All her life, Carrie White has been subjected to merciless ridicule by her classmates. Despite her truest efforts to fit in, no one at school shows any sympathy toward "Scary White." At home, it's no better, as her religious fanatic of a mother regularly forces Carrie into a prayer closet to beg for God's forgiveness. As senior prom approaches, Sue Snell, one of Carrie's classmates, is suddenly moved to be kind to Carrie and thus convinces her popular boyfriend, Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to the prom. But as the rest of the students continue to harbor contempt toward Carrie – including the vindictive Chris Hargensen and Billy Nolan – Carrie's night becomes sure to take a turn for the worse. But once the prank is pulled, Carrie exacts her ultimate revenge, giving everyone a night they'll never forget.
Jeff, Hunter, Heidi and Susan are a lot like all of us "theatre folk." They have a deep, genuine love for musical theatre and harbor a wealth of esoteric knowledge that only comes from years of immersing yourself in the industry, however successfully. But now, the four are setting out to do something most of us never do: write a musical. Together, their shared experiences in exploring creativity and expression become the very musical we the audience are watching, and as their story progresses, so does the plot of the show. Their collaborative process of writing [title of show] emphasizes the power of passion, the value of artistic integrity and the beauty of chasing what you love.
On the Sunset Strip in 1980s, "if a fella had a dream, a fifth of Jack and a decent amount of hair, there was nowhere else to be!" So opens Rock of Ages, a headbanging new musical set to some of the greatest rock hits of the decade. Through such songs as "Sister Christian," "We Built This City," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Heat of the Moment," "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," "Don't Stop Believin'" and so many more, a young aspiring rocker meets a girl with dreams of becoming an actress, and together, they navigate what it means to have a dream in a time and place where it seemed that anything and everything was possible. The show's soundtrack is more like your favorite playlist of iconic chart-toppers, and with a great story to boot, Acting Against Cancer's regional premiere of this cutting-edge classic is sure to be "Nothin' but a Good Time." The show runs January 26 through February 11, and tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door.
Based on the classic Adam Sandler film of the same name, "The Wedding Singer" follows the geeky but lovable Robbie Hart, the frontman of an in-demand wedding band in 1986 New Jersey. Lately, Robbie hasn't been too lucky in his own love life, but when he fatefully meets waitress Julia who's engaged to Wall Street jerk Glen, his hopeless romantic heart is set aflame in the most hysterical of ways.
In this autobiographical work by Jonathan Larson of RENT fame, a starving composer is encouraged by his friend and girlfriend to give up his bohemian lifestyle in favor of something more stable. Through a gritty exploration of the importance of the arts, Jon must confront the truths of his own dissatisfaction and make the choices only he can make that will lead to his ultimate happiness.
“What’s your damage, Heather?” is the question everyone’s asking in this vibrant new musical based on the 1988 film of the same name. The malevolent bubblegum glam of the ’80s is in full swing as Veronica Sawyer, a high school outcast turned popular girl, befriends the Heathers, the three mean girls who rule the school. But when new kid J.D. shows up, Veronica learns what it truly means to be mean.
America’s favorite blonde is back! Based on the hit 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde tells the story of Elle Woods, a California sorority queen whose boyfriend leaves her to go to Harvard Law School. Determined to prove her intelligence and win Warner back, Elle gets into Harvard as well, but what she ends up doing once she’s there proves to Warner – and everyone else who doubts her – that she’s more than just blonde.
Over the course of five years, two New Yorkers in their 20s fall in and out of love. Through Jason Robert Brown’s book, music and lyrics, Cathy tells the story of the relationship from end to beginning while Jamie tells it from beginning to end. The intimate and emotionally cathartic musical grapples with what it means to be young, what it means to be ambitious and what it means to love another. The palpable and resonant passion between these two characters not only makes for a compelling story but also confronts the audience with the true challenges and wonders that are all a part of being in love.
Set against the backdrop of post-9/11 America, three best friends are forced to confront the realities of adulthood and the disillusion of escapism. Johnny, “the Jesus of Suburbia,” leaves his hometown to explore the big city but falls victim to drugs and anger. Tunny also leaves home but doesn’t find the fulfillment he seeks and chooses to join the army. Meanwhile, Will stays behind to be with his pregnant girlfriend but instead becomes more and more sedentary and apathetic about the world around him. Told through the rock songs of Green Day and the narratives of these three young men, this musical challenges the audience with the truths of society and the struggles that ultimately stem from within.
Just in time for Halloween, America’s spookiest family takes the stage in an uproarious musical based on the classic Charles Addams cartoons. Join the family as usually morose Wednesday brings home a boyfriend to meet her father Gomez, mother Morticia, brother Pugsley, Uncle Fester, butler Lurch and zany Grandma. The night that ensues is one no one ever could have expected and will leave the audience in stitches. This lighthearted and hysterical show is fun for the whole family and a great way to celebrate the ookiest time of year!
Two London theatre critics are watching a murder mystery much in the style of an Agatha Christie drama. Or are they? The smarmy and pompous Birdboot and the insecure but skillful Moon look on from the audience as the lines delineating spectator and spectacle begin to bend. Critics soon become actors and actors become critics as identities and realities are blurred in Tom Stoppard’s hysterical, uproarious and perplexing postmodern masterpiece.
Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama, this musical centers on a seemingly typical American family: Mom makes breakfast, Dad goes to work, and Sister and Brother go to high school. But this family is far from normal as Mom has been battling severe bipolar disorder - complete with vivid hallucinations - for sixteen years. Emotional and powerful, the show presents this American family’s story with heart, compassion and unwavering honesty.
After their car breaks down, two young lovers find themselves stranded in a mysterious castle inhabited by an assortment of eccentric characters in this send-up of old science-fiction B movies. Led by the mad scientist and singing transvestite Dr. Frank ‘n’ Furter, the outrageous gang quickly leads innocent Brad and Janet down a sordid and salacious path from which there is no turning back. A cult favorite, this rollicking rock and roll musical always encourages audience participation and leaves crowds shouting for more!