Lyric Stage Announces Season
Mikado Opens September 9
By: Lyric - 08/08/2012
Boston's Lyric Stage
140 Clarendon St
(between Massachusetts Tpk Ra & Stanhope St)
Boston, MA 02116
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W.S. Gilbert
September 9 – October 13, 2012
Press opening: Sunday, September 9, 3pm
Three little maids from school, a wandering minstrel, a pompous government official, and the Lord High Executioner . . . just some of the hilariously absurd characters in Gilbert & Sullivan’s most beloved work, The Mikado. Set in the fictional town of Titipu , The Mikado is a tale of the beautiful school girl Yum-Yum who is engaged to be married to Ko-Ko despite her love for the romantic wandering minstrel, Nanki-Poo. Will these two young lovers find their happily-ever-after . . . or will heads roll? This deliciously witty musical satire of social mores and politics is sure to delight audiences of all ages!
“As a piece of stage show, The Mikado is, perhaps, the best of all!” – Times of London, 1885
Adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok, from the novel by Chaim Potok
October 19 – November 17, 2012
Press opening: Sunday, October 21, 3pm
This captivating and emotionally moving coming-of-age story by the authors of My Name Is Asher Lev follows two boys from different cultural groups as their relationships with each other, their families, and their own spirituality evolve in 1940s Brooklyn . Called “a jewel” by the Wall Street Journal, it is a profound story of acceptance and understanding.
“An engrossing and intelligent adaptation. . . . A rich, satisfying, and thought provoking entertainment!” – Talkin’ Broadway
by David Henry Hwang
November 30 – December 23, 2012
Press opening: Sunday, December 2, 3pm
Named one of Time magazine’s 10 best plays of 2011, Chinglish follows the amusing antics of an American businessman looking to cash in on the growth potential of a bustling Chinese province. He engages a British consultant to navigate the linguistic and cultural clash his venture unwittingly sparks and gets more than he bargained for. A hilarious comedy of mistranslation and manners by Tony® and Obie Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M Butterfly).
“Perceptive, intelligent, and very, very funny!” – Backstage.com
By Moisés Kaufman
January 4 – February 2, 2013
Press opening: January 6, 3pm
A mother coming to terms with her daughter. A composer coming to terms with his gift. Separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that transcends the boundaries of time. Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project, Gross Indecency) has written an extraordinary play about the creative process, parenthood, the genius of Beethoven, and the moments of beauty that can transform life. Featuring Paula Plum and James Andreassi.
“An utterly absorbing new play!” – TheatreMania
Stones in His Pockets
By Marie Jones
February 15 – March 16, 2013
Press opening: February 17, 3pm
Stones in His Pockets is THE HILARIOUS AND POIGNANT STORY OF A RURAL IRISH VILLAGE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN by the arrival of an American film crew. When Charlie and Jake are cast as extras in the movie, they discover that Hollywood ’s romanticized Ireland stands in stark contrast to the reality of their daily lives. Winner of the 2001 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, the play features two actors taking on more than a dozen eccentric characters, from the film’s spoiled American starlet to the star-struck locals. Stones in His Pockets ran for more than three years in London ’s West End and was nominated for three Tony Awards.
“An inventive and riotously funny comedy!” – Associated Press
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
by Lynn Nottage
March 29 – April 27, 2013
Press opening: March 31, 3pm
In a new screwball comedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage takes A funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is a seventy-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come.
“A brilliantly realized satire about racial stereotypes!” – TheatreMania
On The Town
Book & Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Based on an idea of Jerome Robbins
May 10 – June 8, 2013
Press opening: Sunday, May 12, 3pm
Meet Chip, Ozzie, and Gabey – three American sailors with one day in New York City to see the sights, meet a girl, and have the time of their lives. The energetic and humorous score of Leonard Bernstein (Candide, West Side Story) melds perfectly with the sharp and witty book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Singin’ in the Rain, The Will Rogers Follies) to create an uplifting and exuberant musical experience, including such memorable songs as “New York, New York” and “I Can Cook, Too.”
“Gloriously bright, witty, and off-the-wall!” – New York Times, 1998