First Lady Suite
Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa
First Lady Suite is an enthralling look into the lives of some of history’s most neglected figures, the wives of U.S. presidents. The musical is presented in four vignettes: Over Dallas, Where's Mamie?, Olio, and Eleanor Sleeps Here.
Book, Lyrics and Music by Dave Malloy
October brings the fourth annual production of Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet. Now a Halloween tradition, we will once again remake this stunning show, this time on our Main Stage, to create a new experience for audiences. A camera breaks and four friends drink in an interwoven tale spanning seven centuries, with a murderous sister, a treehouse astronomer, a bear, a subway, and the ghost of Thelonious Monk. October 2020
A Flight of Short Musicals: We're All Right
Join us for one weekend in January for our “short musicals” festival. We’ll present a new line-up of short musicals, music and musical shorts with two brief intermissions between to enjoy a flight of your favorite beverage – wine, specialty cocktails or non-alcoholic options! With humor and heart, we'll explore the many ways people cope with and overcome life's uncertainties and challenges. January 2021
By Gwyneth Herbert with book by Heidi James and additional music by Fiona Bevan
Theatre Elision first presented this special song cycle at the Southern Theater in 2018 to critical acclaim. It is the story of a woman who walks the shoreline alone, obsessively collecting every washed-up object she finds. Each item sings with the memory of a secret sea-set story. Cherry and Spoon called it “truly a perfect 75 minutes of music-theater.” March 2021
Conceived by Amy Draper with music and lyrics by Finn Anderson and book by Stewart Melton
Islander was recognized as the top musical at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and went on to a successful run at the Southwark Theater in London. Set on an island in Scotland, myth and reality collide when the tide washes a mysterious stranger onto the beach, changing life forever.
US Premiere. Islander was originally produced in the UK by Helen Milne Productions. May 2021
City Stories: Tales of Love and Magic in London
Written by James Phillips with music by Rosabella Gregory
This play with music had its US premiere Off-Broadway in 2016. Four very personal vignettes with connecting threads are presented through storytelling, acting, and song. We are very excited to announce that Rosabella Gregory will join this Midwest premiere to perform her original music with our cast.
Music by Marvin Laird; Book and Lyrics by Joel Paley
Returning by popular demand, "Ruthless" is a hilarious musical that has been an off-broadway smash hit. This all-female production spoofs Broadway musicals, like Gypsy and Mame, and movies such as The Bad Seed and All About Eve. It is the story of Tina, a precocious eight-year-old who knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking in her school play, and will do anything to get the part, including murdering the leading lady!