Walnut Street Theatre will launch its 31st season as a not-for-profit resident theatre Sept. 3-Oct. 20 with the Tony-winning, Pulitzer Prize-nominated In the Heights, about the passions and hopes of the denizens of a Latino neighborhood in Manhattan. The show has music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (who won the Tony for Best Score) and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes (herself a Tony nominee for Heights, and a Pulitzer Prize winner for her play Water By the Spoonful).
WST — the State Theatre of Pennsylvania and one of the most-subscribed theatre companies in the world, with 55,000 subscribers — announced the coming programming on Jan. 2. Directors, casts and designers were not revealed. Its second-stage season will be announced later.
Here's the WST mainstage season at a glance:
In the Heights (Sept. 3-Oct. 20, opening Sept. 11).
Elf (Nov. 5-Jan. 5, 2014, opening Nov. 13): The holiday musical by Matthew Sklar, Chad Beguelin, Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin based on the movie about a human raised at the North Pole from infancy who treks into humanity to find his father. Other Desert Cities (Jan. 14-March 2, 2014, opening Jan. 22): Jon Robin Baitz's scathing family drama about Palm Springs-based, Reaganite Republican seniors shaken by a family secret stirred up by their apparently unbalanced daughter.
Arsenic and Old Lace (March 11-April 27, 2014, opening March 19): Joseph Kesselring's 1941 dark comedy about two little old ladies knocking off local gentlemen, much to the mortification of their drama-critic nephew.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (May 13-July 13, 2014, opening My 21, 2014): The musical comedy satire, with songs by Frank Loesser, about ambition and workplace politics in a major American corporation.
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