Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

January 11 – February 16, 2019
Our Town
by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Stanley Brown
Produced by Kathy Dershimer

Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning classic comes to the Kentwood stage with a dramatic restaging. The residents of the small town of Grover’s Corners remain as universal and timeless as when they first appeared on stage in 1938. Whether this is your first or tenth visit to Our Town don’t miss this special opportunity to experience what has been called “the great American play.”

Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
March 15 – April 20, 2019
Sunday in the Park with George
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Susan Goldman Weisbarth
Produced by Gail Bernardi and Margie Bates

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical and multiple Tony Awards, Sunday in the Park with George, was inspired by the life of French pointillist, George Seurat. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine, the plot revolves around the creation of his masterpiece, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. George, an intense and passionate artist, struggles to not only create his paintings but also to maintain a relationship with his long time mistress, Dot. The second act connects to the first while focusing on another George, Seurat and Dot’s great grandson, also struggling to find meaning in art and the need to connect to the past, present and future. ”A white canvas, so many possibilities.”

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
May 17 – June 22, 2019
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Roger O. Hirson
Directed by Alison Boole

The award winning musical Pippin, tells the story of a young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life. Pippin originally debuted on Broadway 1972 with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. This beautiful and thought-provoking musical uses the premise of a magical and mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player. Ben Vereen and Patina Miller won Tony Awards for their portrayals of the Leading Player in the original Broadway production and the 2013 revival, respectively, making them the first two actors of different sexes to win a Tony for the same role.

PIPPIN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
July 19 – August 24, 2019
Blithe Spirit
by Noël Coward
Directed by Gail Bernardi
Produced by Susan Goldman Weisbarth

Blithe Spirit was a smash comedy hit on the London and Broadway stages. This hilarious farce is about fussy cantankerous novelist, Charles Condomine who has remarried but is literally haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Elvira has been called up by a visiting “kooky medium,” Madame Arcati. and laugh a minute pandemonium ensues.

Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
September 13 – October 19, 2019
Dial “M” for Murder
by Frederick Knott
Directed by George Kondreck

Tony Wendice, an ex-tennis pro, plots to murder his wife because she had an affair, now over, but more importantly to get her money. He blackmails an old school acquaintance to strangle her. When things go drastically wrong, he sees another way to guarantee her death and his wealth. This suspenseful thriller was also a classic film that starred Ray Milland, Robert Cummings and Grace Kelly.

DIAL “M” FOR MURDER is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
November 15 – December 21, 2019
Little Women
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Book by Allan Knee
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Jennifer Richardson
LITTLE WOMEN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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