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Evita   ·   More Info »
Evita

Lyrics by TIM RICE | Music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER | Directed and Choreographed by JOSH RHODES

The crowning dramatic achievement of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, winner of eight Tony Awards, including best musical and best score, Evita is among the most passionate and memorable productions in musical theater history. Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise from her poverty-stricken roots on the outskirts of Buenos Aires to become the powerful and controversial First Lady of Argentina at the age of 27. She won international acclaim and adoration as a champion of the poor, while glamour, power and greed made her the world’s first major political celebrity. With an electrifying score inspired by Latin, pop and jazz including the riveting anthem, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” this iconic musical is set to dazzle with a spectacular new staging at Asolo Rep.



Shakespeare in Love   ·   More Info »
Shakespeare in Love

Adapted for the stage by LEE HALL | Based on the screenplay by MARK NORMAN and TOM STOPPARD | Directed by RACHEL ROCKWELL

Tom Stoppard and Mark Norman’s brilliant seven-time Academy Award-winning film, including Best Picture bursts to life on the Asolo Rep stage. Promising young playwright Will Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block while two competing theatre managers are demanding new comedies replete with romance, adventure and maybe a funny bit with a dog. To his rescue comes the beautiful and vibrant Viola, Will’s greatest admirer and the inspiration he’s been longing for. But Viola has a secret and Will finds himself star cross’d. This sweeping romantic comedy is a love letter to the arts, as Viola proclaims: “I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all.”



Morning After Grace   ·   More Info »
Morning After Grace

By CAREY CRIM | Directed by PETER AMSTER

Hilarious and heart-warming, this unconventional new comedy tackles love, loss, and coming to terms with growing old. After hooking up at a funeral, Angus and Abigail find themselves waking up the next morning wrapped in sheets on Angus’s sofa. Strangers just the day before, Abigail thinks she may finally be ready to take a chance on love, but Angus has a few issues to work through first. Enter next-door neighbor Ollie, a former Detroit Tigers baseball player who now enjoys golf and yoga. But nothing is as it seems with this trio and every disclosure reveals a new perspective. Set in a Florida retirement community not far from here, this charming and big-hearted comedy takes us on an expected journey toward a new lease on life.



Rhinoceros   ·   More Info »
Rhinoceros

By EUGENE IONESCO | Adapted and Directed by FRANK GALATI

A farce. A tragedy. A magical experiment for the mind. Brace yourself for this illuminating new adaptation by two-time Tony Award-winner Frank Galati. Berenger is a simple man with a simple life. He has a regular job, drinks too much, and has a flirtatious relationship with his coworker Daisy. But his day is interrupted by a rhinoceros charging through town – then another and another, until all of the townspeople transform into rhinos. As one of the few humans remaining, Berenger ponders the ramifications of literally following the herd. Written just after World War II, Rhinoceros was considered a masterpiece of absurdist theatre, where the world is incomprehensible and anything a writer can imagine can happen. Don’t miss this hilarious satire about mass culture, conformity, and integrity.



Roe   ·   More Info »
Roe

By LISA LOOMER | Directed by LAVINA JADHWANI

As the U.S. adjusts to a new administration and millions of women march in solidarity around the world, Roe emerges at a pivotal time in our nation’s history. The lawyer: a young, brilliant, courageous woman arguing Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court. The plaintiff: a hard-living, single woman who, in 1969, found herself poor and pregnant for a third time. The landmark 1973 case legalized abortion, but also began these women’s unforeseen transformations that would come to mirror the polarization in American culture. With shocking turns and surprising humor, Roe illuminates the difficult choices women make and the passion each side has for its cause.



Ragtime   ·   More Info »
Ragtime

Book by TERRANCE MCNALLY | Music by STEPHEN FLAHERTY | Lyrics by LYNN AHRENS | Based on the novel “Ragtime” by E.L DOCTOROW Directed by PETER ROTHSTEIN

It’s the dawn of the 20th Century in New York... a time of enormous change, of new ideas, and everyone is moving to the music of Ragtime. This epic Tony Award winning musical depicts the struggles, successes, hopes and dreams of a white, upper-middle class family in New Rochelle, an African-American musician and his girlfriend in Harlem, and a Jewish immigrant and his daughter on the Lower East Side. Interwoven with their stories are the newsmakers of the era including Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, J.P. Morgan and Henry Ford. Minneapolis director Peter Rothstein has scaled down this originally massive musical into an intimate, elegant production that resonates in today’s world to the very heart.