2012-05-03 / Upcoming Events

Theatre By The Sea announces schedule

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time for the box office to reopen at Theatre By The Sea. Beginning on Monday, May 7, at 10 a.m., tickets may be purchased to any or all of the following productions scheduled for the 2012 summer.

“Forever Plaid” will be presented from May 30 to June 17. It is one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory. This goofy revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash on the way to their first big concert. Miraculously, and humorously, they are revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. The actors sing great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s in the closest of harmony, squabble boyishly over the smallest intonations, and execute charmingly outlandish choreography with over-zealous precision. Songs includes “Heart and Soul,” “Three Coins in a Fountain,” “16 Tons” and “Rags to Riches.” The musical is suitable for all audiences.

From June 20 to July 14, “The Sound of Music” will show at the theatre. “The Sound of Music” is set in Austria in 1938, and this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical follows the adventures of a high-spirited young novice who is ill fitted for the life of the convent. Sent to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval officer, Maria wins their hearts with her exuberant love of life. The family’s attempt to escape from the Nazis is one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented onstage. This beloved family classic features a score including “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and “The Sound of Music.” It is suitable for all audiences.

“9 to 5: The Musical” will be premiered in Rhode Island this season, and performances will run from July 18 to Aug. 11. This hilarious musical based on the popular movie of the same name tells the story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era, when three unlikely friends and coworkers conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do – even in a man’s world. Featuring an original score written by Dolly Parton, “9 to 5: The Musical” is about teaming up and taking care of business, it’s about getting credit and getting even, and it’s about living and working 9 to 5. The musical contains adult language and content.

Also, from the author of “Guys and Dolls,” the theatre will feature performances of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” from Aug. 15 to Sept. 2. This satire of big business and all it holds sacred follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive. Tackling familiar but potent dangers, such as aggressively compliant company men, the boss’ whiny nephew, the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love, this Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is full of lush tunes and rousing dance numbers. It is suitable for all audiences.

Yet another Rhode Island premiere will take place this year at the Theatre by the Sea. “God of Carnage,” the newest play from Yasmina Reza, the Tony Awardwinning author of “Art,” focuses on two sets of parents who meet to discuss a fight between their sons at a nearby park. Although they set out to resolve the childhood quarrel with civility and maturity, they resort to childish antics themselves as the evening soon turns to chaos. Winner of both the Tony and Olivier awards for Best Play, the Broadway production was hailed as being “first class” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, “hilarious yet surprisingly thoughtful comedy” by the Associated Press, while David Rooney of Variety proclaimed, “It’s Reza’s sharpest work since ‘Art.’” “God of Carnage” contains adult language and content.

Previews for musical productions are scheduled for Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Thursday at 2 and 8 p.m. Opening weekend performances will be held on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4:30 and 8:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 and 8 p.m.

All other performances will be held Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Thursdays at 2 p.m., Saturdays at 4:30 and 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m. There is a special matinee scheduled for “The Sound of Music” on July 11 at 2 p.m.

“God of Carnage” will have a preview performance on Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Opening weekend performances will be held on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Remaining performances will be held on Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 13 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 15 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 16 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

The theatre is located at 364 Cards Pond Road in Matunuck. Tickets are $30 or $35 for preview performances, and $30 to $54 for all other performances. Discount rates for groups of 20 or more are available by calling 782-3800. Tickets will be available at the box office Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and online anytime beginning Monday, May 7.

For tickets, subscription information or sales, call 782-8587 or visit TheatreByTheSea.com

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