Canterbury Summer Theatre Announces 2019 Season

     Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of the Midwest’s oldest professional summer companies, is pleased to announce its 51st season of award-winning plays and musicals, with weekly performances beginning June 12 through August 3.

     Drawing on talent from throughout the country, the Canterbury Resident Company will present audiences with a summer slate packed with comedy, music and drama, performed at Canterbury Theatre, 807 Franklin Street, located in the Uptown Arts District of Michigan City.
     “Constellations ,” By Nick Payne, June 12-15, 2019
     A love story that bends time and space. This spellbinding, romantic journey, which delighted both critics and audiences in New York and London, begins at a backyard barbecue, with a simple encounter between Roland, a beekeeper, and Marianne, a theoretical physicist, who believes that every decision we make, and have never made, exists in an unimaginably vast multitude of parallel universes. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know. “…May be the most sophisticated date play Broadway has seen.” The New York Times
     “The Queen Bees ,” By Rob Urbinati, June 19-29, 2019
     Connie, Diane, and Brenda are determined to rise above their rough-and-tumble Queens, NY, neighborhood by topping the pop music charts with their girl group, the Queen Bees. They soon realize that their meteoric rise comes with a price, as relationships strain and their rebellious music falls quickly out of fashion. Featuring hit songs from the 60s such as “Leader of the Pack,” “My Boyfriend’s Back,” and “The Boy From New York City,” The Queen Bees revs up audiences with its high-octane musical score!
     “Vanities: The Musical,” Book by Jack Heifner, based on his play, Music and Lyrics by David Kirshenbaum, July 3-13, 2019 (No show on July 4)
     Based on one of the longest running Off-Broadway plays in history, Vanities: The Musical chronicles the life-affirming journey of three vivacious Texas teens, from cheerleaders to sorority sisters to housewives to liberated women and beyond. This musical captures a snapshot-sharp portrait of the lives, loves, disappointments, and dreams of these young women growing up during the turbulent sixties and seventies and reconnecting in the late 1980s. A funny and poignant look at three best friends who discover that through rapidly changing times, the one thing they can rely on is each other!
     “John & Jen ” Book by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald
Music by Andrew Lippa, Lyrics by Tom Greenwald, July 17-27, 2019
     The story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, and his namesake, the son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. A truly original musical that honors brothers and sisters, as well as parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, John & Jen is a gem of a show, brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies by Andrew Lippa, the award-winning composer of the Broadway hit, The Addams Family, as well as Big Fish, The Wild Party and many more!
     Hold Me! By Jules Feiffer August 1-3, 2019 (No Wed show)
     From the mind of the legendary Jules Feiffer, who for decades was considered the most widely-read social satirist in America, comes this delightful, laugh-filled revue of sketches and vignettes that inhabit the stage with the engaging and all-too-human characters made famous in his popular comic strips. The theme is the plight of today’s city dweller, and the hang-ups, personality difficulties, identity crises and assorted mishaps which beset those trapped in what may begin as urban confusion but all too often ends as urban anguish. Hold Me! abounds in warmth and humor, and in the sad/funny truths that, in the final essence, are the very stuff of life!
      Performance times are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 PM, Fridays at 7:30 PM and Saturdays at 6:30 PM, at Canterbury Theatre, 807 Franklin Street, in Michigan City.
      Tickets for all Canterbury productions, as well as season discount cards, can be reserved by calling (219) 874-4269 or by e-mail at info@canterburytheatre.org. Reduced ticket prices are available for seniors, groups and students. For more information, please visit www.canterburytheatre.org.

Sue Baxter