August Wilson's Fences
Sep 8–Sep 25 $25-$42
One of the towering plays of the 20th Century, Fences continues the year-long August Wilson Festival. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awards for both Best Play (1987) and Best Revival (2010) Fences, set in 1957, focuses on Troy Maxson, one of the greatest tragic characters created for the American stage. Troy, a former Negro League baseball star had been excluded from the Major Leagues. Now a garbage man in Pittsburgh, he struggles to come to terms with his battered dreams, his family and changing times. “Universal enough to touch a chord in every human heart,” wrote the New York Times. Directed by Mark Clayton Southers.Sponsored by a grant from PNC Arts Alive.
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Nov 3–Nov 20 $25-$42
“Gripping,” writes the Columbus Dispatch. “Daring and disturbing, but also romantic and sentimental…The singing is beautiful…Eli Brickey soared…the diamond in the show’s crown”
“One of the can’t miss musicals of the Columbus fall season”—Broadway World.
Winner of seven Tony Awards, this rarely-seen dazzling 1993 musical by Kander and Ebb (writers of Cabaret and Chicago) tells the story of Molina, an imprisoned Latin American gay man and his cell mate Valentin, a Marxist revolutionary. To emotionally survive prison brutality, Molina spins fantasies of a movie queen, the “Spider Woman” Aurora.The fantasies come to life through lavish dance numbers and aerial feats performed on silks. Inspired by Aurora and his unselfish love for Valentin, Molina arrives at his own heroic definition of masculinity. “It captures the magic musicals were meant for “—Wall Street Journal.
Christmas in Columbus: A Holiday Adventure
Dec 8–Dec 18 $20 Adults; $12 12 and Under
Some of Columbus’s favorite musical performers will celebrate the holidays at the Garden Theater in an original world premiere musical set in our town during the most enchanting time of the year. One of Santa’s elves has missed the Polar Express back to the North Pole and it’s up to some local children to show him all the magic our city has to offer in December. This song-and-dance-filled tale will warm your heart faster than a hot chocolate (or hot toddy!) at Ethel’s Lounge. Make a night—or matinee—of it and bring the whole family.
Hand to God
Feb 2–Mar 5 $30
A puppet made from a grey sock, some fake red fur, and a bit of felt might not seem the stuff of evil, but meet Tyrone. This hilariously foul-mouthed puppet from Hell was the toast of Broadway last season as he took over the left hand of a hapless teenager and waged a reign of delightfully blasphemous terror among a group of young people planning a puppet show in a church basement in Texas. Now, Tyrone will make his regional debut in Columbus in this Tony-nominated comedy by Robert Askins.
“Puppet practice combines with brilliant acting, direction and design for a nearly perfect production of “Hand to God” at the Short North Stage”—Columbus Dispatch
“Hand to God is a show that will make an audience laugh until the walls creak and like all the best comedies has a core of poignancy. It’s hard to imagine a production of this provocative, intense play better than the one we’re lucky enough to have at Short North Stage. Whether you see a show a week or haven’t seen a play in five years, see this.”—Columbus Underground
“At once a grizzly thriller, a crazily hilarious puppet drama with nods to “Avenue Q” and a moving exploration of a young, churchgoing adult crying out for help, this piece is a horror shocker, good date-night fun for college kids, and a deeply compassionate work of theater about ordinary Americans struggling with loss and trying to find their way in the spiritual dark,”—Chicago Tribune.
“So ridiculously raunchy, irreverent and funny it’s bound to leave you sore from laughing”—New York Daily News.
Monty Python's Spamalot
Mar 23–Apr 15 $25-$42
Travel back to Merry Olde England and the days of King Arthur in this wacky winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical. Based on the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this smash hit was the most requested musical in our audience survey of potential shows last year. Preposterously retelling the legend of Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail, Spamalot features catchy songs, killer rabbits, hilariously lewd French soldiers, the Lady of the Lake, the silly but terrifying Knights who say “Ni” and a bevy of beautiful dancing girls. You’ll laugh till you say “Ni more.”
Angels in America--Millenium Approaches (Part One)
Jun 1–Jul 2 $25-$42
Part One of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-Prize and Tony-Award-winning exploration of how the AIDS crisis impacted fictional characters in the 1980s. Millenium Approaches introduces the characters as they embark on their journeys through the epidemic. Our production of both parts marks the 30th anniversary of the approval of the first drugs to turn the tide against a plague that the Millennial generation can only imagine. Collaborating with the puppet masters of Dayton’s Zoot Theatre Company, we will bring both towering plays to radically re-imagined life with large puppets co-mingling with the characters to help create the fantasia inherent in author Tony Kushner’s audacious masterpiece.
Angels in America--Perestroika (Part Two)
Jun 15–Jul 2 $25-42
Part Two of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-Prize and Tony-Award-winning exploration of the AIDS crisis continues the journey of a group of interconnected individuals confronting the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.Perestroika steers the characters introduced in Millennium Approaches from the opportunistic eighties to a new sense of community in the nineties. “Not only a stunning resolution of the resounding human drama of Millennium Approaches, but also a true millennial work of art.”—The New York Times
A Little Night Music
Oct 15–Nov 1 Tickets $25-$40
“Heady, sophisticated and enchanting,” wrote the New York Times about one of Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved musicals. Winner of six Tony awards, including Best Musical. Set in the long days of a Swedish summer in 1900, A Little Night Music is a serenade to love and the tangled webs it spins. With a score that throbs with love, regret and desire. Featuring the hit song “Send in the Clowns.”
Die, Mommie, Die
Feb 4–Feb 21 $25 General Seating; $30 Reserved Seating
Drag artist Charles Busch’s outrageously funny melodrama about an aging Hollywood star and her twisted family relationships will bring howls of laughter to the dead of winter. This off-Broadway hit by the author of Psycho Beach Party, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and last year’s smash hit The Divine Sister stars Doug Joseph—Mother Superior in The Divine Sister—as the irresistibly evil has-been heroine.
The Full Monty
Mar 31–Apr 24 Tickets $25-$40
Nominated for ten Tony awards, this hit Broadway musical is based on the cult movie about laid-off factory workers who find surprising dignity by staging a male strip act. Called “one of the most touching musicals in Broadway history,” it will make you laugh, cry and rejoice in its lively rock score. “The Full Monty is that rare aggressive crowd-pleaser that you don’t have to apologize for liking,” wrote the New York Times.
Jul 21–Aug 14 $25 General Seating; $30 Reserved Seating
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Timeless and spellbinding, this classic fable about a boy, a girl, their fathers and a love that grows with each season, comes to the Green Room in an updated version. Its gorgeous songs and breathtaking poetry will sparkle with midsummer magic.
Oct 2–Oct 19 $25-$40
Sunset Boulevard, a haunting musical allegory for life in Hollywood, is a rarely-produced Broadway masterpiece with a lush melodic score by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on the classic Billy Wilder 1950 film, it won seven Tony Awards on Broadway in 1995, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score and Best Actress. Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of ‘talkies.’ Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion. Famous for such lines as “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille” and “I am big—it’s the pictures that got small”, Sunset Boulevard is a spell-binding fable of dreams along the street where movies were born.
Nov 13–Nov 30 $25 Unreserved; $30 Reserved
Fugitive Songs, a compelling 19-song journey across America, creates an intimate look at a variety of young men and women who are fleeing some aspect of their lives: a disgruntled Subway sandwich employee, a jilted ex-cheerleader, a pair of Patty Hearst fanatics, a stoner forced to rob a convenience store against his will, and many others. Blending traditional folk music with contemporary pop and gospel, Fugitive Songs offers a new sound for a restless America. Written by Nathan Tysen, who won this year’s prestigious Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theater lyricist, and composer Chris Miller, Fugitive Songs will resonate with anyone who’s ever been on the run. All seating—reserved and general—is on the stage of the main auditorium .
Songs of the Season--Remembering Christmas at Lazarus
Dec 11–Dec 21 $15
For decades Christmas in Columbus meant the festivities surrounding the Holidays at Lazarus Department Store, which closed in 2005. Starting with Santa’s arrival in a parade the day after Thanksgiving, the landmark downtown department store enchanted generations of children and their parents with memories such as Santa’s Village, Mr. Tree, the Santa Express Elevator and the Childrens’ Christmas Store, with a door so small only children could enter to shop for gifts for their parents. This year Short North Stage devotes our annual Songs of the Season to a nostalgic and humorous look back at this grand tradition with an original musical tale. Featuring some of Columbus’s favorite performers and a host of heart-lifting songs of the season.
I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers
Feb 12–Mar 1 $25 Unreserved; $30 Reserved
Bette Midler sold out her 2013 Broadway one-woman tour de force, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. This February Columbus gets to see what had New Yorkers laughing in the aisles. I’ll Eat You Last takes us into the glamorous home of the late celebrated Hollywood agent Sue Mengers for a private conversation. At the height of her reign in the 1970s Mengers could make a career merely by issuing an invitation to one of her A-list-only dinner parties. Her clients for decades were the biggest names in show business: Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds, Ali McGraw, Gene Hackman, Cher, Candice Bergen, Ryan O’Neal, Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse. For a limited time this winter, Mengers’ tightly-closed doors in Beverly Hills, are thrown open in the Green Room for a delectably schmoozy evening. The script is by John Logan, author of the play Red.
A Chorus Line
Apr 9–Apr 26 $25-$40
“Dazzling…one of the most moving, exhilarating shows on a stage right now,” writes Richard Sanford in Columbus Underground. Read his full review at http://tinyurl.com/nwnx3l8
“One of those musicals you’ll sing about to your grandchildren,” wrote New York Times reviewer Clive Barnes, about A Chorus Line, which closes Short North Stage’s 2014-15 season. “An occasion of joy,” he continued, “an affirmation of Broadway, and a smoke-signal to the world that the musical can touch unexpected depths of the human heart.” Forty years to the month after this path-breaking musical opened at the Public Theater in New York, prior to its 6,137-performance Broadway run, Short North Stage celebrates one of the greatest musicals ever to hit Broadway. A Chorus Line tells the stories of 17 dancers who are auditioning for eight jobs in the chorus of a new musical, providing a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe their journeys in the theater. Created, directed and choreographed by the legendary Michael Bennett, this production also celebrates the timeless music of the late Marvin Hamlisch, who died in 2012. Lyrics were by Ed Kleban.
Read the Columbus Dispatch’s full review here: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2015/04/13/classic-musical-hits-all-its-marks.html
Sunday in the Park with George
Oct 10–Oct 27 $25 - $40
One of the most acclaimed musicals of our time, this moving study of the enigmatic painter Georges Seurat won a Pulitzer Prize for its deeply insightful and highly personal examination of life through art and the artist.
Songs of the Season
Dec 12–Dec 22 $15 online, $18 door
Short North Stage will celebrate the holidays with it’s annual review featuring Columbus’ top musical and dance talent for two acts of seasonal fun and good cheer.
A Grand Night for Singing
Feb 6–Feb 23 $25 - $30
This delightful Rodgers and Hammerstein revue which won two Tony Award nominations in 1994 when it opened on Broadway is a fanciful combination of the best of America’s most beloved composing team.
The Who's Tommy
Apr 10–Apr 27 $25 - $40
The electrifying musical version of rock legend Peter Townshend’s tale of a young boy’s journey from pain to triumph.
The Divine Sister
May 29–Jun 15 $25 - $30
The season closes with an outrageous comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns…Starring DOUG JOSEPH as Mother Superior.
Sep 20–Oct 7 Tickets $30 / $40
“There was a cabaret and there was a Master-of-Ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany and it was the end of the world…”
Let Short North Stage take you on a riveting journey back to that racy, doomed world with an unforgettable score by John Kander and Fred Ebb and a haunting book by Joe Masteroff.
The Little Dog Laughed
Nov 8–Nov 25 Tickets $23
A rapacious but hilarious Hollywood agent, a movie star with a recurring case of homosexuality, and a hustler and his ambitious girlfriend struggle to discover what they really want. And in the process, trigger a non-stop stream of laughs in this Tony-award winning comedy.
Feb 21–Mar 10 Tickets $23
Four New Yorkers struggle to find connections in a city of contradictions.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Jun 6–Jun 22 $20 online
WATCH OUT. HERE SHE COMES! SHORT NORTH STAGE WILL BRING HEDWIG TO TOWN THIS JUNE.
Songs of the Season
Dec 7–Dec 16 $12 online / $15 door
Celebrate with Short North Stage and Columbus’ top musical theater talent!
Apr 18–May 5 Tickets $30
A ground-breaking, adventurous musical about a young African-American’s journey to find himself as he traveled from his roots in Los Angeles, to Europe and back. Nominated for 14 Tony® awards, winning four, including Best Book and Outstanding Musical.