Coralville – City Circle Acting Company of Coralville has chosen its 2016-17 season. It consists of four musicals, including their annual teen musical, and one play. It’s a pretty even mix of traditional and newer shows.
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY – October 2016
This Pulitzer prize winning play is by Tracy Letts examines the lives of the dysfunctional Weston family. It won multiple Tony awards, including Best Play. Recently it was made into a movie with Meryl Streep. Fun fact: The set is usually huge and extremely detailed. Check out a picture of Todd A. Rosenthal‘s set from the Broadway version:
A classic American musical, Fiddler was first produced in 1964. It’s also a Tony award winning show, nabbing Best Musical, Best Book and many more. It’s a wonderful, foot stomping show with a universal theme – how do we hold onto our traditions as the world changes around us? Fun fact: Gwen Stefani recorded “Rich Girl” in 2004, a song based on the Fiddler song “If I Were a Rich Man”.
NEXT TO NORMAL – February 2017
One of the most talked about musicals in the last decade, Next to Normal focuses on mental health, and specifically the effects of bipolar disorder. One reviewer described it this way:
“Next to Normal” does not, in other words, qualify as your standard feel-good musical. Instead this portrait of a manic-depressive mother and the people she loves and damages is something much more: a feel-everything musical, which asks you, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts.
It’s a gutsy and exciting choice to bring to stage this rock and roll musical.
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN – April 2017
Another classic, Annie Get Your Gun tells the story of Annie Oakley, the sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in the late 1800s. The show has many recognizable songs, such as “Anything You Can Do,” “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly,” and, of course “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Fun fact: The 1999 revival of the show starred Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat (of Dukes of Hazzard) and was extremely successful, running for over 1000 performances. It updated the show, eliminating a song considered offensive to Native Americans in addition to other changes.
THE LITTLE MERMAID (Teen show) – June 2017
This show is based on the Disney movie of the same name. Featuring classic songs like “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl,” this is a family friendly show for all. Fun fact: The original Hans Christian Anderson story upon which this is based is a far darker story.
City Circle is currently seeking directors for all of these shows.