The FAC is offering six shows instead of the usual five with no increase in the subscription rates. The second stage productions will be performed in the 108-seat Music Room and will include the launching of a new play festival, Rough Writers, a series of readings of new theatrical works that are in development.
“I believe our selections for next season will tantalize our audiences and represent a diverse slate of excellent theatrical offerings,” said FAC Producing Artistic Director, Scott RC Levy. “From the crowning achievement in American musical theatre of the 20th Century (Gypsy) to one of the most awarded new plays of 2012 (Other Desert Cities), the year will be filled with beguiling and captivating theatre.”
Other Desert Cities will make its Colorado Premiere at the Fine Arts Center after earning five Tony Award nominations and being a Pulitzer Prize for Drama Finalist in 2012.
“There will be a wonderful interplay between the performing arts, museum and education departments — all three parts of the Fine Arts Center – in the spring of 2013, when the FAC will focus on the subject of family,” said FAC President and CEO Sam Gappmayer. “Other Desert Cities will certainly be a highlight of that program.”
Gypsy – Sept. 27 – Oct. 21, 2012
Often described as “America’s Greatest Musical” by theatre critics, this musical fable from the Golden Age of Broadway is based on the memoirs of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. “From its pulse-racing overture to its knockout finale, ‘Gypsy’ is one of those great, glorious musicals that can be enjoyed repeatedly thanks to its tremendous score, and compelling showbiz story.” —The Star-Ledger
A Christmas Carol – Nov. 29 – Dec. 23, 2012
“You’ll shoot your eye out!” The holiday film classic concerning Ralphie Parker’s quest for a Red Ryder B-B gun, becomes a live theatrical experience for the whole family. All the elements from the beloved film are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin and more.
Prelude to a Kiss – Jan. 31 – Feb. 17, 2013
A whirlwind romance. A storybook wedding. A kiss for the bride that suddenly changes everything. A freaky-Friday for the 21st century. Craig Lucas explores the enduring power of love and the nature of commitment in this breathtaking and life-affirming comedy. “Enormous Fun! Touching, romantic, sexy, dazzling.” —The New York Post
Other Desert Cities – March 14 – 31, 2013
A 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist and nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Play. See theColorado Premiere of the show The New York Times dubbed, “the best new play on Broadway.” A family is pushed to the brink in Jon Robin Baitz’s scintillating new drama. When Brooke Wyeth arrives at her parents’ Palm Springs mansion on Christmas Eve with the manuscript of her tell-all memoir in tow, she unearths a devastating family secret. With biting wit and razor-sharp insight, Other Desert Cities “has the appeal of a Broadway hit from another age,” —The New York Times
The Drowsy Chaperone – May 9 – June 2, 2013
Winner of five 2006 Tony Awards, this musical inside a comedy begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.“DELIGHTFUL, SPARKLING ENTERTAINMENT! You’ll be over the moon! We haven’t seen anything quite this original in a long time.” —Associated Press
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris – June 20 – 30, 2013
The poignant, passionate and profound songs of Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel are brought to vivid theatrical life in this intense musical experience, brimming with flair, attitude and European sophistication. “Musical storytelling at its finest!” —The New York Post … “The best musical revue ever!” —Time Out New York
UPSTAIRS IN THE MUSIC ROOM
These second stage productions are performed in the wonderfully intimate setting of the FAC’s 108-seat Music Room.
Make Sure It’s Me – Sept. 13-23, 2012
A workshop production of a new theatrical work by Kate Wenner, the Emmy Award-winning producer of the ABC television show, 20/20. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have inspired dozens of plays. Most of them are about power, politics and the brutality of war. This play focuses on traumatic brain injuries. A work that makes us think about how we all lose our memories when it comes to the consequences of the wars we fight.
It Came Upon A Midnight Deadly – Dec. 13-30, 2012
Following their successful engagement at the FAC in April of 2012, the WYNOT Radio Theatre team of amazing comedians returns with parodies the Golden Age or Radio like nobody else can. Come see their original holiday-themed episode and prepared to laugh!
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical – March 21-31, 2013
Based on his beloved Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, six-time Emmy Award winner Mo Willems joins Grammy Award–winning composer Michael Silversher to lovingly celebrate the heart and heartache that can only come from a family visit to the local Laundromat. The show, appropriate for all ages, is chock full of adventure, song and gigantic dancing laundry. We mentioned the giant dancing laundry, right?
Rough Writers: a new play fest – April 18-28, 2013
Join us for a series of readings of new theatrical works that are in development. Submissions from around the world will be adjudicated and audiences will be treated to engaging discussions with the playwrights as they continue to develop their work for the stage.