The Highlands Playhouse is kicking off their 74th season on May 25th.
Here is the 2012 schedule:
June 14-July 8 – The Spitfire Grill
The main season begins its run mid-June with The Spitfire Grill which received its Off-Broadway World Premier at Playwrights Horizons in New York. The Spitfire Grill is an uplifting and inspiring story of a young woman’s redemption, and the reawakening of a small Wisconsin town. The folk and bluegrass-tinged score is unlike any other musical.
A Show with universal appeal! The score is exciting, infectious, and lively!â
Joel Hirschhorn , Variety.
The Spitfire Grill is remarkable and profound. In time it will become a classicâ
Tom Williams, The Chicago Critic.
This tale of renewal is like a pair of arms waiting to wrap its audience in a hug
Daryl H. Miller, The L.A. Times.
July 12-22 – Walter Cronkite is Dead
Joe Colarco’s Walter Cronkite is Dead played at The San Diego Repertory Theatre in summer 2011 to rave reviews. One of its stars, Ellen Crawford, is known for her numerous film and television roles including many years on the popular NBC show, E.R. We are currently in conversation with Ellen, her Co-Star Melinda Gilb, and Shana Wride who directed the production at the San Diego repertory Theatre.
July 26-August 19 – Dames at Sea
Dames at Sea started as an Off-Broadway production but later moved to Broadway with Bernadette Peters in her debut role as Ruby Keeler. A group of performers are preparing for their upcoming show, Dames at Sea. Right before the show opens, the theatre is sold and the actors need to Find a new venue. Luckily, they are able to perform their show on a ship docked in the local port. After Mona, the leading lady gets seasick, Ruby earns her chance to become a star. The play is a rollicking spoof of large, flashy 1930s musicals.
Dames at Sea reaches out to those movies in which two gobs met two gals and tap danced their way to happiness. Dames at Sea manages to have it every which way – as pastiche, parody and romantic musical comedy, a trick that is accomplished with affection.
Mel Gussow, NY Times
August 31-September 3 – Lindsey Alley
Arising from her own experiences in the Entertainment Industry and working with some of its most famous players, her one-woman show “Lindsey Who?” is what happens when show tunes and stand-up collide. Lindsey is single-handedly reinventing the great American club act. As a vocalist, Lindsey knows her way around a song be it pop, original, or that standard you’re dying to hear one more time. And if that isn’t enough, she holds it all together with personal stories that most people would be too embarrassed to tell In a memorable evening of belting and belly laughs, Lindsey lets it all hang out, which prompts her mother’s unsolicited stock apology, I tried. I tried and I failed.