAX Theatre, Sondheim and Lapine’s stunning masterpiece merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art.
Written by the team behind Into the Woods and Passion, and featuring the songs “Finishing the Hat,” “Children and Art” and “Putting it Together,” Sunday in the Park with George is a special 25th Anniversary celebration of Sondheim – Signature’s signature.
Book by James Lapine | Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Directed by Matthew Gardiner
Sponsored by Jeffrey Thurston & Charlie Berardesco
October 7 – November 9, 2014
The charismatic, but completely broke, salesman Elmer Gantry stumbles upon a struggling religious tour, led by pious evangelist Sister Sharon Falconer. Falling for Falconer, Gantry joins the troupe as a preacher and, with a little showmanship and theatrics, transforms the revival into the hottest ticket in town. However, inspired by Falconer’s earnestness and his reawakened spirit, Gantry inserts one spectacle too many and risks blowing up the entire operation.
Fiery and passionate, with a rich blues, folk and gospel-infused score, Elmer Gantry brings the evangelical charlatan of Sinclair Lewis’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to life in an adventurous new reimagining.
Book by John Bishop | Lyrics by Bob Satuloff | Music by Mel Marvin
Based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis | Directed by Eric Schaeffer
October 14 – December 7, 2014
A raging snowstorm traps strangers Olivia, an unsuccessful, yet gifted, thirty-nine-year-old writer, and Ethan, a tech-addicted and wildly successful young blogger, in a secluded cabin. opposites instantly attract, undeniable chemistry ignites and sex is imminent. As the dawn rises, however, what could have just been a one-night-stand transforms into something more complicated when online exploits interfere with their real-life connection.
Starring Holly Twyford (The Little Dog Laughed), Sex with Strangers is a sexy, provocative and intimate exposé that playfully explores what happens when private lives become public domain.
By Laura Eason | Directed by Aaron Posner
December 9, 2014 – January 25, 2015
World Premiere by Sheryl Crow and Barry Levinson
Nine-time Grammy Award Winner Sheryl Crow and Academy Award-winning original screenwriter Barry Levinson makes a stunning debut with the world premiere musical adaptation of the landmark movie Diner.
Christmas, Baltimore: 1959. A circle of childhood friends reunite for the upcoming wedding of one of them. Well, only if his fiancée passes a football trivia test. From the comfort of their all-night diner, the men, now in their early-twenties, confront the realities of adulthood: marriage, careers, money and the ever-mysterious opposite sex. But no matter where life takes them, they know they’re welcome back at the diner, the one place they’ll always belong.
Infused with swinging 1950s rock and roll sound, three-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall joins Crow and Levinson to transform Diner’s groundbreaking evocation of burgeoning adulthood and friendship for the stage.
Book by Barry Levinson | Music & Lyrics by Sheryl Crow | Directed & Choreographed by Kathleen Marshall
February 17 – March 22, 2015
A World Premiere Musical by John Kander & Greg Pierce
The highly anticipated and chilling world premiere musical from legendary composer John Kander and acclaimed playwright Greg Pierce (The Landing).
Seventeen-year-old Luke returns home after vanishing a year ago. Profoundly changed, Luke and his parents struggle to adjust to life following his disappearance. Only finding solace with Emily, the quirky proprietor of an offbeat garden shop, Luke grapples with a past undone and a coming of age that came too late to a boy who just wants to fade away.
The second collaboration between Kander (Chicago, Cabaret) and Pierce (Slowgirl), Kid Victory is a hauntingly mesmerizing original musical about what it means to disappear.
Story by John Kander & Greg Pierce | Music by John Kander | Book & Lyrics by Greg Pierce
Directed by Liesl Tommy | A co-production with The Vineyard Theatre
March 10 – April 26, 2015
World Premiere by Nick Blaemire
It is the hottest summer in human history and, in a few short months, all water on earth will evaporate. In response, twenty-something Charlie has taken to her couch with only her beloved possessions: peanut butter, Wolf Blitzer and Herschel, the fish. Her mother, roommate and sometimes-boyfriend all attempt to persuade her to leave her apartment and enjoy life. However, as Charlie’s memories take over, more complicated reasons for her self-inflicted hibernation emerge as she confronts her deferred dreams and considers the possibility of life and love just outside her door.
Filled with Blaemire’s (Glory Days) trademark quirky style and reminiscent of past Signature contemporary musicals [title of show] and The Last Five Years, Soon’s youthful humor, energy and wit deliver a searing and sardonic commentary on what to do with the time you have left.
Book, Music & Lyrics by Nick Blaemire | Directed by Matthew Gardiner
May 12 – June 28, 2015
Willkommen to the Kit Kat Club, the hottest nightclub in seedy, prewar Berlin; here, life is beautiful.
American writer Cliff Bradshaw travels to Berlin searching for inspiration. He finds it in English club performer Sally Bowles and they begin a torrid affair. However, outside their door, the nazis’ impending rise to power heralds a brutal end to their decadent way of life.
Featuring the treasured songs “Maybe This Time,” “Willkommen,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and the title song, Kander and Ebb’s Tony Award®-winning masterpiece graces the Signature stage for the first time in twenty years.
Book by Joe Masteroff | Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander | Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Broadway production directed by Harold Prince | Produced for the Broadway stage by Harold Prince
Directed by Matthew Gardiner
Signature 25th Anniversary Events
April 2 – 19, 2015
A World Premiere Event - Two and a half weeks only!
Tickets $75 for subscribers or $90 for general public
An original tribute celebrating Stephen Sondheim and Signature Theatre’s special partnership over the last 25 years. With special permission from Sondheim himself, this completely new revue created by Artistic director Eric Schaeffer and David Loud plays only at Signature and will never be seen again.
Whether you’d like to race Into the Woods with Sweeney Todd and a few Assassins, enjoy A Little Night Music at the Follies on a Saturday Night, or simply relish a Sunday in the Park with George, you’ll be in good Company when six Signature favorites and a gorgeous 16-piece orchestra take the stage to honor the genius himself, Stephen Sondheim.
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Co-conceived by David Loud & Eric Schaeffer
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick | Muiscal Supervision & Vocal Arrangements by David Loud
Choreographed by Matthew Gardiner | Directed by Eric Schaeffer
Signature’s Open House
August 2, 2014
Kick off the 25th Season with Signature’s Annual open House. Starting at noon, come enjoy performances every fifteen minutes, special ticket offers and a grand finale concert. FREE
The 25 Year Journey: A Conversation
September 15, 2014
The MAX Theatre
The Washington Post’s Peter Marks interviews Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer. FREE, reserve tickets by calling 703 820 9771 starting July 1.
25th Anniversary Concert
October 20, 2014
The MAX Theatre
With 50 singers and a 25-piece orchestra, this one-night-only event pays musical tribute to the past 25 years of Signature history. For more information and tickets, contact Signature Theatre’s development Office at 571 527 1828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Sondheim Gala Award
Join us for a very special evening honoring a true legend of musical theater. For more information, call the Development Office at 571 527 1828 or email email@example.com.
July 9 – 26, 2014
Tickets $25 per show
All-Access Pass only $150
Signature opens our air-conditioned doors once more for the annual Sizzlin’ Summer Nights Series. With a different concert act each night, there’s always something to keep you entertained!
December 12 – 23, 2014
Tickets $32 for subscribers or $35 for general public
The popular holiday cabaret returns! Tune that piano to the key of glee for a jolly festivity featuring special guest performers, buckets of cheer and all your cherished yuletide tunes.
Tickets $32 for subscribers, $35 for general public or buy all four for $124
October 21 – 25, 2014
The fabulous ladies of Signature doll up in the swinging style of the Andrews Sisters. With a few tight harmonies and a whole lot of doo-woppin’, the gals instill a unique contemporary twist to such jitterbugging classics as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “If They Could See Me now.”
February 24 – 28, 2015
Following the success of Jersey Boys on the Great White Way, Signature takes our own spin on the famous high belting tenors from America’s past and present. From Frankie valli to Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake, four delightful gentlemen serve up some delicious barbershop treats.
April 7 – 11, 2015
Break out your flannel and Stetson, because Signature is throwing a hoe down! From Alabama to Patsy Cline, with samplings of Dolly Parton, the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks and maybe even Carrie Underwood, Signature samples the full spectrum of country flavor.
May 19 – 23, 2015
Signature staple and co-founder Donna Migliaccio takes center stage for a musical journey through some of her favorite roles. From Sweeney Todd’s Mrs. Lovett to The Music Man’s Mrs. Paroo to Gypsy’s Mazeppa, Donna’s distinctive voice and sparkling wit make for an unforgettable, riotous evening!
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Dempsey and Rowe’s musical The Fix will open our 2015/16 season in August 2015 to cap off the year-long celebration of Signature’s 25 years of groundbreaking regional theatre.
In Dempsey and Rowe’s outrageous musical comedy The Fix, when a popular presidential candidate dies in his mistress’s bed, his ambitious wife, Violet, thrusts their lackluster son into the spotlight. With the help of her strategic brother-in-law, Violet transforms the lay about into the perfect citizen. 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 skewer the American bureaucratic machine. Reminiscent of Sondheim, with tinges of Kander and Ebb, and a voice uniquely its own, The Fix is a darkly brilliant, over-the-top, audaciously fun ride through the shenanigans of political elections.
Book & Lyrics by John Dempsey | Music by Dana P. Rowe | Directed by Eric Schaeffer