Theatre Under the Stars Announces Its 2015-2016 Season

It's TUTS new season with Matilda the Musical!
It's TUTS new season with Matilda the Musical!
Photo by Joan Marcus

A theater season filled with both the tried-and-true as well as some of Broadway's latest offerings is on tap for Theatre Under the Stars audiences int he 2015-16 season. The Bridges of Madison County and A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, both winners of 2014 Tony Awards will be bringing the new, while Mary Poppins, Oliver and The Little Mermaid (warning: short run) will be returning.

Toss in "A Christmas Story" and Ralphie's desire for an air rifle and you have a season with a little more emphasis on family than adult fare -- but still there's TUTS Underground specializing in more adult offerings.

Here's the lineup with excerpts from the TUTS press release that went out today:

Matilda the Musical October 6 - 18, 2015

Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards®, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London's West End. The Wall Street Journal says, "The makers of Matilda have done the impossible - triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun."

A gun, a gun! A Christmas Story!
A gun, a gun! A Christmas Story!
Photo courtesy of TUTS

A Christmas Story December 8 - 20, 2015

Prepare yourself for the red-blooded, two-fisted, all-American Christmas in the holiday show heralded by the Associated Press as "a charming triumph infused with utter joy." In this clever musical adaptation of the 1983 film comedy, we follow the childhood dreams and schemes of little Ralphie, whose heart is set on getting one thing and one thing only for Christmas: the official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle.

Along the way, we discover the stuff of pink nightmares (think bunny suit), the power of fishnet-clad lamps (careful, it's fra-GEE-lay), and the wintry hazards of sticking a warm tongue to a cold pole. With its narrative wit, timeless scenes, quirky innocence and nostalgic warmth, this musical trip down memory lane will leave the whole family bright-eyed and buoyant.

The Bridges of Madison County January 19 - 31, 2016 2014 Tony Award® Winner for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations

The Bridges of Madison County, one of the most romantic stories ever written, first captured the nation's attention as a best-selling novel and is now an irresistible, two time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical. This stunning new production features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award®-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) that the Daily News hails as "one of Broadway's best scores in the last decade." With a book by Pulitzer Prize Winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple) and direction by two-time Tony® winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza), The Bridges of Madison County is the unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.

Mary Poppins March 8 - 20, 2016

Armed with song, dance and trusty umbrella, Mary Poppins and her sooty sidekick, Bert, transform the unhappy world of a banker's two children into a magical new fantasyland. Full of chimney sweeps, statues that come to life, and toys that think for themselves, this wondrous, Tony Award-winning musical soars to the highest height.

Oliver April 5 - 17, 2016

Rediscover the story of a runaway orphan who finds himself in the grimly fascinating underbelly of eighteenth-century London. Befriended by the Artful Dodger and his fellow gang of youthful pickpockets, the pure-hearted Oliver is introduced to a witty, gritty world of new friends, formidable foes--and an abundance of merry mischief.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder May 3 - 15, 2016 2014 Tony Award® Winner Best Musical

Direct from New York, where a most gentlemanly NPR critic said he'd "never laughed so hard at a Broadway musical," Gentleman's Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he's got to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancée (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance... and be done in time for tea.

Special Subscription Add-On: Disney's The Little Mermaid September 10-13, 2015

Back by popular demand for 5 performances only! In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid is back.

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