2016/17 Season

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WEST SIDE STORY

JULY 7—24, 2016

West Side Story, a modern day Romeo and Juliet, is set on the harsh streets of New York City’s Upper West Side during the 1950’s. It is the story of two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, as they battle for control of turf. The conflict escalates when one gang member falls in love with a rival’s sister. This classic musical love story is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

CenterStage in Central Park as part of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival (Aug 3-7, 2016)  is presented by YUM Brands Foundation.

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

PRESENTED BY HILLIARD LYONS

SEPTEMBER 15—25, 2016
Widely regarded as Tennessee Williams’ best work, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof contains all the elements of good drama: sex, greed, abuse, addiction, and deception. With its timeless themes and complex relationships, this 60 year old, Pulitzer Prize-winning dissection of a Southern family remains his most popular play.

ASSASSINS

PRESENTED BY HILLIARD LYONS

OCTOBER 27—NOVEMBER 13, 2016
What do John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, and John Hinckley have in common? They are not only three of the nine men and women who throughout history have killed – or attempted to kill –a United States President but also the unlikely subjects Stephen Sondheim brings together in his Tony Award winning musical, Assassins. Combining a musical revue and a murderous carnival game with a careful exploration of patriotism, Sondheim creates the perfect political satire. With wit, comedy and brilliant insight, Assassins delves into what motivated these complicated, notorious men and women and ultimately asks you what it means to be an American.

FUNNY GIRL

Presented by Platinum Travel

JANUARY 26—FEBRUARY 12, 2017
Set in the opulent world of Broadway’s early years, Funny Girl is the story of comedienne Fanny Brice as she clowns her way up from the burlesque clubs to vaudeville stages on her way to become Ziegfeld’s “Greatest Star.” With a loving husband by her side and a thriving career in theatre, Fanny’s dreams seem to have finally come true. No honeymoon lasts forever, though, and soon Fanny finds herself having to choose between a career she loves and the husband who resents her success.

DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS

MARCH 16—APRIL 2, 2017
Things are not going well for the Banks family; the children, Jane and Michael, are out of control and in need of a new nanny. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins appears at their doorstep, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers… in the most peculiar way! Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she profoundly effects. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.”

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM

PRESENTED BY HILLIARD LYONS

MAY 11—21, 2017
Hailed as a “funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater’s greatest living composer and lyricist,” Sondheim On Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words and music. Through the use of exclusive interview footage, audiences are treated to an inside look at Stephen Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process as well as a live revue of his most memorable songs. Selections include music from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Gypsy, Company, A little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and many more!